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A Bookish Observation of a Favourite Genre, Nature Writing: Nature writing means the reader can sit comfortably in their reading space, warm and comfortable, but at the same time experience the minunate of drops of rain and their sound and sight, reflections on the water, the different lights flowing over the landscape, ripples on a pond in the moonlight, and so much more.

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When I read a book on my List of Betterment, I feel like I’ve given myself access to a piece of writing that has held the attention of many readers for a very very long period of time. I want to know why that is so

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A Bookish Observation: I’ll start by saying that Susan Hill’s two books-about-books, Jacob’s Room is Full of Books and Howard’s End is on the Landing, are two of my very favourite books-about-books. They are so good, I’ve made sure I’ve got the printed versions, and they take pride of place on our bookshelves.

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The Book of Forgotten Authors is a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition and, when I’ve finished reading it, will take up one book space on my bookshelf. My bookshelf space is precious, and it is only those “special” books that get to sit within it. The Books about Books genre takes up about twelve spaces on my shelves, because they are books that will call out to me over the years, and I’ll dive into their pages occasionally, to reacquaint myself with a gem.

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A Bookish Observation: The minute I saw Tom Griffith‘s book description on Amazon I knew his book was a book I must read. It was listed on Kindle Unlimited, but I wasn’t a subscriber. I’d considered joining Amazon’s eBook library previously, so I subscribed and picked up “The Art of Time Travel“. (Later I purchased the book, because with Kindle Unlimited you have to return the book eventually.)

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When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller.

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Over the last few years I’ve developed a habit of collecting eBooks with the intention of reading them, but because they are digital, and do not physically sit on our bookshelf, they get overlooked. When I discover an eBook that intrigues me, I load down a sample from Amazon.com.au, however, sometimes the book is priced between zero to $5, which is very enticing, so I buy it; hence the resulting list of forty-six books.  Knowing that this pile of digital books was getting unmanageable, I felt a desire to develop a method whereby I could see them, physically; I wanted the books’ physical presence in some form.  After thinking about it for quite a while, I found a work around; a printed catalogue solved the problem.

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My GoodReads rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a collection of short pieces about the book that had a huge personal impact on the writing life of well known Australian and New Zealand authors; the book that “made” them.  It was soooo very good. It led me down new pathways, I learned about authors I was unfamiliar with, and books too. I found it at the Gleebooks’ Sydney Writers Festival Bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures. I’ve “eaten” this book up. My huge TBR list has grown and grown, and my knowledge of quality reading has been enhanced. Gush gush, I know; lovers of of story, read it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Each year, one of my favourite book bloggers, Sheila of Book Journey, sets a challenge titled “First Book of the Year“. Once again I’m delighted to accepted Sheila’s challenge, (it’s more of an invitation really).

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My word for the year 2017 is GRIT: firmness of character, indomitable spirit, toughness and resolution, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

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