Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

Book poem

I loved this poem by Beris Carr, who attended the Versatility event at the Upper Coomera library.   Dearly Beloved, I’ve lost some friends I truly cherished For whom I’ve greatly sorrowed These friends aren’t humans who Have perished They’re Books that humans borrowed.

isbn9781409163855 August 31

L’Art de la Simplicite : How to Live More with Less

Hardback English By (author) Dominique Loreau, Translated by Louise Lalaurie Thinking this book was about having a simple life I started reading thinking it would be filled with those inspirational words of wisdom. Strangely it was not. But this book was better. I quickly discovered parts of our lives can become filled with clutter which […]

fireworknewyear August 08

Librivox reaches ten thousand free audiobooks

A quick note to congratulate Librivox on its eleventh anniversary, and reaching a milestone.

Cochrane (2) July 29

Autobiography of a seaman by Lord Thomas Cochrane

Cochrane was a British captain during the Napoleonic period. His life was the raw material on which many later writers of historical fiction drew. The influence on Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester, for example, is marked. For readers wanting naval daring, the biography written by his son is a better read. There is a bit […]

where trees were July 12

Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Reviewed by Susan I would describe this book as a ‘love song to the landscape’,  as it so evocatively describes the characters’ relationships with it, as if the landscape itself has a personality. Written alternately from the perspective of Jay as a teenager and then as a young woman, the novel traverses the country of Western […]

7 July 12

Reading diary: May and June

More graphic novels than you could sensibly shake a mallet at

revenge cold river July 11

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry

  Posted by Neen I find that Anne Perry’s books are a bit like a box of good chocolates – you just can’t stop at one, which is why I had to read Revenge in a Cold River. It’s no. 22 in the William Monk series, and I’ve read all the others. Her meticulous research, complex plots, and […]

7 July 08

The Invisibles by Grant Morrision

Literature is meant to allow you access to the life experience of others. That’s a big claim, but if the only think you can say about a book is that it was amusing, then it wasn’t really about anything, and you could have read a better book, which both amused and attempted something deeper. The Invisibles […]

Pciture of The Uncommon Reader July 04

The Uncommon Reader

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett The Uncommon Reader has been written by the Tony Award winning playwright and author Alan Bennett. Bennett has been brought into the spotlight more recently by the movie “The Lady in the Van”. The Uncommon Reader takes us on a literary journey with the Queen of England. The Queen […]

BLR-FB-graphic June 23

Big Library Read: A Murder in Time

The school holidays are here again, but we’re making sure they’re not just about the kids! When you do manage to get some you time, we have unlimited free ebook downloads of A Murder In Time by Julie McElwain. From 23 June to 7 July, you’re guaranteed a copy of this new historical mystery as part […]