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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

| 16 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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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

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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

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

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

Steph’s Best Reads of 2017

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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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

| 14 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

BOOK REVIEW: Stitch Head by Guy Bass

| 13 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Book by Lara Avery

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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Natalie’s Top Reads of 2017

Natalie’s Top Reads of 2017

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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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

| 12 January 2018 | 1 Reply

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 […]

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INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

INTERVIEW: Dr Nick Fuller, author of Interval Weight Loss

| 12 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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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

| 12 January 2018 | 1 Reply

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 […]

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

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

| 10 January 2018 | Reply

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 […]

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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

| 10 January 2018 | 1 Reply

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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BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

| 8 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor – The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Lothian Children’s Books October 2017 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Middle Grade / Fantasy / Adventure 7/10   A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but […]

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BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot

| 3 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: #single by Lost the Plot Lost the Plot November 2017 Hardcover, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Humour / Non-Fiction 7/10 A collection of online dating conversations. From bad pick-up lines to death threats and awkward sex-capades #single is a hilarious snapshot of some of the most ridiculous real-life online dating conversations. “Definitely giving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward

| 2 January 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Build the Dragon by Dugald Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel and John Woodward Walker Books November 2017 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Children / Activity Books / Reference 9/10 This interactive guide features dragons from around the globe. It comes with a tuck box containing precut pieces to build a beautifully artworked […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

| 31 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Corsair November 2017 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Literary Fiction / Speculative 3/10 The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell

| 26 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: A Timeline of Australian Food – From Mutton to MasterChef by Jan O’Connell NewSouth Publishing December 2017 Paperback, $34.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / Regional & National History / Australasian & Pacific History 7/10 Australians all let us rejoice for we live in a foodie paradise. On any given day […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell

| 25 December 2017 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless Women Everyone Should Know by Hannah Jewell Hodder & Stoughton November 2017 Paperback, $32.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / History / General & World History / Feminism 7/10 Hannah Jewell is a former BuzzFeed writer you might know from such viral […]

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COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young

| 20 December 2017 | Reply

COOKBOOK REVIEW: THE LITTLE LIBRARY COOKBOOK by Kate Young Head Of Zeus/Harper Collins Australia 1 October 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 All fans of books – which should include everyone, alright – will relish the sensation of reading about a meal enjoyed or prepared by the characters that are so engaging them […]

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