‘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

‘Tokyo Style Guide’ by Jane Lawson

Genre: Travel 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 (: I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book before my upcoming trip to Japan and I was able to use the book while I was in Tokyo. So this review is first hand experience. I alsoRead more

‘The Riviera Set’ by Mary S. Lovell

 Genre: Non-fiction 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 (: I have a devastating habit of not finishing non-fiction books and yes…this has been one of them. However! The point of difference with this book is that I’ve kept thinking about it and I’ve been meaning to go backRead 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

PODCAST UPDATE! Love and pain prevail in any decade

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara and ‘The Convict’s Daughter’ by Keira Lindsey on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Two engrossing novels that highlight the impact love and pain has on our lives and the fact that it hasn’t changed throughout historyRead 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

‘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

PODCAST UPDATE! A Summer of Fish and Veggies

Have a listen to Vanessa’s full review of ‘The Sound of Summer’ by Jim Maxwell, ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang and ‘The Australian Fish and Seafood Cookbook’ on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. Jim Maxwell is a renowned Australian cricket commentator whose voice and comments about the sport are synonymous with Australian summers. Vanessa was lucky enough to chat with Jim about his new memoirs and to understand a little more about why cricket captures the hearts ofRead 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