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Saffron and Silk

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.

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Three Dark Clowns

​Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

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.

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Why Not Me?

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Mindy Kaling, comedian and writer of The Office and The Mindy Project, has released her second biography. A collection of essays, stories and memories that encapsulate her life, her work and her family. The book follows Kaling as she grows and becomes the woman she is, wanted to be and thought she was going to be. In the book, Kaling explains why and how she almost became a college sorority girl during her studying, what she gets up to, why she freaks out getting ready for a date, and even her day to day routine as a writer on her own television show.

The writing, because Kaling is a professional writer, is awesome, it is funny, and it is hilarious to the point where you want to share it with a sister or girlfriend because you connect with what Kaling is saying. As a reader of the book you learn a lot, you read a lot, and you experience a lot of what Kaling has gone through, thanks to her writing that brings you right into the book. If you haven’t watched The Mindy Project then you won’t have Kaling’s voice in your head, which brings a whole new perspective to the book, and you should check out the show along with the book.

If you are looking for a book to give to your sister or girlfriend for Christmas that will make them laugh, or even for yourself, then this is definitely a book for you to grab.

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We Love to Imagine: Kelsy

We love to read. And we love to imagine.

Our customers provide incredible detail in their book subscription orders, and we love imagining what they are like in real life!

In the third instalment of our “We Love to Imagine” illustration series, we are excited to introduce you to Kelsy from Victoria! Kelsy has enjoyed three subscriptions with Bookabuy so far, and here's some information she shared with us about herself:

“I love reading, taking photos, shopping, tea, film, history and my friends, family and amazing boyfriend. I love getting immersed in new worlds.”

If you would like to be featured, send us an email at hello@bookabuy.com.au and you could be next!

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Two by Two

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

International Number One bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is back with another heartbreaking story to tell. Two by Two is the story of a hard working father, Russell and his wife, Vivian who is a stay at home mother taking care of their daughter, London, before Russell decides to step out and start his own advertising business.

As his business struggles to meet ends, Vivian starts making life changing decisions that affect her life, husband, daughter and entire family. Enter a new flame, an old love and a sister beyond salvation and Russell’s life is turned upside down. Packed with unforeseeable twists and turns, Two by Two sees Vivian and Russell go head to head in a battle of ‘who is the better parent’, whilst Russell’s family comes to grips with an unavoidable family tragedy.

Nicholas Sparks has produced yet again another tear jerker to read and fall in love with. Filled with tragic emotions and family problems, this book is filled with fun, laughter, heartbreak and sorrow all wrapped up in one big pile of mush. With his spectacular writing that makes you feel like you are part of the characters’ lives, Sparks has produced the kind of book you take with you when you go on a holiday and read all at once. Known for his play on human emotions, Sparks has created a winning combination.

If you like the kind of book that makes your heart swell, than this is the book for you.

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Bookabuy is now accepting monthly payments

Great news for all bookworms – Bookabuy is now accepting monthly payments across all of our subscription packages!

Subscribing is just as easy as it was before - but you now have the option to pay a recurring monthly price. There are no obligations for recurring subscriptions, and you can cancel at any time. Please note that monthly/recurring subscriptions are not available for purchase as gifts.

There is of course still the option of paying up-front when buying a subscription for yourself, or if you are buying a subscription as a gift.

We’re sure this new addition will make it even easier for readers of all ages to enjoy Bookabuy and discover some amazing new books!

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Our Chemical Hearts

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Every so often a book comes along that spices everything up. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland is exactly that book. A simple story about a boy called Henry, who is striving to get into a college, whilst hoping to become the editor of the school newspaper, and find himself a girlfriend. But with the arrival of a new girl at his school, his whole world changes. The new girl, Grace, clothed in baggy, smelly male looking clothes, with unwashed hair and the face of a zombie, finds herself the centre of Henry’s world when they are both placed on the editorial team of the school newspaper. But as their friendship blossoms, so does Henry’s feelings for Grace. Meanwhile, Grace is still lost in love with her deceased boyfriend.

