ramblings

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 […]

Dotty Detective – Clara Vulliamy (7+)

“Dotty Detective” is a super sweet detective story perfect for good 7 year old readers through to reluctant 9+ readers. Dorothy Constance Mae Louise (or Dot as she is known to her friends) has just moved house is is about to start a new school. Dot has a pair of lucky shoes, loves puzzles and […]

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 […]

Girlhood – Cat Clarke (14+)

This was my first Cat Clarke novel and I really enjoyed this fast paced book about five girls at a rural Scottish boarding school. Driving home after spending the whole day at work reading (one of the benefits of owning a bookshop!) I described it as “Malory Towers” meets “Single White Female”. That was until […]

Exclusive Sally Rippin Book Club

I am so super excited to announce that we’re having an exclusive book club with Sally Rippin to discuss her fabulous new book “Polly and Buster”. I absolutely loved this book as you can read in my review below. It literally blew me away. After I finished reading it I told Danielle I wanted to […]

Danielle Writes a Post!

Well it’s that time of the week again when L-J normally writes her blog. Last week she had planned to write about what Harry Potter means to our family. Unfortunately in the run up the sleepover time ran short and it didn’t happen, but I promise you that it will soon, because it is such […]

Celebrate Star Wars you must!

40 years? Seriously? I remember watching Star Wars since I was 7. Over the years my love of all things Star Wars has grown continually. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite and less well known Star Wars facts 😀 Learn much you will (also you can impress your kids!). The phrase […]

13 Reasons to Debrief

Thursday night we were lucky enough to host a discussion about “13 Reasons Why” and all the issues it raises.  YA Author Lili Wilkinson; Journalist and Author Kasey Edwards; local English/German counsellor Anjelika and some of our fabulous local mums joined us. While munchies were eaten, wine was drunk and laughs were had, there was […]

Let’s discuss OUR 13 reasons why

Last week I made a very personal post about why I thought the book “13 Reasons Why” should be read. Afterwards I felt very exposed and unsure if I’d revealed too much, but I knew that the message of the book was that important that it was worth any discomfort I might feel. The response […]

13 Reasons Why I Read This Book

I had planned on doing a lighthearted blog this week. However given the controversy surrounding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” I felt I should address this subject as a children’s book specialist, and a parent of a teen who has threatened suicide. If you haven’t heard the fracas surrounding this new series then you must be living […]

Lest We Forget

I have the great privilege of designing/making/creating our window displays. Some are fun. Some require mad crafting skillz. Some are mental ideas that Danielle comes up with and then expects me to magically create them! The occasional one is thrown together when time conspires against me. And then there are the ones that really mean […]

Picture books about difficult topics

As parents it’s our job, nay our duty to protect our children. Within that umbrella of protection we often shelter our children from the harsh realities of life. Unless specifically required, very few parents pick up social-emotional books that deal with complex situations. Even then we are often find that adults think these amazing books […]

2 weeks to recover from child birth

We do not allow new mothers enough time to recover after the birth of their child. They are virtually shunted straight out of hospital as soon as the baby is popped out and both are “medically” sound, and expected to just get on with it. Unlike days of yore, (or days of now in countries […]

Give your kids more screen time. Seriously.

Screen Time. Two words sure to strike fear in any parent. Since we were children we had it drummed into us that more than 2 hours a day of screen time would be detrimental. Now exactly how does that look in today’s digital landscape? It’s PIXILATED! Figuring out what is the optimal screen time for […]

Our School System is BROKEN!

Sitting at home Sunday night I was extremely surprised when a subject close to my heart appeared on 60 Minutes (Channel 9) – “Can Do Better.” It’s only 15 minutes long and worth every minute. To summarise Channel 9: – The Australian education system is declining. – Our global rankings in maths, reading and science […]