Monday, August 24, 2015

Logical Unsanity of Books

I've written some posts about bookstores here - and they've been about stores I've been to.

However, I've just heard about one here in Brisbane which I really need to find! It's called Logical Unsanity Bookshed and it's in Bardon; not far from Mt Coot-tha! However, it's a bookstore with a difference.

For one thing it's open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, doesn't have anyone to serve you and has an honour system in place.

Very cool if you ask me!

Also, the owners of it have put suggested prices on their books so you have an idea of what they think you should pay; but you make the final offer yourself... you don't pay what they dictate! How wicked is that?

They do take books from the public and urge you give them books to resell... recycle... and so there's no waste and others get to read what you've read.

I'm going to make a day of it while I'm out book hunting one day and let you all know what I think.

Otherwise, here's the link to where I heard about it. Until my next post, happy reading.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

When Do You Start Reading to the Young?

I've been looking around on the net and found an article about reading to our youngest readers of all - our children - the most important thing to do to make them better at school and in life. 

In this link here, I have read a well-researched article where they have said that reading to children well before school and prep is the best way to assist them into learning to read and learning better skills before they acquire them naturally.

This is something I totally believe in; as when I was a child, I taught myself to read aged 4 years old. But before that, my parents did read to my brother and me. So, it's proof we are from a family of big readers. 

So, what do you think? Is reading to very young children a good thing? Or do you think we should let them come to it naturally and through school? Until my next post, happy reading.

Challenge Yourself

I don't mind reading challenges; in fact, I think they're a great idea. However, I find them difficult to take part in because I'm a reader who likes to take my time with a book; and sometimes my life tends to throw me a curve ball once in a while, causing me to put down my book for a while.

So, reading challenges aren't always good for me. Sometimes I find them difficult to work with. I've taken part in a few and I'm still working on a couple from Autumn and there's a Spring one coming up on GoodReads. It's something I wish I could keep up with... but I sometimes can't.

And having such a huge collection of books in my house is another thing: what I pick out to read isn't easy. Sometimes I'll sit down and start reading something and within a few chapters lose interest and put it down. Now, I hate that, but it happens. But then, about a year later, I'll pick up that same book and devour it completely in a few sittings; and wonder how I didn't see its beauty beforehand.

Have you ever taken part in reading challenges? If so, do they work out for you all the time, or just some of the time? Until my next post, happy reading.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Whatcha Reading?

Reading is such a big part of a writer's life; so much so, I find that actually does assist in a lot of my work. I get wonderful ideas from some of the books I read, the television shows I become huge fans of and when I have a block, I find it's as though I'm actually lost in my own forest of being.

Being blocked is horrible to me... I see as losing my compass, the path through the forest of my imagination and not being able to see the end of the path of where my stories end.

However, once I can get back into a book and start writing again, I'm fine. Yes! The sun shines again and it all works out again for me... isn't that strange?

Well, I'm back into reading books again, and the one main one I've got my nose in is 'Immortal Espionage.' by Debbie Behan. She has written other stories; but not quite like this one, and so I'm really getting into it.

I'm also reading bits and pieces of 'On Writing' by Stephen King - which is a book I get into when I'm stuck; thankfully he's got great advice about how to get unstuck.

I'm also reading my most current issue of 'Good Reading' Magazine, which I do subscribe to. Well, that's what I'm currently reading; and now, do tell! What are you all reading right now? Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Secret Garden by Johanna Basford

Now, this book isn't what you think. It's not a book you read - well it is, but it's not. It's not a children's book - but it could be if you gave it to the right child to have a go at. It's also not something to laugh at.

What this book is is a wonderful way to while away the afternoon, a wet day, a snow day or just a few hours where there's nothing on television... with just you, your colouring-in pencils and your Inner Child. 

Yes, you read right - your Inner Child.

I bought this book on Monday for myself at Carindale QBD and took it along to my volunteer work the next day to look at it for a little bit before I did some knitting. Well! The knitting never got looked at and I sat there colouring in half the first page! It took me around three hours and I loved every minute of it as I engulfed in the world of flowers, leaves, birds and vines... as well as a hidden gate I hadn't noticed on the first time I looked at the page.

These books are designed for adults, though, and aren't cheap. I bought mine for $20 and it's got games, mazes and other fun things to do inside it; besides colouring it all in - but I think that's all I'll do because it's just too pretty to muck up with my bad artwork and drawing. I might even get myself another one in the coming months and see how many books I can go through... that'd be fun! Well, until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, July 31, 2015

July Book Buys!

