My week in books

How many books have you read, skimmed, touched, discussed, borrowed or bought this week? I decided I would tally up mine! Read The secret scriptures by Sebastian Barry – this was my bookclub book and and it was my turn to host. Half of our bookclub had read it, half had started it. We all… Continue reading My week in books

Christmas shopping – books for 12-14 year-olds

The wonderful thing about books for twelve-fourteen year-olds is they explore many topics that are fitting for adult literature, too. These books cut straight to the chase – none of these books are moralistic or preachy or patronising – they are interesting, well-written stories about fascinating ideas. A single stone, written by Meg McKinlay –… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 12-14 year-olds

Christmas shopping – books for 9-12 year-olds

I must admit, I have had difficulty writing this post – because I have packed most of our books in boxes, ready for our move back home in a few weeks.  I feel a little bereft without all our books around and readily available to read! However, I do have a collection of fabulous books… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 9-12 year-olds

Christmas shopping – books for 5-8 year-olds

I don’t think I have ever, ever used my credit card as much as I have in the last two weeks! Christmas shopping, five December birthdays, furniture for our newly renovated house (we’re back in a few weeks) – the numbers have nearly worn off the card. But I hope you are still in the… Continue reading Christmas shopping – books for 5-8 year-olds

Christmas shopping – picture books

Yes, it’s only November but we need to think about buying books for Christmas! I have a series of posts planned for you which I hope will make your Christmas shopping easier. Each Friday for the next four weeks I’ll provide a list of books which I love, and I hope you do, too. You… Continue reading Christmas shopping – picture books

Australian spring literary quotes

  While you would think a Melbourne spring should be filled with daffodils, longer evenings and fascinators in the Myer windows, we have had all that but with rain and cold as well. I found it really interesting that these quotes from Australian writers about spring focused on the whole spectrum from the sun and… Continue reading Australian spring literary quotes