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Book Review: Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales #AWW2019 Port Arthur Massacre, How The Universe Works, Welcome On Board, Core Beliefs, Ordinary Day, What Is Coming, Book Show, Book Reviews

Book Review: Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales #AWW2019 - Sanch Writes

In 2014, journalist Leigh Sales was eight months pregnant when she suffered a uterine rupture and came close to death. Her marriage broke down later and there were other complications with her older son. In the same year, professionally, she covered two major stories – the Lindt cafe siege in Sydney and cricketer Phil Hughes’ sudden death on the field. This prompted her to delve further into blindsides, grief and resilience. How do people deal with the shit that life can throw at them? How…

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Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Connell and Marianne go to the same school in a small town in the west of Ireland. While Marianne is an outcast, Connell is popular. While Marianne is wealthy, Connell’s mother is their cleaner. Th…

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Book Review: What I like about me by Jenna Guillaume #AWW2019 - Sanch Writes

Sixteen-year-old Maisie Martin is not going to have the summer of her life. For one thing, it’s the first time her dad won’t be spending the Christmas holidays with the family because he’s too busy working. Then, her older sister, Eva who she really dislikes will be joining them from Melbourne along with her new girlfriend, Bess. Her mum is in a mood and Maisie is fairly sure there’s something not quite right between her parents. Her best friend Anna is going to be joining them on their…

Book Review: The Last time we say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Instagram Review, Welcome On Board, Saying Goodbye, If I Stay, The Last Time, Stand By Me, Book Reviews

Book Review: The Last time we say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand - Sanch Writes

Sixteen-year-old Ty has killed himself. His older sister Alexis Riggs, almost 18, is trying to come to terms with this. Before Ty died, Lexie was happy. She had a boyfriend. She was doing well at school. She had a family that was almost whole {despite her dad leaving them a few years ago and starting one of his own}. And she had friends who didn’t look at her like she would break. Now though, she is the girl whose brother killed himself. But worst of all, for Lexie, is the secret she holds…

Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty #AWW2018 Liane Moriarty, Perfect Strangers, Big Little Lies, New Wife, Romance Authors, Previous Life, Ex Husbands, Book Reviews, The Help

Book Review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty #AWW2018

Frances Welty, a romance author, arrives at Tranquillum House against her better judgement for a ten-day retreat. She is nursing a bruised ego following a relationship break-up of sorts and a bad b…

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman Taken For Granted, Good Books, This Book, Writing, How To Plan, Book Reviews, Great Books, A Letter, Writing Process

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman - Sanch Writes

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She is thirty years old and leads a simple life. She has had the same job since she finished university, wears the same clothes to work each day, eats the same meal for lunch and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink each weekend. She knows her co-workers make fun of her but she it doesn’t bother her.She is completely fine and finds nothing lacking in her routine life. Until one day, things don’t exactly go to plan and an act of kindness towards a random stranger…

Book Review: Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng Black Sheep Of The Family, Difficult Children, Chinese American, Birth Mother, American Baby, Teenage Daughters, Modern Love, Free Ebooks, How To Find Out

Book Review: Little fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

Shaker Heights is a perfect suburb in Cleveland where everything is meticulously planned right from the layout of the streets and the length of the grass to the successful and conformist lives the …

Book Review: The Fall by Tristan Bancks All Alone, Book Reviews, Family Life, My Books, It Hurts, Shit Happens, Writing, Fall, Autumn

Book Review: The Fall by Tristan Bancks

Almost thirteen-year-old Sam is woken in the middle of the night by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to check out what’s happening, hears a struggle, and sees a bo…

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Book Review: The Choke by Sofie Laguna #AWW2018

Ten-year-old Justine Lee lives with her grandfather, Pop, near the banks of the Murray River. Abandoned by her biological mother and having a father who is hardly ever around, Justine only has her …

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Book Review: See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt #AWW2018

In the summer of 1892, Andrew Borden and his wife Abby were murdered in their Fall River home with an axe. Andrew’s younger daughter, Lizzie Borden, was tried for their murders but later acqu…

Book Review: Remind me how this ends by Gabrielle Tozer #LoveOzYA #AWW2018 Emotional Rollercoaster, Young Love, Book Reviews, Bookstagram, Finding Yourself, Writing, A Letter, Writing Process

Book Review: Remind me how this ends by Gabrielle Tozer #LoveOzYA #AWW2018

Milo Dark’s life is stuck on pause in Durnan post the HSC. His girlfriend has moved to uni almost 300 kilometres away. His friends have all moved out of Durnan because the truth is, no one wants to live in Durnan forever when you can aim for bigger things elsewhere. Layla Montgomery’s life turned upside down five years earlier at the age of thirteen. Her mum died suddenly, her dad packed up their bags and forced her to leave everything she had ever known. Layla and Milo used to be best…

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Book Review: The lost flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland #AWW2018 - Sanch Writes

In the weatherboard house at the end of the lane, nine-year-old Alice Hart sat at her desk by the window and dreamed of ways to set her father on fire. Thus begins debut author Holly Ringland’s book. That powerful first line sets the scene of all that is to come. Alice Hart lives with her parents; a mother who appears to be fading away, and a father who is good with his fists just as he is with his hands. Clem Hart is known for violent outbursts that include throwing a puppy against a…

Book Review: Breath by Tim Winton American Wives, Growing Apart, Book Reviews, Breathe, This Book, Writing, A Letter, Writing Process

Book Review: Breath by Tim Winton - Sanch Writes

Teenager Bruce ‘Pikelet’ Pike and his mate, Loonie live in the town of Sawyer in Western Australia. A year apart, they spend their days at school, but the rest of the time at the river and later, at the ocean about 50 kilometres away from their little town. Pikelet’s parents are English migrants and not keen on the sea. While they aren’t happy about Pikelet’s friendship with Loonie, they are accepting of his tough and cool exterior. As Pikelet and Loonie discover the joy of the surf, they…

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Book Review: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein #AWW2018

Seventeen-year-old Tash Carmody has been traumatised since the age of eight when she witnessed her imaginary ‘friend’ Sparrow, lure little Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. Mallory w…

Book Review: Deranged Marriage by Sushi Das #AWW2018 Indian Family, Moving To Australia, Book Reviews, Memoirs, Sushi, Marriage, Writing, Books, Valentines Day Weddings

Book Review: Deranged Marriage by Sushi Das #AWW2018 - Sanch Writes

Growing up in 1970s Britain in an Indian family, Sushi Das attempted to rebel against her strict upbringing. While her parents thought she was hanging out with girls, she was at the pub with boys. Her parents wanted her to have an arranged marriage just like every other good Indian girl. But that’s the last thing Sushi wants even though being the oldest of three, she is expected to set an example for her siblings. Sushi’s parents don’t want her to leave home for university but she does. She…

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Book Review: Tin Man by Sarah Winman - Sanch Writes

Tin Man by Sarah Winman is almost a love story. Ellis and Michael are twelve when they first meet and become friends. They are inseparable. In their twenties, Annie comes into their lives with Ellis falling in love with her. The three of them continue to share a close friendship until Michael leaves for London after his grandmother’s death. He doesn’t return, thereby abruptly ending their friendship. The book is narrated in two parts. The first is by the forty-six-year-old Ellis, now a…