Category Archives: The Perfect Gift

January 22

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

I always take care of my books.  They’re my treasures after all so you won’t see them dog-eared or rough around the edges.  Sadly, this book looks like it’s been through the right ringer because well, it has.  I haven’t left home without it.  Anytime I thought I’d have a spare mo to read in […]

January 01

Holiday Reads by Ms K

Happy New Year Readheads.  Phew we made it. There is so much going on in our news right now I feel like it’s the only thing I’m reading – and I am, quite frankly, exhausted. Fortunately, in between being glued to bushfire updates and other shockers,  I’ve forced myself to retreat to quiet corners and […]

August 08

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is the most delightful romp and I chomped on it ravenously like a candy apple, which is fitting because if I had one word to sum City of Girls up, it is delicious! This story sparkles.  It is irresistible and I fell under the spell of all its characters from the get-go. […]

August 04

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Given this book has a long list of nominations and awards already (most recently named  winner of the Miles Franklin)  my review could be a short and emphatic  three words  – ‘GRAB THIS PRONTO ‘. But you know me, I can’t stop there. I want, actually I neeeeed to say more because this book had […]

April 23

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

For the love of music, the 70’s and cracking stories, you have to read this book. Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid and published in March, there has been a lot of hype leading up to its release. It already has its own Spotify playlist and Reece Witherspoon backed Netflix Series. Talk about a cross-disciplinary marketing juggernaut. […]

April 01

The Binding by Bridget Collins

1.43am. I repeat.  1.43am. This is the hour The Binding released me from its clutches and let me sleep.   Now I know this may not be a biggie for many of you, but for this pumpkin, 10.30pm is a late night. I was held captive, shaken and stirred from first line to last. For […]

March 10

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Every fabulous holiday (and I use holiday in the true sense where you simply Chill.Out.) requires some must-haves.  Cocktails (free-flowing naturally) closely followed by beaut folk, a tower of books to read, great locale, fancy digs, delicious food, sunshine, pool/beach, yada yada… I have just returned from said holiday where sunshine and books abounded and […]

March 06

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

I’m pretty sure I heard people were dancing in the streets when Barbara Kingsolver released her new book.  I nearly was.  This woman is a legend and remains firmly implanted in my ‘Reading Hall of Fame’ for The Poisonwood Bible because apart from being a great book, it was the first book I read where […]

February 07

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Guest Review by Mr M Much like stories told around a dinner table, I think the best ones contain facts with entertaining embellishment and in my own case, the occasional physical performance for added effect. Trent Dalton’s book, Boy Swallows Universe is one of the most entertaining dinner table stories, but I must admit – […]

July 25

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott

When Alice McDermott writes, you don’t just read her words, you see and feel them. Her style is so delicate and intricate but so everyday and familiar.  Somehow you simply settle into her character’s lives as though they were your own.  I don’t know how she does this but if I ever choose to have […]