Review: This Is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch- Tabitha Carvan
This is Not A Book About Benedict Cumberbatch
If you feel that sense that there is something missing from your life, some gap between who you are on the inside and who you are on the outside – then this is the book for you.
This is, as the title says, not actually a book about Benedict Cumberbatch.
In fact, it’s a book about women and what we love, about what happens to women’s passions after we leave adolescence and how the space for joy in our lives is squeezed ever smaller as we age, and why. More importantly, it’s about what happens if you subvert that narrative and simply love something like you used to.
Drawing upon her personal experience of unexpectedly falling for the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch while stuck at home with two young children, Carvan challenges the reader to stop instinctively resisting the possibility of experiencing pleasure. Hers is clarion rallying cry: find your thing, whatever it may be, and love it like your life depends on it.
Funny, intelligent, transporting and liberating, this book is a total joy.
‘Witty, erudite and fierce in its message – that women should seek joy and find fun. Happily, this book provides both in abundance. I loved it.‘ Jacqueline Maley
‘You know when you bite into a chocolate, and unexpectedly discover it’s filled with delectable cherry kirsch that explodes into your mouth and oozes everywhere? That’s this book. Original, highly entertaining, fast-paced, personal read that contains unexpected revelations at every corner. It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s compelling. But most of all, it’s a battle cry: sit up, pay attention and follow your heart and find joy. After all, our time on this earth is short. C’mon. The clock is ticking.‘ Ginger Gorman
‘Intimate, self-deprecating … like an Australian Caitlin Moran or Dolly Alderton … an easy, lighthearted read about serious subject matter: feminism, passion, relationships and creativity, and owning the strength of the passions felt in childhood and adolescence.’ Books+Publishing
Let’s start with 5 star read. Wonderful cover art. A surprising, evocative, provocative and thoroughly enjoyable read. In fact I might even read this again and again. And that says something.
I picked up this booked – for two reasons- I do love the cover art and I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch since I discovered this video. I love his voice. Check this out. He “reads” poetry, letters….I would listen to him read a shopping receipt. 🙂
But I digress. 🙂
The book, though it does rave and gush about the wonders of the man Benedict Cumberbatch (to illustrate a point 🙂 ) it is actually a book about finding passion, finding yourself, acceptance and love. It is about discovering or rediscovering feelings, rediscovering self, honoring your self.
It is a fun, witty, intelligent and thought provoking read.
I loved this book.
Happy New Year
On reflection 2021 has been a time of family, of joy, of creating (art), of love, of new beginnings ( new grandchild arriving April 2022) of rescue dog love (Maggie) of art and more art ( did I mention art?) of reading… so many good books and so many new friends…
Happy New Year and thanks for following this journey with me.
Cheers🎉🎉🍾🍾🍾 Happy New Year
Review: The Bumper Treehouse of Fun Book – Andy Griffiths, Jill Griffiths, Terry Denton
The Bumper Treehouse of Fun
Andy Griffiths, Jill Griffiths & Terry Denton
The Bumper Treehouse Fun Book is packed with over 300 pages of treehouse-inspired fun!
With the FUNNEST activities from the Treehouse Fun Books and a whole heap of brand new ones, there are pictures to draw, stories to write, codes to crack, sudokus to solve, colour-ins, dot-to-dots, mazes, crosswords, word searches, spot-the-differences and some activities that we don’t even have a name for!
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab a pen, pencil, crayon or spooncil and come on in!
The perfect gift for a child you know – word searches, colouring in, spot the differences, decode the message, dot to dots – this makes a great gift to take on holidays or for school holiday entertainment – its bound to keep any child happily engaged for hours.
Review: Game On – Tempting Twenty-Eight – Janet Evanovich
Simon & Schuster
Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton in the 28th book in the wildly popular series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude whom she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.
Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice. Unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition in this case, she’ll need to watch her back every step of the way as she sets the stage to draw Wednesday out from behind his computer and into the real world.
