Jane Austen (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Jane Austen (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the remarkable life of Jane Austen, the British novelist, in this true story of her life. Little Jane grew up in a big family that loved learning and she often read from her father’s library. In her teenage years she began to write in bound notebooks and craft her own novels. As an adult, Jane secretly created stories that shone a light on the British upper classes and provided a witty social commentary of the time, creating a new dialogue for female characters in books. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world!

Jane Austen (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Jane Austen is part of a series aimed at very young readers, introducing children to famous women in history.

The illustrations are simple, and a little childlike, as though young Jane herself might be telling the story.

Austen’s works are far too advanced for readers in the target age group of this book, but it’s an interesting way to introduce girls and boys alike to the fact there were PLENTY of women in history who achievement many different things.


Review copy from NetGalley.

The Week: 9th – 15th April

Ukrainian Easter Queanbeyan Catholic Church Australia 8th April 2018

Easter (8th April) at the Ukrainian Catholic church in Queanbeyan

This week seems to have gone fast. I’ve spent most of it being frustrated with the Commonwealth Games coverage (a hint, TV networks: very few people in the world find lawn bowls fascinating!), while trying to get work done around it.

Of course, the week began with Ukrainian Easter celebrations, and this weekend is when the processions around the cemeteries take place (I said before: Ukrainian Easter is HUGE!). We’re still having summer temperatures in Canberra, which is just weird, because other years all these traditions take place in weather that is very definitely autumn-themed.

However, we had a freak windstorm yesterday. Here is the state border:

One thing that has suffered a lot the past fortnight is my reading. I have been focused on other things, and have not had time to finish a single book – even though some of them are books I’ve been looking forward to for ages.

The Commonwealth Games

Lauren+Mitchell+19th+Commonwealth+Games+Day+pIDIDa3K6h5l19th Commonwealth Games - Day 2 Artistic Gymnastics

Reread: Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian

Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

Harlequin Artist Honoured on Canadian Stamp

Harlequin is so proud of our legendary cover artist, Will Davies! #CanadaPost is issuing a stamp in his honor in recognition of the over 500 book covers he designed.

It’s Christmastime… Again?

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

Travel in Regency Britain

stagec-coach-travel 19th century.

National Library Week

National Library Week United States

New (Old!) Books

Mogo Village New South Wales Australia South Coast

I picked up a few books at the secondhand bookshop in Mogo over the Easter long weekend. Mogo is a Victorian era gold mining town on the New South Wales South Coast, and very popular with day-trippers from the beach.

The bookshop is in an old building, and has a huge range. Here are two purchases I plan to review in the near future:

London as it Might have Been by Felix Barker and Ralph Hyde

London as it might have been by Felix Barker and Ralph Hyde

My brother actually found this one, but I bought it because he wasn’t sure if he was going to buy it. Now he can borrow it if he wants!

It’s an amazing book, first published in the 1970s. Some of the plans from the nineteenth century look like they’re out of a steampunk movie.

Happily Ever After Celebrating Jane Austen_s Pride and Prejudice by Susannah Fullerton

Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Susannah Fullerton

This one is a lighter read, and has some features about screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, but it’s such a pretty book.



The Week: 22nd – 28th January

Canberra Summer Sunset

This heatwave just keeps going. Canberra was the hottest capital city in the country for more than a week.

So, US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been jailed for 175 years. I stayed up into the early hours of Thursday morning (Wednesday US time) to watch him being sentenced. He will be sentenced on even MORE crimes in a few days.

I’ve had some involvement in gymnastics or another for over thirty years, having been a competitive gymnast before I had to give it up for ballet, having been a coach after that, and having a brother who was on the squad for the for the Athens Olympics until injury made him quit. So I’ve felt pretty invested in this case.

Here are a few bizarre stories from Russia this week:

Hunting Dog Shoots Owner in Southern Russia

A dog is suspected of shooting its owner to death during a hunting trip in southern Russia on Sunday.

A dog is suspected of shooting its owner to death during a hunting trip in southern Russia on Sunday.

And also:

Russian Carjacker Flees Snowball-Throwing Traffic Cops

A carjacker in Russia’s Far East has made a brief and unlikely getaway from traffic police who were filmed throwing snowballs in an attempt to stop his escape in a stolen car.

We Need Bodice-Ripper Sex Ed

Sarah Mayberry Julie James Contemporary Romance Book Covers

My review of The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

Free (legal!) movie script downloads.

Cinemaaustralia Cinema 4 at HOYTS, Forest Hill Shopping Centre, Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia.

Serialised Historical Romance?

Mischance (Corsets and Carriages #1) by Carla Susan Smith

Cover Love

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style

Fashion Plates 150 Years of Style by April Calahan (Editor), Karen Trivette Cannell (Editor), Anna Sui (Foreword).

Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style by April Calahan (Editor), Karen Trivette Cannell (Editor), Anna Sui (Foreword).

I saw this book in Barcelona just over a month ago, and decided there was no way I was lugging something this big and heavy all the way home! I was glad to find it on The Book Depository, both in paperback and hardcover. Of course, if you buy from there you get the book with free shipping (I shudder to think how much it would be to Australia otherwise!).

Fashion Plates 150 Years of Style by April Calahan (Editor), Karen Trivette Cannell (Editor), Anna Sui (Foreword)..

This is one of those books that will appeal to history nerds, historical fiction and romance readers, etc.

Pride and Prejudice Anniversary

Tomorrow is the twenty-second anniversary of the premiere of the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice (otherwise known as “the one people love because Mr Darcy jumps in a murky pond”).

This is the Jane Austen adaptation that changed everything.

It’s not my favourite, but it’s a gazillion times better than Pride and Prejudice and Pigs – I still enjoy it a lot. And it is definitely the favourite version of most true Jane Austen fans.