2013 End of Year Book Survey

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So I’m starting with an indulgent post, but isn’t that what blogs are? Indulgent ways for me to write whatever I feel like and hope that some people will enjoy the ride? So here goes one of my early inspiration for posts from this blog, the 2013 End of Year Book Survey.


I saw this originally posted on All the Books I Can Read, one of the many book blogs I follow.

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Hm… That will have to go to ‘The Shifting Fog’ by Kate Moreton (also known as The House at Riverton). This one has been out for a while and has generated a lot of buzz so I was really glad to finally get around to reading it. I felt the book didn’t grip me until about 100 pages in, the first 100 pages were not bad but not necessarily amazing either. It was more of a ‘oh, now I can see what all the fuss is about!’ from page 100 onwards. This was the first book in a long time to shake me to my core, once I had finished it I had to place it down and let the story process in my mind. I thought about the characters and the story for days after reading it, and started visualising the movie/mini-series that SOMEONE HAS TO MAKE! More


The Challenge… Has Begun!

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forgottengardenHello readers! After taking my time setting up this blog and finishing off a book that’s not on the list, I’ve begun my first book on the Dymocks Top 101 list. My first book is ‘The Forgotten Garden’ by Kate Moreton.

‘The Forgotten Garden’ is described as…. (pulled from Kate Moreton’s website) 

A lost child…

On the eve of the first world war, a little girl 
is found abandoned on a ship to Australia. 
A mysterious woman called the Authoress 
had promised to look after her – 
but the Authoress has disappeared without 
a trace.

A terrible secret…

On the night of her twenty-first birthday, Nell O’Connor learns a secret that will change her life forever. Decades later, she embarks upon a search for the truth that leads her to the windswept Cornish coast and the strange and beautiful Blackhurst Manor, once owned by the aristocratic Mountrachet family.

A mysterious inheritance…

On Nell’s death, her grand-daughter, Cassandra, comes into an unexpected inheritance. Cliff Cottage and its forgotten garden are notorious amongst the Cornish locals for the secrets they hold – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family and their ward Eliza Makepeace, a writer of dark Victorian fairytales. It is here that Cassandra will finally uncover the truth about the family, and solve the century-old mystery of a little girl lost.


Sounds intriguing doesn’t it? This won’t be the first book of Kate’s I’ve read, I read ‘The Shifting Fog’ (aka The House at Riverton) this year and absolutely loved it. I heard from some reviewers that ‘The Forgotten Garden’ is even better, so I’m looking forward to this one.  

To find out what this challenge is about go here, and to see the entire list go here