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 – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

Oh The Places You’ll Go, What a book to behold. The messages inside Tell what must be told. For we all need reminding, Yes, we do indeed, That sometimes in life We don’t get what we need. We will stumble and fall, And fall over we must, For that’s how we learn To get out…

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 – Secret of the Sixth Magic by Lyndon Hardy

Many years have passed since I have ventured into the genre of fantasy. Please don’t mistake me and think I haven’t visited the realm of fantasy, because that happens multiple times a day. No, I’m talking about the genre of fantasy. This was a favourite of mine in my teenage years. Perhaps the idea that…

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…

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,…

The Great Wall of Mexico and other strange musings

There are some people in my life, who are amazed that I can come up with so many stories. How could I possibly be so creative and make all the stories so different? What they don’t understand is that the wonder is two-directional; how can they have such a solid grounding in realty? I wonder…