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Mr Wigg August 02

Mr Wigg

Mr Wigg by Inga Simpson. Post by Natalie Set in country Australia in the 1970s, this is a beautiful story about Mr Wigg, an elderly man who lost his wife almost a year ago and lives alone on what remains of the family farm. He spends his days working in the orchard, cooking and preserving […]

Amy August 01

July Online eBook Club Wrap-up – Amy

*Note: This discussion contains spoilers*

Amy by Peggy Savage, is the story of a female Doctor who loses her medical licence on the outbreak of World War I. In response she goes to France as an orderly determined to get her medical licence back and clear her name.

mobile library August 01

The Mobile Library

Mobile Library by David Whitehouse. Post by Kyla.   If you like travelling libraries and quirky characters, ‘Mobile Library’ is certainly worth picking up. It starts with a cliff hanger, quite literally, and then quickly takes the reader back in time to learn exactly how a mobile library came to be perched on the edge […]

poisoned crown cutdown image August 01

July reading diary : a little murder, a little warfare, a little ukulele…

A mixed month of books: a little murder, a little warfare, a little ukulele… (73-74) The Strangled Queen and The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon I started this series last month, and liked the first book, but felt it was incomplete. The Iron King sets up the characters for the author, who uses them in […]

fear sunlight July 31

Fear in the Sunlight

Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson. Post by Robyn55. Readers of Fear in the Sunlight must first understand that Nicola Upson is a fiction writer – however, her book does portray real people. In this novel they are Josephine Tey, and Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville. This is such a clever book […]

outliers July 31

Outliers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Post by Jenni. This book is another thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating amble down the corridors of society and individuals: of culture and its unexpected effects on achievement and society; of individual talent versus circumstance. Gladwell completely debunks our counterproductive tendency to deify our high achievers and hero worship them as examples […]

Mad Love Cover July 31

Batman : Mad Love And Other Stories

The Suicide Squad movie hits theaters this week, so if you are the type who likes to read the book before seeing the movie, may I suggest Batman : Mad Love and Other Stories? It is the origin for Harley Quinn (the woman with the multicolored hair on the movie posters). Harley’s development as a […]

flat out love July 30

Flat Out Love

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park Post by Belinda. Genre: Young Adult Flat Out Love follows the lives of the Watkins family and the main protagonist Julie Seagle.  Julie moves in with the Watkins after her college housing falls through and is invited to stay by Erin Watkins, her Mother’s old college roommate.  The story then […]

Spool blue thread July 29

A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Post by David.   Like a spool of thread, Anne Tyler winds her stories about a blue-eyed family through generations.  It’s the story of a house and a home as much as anything else.  Chronologically, the story begins with the building of a perfect house by the […]

Wonder By R.J.Palacio

Wonder By R.J. Palacio Wonder is about a young boy called August Pullman who has a facial abnormality.  At the beginning of the book August says of his face – “Whatever you’re thinking it’s probably worse”. August is home schooled and goes to school for the first time in fifth grade. He just wants to […]

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