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It’s holiday time though ….. so perhaps I will manage to reduce the number in the pile just a little bit before returning to work next month!

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This blog has evolved into a place to post anything at all relating to books and reading, so I guess this story is as newsworthy as any other I’ve come across over the  years!

Professor Matthew Goodwin, a professor of politics, was so sure that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party would not poll 38% in the recent UK election, he tweeted that he would “happily eat” his recently released book Brexit if he was wrong.

So ….. live on Sky TV ….. this is exactly what happened!

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What could be more cool than a bookmark?!

Most definitely a bookish badge!!

Having just come across this fabulous collection published in a post by Bookish – I’m definitely hooked!!

Just have a look at a couple of the badges displayed:

I just gunna have to drop hints to family and friends now.  🙂

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If you just can’t be without a book in your hands, then this is for you!


Light and easy to carry and both water and UV resistant, it’s certain that AquaReader is  one of those accessories that you just must have!  Check it out!

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When you love books and you love art – it’s nothing but sheer joy when the two intersect!

Oh the pleasure when this happened to me recently when I spotted a painting by Massimo Giannoni while window shopping in one of the world’s most magnificent locations  – Capri.

Fresh from discovering a most beautiful gallery in Positano – Liquid Art System – it was like finding an old friend when we bumped into another branch of this gallery while wandering the streets of Capri.

An hour zipped by as we wandered around enjoying the most amazing paintings, sculptures and installations we’d ever seen in a gallery.

And then, there, tucked away in one room was this beautiful painting, an oil on canvas, by Massimo Giannoni – Libreria con scala a chiocciola – which in English translates to Spiral staircase bookcase.

Book painting photographed at liauid art system - Isle of Capri -April 2017

This photograph of the painting which we took, doesn’t fully capture the rich and warm colours that kept us mesmerized for some time.  Sadly too, it was a smidgen too big for our suitcase.

If you ever happen upon one of the Liquid Art System galleries in different locations around the world though, be sure to set aside an hour or more to enjoy your visit.  And – be sure to ask one of the knowledgeable assistants to explain the thinking behind the art.  Complex explanations of some of the pieces we enjoyed seeing still reverberate within us – even now after we’ve returned home.

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Thanks Chris Riddell for this awesome poster which sums up all that a Teacher Librarian can give school library patrons!

how-a-tl-can-help-youLibrary Poster
23rd February 2017




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The Inky Awards are books that have been voted on by YA readers across Australia.  Hosted on the State Library of Victoria’s blog  Inside a Dog, the Inky Awards garner the interest of young readers throughout Australia annually and offer them the opportunity to get involved more by nominating to be an Inky Judge.

This year’s longlist has just been announced.

Gold Inky Award (Australian titles)

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
My First Lesson by various, edited by Alice Pung
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Silver Inky Award (International titles)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman


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