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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Guest Posts | 1 comment

Happy Hump Day!!

Today I’m guest posting over at Erin’s blog TexErin in Sydneyland! Erin is the opposite of me: an America living in Australia. It’s hard to say who has the better deal, being Australian born in America or not be Australian, but currently living in there. I’d give up anything (well almost, let’s be reasonable) to live in Australia, but I wouldn’t give up my Aussie blood for anything. Check out my guest post where I talk about some of the things I miss about Australia.

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Guest Post: Kristen from See You In A Porridge

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Books, Guest Posts | 20 comments

Hello! I don’t want to brag, but when this post goes live I’ll be climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. No big deal. But I’m really excited to share this guest post from Kristen today. I was so excited when she found my blog a few months ago and then I discovered hers. Her blog is so much fun and we have so many things in common. Enjoy her guest post and be sure to check out her blog See You In A Porridge!!

Hi everyone! My name is Kristen and I blog about a little bit of everything over at See You In A Porridge. From books or travel to attempting to be a fashion blogger or talking about my one true love, Pride & Prejudice, you can expect it all over there – and I’d love to have you! But first, let me say thank you to the wonderful Samantha for having me over at her place today while she is off gallivanting across the world. Samantha and I have tons in common – books, cats and of course, Australia. See, I grew up in Australia as well, except I stayed about 10 years longer than Samantha and ended up staying in the good ol USA when I met this cute guy. I hope she’s having a brilliant time, and having all the milkshakes and meat pies for me.

Because Samantha is in our beautiful country, it just made sense for me to talk about Australia. And since we both love books….. you guessed it…. Today I wanted to share my favourite Aussie authors & books. I hope you will find a new favourite!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. He’s an Aussie author but the book is set in Nazi Germany. If you haven’t read this book, I give you permission to stop reading this post and go and buy the book NOW. It is one of my all-time faves and it is beyond amazing. Zusak has other books that I haven’t read yet, I Am The Messenger looks interesting.

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Graeme Simsion is a ‘New Zealand born Australian Author’ according to Wikipedia, which as any good Aussie knows means he is a kiwi, not one of us. But since The Rosie Project is set in Australia, I’ll forgive. The book is actually very good and the sequel The Rosie Effect is coming out at the end of this year, and I am excited to read it.

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You have probably heard of Australian Liane Moriarty and her bestseller The Husband’s Secret, which is set in Australia. It was a different read for me, and I did enjoy it but it was quite strange. She has other books that are on my list (you know, the one that never ends) including What Alice Forgot and Big Little Lies.

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M.L. Stedman is the author of The Light Between Oceans, a book I really did enjoy. It’s a bit of a sad read – makes you think, tugs at your heartstrings… but a good read.

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If you have kids, might I recommend Possum Magic? It is my favourite book from when I was a kid, and I am zero ashamed to admit I bought it recently so I could have a piece of home with me. It is such a cute book. Mem Fox has a ton of children’s books and they are all good, but Possum Magic is definitely the best.

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Kate Morton is another Australian author you might have heard of – unfortunately I haven’t read any of her books – YET! – but I have heard great things. The Distant Hours, The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton and The Secret Keeper are all on my list. Funnily enough, the below cover for The Forgotten Garden has always been one of those books for me – you know, the ones you see in every book store and you are always drawn to it but you never buy it? Well I finally got it and can’t wait to read it.

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Lastly, we have John Marsden. I read the first few books in the Tomorrow Series when I was in high school which was quite a long time ago – I remember them being very good and I want to re-read them one day.
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Anyway – there are tons more Australian authors and books set in Australia than I could possibly go over – these are just the ones I have read or want to read. Have you read any of these books?

Thanks again Kristen!! The Tomorrow Series is one of my all time favs ;) Again, be sure to check out her blog.

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Guest Posters

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Guest Posts | 6 comments

In case you didn’t know from all the flailing lately, I’m off to Australia in 12 days!!! That’s less than two weeks. Seriously.

July 2008 – The last time I was in Australia with my BBF @ The Big Pineapple

We leave on the 1st and will be gone for two whole weeks (totally not long enough). So I’m looking to see if anyone is interested in guest posting while I’m gone. I’ll give you a second to calm down from your insane excitement at the possibility. My blog is pretty all over the place, so whatever you want to post about, I’m sure I’ll be thrilled by the idea.

If you’re interested, just shoot me an email: samanthanfabris@gmail.com and let me know what you’d like to post about.

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Guest Post: 10 Classic Films Everyone Should See

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Guest Posts, Lists, Television & Movies | 8 comments

I’m super excited to share a guest post today from Kel over at Booked ‘Til Tuesday! Be sure to go check out her blog, she has some fabulous book reviews. Today she’s going to share some of her favourite classic films with you (I’m ashamed to admit I’ve only seen one of these!). Enjoy!

