Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

April 24

The Ecclesiastical History of England by the Venerable Bede

This book has a niche audience. I enjoyed it, and found the following features appealing: it describes the early history of the English. I’m into Arthuriana, so the period is one to which I’m drawn. It is written with an interesting archaic cadence, which works well in audiobook.  I listened to the free Librivox English edition […]

April 15

Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry

Reviewed by Lyn Reilly Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines by Bernice Barry Georgiana Molloy: the mind that shines (a biography of one of Australia’s first female botanical collectors) by Bernice Barry, 2016 Pan Macmillan Australia The subtitle is taken from a song of Robert Burns ‘the mind that shines in ev’ry grace’ Georgiana was […]

April 12

A Curious Beginning / Deanna Raybourn

  A curious beginning / Deanna Raybourn I really enjoyed this book, and just loved meeting Veronica Speedwell, the intelligent and feisty heroine who tackles life head-on. She is brave, independent and capable, but also an appropriate and realistic character for the Victorian era in which she lives, and not just a modern woman crammed awkwardly into […]

April 11

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

  Her every fear by Peter Swanson Eager to make a new beginning after a violent ex-boyfriend kidnapped and assaulted her, Kate Priddy readily agrees to a six-month apartment swap with a distant cousin based in Boston. Kate has never met Corbin and really doesn’t know that much about him, but she is still fragile, […]

April 10

Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Greg Innocent in Death by J. D. Robb I have just finished JD Robb’s Innocent in death.  I have not read any of the others in this particular series so was surprised to see that it is set in the future, about 2060.  Having said that it doesn’t have any real relevance to […]

April 07

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods. The main character, initially, is Charlie, […]

April 05

Encouraging Words for Kids by Kelly Bartlett

Post by Voula Kelly Bartlett is a parent educator who aims to teach parents and caregivers the power of the spoken word as an influential tool. She differentiates between encouragement and praise and how to convey acceptance versus approval. In her book Kelly explores that the best way to build up children is to emphasise […]

April 03

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom By Yeonmi Park

Post by Denise. Yeonmi Park is a 23 year old woman who is a North Korean defector and human rights activist. In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother made the dangerous journey across the Yalu River into China – guided by human smugglers.  China did not, and does not acknowledge North Koreans as refugees, and on […]

March 30

Stay home and read Harry Potter

So, I’m writing during the Cyclone Debbie disaster, and the Mayor has just given an interview in the Bulletin which is reported as: 11AM UPDATE: MAYOR Tom Tate has told Gold Coasters to stay at home and read Harry Potter as a major weather emergency unfolds across the city following a 300mm deluge overnight. So…what […]

March 29

…and then the murders began

There’s a meme going around the web which says that any book’s plot can be improved by taking the first line and adding “and then the murders began”.  In the spirit of previous annual retrospectives does this work with your favorites from last year? It doesn’t work with the book I’m reading now, because it is […]