I also picked up some books.
I visited Kill City, a crime centred second hand bookstore in the Melbourne CBD for the first time and came away with three decidedly not crime books.
- Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing which I have always loved and never owned.
- Steven Herrick's The Simple Gift (as you can see from the bling it is held in high esteem).
- Ursula Dubosarsky's (I will never tire of saying her name) The First Book of Samuel.
More troubling was this shelf label in their children's area.
And I understand why.
Parents walk into a bookstore and say that have a so and so aged, gender specified child that they are looking for reading material for.
I just don't approve.
Reading shouldn't be about what you should read but what you want to read. I think it would be more helpful to ask the kid what kind of stories they like reading (and their reading ability) and enter a store with that in mind than reducing them to a file and rank.
I also finally got myself down to St Kilda (it only took 10 months) where I snoozed on the grass, ate three-colour cheese and listened to the nearby bongo player.
How's that for gorgeous?
And then I bought two more books.
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- With all the kerfuffle regarding the National Book Awards I made a point of purchasing Lauren Myracle's Shine.
- I've also been curious about 'Five Flavours of Dumb' since it was released but with the recent blog attention I searched it out.
I'll be reviewing them once I have had time to read them over at my work blog - Read Alert. The reviews won't be what you are used to here but hey, at least I am reviewing in some capacity. I've posted small ones (like I said different) for Vikki Wakefield's All I Ever Wanted (a lovely little Aussie treasure), Lauren Barnholdt's Two Way Street and tomorrow there will be one for Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me.
My little team and I will be posting reviews through the week and creating different reading lists every Friday that combine international and Australian published lists. Be sure to swing by if you have time.
Also make sure you go and check out Carla's great initiative the Aussie YA Month over at The Crooked Bookshelf , She's got some fantastic discussions, interviews and reviews featuring the talent that we are blessed to have here in Oz.
Thanks for taking in my rambles