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Grow reads wrap up-Twitterchat recommendations

September 27, 2012

An interesting chat based on the National Year of Reading September theme grow was held onTuesday night. Gardens and gardening, readers advisory  and childhood reading dominated the chat. Does your reading list just seem to keep growing? If you would like to read  the  transcript of the twitter discussion, you can find this on Read Watch Play Storify.

“Isn’t every novel about growing? Character development, relationships, realisation of the world around you. Reading is grow ” Vassiliki Veros

  • A discussion grew out of the greater access to information, including via iphones, twitter and internet. In answer to the question raised, “Does greater access to information help us to grow as people?” Love2read, Vassiliki replied, “I think it does, it helps us question our resources. I receive news from around the world not 1 newspaper.”
  • Tweeters have been reading old favourites, to their children, discovering new reads and bonding over reading. Book suggestions for boys were made, to help grow reading habits.
  • Librarian tweeters love borrower suggestions, assisting them in book selection, and watching them grow “As I librarian I loved watching my regular borrowers grow. From toddlers reading Thomas the Tank to teens doing their HSC” Vassiliki Veros
  • Lifelong learning. “I think we are all lifelong learners. So we can always #grow our skills. Learning how to create videos has been v. interesting” Opinionchair
  • Recipe chat-  new vegie recipes
  • Encylopedia’s and how they have changed and grown, including Britannica,”That is a good idea – Britannica is a good starting point from which you can grow. :D” opinionchair 
  • which led to Wikipedia…

“wikipedia keeps on growing as more people edit it in different languages” Ellen Forysth

How our tweeters have been celebrating the National Year of Reading, 2012, Grow theme…

“also purchased some ebooks to grow my collection” Sharonu

Growing the Library collection…

“My library held a community book selection event to grow our collection and connection to community yesterday ” Sharonu

Childrens books…

“been looking at children’s picture books again great to see kids go from them develop reading tastes” Cheryl Murphy

Book club…

” this month for bookclub we did hsc texts for grow was great to see what’s changed what hasn’t” Cheryl Murphy

Growing in reverse…

“Hello all, I’m trying to #grow in reverse so my reading is more about portions, protein + carbs + (sob) EXERCISE! #nyr12” Helen Cowen

Android tablets…

“This month I read a book about android tablets to#grow my knowledge #nyr12″Sharonu

Growing seeds…

“This month I researched growing seeds in jars for a school holiday science project. #NYR12 #grow” Melissa

The twitter reading group is growing…

“… and that we can have twitter discussions with people from across our state, country and world to help grow ideas too ” Ellen Forysth
“twitter bookclubs awesome way to get suggestions for new reads been a big open door this year”  Cheryl Murphy


RT: “Do you ever stop and think how lucky we are to live it an age where so much knowledge is accessible to us-able to grow thru reading” Love2read

RT: “Can’t let the evening pass without giving kudos to NSW Readers Advisory Working Group – loving the blog posts!” Love2read

Fiction Titles

Homo Faber by Max Frisch

Blindness by  Jose Saramago

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers

Scared Yet? by Jaye Ford

Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini

Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller

What I did for a duke by Julie Anne Long

The Blinding knife by Brent Weeks

Books read as you were growing up…

A fish out of water by Helen Palmer Geisel  “is an important life lesson aboutwhat happens when you feed your pets to much” ALIA CYS

The mysterious tadpole by Steven Kellog

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The muddle headed wombat by Ruth Park

The poky little puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibb

” Enjoyed sharing books I’d read with my kids – but possible enjoyed reading books they recommended more. Great discussions!” Love2read

Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The ousiders by S.E Hinton

Thomas the Tank engine by Rev. Wilbert Awdrey

Choose your own adventure series

Stink book series by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

The mysterious tadpole by Stephen Kellog


Virgina Andrews

S.E Hinton

Elizabeth Enright

Edward Eager

Andrew Daddo

Andy Griffiths

Lemony Snickett

Jaye Ford

Jamie Oliver


Romance Reads

Australian bachelors outback heroes. 3 in 1 Mills and Boon special release book set.

Non fiction

The better angels of our nature by Steven Pinker

Blood sugar by Michael Moore


“Love gardening reads – have a sad looking vegie bed but abundant vegie books on bookshelf.  ” love2read

“I enjoy reading plant labels, as they fill me with ideas about how the plants will grow, and with ideas of possibilities” Ellen Forsyth

Plant books in general.


Australian Womens Health

MAD magazine


World of Warcraft

“While I am in this discussion I am not playing the new expansion of World of Warcraft, and not even thinking of the new level 90 ” Ellen Forsyth

Twitter streams

Feet stream from @LeavesWeLive







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