Very possibly the best book in this wacky and entertaining series! This is escapism at it very best – I love this series and look forward to the new Recovery Agent series that will be published early next year – this one looks like my type of read (at the end of Game on is a sneak peek of the first chapter in the new series).
Game on is a fabulous, light, entertaining, romantic ( this is how I like to read romance 🙂 🙂 🙂 ) slapstick read. Perfect to end this tumultuous year on.
New Releases 15 Sept 2021
I am busily engaged in Margaret River Open Studios as some of you will be aware, the TBR continues to grow so I thought I would do a quick shout out to the new releases that are sitting on the top of my TBR. I have started the new book from Sandie Docker “The Wattle Island Book Club” (Penguin Random House)- and am loving it.
” A Journalist Infiltrate the Police: Cop” by Valentin Gendrot (Scribe) looks intriguing,
“The Banksia House Breakout” (Ventura Press) from debut author James Roxburgh sounds like a fun and enlightening.
“Brainwaves” from Ziggy Alberts (Commonfolk Publishing) – poetry and prose that you can carry in your bag or pop in your pocket and read when you have a few minutes – inspirational prose.
is a polite request
an invitation into
a vulnerable relationship
between the writer
and the reader
it is an ode
to word of mouth
to paper pages
to hard copies
handed to strangers
shared with lovers
kept with family
to taking chances on books
the entirety of its contents first
to do and practice just that
of which we do so little of today
with books and relationships alike.
was not made for the internet
it was made for you
I hope you find something on my TBR that might interest you.
As you may have gathered we have been on a little road trip – with the goal of attending opening night of the Inland Award Awards exhibition, a great night it was.
Here are a few pictures of our trip.
If you wonder why things have been a little quiet here I have been painting up a storm – thirty five pieces are ready for my exhibition in Margaret River that opens on the 21st of May 2021. If you are in the region please check it out.
Review: Pea + Nut Go For Gold – Matt Stanton
Pea + Nut Go For Gold
Harper Collins Australia
Meet Pea and Nut: best friends and also … best rivals!
When a chilled-out panda and a hyperactive flamingo go head to head, there can be only one winner.
Pea the panda relaxes by the pool. Nut the flamingo doesn’t do relaxing. It’s time for a race, and this time Nut is going for gold!
The second book in the hilarious bestselling series featuring two adorable oddballs by bestselling author Matt Stanton.
PRAISE FOR MATT STANTON’S BOOKS
‘humour is injected into every page’ – Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time
‘Witty, silly, and interactive … A rollicking read for children and adults alike’ – Kirkus Reviews
What more can I add than this book made my 4 year old grandson laugh out loud and that is a sound I never grow tired of hearing.
With bright colourful images and humour on every page plenty of material here to enjoy or to start conversations.
Fun, colurful and delightful.
Review: The Ultimate Animal Counting Book – Jennifer Cossins
The Ultimate Animal Counting Book
Lothian Children’s Books
Join CBCA Award-winning author/illustrator Jennifer Cossins (as praised on The Ellen Show) on an expedition through the animal kingdom in the most amazing animal counting book ever – count one to 100 and collect fascinating animal facts along the way.
Can you count one blue whale? Probably.
How about 16 lions? Or 44 penguins? Or 100 fairy flies?
Join CBCA Award-winner Jennifer Cossins on an expedition through the animal kingdom, counting one to 100 and collecting fascinating animal facts along the way. Discover the colour of a zebra’s skin under its stripes, how a tapir uses its nose as a snorkel when it swims, and that cranes are famous for their dancing!
Beautifully illustrated with full-colour pictures of animals great and small, from all over the world – from the familiar wombat and sea turtle to the unusual gerenuk and caracal – THE ULTIMATE ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is an utter delight.
Jennifer Cossins’ animal kingdom books never fail to disappoint; educational, fun, beautifully illustrated with stunning details, this series of children’s books have encouraged and assisted my grandson to learn to count (he can now count to 100 thanks to this latest book), he also has a great knowledge of Australian and other animals, and most importantly the books have fostered a love of reading and being read to.
We look forward to the next delightful book in this series.
PS – love all the quirky facts that are scattered throughout this book.