Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Of Longing - read by Leonard Cohen

When I was reading the poetry in Book of Longing, I seriously did wonder how I was going to turn it all into a review at the end of the process. One of the ideas I thought about was recording videos of myself reading some of my favourite poems.

But why would I do that, when the man who wrote them can do so himself?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Leonard Cohen, reading his poem, "The Book of Longing", with music by Phillip Glass. Enjoy.


Look who loves Popular Penguins! WHY, it's The Sims Social on Facebook!

You can see the familiar orange and cream cover next to 'Fiction Books' in the game...

Then again, maybe somebody should tell EA and The Sims team that Popular Penguins also include non-fiction, hmm?

It's incredible to see the wide scope that this icon of modern literature can be found in. If you've spotted any Popular Penguin-esque images, let me know!

x ND

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


So, it looks like Tom got his prize!

Best winner face EVER.

If you would like a free book of some note, stay tuned! There'll be another giveaway at the next significant milestone, so keep an eye out for when that hit counter hits 5000!

And you too could have an expression as awesome as Tom's!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Longing For You...

Hey look! I'm back again! READING AND STUFF!

So yes, a slightly different mode of attack for this one. Stay tuned and I'll post some of the poetry with my thoughts on each in the coming weeks.

Now for the questions: Have you read any of Cohen's poetry? If not, who's your favourite poet? Were you crept out by the "Hallelujah" scene in Watchmen?

Also, mega congrats to Tom for being AWESOME. I'll announce the next prize milestone as we get a little closer to it!

And don't forget me looking horrible due to a lack of sleep and no glasses. YAY!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How To Make (LOLz Made Of) Gravy

More awesome from the Penguin Books Australia Twitter feed... Mixing puns with Paul Kelly. Seriously, doesn't get better than this!

The Autograph Man gets an autograph from Paul Kelly!

Oh, how adorable... The music nerd in me and my inner reading nerd just collided in an explosion of rainbows and unicorns!

High Fidelity - The Wrap Up

There’s something very special about affirming a love affair with a book. There aren’t many books that I can read over and over again, so to be able to confirm that relationship with a novel or other piece of writing is very gratifying. Jane Eyre, for me, is one of those books. The Shadow of The Wind is another. And High Fidelity has certainly cemented its place on that list.

Both times I’ve read it, it has been exactly the book I needed in my life. It’s a gentle caring reminder that we’re all complete screw ups, each in our own special way, so there’s no need to get so hung up on your own personal failures. It’s the perfect reflection on how, as human beings, we seem to have a species-wide inability to make do anything but mess up relationships. And while it aches, touching all those raw nerves you’d rather leave alone, there’s a sense of joy about it as well, the idea that the living of life and making a mess of it, mixed in with all the short term pleasures that come with messing it up, is actually what it’s all about. It’s the bad times that make the good times AWESOME.

The fact that Nick Hornby doesn’t at any point pretend that there’s anything even vaguely like a Happily Ever After in the real world is incredibly refreshing, and for this particular lass, pretty important. So many pieces of writing and films and songs would have us believe that someday our prince will come and everything will be hunky dory. But what if the person we’re looking for was there all along, and we didn’t see them because we forgot to take off the beer goggles?

There was a paragraph here about how poignant reading this book is at this time in my life, but that’s not something I feel like going into. So here, have a picture of John Cusack explaining my cure for such a thing.

But apart from telling me that I’m not the only one without a decent love life, High Fidelity, naturally, taps into my (not so) inner music nerd. Wallowing in the references, and kicking myself for not having heard certain tracks is truly blissful, in its own geeky way. It also works beautifully as an introduction into classic tunes you may not have heard yet, but knowing how much Rob loves them, you really want to understand why. It's really spurred me on to get a few more classics into my collection.

For those of you who read my last Penguin review, you’ll quickly see how much of a contrast this is to my last read. I truly loved every moment spent reading this one, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hates it. It’s so personal and beautifully self-deprecating (without being depressing) that it just works ridiculously well. I’m proud to call this a personal favourite.

This is one you really do need in your collection.

Have you read it? Did you enjoy it? Did you like the film? (For the record, I watched it just after finishing the book, and it’s just as superb as the novel. I am so in love with John Cusack right now. SO. IN. LOVE.)

And if you’ve not read High Fidelity, or seen the film, this is what John Cusack thinks of you.

See? Not impressed.

Until next time, may your iTunes Shuffle only give you the songs you want to hear.

x ND

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Penguin Cuteness

This is intensely cute, and comes from Penguin Books Australia's Twitter feed.

PP begins her day in taxi. Where is she going?


An unlikely couple...

YOU GUYS! It's a Popular Penguin Romance! (I think my ovaries just exploded a little bit.)

All together now...


If you want to keep up with what Penguin Books Australia are up to Twitter (they do heaps of giveaways and the like too as well as the cute photos of inanimate objects), you can follow them here.

Seriously. HOW CUTE IS IT?

- ND

FINALLY! A New Read!

It has undoubtedly taken FAR too long, but here's the latest video for the latest book!

And we had a bit of public interaction with this one! Thanks to all who voted!

Have you read this one? Thoughts? If you're a bit of a music nerd, like me, how did you like the references in the book?

If you've seen the movie, how does it stack up to the book?


Let me know your thoughts!

x ND