Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review

【 HAPPY 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Children's Fiction (board book)Author: Emma DoddPublished: August 2021Publisher: Allen & UnwinPages: 24 (board book) Thank you so much for Allen & Unwin for a copy of this beautiful edition for review Review! Happy is a sweet board book that will warm the cockles of your heart. This is a book … Continue reading Baby Owls in Happy | Board Book Review

DNF: Painter to the King | 16%

【 PAINTER TO THE KING 】 ★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Amy SackvillePublished: April 2018Publisher: Granta BooksPages: 336 (hardback} This was really not my cup of tea, which was disappointing because I had thought this would make for an interesting read. It's set during the reign of King Philip IV of Spain and I was hoping … Continue reading DNF: Painter to the King | 16%

Opportunities in The Midnight Library | Book Review

【 THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY 】 ★★★★ Genre: Magical RealismAuthor: Matthew HaigPublished: August 2020Publisher: VikingPages: 304 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) suicide * depression * substance abuse * death * self harm First thoughts This book is a too-close-for-comfort reminder that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I'm surprised to find myself … Continue reading Opportunities in The Midnight Library | Book Review

WWII Secrets in The Codebreakers | Book Review

【 THE CODEBREAKERS 】 ★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Alli SinclairPublished: March 2021Publisher: HarlequinPages: 496 (paperback) Big thanks to HarperCollins for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This was a sweet tale of Codebreakers during WWII in Australia with just the right amount of romance! I found the pacing a … Continue reading WWII Secrets in The Codebreakers | Book Review

Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

【 THREADNEEDLE 】 ★★★★ Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal)Author: Cari ThomasPublished: May 2021Publisher: HarperCollinsPages: 576 (paperback) First thoughts This was such an intriguing story that was full of twists and turns. I enjoyed the dark mood of the book and trying to guess who was right and who was wrong. Can't wait for the next … Continue reading Witches in Threadneedle | Book Review

Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2021

Hi everyone I hope you're doing well! My July wrap-up is a little late because I was late to filming it, life has been busy! Uni is in full swing as I gear up towards my final semester of my Masters degree – I can't wait to be done! And on top of that I'm … Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2021

Learning to Listen in After Story | Book Review

【 AFTER STORY 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Fiction (First Nations)Author: Larissa BehrendtPublished: July 2021Publisher: University of Queensland PressPages: 360 (paperback) Content warning (click to see) alcohol * child death * sexaul assault * murder * racism * colonialisation First thoughts After Story is a beautiful narrative between mother and daughter that will break your heart and … Continue reading Learning to Listen in After Story | Book Review

New Book Releases | August 2021

I do apologise for how late this post is, life has been incredibly busy and this post takes a lot of time to put together. So even though we're well into the middle of August, I thought it would still be nice to share the new releases that have just come out! Fantasy A Lesson … Continue reading New Book Releases | August 2021

A Passion for Food in Last Shot | Book Review

【 LAST SHOT 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Non-fiction, MemoirAuthor: Jock ZonfrilloPublished: July 2021Publisher: Simon & SchusterPages: 336 (hardback) Content warning (click to see) drugs * difficult pregnancy * addiction Thanks to Simon & Schuster for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review First thoughts This book is an inspiration in tenacity. I could … Continue reading A Passion for Food in Last Shot | Book Review

Medieval Feminism in The Good Wife of Bath | Book Review

【 THE GOOD WIFE OF BATH 】 ★★★★★ Genre: Historical FictionAuthor: Karen BrooksPublished: July 2021Publisher: Harlequin FictionPages: 560 [paperback] Content warning (click to see) rape ° violence ° adult/minor relations ° sex ° murder ° death ° sexism ° assault ° mild homophobia Big thanks to Harlequin Australia for a copy of this in exchange … Continue reading Medieval Feminism in The Good Wife of Bath | Book Review