Author Archives: loupie

half_bad March 19

Half Bad hits the shelves

Get your reading shoes on, and get ready to race into your local library and grab a copy of this book off the Hot Reads shelf – it’s being touted as the new Harry Potter, and the new Hunger Games, and it’s been said to have a taste of Orwell’s 1984.

brighton March 14

104 in 2014: nobody said it would be easy

How’s the reading challenge going? Still on board? Here are ten more book reviews, including four for books I thought were absolute gems – aGothic parody, a classic seen from a new perspective, an old favourite and, strangely, something about rugby. Enjoy.

beach mug March 13

Welcome to a new look book coasters

It’s still the same book coasters that you know and love, but now with a new stylish look, where you can see and access more of our great content more easily. For example, if you love a particular genre of books, you can find reviews for that type of book on the drop down menu […]

Fabric heart March 06

104 in 2014: whole lotta love

Here are the next ten books for my year of reading and yes! there’s a definite theme of love. This is partly because I have been continuing with my re-reading of Georgette Heyer’s Georgian era novels, in chronological order – and with the three below I have passed the halfway point both numerically (18 of 34) […]

Australian books March 01

Twenty great Australian books – solved!

We hope you enjoyed working out the clues in our Australian stories hidden book title puzzle. Here’s that image again… And here are the 20 titles: The Boatby Nam Le My Brilliant Careerby Miles Franklin 48 Shades of Brownby Nick Earls Cloudstreetby Tim Winton Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel Pedley The Well Dressed Explorer […]

Australian hidden book puzzle

If you enjoyed the UK National Book Tokens hidden book title puzzles, I have a treat for you! Here’s my homegrown, book coasters version for Australian stories: Click on the image to enlarge it, and try to identify the 20 books titles, all written by Australian authors (some may have been born elsewhere, but we’ve […]

28 days of Australian stories

It’s Australia Day, and while that’s not really a day of festive salutations, I think a couple of bright eyed Aussie cockatoos (one Sulphur-Crested and one Galah) are appropriate, if only as a seague to mention Australian stories. Because that’s what we’re focusing on for the next four weeks, here on book coasters. Whether your […]

104 in 2014: starting with poison

A new reading year, and a new challenge! So here goes with my first 10 books towards 104 in 2014. There’s a bit of a purple and green colour theme to the covers here, and there’s also a lovely current of toxins running through half of them. Read on, and discover why: #1 Lucifer Book […]

The final 40 days of reading

2013 is done and dusted, and 2014 is here full of exciting, shiny and lovely new books. But before I start on the new, I’d best wrap up the old, with this report on my final 40 days of reading, from 17 November to 26 December. Of course, that also left the final 5 days of the year – the […]


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