I had such fun with my Reading Challenge in 2020 I’ve decided to embark on three challenges this year. Yes, three. It’s not going to be as challenging as it sounds as there’s a lot of crossover. The three challenges I’m doing are The 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. Hosted by ...

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Last year I received a lovely email asking me to try out a brand new book subscription service. I was intrigued. I enjoyed some of the selections of the book subscription service I paid for in 1980 and I wanted to see what these people did. Back in the late ...

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Early this year I joined a Facebook group for the Dymocks Reading Challenge for 2020. I had no expectations of actually finishing the challenge as I’ve never managed to complete a reading challenge before, but I decided to join the group and cheer people on. Over this past weekend I ...

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Here is yet another reason I dislike Amazon. They own Audible. You may have heard of Audible, you might even use it. And if you’ve returned an audio book through Audible I hope you’re going to think twice about doing it again in the future. When we return purchases to ...

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I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve not been blogging. I think I was hitting overwork and was struggling to find the motivation to write. My back was giving me pain and then it went from bad to worse. My physio put me on total bed rest, four weeks – and ...

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Today’s photos come from a little island I’d love to visit, Shetland. I’m in a group on Facebook called Shetland on Camera. I joined it earlier this year to give me something that feels like travel. The photos are out-of-this-world beautiful. They have Puffins! Yesterday, someone posted a photo of ...

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My paragraph today comes from ‘3010 Melbourne University Magazine’ Issue 1, 2017. I think I must have picked it up at an Open Day. Some things that are sitting on my TBR pile probably should have been read a while ago…just saying… The paragraph is in a short article in ...

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There are some bookshops that will forever stay in my heart. The one from my childhood was Pete’s Paperbacks where you could buy secondhand fantasy and sci fi for 20c each. The shop sat under the railway line in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. It is no longer there, I look every ...

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That time of the week where I take a paragraph, mostly at random, and talk about it however I wish. I picked up the book I had on my desk, opened at random and found a passage about urinating. I changed pages for a different paragraph. If your elders don’t ...

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Today I’m looking at the Sticky Institute. It is one of my favourite shops of all time. They specialise in zines. Those little booklets which are handmade by the author and can cover a range of topics. I have some which are transcripts of conversations, this seems mundane but I ...

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Where I take a paragraph and examine it in whatever way takes my fancy. Today, I’m taking a look at a paragraph from a piece called ‘One Plot, At Most’ by Jane Rawson. It was published in Overland Issue 230 Autumn 2018. An Australian short story is short. That is ...

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Continuing my regular Friday Photos of bookshops. I just love bookshops. They are full of books and also the most wonderful people. I would love to travel around and take photos of bookshops but due to lockdown this is just not possible. Instead I’ve been travelling the bookshops using the ...

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Here is where I take a paragraph, at random…actually, I lie, today’s paragraph is almost at random. I found a paragraph I wanted to use but it was a comment on a fan fiction and although it was brilliant I felt it wasn’t right to use the entire comment. Instead ...

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Another in my series featuring bookshops. I’m incredibly grateful to these people. Not only do they provide me with my fix of reading material, but they also quickly open up their photo archives for me. Gertrude and Alice have been lovely about this. Gertrude & Alice are both a bookshop ...

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My usual column where I take a paragraph at random and talk about it in whatever way I wish. I never know what I’m going to look at or say until I get there. Today I’ve picked up an Overland magazine, Issue 234 from Autumn 2019. Now to open it ...

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