‘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

‘Heather, the Totality’ by Matthew Weiner

Genre: Fiction, Novella Weiner was the creator, writer, executive producer and director of Mad Men and this is his first novel. This story is about the Breakstone family, a wealthy Manhattan family who arrange their lives arrange their daughter Heather. But as Heather gets older and her empathy sharpens and her radiance attracts more and more dark interest. Meanwhile a very different life, one raised in poverty and violence, is beginning its own malign orbit around Heather. The major themesRead more

GREAT MODERN WRITERS: Virginia Woolfe, ‘Mrs Dalloway’

Genre: Classic Fiction I’m starting off my book challenge with an old favourite! I read ‘Mrs Dalloway’ in high school and though it had an impact on me with it’s definition of ‘the perfect hostess’ rereading the book has given me greater insight and appreciation for this classic. To summarise, ‘Mrs Dalloway’ takes place in the space of a single day back in 1923 as Clarissa Dalloway, an upperclass English wife, prepares for a party she is hosting that evening. AsRead more

‘Beautiful Malice’ by Rebecca James

Genre: Fiction This read is a long time coming! I remember reading a great review of this book in the MUST READ section of a Women’s Weekly magazine back in 2010. Then, a few weeks ago I found a mysterious copy in my mother’s library and believed the universe was giving me a nudge to read it. This book is about Katherine, a 17 year old girl who has recently moved away from her shattered family to start afresh inRead more

‘A Passage of Love’ by Alex Miller

Genre: Autobiographical Fiction  This is my current read and my first Alex Miller. During my time at the bookstore I never got around to reading any of Miller’s books because I felt that if everyone else was reading him….I should read something else. For those who are unfamiliar with this author Alex Miller is a well-known Australian author who has won the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award twice as well as many other writing awards for his works. Some ofRead more

‘Museum of Modern Love’ by Heather Rose

Genre: Fiction I’m currently halfway through this sensational novel and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite books of 2017! This after months and months of out right saying ‘Nope!’ to the possibility of reading it because I thought it would just be another cheesy romance…well popular won this round- LITERARY WORLD: 1 NESS: 0 . ‘The Museum of Modern Love’ won the 2017 Stella Prize for Fiction. This is a major literary award in Australia and is awarded toRead more

Books on my Beside Table

University break is upon us! It’s a time to catch up on study and clock up some much needed sleep. For me, it’s also brings the air of freedom to read what I want. The air is warm and breezy here in Sydney at the moment….i.e. my absolute favourite time of year because it means Summer is coming which means Christmas is just around the corner! So this morning I donned some summer slacks and made a pile of booksRead more

‘The Choke’ by Sophie Laguna

  Genre: Australian Fiction “I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers” -The Choke  ‘The Choke’ is the latest novel by critically acclaimed author Sophie Laguna. Laguna won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel ‘Eye of the Sheep’ and this latest work has been highly anticipated and already received a lot of praise. This is the story of a young girl called Justine who, after being abandoned by her motherRead more