Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

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 […]

Vegetarian haggis July 27

Facing the terrors of antediluvian vegetarianism for Cooking for Copyright

Time to make the vegetarian haggis.

cooking4copyright July 27

Classic Australian Recipes

This week book coasters is supporting Cooking For Copyright. To inspire you, let’s break out some modern collections of classic Australian cookery.

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley Izzy Dane works for a women’s charity in India and is returning to England to get married.   She is engaged to Kieran and having spent very little time together discovers she has made a mistake.  Izzy breaks their engagement and returns to her childhood village of Halfhidden to live […]

The Full Spectrum is looking for young authors

So, we don’t usually post about competitions here, but reviews of David Levithan’s material have been hugely popular, and our comrades down at the Arts Centre are gearing up for the Glitter Festival, so… If you are, or know, an author under 21 somewhere on the LGBTQI+ (add you own abbreviations here: they’ve already apologised for […]

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember By Karen Tyrrell reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Jun15 Title: Harry Helps Grandpa Remember Author: Karen Tyrrell     Illustrator: Aaron Pocock  Harry Hope lives on a farm. His grandparents live nearby and Harry just loves it when Grandpa plays hide and seek with him. He starts to notice Grandpa getting slower, then one day, Grandpa doesn’t want to play with […]

teen June 26

Teen Read Week

Gold Coast teens are in for a treat with nine days of events at nine branch libraries in July. Check out the program…

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – Anthony Doerr

Hitler is in power and Germany is on the brink of another war.  In Paris, near the Museum of Natural History, live a blind child Marie-Laurie and her father who works at the museum as a master of locks.  The Nazis are invading Paris and Marie-Laurie and her father escape to Saint-Malo where father’s reclusive […]

The Dalai Lama’s cat – David Michie

The Dalai Lama’s Cat – David Michie An abandoned and injured Himalayan kitten is rescued from the streets of Delhi by the Dalai Lama and taken to his home at Dharamsala. I admit I picked this book from the shelves as I loved the picture of the cat on the front cover.  As I started […]

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw Retired Police Inspector Auguste Jovert and the former Professor of Law, Tadashi Omura meet in Paris and exchange tales about their lives. Omura’s former friend, Katsuo Ikeda, is also a central character and is exposed as a  brilliant and selfish writer.    The Snow Kimono is also a tale about […]

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