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As some of you know, I review books (and will host book tours) for my blog. I do this for free and the reviews are posted on my blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing, and my Facebook site). If this interests you, you can apply via this webpage: Reviews Application.

 

 

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Sarah’s 2018 Book Review Summary

Here is the list of every book I reviewed in 2018! (by genre).

You can download a PDF of the reviews and this list via the 2019 Book Review page (at the bottom) or via this link BOOKS REVIEWED IN 2018

FICTION: Chick Lit (inc. Romance)

**** “For the Love of Christmas” by Kate Forster

**** “Fallout Girl” by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

FICTION: Crime/Mystery (inc. Cosy)

*****”The Mashego File” by Ian Patrick

****1/2 “King of Hart (Hart of Darkness)” by Violeta M. Bagia

**** Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) (Volume 1) by Violeta Bagia

**** “The Big Book of Rouges and Villains”, edited by Otto Penzler

**** “Robicheaux” by James Lee Burke

**** “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly

**** “Precious and Grace: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alex McCall Smith

***1/2 “The 12 Slays of Christmas” by Abby L. Vandiver et al

*** The Christmas Letter” by Kathi Daley

*** “Pecan Pies and Dead Guys” by Angie Fox

FICTION: General/Literary Fiction

***** “Bridget Crack” by Rachel Leary

***** “City of Spades” by Colin MacInnes

**** “Pokeweed: An Illustrated Novella” by Brian L. Tucker

*** “Celebrant Sleuth: I Do … or Die” by Hazel Edwards

FICTION: Horror/Thriller

***** “Heart Shaped Box” by Joe Hill

**** “Dark Wood Dark Water” by Tina Callaghan

FICTION: YA/Children’s

****1/2 “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

**** “Library of Souls: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Volumn 3” by Ransom Riggs

**** “Funny Folk: Poems about people” edited by Robert Fisher

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NON-FICTION: Art/History/Music

***** “The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip” by David Campany

**** “The Art of Aardman” by Aardman Animation Ltd

**** “Inside the Dream Palace” by Sherill Tippins

**** “MoMA at NGV: 130 years of modern and contemporary art” by Samantha Friedman, Juliet Kinchin & Miranda Wallace

**** “Warhol” by Christopher Makos

***1/2 “Black Vinyl White Powder” by Simon Napier-Bell

***1/2 “Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation” by Ammon Shea

NON-FICTION: Biography/Autobiography

***** “My Ikaria: How the people from a small Mediterranean island inspired me to live a happier, healthier and longer life” by Spiri Tsintziras

***** “Goldilocks lives in Leamington: and other tales of university life” by Geetanjali Mukherjee

**** “Final Chapters: How Famous Author’s Died” by Jim Bernhard

**** “The Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell

NON-FICTION: Gardening/Cooking

***** “Mary Berry’s Traditional Puddings and Desserts” by Mary Berry

***** Herbs: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Gardeners (National Trust Home & Garden)by Jane Eastoe

**** “Pickled, Potted and Canned: The story of food preserving” by Sue Shepard

***1/2 “Kitschy Canapés: Finger food for the swingers set” by Babs Harrison

*** “Gin made me do it: 60 beautiful botanical cocktails” by Jassy Davis

NON-FICTION: Humour/Gift Book

****1/2 “Marital Advice to my Grandson Joel: How to be a husband your wife won’t throw out of the window in the middle of the night” by Peter Davidson

**** “Say When” by Catherine Deveny

**** “Bizarre World” by Bill Bryson

**** “Servo: Great Australian Service Stations” by Jim Sonter

NON-FICTION: Self-Help/Instructional

*** “The Subtle Art of not giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson

NON-FICTION: Social Commentary

***** “Fight Like A Girl” by Clementine Ford

****1/2 Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky, Peter Hutchinson (Editor), Kelly Nyks (Editor), Jared P. Scott (Editor)

NON-FICTION: Travel

***1/2 “The Best American Travel Writing: 2017” edited by Lauren Collins & Jason Williams.

*** “Travel Stories and Highlights: 2017 Edition”, edited by Robert Fear

NON-FICTION: True Crime

**** “Accidental Death?: When things may not be as they seem” by Robin Bowles

**** “The Good Cop” by Justine Ford

**** “Yorkshire Ripper: The Secret Murders” by Chris Clark and Tim Tate

*** “Black Dahlia Red Rose” by Piu Eatwell

Guess who made the Australian Writer’s Centre Furious Fiction Fan list?

Yep! Me! Got to admit that I’m pretty chuffed. Check out their page here: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/10-out-of-10-meet-the-furious-fiction-superfans/ 

Sarah Jackson (Victoria)

Connect via sarahjacksonwriter.com

What attracted you to Furious Fiction?
I liked being part of a national project with other writers of similar background and experience.

What do you like best about participating in Furious Fiction?
I enjoy the writing exercise element of it. By writing to a strict word limit, and being given criteria to write on, it forces me to consider how I assemble a piece (structure/narrative flow), and what style and genre I use. Let’s face it, when I eventually get a publisher to accept my writing, I’m going to have to re-write great swathes of it to fit their expectations.

How have you managed to enter every month?
Planning and effort. Doesn’t matter what your job is, planning is essential if you wish to meet deadlines. And you need to make the effort. After all, you can’t win the lotto if you don’t buy a ticket.

Have you had any close calls?
Two. One month I was very sick and barely able to get out of bed, and on another occasion I had a lot of non-writing work on, and very little time. That’s were the “effort” part of the equation came into play.

Do you have tips for new Furious Fiction entrants?
Give it a go. It’s not hard, and it’s kind of fun to see what you can come up with.