Centre for Kids who can’t Read good and Wanna learn to do other good stuff too

by HughVanCuylenburg, Victoria Helen Stone

Let’s not make a habit of this …two posts in two nights.

*seductive whisper* People will start talking about us.

I feel like writing and I guess this time I’d better make it about reading. Even though, I’m technically not reading much…not because there aren’t some ahhhhmazing books to read right now (yes amazing books, I see you), but because of everything I discussed in my last post.

Ummm by the way, the title of this has nothing to do with what the post is actually about. I’m trying something new, where nothing makes any sense. So have yourself a merry little Christmas, a very merry unbirthday to you and keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel. šŸ˜‰

But who doesn’t love Zoolander? and if you don’t we can’t be friends.

How do I fight the short attention span, lazy, crazy, coronavirus version of myself right now?

I have a plan.

It’s all about accountability and I heard somewhere (a podcast and some books – sources remain nameless) that when you are forming a new habit if you put it out there to the world you are more likely to follow through. So I’m compiling a list of books I’m reading/have read/need to review to make sure I bloody do it.

There are some fierce competitors I tell you and one review in particular I can’t believe I’m holding back from you. I’ll start there because it’s extremely important to me and I bang on to everyone who will listen to me about it.

The Resilience Project – finding happiness through gratitude empathy & mindfulness

Hugh Van Cuylenburg

I love this book. The resilience project is not just a book – they build resilience in children through education programs, offer live events, present at sporting clubs and do corporate talks also.

Hugh is the founder and I have seen him speak live. I love the resilience project so much that I bought the audio book and the kindle version, have a wellbeing journal and a t- shirt. It’s safe to say I’m a super-fan and it means a lot to me. I listened to the audiobook a very long time ago and it was a situation where I wanted to be able to give the best review I could and wanted it to be perfect, so much so that I delayed writing the review. I do this when I love things a lot – to people too – many times have I not kissed/gone home with someone I reeeeallly like. Why? because I’m stupid. If the resilience project was a man I had a crush on I’d be flirting, pretending not to flirt, giving suggestive looks and praying that they notice me. The review is coming and hopefully by now I have the balls to do it justice.

Problem Child

Victoria Helen Stone

I’m reading this one right now. It is hard to believe my pathetic excuse for motivation has had trouble continuing with it – it bloody fabulous so far and I have the biggest girl crush boner ( don’t have a bone – but if I did…) for the author. Apologies…things have gotten sexual now.

I’ll tell you why:

  1. She wrote Jane Doe and this is more Jane (where I have an even bigger crush on the character Jane because she is a sociopath who reminds me of Dexter and I wish I was her)
  2. She is great I follow her on Twitter and love it
  3. Problem Child has allllllllll the things I love – Jane is so perfect. Strong, emotionless. I. want. to be. her.

I’ve highlighted half the god damn book on my kindle because Jane’s lines (Victoria’s words) are fucking phenomenal this time around. I need to finish the book and get a review to you ASAP. *public service announcement – the review will contain large excerpts of the book, (the man hating parts) hope this is legal.

P.S – love you Victoria. Jane is a GANGSTER.

Also – my heart is large and it appears I even have room for psychos and for some reason Henry Higgins comes to mind – (character from My Fair Lady folks – do your research – or Pygmalion if you are especially creative šŸ˜‰ ), who I also love and adore – why? because he’s a prick mostly and I have a thing for pricks. In my head I’m singing “just you wait Henry Higgins, just you wait!” Ok, that has nothing to do with the book but the narrative of Henry’s “never let a woman in your life” and “why can’t a woman be more like a man” – makes me want to punch him in the face – Jane Doe style. But what Jane does is better, so much better. By the way when I say Henry Higgins – I mean Rex Harrison. He is my fave Henry. Review coming as soon as I finish the book.

*whispers* I also love Henry Higgins. I may have daddy issues.

Ok that’s enough.

I know. It’s only two books and there are so many more I want to tell you about – but small steps ok?

I have the writing bug, so lets see what happens.

About Victoria Helen Stone

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that sheā€™s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After; Half Past; Jane Doe; and her latest Amazon Charts bestseller, False Step.

10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards

Have you voted???

There are several important votes to be made of late (in the US anyway) and the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is currently taking votes in lots of genre categories.

I always love to browse Goodreads for book recommendations and I think the Choice Awards is a good way to acknowledge those wonderful authors who write the books we love, as well as get ideas for the next fantastic read.

Voting is now in the semi – final round so it’s getting close. Please check out the link below to browse the categories and cast your vote!

Voting ScheduleĀ 

Opening Round Oct. 30 –
Nov. 4
Semifinal Round Nov. 6 – 11
Final Round Nov. 13 – 26
Winners Announced Dec. 4

Best Mystery & Thriller

Of particular interest to me was the Best Mystery & Thriller category, where I have read the the most books in any category. I am most excited about the book I voted for,Ā The Wife Between Us – by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen,Ā being in the semi final round of voting. I also enjoyed The Woman in the Window – A.J Flinn & Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeny and I’m so glad they made it to the semi final round. I’m very exited to read Something in the Water by Catherine SteadmanĀ  as I have heard great things about this book. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone also looks incredibly interesting to me from reading the synopsis.

Best Horror

I also had a browse of the Horror category, where I voted for Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth, loved it and recently reviewed and am happy to see this book is also in the semi final round of voting. In this category, I am most excited to read Ian Reid’s Foe (again, heard great things, also in relation to his other novel, I’m thinking of Ending Things).

Best of the BestĀ 

There is a new category, Best of the Best, with some amazing reads. I had read quite a few of these and I found it very difficult to choice one to vote for. I voted for Room by Emma Donoghue, but unfortunately it did not made the semi final round. There are so many great books in this category though, its going to be a tough one!

Best Memoir/Autobiography

Of course I browsed all the categories. I can’t always be thrilled or terrified. Sometimes I like to be inspired or motivated. Ā Another favourite category of mine was the non fiction and biographies and memoirs categories. Again, including a lot of books I hadn’t yet read, but am very well aware of and very much want to read – I see you Educated by Tara Westover.

I encourage all and any readers to take a look. Browsing Goodreads at any time is a great way to find awesome books and the reading community is lovely.

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2018