Book quote by Edward P Morgan

I found this great quote this morning that I really like and wanted to share with everyone:
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan
I especially like the last line. I think that this is one of the things that I really love about reading, the fact that all at once your mind can be so active, you can be so consumed with what is going on inside your head and you can feel like so much is going on and yet it is a totally private and internal kind of activity, something that only you alone are experiencing.

I think that is a wonderful and special feeling and I think that Morgan has said it nicely.

What do you think? Does reading do this for you?

Lights, Camera, Blog Action!

This is a special feature dedicated to spreading the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!

Today I am featuring Jennifer from Jennifer @ Mrs Q: Book Addict, who has a really wonderful blog that I love reading.

  1. Tell us something about yourself
Newly married, and that's where the Mrs. Q comes from. One thing I wish I could change would be to read faster. However, when I do try to read faster I feel like I'm missing out. It's been like this since university. So, with 53 books read I feel accomplished. I'm jealous of those who read 100+ books a year. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how many books are out there that I want to read. I feel like I will never get through them all in my lifetime.

  1. What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?
Matilda by Ronald Dahl. I loved how Matilda was obsessed with books and locked herself away from her crazy family. I don't have a crazy family, but I am the only reader.

  1. Why do you love to read?
I love to read because it's endless learning. I can be taken to a new place, a new life, and a new experience. I studied english and history and I felt that in history I learned the facts but through english and reading I was able to live during those times. I felt that those two subjects go hand in hand and I would try to study the history and english time period at the same time. I never was interested in history until I took english classes that peaked my interest.

  1. How do you choose your books?
At the moment, exclusively through book blogs. After reading certain reviews, I need to go buy the book. Book Blogging and the community has opened my world of books. I was very limited in the type of books I read before, now i'm much more open.

  1. If you had to narrow it down - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?
Oh, this is tough...

1. John Steinbeck "Of Mice and Men."
2. Philippa Gregory "The Other Boleyn Girl." This book started my obsession with the Tudors.
3. J K Rowling "The Chamber of Secrets." I love the Harry Potter series and these books made me realize that young adult reads can be for adults as well.

  1. When and why did you start your blog?
I previously blogged on Vox but it wasn't exclusively books. My blog is new, I started in October. I started my blog because I would eventually forget the details of books I read previously. I thought it would be a great way to keep track of the books I read. I had no idea the book blogging community was so large.

  1. What do you love about book blogging?
My favourite thing is meeting new people and sharing book interests. I think the book blogging community is great. Blogging also keeps me focused and constantly reading.

  1. What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?
Have fun! My blog is first and foremost for myself. If I gain a lot of traffic that's great but I need to keep it fun. I recommend visiting other blogs and meeting new people. At first I was afraid to write reviews. I do not see myself as a writer, but everyone has been great. Join in the meme's, they are really fun and you can find great blogs.

I think it is really interesting what you said about being able to live in the time that the book is written about. I find that very true when I'm reading - even if a story is based on modern days, I still feel like I am living in the time and space of the characters when I'm reading and that is something special about books.

If anyone else would like to be featured please feel free to drop me an email at

Booking Through Thursdays: Favourite Unknown

Who is your favourite unknown author, that no one else reads and you can't quite understand why?

It took me awhile to think of one, but my chosen author is Douglas Kennedy, has anyone heard of him? None of my friends have read his books.

He wrote an absolutely AMAZING book called The Pursuit of Happiness, a love story in the McCarthy communist era in America. I cried my eyes out in this book and couldn't put it down the first time I read it. I have re-read it a million times and it is just as good with every single re-reading. I have read a couple of his other books as well, which while not as good as The Pursuit of Happiness were still pretty good.

I think everyone should read The Pursuit of Happiness - this author is worth giving a go!

Thoughtful Thursday: Finding time

Thoughtful Thursdays is a feature where I discuss all things book and blog related. It might be an issue that has been mentioned in the media a fair bit or it might be theoretical ideas about reading, books or blogs. I would love it if people could comment with their views on the issues raised, and hopefully get some debate or discussion going. I love reading and books and it would be great to have a space to talk about these sorts of things with other people who have the same interests as well.

When do you find time to blog?

Today's though is blog related - i am very curious to know when everyone finds time to work on their blog?

I work full time and try to make my blog entries either before I go to work or when I get home, but it can be quite a challenge to find the time to write the posts, and spend the amount of time that I would like to reading other people's blogs.

Sometimes I find that I actually have to put my reading aside to make time to do the posting that I would like to.

What about you? When do you work on your blog and how do you work it into your lifestyle?

Tuesday Teaser

Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.

Here are the guidelines:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Being a busy working girl, I am still reading Capricornia which I started last Tuesday I think (really? It doesn't feel that long ago!) so I will leave a quote from a book that I intend on reviewing some time this week.

The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide
"Mortality is wonderfully mind-cleansing. Take the washing line, for instance. Here is a site of profound wisdom, generally ignored by men and women alike, despite its centrality in daily life. Design wise, the hills hoist rotary washing line is an icon. There was Lin Onus's washing line with fruit bats. But beyond that, the reinvention ends. There has never been an investigation into the true meaning and function of the hills hoist planted, at one stage, in almost every back yard in the country. Yet there are certain rules regarding washing-line culture and the laundry that suggest an assertion and independence on the part of women frequently denied to men."

Great Authors: Isabel Allende

Great Authors is a fortnightly feature I have started to discuss my favourite authors.

