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BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson

BOOK REVIEW: Blankets by Craig Thompson Faber & Faber November 2017 Paperback, $39.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Coming of Age 8/10 Wrapped in the snowfall of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two young lovers. […]

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

BOOK REVIEW: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Snowglobe Gift Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Walker Books Ltd October 2017 Hardcover, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Picture Books & Early Learning / Interactive & Novelty Books 10/10 In 2019 Michael Rosen’s version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will be 30 […]

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge

BOOK REVIEW: Gary by Leila Rudge Walker Books November 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Books / Adventure 7/10 Gary, a grounded racing pigeon, dreams of exploring the world—until the day he falls into an adventure of his very own. Most of the time, Gary is just like the other racing pigeons, eating […]

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women - Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women – Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone

BOOK REVIEW: Quotes for Nasty Women – Empowering Wisdom from Women Who Break the Rules edited by Linda Picone Sterling Publishing Co Inc December 2017 Paperback, $22.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Society & Culture / Social Issues & Processes / Feminism & Feminist Theory 7/10 When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a […]

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis

BOOK REVIEW: Things I Have Drawn at the Zoo by Dom, Al & Tom Curtis Trapeze December 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Photography / Animals 8/10 Hilarious and strange images from the global instagram sensation; the world brought to life through the eyes of a child. KIDS’ DRAWINGS HILARIOUSLY BROUGHT TO […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers

BOOK REVIEW: The Mystery Gut by Prof Kerryn Phelps AM with Dr Claudia Lee & Jaime Rose Chambers Pan Macmillan Australia August 2017 Paperback, $27.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Health & Personal Development 8/10 For too long it was assumed that the gut was a mere food processor in the body. But recent research in […]

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan

BOOK REVIEW: Danger Dolan Countdown by Danger Dolan Pan Macmillan Australia November 2017 Paperback, $19.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Entertainment / Bizarre Facts / Kids & Teens Non-Fic 9/10 Danger Dolan is an Australian YouTube phenomenon, presenting intriguing, idiosyncratic facts in snappy countdown videos – and now, in an even snappier book! Discover the: * […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11 - True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World Edited by Lavinia Spalding

BOOK REVIEW: The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11 – True Stories from Around the World edited by Lavinia Spalding Travelers’ Tales, Incorporated May 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Travel & Holidays / Travel Writing 7/10 The Best Women’s Travel Writing has been taking readers on journeys into the great unknown […]

BOOK REVIEW: Poe - Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds

BOOK REVIEW: Poe – Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Candlewick Press August 2017 Hardcover, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Graphic Novel / Classics / Poetry / Anthology 8/10 It is true that I am nervous. But why will you say that I am mad? In storied and poems written well […]

BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

BOOK REVIEW: Karl, the Universe and Everything by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Pan Macmillan Australia October 2017 Hardcover, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Science / Popular Science 8/10 If Iggy Pop had a “lust for life” then Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has a “lust for science.” This loud-shirt wearing man is a beloved Australian institution […]

Steph's Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017 The age old question of whether art imitates life or vise versa is never so hard to figure out as in times of great tumult in the real world, and there’s no denying that 2017 was one of those years. As the real world grows stranger, fiction has to work […]

BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities - And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner

BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities – And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner

BOOK REVIEW: Careful! The Surprising Science behind Everyday Calamities – And How You Can Avoid Them by Steve Casner Pan Macmillan Australia May 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction/Psychology 7.5/10 For the majority of last century, accidents and preventable injuries were on the decline. This was due to increased innovation, safety measures and […]

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass Stripes January 2017 Paperback, $14.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade 8/10 In the maze-like dungeons of Castle Grotteskew, the frightfully insane Professor Erasmus conducts his bizarre experiments on living things. His very first creation has been long forgotten – a small, almost-human creature, known only as Stitch […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery Quercus July 2016 Paperback, $17.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Young Adult / Contemporary / Personal & Social Issues 5/10 “They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing […]

Natalie's Top Reads of 2017

Natalie’s Top Reads of 2017

In 2017 I continued with my resolution to read more than the previous year. My reading habits in 2017 were no doubt informed by the fact that I ended a long-term relationship. This meant I found myself drawn to books that were about bettering yourself as well as topics like: sex, human psychology, relationships and […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić

BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić

BOOK REVIEW: The Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love in 203 Everyday Objects by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić Orion Publishing Co. November 2017 Hardcover, $39.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Arts & Entertainment / History of Art & Design Styles > Art from 1900 to Current 8/10 For anyone who has ever […]

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss We are living in a world where the rates of obesity continue to climb. At the same time more and more of us are going on diets as a way to combat this issue. But what if we were actually dieting ourselves fatter? Dr Nick Fuller […]

BOOK REVIEW: Interval Weight Loss - How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way - One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time by Dr Nick Fuller Random House Australia August 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health / Fitness & Diet 7/10 The world is dieting itself fat. This […]

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin

BOOK REVIEW: Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin Sphere January 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell General Fiction / Romance / Humour / Speculative 7/10 Don’t tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people.  (Machines aren’t supposed to have favourites. Don’t ask me how this has happened.) Jen is sad. Aiden wants […]

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked - Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson

BOOK REVIEW: F*cked – Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed by Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson Little, Brown Book Group October 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Family & Health / Family & Relationships / Sex & Sexuality 9/10 We live in a world where sex is ubiquitous, […]

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