Library Build Day 2 – Timber and Batons

With the room ready for building, dad and I started the day by shopping for all the timber we’d need to act as various supports for the bookshelf. Not only do you want any bookshelf to be affixed to the wall, but if you are planning on building it in, those shelves need to be…

Library Build Day 1 – Moving the electricals

Have you ever realised that power points and TV antenna wall sockets are all close to the floor? It’s super handy for hiding behind furniture. Not so handy when you want to permanently affix furniture to the wall in front of said points. Luckily, my amazing dad can move things like power points. But knowing…

Library Build – Preparation

Before any renovation can start, you need to do your preparation! Figure out the plan, check the measurements, know what style you’re hoping to achieve. Ikea have full measurements of their products online so I could easily check the dimensions of the various Billy units, of which, there are several. My lounge room is big…

My Perfect Library

Booklovers tend to have a few dreams in common; the perfect book (complex characters, an intriguing plot and sentences which make the heart melt), the perfect place to read (a comfortable chair, good lighting, your choice of beverage, perhaps a crackling fire but otherwise quiet), and a good library. Some people might say, ‘Library, no….

Book review – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Witty and charming with a narration style scarcely seen these days, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol lingers amongst the shelves of literary classics for a reason. It is the spark of hope that defines Christmas in modern day Australia (and probably elsewhere too). It teaches us that Christmas is a time for family, for giving,…

Book review – Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

I’m not sure if I finished my next book. I read the words, ‘THE END’ several times. But I didn’t actually ready every page. If you’re wondering what I am talking about, then think back to your early reading years when you read the classic, Choose Your Own Adventure books*. Romeo and/or Juliet is one…

Book review – How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

I started reading this book on a Saturday night, home alone. I’d been in pyjamas from around 5pm, before finally turning in for bed around 8pm. In other words, don’t expect this book to change your life from page 1. How to Be Single is a novel from one of the authors of He’s Just…

Book review – The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

When thinking about book titles, you need to think about what your target audience will be interested in, while also conveying the story or message within the pages. So, if someone is looking in the general fiction section of a bookstore, you can generally assume they are interested in fiction, books and stories about people….