Welcome to another month of WOYBS!
One of the joys of being retired is that we get to escape the cold, wet snowy, grey winter of Tumbarumba and head north to spend quality time with our daughter and her family in Brisbane. Which is where I’m writing to you from – in the warm sunshine after a morning walk to the park with my 2yr-old grandson Patrick, who is now asleep for a few hours.
I also get to meet up with my friend Sue, every time we head up this way we arrange a catch-up and it’s a highlight for me.
Jane Eyre by shake and stir theatre co
Sue’s friend Robyn, saw that a performance of Jane Eyre was on at QPAC in June and as we had recently finished the works of the Bronte sisters we jumped at the chance to see this play and met up for High Tea beforehand. Unfortunately Jo was unable to join us after-all and we missed her terribly.
What a fabulous time I had! I caught the train into the city on my own (very brave and wearing a mask), I then sat in the sunshine overlooking the river and watched all the people coming and going around me. It was pure bliss!
I found Sue and Robyn and we munched and chatted through the three tiers of our High Tea at the Lyrebird Restaurant, before heading next door for the 2pm showing of Jane Eyre.
The word amazing doesn’t even begin to cover the experience – there were only four people in the cast, with the set, lighting and music doing a fabulous job of setting the scene in the quite intimate theatre. The story was told really well and stuck perfectly to the book. It was better than I had imagined and we were enthralled for the 2+ hours. I feel I have an even better understanding of Jane Eyre now and have a deep admiration for the the cast who had so many lines to remember which they delivered perfectly.
What have I enjoyed reading lately?
As you can see in the image above, I’ve read a LOT of books by Aussie author Jackie French this past month and so far this year. I must say she is a prolific writer, having written over 200 books so far – and for all ages as well.
From the famous children’s book Diary of a Wombat and many others, to teenage books and the Young Adult series The Matilda Saga and onto historical fiction for adults plus a range of non-fiction titles as well! She’s amazing and I enjoy her writing.
The Matilda Saga – Jackie French
The story of our country, and a love song to our land, told by the strong women who forged a nation.
I’m almost finished the Matilda Saga now that I’m onto book number 7 of 9 in the series. I really enjoy them as I’ve said in most of my recent WOYBS posts 🙂 I also like the titles as they are distinctly Australian.
- A waltz for Matilda (1892-1915)
- The Girl from Snowy River (1915-1924)
- The Road to Gundagai (1932-1934)
- To Love a Sunburnt Country (1942-1946)
- The Ghost by the Billabong (1968-1969)
- If Blood should stain the Wattle (1972-1975)
- Facing the Flame 1978-
- The Last Dingo Summer
- Clancy of the Overflow
Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies – Jackie French
I’ve also enjoyed the first of the Miss Lily series and started the second book just yesterday. There are six in this series and I’m keen to read them all now.
A tale of love, espionage and passionate heroism. Inspired by true stories, this is the take on how the ‘lovely ladies’ won a war, the first in a new series that explores the changing concept of what it means to be a woman.
No Hearts of Gold – Jackie French
SOME GIRLS ARE BORN TO BE LOVED, SOME ARE BORN TO BE USEFUL, AND SOME ARE BORN TO BE BAD … In this magnificent and broad-sweeping saga, award-winning author Jackie French defies the myth of colonial women as merely wives, servants, petty thieves or whores. Instead, in this masterful storyteller’s hands, these three women will be arbiters of a destiny far richer than the bewitching glitter and lure of gold.
I love early Australian historical fiction as the country comes alive through her words and I get a sense of what things may have been like – but if you don’t like Historical Fiction then these won’t be for you!
Dead Horse Gap – Lee Christine
Blurb from Goodreads: When a light plane crashes at night in the midst of the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, Sydney Homicide’s Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder and Detective Constable Mitchell Flowers are sent to investigate what immediately looks like foul play.
My review: I have enjoyed this series immensely and Dead Horse Gap was particularly interesting to me as it is set around my home town of Tumbarumba NSW in the Snowy Valleys. The characters were well written and the story kept me intrigued. The scenery and setting though made the story come alive for me.
Reading opens doors to new worlds
If you’re into reading, please feel free to join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately. We’ve added a linkup (at the end of my post) so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted about for the month as well.
If you want intelligent children give them a book. If you want more intelligent children give them more books.”Jackie French
Here’s my happy face from a warm and sunny Brisbane.
Will you join us?
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series.
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We’re all in this together, sharing our love of reading 🙂
Happy reading to you.
Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere).
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Linkup below, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. You can use the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
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