The first author that I have chosen to feature is Isabel Allende. 

I don't remember the first book of Allende's that I read, but I have read quite a few and I really love them. One of the biggest things that I love about Allende is her style of writing. It is so individual and has such flair! The writing she employs is very descriptive, which I really admire (although I accept that it might not be for everyone. Allende writes her novel in Spanish, her native language, and they are then translated into English. I think that perhaps this also accounts for her lovely style of writing - I think that the Spanish language translates really well into English. 

The characters that Allende creates are exactly what I love in a fictional character; complex, flawed and real. She pulls you into their story until you are trapped in there with them, hoping for them and feeling for them. The events are focused on the daily realities of life as well as the bigger picture, giving us an insight into the characters true selves and existences. 

Her stories often progress through many generations of the one family, which is another thing about her writing that I love. Not only do you get to see the life of one particular character, but you get to see how people's lives are shaped by those that come before them and in turn influence the lives of those that come after them.

Following is a list of books by this author that I own and have read and can therefore highly recommend:
Isabel Allende is originally from Chile, but currently resides in the USA. She has lived a fascinating life, full of turbulence, hard times and most importantly love. She is related to Salvador Allende who is suspected to have been assassinated during the coup, and became part of the underground rebellion against Pinochet's violent dictatorship, helping people to flee the country to safety. Eventually Allende and her family had to leave Chile and live as exiles in Venezuela. She remained in Venezuela for 13 years before moving to the USA, where she met her current husband. Her life before and after the death of her daughter Paula are written about in the following books:
I have read both of these books, and I laughed and cried in both of them.

Isabel Allende is an amazing author and I really recommend that you read her books. Has anyone read any of her work? What did you think of it?

It's Monday! What are you reading?

'It's Monday! What are you reading?' is a meme started on the wonderful J Kayes Book Blog all about what books you just finished, you are currently reading and what is coming up.

Just finished

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
The Households Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide

Currently reading

Capricornia by Xavier Herbert
So far this book is really amazing - it gives a really fascinating account of Australian life in the early 20th Century, particularly in relation to racial issues and attitudes that prevailed at the time. What I didn't realise is that that author of this novel was actually the "Protector of the Aborigines" in Darwin the 1930's and so is well placed to give an accurate, if fictional, account of the times.


This is just a quick reminder of 2 posts I made recently.

The first was a call out for anyone interested in being featured on "Lights, Cameras, Blog Action!" - my new weekly feature that you can read about here. Last week Amy J of My Overstuffed Bookshelf was featured. If you would like your blog to be featured please send me an email or leave a comment and I will email you the questions!

The second was a call out for anyone interested in being on my blogroll? Have a look at the call out for anyone interested in being on it here. I will begin a blogroll soon, so please send me an email or leave a comment and I will be sure to add you!

Top Commenters Award!

J Kaye of J Kaye's book blog has kindly awarded me the Blogger Buddie Award for being a Top Commenter on her blog. You can see the post with the links to all the other winners here. This is my first blog award and so I am very excited and grateful.

J Kaye's book blog is great and I encourage you to take a look.

I plan on passing on the award at the end of the month to the top commenter on Page Turners. I talk about it in my Special Features & Contests section.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Book Details
Pages: 105

Publisher: Children's High Level Group

Published: 2008 (Great Britain)

Language: English

ISBN: 978 0 7475 9987 6

Book Review

I loved the Harry Potter series, loved, loved, loved it - and so I couldn't help myself but read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I know a lot of people who have strong views about this book just being published as a money spinner, which the cynical side of me is sure is true, but all the same I couldn't help but read the stories that became so central in the final installment of the Harry Potter series.

I have to admit that I as I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (which incidentally was my first ever review which you can read here) I imagined
The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be a big thick book, and obviously the reality we now have is a lot thinner. Despite this though, I found the stories really sweet. I love a good old fairytale with a moral to tell at the end.Fairytales often involve normal people like you and me, who become in some way the victim of bad magic. So it was nice to see fairytales from the perspeective of magical people. This was a really nice way to end the Harry Potter series.


What kind of read is this?
It is a children's book, so it only takes a very short time to read. I know a lot of the time I say that reads are "quick and easy" but this is the epitomy of a quick and easy read.

Do I recommend it?

Without a doubt!

Do I recommend that you buy it?

I think so, it's cheap and small and is a nice edition to the Harry Potter series if you have that sitting on your bookshelf.

Star Rating

6 / 8

Really enjoyable and well written. I would recommend it.

A Blast From the Past: Father Frank by Paul Burke

A Blast From the Past is a weekly meme where I intend to review book that I read in the past that has had some form of impact upon me, whether it be good or bad.

My recommendation for today is Father Frank by Paul Burke.

This was a great little find at a bookstore under Central Station in Sydney. It is the story of Father Frank, a Roman Catholic priest that, strangely enough, doesn't believe in God. Having said that, he loves his job, and doesn't regret the time and work he put in to become a parish priest. He loves working with people and he improves their lives in many respects. I hope that this doesn't offend anyone, I know the thought of a priest that doesn't believe in God is horrifying, but this is a story, and a really nice one. Despite the deep love he holds for his job, Frank has cause to question everything when he meets Sarah, who puts his vows to the test.

I really love this book. Its a very quick and easy read, just really sweet and fun. The characters are funny, the language is funny, it's a comedy. I would definitely love someone else to read it and enjoy it like I did.
Feel free to leave a comment or a link back to your own post about a blast from the past that you want to share with everyone.