Monthly Archives: July 2010

Introducing the St Catherine’s reading wiki!

The library has developed a reading  list wiki for all students to use.  The wiki is all about helping you find your next great read.  On it, you’ll see several lists, like the one below, of books according to genre.  All books on the list are available from the Nicholas library, so you can be sure that you’ll be able to track down your next book quickly and easily.  If you like a book (or dislike a book), or want to add to the wiki in any way, you can use the ‘discussion’ tab at the top to add your comments.

Each list will be updated and revised as new books come in, and new lists with new genres will be added as the need arises.  So instead of wandering aimlessly through the library, or trawling through titles on the OPAC, simply visit the wiki to decide what you should read next!

Happy Reading!



Australian Authors on Twitter

Do you have a Twitter account and love to tweet?

There are a lot of Australian authors on Twitter – it’s a great way for writers to reach out and communicate with their readers.  The following Aussie authors are active members of the Twitter community, these guys tweet often and will generally reply to your messages.

Nick Earls (48 Shades of Brown, Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight)
Lili Wilkinson (Scatterheart, Pink, Angel Fish)
Kirsty Murray (Vulture’s Gate, The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong)
Gabrielle Wang (Little Paradise, The Race For the Chines Zodiac)
Cassandra Golds (Clair de Lune, The Museum of Mary Child)

Get tweeting and contact your favourite author!

What I read over the holidays…

Hi girls,

I hope you had a lovely break and spent some time relaxing with a good book! I read some great books over the holidays, one of which I’d like to tell you about.  I read ‘Mama’s Song’ by Ben Beaton.  I was really keen to read this novel, because I recently went to hear Ben speak about writing.

He seemed like such a lovely chap, and has written a really interesting story about a teenage girl, George, who has a baby.  Obviously, the pregnancy is unexpected, and George runs away from her mother and step-father to the country, where she hopes to get support from her Grandmother.  But when she arrives, heavily pregnant and just about to give birth, she discovers that her Grandmother has died some months previously. And nobody told her.  George goes to hospital and gives birth alone; she then has to adjust to being a mother and learn how to look after her daughter.

What makes this book so interesting is the fact that it centres around issues that are so inherently female – yet is written by a male writer.  Many mothers who have read the book say that the way Ben describes the first few days of motherhood are absolutely spot on; the story doesn’t dress up some of the more icky aspects of being a mum. 

I found this to be an unexpected read.  There were aspects of the plot that I didn’t see coming, and there were times when I felt like crying.  It’s written in lots of short chapters, so it’d be a great book for anyone who shys away from really dense novels.

Have you read anything in the holidays that you’d like to talk about? Attach a comment to this post and tell us all about the books you find enthralling!

Happy reading,

Ms White