Tag: Biography

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

A Bookish Observation: 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 …

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Shakespeare by Bill Bryson

A Bookish Observation: 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.)

Recently I saw the beautifully made movie “All is True” which was about William Shakespeare, and I found it very interesting, so when I tripped over Bill Bryson’s book, Shakespeare, at my local charity shop, I snapped it up. I started reading and two days later I’d finished it. What a good read.

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Jacob’s Room is Full of Books, and more, by Susan Hill

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 by Christopher Fowler

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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The Book That Made Me: edited by Judith Ridge

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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The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

A wonderful slow read of slow travel. I’m so sad I’ve finished the book. The good news is, Mr Macfarlane has written other books and they’re waiting for me.

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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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The Well at the World’s End
by A.J. Mackinnon

A bookish observation: My first introduction to Sandy Mackinnon’s writing was “The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow”. This is still one of my favourite books. When I heard he had written another book, I think he has only written two, I just had to get “The Well at the World’s End”.

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Talking to Zeus by Jane Shaw

A bookish observation: I loved every word in “Talking to Zeus” by Jane Shaw (an audio book) and knew when I’d finished the last chapter I’d feel regretful that the characters would gradually fade out of my imagination.

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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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