Seems I have a well honed (accidental and not at all intentional) aversion for Pulitzer Prize winning books 😱🧐 (I‘ve seen the Colour Purple as a stage show - it was phenomenal)
Literally decided to read this because my iPad was within reach and I didn‘t want to have to get up 😏 but sometimes being lazy has its rewards... I‘m reading an entirely delightful book which I probably would have otherwise completely forgotten that I‘d requested from the library (and it is annoying when the loan expires before I get to them)
How many women‘s achievements are relabelled or have been bundled into the achievements of men?
I haven‘t read this one yet...
Added to my signed Isobelle Carmody collection tonight!!! Brilliant evening listening to her speak about her writing life - I devoured her books when I was a teen - and hearing her speak (of writing Little Fur in particular) makes me want to revisit some of the ones I skipped over or don‘t have strong memories of (she mentioned two that were in the process of being turned into screenplays)
A very enthusiastic review for this caught my attention and the library had it - and I‘m so glad! I don‘t generally gravitate towards historical/war fiction - and if there are more out there like this - then I‘ve really been missing out. Maybe the best book I read all year.
‘... Slid into her seat beside Ian, who had dropped his hat and pulled a paperback out from Nina‘s bag: The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer. “You stole my book again, Vanya,” Nina complained.
“Sophia Stanton-Lucy is being vexed by the spiteful Miss Wraxton, but I am confident that she will prevail.” Ian removed a bookmark. “And since when am I Vanya? We‘ve moved on from little ray of sunshine?”
“I was raised a gentleman.... But even if I weren‘t a gentleman, I‘m not an utter idiot. And only the greatest idiot on earth would force anything on a woman he first met erupting from a bush to slash an armed man to ribbons with a razor.”
It‘s been such a hard week at the library, chronic staff shortages has lead to an increase in the manual handling load to the point where my entire right arm feels heavy, I‘ve been wearing a wrist support since Tuesday and I haven‘t had full bend (due to swelling) of my fingers for far too long... so obviously this is the week that I‘m rostered for weekend shifts 🙄😐🙄
Voting is compulsory here but ok Facebook 🤔
If you see any posts about democracy sausages... you‘ll know that the poster is Australian 🤣
One for the tbr tower... I went to the book launch (last year?) and was like YES this sounds like a book for me... ahhh - I need a holiday with a hammock, my tbr tower and someone who smiles encouragingly and cooks amazing food!
Do I remember why I bought this from BetterWorldBooks? 🤔🤭🤫
Am I excited about it, regardless? 🤗🥳☺️
Finally my hard to track down hardback copy arrived in the post!!! Loved this book when I read it earlier in the year - feels like a series (duology?) that I‘ll be rereading...
My gift to myself for holding gauze to the bleeding head of a stranger, while doing crowd control and trying to remember all the first aid questions you are meant to ask while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, arrived in the post today...
“My pilot,” Nina said sweetly, “doesn‘t care for your fucking language, you boneheaded Leningrad mule. Keep your mouth clean around her, or I will slice off your balls and cram them up your fucking nose.”
EVERYONE NEEDS A FRIEND LIKE NINA!!! ALSO THIS BOOK IS AMAZING AND I‘M MAD THAT I NEED TO SLEEP NOW
Had a brunch conversation with a dear friend go an unexpected way when we started debating the merits of egg cups... They thought they were a waste of cupboard space (I keep mine on my bookshelf so not really an issue for me 😂). They did however remind me that some chocolate eggs are the same size as eggs from hens - and thus BEHOLD Noddy and Big Ears featuring chocolate eggs!
Delightful! Sisters, a curse, a big old family secret, a prison break plus ‘a pinch of magic‘ with a race against time with their lives literally on the line... not sure that it quite lived up to it‘s beautiful cover but it came close (as I read past my bedtime 😂)
Got these for $5 at Clunes Booktown Festival - mostly because the covers looked interesting 😂
After a quick gander on Wikipedia, I learnt that this series was never as successful as Nancy Drew and are generally considered RATHER DATED - but still managed to be published throughout the 30s and then a second series published in the 70s (these ones are from the 70s)
Anyone read any? Thoughts?
Little bit obsessed with my newest plant addition 🌱
I‘m constantly getting sucked into Instagram ads 😳 but this one I have no regrets over...
