The effects of reading

Posted on March 7, 2016. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , |

I found this on the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog and thought you’d all find it interesting.

(Click on the image to make it larger and easier to read.)  HC


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2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Posted on January 12, 2016. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , |

How did you go with the 2015 Reading Challenge?  Did you enjoy it?  Well, if you did, there’s more.  The Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2016 has been launched and here it is.

Click here for the original post and to download the list.

2016 reading challenge

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Ruffle some feathers with Rooster!

Posted on March 18, 2014. Filed under: Food for thought | Tags: , , , |

I can thoroughly recommend Lifehacker Australia as a blog to follow. Like the title suggests, it’s got some techy stuff in it but it also has some very sound, sensible suggestions for doing life easier/smarter/faster, eg. Make DIY Travel-Sized Toiletries With A Drinking Straw.

And sometimes it throws up some fun as with this post yesterday :

Rooster Makes Books Bite-Size For People Too Busy To Read

So, Rooster is a new service that takes great novels and breaks them into bite-sized chunks – they claim the content of the book isn’t compromised; the books are intelligently split into chapters, passages and other snippets that you can read in as little as 10 or 15 minutes where you have a few spare minutes. All for a monthly subscription of $US5.

Might sound interesting – but I think those who’ve made comments have seen the essential flaw, eg. Hummingway says “I feel like an idiot now for merely cracking open a book and reading it for however long the situation allows...” and Timmah is particularly scathing, “Yeah… see now this, is the slippery slope to global stupidity.”

What do you think? Read the article – it includes a link to the Rooster site so you can have a look at what’s on offer. I’d be interested to hear if anyone takes up the offer.


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Marnie Thomas Podcast

Posted on October 23, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Image: Naomi Oliver 2012

Our latest podcast episode is up – can you believe we’re up to number 23?! This week, we have an interview with our own Marnie Thomas. With the Love2Read theme for October being ‘Explore’, Marnie reveals her favourite ‘Explore’ book, as well as her best bushwalk so far this year. Check it out!

You can listen to it here or subscribe to ‘Listeners in the Mist’ in iTunes.

If you would like to be a podcast guest, or suggest a guest, please let Naomi or John know. We’re after guests from all walks of life, but who are somehow related to books, reading or libraries.

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National Year of Reading 2012

Posted on July 15, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians, Reader's Advisory | Tags: , , |



The National Year of Reading Australia which will occur in 2012 was launched earlier this week. Check out their web site here: This is inspired by the National of Reading UK which happened in 2008. See the UK site:

The Readers Advisory Group has added a page to their wiki where ideas on how to celebrate the National Year of Reading (“no ideas too small or too big”) can be added:

This is an exciting project and it would be great to play a part.


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