The Dutch house by Ann Patchett – book review

Ann Patchett is one of my favourite American novelists. I’m immediately drawn into her books, whether her book is set in the Amazon (State of wonder), about a group of terrorists who befriend their captives (Bel Canto) or her collection of essays (This is the story of a happy marriage). Her latest novel is The… Continue reading The Dutch house by Ann Patchett – book review

Sea Hearts – book review

I’m always happy to crawl into bed at the end of the day and read my book but I found myself thinking about bedtime at 4pm, just because I was looking forward to reading my book! This was a library book called Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan. I reviewed Lanagan’s short stories, Singing my sister… Continue reading Sea Hearts – book review

Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

What makes an interesting female character? How do writers create a character who is relatable, but also unique and memorable? How do writers create a book that readers will pass on to their friends and will feature in every bookclub across the country? I’ve recently read three adult books about three different female protagonists by… Continue reading Three interesting female characters – three interesting books

Adult fiction – Christmas ideas and a giveaway

Finally, it’s time to talk about adult fiction books for Christmas! Some people like to read something light and frothy at the beach over summer, some like a thrilling page-turner, others like to read something with depth. I’ve tried to cater for all types of summer readers in the list below. Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones… Continue reading Adult fiction – Christmas ideas and a giveaway

Three strong, original books

I’ve been reading quite a few wonderful books lately so I thought I’d bundle a few together in a review. I have so many library books teetering in a pile on my bedside table that I’m worried I’ll be decapitated during the night! I’ve reviewed an adult novel by a well-known Australian writer, a young… Continue reading Three strong, original books

Anything is possible by Elizabeth Strout – book review

Anything is possible – it’s a great book title and a great motto for life, isn’t it? It’s similar to my mantra last year when we renovated our home – there’s always a way. This book has a lovely textured cover with a green edging around the spine which makes it look elegant. But it’s… Continue reading Anything is possible by Elizabeth Strout – book review

Singing my sister down and other stories by Margo Lanagan – book review

I had goosebumps when I read Margo Lanagan’s short story, ‘Singing my sister down’. It’s a combination of her evocative language, believable worlds and her unique characters and the situations they find themselves in. This story is also the title of her collection of fantasy short stories, some of them written almost twenty years ago. If you’re… Continue reading Singing my sister down and other stories by Margo Lanagan – book review

My week in books

How many books have you read, skimmed, touched, discussed, borrowed or bought this week? I decided I would tally up mine! Read The secret scriptures by Sebastian Barry – this was my bookclub book and and it was my turn to host. Half of our bookclub had read it, half had started it. We all… Continue reading My week in books

Christmas shopping/summer reading – adult fiction

Whether you are looking for books for gifts or for your own holiday reading, I have a list for you! I also have a giveaway – I have an extra copy of Hannah Kent’s The good people and would love to give it to a loyal blog reader! Please leave a comment to tell me about… Continue reading Christmas shopping/summer reading – adult fiction