‘The Parcel’ by Anosh Irani

Genre: Fiction This is a new release by an acclaimed and award-winning author and playwright Anoshi Irani was born and raised in Bombay, India until he moved to Vancouver in 1998. His novel ‘The Song of Kahunsha” was nominated for a number of awards and a bestseller in Canada, China and Italy. “The Parcel” has already been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The storyRead more

‘Rich People Problems’ by Kevin Kwan

Genre: Satirical Fiction This is the third in the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ series. The premise of these stories is about the exorbitant wealth and exclusive elite society of Singapore. It centres around three superrich, pedigree Chinese families. The first book called, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ centres around the hilarious gossip, backstabbing and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia brings home an ABC (American born Chinese) Each book delves deeper into the comical livesRead more

SPECIAL EDITION! What I’m Listening To- May Edition

When I was 16, I went through a Beatles phase…didn’t we all (sigh*) and I still love them. On road trips I ALWAYS take three or four albums to listen to- CDs aren’t dead! They’re just an advanced to a luxury item (: In celebration of the 50th Anniversary release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (my FAVOURITE album and arguably The Beatles best) I’ve pulled out all my Beatlemania books and DVDs. The piece de resistance is the Sgt.Read more

‘The Hidden Life of Trees- What They Feel, How They Communicate’ by Peter Wohlleben

Genre: Non-fiction/Gardening This book was reviewed on the ABC radio program ‘Overnights with Rod Quinn’ as part of my Christmas special. The podcast of the review is available under the ‘Podcasts’ tab if you want to hear the full review 🙂 It’s Autumn time here in Sydney and the landscape is spectacular. Lately, when I’ve taken my dog for a walk, I’ve also brought along my camera to chapter some of the different colours around at the moment (it mayRead more

COOKBOOK REVIEW! ‘I’m Just Here For Dessert’

Genre: Cookbook I was beyond excited when I saw this book in the post from Murdoch Publications (: I love to bake and I love to decorate but quite frankly….I don’t think I’m very good. This book is the latest by Caroline Khoo who is the creator of ‘Nectar and Stone’ and online dessert boutique. So to have a book that is dedicated to styling cakes was a huge attraction for me. I trialled this book for Easter lunch andRead 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

‘Insomniac City’ by Bill Hayes

Insomniac City is a story of New York told through the eyes of a newcomer. Bill Hayes moved to New York in 2009 at the age of 48. He moved from San Francisco after the tragic death of his partner. He bought a one-way ticket and had only had the vaguest idea of what he’d do there. The title of the book is derived from Hayes’ lifelong dealings with insomnia and in fact many of the stories from this bookRead 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

PERSONAL FAVOURITE ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction/Romance This book is impossible to ignore at the movie. Anyone who isn’t leaving under a rock will have seen the trailer for the upcoming film, starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Throne fans will know her better as Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons) and Sam Claflin (for Hunger Game fans that’s Finnick). So naturally, the book is in high demand. The thing is, this book’s been out for a while, published in 2012, and it’s been popular since then. TheRead more