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#Heartreads wrap-up: Twitterchat recommendations

March 1, 2013

Tuesday night’s chat for the readwatchplay with participants from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Singapore joining the discussion.  Find new things to read, watch, play  and even listen to (there’s music ), based on suggestions raised in this discussion.  You can read the original transcript on  Readwatchplay Storify.

Defining a heartread

  • “please share your #heartread – which could be music, a film, a game or something to read” @readwatchplay
  • “everyone has a different idea of what is a #heartread which is great”  @readwatchplay
  • “I’ve loved discovering short stories. Not many people I know read them but with mobile tech they may be more popular #heartread @alisonwrote
  • “The authors may be passionate, but some writing shreds at the heart or seeks to poison the heart” @Ellen Forysth
  •  “Love, or striving for, in a challenging, isolated place. Have just finished San Miguel with similar theme” @NixReads
  • “Do you think there is any fiction that isn’t a #heartread – are all authors passionate about what they write?” @nelsonreaders
  • ” I don’t know where to start when #heartread is the topic. So much love! So much romance! @VaVeros
  • “some authors do fail to move – but they are writing from the heart – maybe the full moon is making me soft” @nelsonreaders
  • “for some it will be books which may make us cry, and for others it will be happy endings” 
  • “Car manuals are popular as #heartread in my library and they come under science category” @nanonishi2

Cross platform Reading

“Cross platform reading is growing. TV shows spawn tumblr, fanfic, memes (thinking of Castle: cops + romance)”~@VaVeros

Verse Novels

“Oh, verse novels; I discovered them about ten years ago-as powerful as plays and read aloud poetry! @alisonwrote

 On Anti-heart reads:

‘No anti-#heartread at all. All books need to be read, in order to distinguish treasure from trash.” @kentangjambu

Favourite heartread couple

“Confession: my fav #heartread couple is Dr Hannibal/Clarice Starling” @Averil Tan

A Singalong

 There was a singalong with participants from Singapore Tweeting lines from “Home”…..
Here’s an example:
” singalong! “this is hooommmmee truuuuly” RT @zhantiamsg: my music #heartread would definitely be Home and i bet@PublicLibrarySG knows this!@PublicLibrarySG
 “*raises hands and waves* where my dreeaaaams wait for MEEEEeeeee…”@rivanknight
@PublicLibrarySG … “as my senses tell me”@zhantiag
 #Heartread Quotes
 “At every crossroad on the path that leads to the future, tradition has place 10.000 men to guard the past. ~ M Maeterlinck” @jannmorrill
“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle ~Rumi” @janmorrill
 Short stories
I’ve loved discovering short stories. Not many people I know read them but with mobile tech they may be more popular #heartread
Some popular Retweets
RT ‏@k_santhi “#heartread hashtag is sprouting with new book choices for me to explore and tug my heart strings….”
RT @VaVeros: “I love Meatloaf’s Bat out of Hell album. I wanted Two out of Three Ain’t Bad as my wedding waltz but Hubs didn’t agree” #heartread #rwpchat
RT @sharonu:  “Can I be brave enough to mention 50 shades. Under all the R rated stuff is a love story.” 
RT @TownsvilleLib: ” I also started reading romance because I met @BarbaraHannay a local Townsville author (Zoe’s Muster + 40 more) ~a”
RT @ellenforsyth: I am going to mention Shakepeare as a#heartread for his romantic comedies like Much ado, As you like it and Twelfth night #rwpchat
RT @VaVeros ” Zombie romance is a thing. @VintageZombie is a scholar of them”


Short stories: “I’ve loved discovering short stories. Not many people I know read them but with mobile tech they may be more popular” @alisonwrote

Mills and Boon:  I love Mills&Boon. Melodramatic & angsty w characters overcoming obstacles for a #heartread  @Vassiliki Veros

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald “Quite timely that 5 minutes before #rwpchat I finish my #heartread – the Great Gatsby”.

Ashes of the earth by Eliot Patinson ” I have been reading Eliot Pattison’s novels about Tibet and his #heartread passion for the plight of the Tibetans ” @nelson readers

Fifty shades of grey by E.L James  “can I be brave enough to mention 50 shades. Under all the R rated stuff is a love story” @sharonu

August by Lisa Moore

Last Samurai by Helen De Witt

Fishing fleet of the Raj by Anne De Courcy  “Can’t think of one offhand. Have just finished Fishing Fleet of the Raj – “buying” love perhaps..?” @nicola Harwood

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

Sweet tooth by Ian McEwan

Saturday by Ian McEwan

San Miguel by T.C Boyle

Dreams belong to the night by Amos Keppler

Wild Latitudes by  Barbara Else

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso

Gone with the wind by Margaret  Mitchell “Never thought of GWTW as#heartread, but histread. I look back and it is Sweet Valley High on steroids. Loveit” @shanblib

The English patient by Michael Ondaajte

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The collected short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Crack- up by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Naked and dead by Norman Mailer

The time travelers wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The outsiders by S.E Hinton

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

One Day by David Nicholls

All things bright and Beautiful by James Herriot

Wuthering Heights by  Emily Bronte

Someone like you by Sarah Dessen

Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy

The Rosie project by Graham Simison

Dear heart edited by Paula Greene

Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje.

