Reading Project 2017 – Letters to a Young Writer #9

“Go to the library” and “Don’t be a dick!” are two of my favourite advice from Colum McCann‘s thoughtful book. This is not one of those books that give you technical know-how on what to write, how to create plots or writing exercises to get the creative juices going. It’s more like a literary journey…

Reading Project 2017 – Sapiens and Homo Deus #7 and #8

I’m doing a doubly whammy of a review this time – two HUGE books by the same author, Yuval Noah Harari. I first heard this amazing author (who’s also a historian) speaking on the radio about the future and how there will be two groups of human beings – the super elite and the useless…

Reading Project 2017 – The Brilliant World of Tom Gates #5

Change of genre for this month’s reading challenge. For some reason, Mr8 is as not as interested with the Tom Gates series as he is with the Wimpy Kid diary series. They were given to him as Christmas and birthday presents. So I thought I’d try reading them myself. This one I’m reviewing is the…

Reading Project 2017 – The Good People #4

Take a look at the cover of this book and notice that the author’s name is in a bigger font than the title. Is it just me being anal or is there some kind of a subliminal message here? Is it because Hannah Kent is now quite the star that she is after her successful debut…

Reading Project 2017 – Dark Matter #3

I was excited but also reluctant when this book was recommended to me by a colleague. Excited because it’s been years (like more than 30 years) since I’ve read any ghost stories (the first novel I read in Australia was a ghost story!); and reluctant because as I got older, ghost stories got scarier especially…

Reading Project 2017 – Burial Rites #1

The first time I ordered this book from my library was last year. And when I finally got it and started reading…. well you know I wasn’t interested anymore, gave up and returned it. Then I heard Hannah Kent (the author) being interviewed on RN radio and re-ordered the book. This time it didn’t take that…

Reading Project 2016 – The Art of Thinking Clearly #12

Well, I can’t believe this is my last book review for 2016. I’m so glad I took up this reading challenge/project again this year. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been dedicated enough to read anything at all. Well in fact, I did read more than 12 books this year but who’s counting? Ok my last review for…

Reading Project 2016 – Today Will Be Different #11

It’s funny (no not haha funny) but I am currently having a writer’s block as I write this book review. I don’t know why because I really enjoyed reading this new book by Maria Semple so it shouldn’t be a problem right? Anyway, Today Will Be Different is a hilarious and witty account of a day…

Reading Project 2016 – Winning the Brain Game #10

I’m steering away from fiction for this month’s reading challenge. I heard the author being interviewed on Radio National one day and immediately put an order in at my local library to purchase it for their lending collection. And since I recommended the title I got to borrow it first. Bonus! It didn’t take that long and…

Reading Project 2016 – The Painted Ocean #9

Not only did I enjoy this book but I learnt something about money laundering! Now I know how to ‘wash out dirty money’. Not that I have any of those to speak of but nevertheless I do know how it all works now. Anyway, reading this book felt as though someone has written about what…