General chit chat, Giveaways

Pregnancy Update and Hand Typed Bookmark Giveaway (ends Sep 21st)

So it's been some time since I chatted about anything but books on my blog, and even that has been rather sparse! Though I have been reading a steady stream of books, I have only reviewed a small portion of them. With my pregnancy progressing well and an inevitable 'blog hiatus' on the horizon I… Continue reading Pregnancy Update and Hand Typed Bookmark Giveaway (ends Sep 21st)

Guest Posts

Guest Blog Wednesdays with Rainy Kaye

This week on Guest Blog Wednesdays at The Australian Bookshelf we are joined by Rainy Kaye, from the popular blog promotion and information site Rainy of the Dark. This guest post will shed some light on Rainy's views about what can make or break a book when it comes to a blurb. Welcome Rainy! 3… Continue reading Guest Blog Wednesdays with Rainy Kaye

Book reviews

Book Review- Wanting

Richard Flanagan- Wanting (2008)  Wanting is an award-winning novel: Winner of the 2009 QLD Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction Winner of the 2008 WA Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction 2008 New Yorker Notable Book 2008 Library Journal Notable Book 2008 London Observer Book of the Year Richard Flanagan is a Tasmanian born author who has… Continue reading Book Review- Wanting

Book reviews

Book Review- Tuscan Secrets

Marlena de Blasi- Tuscan Secrets (2004) Tuscan Secrets is the sequel to de Blasi’s first Italian adventure, A Thousand Days in Venice. After selling their Venetian home and her husband Fernando resigning from his banking job, he and Marlena head south in search of a home in San Casciano, a small Tuscan town. They settle… Continue reading Book Review- Tuscan Secrets

Book reviews

Book Review- The Finkler Question

Howard Jacobson- The Finkler Question (2010) Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010 I’m not quite sure how to describe this story. I’m don't really know what I   was expecting but I was a little surprised of where Jacobson took me… Julian Treslove is a former BBC employee who has since drifted from job to job and woman… Continue reading Book Review- The Finkler Question

Book reviews

Book Review- Red Dust

Fleur McDonald- Red Dust (2009)      I was unsure whether I would enjoy an outback romance novel but since I am a huge fan of ‘Farmer wants a wife’ on television I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and engaging Australian read and… Continue reading Book Review- Red Dust

Book reviews

Book Review- Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes- Under the Tuscan Sun (1996)   Mayes shares a wonderfully written travel memoir that will draw you in and have you fantasizing about your next overseas adventure. Mayes is a poet, cook and travel writer who creates a story that fuses these talents beautifully with eloquent language, delectable recipes and a fascinating insight… Continue reading Book Review- Under the Tuscan Sun

Challenges, General chit chat

New Year Reading Resolution 2011

I vow to challenge my reading repertoire in the year 2011 by choosing books by new authors, classics I’ve always wanted to read, literary award winners or those short listed and new genres! As my day job tends to be mentally and emotionally draining, I do tend to drift towards novels considered light reading- lots… Continue reading New Year Reading Resolution 2011

Book reviews

Book Review- A Taste For It

Monica McInerney- A Taste For It (2006) Maura Carmody is a headstrong, talented chef who runs a charming little restaurant and winery with her brother in Adelaide’s Lorikeet Hill. When the opportunity arises for Maura to travel to Ireland for four weeks promoting Australian wines and food, Maura takes on the challenge with a newfound… Continue reading Book Review- A Taste For It

Book reviews

Book Review- Handbags and Gladrags

Maggie Alderson- Handbags and Gladrags (2004) Emily Pointer is a fashion stylist who leads a celebrity lifestyle. From fashion shows in Milan to designer clothes and an enviable husband, Emily seems to have it all. But underneath all the glamour and superficiality, she struggles with some deep dark secrets. Then one night she meets hunky… Continue reading Book Review- Handbags and Gladrags