2014: The Year in Review and My Top Ten

Books Read in 2014: 71 — including:

Books by Female Authors: 55 Books by Male Authors: 15 Adult Books: 50 (all genres) Children’s/YA Novels: 13 Picture Books (new/own): 8 Non-Fiction: 3 Memoirs: 1 Plays: 1 (but 2 different editions) Fantasy: 10 Science Fiction: 3 Speculative/Magical Realism: 5 Romance: 11 Classics: 1 Historical Fiction: 10

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Weekend Cooking & Review: Decorating Cakes

Decorating Cakes by The Australian Women’s Weekly; edited by Pamela Clark Bauer Media Group 2014 (2012) Paperback 239 pages Cookbook

This is going to be a very practical, anecdote-filled review, but since I bought this book for a specific purpose, my review of it is very much tied up in how I used it […]

Thoughts on 'The Revenant Past'

I’m sitting on a bench under a grand old maple tree, its bright green leaves almost transparent in the sunshine, surrounded by lush lawns, neatly trimmed and carpeted in daisies. The remnants of grand buildings around me are literally scarred by the stories of time through which they have endured, histories both tragic and hopeful. […]

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

How about a little photo essay today? I thought I’d show you where I’m living now, as it’s rather lovely and I’m always curious about where other bloggers live; maybe I’m not alone? 🙂

This is our house:

It’s an old Federation-style weatherboard house from the 1920s. Isn’t it cute?

This is […]

Dr Johnson's obscure words

I love watching QI, it’s so fascinating and funny and you learn all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Last night’s episode was no exception, and when they got talking about Dr Johnson’s dictionary, the obscure words that are no longer in use, and what Stephen Fry called his “lazy” definitions for things, I just […]

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Still the same-old as before: our stuff hasn’t arrived from Canada yet; I’m not able to find a job yet because of I can’t put Hugh into daycare until we sort out some government bureaucratic business that’s been dragging on for weeks now and is the cause of most of my stress; we’ve […]

2013 Reading & Reviewing Wrap-Up

The last two years, I used the End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner to recap my reading and reviewing, but I don’t really have the time to do that this year. Instead I’m opting for something simpler, a full-year version of my monthly reading recap posts, though a little […]

Holiday Snapshots #2

This is always an exciting time of year, when the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is on. Organised by Judith (Leeswammes’ Blog), you can visit many book blogs and enter giveaways, many of them international. I’ve hosted a giveaway for this about three times now, but I decided not to this time because money’s a bit […]