Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

book heart December 08

On the 8th day of reading…

On the 8th day of reading my library gave to me:
eight films for reading.

They say never judge a book by its movie – let’s see how that worked out this year.

figurine December 07

On the 7th day of reading…

On the 7th day of reading my library gave to me…
seven books for self-help.

The silly season can give your mental health a hammering, so we’ve got some recommendations for books that might prove helpful.


“The Rice Mother” is a wonderful story of a Malaysian family saga tracing the life of Lakshmi, a beautiful 14 year old Ceylonese given into a misrepresented, unhappy arranged marriage.   Lakshmi will have 8 children and become the fierce matriarch of her family before realising she had grown to love her ugly, simple husband. The […]

onion-rings December 05

On the 5th day of reading….

On the 5th day of reading my library gave to me:
five golden truths … for writers.

Enjoy our top five recommendations for great advice for writers.

christmas-book December 04

On the 4th day of reading…

On the 4th day of reading my library gave to me:
four Christmas favourites.

What better gift to give and receive than a book?

Are you a bibliophile with a favourite book to read for the holidays, or with a tale of the most memorable book you ever received as a Christmas gift?
We’ve got four stories and we’d love to hear yours.

santa-claus-hat-spider December 03

My Top Ten For 2015

Last year was a debacle: I couldn’t get to ten books to recommend from the hundred I’d read that year. This year, I have so many excellent choices I’m going to cheat and give some extras.  I may also come back and add a few in the comments, if I read something extraordinary over the […]

number one book December 03

On the 3rd day of reading…

On the 3rd day of reading my library gave to me:
three of the year’s best lists.

What books are making the best of 2015 lists and what books do you recommend?

pears December 01

On the 1st day of reading…

Feeling festive? Chances are excellent that food plays a part in memories of your favourite celebrations.

So, let’s kick off this celebration of all good things bookish with a look at cook books and delicious festive recipes.

readers November 30

Readers’ season – summer reading

Get set for 12 days of reading to welcome summer. December weekends and public holidays are the perfect time to stretch out and enjoy a good book. And if you’re lucky enough to have extra days off, you can really get stuck into your to-be-read list. Need a little help with what to read this […]

I_AM November 26

The Picture of Dorian Gray : Book Club Discussion Questions

A reminder that our book club discussion questions contain spoilers. Synopsis While modelling for an artist, a youth is instructed that only the life of pleasure has value. His spiral into dissipation is reflected not on his body, which retains its beauty and vigor, but in the portrait. City libraries has copies of this book […]


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