I’ll save that for later

I had a very strange moment today. In the picture below, you will see an old copy of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay, a box full of buttons, and a Twiddle Muff I finished making for my Pop today.

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A Twiddle Muff AKA Fidget Cloth is a sensory activity used in many nursing homes, and I believe sometimes for children as well, to give people who get the fidgets something to do with their hands. Or sometimes it can just be nice to look at, hold, or maybe talk about.

The strange moment came when I got to the part where I added the buttons. Because I’m not really that much of a crafty kind of person, I had to go and buy every single thing I used except for those buttons. Because I already had a box full of buttons that belonged to my grandmother. Using her buttons today, some that I remember from when she used the exact same ones on her own craft projects, put a whole new spin to the phrase: “I’ll save that for later”

I started to think about what kind of things I save for later and the answer was pretty obvious. I never ever throw out a book if I can help it. In fact, I still feel a little bit lost without the hundreds of books I somehow agreed to get rid of in the middle of a packing panic when I moved interstate. But I did hold onto this copy of The Magic Pudding, which originally belonged to my Aunty, and then it lived at my grandparent’s house for a long time until I claimed it. It’s a story that is remembered fondly by a lot of people in my family, including my Pop, as I discovered one day when I brought it along when I went to see him.

Now, I’m definitely not saying that it’s a good idea to become a total hoarder and just hold onto a whole bunch of useless clutter. But maybe it’s a good idea to put some thought into some of the things that you do save for later. Because there are so many strange little things that you just never can tell when they will come in handy, or stop and make you remember something very special.

Never Move House in the Middle of a Semester!

Moving can be a stressful event at the best times. Moving in the middle of my second year at university was a bit of a disaster! Luckily, I am beginning to get myself back into the swing of things and am 100% up to date with my work for the first time since we made the move, so I FINALLY have some free time to catch up with my reading and blogging (I promise catching up on my emails is next on my to-do list)!

Just a few reviews coming soon to Scatterbooker include:

Round and Round by Terry Tyler round and round

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Terry Tyler’s ninth published work is a 36,000 word novella, i.e. between a third and half as long as a full length novel.

Four Valentine cards – from four different men!

Sophie Heron’s fortieth birthday is looming, and she is fed up with her job, her relationship, her whole life – not to mention her boyfriend’s new ‘hobby’, in which she definitely doesn’t want to get involved…

Back in 1998 she had the choice of four men, and now she can’t help wondering how her life might have turned out if she’d chosen differently.

The person to whom Sophie had always been closest was her beloved Auntie Flick, her second mother, friend and advisor. Before her death in 2001, Flick said, “when I’m up there having a cuppa with St Peter, I’ll have a word with him about making me your guardian angel, shall I?”

As Sophie’s fortieth birthday draws near, she visits her aunt’s special place: a tree by a river, hidden from the world. Here she calls on Auntie Flick to show her the way forward – and help her look back into the past so she can see what might have been…

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Love at First Flight by Tess Woods tess

Description:

Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.

What would you risk to be with the love of your life? And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?

Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time ever.

What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into her worst nightmare.

Love at First Flight will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

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Chasing Chris Campbell by Genevieve Gannon gen

Description:

The hilarious and charming second novel from the author of Husband Hunters. For fans of The Rosie Project, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and all good rom-coms.

Violet is saving money: living on rice and beans and denying herself chocolate eclairs all in the name of saving for a home deposit. Once they save enough, she and Michael can buy a house, settle down and live happily ever after. But when Michael does the unthinkable, Violet is forced to rethink her life choices.

A chance encounter with Chris Campbell (first love, boy-next-door, The One That Got Away) spurs her into travelling to exotic locations she never dreamed she’d explore – Hong Kong, Vietnam, Varanasi – on a quest to catch up with Chris and lead a life of adventure. Armed with hand sanitiser and the encouraging texts of her twin sister Cassandra, will Violet find true love before it’s too late? Or will the nerve-wracking experience of travelling send her back to Melbourne in search of safety and stability? Can she work out what she really wants before she is left with nothing?

