One book, I swear it was one book. I bought a book written by a woman who was an alcoholic and now Amazon keeps hitting me with that headline on the homepage accompanied by a long list of books advising me on how I can kick the drink.

A few months ago I bought my mother a shirt on-line and she’s a plus size. Now every time I go on FB they suggest that I might like lap-band surgery or to join various dieting groups.

About eight years ago I bought my daughter a toga on E bay for a fancy dress party she was going to and still to this day when I login there’s a whole page full of togas there awaiting my perusal based on my previous purchases.

I know that people use the internet to invent fake identities for themselves but it seems that somehow I’ve inadvertently reinvented myself as an overweight alcoholic with a penchant for wearing togas.


Too much fiction

I was just looking at some Amazon reviews of a book I was interested in reading.

It was fiction and I noticed someone had given it a one star rating, reason being that it was too fictitious.

No pleasing some people.

Attention seekers

Chicken Little doesn’t like it when I read, she thinks the attention should all be on her. She doesn’t like it when we use laptops either. She tries to squeeze in between you and the laptop then sits there tapping at it or your arm until you giver her a pat or a tummy rub.


My daughters cat Bubba was helping her with homework yesterday. She’s not quite as in your face as Chicken.



don’t judge a book by it’s cover

So they say, however the cover of this new cook book is not going to entice me to buy it.

Even though the pony tail here does belong to the chef who wrote the book, there’s just something wrong about associating hair with food. Especially when it’s laying on top of the tea towel like that. Is he going to go and wipe my plate clean with that cloth now?



Book survey

from Be your own hero

Favorite children’s book
The magic faraway tree

The last book you’ve read
Fear Nothing – Lisa Gardner

Books on your “to read” list
There are currently 190 books on my Amazon wish list so I won’t bother naming them all

Top 5 authors
I borrow most of my books from the library but there are a few authors I always buy without question so probably
John Connolly – Charlie Parker series
Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas series
Michael Connelly – Harry Bosch series
Mo Hayder – Jack Caffery series
Kate Atkinson – Jackson Brodie series

Favorite genres
Crime, murder, serial killers, anything gruesome and twisted – with some Young Adult dystopian thrown in to mix it up a bit.

A book that has made you extremely mad
None that I can think of. When I was doing the library course we had to read a book from a genre we’d never read before and give a report on it and I read a Mills and Boon and that probably came the closest.

A book that you’ve cried over
Too many to list – I cry all the time in books. I cried reading that Lisa Gardner one I just finished and it was about a serial killer.

A book that made you laugh out loud
A kids book I own called Paddington goes to town about Paddington Bear. He gets lost in the hospital and ends up on the psychiatrists couch being analysed. I remember lying in bed reading it as a kid and just laughing and laughing – it still makes me laugh now.

Fiction or nonfiction?
Fiction. I do enjoy a bit of non fiction but it seems that everyone thinks they have an interesting life story to tell which they don’t.

Best book-to-movie adaption
I thought The Beach was pretty good – even though they left out a main character. I think The Hunger Games have been pretty good. I’m looking forward to Serena so I hope that’s good. Most of the time the movie adaptations are disappointing.

Do you read comics/manga?

Hardcovers or Paperbacks?
Whatever the library has – hardback, paperback, trade paperback, mass market paperback, large print.

Do you buy books as soon as they come out or wait a while?
If they’re one of my top 5 I buy them straight away.

Do you buy books spontaneously without any prior knowledge of what happens in it? What – without even reading the blurb on the back? – no.

Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone?
Well I am a fan of a nice cover – not the picture but if it has texture it gets my attention. Raised print or sort of raised rubber images suck me in although these days the library covers the books with plastic so if I want to feel a cover I have to pull up the plastic and slide my fingers under it. Then when I return the book I point out that the cover is falling off and they need to repair it.

Where do you usually buy your books?
Book Depository. Books are a rip off in Australia – I can buy it online overseas and have it posted for half the price of going to the local book store. Delivery times are prety good as well. I usually check out Booktopia and Bookfari to compare prices.

Book that had a strong impact on you
Too many to list – I love all my characters and stories.

Historical or science fiction?
Probably historical.

Dystopian or Utopian?