I did my usual trick of giving my grandpa an empty pot and voila! Look what happened - one cute little succulent!
Also featuring: the sleeve of the cardigan I convinced Nana to knit me last year ☺️
(I have amazing grandparents)
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Anastasia is only Disney retrospectively and so doesn‘t really count IMO as a ‘Disney movie‘
UPDATE : I FOUND THE LINK
Ahhh, I couldn‘t resist another Famous Five outing (even one not written by Enid Blyton but obviously was given the publishers blessing as there looks to be heaps in this series) Quite a high stakes adventure with a near drowning, cave exploration, cracking a case that left the police baffled and getting kidnapped 😱 One improvement was that George didn‘t get sidelined when things got dangerous/interesting...
CLUNES HAUL!!! A nice mix of old and new - with a healthy dollop of nostalgia ☺️ All in all an excellent road trip, book buying adventure (and I finally remembered to wear weather appropriate footwear!!)
(Continued in comments)
It‘s been TOUGH lately, at home, at work - it‘s been very tempting to just pull the doona over my head and stay in bed - the last two fridays have been kinda harsh (be kind next Friday 😅)
I‘m going to a book festival tomorrow - which I‘m looking forward to! Anyone else heading to Clunes?
I can name Taylor Swifts cats.
Really hope that comes up at a trivia night at some point because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
(This part of ME! made me laugh. Cute moment.)
Reread. This was pretty good but one storyline (the blood curse) was better than the other (skin walker / Cormac being on trial for murder)... and as this was a reread I knew that there would be a sudden change in the direction of love interests (it‘s possibly the thing I remember most about this book 😂 cause I was (in 2009) pretty unhappy about it - in an I don‘t think I continued the series kind of way) didn‘t bother me as much this time.
Reread. Ahhh, we turn the grittyness up on this one. Kitty ends up on the stand before the Senate to talk about werewolves and vampires. Things obviously go horribly wrong and our girl goes through a huge trauma. Probably the standout line for me is when she compares what happens (I‘ll put it in the comments) to rape to which her friend and lawyers reply is “what would you know about that” - like dude. Just no.
Reread. I like how much Kitty grows and matures over the course of the novel but also her past experiences and certain situations that she rationalises as normal are quite horrifying (and I think perhaps resonated with me as awful more than when I first read this circa 2009)
Easter Monday a couple of years back, is when I sliced my finger open when I was cutting up sweet potato for a new soup recipe. The soup didn‘t turn out and my shock at the blood loss (and then a stubborn sense of ‘she‘ll be right‘) meant that I didn‘t seek immediate medical attention. Which I should have - as I‘d partially severed the tendon and chipped the bone. Good times! To celebrate this Easter long weekend, I stayed out of the kitchen!
Wrong, random internet quiz.
These quizzes don‘t take into account amazing local authors... we don‘t all just read American books all the time...
Finally an article that‘s in praise of something millennials are doing!!!
I love this mug!
Not sure how it managed to work it‘s way to the back of the cupboard but it‘s firmly back into rotation now.
I fired up my laptop for the first time in forever (probably at least a year) and the darn thing won‘t connect to the wifi 💔 thinking back, I think this is probably the reason I found it wedged behind the couch (probably wouldn‘t connect the last time I wanted to use it) 😬 I‘ve done the obvious things like run windows diagnostics & turn the router off & on but that‘s the extent of my tech savvy 🤔🤔🤔 guess it‘s just a portable DVD player now?
A dead girl waits for her father to stop being sad. To be able to continue living and to be able to celebrate her life and not just be stuck on the fact it ended. He‘s also a police officer, called into oversee a possible murder case in a home for young offenders that had recently burnt down. They solve it together. I‘m so glad I finally read this. Even though I didn‘t exactly mean to read the whole thing on a ‘school night‘ #loveozya #ownvoices
Book equivalent of those big ensemble movies like Valentine‘s Day or Love, Actually - which are goofy, annoying yet endearing. The cast of characters is a little bit too big, you don‘t quite get to spend enough time with any of them - & yet by the end, seemingly unconnected characters are connected (sometimes very tenuously through Diana & Charles wedding china but still!) and you are probably grinning, & thinking the world isn‘t quite so gloomy