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And finally, here are some photos of my new beach! Although it has been a big readjustment and quite a bit stressful, I am so excited to be living close to the beach again 😀

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Words and Phrases That You Can’t Stand

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A while ago I wrote a list of some of the words and phrases that I just can’t stand. 

I received such an overwhelming list of horrible words and phrases that I had left out of my list that I thought I should share them with you all.

Belinda from Bookarahma thought that I should have included:

Bae

Youse

H pronounced as “Haitch”

I could care less – that means you care!

Baby Bunting – an Australian baby store which does sound pretty awful!

Mistral from Mistral Dawn’s Musings wrote that:

For me it’s not so much the specific words that drive me crazy, it’s the way some people pick at things. If something is amazing, or a person is very talented, there is no reason to go searching for something bad to say about it or them. Why do some people feel like they just *have* to criticize all the time?

Bridget from Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged said that nostrils gives her the shudders.

Lynn from Lynn’s Book Blog came up with this punny pun:

Totes amazeballs! Made me giggle, you sure did ladle it on and my eyes are now moist with laughter.

Rose from Rambling1Rose is irritated by going forward. Is there any other way?

Annette from Outside of a Cat said that congrats is definitely on her list! If something is worth congratulations, it’s well worth the extra three syllables.

Terry Tyler could have gone on for hours but wanted to definitely include:

Any advance on entrepreneur – mediapreneur, mompreneur – vom!!!!!!

Lol

Yay

Do a happy dance

People calling their kids ‘the munchkin’, and calling each other ‘pumpkin’.

Steve from Steve Says hates overused phrases such as:

In all honesty

You Know

At the end of the day...bleuch!

I wonder if we’ve managed to collect all of the most horrible words and phrases yet or are there more that we should add to the list?

Are you a Book Snob?

Book_of_Snobs-Première_de_couvertureBeing a Scatterbooker, I’m definitely not a book snob in the slightest.  Sometimes I like to read ‘real’ books, sometimes I use a kindle, sometimes I’ll read a classic, sometimes I’ll read something ‘trashy.’ I don’t have any particular genre that I will only read at the exclusion of all others, but there are a few genres that I enjoy more than others. I also would never dare to criticise anybody for which books they choose to read or which format they read it in and why on earth would I even care?

I think the biggest problem with book snobs is that they seem to enjoy going out of their way to let other people know that their way is far superior and anybody who doesn’t do things the way that they think they should be done is wrong. Thackeray wrote a hilarious set of articles titled The Book of Snobs back 1848 which wittily describes all sorts of the different kinds of snobs that existed in the 1800’s so it seems that snobbery has been around for quite a while. And people have been quietly (or not so quietly) making fun of them for just as long! So I think it’s  time  for all of the book snobs (and the rest) to lighten up and not worry so much about what or how other people read.

Types of Book Snobs:

The ‘I never read e-books’ book snob: This kind of book snob thinks that the Internet is the devil and e-books are out to destroy the publishing industry and all books along with it. It’s strange how often this opinion gets voiced via the  evil Internet, usually with an iPhone. In reality, the Internet is a tool for communication, although definitely the best one invented so far. The publishing world has survived many technological changes and books will always continue to be made. If you prefer to read real books, that’s great, I quite like them too, but I’m not out to destroy the publishing world by reading e-books sometimes too.

The ‘I only read literary fiction/classics’ book snob: Fantastic! I read literary fiction/classics as well sometimes. I also really enjoy discovering new and self published authors whose books may become classics in 50 years or so. I do wonder why you need somebody else to tell you that a book is good, why not make your own decisions about what you do or do not like?

The ‘I only read a specific genre absolutely nothing else’ book snob: This seems strange to a Scatterbooker like me, but ok then. Don’t these people get bored of reading the same genre all the time though?

