‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’: a fun and simple read

Many TikTok users will know that when you open the app, the first posts you see are from BookTok. A very popular subsection, fans of reading meet with their reading lists, reviews and reactions for books old and new. BookTok has now overflowed into bookstores, with the trending stories online now mirrored by book sellers. Topping the charts recently has been ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’ by V. E. SchwabContinue reading‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue’: a fun and simple read

Could ‘Termination Shock’ become our new reality?

New York Times best-selling author Neal Stephenson introduces you to ‘Termination Shock’. A dystopian world where global warming is in full force, COVID-19 has now become COVID-27 and testing procedures have become the social norm. ‘Termination Shock’ opens with one of the main characters Saskia arriving in Texas in a small private plane. She immediately faces the consequences of global warming. The characters could land their plane in Houston, Texas, but would not be able to fly out again due to the heat wave breaks.Continue readingCould ‘Termination Shock’ become our new reality?

‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ proves it’s never too late for any of us

We all have moments where we wonder what’s the point? We’re on the hamster wheel of life, running around day in and day out, pushing our boundaries to attempt to get somewhere but often it feels we are stuck. Frozen in the same place as yesterday which makes us question, well everything. The Owl’s Lila Greyling received the book ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ as a birthday present and felt obligated to read it, and she’s glad she did.Continue reading‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ proves it’s never too late for any of us

‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’: not worth the hype

Through TikTok, many authors have found new popularity, and topping that list is Taylor Jenkins-Reid. She first found fame when her novel ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’ made its way onto BookTok. This book didn’t reach mainstream attention until 2019, when it was announced that the story rights were sold to Freeform two years after the book’s release. Since then, it has blown up and topped book charts around the world, with any of Taylor Jenkins-Reid’s new releases immediately joining that list. It is even being made into a Netflix movie.Continue reading‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’: not worth the hype

Life a bit too much? Trent Dalton’s ‘Love Stories’ is the perfect reprieve

Love, the common denominator of the wild existence we find ourselves in. You surely love someone, or something, or somewhere – we love boldly, with anticipation. It’s the tsunami and the undercurrent, the flower and dirt, the sun and the rain. It’s an equaliser – and it’s the core of Trent Dalton’s latest offering, ‘Love Stories’.Continue readingLife a bit too much? Trent Dalton’s ‘Love Stories’ is the perfect reprieve

‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is a book you should definitely read

What a belter of a two years, hey? COVID has well and truly kicked us in the guts and changed the lives of so many. ‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is the latest offering from Lori Gottlieb, a New York Times bestselling author. The tag line says it all – it’s constructed around her work as a therapist, her experiences with her own therapist, and the stories that unravel and reveal our lives.Continue reading‘Maybe you should talk to someone’ is a book you should definitely read

Why ‘On Reckoning’ is a must read this election season

On the cusp of a federal election, it’s easy to get swept up in the many policy updates, promises, and scandals that have shaped this tumultuous election period. One of these is Parliament’s turbulent history with sexual assault and harassment. The desperate need for systemic change – highlighted by the likes of Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame, cannot be ignored. Amy Remeikis’ ‘On Reckoning’ is an integral read for this election season – and a powerful one at that. Women are angry. We were angry during 2021, when sexual assault and harassment allegations rocked Parliament to its core, and that anger has not dissipated.Continue readingWhy ‘On Reckoning’ is a must read this election season

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’, and why it doesn’t need to exist

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ is the fourth book in the incredibly popular ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series, and would have been better off in the bin. Too harsh? The Owl’s Sara Garrity argues that this book’s existence is unnecessary and that it should just have been an extra 30 pages at the end of the one that came before.Continue reading‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’, and why it doesn’t need to exist

Ten minutes with Amy Remeikis, author of ‘On Reckoning’

With all that occurred through 2021 – those historic allegations made by Brittany Higgins at the beginning, and the year of turbulence and ‘reckoning’ that followed – Amy Remeikis felt a rage so personal, so weighty, that it poured out of her, spilling into the pages of her latest offering. ‘On Reckoning’ is part of the ‘On’ series by Hachette Australia, where journalists and other writers from across Australia focus ‘On’ a theme that is important to them.Continue readingTen minutes with Amy Remeikis, author of ‘On Reckoning’

‘Snowflake’ – an exploration of one’s first, terrifying steps towards adulthood

Louise Nealon’s ‘Snowflake’, published as her debut novel in 2021, is a story with no antagonist, or curse that’s shadowing over the land. It’s portrayed as an ordinary story revolving around an average girl who goes through the same thing so many of us need to go through, eventually shifting into university studies. Despite this ordinary premise, I think this book is magical as well. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book where I’ve felt as seen and represented as this. By the time I finished reading this book, I felt like it was a story written precisely for me. I believe that a lot of university students would view this story in the same way too.Continue reading‘Snowflake’ – an exploration of one’s first, terrifying steps towards adulthood