About Me

All you can eat Seafood.... yum!
I'm an avid reader with a penchant for the horror novel, but I'm now discovering the classics.

As well as my general reads, my aim is to also read 25 books a year from 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. ISBN 1-84403-417-8.

I was born in England, and emigrated to Australia in 1991.  I am the mother of two children, a son and a daughter, and proud (though far too young!!) grandmother to two grandsons.

I work full time, which makes finding time to read a little difficult but with the help of audio books I have got around that!

In 2008 I founded Caffeine and Chapters Social Book Club which has been enormous fun.  Copies of our newsletter can be found following the links on this blog page.

My favourite author is. and probably always will be, Stephen King - purely for his sheer story telling ability.  But, more lately I have found that I really enjoy W Somerset Maugham, and looking at the type of books I'm ticking off the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, it is obvious that I'm enjoying the classics.  So far Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Gaskell and of course Charles Dickens have been wonderful reads. 

I'm never far from a plate of food!
As well as my reading, music is very important to me.  I'm a product of the 1980's and hence I still listen to Tubeway Army, Gary Numan, early Ultravox, Bowie, Sparks, Echo and the Bunnymen etc.  I really like Pink Floyd, Genesis and Peter Gabriel (I've even got his autograph after waiting for him like a groupie at the back of the Perth Entertainment Centre during his Secret World tour ~ he was still 'hot' then and had all his hair.....).  Lately though I have become a big fan of Muse. Matt Bellamy has an amazing vocal range, and it's no wonder he was voted guitarist of the decade.  
I also really love a good movie.  I gravitate towards horrors, even though it's hard to find a good one.  My all time favourite movie is Don't Look Now, based on that wonderful short story by Daphne Du Maurier.  I'm still looking for that really scary movie - there really hasn't been one since The Exorcist and apart from Pet Cemetary there hasn't even really been a book that's given me a good case of the creeps.... there has to be one out there somewhere?

I'm also loving 'mum' to Tenshi, a 13 year old who thinks she is still a kitten.
I was inspired to begin blogging after watching Julie & Julia, and I find it a great avenue to vent some thoughts on my current reading be they good, bad or indifferent, as I live with someone who has absolutely no interest in books whatsoever and I need to talk to SOMEONE, ANYONE about what I read!!