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Book Reflections – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I haven’t posted my reflections on a book in a while because I had a pleasantly busy Christmas break and didn’t do much reading. I’ve made up for that now … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Honeyman has an impressive vocabulary. A few times I looked up words, including comestible, anomie, and iconoclast. It was difficult to drag myself away from this gripping book to look … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

I went to a reading of Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw at the excellent book shop Asia Bookroom in Canberra in May 2013. I enjoyed listening to Aw speak … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Boat by Nam Le

This month for book group we read The Boat by Australian author Nam Le. I expected a novel but instead I was pleasantly surprised by a set of unconnected short … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

I was attracted to this book because the word running is in the title and the cover art appealed to me. It held the promise of something different. The Memory … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd

My children are avid readers. We bring bags of books home from the library and op shops for them. They silently dive into other worlds and only reluctantly resurface when … Continue reading

November 1, 2018 · 11 Comments

Book Reflections – Come Away With Me edited by Sarah MacDonald

I bought this anthology of travel stories by Australian writers secondhand for a few dollars. I was attracted to it because it was edited by Sarah MacDonald, who I used … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · 10 Comments

Hiking to the National Arboretum

For the first time since 2007 I’ve been working full time. On top of that, as a member of a car-free household, I’ve been commuting by bus for 90 minutes … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman is a terrific book. It’s set after WWI in southwestern Australia. I have tried to record reflections here without giving away key … Continue reading

September 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Red Poppies: An epic saga of old Tibet by Alai

I bought Alai’s book Red Poppies secondhand for a few dollars without knowing anything about the author or the book. It’s a terrific book! I have not read anything quite … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment