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 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…

Top 3 very old books

To finish this series on old books, I have chosen my favourite three books over 50 years old. These are definitely books published before I was born and so I haven’t read many, but there are a few shinning examples of wonderful literature. Top 3 books over 50 years J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a…

Top 3 even older books

Last week, I posted on my favourite books over five years old. But that’s hardly old. Five years ago, an earthquake hit Japan causing a tsunami. Five years ago, Steve Jobs died. Five years ago, we saw the last Harry Potter movie hit the screens. Do we remember all these events? Of course we do,…

a Flawed book review

The stunning young adult debut by bestselling author Cecelia Ahern is titled Flawed and tells us of a society with a system to supplement the law. This second system is designed to create a morally perfect community, removing corrupt people and those prone to poor decisions from positions of power. It is an interesting concept…

Book Review – My Sister’s Keeper

Great writing is not only beautiful on the page, and poetic to listen to; it can also create strong emotional reactions within the reader. We spend hours flicking the pages, getting to know the characters, feeling invested in their future, until they become real to us. For me, it feels like I am reading about…

Writing advice

Possibly the most useful piece of writing advice I have ever received, came from my year 2 teacher. She was a passionate and dedicated teacher who inspired and challenged her students to write more often, and to write better. Despite the fact that I was only seven years old at the time, she taught us…

I tried, I failed, but it was fun!

As you know, the Lifeline Book Fair was on in Canberra this weekend. I had a plan, a cleverly constructed plan. I knew that my usually strong will power breaks whenever I am around that most precious of commodities; books. I planned to take in just $50 and limit myself to this amount. After all,…

Writer’s Block

At my work Christmas party last year, a friend asked me how I had gone in NaNoWriMo. I explained that the story was underdeveloped and so I had not been able to advance it as much as possible, and that there were some difficult parts in it (the two main characters were both song writers…

The gunman, is useless.

The gunman, is useless. That’s how it starts. This brilliant opening sentence can be found in Markus Zusak’s The Messenger. It sets the scene so incredibly well and yet, is full of questions. Why is the gunman useless? What’s the gunman’s relationship to the narrator? What environment is it; a war zone, a robbery, a…