Stuff On Sunday: Celebrating Penguin Books 80th Birthday!

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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Penguin Books, Penguin will be publishing 80 Little Black Classics, putting the spotlight on publishing’s most famous series, Penguin Classics. At 64 pages and $1.99 each, the Little Black Classics are beautifully designed, complete mini-books to be collected, shared and enjoyed.

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Showcasing the enormous range and diversity of the world-renowned Penguin Classics list, these are texts that reach out across continents, eras and genres, ranging from the streets of Victorian London in Henry Mayhew’s Of Street Piemen, to 13th-century Japanese blossom gardens in Kenko’s A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees. Here are unfamiliar works from very familiar authors such as The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens’s The Great Winglebury Duel, alongside texts from more surprising writers such as My Dearest Father by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
By publishing the greatest works in Persian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Arabic and more, the series celebrates the generations of translators whose works allow the reader to visit everywhere from Tang Dynasty China to Renaissance Florence, and enjoy authors as peculiar and charming as Shen Fu, Nashe, Hebel or Leskov.

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With a chic, iconic design that plays on Penguin’s heritage, the Little Black Classics celebrate some of the best world literature and the rich, varied authors published by Penguin Classics. So slip on a Little Black Classic and enjoy the celebrations – for only $1.99 a book!

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

For Review (electronic)

 

 

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff On Sundays: A Day In the Life…

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Trish from Love, Laughter and a touch of Insanity is hosting the ‘a Day in the Life’ blogger event. Peek into the lives of your fellow book bloggers and share yours!

My weekdays are fairly repetitive, and Thursday’s routine is pretty typical. Most days I do a little housework, work on the blog, cook dinner, run the kids around (we only have one afternoon/evening free from multiple after school activities), watch TV and read, of course. Some days I have to run errands, every other Tuesday I volunteer at my children’s school, usually working in the library, and occasionally I’ll meet up with friends for coffee. I’m rarely in bed before 3am.

Thursday – March 26th

8.00am I Alarm goes off, stumble out of bed, surprised to find S1 & S2 are already awake, dressed for school and playing Minecraft in the lounge room on the Ps4. Wake D1 and D2, who are still sleeping.

vegemite toast8.10am I Head into the kitchen and start making breakfast for the kids (I make a dozen slices toast, and serve them family style so that everyone helps themselves). Check lunchboxes are packed, notes are signed, homework is in bags etc etc. On the iPad, check for comments on the blog and scroll through Facebook/Twitter/Goodreads feeds.

8.40am I Drop the the three youngest at their respective schools (S1 and S2 are 9 and 10 – both in primary school; D2 is 12 and in high school)

9.10am I Back home, tidy kitchen, have a quick shower, strip kids beds and put a load of washing on.

9.45am I Drop D1 at work

10.00am I Back home – boot up the computer, check email ( a total of 133) and respond as appropriate.

10.20am I  Put the washing in the dryer.

10.30am I Write up a guest post requested by another blogger

11.00am I Start working on a review for Turtle Reef

12.30pm I Make four slices of multigrain toast with vegemite for lunch, start reading The All Together Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman in between texting with a friend to arrange our mutual friends birthday lunch on Monday.

1.00pm I Take the sheets out of the dryer and remake the beds

1.30pm I Check email/Facebook/Twitter

1.40pm I Keep working on the review

2.30pm I Review is finally done, post it on the blog. Copy and paste it to various sites, send a notification email to the publicist.

3.00 pm I Head out to pick up D1 from work and D2 from school, drop both at home

3.30pm I Meet S1 and S2 at school for basketball training – I coach two teams and grand finals are this weekend!

4.40pm I Back home – order boys to have a quick shower, supervise their homework while I put their dinner in the oven (chicken nuggets and potato gems)

5.10pm I Drop D1 at gymnastics

5.25pm I Serve boys dinner

5.45pm I Take S1 and S2 to Scouts

6.10pm I  Reheat leftover meatloaf and baby potatoes for dinner for D2 and me

wolfblood6.30pm I  Watch 2 & 1/2 episodes of Wolfblood on Netflix with D2 while I figure out next week’s menu, write a grocery list and consult with D2 as to what food she needs for her weekend camping trip with Scouts. (Friday is shopping day)

7.20pm I Head out to pick D1 from gym and S1 and S2 from cubs

7.45pm I Back home, serve D1 dinner

8.30pm I Send S1 and S2 to bed,  watch another episode of Wolfblood with D2 while I scroll through my RSS feed

9.00pm I Husband comes home  – Thursday nights he goes to the archery range after work (otherwise he is usually home at 6pm). Serve him the last of the leftover meatloaf and potatoes, tidy kitchen, pack lunchboxes with snacks for the next day (I make the week’s sandwiches on Sunday so just have to take them out of the freezer to defrost)

9.30pm I Send D2 to bed, check with D1 what hours she is working the next day. Curl up on the lounge. Husband watches Tattoo Nightmares while I am reading.

10.30pm I Husband goes to bed. I put on One Tree Hill via Netflix (I’m up to the last season), and finish reading The All Together Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman.

3.10am I Bedtime

What’s your day like?

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

 

For Review (electronic)

 

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

 

 

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sundays: Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2

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I’m excited that more than 50 readers have signed up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge so far this year, and several already have already gotten started and shared reviews.  The challenge asks participants to read 12 books over the year, each from a variety of different categories. These are:

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I encourage participants who aren’t sure what to select for each category to look for recommendations from other book bloggers who they read and follow, or browse lists such as Goodreads Listopia , Library Booklists, or whatever source is favoured, however I thought I might offer a few gleaned from my own browsing.

In Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2 I offered selections for the categories of Retellings; A book set in a country starting with the letter S; and PI Crime.

I’m going to cover the next three categories today, and continue over the next month or so.

Click the cover for more information about each title.

 A novel published before you were born {books below published between 1920 & 1980}

Contemporary romance

Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)

  You can join the challenge at any time up until December 1st 2015. For more details CLICK HERE.

 

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Downloaded/Won

Stuff on Sunday: My Christmas Wishlist

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Despite the myriad of books, in one form or another, that make it into my home which I am yet to read, there are still a dozen or so books that have been released during 2014 that I’d love to find under the tree this Christmas (in no particular order):

Mr Mercedes & Revival by Stephen King


The Martian by Andy Weir


What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Into the Night Sky by Caroline Finnerty


Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox

 

What’s on your holiday wishlist?

Sign Up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

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In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

Join in:

The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2015. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2015

  • Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge.

* If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site Just include your name and a link to your shelf.

  • Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

* Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Categories

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4. A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or Listopia at Goodreads

Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference

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