Sunday, 23 November 2014

30 days of books - the invention of wings

Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings, set in 19th century America, begins when Sarah Grimke is given a slave on the occasion of her eleventh birthday.  Sarah's reaction - and the events that follow - shape both girls' futures in a heartbreaking tale of slavery, friendship and prejudice.  I loved so many things about this novel and it is another of my favourite all-time reads - I seem to have accrued a number of them this year which is exciting in itself!  This is a must for any reader - just wonderful!

PS You may have noticed I've skipped a couple of days - woops!  It's that time of year!

PPS Image via here and collage via Picmonkey

Friday, 21 November 2014

30 days of books for christmas - the signature of all things

Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things is up there with one of my top reads for 2014.  Please don't shy away from this if Eat, Pray, Love wasn't your thing - this is a different book entirely and one worthy of your consideration.  The novel features the Whittaker family and its journey from rags to riches, from London to the Southern Hemisphere, America to Amsterdam and more.  It is exquisitely written and tender-hearted at its core.  A fabulous read.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

30 days of books for christmas - the good house

Hildy Good is a recovering alcoholic, fresh out of rehab where she was sent following an intervention by her daughters.  A witty and acerbic narrator, we see her continue to slip (through cleverly written prose) and the ramifications for those around her.  I fell in love with The Good House from almost the first line in the novel and enjoyed seeing Hildy's interactions out in the world - cringeworthy though they may be at times.  Ann Leary's novel is funny, dark and complicated.  A must read this Christmas.

PS Image via here (US cover) and collage via Picmonkey.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

30 days of books for Christmas - the last days of rabbit hayes

Rabbit Hayes is dying.  With only days left in the world, her family and friends gather around to laugh, love and reminisce about a life well lived.  Anna McPartlin's The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes was a novel I fell in love with straight away, wanted to read and lap up all in one, but also wanted to savour it as long as I could.  While it's an enormously sad book, it is filled with humour too - the out loud, snorting kind of laughter, particularly in reaction to the comments made by Rabbit's mother Molly, who says exactly what is on her mind.

A beautiful Christmas gift for anyone who loves reading - and pop a copy in the stocking for yourself - it's a keeper!

PS Cover image via here and collage via Picmonkey.

Monday, 17 November 2014

30 days of books for christmas - the mapmaker chronicles

Allison Tait's The Mapmaker Chronicles - Race to the end of the world landed in our house to much excitement.  I've interviewed Allison here on the blog and couldn't wait to get my hands on the first of this trilogy - not just for me, but for the whole family.  My son Tom, aged 11, was hooked right from the start and has already begged that we get the rest of the series (as they become available.)

Who better than to recommend the book than its ideal reader?!  Over to Tom:

The Mapmaker Chronicles - Race to the end of the world is a great book for all those adventurers out there who enjoy a bit of medieval action. The story is about this young boy named Quinn who gets appointed for a quest to make a map in a race around the world. His crew come across fire-breathing creatures at sea, cannibals, treacherous enemies and fearsome storms along the way. They are put to the test to come up with the best map in the quickest amount of time. But, will they succeed?

This is, without a doubt, the best christmas present for your children over the summer holidays because they will absolutely adore it!

Now if that's not a call to go out and buy the book, I don't know what is!  Enjoy!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

30 days of books for christmas - the tea chest

You'd almost buy Josephine Moon's novel just for the cover, it's that beautiful!  Featuring Kate Fullerton, tea designer and co-owner of The Tea Chest who flies to London to open a new store.  Leaving her husband and young family in Australia was hard enough, but when she arrives in England, there are many more problems to face.  A lovely read - a story of hope, love and friendships which will put you right in the spirit of things for the Festive Season.  According to Josephine Moon's website, her second novel, The Chocolate Promise, will be out in April, so you request it Christmas 2015!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

30 days of books for Christmas - confessions of a qantas flight attendant

Owen Beddall's Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant is the perfect Christmas gift for someone keen to get the scoop on life inside the airlines.  The ups and downs, ins and outs, gossip, tales tall and true - this memoir has it all.  The glamorous life Beddall envisaged up in the air was, in reality, hard slog through numerous timezones, eventually taking its toll on even the most seasoned of flight attendants.  A world of intense politics, you will never look at your airline staff the same way again.  This is a must for the Christmas stocking - and if it's not yours, make sure you give it to someone who will pass it your way when they're finished reading!

PS Cover image via here and collage made through