Category: Reading

A Warm Afternoon with Isabel Allende

Walking my dog one warm afternoon in January, I heard The Book Show podcast interview with Isabel Allende. The next day I saw her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, in my local library. It seemed serendipity. More so as published in 2020, it would be my first book of the new year and decade.

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My Bedside Books (2019)

In December 2018, I blogged about the sixteen books which I’d read or dipped into during that year (My Year of Books). I’m a bedtime reader and often doze off with a book on my nose. Which is why I’m happy to report there were another sixteen fiction and nonfiction titles in my bedside books for 2019.

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Book Inscriptions

Inscriptions aren’t meant to state lofty goals. They’re a snapshot in time and place, and a record of the emotions felt by the writer towards the recipient. And even if we don’t know the individuals, with a little imagination, we can reconstruct the story behind the words and names on the page.

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Bedtime Stories and Teenage Readers

My son was born at 5:36 am on the 2 June 2002. It had been a long night, and it was a long day (admittedly, more so for my wife!), and when I went home from the hospital that evening, it was with the surreal realisation I was now a dad. I decided my first dad-duty would be to buy a book of bedtime stories.

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Do You Reread Books?

In a Facebook post Penguin Books Australia asked, Do You Reread Books? I’ve kept all my favourite books with the thought of one day rereading them. And then I start a new book … and I don’t get back to my favourite’s pile. However, there are three books I have reread, at least once.

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The Books You Read At School

Ask anyone who, like me, was a kid in Australia the 1970s, “What were the books you read at school?” and we’re likely to recall at least three novels. There may be more, but for me, these three are the classics, the ones I had to read, analyse and write essays on in English.

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Large Print Editions

After watching the movie versions of Their Finest by Lissa Evans and The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, I was pleased to track down the books in my local library. The librarian, however, quizzed me with an arched eyebrow, “They are large print editions, is that okay?”

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The Last Book That Made You Cry

On the 16th August 2017, Penguin Books Australia asked a question on Facebook: What is the last book that made you cry? The question was couched in terms of tears of joy or sadness, but I could only think of books that had made me cry. And here are my top three tearjerkers! 

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Published March 2020

This slim book is hard to put down. And the only regret we may feel after reading it is that we reached the end too quickly! ~ Denise O'Hagan

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