Review – WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar


by - January 27th, 2015

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It is wise to start a new year on a positive note. Many begin with a resolution. A new book excites me. But how do you choose the perfect title that will not only entertain and enthral but also convince you to pick up another, again and again? Best to begin with a tale of […]



Review: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund


by - January 27th, 2015

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I read this after listening the fabulous Bookrageous Podcast which read and discussed the book for their book club and then interviewed the author. It is a fascinating look at what is happening inside our minds when we read. The author, Peter Mendelsund, is a book designer for Knopf in the US but also has […]



I’m not loafing, I’m doing research


by - January 24th, 2015

The Moth Diaries

Is it too late to say – Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. I’ve been flat out working all summer. My friends and family would probably say otherwise, that I’ve been lazing around on holidays, that I’ve barely had my laptop open. But that’s just the point. I’ve […]



Zac & Mia & Willow – YA for your soul


by - January 19th, 2015

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Here in SE Queensland, just before Christmas, an unusual thing happened. It began to rain. I’d almost forgotten the scent of a wet garden and the sensation of damp. It was perfect cosy reading weather. Alas, the week before Christmas with a house full of family and several menus and trips away to plan for […]



If Hermione were the Main Character in Harry Potter


by - January 19th, 2015

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While this blog post doesn’t contain uncensored swearing or sexual references, it does refer to a website story that does (and a related topic that features some random what-the information). So if you’re easily offended, now might be the time to temporarily click away. The sweary/sexual innuendo website story in question is BuzzFeed’s If Hermione […]



Books of Australia – For Kids


by - January 18th, 2015

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January 26th marks the date in which Australians reflect upon our cultural history and celebrate the accomplishments since the first fleet landed on Sydney’s shores in 1788. Here are a select few picture books aimed at providing children with some background knowledge of our beautiful land, flora, fauna and multicultural diversity. There is plenty of […]



Easy Vegan


by - January 17th, 2015

Easy Vegan

Winner, winner chicken dinner is not perhaps the most appropriate response for a vegan to make to anything. And especially not in response to reviewing a vegan cookbook. But that’s the phrase that sprang to mind when I cracked open Sue Quinn’s Easy Vegan, which arrived as a review copy from Murdoch Books. My other […]



By the book (AKA Infographics are most welcome)


by - January 17th, 2015

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A well-timed, well-executed infographic is always welcome. An exquisitely designed one you didn’t know anyone needed and don’t know how anyone either dreamt up the idea or went on to execute it can sometimes make your day. This was the case with the By the book: What age did the greatest authors publish their most […]



Player Profile: Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl On The Train


by - January 16th, 2015

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Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl On The Train Tell us about your latest creation: The Girl on the Train is psychological thriller which examines the fine line between normality and the loss of control wrought by addiction. It’s all about how when you peel back the veneer of everyday life, you can find something really quite disturbing just underneath… […]



Review: The Martini Shot by George Pelecanos


by - January 14th, 2015

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This is George Pelecanos’s first collection of short stories and once again demonstrates his consummate class, not just as a crime writer, but a writer. The title piece is the longest of the collection but Pelecanos saves it for last. The preceding stories are a blend of what makes Pelecanos great. Stories about the street, […]



Review: Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty


by - January 14th, 2015

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Sometimes a recurring crime character is brought back and the story feels forced or the attempt feels lame. But then there are those rare times when, despite the series being over, the character comes back and exceeds what has been done before. And that is exactly what Adrian McKinty has done with Sean Duffy. In […]



Show Books


by - January 12th, 2015

Very Hungry Caterpillar

It’s holiday time so some shows based on outstanding children’s books are currently being performed in Sydney and surrounds, as well as in other cities around Australia. A highlight is The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Penguin), a production created around four books by Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse – […]



The Golden Age where children are gold


by - January 12th, 2015

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In lists of best recent books Joan London’s The Golden Age (Vintage/Random House Australia) has featured as stand-out Australian fiction, alongside Ceridwen Dovey’s  (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) Only the Animals. I had already read Only the Animals and just had to read The Golden Age to see what the fuss is about. http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/holidays-the-chance-to-read-short-fiction-poetry-ya/2014/12 Joan London has written […]



Books of Summer – For Kids


by - January 7th, 2015

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In Australia we’re in the midst of Summer, although here in Melbourne we’ve already had all four seasons in one, sometimes even in one day! A great way to familiarise children with all that the season encompasses is through engaging language experiences. That means providing children opportunities to see, do, touch, listen, read and think […]



Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


by - January 7th, 2015

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This is an incredible exploration of grief, family and identity and the pressures of expectations that come from each. The book opens with a death, one that nobody else knows about yet, the death of Lydia Lee; middle child of Marilyn and James and sister to older brother Nathan and younger sister Hannah. Lydia’s death […]



Review – An Untamed State by Roxane Gay


by - January 6th, 2015

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One of the most uncompromising, unflinching, page-turning books I have read in a long time. It is a harrowing story that forces you to confront and challenge many important issues; gender, poverty, race and class to list but a few. Mireille is visiting her Haitian parents in Port-au-Prince with her American husband and baby son […]



Christmas haul containing 4 classic novels


by - January 5th, 2015

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As I pack away my Christmas tree for another year, I took stock today of my Christmas haul of books. I’m planning on reading more classics in 2015 and was fortunate enough to receive a few beautiful clothbound editions for Christmas. I hope you too were lucky enough to receive a book or two at Christmas time, […]



10 mini- reviews


by - December 31st, 2014

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Time for another catch-up blog before 2014 ends. I’ve been doing a lot of reading but haven’t had enough time to review each book separately. So here is a bunch of mini-reviews.   Great Southern Land, edited by Stephen C Ormsby and Carol Bond This is an eclectic collection of stories, with Australia as the […]



A Riveting Novel Based on the True Brutal Murder of Three Teenage Girls


by - December 29th, 2014

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A novel this good is a rare and precious gift for lovers of fiction A riveting novel about the aftermath of the real life brutal murder of three teenage girls, written in incantatory prose ‘that’s as fine as any being written by an American author today’ (Ben Fountain) see how small SCOTT BLACKWOOD Shortly before […]



More Ladies-Doing-Well Lists, Please


by - December 29th, 2014

Wild

I’m frustrated that we require ‘women who did well in their respective fields’ articles and blogs, occasionally even allowing myself to wonder how much we still need them or how useful they are any more. But then our ‘prime minister’ and, worse, ‘minister for women’ (and yes, I’m using those rabbit ears extremely deliberately—I called […]



Holidays – the chance to read: short fiction, poetry, YA …


by - December 28th, 2014

Only the Animals

The Christmas holidays are most likely your best chance in the year to read. If your family or close friends aren’t as keen as you, send them off on other pursuits – the Sydney Festival if you’re in NSW (or even if not); bush walks, tennis or whitewater rafting; the beach; the movies, especially moonlit […]



Ebook Data for the Win


by - December 28th, 2014

The Goldfinch

That ebook data records who does and doesn’t get through books isn’t surprising. That this data’s only just being tabled now is. The Guardian has just reported that Kobo announced that Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch—the bestselling book that won that a Pulitzer in 2014—was completed by less than half the people in Britain who bought […]



New Year’s Reading Resolutions


by - December 27th, 2014

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains to Nowhere

I’m pretty dismissive of new year-related resolutions—they’re too superficial and too fleetingly discarded. I’m more of the mind that you should set your goals and refresh yourself on them daily. That’s what I do. And yes, I understand if you want to slap me. What a prattish, self-congratulatory thing to say. But I will admit […]



Yes Please to Yes Please


by - December 27th, 2014

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There are much more eloquent reviews of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please out there, and all of them published upon the book’s release months ago. But I finally got to finish Yes Please (albeit reading it guilt-riddenly surreptitiously when I should have been doing other things), and I think the wisdom she imparts is both comforting […]



Our Hopping Mad Sale – Up To 30% Off – Ends New Year’s Eve


by - December 27th, 2014

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Our annual ‘Hopping Mad’ Sale has kicked off and you can enjoy up to 30% off a great range of books right now atBoomerang BooksWe hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying a restful Boxing Day. Besides being a day of recovery, dish-washing, eating ‘leftovers’ and cricket-watching, Boxing Day also signals the […]



Into The Woods


by - December 22nd, 2014

Into The Woods

There are far, far worse ways to spend the steamy Sunday before Christmas than attending the preview of a film due to be released on Boxing Day. For starters, it’s great to see anything before its official release. It’s even better when you do so while simultaneously escaping the crowds and the heat. Into The […]



Review: Emergence by John Birmingham


by - December 22nd, 2014

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John Birmingham delivers in spades in the first book of his explosive new trilogy. Dave Hooper is not your typical hero. In fact he is a bit of an arsehole. He works on the oil rigs and blows most of his pay packet on booze, drugs and women much to the ire of his very-soon-to-be […]



