Let It Go: Old Makeup and Use By Dates

I did a little clean out lately, and took a quick look at my makeup kit. I thought, I’m always buying little bits, I must be up to date, right? Well, don’t judge me, but the products in the picture above I brought with me from Australia. When I moved here. In 2009! Gross. I…

Nerd Alert: I Wear Glasses Now

OK, they’re actually just for seeing more distant things, so I won’t be wearing them all the time. But it makes me laugh because it means when I’m watching a movie, I have to wear them. So now I’m a card carrying movie nerd. lol. I’ve always thought that glasses were pretty stylish, so I’m…

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

It seems like there is a glut of books now where two parallel narratives in two times link up to solve the mysteries of the other, one being in the past and the other being in the present. It feels like it’s own genre, perhaps. One of the finest examples of this is Sebastian Barry’s…

The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

I think everyone has heard of Liane Moriarty by now. Her books are huge bestsellers and are being adapted into movies and TV series. I think what makes her so enjoyable is that though she writes about serious subjects, she remains grounded, and often though her books look at complex problems, there’s always a balance…

A Want Of Kindness by Joanne Limburg

Opening on her childhood, this book tells the story of Anne, the niece of the King of England in the 1600’s, up til she takes the throne herself in the line of succession. She’s a woman aware of her place, who loves her older, bossy sister Mary and who has been raised a protestant, in…

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I picked this up because I really like books like Like Water For Chocolate, stories that have a hint of magic, but that are otherwise kind of about everyday life. (Magic realism is one of our favourite genres). Rose Edelstein is turning 9 when her mother makes her a beautiful lemon cake with chocolate icing.…

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Alice Blackwell is America’s First Lady, wife of the US President. But first, she was Alice Lindgren, a normal American girl. She grew up in the suburbs, with her parents, an only child, and her grandmother, an outspoken woman who loved to read. She experienced tragedy early, and went on to become a librarian at…

Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson

Ruby Lennox narrates this story of her life and her family. Funny, startling and often sad, she is the child of a woman who doesn’t want kids, and a father who cheats. The book also slips backwards in time to take in the lives of her ancestors and the events that shaped their lives. The…