Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

download-robot February 14

We have Make:!

The Library Service gets new titles in for its physical magazine subscriptions every six months or so.  This time we added many titles. the one which thrills me most is For my fellow staff, Make can be a bit inaccessible when you first open it, because it assumes that you are a maker, and are […]

index-2 February 08

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Reviewed by Greg W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton The 23rd in the series and full of interesting storylines and characters.  Kinsey is back in full swing! The story centres around two deaths.  The first is a PI known to Kinsey, who is not so scrupulous or nice, but he dies in suspicious circumstances.  […]

index-1 February 07

Everywhere I look by Helen Garner

Reviewed by Bindi Everywhere I look by Helen Garner Everywhere I look is a collection of essays and diary entries by renowned Australian fiction and non-fiction writer, Helen Garner. Garner wisely and deliberately considers all sorts of situations, feelings and moments and helps the reader reflect on being human. It’s a beautifully written bunch of […]

index February 06

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Reviewed by Bede The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan This award winning novel by Richard Flanagan tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor who suffers through the trauma, guilt and some parts shame from being a World War Two prisoner of war. The novel starts slowly, however the descriptions of […]

book-cover February 03

Our Souls at Night

       Addie Moore and Louis Waters are from the small town of Holt and have known each other for decades. Both have lost their partners and are finding the time after nightfall unbearably lonely. Their solution is seemingly simple – to spend the nights sleeping together and talking in the dark. Tenderly and […]

book-cover February 02

Ken Done: A Life Coloured In

Post by Chrissy. Those that grew up in the 80’s like myself and brought their very first Ken Done doona cover, with the pastel bird print, might understand the excitement that I got reading his biography. I am a self-confessed fan. I loved the vibrant stories of growing up around the beaches of Sydney with […]

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Reading diary January 2017

What an awful month… I finished six audiobooks, but the vast majority of them were unsuitable for a general audience, and can’t be recommended. There was one exception: Love Romances of the Aristocracy by Thorton Hall was an entertaining book. Imagine a sort of genteel gossip column, written in the late C19th, that provided the raw material […]

book-cover February 01

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  Paul Kalanithi had just completed years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. In an instant the future he had imagined with his wife had been wiped out. Confronted with death he decided to write a book about what it means to […]

paper-hearts January 30

Paper hearts and Summer Kisses

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is yet  another heart-warming story from Carole Matthews. Christie is a single hardworking mother of a teenage boy. She tries very hard to juggle the demands of a full time job, long daily commute and motherhood and is exhausted by the struggle […]

bookcoasters-featured-images January 20

March by John Lewis

Those of you interested in current affairs may know there has been a Twitter spat between The President-Elect of the United States, Mr Trump, and Representative John Lewis. I’d like to flag that we have Mr Lewis’s graphic novels in our collection. John Lewis was deeply involved in the MLK-era civil rights movement, and is the last […]