Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

chain January 27

Good news and bad news

Great news! The City of Gold Coast library service has a new library management system with improved search functionality, past borrowing records and a book cart that allows readers to place bulk holds and create to-be-read lists. We’re super excited! The bad news is that the embedded links and some of the images here on […]

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

I am working my way through the classics and I find it easier to listen to them rather than read them. Probably something to do with the language and the style of writing. Therese Raquin is grim.  It is also a little gruesome. Not what you would describe as an up-beat read! It reminded me […]

fireworknewyear December 31

What are your reading resolutions?

Forget about weight loss, what are your reading resolutions for 2016? For the past few years, my resolutions have been about quantity (104 books per year). I’m not saying that’s a bad resolution, but I’d like to try something different this year. So, this year I will: Assess what I read last year I couldn’t […]

christmas wombat December 24

Christmas Wombat

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French is a delightfully funny Christmas story that children of all ages will love. While there is only a small amount of text in the book, the illustrations show the curious and wonderful adventures of Wombat including a head to head battle with Santa’s reindeer over carrots. This book will make the reader smile […]


Thank you to all who have reviewed and posted your favourite books.  I have read so many wonderful stories and discovered new authors because you took the time to share with us all.    I look forward to reading your reviews in 2016.


THE ALPAHBET HOUSE – JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN A brilliant story with a difference…British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young (friends from early childhood) are selected for a German photo-reconnaissance mission looking for factories. Their plane is shot down and the pair parachute into enemy territory. They board a train of high-ranking wounded SS soldiers and after […]

The Burning by Jane Casey

Jane Casey’s The Burning is the first in the Maeve Kerrigan series. The first chapter had my full attention as a young woman makes a bad choice in accepting a ride from a stranger after a big night out on the town with friends. You can feel her fear as she realizes her mistake and […]

images December 15

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Images & Photos)

I have read the Pleasures and Sorrows of Work of which I could write a review similar to the many others online… But the purpose is to review/discuss the Photographs contained in the book. Which is the reason I have been drawn to looking at this book and Googling it so often. You might ask […]

One step closer to you December 08

One Step Closer to You

One Step Closer To you by Alice Peterson This novel follows the journey of  Polly who is trying to rebuild her life after finally realising that poor choices and family secrets almost destroyed her. Polly is a woman with addictions but in particular it’s her alcoholism  that threatens to pull her under. You share her […]


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