ramblings

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 […]

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 […]

After The Fire (14+) – Will Hill

This is a “stay up till 2:30am to finish” kind of book. It grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go even after you finally read the last page. When I picked up “After The Fire” all I knew was that this book was a cult-type YA novel. A few chapters in I knew […]

Radio Boy (10+) – Christian O’Connell

I started this novel with slight apprehension. I spent many hours in the UK listening to Christian O’Connell on the radio. Was his humour going to translate well to middle fiction? I wasn’t 100% convinced. Happily (as we’d chosen it for the Everlasting Gobstoppers Book Club!) it was not only funny, but well written with […]

When It’s Real (14+) – Erin Watt

When both of Vaughn’s parents pass away, her and her older sister are left to take care of the family. An opportunity to make big money pretending to be a pop star’s girlfriend seems perfect, but wild pop star Oakley is making Vaughn’s job very difficult. How can she persuade the public they are in […]