Worst book-to-move adaption?
Just about all of them. I read Labor Day last week and I reckon that would be a really boring movie.

Book that should have a movie adaption?
Maybe they could turn one of my top 5 into a TV mini series. Actually BBC did do a Jackson Brodie series.

The first book you’ve fallen in love with
I fell in love with Almondine, the dog, in Edgar Sawtelle.

Humor or angst?
Black humour

How many books do you own?
I used to own about a thousand – I had a special book-case built that covered most of a wall but when we moved I had a massive clean out as we moved into a smaller house with no storage so now I try to borrow more than buy or buy on the kindle. Except my favourite five series books – I buy them as paperbacks.

Do you go the library?
Twice a week.

How many books do you read a year?
I’d say about 200 – 250 (I’m a bad sleeper – I need to fill the hours somehow).

Favorite quote?
None but I do love the little quotes authors put at the start of books – but I don’t remember them or jot them down or anything.

A book you absolutely hate?
Any sort of romance or chick lit. Same applies to movies.


Ask Me meme

Ask Me Meme

from “Just keep swimming.” Dorothy, Finding Nemo

1:What was the last argument you had about?
The quickest way to get back home from the homemakers centre – yesterday. My husband is a fan of what I call the long short cut, he thinks he has all these tricky shortcuts worked out but he doesn’t. I’m the one driving around this place all the time – I know the shortcuts
2:How long is your longest relationship?
well besides my mother and siblings and two school friends it’s my husband – 25 years this year – half my life. I don’t think it’s wise to celebrate your 50th birthday and you 25th wedding anniversary in the same year – it just makes you realise how much of your life has passed.
3:What is something not many people know about you?
I don’t mind a bit of tapestry. It’s a winter thing.
5:Do you believe in fate/destiny?
I don’t know, not really. Although I do think it’s interesting how you’ll often see that someone has died who once survived some other accident/tragedy. Sort of as if they were meant to go the first time and once you’re number is called, well you may as well hand over the ticket.
6:Where is somewhere you’ve always wanted to live?
Anywhere across the road from the beach.
7:Has there ever been a song that made you cry?
Lots. Lol, remember that movie Spirit – about the horse? I took the kids to see that at the movies when they were small and there was one song in there that just about had me sobbing. There was this little girl sitting next to me and she was really upset as well – I felt as if I should hold her hand or something but I thought her father might think I was weird.
8:Do you jump/scare easily?
No, I’m pretty chill. Although if I’m asleep or reading and Chicken Little goes off her guts barking about something – that does give me a start.
9:Which birthday has been your favorite?
The older I get the less I care about my birthday. I used to love them all. I think I loved my 6th birthday the most because my teacher came and I was in love with her – Miss Brady was her name.
10:Have you ever been pulled over? Arrested?
Never – my record is spotless. Not even a speeding ticket or a parking fine.
11:Have you ever been to a fortune-teller?
Yes I went with a friend of mine once. Nothing she told me has eventuated.
12:What’s your favorite series of books?
Well I was a big fan of the Heidi books but the Faraway Tree trilogy would be my favourite as a child and probably The Dark Tower as a big girl; I was sorry to see that end.
13:Who is someone who you think knows the most about you outside of family?
My husband – although I suppose he’s family. One of my friends and I became friends at the age of 15 when I moved to a new school. We’ve been through a hell of a lot over the past 35 years. Marriage, kids, deaths, moves etc so I’d have to say her. Although I’m quite reserved about sharing my deepest darkest feelings, I don’t feel the need to disclose everything that’s going on.
14:What is the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
Gee I don’t know, nothing much I don’t think. Are brains weird?
15:List one of your quirks.
I make up individual songs to sing to our animals – and sing them to them frequently. The last Cat we had, Carl, used to love it when I sang the – Special, special, special boy of love song to him and Chicken Little always seems pretty happy to hear the – Good Morning, good morning, how are you today song.
16:State 1 bad habit of yours.
I don’t eat fruit – I don’t think it’s a habit but it’s probably bad.
17:Has a scary movie ever given you nightmares?
Yes – The night of the Grizzly, which I watched when I was about 5 when Dad was asleep in his chair. It ruined my life, I haven’t slept since.
18:When was the last time you got your hair done in a salon?
Ages – at least six months. I decided to stop colouring it back then and I have to say that things are starting to get ugly now, I’m all sorts of crazy colours from snow white to black with all the years of colour and bleach in between. I think it’ll be ok when it’s all grown out though and if not, well I don’t care at the moment. I’ve been cutting it myself and I don’t know why I bothered paying a hairdresser to do it for so many years. My daughter cuts an inch off the back every month or so and then I layer it up.
19:What was the last thing you did with your friends?
That friend of mine from school I was talking about, well we went into town and had a long, long lunch that ended with dinner and covered two pubs, a bar and a Thai restaurant.
20:What’s something that you like to do that others might see as weird?
Nothing that I can think of –I’m pretty boring really. Sing to animals maybe? Or I can spend hours and hours lying in bed reading – days probably. See that friend of mine would think that’s weird because she’s one of those people who always have to be working and doing things, she can’t just sit and do nothing whereas doing nothing is one of my favourite pastimes.
21:What was the last trip you took?
It was a road trip to Surfers Paradise stopping at a few places along the way, it was just a couple of months ago. The weather was magic.


