Six Degrees of Separation – from Pride and Prejudice to Swing Time

It’s time for #6degrees. Join in and thrill us with your clever links!

Given that we’ve recently marked 200 years since Jane Austen’s death, it seemed fitting to begin this month’s chain with the universally loved Pride and  Prejudice. Continue reading


What I should have been reading and what I did read

There were the books I was assigned to read at school and then there were the books I was actually reading. Obviously I did read the class texts (because: English nerd) but as soon as I got home, it was other books that I was engrossed in.


1985 – supposed to be reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, was actually reading the Caitlin series by Francine Pascal Continue reading


Bags being Jessica!

Look at what I’ve just acquired….

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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

I realise that this edition of Bookish Thoughts is more Not So Bookish. And it also says a lot about what I like. I hope you’ll still be my friend…

01. Air Supply. Last night. Those guys sure do have some pipes.

02. I know, Russell is an absolute spunk-rat.

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My childhood champions


This week, the crew behind Top Ten Tuesday suggested we revisit our favourite childhood characters and speculate on where they might be now. I’m flouting the rules and leaving my favourites JUST THE WAY THEY ARE. Continue reading


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

1.When I was little, my parents would always make me say hello to dinner guests in my jammies. #samebutdifferent


2. Also, I died of cute when I saw that pic. Continue reading


Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts


It’s more on the ‘bookish’ side of things this week…

1. It’s almost time for the Melbourne Writers Festival. I’ve got tickets for Sonya Hartnett, Dave Eggers and some stuff for the kids. My wishlist is also eleventy billion miles long, so I’m just working out how I can put life on hold for two weeks while I go to #ALLTHEEVENTS.

2. The Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014 has been announced. There’s a couple on the list that I intend to read (the Hustvedt and the Nicholls) but I already know what I’m cheering for. Continue reading


Top Ten Tuesday – A Bookish Wish (Bucket) List

I’m not really a fan of the ‘bucket list’. I find them a bit depressing. Although I don’t have a bucket-list per se, I do have a list of things I wouldn’t mind doing if time and money were no object. As it happens, I crossed one thing off my wish list a few years ago, when I went to Vegas with a friend to see Barry Manilow in cabaret. It was everything I’d hoped (because music and passion are always the fashion).


The Broke and the Bookish have asked readers to nominate their bookish bucket list. I thought I’d play along because there are a few bookish things on my wish list.

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My Teenage Dream – to be a Ghost Writer for Sweet Valley High


The covers and titles are so familiar that I can still recite them… How is it that I retained nothing I was taught in Year 12 chemistry but still remember the ins and outs of the lives of the Wakefield twins? Continue reading