Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Online pages

Interesting links for when you need a pause between tasks on a busy Tuesday. Take a look at the first link to instagram images while you make your tea or coffee, then sit down to read about reading. This selection of links is perfect for when you need a break in your workday, but don't have the time for your book.

+ But first, coffee :: images of the most photogenic beverage {thisisglamourous}

Interesting links:
+ Books at home help attain academic success {smh}
+ The life-changing magic of tidying your book collection {melville house}
+ Fathers can make a difference in getting their sons to read {the conversation}
+ How a book club landed a publishing deal {dailylife}

From the archives: Stories for your bed

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Monday

Happy Monday Readers!

No interesting links collection this week. I have so many, but posting them this late would take me past Monday. Instead, a brief comment on a book I have read and a book I am reading.

At home I often watch YouTube instead of television. Until this year I actually did not have a tv until this year. Last week I watched a bookclub on Paper and Glam discussing a recent book I read "The woman I wanted to be" by Diane von Furstenberg. The story is incredible, both DVF's personal life and family history, and the tale of how she built and rebuilt her empire. Unlike some of those discussing the book, I also enjoyed the stories of New York society, Diane's laissez-faire attitude to love and relationships. And, of course, reading the designer's own account of how the iconic wrap dress came to be. 4/5

Too many books. But one of these includes The Rosie Effect. I loved the Rosie Project, and have started on Don and Rosie's life together (so far) in New York.

The review that got me reading the first book, The Rosie Project: Science, isolation and Asperger's - the science of being a nerd.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy Monday

Happy Monday Readers!

We are back online after a few days. Over the last week I finished Us by David Nicholls and Strictly Confidential by Roxy Jacenko. Now the holidays are coming, and I been buying paperbacks and ebooks in anticipation. 

Interesting links:
+ 12 days of Harry Potter will give fans 12 new short stories before Christmas.
+ Tales of the typewriters from tapped by renowned authors.
+ Learn about the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Booktagger tumblr turns 3

Our Tumblr page turned three this weekend. 
If looking at bookish images give you a brain orgasm, then please follow us: Booktagger Tumblr

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.