Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

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8 ways to make history come alive

History isn’t about memorising names and dates and events.

Here are 8 tips on how to make history come alive:

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra

I picked up this book because I misremembered one of the challenges for the 2015 Readers Challenge. I thought I had to read a book with a precious stone in the title; it should have been a book with a chemical element in the title. You can see my mistake! So while this isn’t a […]

Mischief (Short Stories) – Fay Weldon

I rarely read short stories but intrigued by the interesting cover I found myself immersed in Fay Weldon’s  “Mischief”; devouring one story after another. The stories are witty and a perceptive expose into the psyche of the characters she creates.  I empathized with her female characters as I read the crackling dialogue between men and […]

Trash

Trash by Andy Mulligan I loved this raw emotional book set in the slums of an unnamed country that could easily be any third world country. It is far removed from the tourist strip and is told through multiple narrators. It follows the lives of 3 dumpsite children, Raphael, Gardo and Rat, as they sort through the […]

The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch, illustrated by Harriet Bailey reviewed by Jill Smith

My Grand-daughter picked it out of literally hundreds of books on offer at her school library for Book Week on Grandparents day. This is a beautiful picture book with illustrations that show the story simply, while the words in big print make it easy to follow. James and his Dad are visiting Alec Campbell in […]

Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 notes part one

These are the first part of the notes I jotted down at the workshop, more to be posted shortly- Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 Louise the librarian and organiser of the event introduced the first speaker. Dave Burton Brisbane based play writer, with a soon to be released memoir. www.daveburton.com.au Yes, he had […]

Leaving Time

This novel by Jodi Picoult keeps you turning the pages, as each character helps you piece together the puzzle of the disappearance of Alice, an elephant researcher and mother. It is her daughter, Jenna, who years later reignites the investigation with the help of Serenity, a clairvoyant, and Virgil, a retired policeman who first investigated Alice’s disappearance. […]

Writers'_block_blog May 08

Block out a day for writing

Are you a writer? Can you make it to the Robina Branch Library tomorrow between 9am and 3:15pm?
Join us for Writers’ block – a day of writing talks and workshops led by three inspirational authors: Dave Burton, Isobelle Carmody and Martin ‘Ed’ Chatterton.

quests May 01

Bring on the best quests

Come on a quest this May – a quest to find the best quests in fiction or non-fiction.
Be inspired by heroic struggles and share your favourites with us.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova reviewed by Jill Smith

Alice Howland is a very busy Harvard University Professor. She travels often giving lectures around the world. She and her husband John have written a book. He loves her because of her sharp mind and wit. Two of her children have forged academic careers and are successful, her other daughter is a struggling actress whom […]

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