Author Archives: shirl

Tales about gardens for children

Tales About Gardens by Dr Richard Whitlow. Dr Richard Whitlow is a gardener from the Gold Coast in Australia who has written a lovely new series of books designed to answer the questions which kid’s ask about the things around them and how they work, such as ‘why is the sky blue’, and, ‘what makes […]

Book poem

I loved this poem by Beris Carr, who attended the Versatility event at the Upper Coomera library.   Dearly Beloved, I’ve lost some friends I truly cherished For whom I’ve greatly sorrowed These friends aren’t humans who Have perished They’re Books that humans borrowed.

games 2 July 22

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro on 5-21 August this year. These are some lovely books on the topic which have recently caught my eye.   The Story Of The Olympics by Richard Brassey. This book is beautifully set out to appeal to children, and will entertain while informing in much the same […]

sweet thing July 22

Sweet Thing

Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino   Post by Melissa.   Sweet Thing is a beautifully written narrative that I couldn’t put down. It tells the story of Mia Kelly, an Ivy League graduate and classically trained pianist, who uproots her life when her father dies suddenly, and takes over the running of his Café in New […]

tidying July 20

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo. If you love living in an organised home but your personal space always seems to end up messy, this is a life-changing book for you to read. Marie has written a hugely popular and successful book based on her business of helping people to organise their homes. […]

Book of lies July 18

The Book of Lies

The Book of Lies by James Moloney. Post by Brooke Hawthorn. When I first picked up “The Book of Lies”, I was captivated from the first chapter. The adventure on which our main characters embark is exciting and with so many secrets and half-truths, the story is compelling to the very last page. When a […]

A Twist of the Knife

A Twist of the Knife by Peter James. Post by Robyn55. This book is a collection of very, very scary short stories written by the author of the famous (infamous)? Roy Grace detective series. An accomplished author, Peter James takes his reader on a thrill ride with every story. All the tales are beautifully crafted, […]

Green Vanilla Tea May 12

Green Vanilla Tea

Green Vanilla Tea by Marie Williams. Post by Robyn55. Imagine that your beloved husband suddenly starts changing into someone you can hardly recognise. His habits, personality, and temperament start to change and he becomes hostile and confused. What would you think? For Marie Williams this became her living nightmare as her once kind, gentle husband […]

New York night May 11

New York Night

New York Night by Stephen Leather. I do not often read supernatural thrillers, but I do enjoy The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, so I gave this one a go. I found that I enjoyed this book even more than The Dresden Files, despite it being the 7th in the Jack Nightingale series. It was easy to […]

gap in time May 10

A Gap In Time

A Gap In Time by Jeanette Winterson. A gap in time written by Jeanette Winterson  is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.   Having not read The Winter’s Tale before, I needed to brush up on the storyline but this book could be read independently with no Shakespeare knowledge. Shakespeare’s plots are usually […]