Tag Archive: reading

Nov 10

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

I’m just scraping in at the last minute for this week’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. I’m using this meme as a way of tracking my reading and, hopefully, inspiring me to work through my TBR pile a little faster. My first It’s Monday! What Are You …

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Nov 03

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

race to the end of the world

I have decided to join in the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey in an attempt to help me focus on working my way through my reading pile. I always have a few books on the go at once, but recently I’ve found that I’m trying to read …

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Oct 02

Books, Words, Conversations and Remembering Why I Blog

Yesterday I had several conversations about books and writing.   I had a wonderful visit to MacLean’s, my local independent bookstore, where I chatted picture books and YA fiction with the owner for quite a while, as well as taking in two picture books (Engibear and Peter’s Railway) to show the staff should they have …

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Sep 25

Banned Book Week 2014 – Are there any books banned in your home?

It’s Banned Books Week in the US from 21-27 September 2014. As I do every year when I see the banned book updates and comments, I can’t help but wonder why people put so much energy into drawing attention to the books they don’t want other people to read. “Hey everyone. Look over here. Look …

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Apr 04

The Measure of a Good Book

Books to read. (source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1106140)

How do you know when you’re reading a really good book? Is it when you decide to read ‘just one more chapter’ before bed and find yourself still turning pages at 3am? Maybe it’s when you borrow a book, read it and then buy yourself a copy because you know that you’ll want to read …

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Nov 08

Reading Preferences

Barb bookshelf #1

I tend to describe my taste in books as eclectic – a little bit of this, a little bit of that and I’m happy. I’m not a passionate fan of any particularly genre and I will give most things a go. I read picture books, junior novels, YA, fiction and non-fiction. I’ve even been known …

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Mar 22

Can You Limit Yourself To Just One?

The 'What I'm Reading Now' pile on my bedside table

I’ve heard that there are people who read just one book at a time. They start a book, read page by page until the conclusion and then find another book. It doesn’t matter what the genre is, they are book monogamists, even if their faithfulness only lasts for the time it takes to read from …

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Jun 23

Secret Reading Indulgences

Do you have a reading secret?

Rebecca at Lost in Books recently posted about book snobbery – believing that certain genres and types of book are superior to others in some way. Her post got me thinking. I’m as guilty of literary elitism as the next person. There are books that make me roll my eyes and other genres that I …

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Apr 23

Too Busy to Read?

With my children on school holidays for the past two weeks and various other family commitments, including organising to kids’ birthday parties this week, my life has been a little hectic of late. (And that is “little” in the typical Aussie understatement sense where “a little hectic” = “insanely busy”.) In the middle of all …

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Apr 12

Readers’ Bill of Rights

I found this recently at Sally’s Books and Musings Down Under and liked the idea, so I have transplanted it here. Sally offers credit to Daniel Pennac. I have: The Right to Not Read The Right to Skip Pages The Right to Not Finish The Right to Reread The Right To Read Anything The Right to …

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