The Fast Dozen Meme

From the archives at All Stace, All The Time

What is the last book that you passed on to someone else to read?
My husband travels an hour to work and back each day so I borrow audio books from the library for him to listen to so I’m going to put in a request for The Golem and the Jinni because I really enjoyed that.

The one song you secretly or not so secretly want to sing at karaoke?
Anything ABBA – probably Dancing Queen but it’s not really much of a secret around here. I’d really like to have the white pants suit that Agnetha wore in Mama Mia to do it in as well.

If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn’t bother, I’m pretty happy with Jane. When I was about 10 I wanted to be called Madeleine which is my middle name because I didn’t know any others (now they’re all over the place). At that time I believed I was really a lost gypsy child that my parents had found wandering country NSW and taken in to raise and Jane didn’t seem quite exotic enough.

What do you wish your administrator or boss would notice?
Well that’s me really and I already notice every thing.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Just one hmmmmmm I can’t pick, there’s so many. People who don’t park properly annoy me – those people who take up two spots or waste space.

What holds you back in pursuing your biggest dream?
Having kids, running our own business, having a needy dog, money. My kids are adults now though so I can’t blame them for any future holdbacks.

Why do you think you are a lovable person?
I never think I am but my kids seem to think I’m ok. I’m not all soft and warm and fuzzy but those in my group of loves know I’ll always have their back and I’ll stand by them and for them. I think I’m kind and I’m not judgemental.

If every day had an extra hour in it, what would you do with it?
Read – maybe, I don’t know actually. It’s not really a lot of time an hour.

The last song you turned up in your car or house was?
Lol well, I was home alone last night cleaning out the kitchen cupboards with the stereo blasting
in general but I did tweak it up a little further when Almost Saturday Night – John Fogerty/Keith Urban came on.

What is a secret talent you may have?
It remains a secret even from myself.

Your favorite thing to do outside when it’s not too cold out in the winter?
It’s never too cold to go outside in winter here but we have some days in summer when it’s too hot to go outside.

How do you respond if someone asks you an inappropriate or nosy question?
That’s usually my daughter and tell her to mind her bloody business


the week in books

I really enjoyed these two books. They are the first two of the Timothy Wilde trilogy. Set in New York in 1845, the Irish are streaming in due to the potato famine and everyone hates them and the police force is just up and running and everyone hates them as well and it’s cold and everyone is starving and freezing. In the second one the Civil War is not too far away and it deals with the subject of slave catchers as well as the political corruption that was going on at the time.

It may come as shock to some but when I was at school we didn’t study American history so I like reading this sort of thing. It was interesting to read about New York, I thought she really set the scene; the language, the streets, the people, it was good.



I didn’t give it 5 stars on Goodreads because that comes with the word rating of Amazing! which is something I never say. I don’t think I’ve ever said to someone – you should read this book – it was Amazing! (although when I say it in my head I say Amaaaazing!). When I was in Thailand I went to this weird theme park and I was sitting in this show and these ninja trapeze artists fell from the ceiling and did these tricks on rings and ropes – now that was kind of amazing but I will say I highly recommend these books, which doesn’t of course mean that you’ll like them anyway.