All posts filed under: Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 29 October, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. Wonder Woman in the U.N.: a great symbol of empowerment, but more power would be nice. 2. I’m now a Book Ninja and damn am I excited about it. Gotta start practicing my stealth mode. 3. Last year I participated in a postal Secret Santa run by The Broke and the Bookish. It was so much fun putting together a Christmas gift for a complete stranger. It’s happening again this year if anyone wants to jump on board. 4. There has been a huge load of science stuff that happened in the last few weeks that I’ve barely even read about, let alone shared with people. So today I want to make sure you all know that the FIRST EVER FOSSILISED DINOSAUR BRAIN HAS BEEN FOUND. 5. I’ve been spending the last few days putting together a most awesome playlist of songs for one of my best friends (music is probably my second love behind books even …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 7 October, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. Luke Cage. Such a great show. And there’s a bad guy who’s also a cool guy which means I love him and feel incredibly conflicted about it. 2. According to a horrible person mentioned in this article, women can’t write about science properly and literary prizes are moving towards being too “female-friendly”. What a jerk. 3. My favourite thing from the internet this week: 4. I read this interesting article about translating literature that gave me some things to think about for my own translation project (which, if you were wondering, hasn’t moved very far as yet). 5. Megalolamna paradoxodon: we’re gonna need a bigger boat. 6. A new Ice Age? Will there be sloths? (Note: that link will not take you to news about a new installment in the delightful film franchise.) 7. I discovered a new bookshop last weekend called Book Face. It’s at the shopping centre near my mum’s house and not the most …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 30 September, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. I spend a lot of time thinking about my bookshelves. Currently my books are sorted alphabetically by author (then publication date if I happen to have more than one book by an author). But my dream is to have them divided into genre sections – like in a proper bookshop. If this is your dream as well, maybe you’d be interested in labelling your shelves? 2. Since it took an eternity to get the internet on at my house, I missed out on two of my uni study periods. The next one starts in December and goes across Christmas, and since I hate studying then I wasn’t going to enrol. But then I worked out during the week that if I don’t get cracking on my degree, I’ll still be studying in 2020. So I’m now gunning to finish my final before I head off to Scotland in August, 2019. That’s going to be a big year. …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 23 September, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. Having had to use one quite a bit recently to assemble furniture, I wondered why the allen key is called the allen key. Some guy with the surname ‘Allen’ was the first one to patent it (but not necessarily invent it) and that’s why it’s called an allen key. This is a lesson for those who want to be famous for a thing: you don’t need to invent first, just patent first. 2. The abomination that is this truly hideous sandal/ugg boot hybrid. Hands off our ugg boots. And oh, how about some bedazzled Crocs? 3. I love interesting/relatively unknown/useless tidbits of information, so this tweet about St John’s Ambulance was right up my alley. I even went and did some further reading about it here. 4. Does anyone else hate Apple iOS 10? My phone now has more functions than I can poke a whole tree at. I especially hate the new “Raise to Wake” function, …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 16 September, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. This tweet went viral during the week. I thought it was cool: 2. I thought that tweet was so cool, I went snooping around the tweeter’s Twitter (?) and found an article written by the person who wrote the paragraph he tweeted (that was an awful sentence and I apologise). It’s all very interesting and confirms, once again, that English language is both a delight and a nightmare. 3. I’m thinking of taking all of my John le Carré books off my bookshelf and making them into a visual point of interest of their own. Nothing fancy, just standing them all up across the top of my tv unit. BUT! I want some bookends to keep them upright. I can’t decide whether to go with these cute owl ones, or whether I should get some of those white ‘A-Z’ ones the rest of the world has. Thoughts? 4. Season 3 of ‘The Fall’ is finally starting in October here in Australia. I …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 8 September, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. I HAVE THE INTERNET AT HOME NOW AND IT IS UNLIMITED. I watched ‘Gilmore Girls’ on Netflix for four hours the other day. It was delightful. 2. In last week’s ‘Bookish and not so bookish thoughts’ post, I half jokingly announced that I’d be going to Scotland in August of 2019 to stay at The Open Book in Wigtown – a bookshop with an apartment above that you can lease AND run the bookshop while you’re there. I’m pleased to announce that this is no longer a half joking matter, and I will be staying at/running The Open Book from August 26 to September 1st, 2019. Come visit and buy a book from me. 3. I met Justin Cronin last Friday night after winning a competition and it was exactly as awesome as I expected. The whole thing got off to a bit of a panic as the train my sister and I were catching to the city was …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 2 September, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. After reading Seven Skeletons, a book about fossils, I’m really into fossils now. So I was super excited to read about the discovery of a new extinct mammal in Australia late last week. It’s called microleo attenboroughi – which basically means it’s a small lion named in honour of Sir David Attenborough. Very cool. 2. Look at this amazing edition of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger from Shakespeare and Company in Paris. I’ve never read a James Bond book and I doubt I will any time soon, but if I could have this first edition I’m sure I’d change my mind. 3. I received my copy of Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission this week, all the way from Blackwell’s Books in Oxford, England, and it reminded me of how much I love the idea of books flying halfway around the world to get to me. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of sending and receiving postcards from far off places. …

Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts // 26 August, 2016

‘Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts’ is hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous – go say hi! 1. This is my first Bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts post. I’m excited by this and hopeful that it will be an ongoing thing. 2. This week, ‘The Durrells‘ started on tv here in Australia. I already love it. I 100% have a crush on the character Theo, who is played by Yorgos Karamihos. 3. Speaking of crushes, my first screen crush, Tom Burlinson, is now a singer (he’s got a real Sinatra thing happening) and is doing a show at a venue down the street from my work. He’s literally old enough to be my father, but I’m excited nonetheless. 4. I finally got my hands on a tin of these lemon curd biscuits. They were outrageously priced, but worth every cent (even if they do work out to be $1.37/biscuit). 5. I spent many minutes perusing my favourite stationery website. If you too happen to peruse that website, check out the space pen I purchased. …