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Jan 24,2014

3 reasons to read Why We Took the Car by Wolfganf Herrndorf:

File 180781. It's not your ordinary road trip story.

'The main thing the judge wanted to know was when we first took the car, where we went with it, and why we did it.'
You'll be very surprised by the answers.

2. It's weird and crazy. Seriously crazy. Like, fire hydrants and pigs and hermits and beauty farms and dessert trivia crazy.

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Jan 24,2014

Over the summer holidays while most people were relaxing with a good book, I was very hard at work doing some maintenance on the site's book clubs. (Okay, okay... so my human minions helped a bit. Okay, a lot. Anyway...)

I am pleased to announce that the work is now complete, and book clubs are once again fully open for all your bookish business. Happy reading!

Thursday Night Book Club by Mark Sowa

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Jan 22,2014

Sleeping Beauty is a classic fairytale - told and retold with many variations, across many mediums. And I am hugely excited for the latest take - Maleficent! It promises to be a journey into wickedness, magic, and extravagant costumes. Also: Angelina Jolie can kill you with her cheekbones.

Anyone else excited for this story of a villain?

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Jan 17,2014

3 reasons to read The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson:

File 180281. This fantastically accurate description of high school:

'The halls surged with a parade of beautiful strangers. They laughed too loud. Flirted. Shrieked. Raced. They kissed. Shoved. Tripped. Shouted. Posed. Chased. Flaunted. Taunted. Galloped. Sang.

Fully assimilated zombies.'

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Jan 15,2014

File 18064File 18057Last Sunday, Classic Cinemas and Readings Bookstore hosted a special event in Melbourne – a screening of ‘The Book Thief’, a Question & Answer session with author Markus Zusak, and a beautiful signed copy of the new, non-film-tie-in paperback edition. (Photos from the event are here!)

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Jan 10,2014

3 reasons* to read Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff:

File 180591. Delilah. Any wild stories you may have heard about her do not do her justice. She is brave, a skilled fighter, witty, and just a little bit (okay, maybe a lot) of a deviant. I am madly in love with her.

2. It's got everything - a tale of adventure (pirates and prison escapes!), set in Turkey back in the 19th century, with just a tiny dash of fantasy (Delilah's preferred method of travel is by flying boat). 

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Jan 08,2014


I am just a leeetle bit excited to be back on the blog and catching up with with you all. HOW ARE YOU? DID YOU MISS ME? AREN'T SUMMER HOLIDAYS WONDERFUL? 

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I have been relaxing, hanging out with great people like Delilah Dirk (photo above - and I'll tell you more about her on Friday), and catching some of the many, many films that are positively shining out the cinema doors at the moment.

Have you seen any great movies this summer?

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Dec 30,2013

To recognise such a significant moment as the writing of this, my last blog entry, I thought I should look to the future, which will probably be about as cheesy as it sounds. Nevertheless I shall persevere, but in case I forget I would just like to write thank you for reading my blogs and commenting on them.

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Paper Books vs eBooks

File 18011This debate has been going on practically since eBooks were first invented and if you are a debater (such as myself) you will be WAY too familiar with it. I’m gathering that most Inside a Dog readers are, like me, the kind of super-impractical person who stuffs a library inside a suitcase and then only has room for one T-shirt, when going on holiday. It is impossible to deny that eBooks don’t have benefits. More space, better for the environment, more practical, cheaper... it is no wonder that so many book stores are closing. (Borders, we miss you. *choking back the sobs*)

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Dec 27,2013

Sooo, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell was voted as the best Young Adult Fiction book in the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. But I already knew it was brilliant, so here's 5 reasons to read Rainbow Rowell's new book, Fangirl:

File 179881. It is a book about being a writer - the study, the anguish, the sillies, the delights...

2. ...and the fanfic.
'I don't have a weird thing with Simon Snow*,' Cath said. 'I'm just really active in the fandom.'

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Dec 23,2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To those of you who don't celebrate Christmas bear with me.

If you’re at all like me your Christmas List is filled with a long line of books. Below are a scattering of novels that have found themselves on my Christmas Lists throughout my life.

1. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvery (Adult/ Young Adult- Mystery)

My father read this book and immediately lent it to me. It was thrilling. Set in 1965 Charlie Bucktin - a bookish, solitary boy of thirteen - is startled by a knock on his window. His guest is Jasper Jones a rebellious, mixed-race, outcast who leads Charlie to a horrific discovery. In the oppressive summer heat Charlie learns that horrible truths are hard to know and hold in your heart. Filled with mystery and suspense this book will captivate you and open your eyes.

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2. Graceling by Kristen Cashore (Young Adult- Fantasy/ Adventure)

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