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A few weeks ago I attended the Sydney Writers' Festival All-day YA. Last year I attended Boundless: a festival of diverse writers in Bankstown. Needless to say, my TBR list blew out of all reasonable proportions and I've been playing catch up ever since. Here is a round up of some of the OzYA I've… Continue reading Reading OzYA
Natasha Lester is one of the most generous authors in Australia. Her blog is inspiring and informative. It is this generosity, and a love of her travel updates on Facebook as she researches her novels, that inspired me to pick up Her Mother's Secret - as much as the beautiful cover and intriguing blurb! I… Continue reading Natasha Lester: Her Mother’s Secret and A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald
Haddon hall is gorgeous and full of real and cinematic history. There is no rope or prescribed route. Minimal crowds. You meander your way through as you please. An oakpanelled room had an open fire and a musician playing twice during the day. A classical guitarist strummed to our visit, but I think they change… Continue reading Haddon Hall: for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride fans
If you're a Pride and Prejudice fan (guilty! Though Persuasion is my favourite Austen) then you'll likely be familiar with this question. Which makes for a better Pemberley? Luckily you don't have to answer it because you can visit both in person like my husband and I did. Or watch either as Pemberley. In the… Continue reading Chatsworth house or Lyme park?
Highly recommended. Find it here. When I finished this book, I wrapped my arms around my husband and cried a little. While I was reading it, I would often set it aside and curl myself up on his lap for a hug. A third of the way through, I had to set it aside for… Continue reading The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan
If we were having coffee this weekend, it would be at Burgate Coffee house in Canterbury. I ordered a single shot flat white with almond milk, which made you laugh. I can't handle more than a single shot of coffee ... about once a week. I'm way to sensitive to the caffeine. As for the… Continue reading Weekend coffee share
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, is a dystopian novel where people are numbered not named, sex is managed via a pink ticket system, and every hour of the day is strictly controlled. Can you imagine every wall being made of glass? Zero privacy? Zamyatin did, back in 1924. Before Orwell's 1984. Well before the Hunger Games or… Continue reading Recently read: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
I Finished The Obernewtyn Chronicles! Capital F! Reading one through seven novels over the past few weeks has been an all-consuming epic adventure. Love to my husband for bearing with me. I gave him regular updates on the characters, all the while begging more time to spend with them. Eyes glistening, hugging my kindle. The… Continue reading The Obernewtyn Chronicles
I knew which habit I sucked at most rather early into reading Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". Did you notice the silence lately? That was a distinct lack of proactivity. I did the quiz thingy after. It's official. But who needs a quiz when you just know. Putting first things first,… Continue reading Be Proactive