Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

paper May 18

Paper Towns by John Green

A story about how many of the conventions of the romance genre are destructive to the people who believe they apply to real life, because they encourage us to see others in idealised, and therefore grossly oversimplified, ways.

marilyn and joyce May 13

Classics I’ve never read

Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Ulysses by James Joyce, (being read by Marilyn Monroe in this iconic image by photographer Eve Arnold in 1954). Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve never read any of them. And unless you’ve got a very compelling reason to fling at me, […]

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Highly recommend!  A page turner! The Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author has written a fast paced thriller with a strong plot! Excellent conclusion! Nesbo’s standalone new thriller “The Son” is outstanding and equally enjoyable if not better than the author’s cleverly written Inspector Harry Hole series. When Sonny Lofthus was a teenager he was catapulted […]

Old and new classics

My nan introduced me to the classics when I was quite young and when she died I inherited her vast collection of English, Irish and American classics that I have lugged around from house to house. She said it wasn’t worth reading anything that wasn’t a classic because you would never be able to get […]

Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

Collaboration between two great authors James Patterson and David Ellis; an intriguing plot, satisfying conclusion, but a book that didn’t rev my engine!  What happened? Ben Casper is an investigative political journalist and his best friend Diana who works for the CIA jumps from her balcony.  Ben knows it is not suicide and becomes embroiled […]

A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones

Highly recommended; flows easily, his description of the Christchurch earthquake is vivid, the prose at times exquisite, and the memoir falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”.  Lloyd Jones grew up not asking questions of his mother or father’s own lives as they grew up but remembering the odd fragments he had […]

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a brilliant modern interpretation of “Pride and Prejudice”

A quick note, to commend to your attention an adaption of Australia’s favorite book, as a series of YouTube videos. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is modernized, and set in the United States, but I found it charming. The group who produced it, Pemberley Digital, have also adapted Sanditon and are adapting Emma. Sanditon is an […]

104 in 54 – Fun and charm

I am not sure I will make it to 104 books but I will continue with the challenge.  Here are my most recent reads – in no particular order. Book 16 The Mighty Lalouche  by  Matthew Olsham and Sophie Blackall Delightful. A French postman loses his job when the motor vehicle is introduced to the postal service, […]

April online ebook club wrap-up – Life of Pi

This month’s online ebook club book was Life of Pi by Yann Martel I had very mixed opinions on this. I found the survival story generally entertaining and yet at times I felt it dragged. This is not, however, essentially a survival story though you could easily be led to believe it is. It is […]

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems compiled and illustrated by Jackie Morris. If you love poetry, you will enjoy this beautifully illustrated book of lovely poems by authors such as William Wordsworth, Lilian Moore, W. B. Yeats,  John Donne and Rudyard Kipling. Some of my favourites are from Lewis Carrolls ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and this […]

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