Doesn’t Time Fly?

Here it is December 2016 already.  I cant believe it – this year has flown by, life has been busy; a grandson was born and he is now 8 months old.  Recipes have been tried and tested and many books have been read and reviewed – around the one hundred seventy mark thus far.

I am enjoying sharing the joy of reading with my grandson (with  appropriate titles) – it is never too early to encourage a love of reading.

Recently I invited a couple of ardent readers to share some of their favoruite reads on my site – to broaden the type of book reviews available here.  I hope you find some new favourite books and authors.  Thank you Bec and Brenda.


The reading year has not yet wound up – there is a blog tour ahead; the launch of Rachel Amphlett’s new police procedural series, Scared to Death. There is a   Q & A with debut Perth writer Anthea Hodgson, a Christmas menu to compile and share and a series of “best of 2016 reads” for you to comment on and…more reviews.



Seasons greetings to you.

Christmas pavlova



Highlights From Day 2 of The Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival

Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

Day 2 and more talented authors get my attention. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the session named “Writing From Home”.  Natasha Lester is an author to inspire – confident, articulate, engaging and I am predicting that “A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald” will be an award winner.

Natasha Lester

If you get an opportunity to hear Natasha Lester speak at a book launch/festival or the like – do! It is a pleasure to listen to Natasha read from her novel – a wonderful presenter!  Again Rosemary Sayer was the perfect facilitator.


What more could you want? A free session! Today’s free session (yes there are usually free session on the lunch tome breaks) featured Dr Liz Byrski  and Rachel Robertson discussing the book they edited – Purple Prose – a collection of fifteen works of non fiction by Australian women writers.

In Love and War

So may great sessions today, so many great authors/editors/presenters/facilitators … Andrew Daddo, Jane Monk, Mark Dapin, Kirsty McKenzie, Loretta Hill, Gretel Killeen and last but not least  Bernice Barry.


Bernice Barry’s session – “Flowers at Home” put the spotlight on Berncie’s new release “Georgiana Molloy -The Mind That Shines.”  An exquisitely produced book (the cover art is award winning) and meticulously researched, this is another book to add to your TBR.


Georgiana Molloy: the Mind that Shines’


There was something for everyone again today!

Post Script: Snowflake Seashell Star Colouring Adventures In Numberland – Alex Bellos with Edmund Harriss

Snowflake Seashell Star

Snowflake Seashell Star: Colouring Adventures in Numberland

Alex Bellos with Edmund Harriss

Allen & Unwin Australia

Canongate Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781782117889

RRP A$19.99



Bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland joins the meditative colouring book craze with this mathematical colouring book.


Joyful contemplation of mathematical patterns has long been part of the human experience, from the philosophers of Ancient Greece to the artists of the Renaissance, via Islamic design and Hindu mandalas. Now, Alex Bellos, the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, takes you on a calming and colourful journey into the magical world of mathematics.


Snowflake, Seashell, Star is full of intricate and divinely beautiful illustrations, using patterns such as loops, waves and spirals, created by Alex Bellos in collaboration with his friend and mathematical artist, Edmund Harriss. Stretch your artistic talents and embrace mathematics’ aesthetic and conceptual exquisiteness.


In 80 glorious images, Alex will teach you how to convey the wonder of mathematics through colour and design. Snowflake, Seashell, Star is an incredible celebration of the overlaps between mathematics and art, learning and play, concentration and calm.




My View:

The introduction to this visually stunning colouring in book says it all “Snowflake Seashell Star is both a field guide for the mathematical adventurer and therapeutic exercise book designed to bring insight and illumination through the mediative experience in colouring in.


Not only are the shapes exquisitely pretty, but they unlock the secrets of an intellectual quest that has been under way for three thousand years. Mathematics is the search to understand the patterns of the universe in their purest form.


No mathematical knowledge is required or assumed. But even in the selection of your colours to use, you will be engaging and enhancing your mathematical intuition.”


This must be my favourite colouring book of the year! Suitable for adults or middle school children upwards, (I think), this would make the perfect gift in any season or for any purpose!




Post Script: Under The Sea – Detachable Postcards to Colour In – Mesdemoiselles

The perfect gift for adult or child.

Cover Under The Sea

Under the Sea Postcards (Colouring for Mindfulness)


Hachette Australia

Octopus Publishing Group, Hamlyn

ISBN: 9780600633099



Enjoy colouring in these 20 intricate postcards, or send them to budding artists, anyone who is passionate about colouring in or who simply loves the sea. There’s a whole world to create here. After a few moments of colouring in you’ll forget the stresses of everyday life.



My View:

I do love this series of hard covered detachable postcard books – the images are beautiful, some are simple, others intricate. The perfect gift for the bored child sitting in the back of the car (the hard cover makes it easy to colour on your lap) or the perfect gift for the child within you.

Post Script – Cats Detachable Postcards to Colour In – Mesdemoiselles

This one is for you FF 🙂

Cover Cats

Cats Postcards: Detachable Postcards to Colour In


Hachette Australia

Octopus Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780600633082




Enjoy colouring in these 20 intricate postcards, or send them to budding artists, anyone who is passionate about colouring in or who simply loves cats.

There’s a whole world to create here. After a few moments of colouring in you’ll forget the stresses of everyday life.



My View:

Great images to colour and you can detach and post them – a fantastic gift idea for a child or the child in you. What more can I add – the description aptly says it all. Creative, stress relieving fun!



Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015

completed challenge


Congrats! You have read 200 books of a goal of 200!

Now that wasn’t so hard was it? It is the reviewing 200 books that is the hard work.




Read the tips and tricks here, thanks Monique for doing the prep work…I am jumping onto this band wagon – expect a colouring in book review from me soonish 🙂

Write Note Reviews

Searching through an op shop years ago, I found a workbook that was designed to help people pray using colour. I was going through an extremely challenging time and the concept struck a chord in me; I was already interested in art as a therapy, and I could see how colour could help focus the spirit on reflection, relaxation and letting go, among other things. The book is long gone, lost over a couple of house moves, but since then I have often turned to art therapy as a way to relax myself and take my mind off worries; for me, drawing mandalas is particularly good.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have the therapy without having to plan out the art and that’s where colouring books for adults make great therapy. I bought one for my mother last year and since then, these books are everywhere. Not long ago, Murdoch Books sent me…

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