The diary of a young girl  by Anne Frank

Naked and the dead by Norman Mailer
Momo by Michael Ende

His Untamed Innocent by Sarah Craven

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by

Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi

Five days notice by Simon Smith- Wilson

Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi

Cane by Jane Toomer

Vindication by Lyndall Gordon re: Mary Wollstonecraft

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin  by Louis de Bernières   “Usually allergic to love stories but enjoyed Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – main characters in love but maintaining their identities @Karen  Beath

The fault in our stars by John Green

Essays in Love by Alain de Botton

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

Much ado about nothing by William Shakespeare

As you like it by William Shakepeare

Twelfth night by William Shakespeare

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Red sky in the morning by Elizabeth Laird

Written on the body by Jeanette Winterstone

Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Warm bodies by  Isaac Marion

Remains of the day by  Kazuo Ishiguro

Spirited away by Hayao Miyazaki

Love is a canoe by Ben Schrank

‘The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

“Nightwood” by Djuna Barnes

My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes

Teenage textbook by Adrian Tan

Where rainbows end by Cecelia Ahern

A thousand Splendid suns by Khaled

I married for Happiness by Lily Tucker

 Jewel Series by Anne Bishop, (Daughter of the blood, Heir of shadows, Queen of Dark)
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Jedi Academy trilogy by Kevin J. AndersonDewy the Library Cat by Vicki Myron127 Hours by Aron RalstonDragon riders of  Pern series by Anne McCafferyFlowers for Algernon by Daniel KeyesBermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Marley and me by John Grogan

From Baghdad with love by Jay Kopelman

Mr Kiasu series by Johnny Lau

The beekeepers apprentice by Laurie R. King

Leaving Tuscaloosa by Bennett Walter

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Spirited away by Hayao Miyazaki

Howl’s moving castle by Dianne Wynne (Young Adult)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DeCamillo

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan


Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Harry Potter book 6 by J.K Rowlings

The Prydain books by Lloyd  Alexander

Game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

Dragonlance by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Velgarth series by Mercedes Lackey

Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise & Magic’s Price by Mercedes Lackey

Vanyel Ashkevron series by Mercedes Lackey

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Belgariad Series by David Eddings

Children’s books

GRN Blankets by Craig Thompson

The Obstreperous Kite by Ted Greenwood

The Little Bookroom by  Eleanor Farjeon

Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Knuffle bunny by Mo Willems

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney

The muddle headed wombat by Ruth Park  ” Reading Ruth Park’s stories as a teen led me to learn more about Sydney and fall in love with the city”@alisonwrote

The Adventures of Tintin by Herge

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Grinny by Nicholas Fisk

Milly Molly Mandy  by Joyce Lankester Brisley

The Naughtiest girl is a monitor by Enid Blyton

Bunny finds the right stuff! by Emily Lim

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

Disney Books

Laura Ingalls Wilder books

Kiss of the Spiderwoman by Manuel Puig – both novel and movie.

Never ending story- Book by Michael Ende,  and movie.

Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend

 Non Fiction

@PublicLibrarySG recent non-fiction choice The Idle Parent-sings my tune!

Tiger, Tiger by Margo Fragoso

Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes

Under the Tuscan sun by Frances Mayes

Lonely Planet FTW.

Dorothy Parker’s biography


Anne Gilbert

Enid Blyton

Irvine Walsh

Barbara Hannay

Nicholas Sparks

Ruth Park

Brent Weekes

James Herriot

Patrick Rothfuss

Frederick Douglass

Georgette Heyer

Trixie Beldon

David Eddings

Melina Marchetta

Stephen Herricks

Jeanette Winterstone

Sandra Boyton

Elizabeth Enright

Eleanor Estes

Edward Eager

Eleanor Farjeon  “Eleanor Farjeon too? Awesome. #heartread #rwpchat I also like that Edward Ardizzone’s illustrations” @VaVeros

Elsie J Oxenham.

 Romance authors


Rachel Gibson

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Jennifer Crusie

Victoria Dahl.