The ‘Twilight/50 Shades of Grey/Harry Potter ect are awful and I will go out of my way to read them just so I can tell everyone how bad they are’ book snob: If you are book snob why would you even read a book that you have already decided is awful? I’ve even seen reviewers live tweet their adverse reactions to books like this. For the record, I quite liked Twilight, love Harry Potter but I just couldn’t get into 50 Shades at all. It doesn’t really bother me that it’s successful. I just stopped reading once I realised it wasn’t my cup of tea and I don’t feel a need to go and tell people off if they say they enjoyed it.

The ‘the book is always better than the movie’ book snob: I tend to agree with this most of the time, and I do much prefer to read the book before I see the movie, but there are exceptions. The Princess Bride is one that stands out for me. I’m not sure if I’ve even read that book and I don’t really want to because the movie was amazing! I also started watching Game of Thrones and then tried to read the books but I just couldn’t get into them, so I’ll stick with the series for now and perhaps give the books another try in a few years when it isn’t so fresh in my mind.

The ‘I keep my books in pristine condition and will cut you if I lend you a book and you return it dog eared or with food crumbs’ book snob: These kind of book snobs obviously have control issues. I can imagine them sitting up super straight and taking forever to turn the page because they are worried about creasing it ever so slightly. And definitely no food while reading which kind of takes half the fun of reading away I think. I’m just happy to have my books returned to me, never mind if there are a few creases or crumbs here and there. I like my books to look like they’ve been enjoyed, I think it adds to their character.

The ‘at least they’re reading something I guess’ book snob: This kind of book snob is my very least favourite. It’s so condescending and implies that anybody who doesn’t read fiction is dumb which is extremely untrue and the worst form of snobbery there is. My partner, for example, never reads fiction but he is far from stupid. He’s an IT geek and most of his friends and work colleagues would agree that he is the smartest person they know by far. He just has a highly technical mind, so doesn’t get into reading for fun.

What kinds of book snobs have you come across? Or are you a book snob yourself?

Words and Phrases That I Just Can’t Stand

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Over the past few years I’ve come to to realise that I suffer from a severe case a word aversion, or logomisia if you want to be fancy. Logomisia is described as “strong dislike for a particular word (or type of word) based on its sound, meaning, usage, and/or associations.”

Here a few words and phrases that for some unknown reason I just can’t stand:

Moist: I think most people would agree with me on this one, it just sounds and is yuck.

Ointment: I think it’s because it sounds a bit like moist and also, no one wants to have to be putting ointment on themselves. It smells, it’s sticky and it means you’ve probably hurt yourself or have a skin condition.

Top Up: I don’t know why either, but say it out loud. See, it sounds weird right?

Ladle: It’s a serving spoon ok!

Touted: Every newbie and wannabe sports journalist in Australia loves this word. I think they think it makes them sound smarter, but no, it’s just annoying.

Mums and bubs: Another overused term here that makes me see red. Mother and child/baby sounds so much more appropriate and respectful to me.

Tot/Tiny Tot: Again, I think this just sounds like we’re trivialising children. They’re people, not pets!

Guesstimate: Guess and estimate mean pretty much the same things so you don’t need to squish them both together!

Amazeballs: I don’t think this needs any further explanation

Totes: If you ever try and tell me that something is “Totes Amazeballs” I don’t think it would be fair to hold me accountable for my actions.

This is just a very small selection of words and phrases that I just can’t stand, but there are definitely many more out there. If you can stand to type them out, let me know if you have any words or phrases that you just can’t stand!

Birthday Reflections

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Its my birthday today! Birthdays don’t really hold the same excitement as they used to once you hit your 30’s, but nevertheless, this has been a pretty amazing year for me, so I decided that today was a good occasion to share some of the best moments of the past 12 months with you all.

