The Girl Aquarium by Jen Campbell is an enchanting collection of poetry exploring bodies and disfigurement, girlhood/womanhood/motherhood, the male gaze, and relationships. If you're familiar with Jen Campbell from booktube, you won't be surprised that The Girl Aquarium is quintessentially "Jen": the style is whimsical and eerie and dreamlike, with motifs of the sea, the … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Aquarium by Jen Campbell
How could I resist a contemporary romance with multiple narratives based around astrology? (Heart-eyes emoji forever!) Star-Crossed follows Justine (Sagittarius); a sometimes-shy but driven, hopeless romantic working at the local magazine. Justine randomly runs into her childhood best friend (and fleeting teenage sweetheart), Nick; an Aquarian actor between jobs, bereft in his love life. Justine … Continue reading Book Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke
Jennifer Egan is an auto-buy author for me and when Manhattan Beach came out, I was very excited to read the first book released by Egan in 6 years! I didn't really know what to expect from the historical fiction novel set in the 1930's and 40's, largely around the Brooklyn Naval Yard, following gangsters … Continue reading Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Poetry has a reputation for pretentiousness which puts a lot of people off reading it. I'm lucky that poetry has always been a part of my life. When I was little it was Banjo Paterson (thanks Mum!); in my teen years it was Something for Kate and Pink Floyd and trying to find words for … Continue reading Where To Start With Poetry
As part of my social media strategy for 2018, I started looking into important bookish dates. And when I noticed there were so many authors with birthdays in January, I just had to make a wrap-up 'Happy Birthday' video for them all! In the video, I talk about my favourite books by the authors and … Continue reading Happy Birthday to These Authors Born in January!
I love supporting local talent. There are some inspirational Aussies out there! So I thought I would run through just a few creative Australian individuals, businesses and bookish groups that I think you should know about. Check out their websites, subscribe to their mailing lists, follow them on social media, browse through their stores, add … Continue reading 6 Amazingly Creative Aussies To Check Out This Year
A lot can change in a year, especially looking back to January 2017 and seeing how I've progressed. I used to find monthly writing recaps useful in tracking changes and accomplishments. This year I stopped writing those posts. They were getting increasingly difficult to write as my personal life evolved, so I found that sending … Continue reading 18 Bookish Facts About Me For 2018
We all know how special it feels to unwrap a book on Christmas, or on your birthday (or any day, really!). Giving any present to a loved one is a rewarding experience. Giving books is even better. Inspiring others with new stories is a pretty special thing. But buying books for others isn't easy. You … Continue reading The Secret To Giving The Best Books At Christmas
I recently received my first book subscription box from Bookcase Australia! Bookcase Australia pick one Aussie book and a selection of locally-made goodies to send to their subscribers every quarter, which supports homegrown creatives from all over the country. The "Fateful Fantasy" book was Heart of Mist by debut fantasy author Helen Scheuerer, which I loved … Continue reading Unboxing “Fateful Fantasy” by Bookcase Australia!