“Witness”: A Review of Louise Milligan’s Investigations into the Human Costs for Seeking Justice
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“Witness”: A Review of Louise Milligan’s Investigations into the Human Costs for Seeking Justice


This book is not easy to read. It is harrowing and it made me extremely emotional and it even made me cry. With that said, I also feel that this book is extremely important and desperately needed – not just for the Australian criminal justice system, but for many countries the world over. Continue reading

Literary Olympics: The best literary fiction books of 2020-2021
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Literary Olympics: The best literary fiction books of 2020-2021


The Olympics just finished up in Tokyo, Japan. It has been, to say the very least, a very strange time. On the one hand, my brain can’t seem to comprehend that we even had an Olympics given the current state of the world right now, and then, on the other hand, I also understand the importance of having something ‘normal’.

With all that said, I wanted to have some light-hearted fun and do the 2020-2021 Book Olympics! Continue reading

Book Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman: Loneliness, loss, and making friends
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Book Review of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman: Loneliness, loss, and making friends


Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This helps keep this small independent blog going. The opening of Gail Honeyman’s novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has a quote from Olivia Laing’s book Lonely City, which I … Continue reading

A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living
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A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living


Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This helps keep this small independent blog going. This is one of those times where I bought the book because the cover was just too beautiful. Despite the old saying … Continue reading

Review of “The Coconut Children” by Vivian Pham: immigrant voices in Australian literature
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Review of “The Coconut Children” by Vivian Pham: immigrant voices in Australian literature


Sonny and Vince find each other in the chaos of trying to unpack their parents’ struggles and traumas as well as navigating the two worlds of Vietnamese culture and Australian culture. And possibly even a third culture – Vietnamese Australian identity. It is a beautiful and bittersweet teenage love that just had me sighing and clutching my heart. Continue reading

Me Too Novels: “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” Review
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Me Too Novels: “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” Review


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Me Too movement, founded by Tarana Burke, which was a grass roots movement that addressed sexual assault and rape culture, has also found its way into contemporary novels and films. The … Continue reading

Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia
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Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. About a Girl was written by Rebekah Robertson about her experiences as a mother of twins, and as a mother of a trans daughter. Although this goes beyond being just a memoir. … Continue reading