Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

My brilliant friend May 05

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (translated from Italian by Anne Goldstein) Review by Jenni An interesting read, not surprisingly lauded by many readers. This novel captures the flawed, unconscious understandings of childhood – the petty and destructive competitions and jealousies which nevertheless drive important decisions, which reveal themselves when time is collapsed by adult eyes, […]

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Review by Neen Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz Dean Koontz used to be one of my favourite authors, but his latest is a disappointment. His language is still as beautiful as ever, and a pleasure to read, but  I found the plot for this one so tedious that I just couldn’t persevere with it. I […]

6 April 29

Saga: the book which will convince you to read graphic novels

So, for the last few years I’ve advocated strongly that all the staff in my library, and all of our Book coasters readers, should at least try the graphic novel format. I’ve talked about four-color heroes and  biographies of concentration camp survivors, surreal dark fantasy and nostalgic Americana,  Biblical interpretations and Tori Amos lyrics, books […]

longbourne April 28

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is the story of  Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Bennet’s servants. While Elizabeth runs carefree through a muddy field, it is the servant, Sara, who has to wash her petticoats and remove the stains. When the girls are invited to parties it is the mysterious footman, James who takes them there and waits […]

tehran April 26

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

Post by Voula. Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes appealed to me because although Australian born, I am a daughter of migrant parents and my husband was born overseas. The author, Nahal Tajadod was born and raised in Tehran but resides with her husband and daughter in Paris. Her hilarious account of a ten day stay in Tehran […]

Silent predator

by Tony Park Last year I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Australian author Tony Park at my local library. Tony spoke about why he is so passionate about living in South Africa and his inspirations for writing stories set there. I was captivated and decided to read one of his books. I chose Silent Predator. I was […]

Tips for your next read by email?

If you enjoy reading our reviews, sign up (if you haven’t already) for monthly emails of our librarians’ suggestions for your next read, including recent releases? We have emails for each of the genre categories covered by book coasters: Popular Fiction Biography & Travel Fantasy & Science Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Thriller Romance See […]

Appleby Farm by Cathy Bramley

If you have ever wanted to live on a quaint English farm, slob around in gumboots and gather eggs, then this is the romance for you!  Appleby Farm is the wonderful continuation of Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley.  Set in the Cumbrian Hills of the Lake District is this idyllic farm, home to Aunt Sue […]

ipp April 19

What’s your favourite classic? Tell us and win

You could be celebrating the classics, because we’ve got a six-pack of Penguin Classics up for grabs – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Now there’s a mixture. For your chance […]

Wuthering Heights April 19

Cathy and Heathcliff – a wicked love story

The dark, gothic tale, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë has always been at the top of my list of favourite classics. Wuthering Heights follows the passionate and twisted relationship between Catherine Earnshaw, and orphan Heathcliff, who was adopted as a young boy by Catherine’s father. Although they are raised together, Heathcliff and Catherine form a deep affection for each […]


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