Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


1. I’m a bit sick of my self-imposed-book-buying-ban now. But I’m holding out until at least the end of June.

2. NetGalley win – got an ARC copy of Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (which I wanted to read after Rory’s great review. Obviously I couldn’t race out to buy it – see above).

3. NetGalley fail – ARC of Bellweather Rhapsody available to read on all devices except Kindle *cries*

4. Before my book-buying-ban started, I pre-ordered a couple of books. I’m counting down for The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison to arrive.

5. Just when you thought all of the major book prizes had been announced for the year, up pops the Miles Franklin, Australia’s most well-known literary award. The shortlist was announced last week – I haven’t read any of the books on the shortlist (a first in years) but The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane is in my future. The winner will be announced in June.

6. I’ve had to do a number of dissections at uni over the last few weeks. I don’t consider myself squeamish at all. But mice… I hate mice. I don’t want them close to me. At all. Ever.

7. And speaking of uni, I really must start revising for the exam. If I post lots over the next few weeks, you’ll know that I’m procrastinating like a master.

8. My friend Leanne has recently started a blog. Check out how clever she is at The Second Hand City.

9. Our Prime Minister has been a first-class, arrogant grub* this week. His carry-on has bred a whole bunch of hashtags, including #winkgate. He’s even making world news. Nice behaviour coming from the man that appointed himself Minister for Women. Who voted for this twerp?

10. And I can’t finish on such a sour note, so let me tell you about my new favourite nail polish for winter – this.

Christine at Bookishly Boisterous started this meme – get amongst it.

* Thanks to Government Minister, Christopher Pyne, ‘grub’ has a whole new meaning now. Google it.


6 responses

  1. 1 to 5 commiserations and congrats
    6 – You and me both
    7 – Ditto
    8 – Will do
    9 – If any consolation we have elected a plethora of twerps in UK!
    10 – Out of my comfort zone on this one but looks lovely!

    • Glad I’m not the only one with a mouse issue – it seems irrational given that I would be quite okay to dissect anything else!

      Re: nail polish – just take my word for it, Col πŸ˜‰

  2. I have a couple of navy nail polishes, Chanel have a lovely one & OPI. And with the MF s/list, I recommend the Evie Wyld, I thought it was really good. I’ve also got The Night Guest, guess I should read it. Swan Book ditto. Read Eyrie, liked it quite a bit. Read it twice actually. I think Narrow will win though even though I struggled with it. Many love it and it fulfills the criteria I think, no one can argue it doesn’t.

    • I’m addicted to blue nail polish – cobalt, baby blue, aqua, navy… and of course I have to find the perfect nail polish shade for each shade of blue! (Mecca has the best cobalt BTW and that navy I linked to has now become my favourite, taking over from one by The New Black. But will have to check out the Chanel).

      Have read such mixed of Narrow – it’s not high on my reading list. Will start with Wyld although, as I mentioned, it’s the first year that I can recall when I haven’t read any on the shortlist – weird not to have an opinion!

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