Brontide is a coming of age story of four young boys told through a series of storytelling sessions at their school. Wow, what a unique and fascinating concept. This was young adult unlike anything else I have read. I loved this format and found it easy and engaging. The storytelling sessions of dialogue between the … Continue reading Brontide – Sue McPherson
The Diary of a Bookseller really needs little introduction, it is what the title suggests a year in the life of a second-hand bookseller. A fun and insightful read that gives the reader true insight into life as a bookseller in a world of death by Amazon. Incredibly frank and honest, it will leave you … Continue reading The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
When I Hit You is an achingly beautiful and raw piece of work. The tale of a woman in love and proving a point who marries an attractive and persuasive professor. She is whisked away to live with him in his small costal town where the walls slowly start to close in one her as … Continue reading When I Hit You – Meena Kandasamy
I'm lying here on a beautiful sunny day sick in bed. In order to make it more tolerable I have imbibed copious amounts of tea and turned to my books. I found myself searching for my old copy of Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery for a comforting read akin to spending time … Continue reading Five lessons we can all learn from Anne Shirley.
If there is one thing I have learned about myself as a reader is that I love the challenging and polarising reads. The Idiot by Elif Batuman is definitely one that splits readers down the middle. Selin is off to her first year of college at Harvard University. Overwhelmed and on her own Selin must … Continue reading The Idiot – Elif Batuman
The Shepherd's Hut is Winton's long awaited new release. With big shoes to fill I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only did he fill them but outgrow them. The Shepherd's Hut follows the story of young and angry Jaxie Clackton, who has just left behind his abusive father to find his own way. … Continue reading The Shepherd’s Hut – Tim Winton
Everything is Normal is your average memoir. Boy grows up, the story of his life, family, friends, school. Except when your childhood occurred behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union during the 70's and 80's. This light-hearted insight into going up a Soviet child was engrossing and easy to read. I found this a … Continue reading Everything is Normal – Sergey Grechishkin