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Mindwalker – A J Steiger (14+)

4 1/2 stars. I’ve had a book hangover for nearly a month (argh!) and I needed something very powerful to break that spell. “Mindwalker” was the book to do that. Powerful, original, a scary premise, and a big hearty nod at humanity’s past and present. A J Steiger captured me from page one and I […]

Close Your Eyes – Nicci Cloke (13+)

“Close Your Eyes” (three!!! references to the title in the book! Yay!) is a very addictive read. I started it on my day off, and finished it the same day. There are been a few YA books about school shootings this year, but “Close Your Eyes” takes a different approach. Firstly it’s set in England […]

Renegades – Marissa Meyer (14+)

3.5 stars. In a world where a number of people have developed extraordinary abilities, you’re either a hero or a villain. Nova wants revenge for past wrongs. Adrian wants justice to be upheld. An entertaining, if not slightly clichéd superhero story. Although I found it a little slow to start, I really enjoyed the witty […]

OMG we look amazing

I’ve been lucky that through difficult times I’ve often met amazing and kind people. The kind of people that restore your faith in humanity. A couple of weeks ago I had just that experience. Danielle told me she’d set up a photo shoot for us and frankly I wasn’t super impressed. Take as many pictures […]

Halloween is a stupid waste of time!

At least that is what a lot of people think. Oh and it’s an American thing! Well, let me address this. Halloween began life as the festival of Samhain 2000 years ago as part of an ancient Celtic tradition! The Celts believed that only on October 31st, ghosts and spirits were able to wander the earth and they […]

The Fifth Room – Allison Rushby (12+)

Having read Allison Rushby’s “The Turnkey” (a historical middle grade mystery with fantasy elements), I was particularly interested to see how The Fifth Room compared. I could definitely recognise Allison’s ability to weave an interesting and intricate story arc. The plot wasn’t what I expect and that’s an aspect I really enjoyed. Allison also managed to […]

I don’t play well with others

This is something I learnt many moons ago. I work better on my own. I work well alongside people but I’m just not much of a team player. I like things done a certain way; I don’t like being micro-managed; I like to just get on with things; I don’t like relying on other people; and […]

Woes of Parenting in the Digital Age – Part I

My beautiful, fantastic, challenging, amazing daughter has a pre-paid mobile phone. She is supposed to do a significant chore every month to earn the money to pay for that month’s credit. Nine times out of ten she doesn’t do the chore, and therefore doesn’t get the credit for her phone. The last time she did […]

Free Books!

We are looking for a rural primary school to donate our books to. Some are brand new. Some are read (but still in great condition). We currently donate all our preschool books and toys to Bubup Womindjeka (our local kindergarten); our YA (young adult) books to Kensington Community High School (a fabulous school which offers […]

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone – Adele Griffin (14+)

I love the way Adele Griffin approached writing this unique and intense thriller. “The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone” is told through a series of memories from people in Addison Stone’s life, alongside notes and pictures taken from Addison’s own journals, and some of Addison’s best artwork, compiled by Adele. The question the novel asks […]

A letter from a daughter to her Dad

Dearest Dad, As Father’s Day draws near I’ve been thinking increasingly about you, Mom and our family. It’ll be 15 years this Christmas that Mom died. It seems so long and yet no time at all. I miss her so much. Every. Single Day. But what has made losing my Mom as ok as it […]

Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend (9+)

Wow. Just Wow. This has to take the world by storm. It’s totally entranced me. If you love Harry Potter you HAVE to read this book. Like now. (Well October 31st when it’s released). I don’t normally publish my reviews early, but I simply couldn’t wait to share this with you. I love the characters […]

Gone – Michael Grant (13+)

The “Gone” series has been out since 2008 but this is the first chance I’ve had in my crazy reading schedule to pick it up. I thought it’d be a good choice for my YA book club “The Outsiders”, and goodness knows I love a good dystopian thriller. It’s a long book at 500+ pages […]

Dream Big. Always.

Just when you think this series can’t get any stronger the publisher Frances Lincoln release these new fantastic titles. I simply cannot give enough love for the “Little People BIG DREAMS” books. While they were at the start of this new wave of books to help us celebrate women and encourage girls to believe in themselves, their […]

Why have we become so rude?

I have noticed that people are becoming increasingly rude, selfish, self-absorbed and self-centred. I’m not talking on a deep relationship level (that’s a whole other conversation!) but the every day person you pass in the street. There’s no consideration for other people around us any more. It’s not deliberate rudeness, but more of a lack of […]

Do you love us?

Today is “love your bookshop day”. It’s organised by the wonderful people at the Australian Booksellers Association to celebrate all that is wonderful about Bookshops across Australia. We hope you’ll drop by for a visit with us today and pick up some lovely bookish goodies from Danielle or Sienna.  We have lots of fun bits […]

George – Alex Gino (9+)

“George”. Wow. I’ve wanted to read this since I first saw it in 2015, and I finally managed to get my mitts on a copy. It didn’t take me long to read – it’s very simple middle fiction but with a huge message. “George” is the story of a girl (Melissa), who the world sees […]

First – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (14+)

Warming: This book made me cry and gave me a book hangover! I’m guessing there will be plenty of people that won’t like (or empathise) with the protagonist Mercy, but I did. I think you either get her or you don’t. But by the end of “Firsts”, if you don’t understand her story, your heart […]

School Refusal Sucks!

School Refusal:  the refusal to attend school due to emotional distress. School refusal differs from truancy in that children with school refusal feel anxiety or fear towards school, whereas truant children generally have no feelings of fear towards school, often feeling angry or bored with it instead.* I hated high school but as a student […]

Thornhill – Pat Sym (10+)

This is a stunning debut novel that has taken my breath away. I knew I’d like “Thornhill” as soon as my Scholastic Rep Todd showed it to me, but I didn’t realise how much I’d be taken with it. Literally, since Danielle showed me that it’d had arrived this morning, it hasn’t left my hands. […]

How To Bee – Bren MacDibble (9+)

4 1/2 stars. I love when a book surprises me, and that’s exactly what “How To Bee” did. It’s a beautifully told tale set in the near future where bees are now extinct and children pollinate our plants. And although the world Peony lives in is extremely challenging, the novel is ultimately uplifting. As a […]

Harry Potter Saved My Family

31st July is the birthday of the Chosen One. He turns 37* (OMG how did that happen?!?). Harry has been in my life for 20 years. Actually it’s my longest relationship. I wonder if Harry knows that….? While the girls, Danielle and I have a shared love of a few of my other interests/obsessions (Star […]

Ink – Alice Broadway (12+)

I fell in love with this book the first time I saw it. The cover is stunning (the picture does it NO justice) and actually tells much of the tale of “Ink”. It’s perfect in every way. Then the first page drew me in and I found myself so easily lost in the dystopian world […]

Being Miss Nobody – Tamsin Winter (10+)

I am not going to lie, “Being Miss Nobody” was an emotional roller coaster. So simple and beautifully written, this book had me hoping, laughing and crying (possibly not the best book to read at work!). From the first page I was hooked. I was there with Rosalind though everything she was going through and […]

Hour of the Bees – Lindsay Eagar (10+)

4 1/2 stars. Quirky would be the first word that jumps to mind when I think about this book. “Hour of the Bees” was very well written; it had great depth; a wonderfully written protagonist; and was full of love, courage and family. Carol has to spend her summer with her parents and younger brother […]