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Explore reads Wrap up-Twitterchat recommendations

November 2, 2012

October was the NYR month to explore reading. Plenty of suggestions were offered for readers to explore. A great discussion explored books, movies, social media, online tools and pictures. Food, Goodreads,  travel (Lonely planet Guides vs Eyewitness Guides) and settings. Eventually some  participants deciding to explore sleep…

“Signing of now to explore the back of my eyelids- catch you next month” sharonu

Check out the discussion (including great pictures, quotes and photos) on rwpchat storify.

So much to explore….

  •  Travel and learning

“When we travel we need to find the goriest, bloodiest stories to keep them interested in our trips” love2read

” Following Greek tweets and news services is helping me improve my lapsed Greek language skills” Vassiliki Veros

  • Natural disasters “Natural disasters have me searching google maps and reading on their geography” Vassiliki Veros
  • Mexican history and great food.
  • Exploring TV/ movies or documentaries can start an exploration of books and reading.
  • Food, recipes and menus.

“yes-its hard not to think about food when reading about Hobbits and how much they eat or think about eating” Ellen Forsyth

“reading the menu is good but eating your way through it is better” Paula Grunseit

  • Armchair travelling
  • Movies  and TV
  • Exploring one book  leads to another…


Most retweeted:

RT@Anita Heiss: “Salt’s Top 20 Bestsellers of all…

RT@coslib”I read books because…..I don’t know everything. Day 8 of Subiaco Library’s blackboard”.coslib

RT @scootes81 “Reading  ‘The Stand’ and ‘The Passage’ led me to explore the US through google maps to see where all those towns were”. Scootes81

RT@sharonu “listening to author talks by authors I’ve never read will sometimes lead me to #explore them as reading material”.Sharonu

RT @Vaveros “Armchair travelling is a favourite past time for me. I can spend hours in the 910’s in the library. Vassiliki Veros


The Count of Monte Christo by Alexandre Dumas “The epic tale of the suffering and retribution of Edmond Dantes”. love2read.

Zero Hour by S.D Perry

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

How to ditch your fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Reclaiming the American West by Lawrence B. Lee “Photos and essays about mined landscapes” Jenn Martin

Tin Tin’s pyramid of the sun by Hergé

Stories I only tell my friends: The autobiography by Rob Lowe “#explore the life behind the actor” sharonu

Sleeping around: a couch surfing tour of the globe by Brian Thacker

The hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien “Leads onto other interesting too, Like second breakfasts” Ellen Forsyth

Live and let die by Ian Fleming

The girl in steel-capped boots by LorettaHill  “allowed me to explore the Pilbara region through the eyes of a girl on a man’s world” sharonu

Percy Jackson “Allowed my boys to explore Greek mythology and Deadly Unna -Racism” L.I.T Ladies

Deadly Unna by Phillip Gwynne

Lonely Planet Guide for Italy and Spain “Great way to explore before travelling”love2read

Spirit Sisters:Australian women reveal true life stories of the paranormal by Karina Machado “Allowed me to explore the other side” sharonu

Horrible Histories

The Silmarillon by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Penguin book of the road edited by Delia Falconer “Allowed me to explore Australia by road stories” sharonu

The Lonely Planet Guide to micronations

Into the wild by Jon Krakauer

The Stand by Stephen King

The passage by Justin Cronin

Americana series by Janet Dailey “with a romance set in every US state, has contributed to my knowledge of the US” Vassiliki Veros

Ride with me  by  Ruthie Knox   ” Cyclist romance doing the Trans American trail. Great geography + love (hubs enjoyed it too!)” Vassiliki Veros

The confusion by Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson “Great exploration of history and places” Jenn Martin

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet


Jetlag travel guides “with their fictional made up countries are always very funny” Vassiliki Veros

“Dif travel guides provide dif levels of detail. I < 3 the density of Blue Guides. Each traveller needs to explore what suits them” Vassiliki Veros

Cook books

Jamie Oliver

Claudia Roden

Ballymaloe cook book(modern Irish)


Mem Fox

“Listening to author talks by authors I have never read will sometimes lead me to explore them as reading material” Vassiliki Veros

Jesse Blackadder

Matthew Reilly

Peter Watts “Wonderful storyteller, will have to explore his books” sharonu

TV show

An idiot abroad


Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog

Online tools  to help explore




Links to explore

Book Chook

Book Chook collection: Literacy games on pinterest

Salt’s Top 20 Best Sellers of all time

A good book should leave you…?  go to Love2read Facebook page to find out!

I read books because…..I don’t know everything. Day 8 of Subiaco Library’s blackboard.

A quote about heritage from National Trust W.A

The @booktopia and #celebratereading pile… busy days ahead. Emma Jane Phillips

The book slooth

love2read2012 wordpress blog

“Books make a home, in this case quite literally! ” Literacy Centre

Clip from Shellharbour City Libraries “I believe in reading-love the spooky spin” love2read

Jennifer Byrne presents “The Harry games” “Enjoyed YA Discussion with Jennifer Byrne and have explored YA fiction”. love2read

The thorn tree a travel forum from Lonely Planet


One Comment leave one →
  1. Shayne permalink
    November 7, 2012 12:38 pm

    I’m so looking forward to the new JRR Tolkien Hobbit film. I love Tolkien art and books and I just bought some really nice art prints from I’m hoping to travel to New Zealand over Christmas. I just can’t wait.

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