I love a good thriller!

So when I saw the headline in a recent edition of The Advertiser: Crime fiction, thrillers and then romance are the most borrowed books of the year I felt satisfied that I most probably was among the stats that had been collected for the writing of this article.

I’m a sucker for flicking through the weekend paper and checking out the top 10 reads and then peeking at the week’s best recommended reads even though I very rarely go off looking to read those that appear on the lists.

But when I come to an end of year list, such as those published in this article, I find myself feeling kind of warm and fuzzy realizing that I’ve been enjoying the same books that many others have enjoyed over the year.

Have a read through the short article – it’s quite interesting – but if you can’t be bothered, here’s the 2016 listing for the Most Borrowed Fiction:

1. The Girl On The Train (2015) Paula Hawkins

2. Make Me (2015) Lee Child

3. Personal (2014) Lee Child

4. The Burning Room (2014) Michael Connelly

5.The Rosie Effect (2015) Graeme Simsion

6. Never Go Back (2013) Lee Child

7. The Rosie Project (2013) Graeme Simsion

8. Gone Girl (2012) Gillian Flynn

9. The Road Back (2014) Di Morrissey

10. The Gods of Guilt (2013) Michael Connelly

Have we shared the joy of reading many of these books over the last year?!

Poetry poster

If you’re looking for an inspirational poster for a poetry slam or just to promote the poetry section of the library, this is a great one!

poetry poster

It’s always a shame though when the creator of great posters like this get lost in cyberspace, so if anyone knows the name of the creator of this poster, please let me know so they can be acknowledged here.

Roald Dahl was born today – September 13th 2016 – which makes today his 100th birthday!

Much has been written about the man, his life and the amazing collection of writing that continues to entertain children and adults alike.

Memorable quotes from Dahl’s books pop up in all kinds of places.  I spotted this one, taken from “The Twits” on a list of 20 quotes from children’s books every adult should know.

Taken from The Twits

But earlier this year, I read that a massive 8,000 of Dahl’s real and invented words were to be included in a dictionary commemorating his centenary.  As I read through the article, I found myself revisiting Dahl’s colourful language and got so inspired that I penned this note to my family!

Although you may think it is flushbunking, tonight some phizz-whizzing friends will be joining us for a wondercrump, splendiferous, swashboggling, lickswishy and scrumdiddlyumptious dinner after which we will enjoy a pie filled with lots of snozzberries for dessert!  Yum!   Can’t wait for it!!

The article, Roald Dahl’s swashboggling words get their own dictionary is well worth the read.

If, like my husband, you can’t quite figure out the meaning of my note, here’s a translation:

Although you may think it makes no sense whatsoever, tonight some friends we really like will be joining us for a wonderful, wonderful, very special,  gloriously and utterly delicious dinner after which we will enjoy a with a pie filled with lots of berries you can eat for dessert!

The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary is now available for purchase and should make a great read!

The Garden Library

What a wonderful idea!

The Garden Library

The Garden Library

Located in central Tel Aviv, Israel, The Garden Library is a unique concept which aims to bring the community together and provide opportunities and programs for a wide cross section of people: adults, children, and foreigners.

The Garden Library was established based upon the belief that culture and education are basic human rights that bridge differences between communities and individuals, and that can affect lasting social change.

In addition to offering library activities, a range of communal, cultural and educational activities and programs are offered for the diverse community in surrounding areas.

Read more about this amazing space and all that if has to offer at TheGardenLibrary website.


The bone sparrowBorn in a refugee detention centre, life seems hopeless for Subhi.  With nothing to do, he wanders through the day mulling over the constant hunger and filth he and others endure and the brutality of the guards who keep them interned in the isolated detention centre. A single ray of hope enters his life though when Jimmie, a scruffy impatient girl appears from the other side of the fence and shows empathy, way beyond her years, for Subhi’s intolerable life.  This poignant read, which tells the story of refugees, particularly children, who find themselves caught in an ongoing battle with the Australian Government, is beautifully written and well deserving of a YA literature award!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction: 
Social Problems
Suitability: Year 9-12+

Shahana – Rosanne Hawke

In another of the ‘Through my eyes’ series, Hawke allows us to traverse the terrain of a land invaded and fought over by Pakistani and Indian soldiers.  Living in Kashmir, Shahana lives alone with her young brother, struggling on a daily basis to stay safe and alive.  The characters and description of this war ravaged region are real and frightening.  A must read!

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Historical Fiction
Suitability:  Year 9-10

Cloudwish – Fiona Wood

CloudwishWhen Vân Ước takes up a scholarship at a new school, she feels likes she is caught in an imaginary world when the wish she makes seems to come true.  Billy Gardiner, a very cute boy in her class, starts to not just notice her, but to follow her everywhere!  As she tries to traverse the cultural divide between herself as the child of boat parents from Vietnam and the very catty groups of girls in her class, Vân Ước constantly feels like she is struggling.  While Vietnamese boat people was a huge issue in Australia in the late ’70s, I was left wondering why Wood decided to write about this group of refugees rather than those are flooding the world today.

Rating: ***
Theme Fiction:
Person to person
Suitability: Year 9-10