Aussie Contemporary:

Rachael Johns

Cathryn Hein

Elise K. Ackers

Rhian Cahill

Melanie La’Brooy

Fiona Lowe

Aussie Suspense:

Helene Young

Bronwyn Parry

Lee Christine

Shannon Curtis

Sandy Curtis

Category romance:

Kelly Hunter

Kathleen O’Reilly

Sarah Mayberry

Karina Bliss

Sara Craven

Lynne Graham

Charlotte Lamb

Aussie Historical:

Anne Gracie

Anna Campbell

Christina Brooke

Stephanie Laurens

Sara Bennett

Karly Lane

Linda Lael Miller  “Linda Lael Miller’s cowboys always get my heart beating faster” @Sharonu 

Fiona Palmer

Fleur McDonald

Bronwyn Parry

Helene Young

Historical authors:

Julia Quinn

Eloisa James

Anne Gracie

Anna Campbell

Sherry Thomas




Archie comics


Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Mike Mignola’s BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence) Series


Silver Linings Playbook

Guilty Pleasures – “the doco about M&B writers, readers and models” @VaVeros

Amazing Grace



Jane Eyre


Bridget Jones Diaries

Les Miserables

Jack goes boating

Kids movies

“lots of kids movies are #heartread but often too emotional for kids” @alisonwrote

Neverending Story

Monsters inc.

Howl’s Moving Castle

The Black Cauldron



Wall E


Bugs Bunny


Due South “Victoria’s secret” episode

” Castle”

Websites could be a #heartread for people who are interested in fish @Ellen Forsyth


Jo Walton  What’s reading for? “this blog is a #heartread because of the amazing images (and the humour in some descriptions)” @ellen Forsyth

Cover poses by Jim Chines  “The cover photographs from… were great #heartread gutsy and poignant and funny” @Ellenforsyth: #rwpchat

The stepsister scheme and The mermaid’s madness by @jimchines to look at fairytales in different ways

 “Wave is also a #heartread of a game as when you play it the music in influenced by your play” @Ellen Forsyth:

Antiheart reads

 Mr Kiasu

Mr Kiasu for the benefit of all  non-Singaporeans :

Cooking and recipes

Iview Shakespeare uncovered


 Romance Websites

Romance reads at Escape publishing

For Australian romance ebooks go to @EscapePublisher and Destiny Romance.


Lizzie Bennet diaries

Vlog Brothers Hank and John Green

Singapore National Day:

Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet


“When it comes to music I enjoy break up songs much more than love songs”  @Vassiliki Veros

And opera is such a good medium for romantic tragedy! @nelsonreaders

Favourite song lyric: “I will never love you more than Peanut Butter”  @Karen Beath

Heer Halewijn: Dutch Flemish folk tale that survives in folk ballad.

Artist and songs

Mumford and Sons:  Album-“Babel”

U2: “With or without you”

Jim Guthrie:  ” totally a #heartread which I discovered by playing Sword and sworcery (a #heartread game)” @Ellen Forsyth

Ben Folds: “Song for the Dumped”

The Wombats: “Let’s Dance to Joy Division”

Greg Khin:  “Breakup Song”

Dolly Parton –”Jolene”, “My Tennesee Mountain home”.  “Dolly Parton’s songs do it for me heartfelt lyrics”  @sharonu

Barry Manilow: “I can’t Smile Without You”.

Randy Crawford:  “Rio deJaniero blues”

Meatloaf:  “Bat out of Hell album”, single:  “Two out of three ain’t bad”, “Paradise by the dashboard light”

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris “The pain of loving you”  from Album: Trio

Split Enz:  “Message to my girl”, “I hope I never”

Albanoni: “Adagio”

Efua:  “Somewhere”

Brendan Flowers: “Crossfire”

Ben Harper: “By my side”

Macklemore:  “Thriftshop”, “Same love”

John Donne: “The flea”

Inxs: “Never tear us apart”, “The stairs”, “By my side”

UB40: “Red red wine”

Mamas & Papas: “Dream a Little Dream”

Sophia Vembo: “το Προΐ μου ξυπνας με φιλια”

Leo Sayer: “You Make me feel like dancing”

Dicky Lee: “Patches”

Rachael Yamagata: “Elephants”

Kit Chan: “Home”

Ryan Star: album – “Songs from the eye of an elephant”  inc a song about Eternal Sunshine.

Brandi Carlile:  “The story”

 Music: Artists



Leonard Cohen


Al Green

Paul Kelly

Split Enz

Crowded House


Fleetwood Mac

Sarah McLachlan

Pearl Jam

The Pogues

Damien Rice

The Beatles


History boys

Madam Butterfly

South Pacific Sydney show



Patrick Rothfuss:

Romance blogs to follow: (Australian)




Final Fantasy VII

Bejeweled Blitz

Tabletop on Geekandsundry

Compiled by Monique

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