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Review: The Best of Us – Joyce Maynard

As a book blogger, it’s hard not to feel like a broken record at times. As much as I like to think of myself as something of a wordsmith, there are only so many adjectives and phrases one can use to describe a book – compelling; a page turner; beautifully written, evocative, atmospheric. While the […]

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Review: 10% Happier – Dan Harris

10% Happier

Meditation is something I’ve been trying – and for the most part failing – to incorporate into my life since I first began my yoga teacher training, almost two years ago. Given the somewhat turbulent events of this year, I’ve tried my best to turn to meditation in the darker times I’ve gone through; times […]

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Review: The Corrections – Jonathan Frazen

Prior to moving to LA, I asked my Facebook and Twitter family for some American literary recommendations. An ex-colleague of mine suggested I read Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, and so when I happened upon a copy in my local bookshop in Bondi I quickly added it to my LA reading pile. A tale fraught with […]

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Review: The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

As a voracious reader on a never ending mission to become the best read person I know, I often partake in mindless online quizzes with titles such as 30 books you should read by the time you’re 30, or 300 books everyone should read before they die, only to discover that despite having read insatiably for the best […]

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Review: Behold The Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue

Prior to moving to LA I decided to deidcate the reading time I had while residing in California to nothing but American Lit. The rules around what constituted as falling under said category were fairly loose – as long as it was either written by an American, or set in America it could make my […]

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Review: Barbarian Days – William Finnegan

I first heard about William Finnegan’s surfing memoir Barbarian Days when one of my very favourite authors, Emylia Hall, recommended it to me. I’d read and adored her novel The Sea Between Us; which was set on Cornwall’s rugged coastline and was a tale of surf and sand and love and loss and she later […]

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Review: The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve read four of Elizabeth Gilbert’s previous books – Eat Pray Love, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Big Magic and The Last American Man, but The Signature of All Things – long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Prize – is the first novel of hers I’ve read. As Gilbert’s first work of fiction for over […]

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Review: A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance

I’ve been recommended Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance many-a-time over the past few years. Firstly by a friend Laura who I interned with at the beginning of my time in London, then by one of my best friend’s Sarah, who was taught English by Mistry’s wife when living in Tortonto; and lastly by my friend […]

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Review: Little Deaths – Emma Flint

Back in February when my mum and step-dad visited me in Sydney from the UK, I had got in touch with a number of book publicists back home who I knew from my book blogging days in London. Despite having lived in Sydney for almost two years now, I still try to keep abreast of […]

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Review: The Dry – Jane Harper

The Dry is one of those books that I had seen almost everywhere prior to actually reading it myself. I remember seeing someone reading it at a hotel in Seminyak, then again at the airport in Malaysia; on the tube in London and finally on the plane back o Australia. And so, on returning to […]

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