Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Life of pi April 02

April online ebook club – Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This month’s online ebook club read is Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This bestselling novel follows the story of a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, who, following the tragic sinking of a cargo ship in which his family were killed, is stuck on a lifeboat with a Hyena, Zebra, Orang-Utan and a 450-pound Bengal […]

104 in 52. Adventure and survival.

BOOK 12 Destination Cambodia by Walter Mason Walter Mason’s first book Destination Saigon was a lovely book that my husband I both read when travelling through Vietnam, I have since given it to other friends travelling to Vietnam as it gives a good insight into the people and culture of Vietnam. This book, Destination Cambodia, I […]

1984 March 27

March online ebook club wrap-up

This month we read Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell for our online ebook club. This dark, dystopian novel was written in 1948 and is set in 1984. It depicts an extreme totalitarian society in which people are regimentally controlled to the point where they are almost incapable of independent thought. Our protagonist in this novel, […]

Folder and pen March 21

Local authors: brace yourself for an online event of epic scale and awesomeness

A Uni in the UK is doing a free course on how to write fiction, and we are going to help you finish it.

What makes life worth living?

This is the sub-title of Hugh Mackay’s latest title The Good Life and is a good indication of what the book is about.  When we say we are living the good life we usually mean we have, money, time and the freedom to do as we please, but when we say someone led a “good life” […]

letter to george clooney March 18

Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide

Letter to George Clooney is one of the long-listed titles for the 2014 Stella Prize and I can see why this may be so. Debra Adelaide is a writes beautifully and portrays aspects of life in Australia with humour, irony, warmth and sadness. The book comprises a series of short stories – some of these […]

beach mug March 13

Welcome to a new look book coasters

It’s still the same book coasters that you know and love, but now with a new stylish look, where you can see and access more of our great content more easily. For example, if you love a particular genre of books, you can find reviews for that type of book on the drop down menu […]

The Digital Comics Museum: Bringing the Controversial Back to Life

Over on Open Culture they have an excellent article on the Digital Comics Museum. At time of writing, membership is free, and members may download any or all of the collections. They have over 100 000 out-of-copyright comics. The copyright expiration angle means they come from before the emergence of the modern superhero properties, and so they […]

104 in 2014

Book 9 Take down 20 by Janet  Evanovich.   Someone said to me recently that Janet Evanovich is doing a lot of cutting and pasting in her books. I have to agree. The is a lot repetition from previous books, I think that if you are up to book 20 of a series you probably don’t need to […]

Australian books March 01

Twenty great Australian books – solved!

We hope you enjoyed working out the clues in our Australian stories hidden book title puzzle. Here’s that image again… And here are the 20 titles: The Boatby Nam Le My Brilliant Careerby Miles Franklin 48 Shades of Brownby Nick Earls Cloudstreetby Tim Winton Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley The Well Dressed Explorer […]


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