Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 24/1/22

It was a busy week with a lot happening in the course of a day. It’s also been over 40°C for most of the week, so everything is hot and tired. Orphan Rock by Dominique Wilson (available 1st March) arrived thanks to Transit Lounge. Set between Sydney and Paris, it’s about Bessie and her daughter... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Couple by Helly Acton

In brief: In a world where singles rules, Millie thinks she has her life sorted. But then she meets Ben. Will she defy convention to be a couple? The good: Great romcom vibes. The not-so-good: There is a bit of alternate reality here, so be openminded. Why I chose it: Loved The Shelf! Year: 2021... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner

In brief: A collection of essays about wide ranging topics, from vintage cars to Italian movies. The good: A brilliant writer. The not-so-good: I really don’t know much about Italian politics. Why I chose it: Rachel Kushner has a Ford Galaxie. Year: 2021 Pages: 258 Publisher: Jonathan Cape (Penguin) Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Rachel... Continue Reading →

Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 3/1/22

Happy New Year! It’s a bit late but here are the books that were in my Christmas collection: Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Peter Doherty was written several years ago, and ‘was mainly right’ according to the author. It discusses infection, immunity and pandemics before the current COVID-19 one. Yours Cheerfully by A.J.... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Reputation by Lex Croucher

In brief: Mean Girls meets 21st century binge drinking and partying in this Regency era coming of age story. The good: Ever wanted swearing and drinking in your tea parties? The not-so-good: The characters aren’t overly likeable and the debauchery gets old fairly quickly. Why I chose it: Sounded original. Year: 2021 Pages: 428 Publisher:... Continue Reading →

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