BiblioMemoirs

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is one of my favourite authors. His prose makes everything he writes so very readable. He writes in a way that enables we “everymen” to easily access historical and scientific facts. (I’ve listened to several audiobooks where Bill Bryson reads his own work, so when I read his books, I can hear his voice and imagine his smile while I read.) …

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Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

I’ll start this blog post by saying that Susan Hill’s two Bibliomemoirs, Howards End is on the Landing and Jacob’s Room is Full of Books, are two of my very favourite books The information they contain is so valuable, I’ve made sure we’ve got the printed versions taking pride of place on our bookshelves. I am grateful for her taking the time to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us.…

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The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a Bibliomemoir, a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one precious book-space on our bookshelf. Our bookshelf space is limited; reserved for “special” books only. At least twelve of our book-spaces are taken up by Bibliomemoirs, where they wait patiently for my return to enjoy their treasures. Over the coming years I’ll dive into their pages to reacquaint myself with their gems.…

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The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

In 2017 at my favourite Sydney literary event, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, I was browsing Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures, when I discovered The Book That Made Me, edited by Judith Ridge. The book is a collection of mini-bibliomemoirs ((Note from the Artuccino Team – the meaning of bibliomemoir: a memoir about the books one has read.)). They are personal reflections on books that had a profound impact on the writing life of some well known Australian and New Zealand authors. Each story led me down new pathways, introducing authors and books unfamiliar to me.…

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The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

A Bookish Observation: Andy Miller’s book, The Year of Reading Dangerously – How Fifty Great Books (And Two Not So Great Ones) Saved My life, has had a profound effect on me and my reading. I listened to it as an Audiobook from Audible.com, narrated by the author himself, then I purchased the hardback because it’s a book I knew I would want to refer to again and again. And then I bought the Kindle eBook too, because it’s nice to have it easily accessible in my library in the “Cloud”. Mr Miller’s narration put a smile on my face immediately. He has a self effacing humour typical of British people. He made the discussion light hearted but serious all at the same time.…

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What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s ‘1001 books you must read before you die’

What I discovered while reading through Peter Boxall’s ‘1001 books you must read before you die’

While reading Peter Boxall’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, I’ve discovered it’s not just a list of books. It is also the source of some self discovery helping me understand what I don’t want to know about and what I do, a very enlightening realisation. I’m realising how narrow the boundaries of my reading taste are. My strategy for the book is to slowly read through all the previews. When I find a potential book to read, I add the book to my Amazon wish list . I’m only one third of the way through the book at the time of writing this blog post.…

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Australian Classics by Jane Gleeson-White

Australian Classics by Jane Gleeson-White

A bookish observation: There’s always a sense of warmth when reflecting on a book just read and enjoyed. That’s how I feel today about Jane Gleeson-White’s well written book “Australian Classics”. I found the book a pleasure to read. Each chapter was dedicated to a particular book and was a comfortable length explaining the what, how and why, of the chosen “Australian Classic” followed by the author’s story, some dazzling, others sad.…

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