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What I read this month (July 2018)

What I read this month (July 2018)

There's nothing like school holidays to help lift my reading average, and this time I was lucky to spend three weeks travelling in Canada (read: lots of time spent on planes for starters). I hope you might find something here to read next.   Sapiens: A brief...

What I read this month (June 2018)

What I read this month (June 2018)

It's hard to believe but my blog is now two years old! You might have noticed that reviews have been few and far between of late, and that's partly because I've been focused on my music, partly due to school, and partly due to helping out with the #LoveOzYA blog in my...

Book review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Publisher: Walker Books About the book: Starr, 16, lives in two worlds: the rich high school where she attends school, and the poor neighbourhood where she was raised. When she is the only witness to the fatal shooting of...

12 books on my Christmas wishlist

12 books on my Christmas wishlist

It's that time of year again! I love Christmas because I usually get a whole new stack of books to read. It's never easy making a wishlist, but I've narrowed it down to eight fiction and four non-fiction books this year. Santa, take note... One Of Us Is Lying by Karen...

Book review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Book review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Title: Turtles All The Way Down Author: John Green Publisher: Penguin Books Australia About the book: Aza Holmes is a 16-year-old teenager diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. She often goes into what she calls 'thought spirals', times when she can only think...

5 books ‘for girls’ that boys might like

5 books ‘for girls’ that boys might like

Whenever I write a book review where the main character is a girl, I get emails or comments about the fact that I'm a boy reading 'books for girls'. I don't really think of it like that. To me, a good book is a good book. Anyway, here's a little round-up of some of...

What I’m reading this school holidays

What I’m reading this school holidays

The school holidays are finally here and I can't wait to get some reading in! I'm going to take a break for the next few weeks, but thought I would leave you with a list of what's on my To Be Read pile in the holidays. As you will see below, I jump around a bit with...

Find a new book: what to try next

Find a new book: what to try next

I thought I might try something a bit different this week. Sometimes it's hard to find your next read, so I've made a list of related books - if you like the first one, you might like the second one. I've linked to reviews where I have them, or the link on each title...

Book review: Bro by Helen Chebatte

Book review: Bro by Helen Chebatte

Title: Bro Author: Helen Chebatte Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont About the book: In a school divided into racial gangs, there are three unspoken rules: Stick with your own kind Don't dob on your mates (or your enemies) Respect the family. But fight clubs, violence and...

Book review: Thirst by Lizzie Wilcock

Book review: Thirst by Lizzie Wilcock

Title: Thirst Author: Lizzie Wilcock Publisher: Scholastic About the book: Fourteen-year-old Karanda Hooke is on her way to her sixth foster home when a crash leaves her stranded in the Central Australian desert with a backpack, a bottle of water and an old picture of...

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