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My Loveliest Words…

Now I know there are loads of you out there that love words, big ones, little ones, tricky ones, rude ones and of course the obscure ones.

This is my list of currently adored words:

Dalliance – a brief love affair.  Kinda like me and running, several years ago.

Evoke – to suggest.  I find scents especially evocative.

Gambol – to skip or leap about joyfully.  Watching the kids gambolling about is one of my greatest pleasures.

Petrichor – the smell of the earth after rain.  Aah, this is just bliss.

Serendipity – finding something lovely, while looking for something else entirely.  And being present enough to recognise and appreciate the unexpected bonus the Universe has flung your way.

Flummoxed – in a bit of a confused flap and completely clueless as to what to do about it.  I think this may have perfectly described Yap’s state of mind, when home alone with the kids one evening, the two girls in bed when Reggie projectile vomited all over the couch, carpet and himself.  Oh how I snickered to myself when I got home and heard all about it!

Discombobulate – disconcert or confuse.  Again, describes Yap and the Projectile incident – somewhat discombobulated…

Diaphanous – sufficiently thin or airy as to be translucent.  Not a word that gets a run very often, but it does feel lovely on the tongue and has a magical sound.  And yes, you do need to say it out loud.

Panacea – a solution for all problems.  Black coffee and a cigarette – my panacea.

Fuck – marvellous word really, it can be whatever you need it to be.  I can often be heard to say “Fuckity, fuckity, fuck, fuck, fuck”  usually to express consternation at my own stupidity.  And my other favourite variation “Oh for fuck’s sake!”, when it all gets waaaaay out of hand and just too much for this black duck to bear 😉

And they, my lovelies, are my favourite words of the  moment. Please share with me yours, as words, especially lovely ones, do so make me happy.

Carmen xx

The darling Magpie, over at Magpie Diaries has inspired this post. Please pop over and find all sorts of wordy treasure.

A Year of Australian Writing – part 2…

Gosh, for a chick that has not read more than a shopping list for the last 5 years, have I got off to a flying start!! Whoop, whoop, me.
January 2015 shall be forever known to me as the-month-I-got-to-read-again and lordy, did I love it.

It’s all part of A Year of Australian Writing, happening over at Meet Me At Mikes.

First I got stuck into ANZAC GIRLS by Peter Rees. And I loved, loved, loved it. You know sometimes when you read a book and between reading sessions, it stays with you? This was one of those rare books.  It’s fair to say the house and kids were a bit neglected during the 3 days it took me to finish it.  It was beautiful, haunting, horrific, funny and profoundly moving. ANZAC GIRLS will forever remain with me as one of the best books I have ever read.

Anzac Girls - Peter Rees

After such a heavy read, and something I would not usually choose to read, I needed a light-hearted book up next.  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion was the pick.  I enjoyed this immensely!  What is basically chick-lit, it was quite strange at first to be reading in the first person of the main character Don Tillman, but I got into the swing of things straight away and read this cover to cover in one sitting.  Having 3 small kids and reading until 1.30am is not clever.  Mental note to self – don’t do this again.  But the lack of sleep was well worth it, have put the sequel on my reading list for later.

The Rosie Project

Next cab off the rank, The Tapestry of Us, Lily Pickard was chosen from the cover art alone.  It was all out of whack, the ending first, then back to the start and moved forward to the ending.  When I did make it to the end, I went back and read the first section again – it was a bit queer.  Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this, the characters were really believable and the story engaging.  And I don’t think it could have worked, written in chronological order, but it was odd.

And that is me.  One month, 4 books.  Australian Writing rocks.

Goodnight, happy reading.


The list so far:

Wife on the Run – Fiona Higgins

ANZAC GIRLS – Peter Rees

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

The Tapestry of Us – Lily Pickard

A Year of Australian Writing

My self-appointed challenge #2 for 2015 is off and running.  Hardly a challenge tho, I really do love to read…but I have never concentrated on Australian Authors.  I am a big fan of shop local, so if the boot fits…

The lovely Pip, over at Meet Me At Mikes has come up with this grand plan, you can read all about it here.
My first Aussie book of the year was Wife on the Run by Fiona Higgins. And I loved every page of it.
It was touching, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, and just plain good reading. Get your mitts on it, you will not be disappointed.



Let me know what you think.

Happy reading,

Carmen xx