Australian Libraries using Librarything for Libraries

There are a few more libraries in OZ now using Librarything for Libraries. I love Librarything and use it to search for new authors, reviews and recommendations.
LibraryThing for Libraries enriches the online catalog with Library 2.0. tools
Just as a point of interest, LibraryThing has over 32 million books catalogued and is larger than the Library of Congress!!
They have also made images of book covers of a million books available for anyone to use for free!

Kingston Information & Library Service

Yarra Plenty Regional Library

State Library of Tasmania

Moonee Valley Library Service

Brisbane City Council Library Service 


Angus & Robertson Top 100 Books

Here is this year’s Angus and Robertson Top 100 Book List.  I’ve bolded the ones I’ve read.

 1 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
 2 Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
 3 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
 4 The Obernewtyn Chronicles – Isobelle Carmody
 5 My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
 6 To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
 7 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
 8 Breath – Tim Winton
 9 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
10 Break No Bones – Kathy Reichs
11 The Power Of One – Bryce Courtenay
12 Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
13 Magician – Raymond E. Feist
14 The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons
15 Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin
16 Memoirs Of A Geisha – Arthur Golden
17 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
18 Cross – James Patterson
19 Persuasion – Jane Austen
20 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
21 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
22 The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
23 Marley and Me – John Grogan
24 Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough
25 April Fools Day – Bryce Courtney
26 North & South – Elizabeth Gaskell
27 In My Skin – Kate Holden
28 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
29 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
30 The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory – Fantastic Book !!!
31 Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
32 Atonement – Ian McEwan
33 Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts
34 Pillars Of The Earth – Ken Follett
35 The Pact – Jodi Picoult
36 Ice Station – Matthew Reilly
37 Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
38 Jessica – Bryce Courtenay
39 A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
40 The Princess Bride – William Goldman
41 Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
42 Anybody Out There? – Marian Keyes
43 Life Of Pi – Yann Martel
44 Seven Ancient Wonders – Matthew Reilly
45 People Of The Book – Geraldine Brooks – Fantastic Read!!!
46 Six Sacred Stones – Matthew Reilly
47 Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
48 Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
49 Tully – Paullina Simons
50 Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
51 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger
52 Eragon – Christopher Paolini
53 Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
54 It’s Not About The Bike – Lance Armstrong
55 A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
56 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
57 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
58 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
59 A Fortunate Life – A.B. Facey
60 The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
61 The Notebook -Nicholas Sparks
62 Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen
63 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
64 The Host – Stephenie Meyer
65 Dirt Music – Tim Winton
66 Eldest – Christopher Paolini
67 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
68 It – Stephen King
69 World Without End – Ken Follett
70 Emma – Jane Austen
71 Temple – Matthew Reilly
72 Little Women – Alcott Louisa May
73 Lean Mean Thirteen – Janet Evanovich
74 Scarecrow – Matthew Reilly
75 American Gods – Neil Gaiman
76 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
77 P.S, I Love You – Cecelia Ahern
78 All That Remains – Patricia Cornwell
79 The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
80 Past Secrets – Cathy Kelly
81 The Persimmon Tree – Bryce Courtenay
82 Husband – Dean Koontz
83 Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult
84 Wicked – Gregory Maguire
85 Spot Of Bother – Mark Haddon
86 Always And Forever – Cathy Kelly
87 The Road – Cormac McCarthy
88 Cents & Sensibility – Maggie Alderson
89 Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
90 The Shifting Fog – Kate Morton
91 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
92 Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger
93 Hour Game – David Baldacci
94 Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
95 The Woods – Harlan Coben
96 Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
97 Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
98 Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis
99 Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
100 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

36 out of 100. Not too bad. Which ones have you read?

Trudi Canavan

I am currently reading the Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan they are great books! Trudi also has a blog and you can find it here.

It’s not very often you come across a book, or in this case a trilogy when you simply can’t put it down, you know the ones… well it’s not that late I’ll just read another chapter because you just have to find out what’s happening next, and then you realise it’s a hour later…

I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, but the storyline is just so good and the characters, in particular Sonea the young apprentice magician.
If you like Harry Potter, you will love this trilogy!

From Amazon UK

Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild’s worst fear has been realised …There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home. THE MAGICIANS’ GUILD is a blistering new fantasy adventure from a debut author skilled in both world-building and storytelling. The trilogy continues with THE NOVICE and THE HIGH LORD.”

Posie Graeme-Evans

I have found another author to read!
I’m about half way through The Innocent by Posie Graeme-Evans.

The 1st book in the “Anne TrilogyThe Innocent, The Exiled, The Beloved.

It’s a wonderful read so far!
A Medieval love story set in England, just my cup of tea!

Click here to visit Posie Graeme-Evans’ Amazon Blog

From the cover:

1450. The high Middle Ages, and a baby is born in the deep forest of western England. Powerful forces plot to kill both mother and child, but somehow the newborn girl arrives.
1465. England has a charismatic new king, Edward IV, as the country wakes from the nightmare of the War of the Roses into the dawn of a fragile but hopeful new age.
When Anne, a young peasant girl of fifteen, joins the household of a wealthy London merchant, her unusual beauty soon provokes jealousy, lust, and intrigue, but Anne has one special quality that saves her–her knowledge of herbs and healing. News of Anne’s remarkable gift spreads, and after saving Edward’s queen from death during childbirth, Anne is moved to the palace. It is here that Anne finds her destiny, and the man who will become the greatest love of her life–the king. The meeting between them will change both of their lives, for at such an uncertain time in England’s history, little as it seems. Least of all this shy servant girl, whose power extends far beyond her healing hands…

Monica McInerney

One of my fav authors has a new book coming out in a couple of months time called Those Faraday Girls


Sometimes the memories that bind us together can also keep us apart . . .
From the bestselling author of Family Baggage and The Alphabet Sisters comes a warm and captivating story of family secrets, traditions and ties.
As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look after her – until, just weeks before Maggie’s sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything.
Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faradays gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realize that the women she thought she knew so intimately all have something to hide . . .
`You’ll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next’

Order of the Phoenix

Just back home from watching the movie. I really enjoyed it, the scenery, fight scenes, special effects, and especially when the group was flying through London at night, awesome!


It did seem to be a little disjointed at times, and I am glad I resisted the urge to reread the book, because I am sure there were several bits missing. But overall, I loved the movie!
I particularly liked Evanna Lynch, the young Irish actress who played Luna Lovegood!


Evanna is apparently a huge Harry potter fan, and hangs out quite a bit on Mugglenet.
Wikipedia has quite a bit of information on her here.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Iv’e finished it!! In my opinion, it is the best of the series. Finally all of the clues and hints make sense now.

I just love this series. I remember taking home the first one for my children to read. Surprisingly neither of them were interested in it, so I read it myself, and was totally hooked from the beginning.

It’s sad to think that the series is finished now, everyone loves a good story, and what a great journey it has been!
The battle of good versus evil, friendship, loyalty, love, courage in the face of adversity, hope, faith, struggle, bullying, families, and above all, an exciting and magical world like no other we have seen before.

JK Rowling has revealed her plans for writing an Harry Potter Encyclopedia (details here) for charity.