This month has been diverse and fun in the way of book purchases; in the way that I bought books I really want to read instead of ones that I might read at some point in the future.

Yes, I'm one of those book collectors.

Well, the first book I bought was at my craft group and it was 'A Prisoner of Birth' by Jeffrey Archer. Now the blurb on the back of this book sounded great and so I grabbed this book for this reason; not because I'm a huge fan (which I'm not). And I've been past his house while I was holidaying in the UK.... and what a house he owned at that time! Well, before he had to sell it to pay for legal fees.

The second book was received through the mail - 'Coffee House Lies' by Carly Berg. It was a Bookcrossing bookray I have taken part in of flash fiction... now when it comes to short fiction, I really savour it and take my time reading it. I love to enjoy these books. So, I'm one of those who will probably take about a month to read something that will take about two weeks to read for somebody else. And being an author of flash fiction - creepy flash fiction - I find this book of light work refreshing.

I got my third book, 'Immortal Espionage' by Debbie Behan off the author herself for $20 at my writer's group. I'm up to page 50 and am savouring this book totally. I've proofread a bit of this book, so have been able to know how some of it goes; however, up until around the part of where I'm up to is all I got up to... after this, I'm on my own.

There's one Stephen King book I didn't own until around two weeks ago. 'Lisey's Story' was the book; and I had heard mixed reviews about it... really mixed reviews. So, when I found this book in a box at my craft group, in amongst a collection of Stephen King books I had already read and collected), I just had to have it. So, I scratched together $2.00 and bought it. Now, it's sitting on my shelf - along with 5 other Stephen King books - waiting for me to open its pages, waiting for me to read it.

So, there you go... my book buys this month!  How did you go this month? Did you buy books just for the sake of buying them or did you buy books you have been hankering for for years? Until my next post, happy reading.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Animal-Loving Books To Read

I love animals - adore them - and it's always a totally different experience when it comes to reading about them in a storyline of a book.

So, here's a list on Buzz Feed of the 51 books which are must-read if you love animals... however I found there were a few which they missed out on, some I thought shouldn't have been there and the list could have been longer.

Books To Read With Animals In Mind

Until my next post, happy reading.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Writing World Right Now

Just before I caught this bug going around, I was running around looking at publishing places, talking to fellow writers, bought some of their writings and attended an open day at InHouse Publishers as well as a couple of book launches.

Yep, I was right into the writer's world of bliss... I love this part of my world; as well as the solitary part of it where I disappear into my home office, close that door to the rest of the outside world and build the worlds inside my books.

I know it seems easier to have a world like that to exist in - but really, it's so good to know there are people out there who are just like me, who vanish from their everyday lives into a part of their houses to work on their books - whether they are fiction or non-fiction.

However, what I'm working on now is non-fiction and very much for somebody who I care for very much: my niece, Riley. She spotted my book on my phone titled: 'Riley's Book' and she wanted to know what it was about. Being a person who has never lied to her since she was born, I told her about it; saying that now she's so settled that maybe I might stop writing it. But she surprised me and said no, keep writing it! She wanted to read what I had to say about life, its rules and how I saw it from my views. She wants to have something that was personally hers from somebody who cared enough to start something like a book on life for her.

Have you ever done this kind of thing for somebody like this? If so, did it work out, and how did it go? Until my next post, happy reading.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Reading When You're Sick

Well, yeah, I'm not well right now.  I've come down with that horrible, dreadful cold that's been going around - and this is something I don't normally catch. 

Normally, I catch this after it's gone around to everyone, and I'm the very last person in Queensland - nay, Australia - to get it!

So, this year, I thought to be different and be the first to catch it to get it over and done with.  In truth, I've been on the go with different projects, the markets, books, and other things going on in my life so much that I haven't really slowed down - and my immune system has suffered for it; so I it's all caught up with me.

Yeah, I looked over my 365Project site and found I really haven't stopped for anything but to sleep and eat and - well - that's about it.

So, I've been down and out with this horrible cold/flu thingy for the last three days, haven't slept much for the first two nights and just last night, I crashed and slept for almost eight hours... this is a good change. So good in fact that when I woke up this morning, I almost jumped out of bed because of the energy I had... very cool!

But yesterday, I sat down for around 2 hours and read a book from my childhood.  It was a 'Jinty' Classic comic book and I loved it!  I felt so good in myself to just slow down and enjoyed not needing to do anything just because I was home and things needed to be done. 

Of course things need to be done.

