Archive | December 2015

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Bossypants

Bossypants by Tina Fey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Just what I needed after the angst of Bring Up the Bodies! This is light and funny, with interesting insights into the American entertainment industry and politics. Fey doesn’t go into a huge amount of detail about the angst in her life. I suspect that […]

Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel My rating: 3 of 5 stars Not as good as Wolf Hall. Way too repetitive, both within this book and from Wolf Hall. That said, Thomas Cromwell is a great character. Unscrupulously scrupulous, droll, dry, pragmatic and a survivor (so far), his voice is clear from the first […]

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel My rating: 5 of 5 stars Although I wouldn’t consider myself a reader of historical fiction, when I do read then I generally enjoy them a lot (see my review of Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth).This is a fascinating look at a pivotal time in England’s history. Henry VIII is […]

If You Could Be Mine

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan My rating: 3 of 5 stars I wanted to love this book. Sara Farizan was at Reading Matters in Melbourne this year, and she was entertaining, and funny, and heart-felt, and wonderful. But the main character, Sahar, drove me nuts with her lack of confidence and blind […]

Book Review of Butter by WellofLostPlots

Originally posted on Welloflostplots:
I read this in just over 24 hours – compelling reading. ‘Butter’ is a teenage boy in his final year of schooling who weighs over 400 pounds. ┬áHe is socially isolated, preferring instead to play his saxophone and talk online under a screen name. After one final incident of bullying at…