Category Archives: Book reviews

What we’ve been reading

Crashing down by Kate McCaffrey reviewed by Jill Smith

Lucy is in year 12 and getting ready for her final exams. Party time, she is waiting for her boyfriend Carl to pick her up. Everything in her life is going well. She is certain she’ll get the grades she wants so she can go to Uni. Carl is a bit smothering and she thinks […]

pixabay dog November 21

104 in 2014: 11. Don’t stop me now

It’s another ten books for the 2014 reading challenge – taking me past the goal of 104 in 2014. But don’t stop me know, there’s plenty more books to read.

umbrellas November 18

104 in 2014: 10. Breaking a reading drought

Another ten books to add to my total for our 2014 reading challenge: graphic novels, urban fantasy, a classic and more. Enjoy!

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne

The Swimmer by Roma Tearne earnestly opens with the tone of a thriller but quickly evolves into something more beautiful and poetic. Poet, Ria Robinson lives in self-exile on the Suffolk Coast. Influenced by her isolation, retreating from reality, she pays little attention to the happenings within her community, she chooses to turn a deaf […]

Girl with books authors names November 11

Ever Wanted to Read Your Favourite Character from One Book Together With a Different Top Author’s Character in the One Story?

Face Off brings two (or three with one story) big name authors together to write a short story using a character from one of their series that meets the other author’s popular series main character. Author duets if you will. Although the title is called Face Off, and as the words around the title on […]

Thoughts on making a happy family

Have you ever felt like Dorothy strolling along the yellow brick road BUT wait then oh shock horror, strangely you find that you’re “not in Kansas anymore” and your fur-friend Toto has disappeared? Strangely instead you’re walking beside a chocolate river (let’s hope it is chocolate!) and there are a bunch of strange-little-Oompa-Loompa people staring […]

cat November 07

104 in 52 …continued

30. When Tito Loved Clara  – Jon Michaud.   An insight into the world of Dominicans who have immigrated to New York for the money and opportunities but want to hold on to their traditions and lifestyle.  I know nothing about the Dominican community in New York and this was an easy way in to another […]

diane November 06

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. The story begins with a death at Pirriwee Public School during a Trivia Night fundraiser. This book has lots of gossip and scandals as the stories and secrets behind the main characters of Madeline, Celeste and Jane – along with their offspring – are revealed. However, it is not […]

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black November 03

November online ebook club – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

After a couple of months of non-fiction, this month we are going to read a work of fiction. The Book Thief is Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel about Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Germany during World War II. Liesel is sent to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her father is presumably taken away for being a communist and her mother cannot care for her and her brother. Her brother dies on the journey to their new home and Liesel is left alone. At her brother’s funeral, Liesel steals her first book and continues the thievery in her new town. Helped by her foster father, Hans, who teaches her to read Leisel develops a love of books and words.

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104 in 2014 : October

Checking in early, because the first week of November is going to be epically busy for me.


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