Book review – Dune Road by Jane Green

Jane Green is an author I have admired for many years. At times when I stare at my to-be-read shelf and think ‘there is nothing interesting here’, that is when I go in search of a Jane Green novel. They are sweet, have believable characters and pull me in quickly. As a bonus, the plots…

Book review – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

A very dear friend recently gave me The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. She was amazed I hadn’t read it and said that as soon as I have, we would watch the movie version together. Her advice to me was, ‘you need to have a childlike imagination when reading this book.’ And I believe…

Book review – Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

Sensible Lyn, evil Cat and Bohemian, unpredictable Gemma. Three sisters. Triplets, who are as different from each other as their physicality is alike. Three girls who share a birthday, a history and a disastrous night which lands one of them in hospital. Liane Moriarty’s first published book, Three Wishes, is my latest read. What I…

Book review – Lyrebird Cecelia Ahern

I found this book a while ago and in true bookish fashion, wrote it on my to-be-read list (the to-be-read shelf was already bursting) and promptly forgot about it. But when visiting the bookstore with my Christmas money, I became reacquainted with this little novel. Over the years I have read a few books by…

A quiet place to write

Usually, when I sit at my desk in the morning, it is to silence. There is no music, the phone is ignored and no one is around. Essentially, I work to exam conditions (but without a scary exam lady watching over me). I need to be free of distractions to be able to turn inside…

New

Sometimes, all you can do is close down your old documents, put away your old notes, and start again. This is true of writing and of life. There are times when you need a change of scenery. Or a place where no one knows you or your history. Then there are times when everything needs…

Lessons Learned

Life is a collection of lessons. A series of classes we must take. But rarely do we stop to think about those lessons. We think about moments; a series of photographs our mind strings together to tell us what our life has involved. But to grow as a person we must also think about how…

Creative Bubble

Today is the first day of a long weekend and, as I don’t usually work Tuesdays, this means I have the next four days off work. Four days of no commitments. Four days of sleep-ins and doing whatever I want. While many Australians will use the long weekend to go away camping or down the…

Oops, I did it again…

Once again, February held one of the most magnificent events of the year; the Lifeline Book Fair. Unlike last year, I didn’t go in with specific books in mind or a budget I foolishly thought I could keep to. This time, I went prepared for everything. Armed with my grandma trolley, a drink bottle and…

The 26 Challenge

As this time of year is all about resolutions, I thought I’d throw mine into the mix. BUT…with a little twist. Rather than trying to change my behaviours, I’ve decided to expand on what I already do, pushing myself further. To do this, I’ve set myself a series of challenges. Read 26 books. This one…

The MAGIC of Harry Potter

Being part of the generation who grew up with Harry Potter, I have my original set of books, sitting in order on my bookcase. It’s almost a badge of honour; I’m a serious reader, I have Happy Potter.  But what do we do with them? Earlier in the year I was given the illustrated version…