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No Two Persons Ever Read The Same Book- Edmund Wilson Hey there! Welcome to my website: a site by a book lover, about books for book lovers. Every month I review books for ABC radio on the 702 program ‘Overnights’. I have the luxury of choosing the books I review…they can be best sellers, new releases or just personal favourites. I get interview authors about their new books coming out which gives my reviews greater depth and insight. I hopeRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Holiday Reads (…but really anytime reads)

At Christmas time last year I had a special book review segment that focused on Books for the Holidays. Basically, new books that would make great gifts. None of these books have a Christmas theme but were chosen based on a variety of genres and interests. It was a challenging review because not all of these are my kind of books but it was fun to give them a go (: The list included: -‘The Riviera Set’ by Mary S.Read more

COOKBOOK REVIEW ‘The Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook’

This book was reviewed on ABC radio’s 702 program ‘Overnights with Rod Quinn’ in 2016. Shoot me a message if you’d like to hear the full review (: GENRE: Cooking I was very excited to get this book because I love to cook but, frankly, cooking fish at home has always been a mission and I’ve never strayed beyond the standard salmon in a pan This book is more than just a recipe book. It also gives you 100 differentRead more

Books on My Bedside Table

A delightfully, eclectic mix that suits my whale so well (: Kruso, by Lutz Seiler- a German translation about bohemians on the ‘German Democratic Republic’ Insomniac City by Bill Hayes- Loved this! Full review available If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed- a beautiful gift from a friend which I can’t wait to dip into The Call by Peadar O’Guilin- YA, think Irish Hunger Games with mythical creatures Night Letter by Robert Dessaix- My mother’s favouriteRead more

‘Belzhar’ by Meg Wolitzer

Genre: Fiction/Young Adult YA fiction has definitely moved on from vampire romances and teenage espionage and is becoming more sophisticated and dynamic for younger readers. Belzhar is a prime example of this. It tells the story of a group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers studying Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar in their English class (a risky choice). Part of their assignment is to keep a journal. Soon the group discover that every time they write in these journals they areRead more

‘China Rich Girlfriend’ by Kevin Kwan

Genre: Fiction This is Kwan’s sequel to his immensely popular, Crazy Rich Asians which was published in 2013 and has a movie in the works. Set two years after the first book the story focuses slightly less on the central couple, Rachel and Nick and instead delves deeper into the close-knit community of Singapore’s ultra-rich elite. The characters vary in their personalities, occupations and likeablilities- everyone from politicians, to technological guru billionaries, to soap opera stars turned trophey wives. The storylineRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Up all night with love and tears

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara and ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Dr Paul Kalanithi on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Two engrossing stories- one fiction, the other a memoir that both will have a profound effect on any reader!Read more

PERSONAL FAVOURITE ‘I, Robot’ by Isaac Asimov

Genre: Fiction/Science Fiction . Believe it or not (though those who know me would believe it) this is my first science-fiction book! I haven’t purposely been ignoring this massive genre of writing but I haven’t been overtly looking either….nonetheless, it’s been two days and I’m almost finish this one! . This book is a great introduction into the world of robotics and a neo-noir dystopian future (think ‘Blade Runner’ or ‘The Terminator’). Each chapter tells a different story of humansRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! What Women Want (it’s not always what you think)

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Animators’ by Kayla Rae Whitaker and ‘The Dangers of Truffle Hunting’ by Sunni Overend on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Vanessa was lucky enough to interview Sunni about her writing process and inspiration for sensuous novel. Both books have strong female leads and shys away from the stereotypical idea that it’s love and relationships that complete a woman.Read more