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In the fourth instalment of our “We Love to Imagine” illustration series, we are excited to introduce you to Kirsty from Forbes, NSW! Kirsty has enjoyed 15 months worth of personalised books so far, and here's the information she shared with us when placing her order:
“I love writing, reading, music, travelling, cooking and lately I'm interested in trains because my current career is a train driver assistant!
I adore books and love to read. I have recently caught the travel bug so I am always thinking about my next adventures. I plan on writing them down for my future kids to read and cherish.
My black cat Billi loves to chill out on my lap whilst I read.”
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Review by Heather from Bits & Books
In Testosterone Rex, psychologist Cordelia Fine draws on decades of research in an attempt to show that differences between the sexes are not as great as we’ve been led to believe, and that they are a result of societal and cultural influence, rather than being natural and a result of biology and evolution – and testosterone.
Fine discusses everything from conception to neurons, and Wall Street high-rollers to toy-shop aisles, so there’s a lot of information in this book to work through. It felt like a bit of information overload at times, but Fine presents the research in a largely easy to understand way, while some witty commentary and personal anecdotes also help to break up the science and made for some relatable and entertaining reading.
Although my eyes may have glazed over occasionally, I found the book interesting and engaging and I feel like I’ve come away from it with a better understanding of what gender is and isn’t. It’s a readable book even for people (like me) for whom science isn’t their best subject.
Testosterone Rex challenges what we perceive as natural, and is a must-read for anyone interested in gender politics and the science of the body.
Review by Heather from Bits & Books
The German Girl is a fictionalised retelling surrounding the true events of the St Louis, a ship that carried Jewish refugees from Europe to Cuba before the outbreak of WWII.
Armando Lucas Correa uses the lives of two 11-year-old girls to tell the story: Hannah, who we follow from 1939 Berlin, through to her time on board the St. Louis, and then in Havana; and Anna living in New York in 2014, who eventually ends up in Havana also.
Correa has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, so the detail in the novel is incredible and really supports the fictional characters. The contrast between the grey feeling of Berlin and the heat of Havana was lovely to read, while the scenes on board the St Louis had a sense of hopeful unreality about them.
It was difficult not to be affected by the things that happen to the characters in The German Girl – especially to Hannah and her family. It’s been a while since I cried so much at the end of a book, so maybe don’t read the final chapters in public like I did (or at least make sure you have tissues).
The new year is well and truly upon us and at Bookabuy, we want to make 2017 a year of great books for everyone.
Whether you’ve got reading target set or just want to challenge yourself to read more, we can help!
But don’t take our word for it – here are 12 bone-fide reasons a Bookabuy book subscription is the perfect gift for a loved one, or a great treat for yourself.
It has been an incredible year for literature. Here’s our Top 10 Books of 2016:
- Fiction: Nutshell by Ian McEwan
- Fantasy: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
- Science Fiction: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Chick Lit: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
- Horror: The Fireman by Joe Hill
- Non Fiction: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
- Autobiography: Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes
- Crime: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
- Historical Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Young Adult: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
We’d love to hear what you think of our Top 10!
With only days left until Christmas, we want to give one lucky person the chance to win back the cost of their book subscription!
Place an order anytime between 3pm on Monday 19 December and 11.59pm on Saturday 24 December (AEST), and you'll automatically go in the draw to win your money back!
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Anne Benjamin's Saffron and Silk is the incredible personal account of an Australian living in India. The author writes about the massive life changes she combats when she moves from suburban Sydney to Chennai, the capital city of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Benjamin's memoir commences with a fast-moving romance and wedding with Susai - a man that she met at an education conference in Canada. We are then taken on her journey from Australia to India, where the vast cultural differences between the two countries are beautifully portrayed.
Benjamin does a magical job of weaving both her own personal memories into important historical moments that we have all read about in textbooks, but have failed to truly see through the eyes of ordinary people. I especially appreciated the detail Benjamin went into when discussing the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, and the catastrophic impact this had on the people of India.
As a woman who has lived in two polar opposite worlds, Benjamin is able to share her experience in the most authentic and eye-opening way. Saffron and Silk will give you insight into life in India from an Australian woman’s perspective that you have never seen before.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake follows the story of three sisters Mirabella, Katharine and Arisone, separated while young to live with different families. All three sisters have magical abilities, three different elements of magic that connect to the lineage of the Royal family. Without having a family to teach them or guide them, the three sisters are on their own as they try to work out who they are and how they will rule. But with that responsibility comes the harsh reality of death. Faced with training for their magic or finding their magic, the three sisters must face the same trials and only one sister can win the crown.
This grisly filled story is a hard book to describe, as little details lead to a spoiler and can ruin the book. This is a book that should be read. There is nothing out there in the market like it. This Harry Potter/Hunger Games/Insurgent hybrid book will have you clinging from page to page, only to make you scream at the end, leaving you wanting more. The writing is strong and dramatic, the names may cause you some hassle, but don’t let that stop you from reading this deceptive book. Romance, intrigue and family issues combine to bring you a story that will leave you reeling.
If you’re looking for an adventure to go on or looking for a book to transport you to another world filled with magic and intrigue, then this is the book for you.