What’s in a Name Challenge 2014 Wrap-up


Of all the reading challenges, I have the most fun with What’s in a Name, hosted by The Worm Hole. I like browsing through my TBR stack to find titles that fit the challenge categories.

The challenge is simple – read one book that fits each of the five ‘categories’ – Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from 1984 to Delicacy


It’s time again for my favourite meme. Based on the concept of six degrees of separation, Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith have created #6DEGREES, where bloggers share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along. Continue reading

A few short reviews

I’m back from London and The Continent. I really like the term ‘The Continent’ – far more Henry James than ‘Europe’ and it also reminds me of the eighties when people in Australia talked extensively about their ‘Continental holidays’ – they sounded so glamorous. Note that my two week trip included two visits to The Continent – a day-trip to Paris (as you do) and a few days in Berlin. As a result, I can now talk about ‘my most recent trip to The Continent’ (Berlin) and ‘my previous trip to The Continent’ (Paris). This makes me very happy indeed.

I’m sure I’ll bore you with holiday details in my next Bookish Thoughts post but in the meantime, I’ll share some quick thoughts on the books I read while I was away.

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday – Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler


Despite the fact that my participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, was supposed to reduce the number of sample chapters I have on my Kindle, it seems the opposite has happened. In the past week, I’ve loaded up on new releases! Here’s one that caught my eye – Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler. I am intrigued because the book is written as a series of lists. I love lists.

Here’s the first paragraph – Continue reading