Books

Covering posts about books, including reviews, previews, and lists.

LIAR & SPY by Rebecca Stead

In the Publishers Weekly review of Liar & Spy, the novel is described as “as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come”. I’ll be honest–this almost made me choose not to read it. I was in ‘middle-grade’…

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THE ENGAGEMENT by Chloe Hooper

As part of the Brisbane Writers Festival over the weekend, I sat in on a session with Aussie authors Patrick Holland, Bronwyn Parry and Chloe Hooper. Chaired by fabulous local Brisbane author Trent Jamieson, the…

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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway

I’m thankful that when I finished The Old Man and the Sea, I was sitting on the bank of the Brisbane River enjoying what was a truly magnificent spring day. The sun was shining, I…

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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

  Sometimes you read a book that is surrounded by a great deal of hype and you love it–you completely understand what people are raving about. Other times you read a book that is surrounded…

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XO by Jeffery Deaver

I’ve been indulging in some much-needed crime fiction lately–I realised midway through the year that not only was I embarrassingly behind in my goal to read 50 books by the end of the year, I…

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GONE MISSING by Linda Castillo

Anyone who has been around for a while knows that I am a fan of Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series (I wrote a glowing review of Breaking Silence late in 2011). For those of you…

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GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

I recently struggled to write my review of The Dark Knight Rises for fear that I would say too much and give away crucial plot points. I find myself in a similar situation trying to…

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HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby

A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention, and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it…

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