Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Tumblr launched a bookclub :: The reblog bookclub.

Launched today, the first book up is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I haven't read this piece of young adult fiction, but can share the basics I gleaned from about the interweb: Cath is an ultimate fan of the Simon Snow series, an obsession that rules her lifestyle and one she initially shared with her twin sister - when they drew away from reality during a difficult domestic time. Now, she must find a life for her own as she starts college, finds her twin does not want to room with her, and that her professor does not appreciate fan fiction.

The choice of book is apt as it fits well with the Tumblr demographic. But, what makes this format interesting is firstly, that you can share text, images, videos and whatever, and secondly, you can post these with a reblog, meaning that you are not sharing in isolation, but as a dialogue (multilogue?). The choice of book and use of Tumblr is covered well in this LA Times article.

Already there is prolific posting including video reviews and montages of who they would cast as characters were the book to be made a movie. Fangirl sure has won reblogbookclub... fans.

Don't forget to visit Booktagger blog on tumblr for bookish eye candy.

The Man Booker prize shortlist came out yesterday, doubling as a reading list for summer in Sydney. I confess to not have read any of the current list, but it did remind me to put Room, from 2010, in my suitcase for an upcoming beach holiday.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

40 degrees

Sydney sweltered with two days above 40˚C this month, but within this country some life encounters these temperature regularly. How does life survive and thrive there?

This children's book on life in the Simpson desert resulted from the author volunteering with research conducted in the location by scientists from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney, where I completed my degrees. The link provides more on this interesting story, and the book is one I am looking to add to my shelves.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lance Armstrong's fiction

Sydney's Manly library gave people a giggle with this sign on Saturday relating to the recently Lance Armstrong events. The photo was taken and posted on twitter by @Dane_Murray and interest has spread across the globe - with some media outlets seeing the humour and others missing it completely, such as The Guardian in the Uk that boldly announced once they discovered it was a "hoax".

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Monday

Happy Monday readers,

I haven't made many posts in a while, so here are a couple of things from elsewhere:
+ gorgeous previously unseen images in Charley Harper's Animal Kingdom
+ the first library without books
Including some focused on the new year ahead:
coming attractions for the shelves
five movies coming out that are based on books

The last link mentions The Reluctant Fundamentalist is being made into a movie. This book was amazing. It was one of the best written books, with so many layers in the simple narrative. It was amazing how your feelings and opinions of the character changes as the tale progressed. I highly recommend it.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Monday

Dear Readers,

I love this row of colourful books. I had the "Pond Life" book from this series when I was a small child and spend hours turning the pages slowly to see the images inside, as it was well before I could read. What a great series it must have been.

This weekend I spent many hours in the sky, flying home from New York to Sydney via LA. It was a welcoming sunny and warm city today and great to be seeing family with chocolate croissants and coffee in the park and excited children receiving their presents (including books of course, I was excited to find This is New York, from a great series I posted about previously).

Here are our great posts you may have missed:
+ clutches & handbags
+ on the walls :: artwork
hearts and books :: Valentine's day on the walls
+ last week revisited

Enjoy your week!
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