‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction I loved this book! Even though it’s classified as a young adult book and has the protagonist of a teenage boy, it deals with the concepts of life and death as maturely as any adult fiction book would. This book is about a monster that shows up in the middle of the night. Who is ancient and wise and is there to tell Conor three stories and afterwards Conor must tell his story. However, this is notRead more

‘Improbability of Love’ by Hannah Rothschild

This book highlights the importance of a good title. In short, I hate this title. It sounds like a gushy Mills and Boons type book but romantic love plays a very small part of this book. This book is set in London starts with an art auction house getting ready for the sale of the century, an art work that’s caused a worldwide sensation called the ‘Improbability of Love’ painted by Antoine Watteau (who is a real life artist butRead more

‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

The story starts with its protagonist, Theo Decker, at age 13, living in New York with his mother. Theo’s father is out of the picture, which draws Theo close to his mother. On a visit to the Metropolitian Museum of Art, the pair are involved in a deadly attack that kills Theo’s mother and leaves Theo effectively abandoned, with nothing more than a painting he took from the museum that his mother loved. The story then follows Theo’s life asRead 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

PODCAST UPDATE! Up all night with love and tears

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Life of I’ by  Anne Manne and ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Dr Paul Kalanithi on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Two engrossing stories- one non-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

PERSONAL FAVOURITE ‘The Dangers of Truffle Hunting’ by Sunni Overend

Genre: Fiction/Romance This book was my holiday read- a book to sit by the pool, drink my bellini and soak up some good old fashion R&R. I’m glad to say that this book delivered. . A story for the senses. A story to give you the feels. A story to make you feel glamorous! This is the story of Kit Gossard, who is a food photographer working for a food stylist magazine called Hamper. Kit comes from food royalty, withRead more

‘Reader, I Married Him’ edited by Tracy Chevalier (in conjunction with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre)

Genre: Fiction/Short Story Collection I spotted this little nugget in Glebe one afternoon and I’ve been looking forward to reading it. Reader, I Married Him is a collection of 21 short stories inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. The book is titled after Bronte’s famous line from the novel, “Reader, I married him”. Each story is unique and provides a different perspective about the story and its characters. Who do I think will like this? Jane Eyre lovers (obviously), gothicRead more