Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

The Spires of Kurrong by Malcom Wells reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review By Jill Smith©Feb15 Title: The Spires of Kurrong Author: Macolm Wells Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia   Markus and Filona are in love. The story opens with the young lovers looking out over a precipice where they intend to jump to their deaths. Their liaison is prohibited in the domes he is the son […]

Tell the truth by Katherine Howell

Sadly, this is possibly the last in the Ella Marconi series by Katherine Howell. Howell has style of writing that keeps me hooked, it is pacey with clever storylines, although possibly a little repetitive. Surely there can’t be that many questionable paramedics in Sydney. And maybe for this reason the series is coming to an […]

50G February 19

In Defence of Bad Books

The parts of the internet I frequent hate the film of 50 Shades of Grey.

Stell prize logo February 16

The Stella Prize 2015 long list published

The Stella Prize Long List has been announced. Thanks to Sue over at Whispering Gums for reviewing them all. The Stella is an award for female Australia authors, regardless of genre. To make it easier to find the books, here are the Gold Coast Library Catalog links. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil Emily Bitto’s The […]

beach read February 12

Bleach* reads

Grab your towel, your sunscreen and your book. We’re off to the beach for our next Readers’ season!

Ready player one cover February 09

Ready Player One Book Club Discussion Questions

A teenager, living through a future economic collapse, finds the first clue in a puzzle devised by a reclusive eccentric.

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Reading challenge 2015 – The Graphic Novel

The adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks A very sweet graphic novel. As a novice to the graphic novel I have to say I enjoyed Superhero girl. She is charming, funny and fallible – how many superheroes shrink their cape in the wash or get sunburnt with their mask on, leaving a sunburn […]

Nerdsign4 January 22

On the Theory of “…in your pants”

Is every title made more amusing by adding “…in your pants.”?

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton The House at Riverton is a compelling tale set in the days of the 1920’s with references to the present day where we see the main character of the story, Grace, as an elderly lady who recalls past events in her life. The story is quite riveting and […]

Eleanor & Park

A library customer made me aware of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell when she asked me if the library had a copy. Not an unusual request but I was intrigued that a mid-teen was interested in an adult fiction novel. This also isn’t unusual amongst teens who are avid readers but the title and cover were interesting […]

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