Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness follows a 12-year-old boy named Conor, who is visited nightly by a monster who tells him stories. The monster terrorises him at first, but Conor listens to the stories under the pretence that he'll tell the monster "the truth". There's a lot of upset in Conor's life, from his … Continue reading Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

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

Book Review: Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson

Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson explores female, familial relationships with poise in a contemporary Australian setting. Blurb: Stella and her mother-in-law Margie are two very different women. Stella is kind, compassionate and just a little chaotic. Margie is prickly, demanding and a stickler for convention. Stella has exciting dreams for the future. Margie has … Continue reading Book Review: Stella and Margie by Glenna Thomson

7 Books With Strange Narrative Structures

I've always loved books that challenge me; books that make me re-think the ordinary; books that teach me something about writing. Usually those are the books with strange narrative structure. By 'strange', I mean non-linear. Or maybe just told in an unexpected way. Books with time jumps, or multiple perspectives, or cross-mediums. Here are 7 … Continue reading 7 Books With Strange Narrative Structures

4 Books I Did Not Finish Reading (And Why I Want To DNF More Often)

Good luck finding a bookworm who hasn't: given up on a book because it was boring or badly written given up on a book because it was good but they 'just weren't into it right now' forgotten about a book they thought was average and just never finished it It's common. And life is too … Continue reading 4 Books I Did Not Finish Reading (And Why I Want To DNF More Often)