Author Archives: Ms K

August 12

Redhead By The Side of The Road by Anne Tyler

Sometimes size does matter Readheads. This gem of a book is only 178 pages but it packs a punch. Anne Tyler is the master of minutiae and writes about the most mundane, repetitive aspects of our lives and drizzles them in honey and sunshine. Redhead By the Side of The Road doesn’t disappoint. It delivers […]

August 11

Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon

I try to resist new books wallpapered with glowing reviews written by people I’ve never heard of. I’ve been burnt badly by this promotional hi-jinx so I judge these review-laden titles with skeptical side-eyes and immediately get a whiff of impending disappointment and regret. Not this time. I am happy (and damn relieved) to report […]

August 06

Animal by Lisa Taddeo

When I finished reading Animal I felt like I had been mauled by a dog. Not that I have ever been mauled by a dog mind you, so don’t know for sure, but I imagine you feel pretty shaken, raw, roughed up. Not quite yourself. Bits of you hanging off. That was me. If you […]

June 28

Olga by Bernhard Schlink

Well look at me go Readheads – two reviews in two days after weeks of silence. When it rains reviews Readheads, it pours. So let’s chat about Olga and let’s talk about Bernhard Schlink. I always love a bit of Bernhard and I had to go back to my 2017 review of his last book […]

June 28

Empire of Wild by Cherrie Dimaline

I have done A LOT of reading lately Readheads (and now we are back in lockdown, I suspect there’ll be even more. Oh praise be). Some I’ll blog about, some I won’t and not because I don’t like them. Simply they were either older books that tickled my fancy, or a memoir, and while they […]

April 29

Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

COVID was an odd and powerful backdrop to read this one Readheads. As if reality wasn’t strange enough, I thought ‘hey, let’s not just be in a pandemic, let’s get stuck into a book about one too.’ I’m not really a sucker for punishment but I am a sucker for anything written by Emma Donoghue. […]

April 25

Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

Firstly, hello! Remember me? Ms K for those of you who don’t. I can’t blame you – it has been a hot minute. Reason? Nothing drastic, just work, life, work, bit more work and books. Lots of good books! I didn’t really know which one to review first. I even contemplated a group review – […]

January 26

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Ok, 2020 was a year of complete you-can’t-make-this-sh*t-up crazy, but for me – truth be told – it wasn’t that bad. Actually it was pretty nice. There was alot to be happy about and then, ta da, I scored a cherry on the cake moment because I beat Ms A to this beauty so hoorah […]

January 15

Honeybee by Craig Silvey

One of the great things I guess about a new year shut-down across greater Sydney was I felt zero guilt laying in bed all day, listening to the rain, reading. I did it twice and I felt a million dollars. This sort of caper should be done more often I thought (New Years resolution #1). […]

December 11

Best young reader picks by Miss L (aged 11)

Stuck for great Christmas book ideas for young book lovers? Worry no more and say hello to Miss L, the most delightful, voracious reader who just happens to be 11. AND she has started her own bath-bomb business too that supports wild life causes because, well, like I say, she’s pretty incredible (@bloom.seventh). 11! I […]