Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller  The mythical age of Greek heroes – this is a retelling of the Trojan Wars of The Iliad by Homer. Our narrator is Patroclus, an awkward young prince, exiled from his own lands to the kingdom of Phthia under the guardianship of King Peleus and his dazzling son […]

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Our city, our stories

            One city, half a million stories! Everyone has a story, and we are looking to map the stories of the Gold Coast. Submit your story – of up to 1500 words – by Thursday 21 August, to see it included in the library’s e-book collection, and pinned to a […]

ideal-books July 24

What’s on your ideal bookshelf?

What are the books you can’t live without? Share your ideal bookshelf with us.

More 104 in 2014

I too have been a little slack in writing reviews; I have however been quite busy reading  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I finally read a Jane Austen novel! As I said in another post, it wasn’t as if I had objections to reading Austen I just knew it would always be there to […]

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Puzzle over these book to movie images

Do you love seeing movies based on your favourite books? Or do casting ‘disasters’ drive you wild? Get ready for our next Readers’ Season – Page to screen – celebrating the books that have been adapted for film and television, with this puzzle of 42 images. Can you recognise them all?

girt2 June 27

Girt. Volume 1, From megafauna to Macquarie : the unauthorised history of Australia discussion questions

Girt by David Hunt is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ book club kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopisis:  This unauthorised history of Australia is alternatively interesting and informative, and then irreverant and hilariously funny!  Girt is the hilarious story of Australia’s past – an account of […]

half bad2 June 23

Half Bad

Half Bad by Sally Green. I chose to read Half Bad after reading the great reviews it received. Wikipedia says ‘ At the Bologna Children’s Book Fair the book has created much buzz and was cited as one of the best books of the fair.  Since then, the rights have been sold to 36 countries worldwide […]

tiger in eden June 17

A tiger in Eden by Chris Flynn

A tiger in Eden is the debut novel from Irish-Australian Chris Flynn. It follows the character of Billy, a Loyalist street fighter on the run from the police in Northern Ireland. Billy is currently residing on the beaches of Thailand where he plays the part of the stereotypical tourist – getting involved in sex, drugs […]

Mullumbimby

Mullumbimby – a town I have visited on and off for the past 30 years or so and where I have called home for the past year. It is fitting that for my last book review with Book Coasters the story is situated in the Northern Rivers region where I spent my childhood; home to […]

Big library read June 05

Big library read

Check out the book everyone is reading this winter with Overdrive’s Big library Read. From 3 June – 18 June, the ebook A pedigree to die for will be available for everyone to download and read: The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife […]

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