Book of the Week

Andrew is reading this interesting looking non fiction account by Tom Keneally. A provocative and sobering look at three great famines of our time.

This is a book club book for me and a genre I like to watch in films but don’t read usually at all. It is set in Melbourne and has the usual suspects of crime fiction, but an easy and so far entertaining read. Perhaps a little bit predictable – are cops always middle aged, hard drinking lost souls?

We have seen a bit of Deborah Ellis this year as J is reading Diego Run for school and M has recently read Pavana. She loved this one….I love the cover. Yes you can judge a book by its cover many times over, cant’ you?

J has re-read this book. He loved it when he read it in the holidays and read it again, prompted by discussions of a guy he knows that might be just like Christopher. It is a great read and I can highly recommend it’s unusual account of Asperger Syndrome.

And B is now reading this funny Gleiztman and Jennings title…..the Harry Potter series is over (boo hoo) and she is finding satisfaction in this light hearted romp.
What are you reading this week? I am very keen to get some more titles for the older kids. Send in your suggestions.

Eat Love Pray

In an era of moving chick lit and story’s that draw us into the journey of a women trying to find themselves, Eat Love Pray may work for some people. Maybe it worked for you. My book club read it last year and I think we all found it very tiresome and self indulgent. So needless to say we were not queuing up to see Julia Robert’s screen version.

image: Anastasia Chomlak

Now Rachel’s story is a different matter. I had forgotten about this very moving account of one woman’s struggle with breast cancer. It is not what you would expect and it amazed me on every front. Her talk had a huge impact on me several years ago. I was delighted to see my friend Jennie link this to her blog.
Set aside about an hour and watch the talk.

Take time to reflect. Talk. Pray.

More bread but this time with beer

I just had to show you the great bread I made last week, using nothing more than flour, salt and the dregs from Andrew’s Asahi home brew. Yes he is back brewing after months of fasting. And we are back making bread, highly experimentally with the beer yeast.

The beer dregs with the yeast lying below.

The little loaves look so gorgeous and they really had some rise to them. Taste wise there  is a hint of the hops and perhaps a bitterness too. But they worked a treat with butter and cheese.