Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

letterschesterfield2 June 03

Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by Phillip Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield

This book came about accidentally. Lord Chesterfield was high officer in the British Government during the Eighteenth Century, and wanted his natural son to be able to follow in his footsteps, into the diplomatic service. To allow his son to overcome the disadvantage of being a bastard, Chesterfield paid for a magnificent, practical education, where the […]

Eat Desert for Breakfast May 25

Why it’s perfectly acceptable to eat desert for breakfast

Why it is perfectly acceptable to eat desert for breakfast by Nicole Joy Finally! A reason to eat desert for breakfast without the accompanying guilt! This is a fantastic book  written by Nicole Joy contains over 40 gluten free, dairy free, sugar free recipes. Nicole’s foreword gives you an insight into her torturous relationship with […]

smile May 24

The graphic novels of Raina Telgemeier

As she enters her teens, Raina falls over and knocks out her front teeth. Smile is a graphic novel that charts her progress through orthodontic correction, and how her (minor, temporary) cosmetic impairment alters her social life and emotional development.  I was concerned that the technology she mentions has been surpassed but, “invisible’ braces aside, it […]

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]

home May 16

A Little Life has a big impact

A Little Life has had rave reviews from almost every literary publication you pick up as well as being recommended by The Tuesday Night Book Club.  I won’t attempt to compete with these reviews here – you can read them online – but I will give you my personal take on this book. A Little […]

book-406806_960_720 May 06

The most banned books make the best reading

The American Library Association has put out the annual list of most challenged books for the past year.  I always think these lists are excellent for finding books that are unlikely to be dull, so, let’s have a look and see what’s available in City Libraries. As is often the case, the ALA list indicates […]

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 […]

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