Peter Elliott is Sharing the Shallows

When I asked my son Peter to write a guest post for my blog, I honestly expected him to answer with an outright “No!”. Instead, he surprised me and he wrote up his answers in a matter of minutes – and I only had to veto one! When he was little, I would read him Berkeley Breathed’s Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big which is a really funny story about the consequences of a kid who lies – a bit like Hilaire Belloc’s fabulous Matilda Who Told Such Dreadful Lies. He was always enthralled by this book. His eyes wide and excited, so I kept borrowing it and reading it to him. Many years later, when he was 15, I went to the library and borrowed it again to read to my 7 year old nephew. Peter saw the book and was aghast and said “You are not reading that! I hated that book when I was little. I thought you read it to me as a warning to not be a bad kid”! I guess my skillz in reader responses assessment isn’t  as well honed as I thought.

MEA CULPA!

Peter at work in a cafe Peter

Son of blogger

Can you describe yourself?

Caucasian male adolescent, 5’10, cobalt blue eyes, dark, blond, wavy hair, moderately pale complexion.

 

What is your main reading medium (books, blogs, games, news, etc) and how much time do you spend reading a week?  

I spend at least 30 minutes every day reading Australia’s oldest newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. Continue reading

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Elessa is Sharing the Shallows

I am so incredibly excited by today’s Sharer of my Shallows! Elessa is my first blood relative to share my shallows! Elessa is my first cousin’s daughter and I have known and adored her since the day she was born. When she was little, at family parties, she would excitedly tell me about her favourite books that she found in the library and my heart would go all happy melty. As she has grown older, through her teen years, uni years and now as a teacher, whenever we see each other, it is inevitable that the two of us will have a reading conversation.

Elessa holding Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in front of her faceElessa

Teacher

Can you describe yourself?

I’m a primary school teacher who loves to read a little bit of everything. Some of my best life lessons have come from quality picture books. I don’t like to discredit any genre or text type.

What is your main reading medium (books, blogs, games, news, etc) and how much time do you spend reading a week?

Books (I try to read a bit every week), Facebook and Instagram news feeds (daily scrolls) and a quick flick through the top stories of Online news. Otherwise, I’m often looking through various teacher blogs for classroom inspiration. Continue reading

Kaetrin is Sharing the Shallows

Kaetrin is another of my Twitter friends. I don’t know when we first met online but I do know that she has been one of the people who often get caught up in spider and snake discussions with me along with our obigatory romance discussions. We met in real life at the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention in Canberra in 2015 and she is lovely. I stand back in awe of Kaetrin – her reading and writing output is phenomenal. I feel as though every time I look online she has listened or read another book and she is posting reviews here, there, everywhere. And she is a font of knowledge! She remembers titles and always has a recommendation at the ready.

Kaetrin age 5Kaetrin

Blogger and tweeter @ www://kaetrinsmusings.com or https://twitter.com/Kaetrin67

Can you describe yourself?

Reader, blogger, audiobook lover, all about the HEA. Talking about books on Twitter is one of my favourite things to do. Also wife, mother, baker and eater of cake (though not as much as I’d like).

What is your main reading medium (books, blogs, games, news, etc) and how much time do you spend reading a week?

I mainly read books but Twitter does take up a lot of my time – and I read more news since the Trumpocalypse happened. These days I mainly read on my Kobo reader – I read a paperback recently and it was hard work! No backlight, no highlight function, no dictionary and I needed two hands to hold the book while I turn the page instead of swiping with a finger. I hadn’t realised how much I preferred ebooks until then. LOL

Also I’m a keen audiobook and podcast listener so I’m most always reading one way or another – either in my ears or with my eyes. Continue reading

April with a touch of May

I just realised that it has been a while since I wrote in my own shallows so I am going to use April’s Bingo sheet and SuperWendy’s super convenient TBR challenge topic of “Something Different” to describe my last 2 months of life as well as my reading:

 

Now (contemporary)

I have been incredibly busy. After a 12 month break, I am now teaching Digital Literacies at my uni’s pathway college. The content is really engaging and it is proving to be quite a different teaching space to what I am used to.

