Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


01. I know it’s a team effort and doesn’t come down to one kick…

I know mothers carrying on about their kid’s sport is boring…

But when my baby kicked the winning goal, after the siren (*no pressure*), to beat the top team by one point and put his team into the grand final, I was very excited. Very. Actually, I was very everything – excited, relieved, nervous-wreaky. And it’s kind of nice to know that my boy will be replaying those few, perfect moments a million times over in his mind forever.

02. I’m starting a The Good People countdown…

03. What the what? I think Hanya mentioned this when I heard heard her speak a few months ago but now it’s real.

04. I actually agree with this article about borrowing books… (although I do lend people books).

05. Airstreams in the air – this looks like fun.

06. If you’ve ever studied biology (and/or ecology), this article about rats is mind-boggling.

07. Christine directed me to these cookies last week. We made them and they were delicious (also, we call nonpareils ‘Freckles’ in Australia).


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21 responses

  1. Thanks for that link to the article on borrowing/lending. I sympathise with the problem of loaning books never to see them again but he stuck me as very snobbish in his attitude to public libraries.

    • Agree about libraries – imagine all the people who have discovered reading thanks to their library. I know I LIVED at mine as a teen!

      I disagree with the author about lending books – I’m happy to lend people books although I only lend ones that I’m also prepared to say goodbye to, that way if they don’t come back to me, it’s no big deal. Books that are important to me, special editions or signed copies stay on my shelf.

      But the bits about other people lending you a book – SO MUCH PRESSURE to read it immediately!

      • After, reading that article about book lending by the guy with 3-first names, I couldn’t disagree more. I’ve been donating ALL of the books that I’ve purchased and read (primarily novels) to my local library for the past 25 years, about 75 books per year, totaling just under 2,000 volumes. It’s a joy to be able to afford to do so. Who has room to store 2,000 books that will never be reread? I certainly don’t; not unless I boxed them, and stacked those boxes in my basement, never to be opened again in my lifetime.

        My library periodically calls me and asks, “are you going to be ordering these books…A, B & C…if so, we’ll just wait until you donate them to us?”. It pleases me to respond, “yes, I’ve already ordered one of them, it’s sitting on my to-be-read-soon pile. Or, “I do plan on buying two of those books, you don’t have to use your budget to do so”. My small library services the poor and older people who are on fixed incomes; many of the library card holders look forward to my donations…and, I like that I can provide non-mass-market literary fiction reads to an appreciative audience.

        Mr. Clark a book miser, which considering that he most likely gets his books for FREE, due to his “literary critic” credentials, just means he’s peculiarly ungenerous.

      • I think I should have qualified the bits of that article I agreed with (maybe it deserves a follow-up post?!). Anyway, the bit that resonated with me wass the part about people loaning you a book (particularly when it’s unsolicited, which happens to me quite often) and you feel you have to read it straightaway. I often have a book sitting around for months or years before I pick it up – sure, I read ARCs in a timely way (most of the time) but that’s different – firstly because I chose them and secondly because I don’t have to see the publisher every other day, asking if I’ve read it yet! Like the author of the article, I find there’s a certain chemistry to choosing your next book.

        In the past, I reviewed children’s books – all of my review copies were passed on to local school libraries and kindergartens (much to their delight). Books I buy in hard copy get passed on either to friends (with no expectation of return) or to my local charity shop. Pretty much the only ones I keep are those that have been signed by the author.

        Perhaps Mr Clark goes to the same sin-bin as Marie Kondo?!

    • FYI – I halved the amount of salt in the recipe (it seemed a lot!); made 14 cookies instead of suggested 10 – the 14 we made were still very big; and reduced cooking time to about 13-15 minutes.

  2. Interesting article about book lending, and I never lend books I haven’t read. That’s my first rule, made primarily because I know that the book probably won’t come back to me. That’s been my experience. I don’t like to borrow books, either, but I do have a Nora Roberts “wedding” trilogy sitting on my shelves, lent by a friend who was borrowing from me and insisted on the “fairness” of a mutual exchange.

    I still haven’t read those three books. They weren’t books I would have chosen for myself. So why did I accept them? Good question. She hasn’t returned the book she borrowed, either.

    Whenever I see an Airstream, I think of McDreamy, on Grey’s Anatomy…,LOL.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  3. I’ve had mixed results in lending books to people. Once I stupidly lent a book I hadn’t read to one of my staff members; she took her sweet time reading it and then resigned from her job before she finished it – I never saw the book again. I’ve also lent a book to my former mother-in-law, who can’t find the book and thinks she may have lent it to someone else (WHO EVEN DOES THAT WITHOUT THE BOOK OWNERS PERMISSION??). I’ve recently lent a book to my ex when we still living together; I asked him about it the other day and he’s nearly finished it but likes it so much he wants to buy the book, but asked if he could just buy me a new copy. My immediate question was, “What have you done to my book?” My mum and sister are safe to lend to and are probably the only people I trust with my books. And when they lend me books there’s no pressure to read it right away, which is nice.

    That article about the pests in New Zealand in amazing. Much smarter than introducing another species to get rid of the pest species (like with the whole Cane Beetle/Cane Toad fiasco). It’d be good to see something like that in Australia. Our current pests in the news are giant goldfish (because this is Australia and we can’t have normal pests)

    • I’ve had the same thing happen with a work colleague – it was decades ago but the funny thing is that every time her name comes up, my friend says “Has she returned that book yet?” – it’s become a running joke!

      Lending someone else’s book? NO. WRONG.

      I saw those goldfish on the news – aren’t they CRAZY?!

      Biological controls are always a risky venture but I have been wondering what risks there are in removing species, native or not – for example, I wonder if NZ has birds of prey that rely on mice and rats for food? Anyway, it’s not keeping me awake at night but the concept is fascinating.

      • You piqued my interest on the birds of prey thing. New Zealand does! They have four native raptors (two owls, a harrier, and a falcon). And there’s also an introduced species of owl. But if they’re native then I guess there’d also have to be some kind of native food sources, because what would they have eaten before the introduction of foreign prey?
        So many things to think about!

  4. Baking is difficult in Colorado (with the altitude, it makes me mad). Fun fact: nonpareils are my favorite chocolate, but are generally difficult to come by. I usually only see them in actual candy shops and I’ve never – in my entire life – seen rainbow ones. Clearly, I will be looking now.

    • My brother, who is in his final year of college and generally poor, asked what to get me for my birthday last month. I sent him on a mission to find nonpareils. It was my only request.

      • It’s so odd because they’re a standard lolly in Aus – if you bought a bag of mixed lollies, there would always be Freckles. And you can buy bags of them in the supermarket. And they’re one of my favourites. Keep me posted on your progress – I can always dispatch emergency Freckles your way. 😃

  5. I’ve always been very anal about lending books and I have some not-so-diligent friends when it comes to returning them. One of my faves ever disappeared and I can’t even remember what it was called (which I know is bizarre).

    Nowadays my mother borrows almost everything and if I don’t want to keep them I don’t put my name in them and they go via her church ladies to the hospital or a men’s shelter or something. (Whereas once upon a time I wouldn’t have even given away a book I hated!)

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