  • I finally went back to school! This was something that I had been talking about doing for years. Well, last year I finally did it! Uni life has it’s ups and downs of course, but I’m so proud of myself for proving that I could actually do it. I’ve passed every single subject so far and have even managed to get a couple of High Distinctions. The most exciting part is that I finally have a really good idea of what I would like to be when I grow up and I’m actually really excited about it.
  • I finally started a blog! Duh, you’re reading it right now 🙂 Starting a blog is another thing that I talked about doing for ages and never got around to it. Silly me, because its awesome! I honestly can’t believe how many amazing and clever people I have met through this blog. Thank you all for being so friendly and helpful to this newbie blogger.
  • My rescue cat has finally started to settle down a bit! Poor old Zeus didn’t have the best start to life, so when we adopted him about a year ago he was a bit of a nervous wreck to be honest. Lots of love and a happy home has worked wonders on him though, and seeing him come out of his shell and become the loving, cheeky, confident, crazy cat that he’s meant to be has been one of the best parts of my year.
  • I’ve met lots of lovely new people! Some I’ve met at uni, some are just those people you meet randomly, some of you are right here 🙂 Either way, some wonderful people have come into my life this year.
  • I’ve had a lot of laughs! And tears, and angry grumbles, and everything in between. Good or bad, I’ve had a lot of memorable moments this year but even the bad ones have helped me learn and grown. And everything worked out ok in the end.

I will be spending the afternoon with my Mum at a winery in the sun today and then heading out for dinner with my other half. I hope all of you have a wonderful January 21st too!

Feminism in Wuthering Heights

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Top Withens, where Wuthering Heights was set.
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I’ve been discussing feminism in Wuthering Heights with a friend recently and thought it would be a good idea to share some of my rambling thoughts with you all since it’s such an interesting subject.

My first reaction when I was presented with the question of feminism in Wuthering Heights was that Catherine is a strong female character, but is she really? On reflection, I have decided that Isabella is actually quite a bit stronger than Catherine, despite the fact that she is portrayed as a silly and frivolous girl throughout the novel.

Most of us are probably aware of the symbolism throughout Wuthering Heights and it is clear that Catherine and Isabella are intended to be mirror images of each other. Isabella is fair while Catherine has dark hair. Isabella is born to a rich family and marries down while Catherine is poor and marries up. Catherine is ‘a wild thing’ while Isabella is the epitome of a cultured lady. They both chose their husbands poorly but their husbands are poor choices for very different reasons. Up until this point, they seem to be opposite sides of the same coin.

It is the way that they react to their bad marriages in which they differ. This is where I argue that Isabella is much stronger than Catherine and more of a feminist. In the Victorian era, everything that Heathcliff did to her was perfectly legal. He even states that “I keep strictly within the limits of the law. I have avoided, up to this period, giving her the slightest right to claim a separation” (Brontë, 186). Divorce was illegal then and Heathcliff was well within his rights to go and get her when she ran away and do whatever he deemed fit, including keeping her child from her. She would have been shunned as a single mother in that time, even by the lower class, and she must have worked hard to support herself and her son until she died of a physical illness.

On the other hand, Catherine tried to gain control of her life by marrying Edgar, then when she still couldn’t have things her own way she drove herself mad. And then continued to act like a child as a ghost. I will always love Catherine as a character, but you have to admit, she was a bit of a spoiled brat and used men to get ahead in life.

So, I have to conclude that Isabella is a much stronger feminist role model than Catherine ever was. Strength is often a lot more understated than we imagine it to be. It’s easy to be loud and headstrong and throw tantrums when we don’t get our own way like Catherine did. But it is Isabella who showed true strength and determination by fleeing her abusive marriage and raising her son on her own until the day she died.

Catherine’s daughter, young Cathy, may be the only female character to attain the feminist ideal. In the end, she marries for love. Her marriage is a true partnership built on love, trust, and respect.

Or perhaps it is Nelly? While she does have a master and responsibilities, she is beholden to no one. She often makes her own arrangements and does have some degree of choice in where she works and lives.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on feminism in Wuthering Heights!