The Week: 20th – 26th July

Dusk Canberra Australia Winter Lake Burley Griffin Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 19th July 2015 Reflection Sunset Nature

Dusk on the lake in Canberra. This was taken out the side window of the car.

Hotel Hotel Canberra Australia Entrance Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 25th July 2015

And the award-winning foyer of Canberra’s Hotel Hotel yesterday afternoon.

This was the week I dumped my review books and bought (and enjoyed) books instead. I don’t remember a reading slump as bad as the one I’ve had recently, and my review book list is shorter than it has EVER been! I’m not accepting many books at the moment because I know I’ll never work up the interest to read them.

A Rose for Major Flint (Brides of Waterloo #3) by Louise Allen

Books I chose to spend money on saved me this week. Reading felt like fun for a change, and recently it has felt like a chore. What to do to get out of a reading slump? Go to the Harlequin (or Mills and Boon) historical romance section! Bigger variety than you’ll find anywhere else, and possibly the highest quality category romance line around. I wish more people would read those books, because they are at least as good as the historical romances being put out by others.

I’m hardly reading any contemporary or suspense books these days because so many people writing those subgenres seem to be rabid misogynists. Disappointing in a genre mainly written and read by women. I DNF’d a romantic suspense this week (by a bestselling author) because the misogyny on Every Page horrified me.

I picked up some older suspense favourites and flipped through them instead. It might be time for some more rereads.

24thJuly2015 russians in Berlin rally to support the invasion of Ukraine

Here are Russians in Berlin on Friday, showing their support for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Note the terrorist flags they’re flying, and the fact one design is almost identical to the Confederate flag. Idiots.

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J.R. Ward: The Beast

J.R. Ward The Beast Black Dagger Brotherhood Cover

Cover Love

It Started With a Scandal (2015) (The tenth book in the Pennyroyal Green series) by Julie Anne Long

My review of The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors #1) by Sabrina Jeffries

My review of Midnight Secrets (Men of Midnight #3) by Lisa Marie Rice

Midnight Secrets (Men of Midnight #3) by Lisa Marie Rice

My review of Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

Midsummer Dreams by Alison May

The Week: 27th April – 3rd May

Sunset Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 26th April 2015

Canberra’s sunset a few days ago. We were driving, so it’s not perfect…

Hmm. This week wasn’t bad, but I’m going to say negative things! I’m so mad about a few things, but I also think talking about your boring, everyday, happy stuff isn’t very interesting!

But one thing: we thought my father had cancer. We found out on Wednesday (after surgery) that he doesn’t. 🙂

While everyone is going to be obsessing over if a certain baby will be called Diana, Frances, Gertrude or Brunhilda, can we please take a moment to remember Ruth Rendell, who died yesterday…

Before I get to my long rant, here’s another nice Canberra sunset picture. From last evening, just after I got home, and when I was still fuming about the thing I discuss below this.

Sunset Tuggeranong Canberra Australia  1st May 2015 Sonya Heaney .

Walt and Burley Bar Cafe Canberra Australia Oksana Heaney 2nd May 2015

The otherwise fantastic and friendly gastro pub on the lake in Canberra.

We went out for drinks and tapas yesterday afternoon, only to have a group of sour-faced Anglo-Australians from interstate sit next to us. I know with Ferguson and Baltimore Americans think “racism” means ONLY things against African Americans, but to sit there next to these awful British/(Anglo) Australian people making nonstop racist comments about Ukrainians… My mother was really upset. She has faced this in Australia her whole life, as have I, even from my father’s family – her in-laws.

I’m usually shy, but I marched over and I told them off, and then we left. How could I not?! And screw them. I don’t need racial attacks on my weekend!

I felt pretty embarrassed immediately afterwards, but I cannot regret it. It’s very upsetting hearing racial abuse in your own country! Another example of this is when my mother, and then I, walked out of a Christmas barbeque last year. My father’s sister started going on about how she was too scared to go on the school bus growing up, because there were “wogs” (a racist term for European immigrants) on board… Sometimes I REALLY hate Australians, and Saturday was one of those days.

How these people can blindly follow current fashions, which have stolen Ukrainian traditional designs for this season (just check out designers like Valentino), and then turn around and make derogatory comments about the culture they just appropriated…

I didn’t read that much this week, but I have been rereading the “Making Of” book about the 1995 Pride and Prejudice. I don’t totally, blindly love that version, but I do love the huge amount of research and dedication that went into it.

However, I’m not all that happy with my fiction reading at the moment. I know that when one book does well, publishers immediately say: ‘Give me carbon copies of this book, and that’s all we’ll publish for five years!’.

But you know what? I’m bored. I’m bored with wallpaper historical romances. The term “Navy SEAL” is now a joke. I don’t believe every small town in America (or Australia) is full of unbelievably sexy thirty-year-old men who just HATE “the city”. I’m just… bored.

I hope I can get out of this rut soon, but I think it’s the books that will have to change, not me.

Time for a lot of rereading of favourites! I’m already lining up my old paperbacks.

I’m Bored!


Outlander 1×12

Or the episode where we wonder why everyone has stopped speaking Gaelic!

Outlander 1x12 Jamie Claire Sonya Heaney

Cover Love

The Legend of Lyon Redmond by Julie Anne Long Romance Cover

My review of Mastering Meg by Saskia Walker

Mastering Meg by Saskia Walker

My review of The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2) by Joanna Shupe

The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2) by Joanna Shupe

My review of Sins of a Duke by (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

Sins of a Duke by (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

My review of Letters Home (Letters Home #1) by Rebecca Brooke

Letters Home (Letters Home #1) by Rebecca Brooke

My review of The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) by Valerie Bowman

The Unlikely Lady (Playful Brides #3) by Valerie Bowman