I’ve recently started following a blog called Giraffe Days. It’s written by a lady named Shannon who grew up in Tasmania and after travelling a lot (including living in Toronto, Canada for 7 years) she returned to ‘Tassie’ with her family. She’s a qualified intermediate/high school teacher and literature is a huge part of her life — over 3500 books in her home library — and she has an eclectic taste in reading. Just reading along the bookshelf in her blog header gives an interesting glimpse into her psyche and the header’s design is great. (I’ve been a fan of giraffes for a long time so it really struck a chord with me!) Oddly, my favourite genre — murder mystery/thriller — is her least favourite and she says we won’t find any reviews of that genre on her site. Her byline encourages you to read outside your “comfort zone” and you can search for a particular title in her reviews (that go back to 2006) if there’s something you’re thinking of reading and want a bit more input before making a purchase.
Today I read her review of Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (2013) and I must say Shannon is an excellent writer. Sometimes I skip through parts of reviews because I’ve already decided whether I want to read the book or not but Shannon kept my attention from the first sentence to the last. Her first tells us there are two ways to interpret the story but that what’s important is not the answer but that the question of interpretation exists at all. It seems there are a lot of misperceptions of motives and actions in the story that affect the lives of everyone involved but not in a comedic way — the is a serious book exploring relationships. Read her review and see what you think. She was rather put off by the cover design (the one I’m showing here) and if you are too but want to give the book a try there is a different cover design available. Let me know what you think of the blog and, later, of the book if you decide to read it.
This is not Joshilyn Jackson’s first book so you might find some of her other titles intriguing as well. She is a southerner, hailing from Decatur, Georgia and has won various book awards including Author of the Year in Georgia twice. If you like to listen to audio books in the car, Jackson’s own voice is on her audio books — a one-time actress, she likes doing her own recordings. Check out the Giraffe Days review and then check out Joshilyn’s own web site.