However, I can't get everything done in one day... but reading is also very important to me as well. And to have a great reading chair in my possession and in my home is something to keep myself from rushing around so much. It's a thing to help me slow down; to help me recover from this horrible cold (well, besides eating everything not nailed down and watching hours of television in the afternoon too!). 

So, what do you do when you're down and out with a cold or flu? You know what I'm up to now I'm not well.  Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Health Benefits From Reading

Don't you love it when you find out that your passion for reading and books is actually healthy for you?

Well, us readers already knew it was healthy - but some people out there who teased us for being a 'book worm' and a 'nerd' didn't.  And now, they're struggling to get into reading when we're leagues ahead of them... 

... now we won't call them any names, because we're above that, but it's a level playing field when it comes to books and reading.  However, I found out there's a list of great health benefits to being an avid reader in this article

The next best thing I've found while wandering around on that site was that I found out being an author is a job people really want to be.

But unless you've really put yourself out there, a lot of people don't know how hard it is to get published. I've been trying to put my work into print since I was 15 years old and I'm still not published and I'm in my 40's now... yep, it's hard. So, here's the great article on that topic too.

Well, I hope you enjoy those articles I dug up about writing and reading.  Until my next post, happy reading.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Books-a Travellin' With Me

I love to travel and I love to read... thus meaning when I go on holidays, I take some books with me. However, I do come home with a box - or two - more in the boot of the car.

Last Thursday, I stayed overnight at a friend's house to work on a new painting and took a couple of books with me to read before bed. However that never happened - even though I put the Kurt Vonnegut bok on the bed with my glasses case next to it. Instead, I just snuggled down under the covers with my hand on the book and closed my eyes 'for a second' and crashed.

I woke up to my alarm at 6am the next morning in the dark with the book and my glasses case neatly on the floor next to my bed. My friend's husband had come in to turn off my light and found my attempt to read my book 'rather charming' and took it upon himself to make sure I didn't harm the book or my glasses case and put them onto the floor for me.  Yeah, I have great friends who know I love my books enough to not want to leave them where I'd probably damage them - or my glasses case.

But I do love to travel with my reading material so when I do get the time to read, I can just sit and read. What books to you love to take with you when you go on holidays? A bit of suspense and thrills? Or do you love being scared by some horror? Or are you at the other end of the scale where you're a big romantic? Me?  I love to read short stories and some non-fiction about writing and publishing. Until my next post, happy reading! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Book Buys!

I have been good... really! I didn't so much buy any books, but acquired them. Okay, I added to my collection, but I didn't spend any more money.

Alright - I did sin and get some more books, but that's not the point, I bought only one book.

One! That was it! Honestly!

Good, now we got the confession out of the way of how many I bought and ... oh wait, I didn't tell you which ones I bought... here we go.

On 12th, June, I was out and about on a very wet week here in Brisbane.  I should have stayed home, but I didn't.  I wanted to get a few things done that Mum asked me to do, and so I drove out to a friend's house to drop off my late-Uncle's deed to his house (which this friends lives in). 
Well, he offered up some books to me, and I looked at a huge table covered in books he wanted to get rid of for nothing.  A lot of the topics weren't what I was interested in; but there were some that I am passionate about... so I took five books.
'Albatross Book of Verse: School Edition' edited by Louis Untermyer was one which Frank (our friend) had had since he was at school, and didn't mind letting go of. This book - and many like this book - are usually filled with verse you don't see anywhere else; and I love these books because of this.
'Black Gold & Intrigue: The Story of Mt Morgan' by Cyril Grabs. I don't know much about this one, but it's the story of Mount Morgan.
'Please Explain' by Karl Kruszelnicki is a book about science and about things we wonder about which sometimes we don't know the explanation to... so he's explained them to us in the best way he knows how.
'Crop Circles: Signs, Wonders and Mysteries' by Steve and Karen Alexander.  This title explains itself... and I love these things as they are mostly unexplained and very X-Files. 
'Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Home Improvement'. Now this is something I'd love to have a go at... see if it all works.
The book I bought and would love to see if it works on my stresses is 'Animal Kingdom' by Millie Margotta. It's a complex colouring book for adults with patterns and animals for us to colour in and add patterns to.  It was around $25.00 at Riot Art at Carindale Westfield here in Brisbane. I'll be photocopying some of the pages first to see how it goes... then I'll actually colour in the book.

Well, there you have it, the books I came across and now have in my collection this month.  Which ones did you get in your hot little hands this month?  Did you really wish for them, or were they bought just because they happened to be there and you wanted them on the spur of the moment?  Until my next post happy reading!