Originally published on the 28th August 2012, this post about classic books has been revised and updated for the latest Classics Club discussion on this topic.I've been mulling over 'What is a classic?' ever since I spotted The Classics Club blog for the first time a couple of months ago.I've put off compiling my classics … Continue reading What is a Classic?
The past year or so I have avoided joining in any year long reading challenges. Although I love their sense of community and fellowship, by the end of the year, I find that keeping up with where I'm at and what I need to do next just becomes burdensome.My plan for 2016 was to only … Continue reading 2017 plans and projects…
As part of my reassessment about how I spend my time online, I'm looking at the memes I participate in.I love how memes lead me to new bloggers, new books & new ideas. I enjoy the social aspect of memes.But can I be frank?I also spend a lot of time looking at blogs and books … Continue reading TBR Thursday
I had no intention of blogging tonight.We had a huge weekend away with Mr Books' 30 yr school reunion. Monday is also my late night shift at work. The most I usually do on Monday nights is check my social media, sometimes publish a previously written post, chat with Mr Books, read a few chapters of my … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
It's time for another Classics Club Spin - my favourite way to tick another classic off my list.Post your 20 choices by Monday 11th August, then wait and see what spins your way.Read your spin by October 6th and link your review back to the final post on the Classics Club.For those of you who … Continue reading Classics Club Spin #7
I love a good meme I can sink my teeth into and I've just discovered this new one being hosted by two Australian authors - Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith on their blogs.The idea began with this post on the 29th March:It is claimed that every person on this planet is linked to any other … Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation
Joy @Joy's Book Blog is hosting a new meme that celebrates all things British.Her first British themed post involved a Downton Abbey tea in Missouri...which brought to mind my time in the UK in 1991.I was a young 23 year old exploring the world for the first time on my own. It was scary & … Continue reading The Ultimate High Tea
Jillian at Random Ramblings has challenged us to list the ten most influential books in our lives...without any supporting commentary!She says "I love a lot of books. However, I've learned that the favorites list and the most influential list are two completely different things."Without any further ado, here is my personal list of influential books.1. … Continue reading Most Influential Books in My LIfe
Welcome to Australia in Print.Australia in Print celebrates Australian books, Australian authors and all books set in Australia.Join us as we travel around Australia state by state, region by region, city by city.Over the next year or so, I plan to visit (by map) each state and territory. I hope to highlight their authors, books … Continue reading Australia in Print: AusReading Month (November)
Wondrous Words Wednesday is a lovely meme hosted by Bermuda Onion each week to highlight new (to us) words that we come across in our daily reading.This week I've been rereading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald for the Classics Club.Although I've read this book several times, the last time was about 15 years … Continue reading Wondrous Words Wednesday
Book Beginning:"Me name be Hannah O'Brien and I be seventy-six years old. Me first thing is an apology - me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn again. But here's me story and I be glad to tell it before I hop the twig."Page 56:"It was a greyish colour, with sharp … Continue reading Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56
I'm not sure what I can say about this classic story of love and selfishness, generosity and greed, neediness and co-dependency that hasn't already been said a thousand times.I guess all I can do is share my own responses to this book.The Giving Tree was first published in 1964. Right from the start it created controversy and a … Continue reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein