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Must-have book – Ms Cellophane by Gillian Polack

This really is a good read. I fell into the world of Liz, with strange happenings, a bizarre mirror, twisted enemies, and good friends (or are they frenemies?). It’s not really horror, maybe more supernatural and mysterious. I couldn’t put it down and had to read it all the way through.

The link to the book is here: It’s available in several different e-book formats.

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Where did the week go?

I think that I should make a resolution – at least a resolution to write here more often!

I have been struggling through The Picture of Dorian Gray. I’m not in the mood for that style of prose and despite being a fast reader (tho not a speed reader per se), in one reading session I only got to page 50. If I don’t pick up my rate, that’s where it’ll stay! OTOH I hooned through a Get Fuzzy book of comic strips as relaxation before going to sleep.

That, I think, is the trouble with my reading patterns. I read before I go to sleep, and only occasionally during my lunchtime. At night, I really don’t want to read things that will agitate me and keep me awake after having to deal with insomnia and rotten sleeping patterns in 2007 and 2008.

I am intrigued by the reading order for Biggles books. There are some of my much-loved books on that list and I suspect that as an eight-year-old, I read many in the correct chronological order. It looks like the author, W.E. Johns, went through a compass stage in 1938 with Biggles flying East, West, North and South. Anyway, maybe Biggles would be suitable bedtime reading. You can stop laughing now.

One lazy summer day, I rediscovered my love of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, and another week I found I liked Malory Towers a bit more than St Clare’s. I think the monkey put me off. I say that I’m buying these books off Ebay for DD, but really, I’m kidding myself.

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Posted by on January 15, 2009 in Books, Uncategorized


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New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not making any.

It was such a success last year, not having any of those resolutions that come into force on 1st January, that I have decided to continue this year.

In 2008 I decided to make ‘resolutions’ during the year if I find that there’s something that would make a good difference in my life. One such thing was to not watch television episodes that I had already seen. There are heaps of new books, films, tv episodes etc. that I haven’t experienced yet. Honestly, half an hour spent with The Nanny is half an hour that I could spend with The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. I should add that my copy of that book, a birthday present to myself, has been read by DH and my good mate and I am now waiting for it to return so that *I* can read it.

Books seem to have won over films in 2008 and probably will continue to do so in 2009. A book can be read sneakily in between doing chores, out in the garden while pretending to weed the vegie patch, while waiting in a queue at the post office, at lunch, while waiting for lectures, and more. This, of course, is quite apart from the luxury of reading a book in bed of an evening, or deciding to read in bed instead of doing housework while DD is having a nap. She’s resting, and so am I.

More on my list:
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters
The Letters of Noel Coward

As part of my wish to use my time better, I have started slowly, slowly downloading podcasts to my MP3 player. I love A Prairie Home Companion which my mother used to make us listen to when it was broadcast on ABC radio in Tasmania. Tales from Lake Wobegon can be downloaded from here.

ETA: I found my post from last year here. I’m still working on decluttering.

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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Books, Entertainment, Radio, Television, Theatre


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Hairy Maclary and other good dogs

Mimi has several “favourite” books. One of these is Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, which we read before bed several times a week. Equal favourite is Scattercat, in which that naughty dog, Hairy Maclary, chases various kitties in the town, pouncing on them and chasing them, until he meets his comeuppance in the form of Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town! Mimi also loves Slinki Malinki, a naughty black Oriental cat who can get up to all sorts of capers, including toppling the Christmas tree fairy.

These books are not only heaps of fun for toddlers and preschoolers: they’re lots of fun for adults who read them to an appreciative audience! The rhythm and meter of the lines encourage reading aloud and kids joining in, and the alliteration and assonance add to the interest. Then, of course, there’s the loud RAWWRRRRRR of Scarface Claw (but not too loud, though, or you’ll frighten tender ears). The illustrations are a delight: the sinuous, sleek lines of Pimpernel Pugh and Slinki Malinki, the scruffiness of the terrier-mix Hairy Maclary, and the sweet fluffiness of Zachary Quack, to mention just a few.

Jamie Lee wrote about the joy of book series. Oh, how I can relate! I am very grateful that there are a number of books that feature Mimi’s favourite book characters.

BTW, if you go to Hairy Maclary’s homepage, you can try to click on the different dogs as they jump at the fence. Woof woof!

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Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Books, Child Development


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