Hi, everyone! Thanks for having me here, and a big thank you to Sam for letting me take over her blog for today. ;)

Despite being a book blogger, I’m sorely under-read in the classics. Sad, but true. However, thanks to a few film history and appreciation courses in college, I am slightly better versed in old films. Which are awesome, and less intimidating and time consuming than a Dickens’ novel.

Thus, I present, in no particular order, my list of…


Top 10 Classic Films Everyone Should See At Least Once
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Casablanca – “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Film noir style in World War II Morocco, complete with corrupt French police. Louis! :D
The Philadelphia Story – “I’m sorry, but I thought I better hit you before he did. He’s in better shape than I am.” A Mainline socialite readies to remarry until her ex-husband and reporters arrive to shake things up.


12 Angry Men – “It’s always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.” The whole movie takes place in one room as the jury deliberates, but you can’t look away.

Singin’ in the Rain – “Lina. She can’t act, she can’t sing, she can’t dance. A triple threat.” A funny, musical story about a silent film company transitioning to sound. :)

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The Adventures of Robin Hood – I confess, I mostly enjoyed it because I suddenly understood some of the jokes in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”

It Happened One NightThe screwball comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Watch it and you’ll understand what that means.

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The Grapes of Wrath – The whole depressing book, but enjoy the story while feasting on the low-light cinematography.

Double Indemnity – The (almost) perfect crime. And a good reason to never tick off your insurance rep.

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Metropolis – Fritz Lang’s masterpiece and the crowing jewel of Weimar Cinema before its total assimilation into Hollywood.

Nosferatu – It’s black and white, it’s silent, and it’s creepy as anything. This is Dracula done right.

This is just a small sampling, there are tons of other great classic films out there. What are some of your favorites?

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Guest Post: Jersey City

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Guest Posts, Photo Friday | 8 comments

I’m really excited to share this guest post today from my good friend Kelsey. You can view her last guest post on my blog about the “Ender’s Game” movie here. Also, be sure to check out her awesome book blog “Watch This Space”. Now on to her pretty photos!


When I saw Samantha’s post asking for guest posts from readers, I knew I had to volunteer and help her out. I had no idea what to write about, but Samantha suggested I share some of my photographs of Jersey City, NJ.

I recently moved to Jersey City (JC) from my home in the countryside of New Jersey. I absolutely love living in JC; there’s always something going on, especially in the historic downtown district. There are multiple markets a week, a lot of new shops and restaurants opening this summer, and there are always people walking around enjoying the fresh air. A lot of people who aren’t familiar with the area consider Jersey City a bad place to live, and yes, there are still some bad parts (just like any other city), but overwhelmingly I’ve found Jersey City to be a welcoming, warm, and fun place to live. So, without further ado, I’d like to share some photographs of the Jersey City that I’ve experienced over the past few months. If anyone is in the area, I hope you’ll take a moment to get out and experience downtown Jersey City, which is only a short PATH ride away from Manhattan.


I love this row of houses near my apartment for the detailed iron-work on their front porches.


Jersey City was especially beautiful in spring, when all of the trees seemed to be in bloom at the same


My favorite row of houses– I love all of the different colors of the front doors. The best part? These are right around the corner from my apartment.


There are a lot of renovations going on in my neighborhood. I’m pretty sure they’re converting this old church into an apartment building.


I’m in love with all of the older buildings in the city. Though this one looks very simple, it’s one of my favorites.


Hamilton Park is a minute away from my apartment. It’s always filled with young families, small children, and dogs.


The park even had a nice flower garden, but unfortunately the flowers were very shortly eaten by some of the JC wildlife (squirrels).

I hope you liked this small glimpse of Jersey City. For more pictures of Jersey City, follow me on Instagram @tehkelsey89. You can also follow my blog at tehkelsey.wordpress.com, or check out more of my photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mycoolnewname/.

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Guest Posts?

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Guest Posts, Website | 3 comments

Hey guys! In a couple of weeks one of my co-workers is running off to Europe. For 3 whole weeks. Excuse me while I cry (50% jealous, 50% OMG I WILL HAVE TO WORK SO MUCH!… ok 80% jealous).

Anyway, I will be working a whole bunch of overtime cause there’s basically two of us who will be managing her files while she’s gone. At least there will be over time pay to buy lots of shiny things put into savings. I want to keep up with 2-3 blog posts a week, but I may need help. So I’m asking if anyone would like to do a guest post?! It’ll be super fun, I promise ;) If you’re interested, please email me at samanthanfabris@gmail.com and let me know what you’d like your post to be about. Of course, I’m happy to return the favour if you’d like.

BTW, is anyone viewing my blog on explorer? When I view my blog on my work computer my banner is HUGE, but it’s fine on Chrome and Firefox. Anyone having this issue? Thanks!

Have a great weekend everyone! Anyone have any exciting plans?

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