11 March 2022 | Reading

You don’t have to finish reading a book

Permission granted – you don’t have to finish reading a book. Perhaps you’re gasping with horror right now – surely if you start reading a book, you need to finish reading it. Why? Do you have an obligation to the author? Will the author know you started their book but didn’t enjoy it enough to…

29 October 2021 | Adult Fiction, Reading

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo – book review

Such a fabulous book title – The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Miss 15 and one of her friends both enjoyed this adult novel, and I did, too. Loosely based on Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands, the book begins with glamorous Hollywood actor Evelyn Hugo, ready to share her life story with an…

22 October 2021 | Adult Non-Fiction, Reading

Researching domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is not an easy topic to write about or research. I’ve almost finished reading Jess Hill’s See what you made me do, the 2020 Stella prize winning non-fiction book about domestic abuse. I’ve also almost finished watching the Netflix series Maid, about a young American woman who ends up homeless with her two-year-old…

14 May 2021 | Children's Fiction, Reading

Elsewhere girls – book review

Last week, I went to the book launch for Elsewhere girls, a middle-grade novel by a pair of well-known Melbourne writers, Emily Gale and Nova Weetman. Their book was launched at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library by Leesa Lambert from The Little Bookroom, with sparkling wine and cupcakes, beautifully decorated with images of the characters….