The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Quotes

My sister gave me this beautiful edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.    There is a wide collection of classics in the same style by Barnes and Noble that I would love to begin collecting.  DSC_0433 My Favourite Quotes from the book;

* ‘Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?’

* ‘If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.’

* ‘During the year I stood there I had known was the loss of my heart. While I was in love I was the happiest man on earth.’

* ‘Nobody gets in to see the wizard. Not nobody.’

* ‘The cyclone had set the house down gently, very gently – for a cyclone—in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty.’


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – A Discussion (contains spoilers)

20130518_163006_resizedBeing the avid horror fan reader as I am, I was quite surprised when I saw the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist and realised that I had never actually read the book.  With ‘The most terrifying novel ever written’ across the front cover my expectations were high.


* I liked the character of Chris.  As a famous actress she wasn’t fake and displayed genuine concern for her daughter Regan (who is presumably possessed).  I could feel the stress and hopelessness she was going through and thought that her part was well written and realistic.

* The character of Regan was disturbing to say the least.  The vomiting and swear words aside, until the end of the novel you couldn’t help but wonder if the little girl was indeed doing these horrifying acts on her own accord.  This thought alone kept me in suspense.

* While I didn’t think that The Exorcist was the most terrifying book I have ever read it did have it’s moments when it gave me some chills.  The passages about exorcisms and satanic rituals etc were particularly creepy.

* The ending is quite satisfying and the introduction of a new character near the end was a nice touch.  We don’t know much about Merrin but we do know that he is either going to help Regan or something is going to go terribly wrong.  This kept me on edge until the last pages.


* “As far as God goes, I am a nonbeliever. Still am. But when it comes to a devil, well, that’s something else.”

* “You don’t blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home… Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism…”

* “This century hasn’t got the lock on insanity.”

* ‘They brought her to an ending in a crowded cemetery where the gravestones cried for breath.’

The Cabbage Patch Fib by Paul Jennings – A Discussion

Cover of "The Cabbage Patch Fib"

Cover of The Cabbage Patch Fib 

Paul Jennings was and still is one of my favourite Australian authors.

The Cabbage Patch Fib is the hilarious tale of a young boy (Chris) who wishes to know the truth about where babies come from.  His embarrassed father tells Chris they come from the cabbage patch and to every ones surprise when Chris sneaks out in the middle of the night to look for babies he finds one!  A little, green baby that he now has to take care of.

The story is short, with detailed pictures by Craig Smith.  A great book for young readers.  I am currently reading this with my grade 5 class and they love it!


* ‘well, er…they come from, from, er…the cabbage patch.  Yes, they come from the cabbage patch.’

* ‘I started to laugh quietly to myself but quickly stopped.  I heard something that made my hair stand on end.  It was a baby crying.’

* ‘Chris was grinning his head off.  He liked being a father.  For a little while anyway.’

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Favourite Quotes

In anticipation of the movie ‘The Great Gatsby to be released in May, I decided to read this classic yet again and share some of my favourite quotes.


* ‘I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.’

* ‘And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.’

* ‘Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.’

* ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool.’

* ‘I’m thirty,’ I said. ‘I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honour.’

Tideline By Penny Hancock – A Discussion (Contains Spoilers!)

I was really looking forward to reading this book as its premises sounded so interesting.  A fifteen year old teenage boy named Jez comes to borrow some music from Sonia a middle aged woman who can’t bear to let him go once he is inside her home.  She wants to keep him safe from the outside world.  Unknown

Although I did enjoy the book, it wasn’t as much as I had hoped.  I found it a little slow until it picked up a bit towards the middle.  Here are some notes;

* The book is told through the eyes of Sonia (the woman who kidnaps Jez) and Helen (Jez’s uncaring, alcoholic aunty).  At times I was frustrated at the frequency of changes from character to character.  I wanted to know more about Sonia and Jez not Helen and her self involved ways.  It turns out that the changing of characters was actually quite a clever move on the writer’s behalf.  BIG SPOILER ALERT – Helen is in fact eventually killed by Sonia (quite a twist) and Helen’s character ceases to tell the story.

* The story is also told through the eyes of a young Sonia who is in love with a boy called Seb.  This history is extremely important to the story line as we realise that Seb died at a young age and is the reason that Sonia is keeping Jez hostage.  She wants to keep him safe, like she could not do for Seb.  I enjoyed the characters and sub plot of young Sonia and Seb.  Sonia’s inert craving to please Seb was extremely well written.

* The ending, another big spoiler alert is actually quite shocking and left me feeling quite disturbed instead of comfortably satisfied which is what I expected.  It turns out that Sonia’s teen love interest Seb was actually her brother!  Quite a bold revelation by the author.  This combined with Sonia killing Helen and the police bursting in to arrest her and rescue Jez makes for a thrilling ending.

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