Non-Fiction

The Art of Writing by Peter Yang

The Art of Writing by Peter Yang

The craft of writing is one of my favourite genres and I loved this book from the very first chapter. Over the years I’ve read many books on the subject of writing. Several are memoirs, such as Stephen King’s On Writing, and Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life. Others are motivational, such as Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and Julia Cameron’s The Artists’ Way. In contrast Peter Yang’s The Art of Writing is more specifically directed at showing us how to apply four principles of writing to improve the structure of sentences, paragraphs and most importantly to the whole writing project, be it a book, an article, a blog post, or other categories of writing.…

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow

The first time I heard Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture”, about ten years ago, I was blown away by the wisdom he shared. Recently I came across the hardback edition 2008 at my local charity shop, so I snapped it up, and started reading it immediately. The impact it had on me, this time around, was different, I pondered about a person’s sense of self and whether it can be too big or too small. (I should share the fact that I’m an introvert, therefore when I read about a person embracing the love of many, I don’t quite end up on the same page.) The wisdom within the book is very good and it is an important book to read, however this time around it left me wondering about the personality behind the wisdom he shared, and his sense that what he knew mattered; and, don’t be mistaken, it does. I’m just left wondering about ego, and a confusion about whether or not it’s OK. …

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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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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Until I saw Ryder Carroll’s book listed on Amazon, the idea of bullet journaling was unknown to me, but after I’d read the book’s description I understood immediately what it meant, because it reminded me of “Committee Action Minutes”, often used at brain storming meetings in the workplace. (Action Minutes, unlike the usual Minutes, record only items that require action and are short, and bullet pointed.) …

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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 Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

We depend on historians to ensure our true history is recorded accurately. They have the responsibility of showing us what happened to previous generations and why. If we know what happened and why, we may be able to find solutions for our future to ensure we don’t make the same mistakes again. Much of our knowledge is built on the mistakes of the past, and on solutions that worked and those that did not.…

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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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