Archive for December, 2011

#readit2011 – The last post

December 19, 2011

Well it’s nearly the end of 2011 and I’m tempted to say “wow, that was fast” but, as I look back through all the postings on this blog I realise, yes, it is the end of the year and yes, we’ve written and read, a lot. Some of us have discovered writing skills we were unsure we possessed, some have mastered technology, some have just shown their sublime writing talents and at least one has knitted her way through the every topic of discussion.  However, none of this would useful without you, the readers and twitterers who have joined us in our journey this year.

So, we hope you have found #readit2011 useful, informative and entertaining. We’d like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to,  read this blog and joined us monthly on Twitter. I have been inspired to read things I would previously have shunned and I hope I have inspired the same for others.  Our Twitter conversations have encompassed an amazing range of subjects, with an amazing group of people and we have enjoyed some of the funniest,  shorthand conversations on record. We’ve even been trending on occasion.

We are really proud to have won the Social Media Category award at the 2011 NSW Public Library Marketing Awards for our work on  #readit2011.  We’re also thrilled to be nominated in this year’s Edublog awards.

We’ve put in a lot of hours creating  #readit2011 but it has been fun.  It would be remiss of me not to thank the fantastic Readers Advisory Working Group team for their creative, technological,  informational and inspirational writing and ideas, but… this is not the end!

We’ll be back in January as #love2read2012 encouraging everyone to read as the National Year of Reading kicks off around Australia.

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope your holidays are overflowing with time to read, read, read!


PS. I know you’ll want to peek so here’s where we are in 2012

We’ll be tweeting about our Amazing Reads on Tuesday 31st January, 8pm AEST. We look forward to your company.


#summerreads discussion tonight

December 13, 2011

The #summerreads discussion will take place tonight 8pm AEST.


Use hash tags #summerreads to discuss your reading this summer, or what you are planning on reading.

A Summer to Cry

December 12, 2011

Lois Lowry‘s first novel A Summer to Die left me crying. Not a dainty sniffle. But a red eyed, snotty, gulping, sobbing, guttural pain that tears through your throat and lungs to the pit of your stomach. In the book, sisters Meg and Molly have petty, angry squabbling particularly when they move to the country and need to share a bedroom. As the year goes by, Meg becomes ill and (no spoiler here as you know the ending due to the title) eventually dies.

I love so many aspects of this book but one that stands out in my mind is the description of photographs and their importance in capturing emotions yet this is illustrated only in words. For in this book, one thousand words are far better than a picture.


great #summerreads and nominations for Edublog awards

December 2, 2011

The team at #readit2011 have two nominations to make for the Edublog awards. We can’t decide between them as they are both fabulous library blogs.

Best librarian / library blog

Readers in the Mist is managed by Blue Mountains City Library. The blog has great posts inspiring reading and fun with reading. It is entertaining, and engaging.

Read @ UTS comes from the library at the University of Technology, Sydney. This blog encourages people in their reading. It has the great Teaser Tuesdays, a weekly discussion of themed reading ideas.

These are both exceptional library blogs with strong identities and ideas which are fun to read.

They will both make excellent #summerreads

#Summerreads (what to read when it’s hot or hot-reading)

December 1, 2011

Summer  – the season of sunshine, holidays, relaxation. Long evenings to languish with a good book. That’s what they’d like you to think. In reality, summer can means frantically running around organising that last Christmas present, food shopping, cleaning the house, mothering children  etc. ect. That is until… Boxing Day. Then my summer of reading begins.

I have a list.

A long list.

Hot reading, all of them.

I have something for everyone on the list. How-to guides, a couple of biographies and some wicked crime fiction for the menfolk. Plenty of picture books, Where’s Wally and I spy to keep the little ones amused. For school age children, join the Summer Reading Club?  This year’s theme is “The Amazing Read”. Find some gruesome facts in the Ripley’s “Believe it or not” series, catch up on Zac Power’s, the Beastie Boys’  and  Geronimo Stilton’s latest escapades and read about the latest fairy from Daisy Meadows. Seen the movie? Now read the books  – try Harry Potter and Diary of a wimpy kid. For teenagers I’m thinking vampires, steampunk and graphic novels.

Now if you haven’t planned a holiday recently, summertime is exactly the time to start.  Lonely Planet, Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness travel will have you travelling through exotic landscapes or testing your strength climbing mountains. I’m looking forward to some new cookbooks (reading not necessarily cooking), some light romantic fiction… so what about you?

What will be your hot reads this summer?  Maybe they’ll be cool reads? Whatever they are, make plenty of time for them.

Don’t forget out Twitter Reading Group.  Our last discussion for 2011 will be on Tuesday December 13th, 8pm AEST. Use hash tags #summerreads #readit2011