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We’ll be speaking at this year’s Online Retailer conference in Sydney!
Our session runs from 2:00pm-2:30pm on Thursday July 21, and we’ll be covering our 5 Proven Winners to Improve Online Loyalty.
For more information and tickets visit the Online Retailer website.
Every now and then, I come across a book that will really open my eyes to the struggles of people whose lives are very different to my own. Behold the Dreamers is one such book. The incredible debut novel from Imbolo Mbue tells the story of a married couple from Cameroon who leave behind their comfortable small town life to chase the American Dream in New York City.
Jende Jonga find himself working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, while his wife Neni also lands a temporary housekeeping job with the Edwards family. As the Jongas become entangled in the Edwards’ affairs, they soon discover that money isn’t everything.
Mbue has written an insightful account into immigration, race, and a couple’s struggle to create a better life for their family. A must-read for just about anyone.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario also gives Behold the Dreamers praise: “A beautiful novel about one African couple starting a new life in a new land, Behold the Dreamers will teach you as much about the promise and pitfalls of life in the United States as about the immigrants who come here in search of the so-called American dream.”
Before I begin, I feel compelled to give you this warning: Do not read this book in a public place. It will result in wild, irrepressible laughter that will ultimately lead to unwanted stares from strangers. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts provides an absolutely hilarious and unforgettable insight into the life of a suburban family on the brink of crisis.
Microbiologist Janice gives up her weekend to babysit her nieces, Mercedes and Paris, while her sister Caroline faces the devastating breakdown of her marriage. Henry has left Caroline for the much younger (and prettier) grade school teacher Martha. In an effort to save their marriage, Caroline follows Henry and Martha to Noosa.
With the addition of the nosy neighbours Craig and Lesley who are having their own marital issues, Janice’s ex-husband Alec, and pizza guy Brayden, this book is a one-stop shop of brilliant wit and accurate observation.
Liane Moriarty sums this book up perfectly: “A new Toni Jordan is always a special pleasure and her latest is a wonderful, witty treat of a novel: cutting and clever, and yet so very romantic, as though P.G. Wodehouse had satirised life in the suburbs.”
American novelist Hanya Yanagihara brings to life the incredible story of four college friends – the actor Willem, the painter JB, the architect Malcolm and the lawyer Jude – in this powerful and perfectly crafted novel.
A Little Life commences shortly after the friends graduate from college in Massachusetts and move to New York to follow their dreams. It then takes you on a rollercoaster ride that spans over three decades, where friendships strengthen and weaken, and romantic relationships begin and end. And, amongst all of these ups and downs, we observe the trajectory of their professional careers.
I have never read a book like this before, nor do I believe I ever will again. The writing is flawless and the characters are so well developed that by page 100 you know them well enough to call them your friends.
Throughout the novel, the characters are stretched beyond unthinkable limits. By the time I finished, I was physically and mentally spent and I marvelled that a book had made me feel that way. This book is overwhelmingly sad; but where there is darkness, there is also light.
We love to read. And we love to imagine.
We especially love imagining what each one of our wonderful readers are like in real life! We get many amazing orders, and each one is filled with incredible detail about who you are and what you’re like.
So, we teamed up with an illustrator and brought to life one of our customers - Kimberly W from Victoria. Based on the information she gave us in her order, we put together our interpretation of what she might be like in real life!
“I'm a secondary maths teacher at a specialist science school, so I love to learn about different things. I'm on maternity leave at the moment and love playing with my 3 month old son. I also sew a bit (mainly presents for babies at the moment) and I love to read but get overwhelmed trying to find new books.”
We're proud to announce a partnership with Books in Homes Australia!
$1 from each Bookabuy subscription sold will be donated to this wonderful organisation. Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books of choice at home.
You can read more and donate at:http://www.booksinhomesaustralia.com.au/bookabuy
What a year for literature! 2015 saw so many amazing new releases, so it was a real struggle to pinpoint our top 10 for the year. We’d love to hear what you think of our list!
- Best Fiction: Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
- Best Fantasy: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
- Best Science Fiction: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Best Chick Lit: Confess by Colleen Hoover
- Best Horror: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
- Best Non Fiction: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Best Autobiography: A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
- Best Crime: Memory Man by David Baldacci
- Best Historical Fiction: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- Best Young Adult: Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Gillian Flynn's short story, The Grownup, drew me in from the very first lines: "I didn't stop giving hand jobs because I wasn't good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it." But don't be turned off by this, because I can assure you that the story does not revolve around handjobs! The narrator does not go into lurid detail about her profession; this is just the hook that draws you in. Right from the very beginning, I was taken on a whirlwind journey filled with so many twists and turns - something that I have come to expect from Flynn's works.
Without giving away any spoilers, the storyline centres on a narrator who finds herself on a new career path as, what I would call, a quasi-prostitute/aura reader. It's not long into this job before she meets Susan, a rich housewife and mother who is in utter distress, convinced that both her house and her 15-year-old stepson, Miles, are evil.
While reading The Grownup, which lasted for well under an hour, I had to constantly ask myself whether the events were supernatural or merely psychological. And, because the story is so short, it seemed to me that the tension was twice more profound.
My only real criticism of the story is that the ending was very ambiguous, and I was left hanging with way more questions than answers. Needless to say, if Flynn ever writes a (much longer!) sequel to The Grownup I would race out to buy a copy of it. Flynn is the absolute queen of suspense who never fails to have me on the edge of my seat.