‘Adèle’ by Leïla Slimani

Another book teaming with my ‘Femme Fatale’ theme this month! This book was highly anticipated after the success of Slimani’s novel ‘Lullaby’. The theme of all of Slimani’s novels is sex but not the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey/Borderline Pornography’ sex but rather is tasteful. ‘Adèle’ emphasises a women’s control (or lack there of) when exploring their sexuality and desires. This story follows Adèle, a woman living in Paris, who appears to have the perfect life- a surgeon successful husband, a beautifulRead more

‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This book has been a literary favourite and a social media sensation. The story is set in Lagos, Nigeria during a corrupt and disruptive time for law and order. The author’s personal history with this town, being her hometown, gives an authentic and rich flavour to the writing. From the comfort of my Sydney, urban balcony when reading this book I can hear the trucks going along dusty roads and rain pelting so hard it breaks umbrellas. It is aRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Eat your words

Have a listen to the full review of my latest podcast on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring Rod Quinn This podcast looks at one of my favourite books of all time and introduces a new way of how I source my reading material- Netflix. ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman was a sensation when it first published in 2017. It tells the story of an odd woman called Eleanor, whose need for routine  and eccentric way of thinking isolatesRead more

‘Confessions of a Sociopath’ by M. E. Thomas

This is a particularly interesting book because of my background in psychology but this one is one for anyone interested in the area of sociopaths. What does that mean exactly…maybe it’s the large number of us who have the guilty pleasures of a love of true crime podcasts and Netflix shows? ‘Confessions of a Sociopath’ is taken from the author’s own experiences, her own blog Sociopathworld.com and scientific literature- it’s a confessional memoir that gives insight into the life of someoneRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! My favourite things

Have a listen to the full review of my latest podcast on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring Rod Quinn This podcast looks at my favourite books from the last month and there’s a wide range to choose from- poetry, homeopathic recipes and popular historical fiction. ‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller is an immensely popular historical fiction that gives an intimate look in the life of Achilles, the famous Greek mythological character and his lover Patroclus. In March I interviewedRead more

What I’m Reading- April Edition

Red Clocks by Leon Zumas What if abortion was illegal in America? IVF was banned? Every embryo had the same rights to life, liberty and property as you or I? This is the future of America in Zumas’ new novel. Five very different women navigate rules in order to to do what is best for their bodies and to question what it means to be a a woman and a motherRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Intensity

Have a listen to the full review of Vanessa’s holiday reads: ‘Heather, The Totality’ by Matthew Weiner, ‘Ostro’ by Julia Busuttil Nishimuraand ‘Dunkirk’ by A.D. Divine on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. ‘Heather, The Totality’ is the first book by television director Matthew Weiner (creator of the famous TV show Mad Men) and tells the short story of Heather, who’s energy and force can revolve the lives of those around her. ‘Ostro’ is a great new cookbook on theRead more