Book Review: The Queen’s Wife

New Zealand author Joanne Drayton launches her new book The Queen's Wife TONIGHT as part of Auckland Pride Month's Samesame but Different LGBTQIA+ Writers and Readers Festival. Congratulations, Joanne! I reviewed the book for NZ Booklovers. Here is my review: ‘Life is a game of chess. You should try playing it with two queens.’ So…


The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

My fab friend Sara and I recently sat down and chatted about one of my favourite books ever: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Check out our conversation (and then check out the other posts on her cool blog). Thanks Sara (and Joanna)!

Joanna and Sara read books

the historian

Hi, Patricia.

– Hi!

Lucky you. You’re our guest reviewer!

– Yay! (laughing, while eating her tenth piece of apple scroll)

I know you love this book and you’ve been itching to review it since you learnt that Joanna and I review books.

– Where is Joanna?

She’s probably taking Claudia to netball.

– Okay. Shall I tell you about the book then? Shall I just talk a bit and you type?

Yep, that’s how Joanna and I do it.

– So first, I love anything about the esoteric, supernatural, gothic; anything to do with mystery and discovery. I also love reading debut novels because I find often that they are vital and raw in a way that sometimes a writer’s later novels are not. Do you know what I mean?

Um, not really. Explain.

– What I mean is that a writer’s first book is the one that’s…

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I've recently finished Stephen King's On Writing. I loved it. I originally downloaded it on my Kindle, but after finishing it I immediately ordered it online so I could have a hard copy to scribble over and highlight. I would like to share a few of those highlights with you. Firstly, a reality check: When…