Your Last Minute Gift Solution


by - December 19th, 2014

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Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers make awesome Christmas Gifts. Here are 9 reasons why you need to buy a Boomerang Books Gift Voucher right now… 1. Ok, admit it…you’ve left your Christmas shopping until the last minute, haven’t you? And now you need to buy something quick smart! Boomerang Books Gift Vouchers are the answer. Guaranteed to […]



Best-Of Book Lists


by - December 17th, 2014

In Cold Blood

I have a love–hate relationship with best-of book lists. I find sometimes people try too hard to seem clever about what they’ve chosen and not hard enough about including honest-to-goodness good reads. But I am simultaneously unable to abstain from perusing said lists. I feel an innate need to gauge whether or not I think […]



”A Tapestry of Experiences Folded into Fiction”; Victoria Lane Talks About ‘Celia and Nonna’


by - December 16th, 2014

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Victoria Lane has made a successful career from writing; as an award-winning financial journalist for many years, editor and correspondent for many leading media publications, and of course, as a picture and chapter book writer for children. Today, we delve into Victoria’s writerly mind as she shares her inspirations behind her touching picture book, Celia […]



Doodles and Drafts – Drawing Boxes with Peter Carnavas


by - December 15th, 2014

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Every once in a while something special sneaks into your life, so unassuming you are barely aware of its presence. However, its ability to change and influence is a forceful undercurrent with powerful impact. It might be meeting a new friend for the first time. It could be finding a dog to call your own. […]



The Twelve Books of Christmas


by - December 15th, 2014

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You may have noticed, with Christmas fast approaching, that the Boomerang Books bloggers have been writing about the festive season — recommending books for Chrissy presents; sharing festive reads; reminiscing about Christmas-themed books; etc. I was originally planning to recommend some Christmas reads… but then I changed my mind. I thought I’d do something a […]



Kylie Westaway Makes a Big Splash with her Debut Picture Book, ‘Whale in the Bath’


by - December 15th, 2014

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Kylie Westaway is the author of her popular debut picture book, Whale in the Bath. She has literally travelled far and wide, worked in foreign schools, events and in theatre. But there’s one thing that has remained constant in her life; her love of writing. Here, I’ll give you the brief run-down of her captivating […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Alison Green, Pantera Press


by - December 12th, 2014

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Thanks to Alison Green from Pantera Press for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out a little more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the CEO & co-founder of Pantera Press, what does your job entail? As a boutique publishing […]



My Bookish Confession


by - December 12th, 2014

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It is time for some book confessions and I have got a real strange one to confess. Some people break spines, some read the last page first, mine is completely different. I first really noticed this while reading the Russian sci-fi classic Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. I was half way through the […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Anna O’Grady, Simon & Schuster


by - December 9th, 2014

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Thanks to Anna O’Grady for talking to Boomerang Books today, and sharing your Christmas picks with us. First, let’s find out more about you and some of the books you’ve been working on. You’re the Marketing and Publicity Manager at Simon & Schuster. What does your job entail? How much time do we have? I […]



What I’m reading this Christmas: Galina Marinov, Leading Edge Books


by - December 8th, 2014

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Thanks for talking to Boomerang Books, Galina Marinov. Thanks for having me. You’re the buyer and marketing manager at Leading Edge Books and you’re going to share your Christmas picks with us. But first let’s find out about you and your work. Leading Edge Books has a national profile. What does LEB do?  Leading Edge […]



Let’s hear if for the boys! – Chrissy Classics you’ve Read with your Kids


by - December 8th, 2014

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As we romp ever closer to that special night of the year, don’t forget to take a moment or two to sit with someone small and share some magic. You never know, it may extend into a lifetime of golden memories. Today’s classics you’ve read with your kids starts out with multi-talented SE QLD writer, […]



Mortal Heart (Book 3 of the Assassin Nuns)


by - December 6th, 2014

Mortal Heart

Book Three of the His Fair Assassins series both aided and abetted my desire to take refuge from my overwhelming work and study load and alleviated and exacerbated my anxiety around ever successfully wrestling those work and study things into line. But I’m done reading the gripping historical fiction series now, I think, for there […]



Mission Accomplished! Renee Price Launches ‘Digby’s Moon Mission’


by - December 4th, 2014

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New and local indie author, Renee Price, has recently released the growingly popular Digby’s Moon Mission, just in time for Christmas. Fostering children’s natural curiosity and their young imaginations are key elements to creating a successful picture book, and ones that Renee elicits in her picture book. Digby Fixit is a curious boy with a […]