Category Archives: Book Club Fodder

Love or hate them, you’ll chew the fat over these books for hours.

October 10

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

In her first two novels, Conversations with Friends and Normal People, 30-year-old Irish writer, Sally Rooney launched into the serious book world like the Michael Jordan launched into the NBA.  Her books gave us an instant glimpse into the minds and lives of her generation and the world couldn’t get enough of it. And no, […]

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 08

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Another day, another must-read for Readheads. This one is the true story of a family of twelve children, six of whom develop schizophrenia. Yep. True Story. Written by US Author Robert Kolker (think Lost Girls in 2013) and published in 2020, Hidden Valley Road was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one […]

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 […]

July 02

The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

There are many ways to break a reading drought.  It could be a week of woolly weather, a break from work or a raging pandemic with government enforced lockdowns.  Or it could just be the timeless allure of a great book. Like a hot bag of Uber Eats at the end of a long week, […]

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 16

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

I can’t keep up with Obama, but frankly, who, besides Michelle, can? Every year, he publishes a list of his top 10 reads and every year, I head knowingly to the bookshop to scoop them up.  I could just walk in with the list but no, instead I choose 3 or 4 and wander up […]

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). […]

January 07

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Everything about this book seems light and breezy.  What, with its throwaway title, cute cover and offbeat dialogue, you’d expect to find it atop a discount pile at an airport bookshop, not on the Booker prize longlist. But maybe that’s the point. Such a Fun Age is about racism and class, told through the story […]