Category Archives: Distractions

Everything except reading. Miscellaneous and off-topic posts.

piglet March 14

Page to screen in 2015

It’s going to be another bumper year for movies based on books. I’ve already seen more than enough written about the film adaptation of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, released on Valentine’s Day, so let’s move on… After The Fault in Our Stars was such a hit last year, big things are expected of John Green’s Paper […]

sir terry March 13

Vale Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett, prolific fantasy author and campaigner for better understanding of dementia, has died, aged 66. We salute him as an exceptionally creative and entertaining author who inspired millions through his Discworld series and other novels.

surfer March 06

Best of Bleach* reads

Our new Readers’ season is all about that beach, ’bout that beach, no trouble.
Read the beach, enjoy Bleach*, write the waves and tell us what books go best with a little sand.

Light On Snow – Anita Shreve (Abacus 2005)

Light On Snow – Anita Shreve (Abacus 2005)   This gentle novel is set in secluded, show-bound New Hampshire as the 30 year old narrator Nicky tells the story of what happened when she was a twelve year old girl. At that time she lived with her father and they had moved to this remote […]

The Torch by Peter Twohig

This is the sequel to Twohig’s The Cartographer, which I enjoyed but wasn’t convinced, The Torch however I loved. Set in the early 1960’s in a fictional Richmond, Melbourne  – my home town and I do like to read novel set in places I have lived and/or loved. The story is narrated by a 12 […]

Vale Leonard Nimoy

That’s why I WROTE THIS Song by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

This is a great book. Susanne wrote this book with massive input from her daughter Tory who wrote the songs. The cover is such a fresh faced girl with the band silhouette at the bottom, I loved this image as it encapsulates the story so well. It’s very thought provoking. How do families cope with […]

Crashing down by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

Lucy is in year 12 and getting ready for her final exams. Party time, she is waiting for her boyfriend Carl to pick her up. Everything in her life is going well. She is certain she’ll get the grades she wants so she can go to Uni. Carl is a bit smothering and she thinks […]

Butterflies by Susanne Gervay reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.sgervay.com Katherine is nearly eighteen and just wants to be like everyone else. She was severely burnt at age 3 and has undergone many operations to get her to where she is. Will she ever be able to wear her hair up? Should she put her head in a bag as one boy said in […]

Destroying Avalon by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

http://www.katemccaffrey.com This is a book that gets to the heart of cyber bullying. Like the screech of nails down a blackboard (an old school analogy I know) the feeling of alienation, abuse and anxiety Avalon felt was palpable. I was worried from the first sentence, and screamed early on, ‘tell someone’. Her parents are teachers, […]

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