Author Archives: krun

April 05

Encouraging Words for Kids by Kelly Bartlett

Post by Voula Kelly Bartlett is a parent educator who aims to teach parents and caregivers the power of the spoken word as an influential tool. She differentiates between encouragement and praise and how to convey acceptance versus approval. In her book Kelly explores that the best way to build up children is to emphasise […]

April 03

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom By Yeonmi Park

Post by Denise. Yeonmi Park is a 23 year old woman who is a North Korean defector and human rights activist. In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother made the dangerous journey across the Yalu River into China – guided by human smugglers.  China did not, and does not acknowledge North Koreans as refugees, and on […]

February 02

Ken Done: A Life Coloured In

Post by Chrissy. Those that grew up in the 80’s like myself and brought their very first Ken Done doona cover, with the pastel bird print, might understand the excitement that I got reading his biography. I am a self-confessed fan. I loved the vibrant stories of growing up around the beaches of Sydney with […]

February 01

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

  Paul Kalanithi had just completed years of training as a neurosurgeon when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. In an instant the future he had imagined with his wife had been wiped out. Confronted with death he decided to write a book about what it means to […]

September 13

Red Notice by Bill Browder

Post by Voula Red Notice by Bill Browder This is definitely a book I never would have contemplated reading was it not for the persistence of a customer who could not praise it enough. His constant rave about Red Notice finally appealed to my sense of curiosity and I reluctantly placed a reservation on it. […]

June 16

Colossus By Colin Falconer

 Post by Kezza G. This is an alternate history that features Alexander the Great and his campaign to rule the world. Majestic, enormous and confrontational, Colossus is a war elephant, drafted into the army of Alexander the Great as he pillages and plunders entire cities in his quest to be the ultimate and only ruler of […]

April 27

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Post by Katie and Michele. Eleanor & Park is a young adult love story about two misfits set over one school year in 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is the new kid in town and is bullied because she is overweight and a bit different. On the school bus she meets Park, a half-Korean high […]

April 26

Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes by Nahal Tajadod

Post by Voula. Tehran, Lipstick and Loopholes appealed to me because although Australian born, I am a daughter of migrant parents and my husband was born overseas. The author, Nahal Tajadod was born and raised in Tehran but resides with her husband and daughter in Paris. Her hilarious account of a ten day stay in Tehran […]

February 17

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

By Michele and Katie The farm by Tom Rob Smith is a psychological thriller that was inspired by events that happened in the author’s own life.  The story centres on Daniel, a twenty something who lives in London with his partner Mark. Daniel’s parents have recently moved to a remote farm in Sweden, his mother’s […]

February 15

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

By Kezza G. Enduring Love is a novel by British writer Ian McEwan. The plot concerns two strangers who become dangerously entangled after witnessing a deadly accident. Joe planned a picnic in the English countryside to welcome his girlfriend back home after 6 weeks in the States. The perfect day turns to a nightmare when […]