June 2018 was the longest sci-fi/fantasy month I’ve had to date. This year I decided to tackle the young adult favourite and bestseller from Sarah J Maas, the Throne of Glass series. Having heard nothing but praise of it from friends, colleagues and critics, I thought that the time had properly come to read … More Throne of Glass series
I’ve worked for Dymocks for many years now, and it’s a highlight every year when the annual top 101 list is released. Dymocks asks its beloved Booklover members what their favourite books are – any book from any genre and any time! – and compiles them into a list of 101. Every year it’s a … More Dymocks Top 101 list for 2018
Whilst reading Andre Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name (2007), I was not only transported to coastal Italy by way of its beautiful language, but I was also immediately struck by its similarity to two other books that I had read recently. I’m going to frame this comparison immediately by saying that the similarity is … More Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman/Tin Man by Sarah Winman
Nicole Hayes is one of my favourite Australian authors. This is due to two main factors – the first, that she is a magnificent writer who manages to capture emotion so well that I have often found myself nodding with recognition when reading her works. The second is that she is also a diehard footy … More Nicole Hayes
The year is 2018. And yet, the two biggest sellers in the true crime genre remain, to this day, books about murders that happened well over 40 years ago respectively. They are both notorious as the standard to which all other true crime books are measured, and they are still just as frightening, evocative and … More In Cold Blood by Truman Capote/Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
And just like that, 2017 has come and gone. I remember opening this exact piece last year with a lamentation on how horrendous a year 2016 had been, what with the passing of so many legends and the foreshadowing of the political climate. Unfortunately, 2017 was not much of an improvement on this front. In … More Top five reads of 2017!
It’s the time of the year again where spooky is in vogue – there are blockbuster Stephen King films and television series, pumpkins and ghouls are in shopfronts everywhere and, perhaps most frighteningly of all, the countdown to Christmas is officially on. So what better time to write about some of the scarier books I’ve … More Halloween special: terrifying books