a good book


I am a mad keen reader.

I read when I should be 

– stacking the dishwasher

– cleaning the house

– ironing.

I think if I read a bit less I'd get a bit more creative stuff done (i.e. all the knitting and sewing I haven't done this year). 

We have a lot of books in our house. And this year I started a book club, Reading Between the Wines. So. Much. Fun.

This (above) is our latest read which we're meeting to talk about next week. I loved it. Have you read it? I thought it was original and fabulous and clever and excellent. (Note to self: figure out something other than single adjectives to say at bookclub.)

Even more exciting is having an enormous pile of exciting books on my bedside table waiting to be read. Every one of these I'm highly anticipating.


I'm a disastrous dork. Irredeemable. 

Anyway, this brings me to my exciting FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! 


I was listening to local ABC radio in Brisbane last year sometime and heard someone doing a reading of a new book called 'They Call Me Naughty Lola' which is a collection of the best London Review of Books personal ads. I had to pull the car over I was laughing so hard. And then I rushed out and bought multiple copies for christmas presents. I was so enamored of this book that once I'd bought out my local bookshops (3 copies), I ordered a few online as well. And I ordered a couple too many. 

I was checking the present box in the lead up to christmas shopping '09, and found them, still wrapped in the Book Depository bag.

I have to keep one, you can open it randomly, read any single ad and giggle; and I'm giving one to you.

All you need to do is to comment on this post and I'll use a random number generator and pick the post number as the winner. I'll ship it to you where ever you are in the world, of course.

Comments close at 8pm AEST on Friday 20th November and I'll post the winner on my Friday night post.

Good luck!



19 Comments on “a good book

November 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm

This sounds like a very funny book. Please count me in!

(I’m also having my very first book giveaway on my blog. Would you like a free book?)

Catriona Pine
November 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I am totally up for a free book – because I read ALL THE TIME. I am also sure a lot more productive stuff would happen if I read less, but my vocabulary is excellent. I also have learnt as I get older that life is too short for a bad book, and have found out how to put it down gently without hurting it’s feelings and back away slowly.

November 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm

I’ve been reading True Blood whilst Nigel’s been away, especially as the housework piles up around me. I can’t help it! Count me in for the giveaway please, it sounds like a total crack up!

Alex Nolan
November 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Love the sound of the book to win – sounds hilarious!!

I have actually read Cloud Atlas – for our book club, possibly last year, possibly the year before. I hated it. Really couldn’t understand why it was so critically acclaimed. Just the thought of it sends shivers through me – seriously! I don’t often hate a book as much as I did this – generally can tolerate it, even if it’s not my thing, but this was just dreadful!

Hope this doesn’t infuence my chances of winning aforementioned book, but you did ask for comments!

We are reading The Knights Templar, by Raymond Khoury. So far, so good, but a bit too much gratuitous violence for me – kind of unnecessary, could do the story without the added violence. An Erica James novel next month – just right for Christmas month!

Hope you are all well, will speak soon xx

November 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

In order to save you shipping costs, I had to comment. And it sounds like a very funny book.

I find it amazing that people actually hate Cloud Atlas. But then I should be grateful that not everyone loves the same thing.

I hope you’re well,

Sal xo

November 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I have The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (the sequel to the girl who played with fire) sitting atop my reading pile at the moment.
Great series!

Alex Nolan
November 19, 2009 at 12:43 am

Sorry to upset you, Sal 🙂

International Woman of Mystery
November 19, 2009 at 12:45 am

Put Stephen Fry at the TOP OF THE PILE. Larsson Schmarsson. Having said that I have The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in my own pile (along with The Road Home, Slaughterhouse 5 and Frankenstein – started already but put aside because it was creeping me out and fella was away and now I’m totally wrapped in the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – marvellous!). Oh, and please take my number out of competition as I already have a copy of the fabulous book.

November 19, 2009 at 8:03 am

I want naughty lola!!! Very bad that this is my first comment to you over your trying few weeks past. I have been meaning to call. And still do. XX PS Loved Cloud Atlas!!

November 19, 2009 at 9:38 am


November 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

Good old 612 ABC Brisbane. Count me in.

Donald Moloney
November 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I locked myself in a closet after reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle! You’ll understand. Or not. Probably not. 🙂

November 19, 2009 at 2:06 pm

comments here please

November 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Oh, this sounds great. I love humorous things you can read at random.


Kirsty Elmslie
November 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Hi Fi! So great to see that Henry is doing well. I am currently half way through The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. The trilogy would have to be one of the best series of books I have ever read. So sad that we won’t get to ead any more for Mr Larsson. I love your blog too by the way. Kirsy.

November 19, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I’m in! Anything to have more out loud laughs in a day!

November 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm

God, that sounds like something I need right now. A good laugh!

November 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Please count me in.

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