Top web reads of July


Bye July! I won’t miss you.

Don’t get me wrong. We’ve had some fun this month.

But I’ve been fighting this chest infection since June. I’ve had antibiotics. More than once. I’ve had bedrest. As much as I can. I’ve tried to take care of myself. But the wheeze remains.

August, please bring better health along with you!

Meanwhile, while I wait for better health in August, let’s look back on the top web reads of July.

Family and life

Mum’s tired signs

The Thud is brilliant. Lauren is brilliant. This is brilliant. (My recap is not so brilliant, but the title does most of the work for me. So brace your pelvic floor for laughs and head on over.)

Language and writing

In Praise of the Long Sentence

A word of warning before you click on this link: in these modern times of short, sharp status updates, 140 character-or-less tweets and clickbait headlines, this read will make you work harder than most. But it’s worth it, whether you agree with the author or not. It’ll either set the cogs a-turning and have you looking at your own writing with fresh eyes, or have you rolling those eyes while pffffffting and cutting your sentences even shorter in protest.

E.B. White on How to Write for Children and the Writer’s Responsibility to All Readers

This isn’t a new post. But I only just found it, so here it sits. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to write books for children. But as these piece suggests, that doesn’t mean that I should sit down and try to write differently to my usual style.

I love this quote in particular:

Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and, I suspect, bores the reader. Children are game for anything. I throw them hard words, and they backhand them over the net.

Food for thought

Is It Just Me, Or Is the World Going Crazy?

This is a must-read on how we view world events and develop our views on how safe (or not) and secure (or not) the world currently is. I tried to pick a single quote to share here, and I highlighted no fewer than 20 sentences. I finally settled on this:

This is both good and bad. On the one hand, we become aware of some of the grossest injustices in our society as soon as they happen. On the other hand, all we hear about are the grossest injustices in our society as soon as they happen.

The most troubling thing about Pauline Hanson’s view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter

I don’t generally talk politics on the blog. But I simply had to share Susan Carland’s elegant rebuttal to those who scream, “But where are the Islamic leaders denouncing these acts of terrorism?”. (Short answer: everywhere. Many people simply refuse to see and/or hear them.)

Just for laughs

Greetings from Down Under: An Open Letter to Vanity Fair

So you probably heard about the Vanity Fair ‘interview’ with Margot Robbie. It presented a laughable view of Robbie, and a questionable view of Australia. This post from Aleney at boyeatsworld is one of my two favourite responses…

The profile Vanity Fair refused to publish

… and this one from Ben Pobjie at Daily Life is the other. Solid gold from go to whoa.

We Are So Young – The Axis of Awesome

And here’s a fun video clip. Because I needed lots of laughs in July. And because it’s (axis of) awesome.

Shameless self-promotion

My Kid-Friendly Daily Workout with The Wiggles

In between the coughing, hacking, wheezing and general unpleasantness of having a chest infection, I published my first article on Mumtastic this month! You can see my daily workout routine (one I’ve not been well enough to do recently – minor detail), and check out the rest of this fabulous site while you’re there.


That’s what hit my radar this month. What where your top web reads of July?


  1. says

    I love love love Lauren @the thud too! I get excited like a crazy fan girl every time she writes a new post! And your wiggles exercise post was brilliant. I’ll have to give that a try

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