Krystal Sutherland has written a new and fresh perspective on teenage angst and first love in a gripping and heartbreaking tale about a girl and boy who are just right for each other, if only they met each other before. Before the accident, before Grace changed, before Henry knew what a broken heart felt like. This clever, witty, and lyrical story is a classic, but with fresh and modern twists and turns thrown in. This book is an almost perfect representation of how love can physically hurt us all.

If you like the kind of book that makes you feel, makes you hurt from the inside out whilst reading, then this is the book for you.

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The Wonder

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Emma Donoghue, author of the astounding novel Room, has written another gripping book based on the real life case of the Fasting Girls. This phenomenon saw the recording of girls who lived without the consumption of food for long periods of time. It was seen mostly in Western Europe and Northern America between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. The Wonder is about a girl, Anna, who lives in Ireland and does not eat. When a Florence Nightingale trained nurse, Lib, is called in to supervise and determine whether or not Anna is lying or is really surviving without food, questions of belief and of parental abuse are raised. Highly trained Lib is sceptical from the start, but when she spends hours on end with Anna, she begins to question her own beliefs.

This is a tough book to read, filled with family heart break, famine and many religious passages. The Wonder makes you question your own beliefs. There are many twist and turns to follow when reading this book and many shocking developments to wrap your mind around, but getting to the end is where you will find all of the good stuff and the truth is finally revealed. The writing is gripping and suspenseful, making you want to know what is going to happen and wonder after the last page.

If you like the kind of books that make you wonder about your own life or how other people live or lived, then this is the book for you.

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The Secret Recipe for Second Chances

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Debut Australian author J.D. Barrett has hit the nail on the head with this food filled, ghostly themed book, The Secret Recipe for Second Chances. Lucy Muir is looking for the next thing to do with her life after her cheating, sleazy husband and co-owner of their famous inner city restaurant takes her house, favourite chair, and her restaurant where she flourishes behind the bench with knives in her hand. When fate finally decides to deal Lucy a good hand, her whole life changes for the better, bringing new, exciting and interesting people into her life, including a ghost called Frankie. With touching moments between Lucy and Frankie, the story doesn’t just focus on Lucy’s love for food, but also her desire for happiness with Frankie.

When you buy a book written by an Australian author there are two things to expect – one is wonderful scenery descriptions, and the other is great Aussie slang. This story is filled with both of these and so much Australia that you can almost smell the Jacaranda in the air as you read the book. J.D. Barrett has done a phenomenal job in blending aspects of Australian food, romance, new beginnings and even the idea of ghosts and unrealistic possibilities.

This is definitely a book for anyone who is a fan of Australian writers, reading about Australian suburbs and food and the idea that love is possible even if you may or may not be dead.

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Words in Deep Blue

Review by Giulietta Gigliotti (Girl with a Pen)

Words in Deep Blue is a love story. A love story between its main characters Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie and their shared love for second-hand books and words. The story follows best friends Henry, who is stuck with a girlfriend who only wants him when she is lonely, and Rachel who is trying to deal with the sudden death of her brother and losing everything she ever planned for her future all at the same time. When Rachel comes back to town and is tasked with recording every marking and letter in Henry’s Letter Library, their relationship and what it once was is put to the test.

The story of Henry and Rachel takes place in a poetic and romantic landscape, between the shelves of a second-hand bookshop and hand written letters of friends and loved ones. This romantic and heartbreaking story is filled with hurt, pain and overwhelming emotions. A gripping and breathtaking story, it is a must read for anyone who has dealt with pain or loves reading. This story is filled with book knowledge and references that make you wonder how you can purchase your own second-hand bookshop. A powerful and moving story of a girl and boy who are struggling with change in their lives, and who find solace with each other and books.

This book is a must read for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a dusty old book or simply loves getting lost in the world presented by bounded words.