27 July 2006

State Library of Victoria in Melbourne

I went to the State Library today and had a terrific time. There is a free exhibition on at the moment called: Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas. The exhibition contains all types of rare and exquisite books from ancient texts to the classics.

It was amazing to see both the massive and miniature leather bound books from medieval times and to ponder their history.

I've included a photo of the impressive domed reading room for some inspiration. The State Library was a really relaxing place to visit and the exhibition is great, so go and see it!

That's my four bucks!
24 July 2006

Tired of this Phrase

If someone is 'working tirelessly', does this mean they don't get tired? According to dictionary definitions, this is exactly what it means.

I am sick and tired of the media misusing this phrase to incorrectly communicate their point.

That's my four bucks!
16 July 2006

Review: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas is an eccentric character with a special awareness and he certainly lives up to his name, Odd. This is the first in a new series by Dean Koontz and is a fast-paced story, which combines crime with the supernatural, in a kind of 'supernatural whodunnit'. 

I always enjoy reading Koontz, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, entitled Forever Odd.

Rating = ****

Carpe Librum!
07 July 2006

Review: So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson book coverSo Many Books, So Little Time is a terrific and engaging book about reading! The author, Sara Nelson makes a New Year's resolution to document a year of reading, and makes a list of books she wants to read. (Naturally I was hooked by the concept straight away). Nelson intends to read and review a book a week - quite a goal considering she is also an editor and reviewer!! Nelson quickly discovers that it's impossible to stick to her list and allows fate to bring the books to her.

Nelson's passion for reading is contagious, and it's hard not to be jealous of her cherry shelves and expansive library. Easy to read and full of comments and references to probably hundreds of books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even added several books to my own book list after reading it.

I would highly recommend this book to any bookworm.

Rating = *****

Carpe Librum!