Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is funny, clever and has a big heart.

It's one of the best books I've read in a long time.

It tells the story of Don Tillman, a university professor, and his quest to find the ideal wife. 

Along comes Rosie, an unsuitable match, who threatens to throw his carefully scheduled life into disarray. 

Early on it becomes apparent that Don has Asperger’s syndrome and it is fascinating to see the world through his eyes. While I’m not sure what sort of research author Graeme Simsion did for this book and how accurate his depiction is of Asperger’s, he has given me a greater appreciation for people with autism.

Simsion also uses humour to great effect but in a respectful way. Don’s literal perspective on life provides many laughs – look out for his Standardised Meal Plan.

Thank you to Sarah and Bronte for recommending this book to me.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review - Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick


The most wonderful thing has happened. I’ve become a mum. My husband and I celebrated the arrival of our little boy in March. We love him to bits.

To mark the occasion, this recommendation is a book about the fun and games of parenting – Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

Amber is the mother of two young boys and author of a very funny blog, www.crappypictures.com, where she shares her stories about the humorous side of parenting, illustrated with (crappy) hand drawn pictures.

I first subscribed to this blog long before I ever became pregnant, I was so amused by Amber’s tales of sleepless nights, child logic and endless poo. I often laugh out loud when I read it.

If you haven’t encountered Amber’s blog, you can find it here. It’s worth a read and will give you an idea as to what her book is about.

Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures isn’t a novel but a collection of Amber’s tales of parenting, similar to what you can find on her blog.

If you’ve ever spent any time around kids, you’ll appreciate this book. It would make a good gift for a new or seasoned mum.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review - The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Have you ever experienced this dilemma? 

One of your favourite authors releases a new book. You buy it. 

It sits on your bedside table, calling out to you. All you want to do is read it. 

But you know that once you do, you’ll have a long wait until the author’s next book comes along.  

Do you read it now or savour the anticipation for as long as possible? 

I tried my best to hold out when Kate Morton released The Secret Keeper. I lasted eight weeks.  

As discussed previously on this blog, I love Kate Morton’s books and The Secret Keeper is no exception. 

The story starts in 1960s England when sixteen year-old Laurel sees her mother commit a shocking crime. 

Fifty years later, Laurel attempts to unravel the events which led to that day. 

In typical Kate Morton fashion it’s a tale of mystery, relationships and long-held family secrets. 

The story travels back and forth in time between the present day and 1940s London during the Second World War and the Blitz. 

Kate Morton is a beautiful storyteller. The Secret Keeper is an intriguing story which kept me guessing, if not to the last page, then fairly close to the end. 

If you have not yet read The Secret Keeper – or any of Kate Morton’s books – and still have the opportunity to experience them for the first time, I envy you. 

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review - The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

I haven’t cried this much over a book in a long time. 

Set in the 1920s, The Light Between Oceans tells the story of lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel, who live on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia. 

One day a small rowboat washes up to shore. 

It contains the body of a dead man and a crying baby. 

Having suffered a series of miscarriages, Tom and Isabel decide to raise the child as their own. 

As the story plays out, the consequences of their decision unfold. 

My book cover describes The Light Between Oceans as “story of right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same”. 

It’s also about parental love and loss, choice and the consequences of our decisions. 

There’s a lot of moral ambiguity in The Light Between Oceans which makes it all the more heartbreaking. I felt so sad for the characters as I tried to figure out whether Stedman could give them all a happy ending. 

True, I am currently six months pregnant and my emotions are in overdrive (probably not the best time to be reading about miscarriages and infertility). 

But if you’re a parent, parent-to-be or have ever been faced with the prospect of being unable to have children, it would be difficult not to be affected by this book. 

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