Category Archives: Books

FREEBIE FRIDAY! Win “Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley” collector’s item book

Freebie Friday: Win a collector's item Mickey Mouse book: Race to Death ValleySPONSORED POST: I’m giving away FIVE copies of the super cool coffee table book Mickey Mouse: Race to Death Valley by Floyd Gottfredson. These books are not available for purchase in Australia and are valued at $50 each. Tres chic, oui? So, how to get your hands on your very own copy…

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Sunrise, coffee and more 50 Shades of Grey sex talk

So this morning I – with some girlfriends of mine – appeared on Seven’s Sunrise to discuss some highbrow literature. OK, OK, it wasn’t so much highbrow as brow raising. We were discussing the publishing phenomenon 50 Shades of Grey.  Yes, again.

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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (trilogy)

The book buzz at the moment is the resurgence of erotica for the chick lit genre. It’s all because of one little trilogy – Fifty Shades. The three books are Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Mia Freedman talked about them a while ago so I thought I’d have a look-see at just how naughty this erotica could really be. My, oh my. It was an eye-opener. So, deep breath. Ready? Let’s do this thing.

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Review: The Conflict (Or my view of motherhood vs a French feminist’s view)

Me with my kidsI never doubted that I wanted to be a mother. It was part of my life plan from when I was old enough to push dolls around in toy prams. Motherhood was my true north, my guiding light throughout my teens and my 20s, the thing I knew I was destined to do and that I would be really good at. Lately, however, as I observe the sun setting on my 30s, I’ve been wondering why I was so certain, so determined to follow this path, because it is definitely not what I thought it would be. And I’m starting to suspect I actually suck at it.

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A modern girl needs a modern fairytale

A modern girlAt a time when the nation is led by a woman, and the state of Queensland is also led by a woman, it seems patently absurd to me that the fairytales I read my daughter are populated by passive damsels in distress waiting to be rescued by Prince Charming. And I wonder whether the fairytales or the news images hold more sway over her image of women.

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Book Club performance anxiety and top tips

I’ve joined a book club. It’s been one of my new long-held dreams. Before I joined I imagined I’d be involved with animated conversations about character motivation, plot holes and defending disappointing endings. And while we’ve only had one gathering so far (to discuss The Book Thief) the reality is very close to my idealised imaginary book club. But soon it will be my turn to pick a book and I’m a wee tad nervous. Continue reading