Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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01. I’ve mentioned how much I love Miffy, right? This.

02. The Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 program was announced yesterday. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, which gives me a few more hours to sort out how I’ll manage #ALLTHEEVENTS (on my radar are Shriver, Flanagan, Tsiolkas, Wood, Garner, Funder, Earls, Beneba Clarke). Continue reading

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Six Degrees of Separation – from Perfume to The Paying Guests

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It’s time for #6Degrees – join in! Link up!

We begin this month with a book that topped international best-seller lists – Patrick Süskind’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. I read Perfume many years ago – it was lent to me by a friend, who also gave me Neil Schaeffer’s The Marquis De Sade (clearly we were on an 18th-century French jaunt). Continue reading

They should make a movie of that…

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First book, then movie. I miss lots of new-release movies because I haven’t read the book. In fact, my chief-movie-going-pal often gives me advance warning of movies she wants to see with a simple “Read the book now because the movie is out in a month.” I have lovely, considerate friends.

Even though the book is nearly always better than the movie (nearly), it doesn’t stop me imagining the movie version of books I’ve loved. Some books just scream ‘screenplay please’. This week’s Top Ten topic, hosted by The Broke and Bookish, is Books I Would Love To See As A Movie.

1. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – the first thing I thought when I finished this glorious book last week was – Film. Stat. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Kick Ass Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines. My list may not have much in the way of hardcore-ass-kicking but these are my memorable heroines – the chicks (and rabbits and pigs) that have stayed with me.

1. Miffy by Dick Bruna – because hello, world domination by a rabbit. Miffy rules (and if you don’t believe me, get this amazing book). Continue reading

‘All That I Am’ by Anna Funder

Do you go through reading phases where you seek out books based in a particular place or period of time? I’ve had a few phases over the years, one of which was stories about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. Most of this reading was done in my teens (prompted by The Diary of Anne Frank) but had a brief resurgence when I read The Reader and The Book Thief two books that would become all-time favourites. So it was with great anticipation that I picked up All That I Am by Anna Funder.

All That I Am is inspired by fact –interviews, memoirs and autobiographies detailing the lives of a group of (mostly) Jewish Germans who resisted Hitler in the 1930s.

“At that early stage, they still loved the war more than they hated the Jews.” Continue reading