Dark Apollo

I continue to work twice a week at a public library in a ‘burb far far far away from my home. I am in awe of the excellent study culture in the community I work for. It is such a buzz seeing youth so deeply engaged in their studies. I am also a deselector for my library and there are times when deselecting feels like I am the more ominous Apollo of the Library World. The Apollo that brings down plague and pestilence to the world. Kill me now, for I hate deselection yet it has somehow become my specialisation over the last decade of library work. There are some gratifying moments like when you get rid of a book caked in snot but pleasssse, pleeaaaaase someone in the library world give me a selection job. I miss it desperately. Deselection makes me just want to tell all authors and publishers to give it up and stop fucking writing.

 

Burning library

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Stormy Sunday is Sharing the Shallows

Stormy Sunday/Kiriaki/Kiri and I are κουμπαρες, fellow bookgroup buddies, loud-mouthed plotters and schemers, I am her daughter’s godmother and we are long-time friends who argue and laugh and sup at each others’ tables. I can’t remember when I first met her. She hovered on the fringes of my primary school life, my Greek school classes, occasional apperances at Sunday School, and in and around our beloved ‘burb – she was there, lurker and talker (she would say that she was too shy to talk but I remember talking, dammit). We went to different high schools and did not see each other again until our late teens when I saw her at one of my best-friend’s homes. That is when we really started talking and talking and talking and talking. We went to church youth group together and the two of us would constantly challenge the priest’s lessons. Aahhhh – poor Father Leslie was like deer caught in the headlights with us. One day he asked us to simplify whatever it was that the two of us were arguing for. We stated that complex ideas needed to be understood in their entirity and that we would not simplify our thoughts. That was the last time we went to youth group but I think it was the moment that cemented our friendship that has been going for over thirty years. When Stormy Sunday opened her first cafe in Sydney, my husband and I bought our home in the same suburb just to be close by. I would see Kiri everyday when I would go walking with my young son. Her laughter rings out wherever she is. She is happy and chatty and always welcoming. Her cafe iterations always are successful due to her deep understanding of people’s need for connection. (her current cafe is no longer near my home, but it is an easy walk from my work). One day, two months after I had my second son, I made a visit to the cafe where Kiri greeted me and announced that I needed at least one night out a month and that she was starting a book group and that I needed to be there at the inaugural meeting. I went to the meeting and people were arguing about which high-falutin literature they would go for their first choice. I was horrified. I couldn’t bear the thought of reading the books they were suggesting. I looked across at Kiri and I think she could sense my fear. I called out that we should have a theme instead of a single book since there was such indecision. Some people grumbled, a whole lot concurred and as it was Kiri’s cafe, she made the call that it was going to be a themed bookgroup. Today, those of us that concurred (plus some more) are meeting up for our 16 year bookgroup anniversary at Stormy Sunday/Kiri and her husband’s Cafe Guilia. It is only right that Kiri gets to Share My Shallows on this rather important day. Continue reading

Willaful and Hub are Sharing the Shallows – She Said He Said special edition!

I am so excited with today’s Sharing the Shallows! It is my first partners who read QandA! Willaful and I met later on in my online Romancelandia discussions. I often found myself in overcrowded twitter discussions with her and I would see her excellent reviews popping up on several blog spaces. We finally followed each other quite a few years ago and we have since been in practically daily contact with each other which gives me great comfort. We chats about all things readerly, about our bingo reads (ahem!), the occasional other topics, and happily, I think that our romance fiction world view seems to be closely aligned. I have never met her Hub but I am pleased that he agreed to take part in this fab Q&A 

Bookshelf with Willaful and Hub's handsWillaful and Hub

Blogger and Husband

Can you describe yourself?

Willaful and her hub started sharing bookshelves in 1986. He introduced her to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson. (Spider is the only one that stuck.) She introduced him to The Tightrope Walker by Dorothy Gilman and Season of the Witch by James Leo Herlihy. Hub’s magnificent readings of the first four Harry Potter books are probably the only thing that got willaful through about 18 months of 24 hour morning sickness. Though even now his Dobby voice is known to make her throw up. Continue reading