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Thursday, September 22, 2011

What Yvonne Walus is Reading Today

I often read multiple books. The one that's foremost in my mind is "The Help" (the book, not the movie) by Kathryn Stockett. Brilliant.

I'm also browsing through The Overscheduled Child and listening to Nick Hornby's About A Boy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What I'm Reading At The Moment

"Think Before You Swallow - The Art of Staying Healthy in a Health-Obsessed World", by Noel O'Hare.

So far, what I got out of it is: we have to slow down. Take more time to savour food, enjoy our families, do what we're passionate about.

Oh, and the best news for a couch potato like me: even though regular exercise lets you live longer, it only increases your life span by 2 years. Now I still have to do my maths, but it seems to me exercising regularly throughout your lifetime adds up to more than 2 wasted years....

Thursday, September 08, 2011


It's simple, it's complex.
It's heart-wrenching, it's uplifting.
It's beautiful.

It makes you see the world differently.
It made me want to be a better mother.
It made me want to be a better writer.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

A Convert to Medical Thrillers

When I met Tess Gerritsen at the RWNZ conference last month, I fell in love with her author persona on the spot. When she speaks, she fills the room with tranquil energy (that's not an oxymoron), humour and a desire to read her books.

Tess is an internationally bestselling author of medical thrillers and the creator of two popular characters: cop Jane Rizzoli and forensic pathologist Maura Isles. Now, before I met Tess, I had never read a medical thriller, nor had I any desire to do so. Even knowing I'd be meeting her at the conference did not entice me to page through her books, put off by a blurb that described a Ripper copycat.

Post conference, I burrowed into the book she signed for me, THE KILLING PLACE, and I have since ordered everything she's written. While parts of her stories definitely have the eeeeew factor (see footnote), her writing style is both compassionate and entertaining, her plot lines intelligent and her characters captivating.

It's always a thrill to discover a new author. If you haven't read Tess Gerritsen yet, give her a try.

(Footnote: Not as eeeew as Lee Child, whose books I also adore.)