Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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1. Christine, the lovely host of this meme, mentioned some books she was planning on buying for her baby. On that list was a book by Oliver Jeffers. Have I mentioned my thing for Oliver Jeffers before? No? Honestly, it’s got nothing to do with the devastating piercing blue eyes/dark hair combination. With an Irish accent. It’s all about the fact that he is a brilliant artist, who writes funny yet meaningful books for kids. Truly.

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Anyways, my suggestion to Christine was this: Buy ALL THE OLIVER JEFFERS.

But if you were to limit yourself, here are my top five Jeffers picks (in no particular order):

1. Lost and Found
2. The Day the Crayons Quit (written by Drew Daywalt)
3. Stuck
4. The Heart and the Bottle
5. The Incredible Book Eating Boy

I may or may not have this hanging on my wall. And I may or may not sometimes wear this. I’ll stop now or you’ll think I’m bordering on weirdly obsessed.

2. I’ve been away for a week. Here:

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Stay tuned and I’ll bore you with more pictures in the next week or so.

3. I’ve read a string of good books lately (including my first 5/5 book for the year). In my experience, reading comes in peaks and troughs… am I’m heading for crap?

4. I was away for the halfway point of the year, so didn’t have an opportunity to talk reading challenges. I’m not doing too badly but need to up my game on A Year in Re-reading (sorry Lianne!).

5. While we were away, each member of my family made a travel wish list (top-five places they want to visit in Australia and five overseas). What better time to plan your next holiday than when on holiday? And who doesn’t love a top-five list?

More Northern Territory featured (Kakadu, Darwin and the trip from Darwin to Broome), as well as Tasmania and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. My eldest son has a Grand World Soccer Tour mapped out (basically takes in two continents and eleventy hundred countries but counts as one trip – clever) and Hawaii, Italy and Germany were also on a few lists. Alas, no plans as yet.

6. Adrian Mole: The Musical.

7. I own quite a number of copies of Alice, all for the illustrations. Wish I had this Lisbeth Zwerger edition in my collection.

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8. I’ve just discovered The Laborastory – what a brilliant idea. Count me in.

9. Keri Russell, in her hardcore Felicity days, is in Bon Jovi’s Always video clip. How is it that I never noticed? Bizarre (Rory agrees).

10. So Bon Jovi prompted me to buy the whole series of Felicity on DVD

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14 responses

  1. You bought all of Felicity on DVD? And you love Oliver Jeffers (and I definitely did NOT know what that man looked like. Goodness.)? You are winning at life. I knew we were friends for a reason.

    • $70 seemed like a bargain for all that Keri Russell and Scott Speedman.

      My editor almost (but not quite) secured me an interview with Oliver Jeffers when he was last in Australia. I tried to explain to her that I would JUST DIE and probably not be able to get a single word out. I’m both glad and sad that it didn’t eventuate.

  2. Just had a Men Mars Women Venus moment reading this – went scrolling back up for the ‘good-looking blonde’ – not what I expected! Do like Oliver Jeffers though – my daughter loved his books as a kid – our fav was How To Catch A Star!

  3. #2 – Gorgeous! Looking forward to the pictures 😉

    #3 & 4 – Yay for your first 5/5 book this year! 🙂 And aww, no worries about the re-reading challenge! After the latest batch of books that came in, I realised I was also falling behind a bit in that RC (but surprisingly doing well in the Shakespeare one–well ahead of schedule xD)

    #10 — I never watched Felicity all the way through. I should do that one of these days…

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