The Dalai Lama's Cat - David Michie - a comfort read. A delightful read of enlightenment that I wanted never to end.

"The Dalai Lama's Cat: a novel. (The Dalai Lama's Cat David Michie

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - a book by a Canadian author. Very powerful and suspenseful. Loved it. 5 stars.  susp

Booktopia has The Handmaid's Tale, Vintage Classics by Margaret Atwood. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Handmaid's Tale online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman - a book released as a film in 2017. A very touching portrait of a woman in intensely difficult times. Interesting for many reasons, not least the spotlight on Nazi philosophy regarding animals. Well written, suspenseful in the final third. 4 stars.

The Zookeeper's Wife - Diane Ackerman - book to film, US release date March

New Boy - Tracy Chevalier - a literary YA novel. A powerful retelling of Othello, successfully transposed to the world of the 6th class playground. The adult knowingness of the child characters would normally have me gagging but, in this case, I was completely convinced of these beautifully nuanced, perfectly drawn pre-teens and the spiral of events that envelops them to create a gripping psychological drama. 5 stars.

New Boy - Tracy Chevalier - a literary YA novel. A powerful retelling of Othello, successfully transposed to the world of the 6th class playground. The adult knowingness of the child characters would normally have me gagging but, in this case, I was completely convinced of these beautifully nuanced, perfectly drawn pre-teens and the spiral of events that envelops them to create a gripping psychological drama. 5 stars.

The High Places - Fiona McFarlane - set aside as a holiday read. #stellaprizelonglist. Very good 🙂

The High Places - Fiona McFarlane - set aside as a holiday read.

Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai - a verse novel. Loved it. 5 stars.

This Newbery Honor Book is poetic, moving and uplifting. It is an autobiographical novel told in free verse about Ha's family's flight from Saigon and resettlement in Alabama in the It is a beautifully rendered book.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - a murder mystery (of sorts). Very good. 4 stars.

Booktopia has Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Marquez 2014 by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Buy a discounted Paperback of Chronicle of a Death Foretold online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

The Martian - Andy Weir - a book with a reputation as a page turner. Mediocre writing and characterisation, great story (so, yes, a page turner it was). Sometimes the science was fascinating, at other times just tedious. 3 stars.

The Martian - Andy Weir - a book with a reputation as a page turner. Mediocre writing and characterisation, great story (so, yes, a page turner it was). Sometimes the science was fascinating, at other times just tedious. 3 stars.

Earth And Ashes - Atiq Rahimi - a book translated to English

Earth And Ashes - Atiq Rahimi - a book translated to English

History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund - a book I'd take to a desert island. Fantastic read. 5 stars.

Booktopia has History of Wolves, Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize by Emily Fridlund. Buy a discounted Paperback of History of Wolves online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

The Boy on the Wooden Box - Leon Leyson - a book set during wartime. Leyson was one of the youngest Jews of Oscar Schindler's famous 'list'. Leyson's story of survival is both remarkable and immediate, the best holocaust story written for kids I've yet encountered. 5 stars.

Booktopia has The Boy on the Wooden Box, How the Impossible Became Possible . on Schindler's List by Leon Leyson. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Boy on the Wooden Box online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories - Emma Bridgewater - a beautifully designed book. Very enjoyable. 4 stars

Toast & Marmalade and Other Stories - Emma Bridgewater - a beautifully designed book. Very enjoyable.

The Rifle - Gary Paulson - a children’s book

The Rifle - Gary Paulson - a children’s book

We Should All be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - a book that doesn’t fit any other category (non-fiction #2)

We Should All be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - a book that doesn’t fit any other category (non-fiction #2)

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