10 June 2016 | Uncategorised

Long weekend reading

Pile of books in wicker box on windowsill, closeup

It’s the long weekend in Australia for the Queen’s birthday weekend – big yes! Looking forward to a weekend with only one kid sporting event and one extra day to fit everything in.

I’m also looking forward to some more reading. I’ve almost finished reading Anna Spargo-Ryan’s debut novel The paper house (heartbreaking story, beautiful language) and I’m expecting a parcel from Booktopia today with Tara Moss’s latest book, Speaking out and a book on writing from Robert McKee.

And there’s always online reading. Here are a few articles and blog posts which have caught my eye this week.

  • This post by Tara Mohr resonated with me. I have admired her writing for a long time, and I think her book, Playing big should be read by all women. I’m thinking I need to reread it now. Tara encourages women to ‘play big’ and stop placing limitations on themselves, whether they’re creatives, running small businesses from home or heading up a board for a large organisation. She’s a thoughtful and intuitive writer, and I liked what she had to say about writing on her latest post – “there is nothing more important in writing than being endlessly honest with yourself, true to your questions, at your own edges, faithful to your own muse. Because in the end, honey, no matter who it reaches, your creative work is for the evolution of your soul.”
  • Renee Milhulka wrote a post about our writing group. It’s hilarious and true, and almost made me cry. How did she know exactly how I felt when I walked into our first meeting? How did she describe me like that after only knowing me for a couple of months? Here’s her description of me: “Her writing is very much like she is, quiet and thoughtful with a hidden strength running through it. She is generous with her limited time, helpful, but most of all totally committed to making her work the best it can be which I find totally motivating.”
  • This UK post has some tips to encourage kids to read. Some of these tips we are already implementing but there are a few we could work on. I definitely need to spend more time reading Mr 12’s books, so we can have conversations about them. “Research has shown that children who enjoy reading and spend more time reading for pleasure have better reading and writing skills, a broader vocabulary, and an increased general knowledge and understanding of other cultures. But with so many other activities competing for children’s time as they get older, how can you continue to encourage your child to read for pleasure?”
  • If you are a writer or a woman working from home with small kids, this post from Ali Luka will offer a few tips. She’s very practical and has some excellent ideas for fitting in time to write. “As a parent writer, you can’t possibly live up to some “perfect” standard – not when it comes to your writing, and not when it comes to your kids. And frankly, it doesn’t even matter.”

Happy reading! Have a lovely long weekend.



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It lovely to be lost in a book for a few hours.I know just the place to nestle. My 8 year old granddaughter has just found the magic of reading. I see me in her at that age. The outside world becomes an intruder.

June 10, 2016 at 7:48 am


Some great suggestions to enjoy over the weekend, especially that piece on writing groups. Sounds fascinating and very well written. 😉 Have a lovely weekend Karen. X

June 10, 2016 at 7:49 am


I loved Anna’s book, the Paper House. Had to take myself off for a walk after finishing it.

June 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Karen Comer

    I haven’t finished it yet, Lisa, but was in tears reading it in bed last night. I completely understand the need to ‘walk it off’.

    June 10, 2016 at 11:16 am


I keep seeing The Paper House popping up in my Facebook feed and I picked it up in the bookshop the other day..and put it down as I still have a pile off other things! Would it be a good read to take on holiday? Not necessarily the entertaining read but more in the sense that it is compelling? Have a lovely weekend x

June 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Karen Comer

    Hi Carolyn, ‘The paper house’ is definitely a compelling read so allow yourself plenty of time to read uninterrupted. But it is a sad book, so decide whether you want to feel a little ‘clouded’ while you’re away! I’m enjoying reading it over a few nights, so I can digest it in small doses. Each to their own reading style!

    June 12, 2016 at 9:43 am

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