Entries by Sara

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2015 inspirations: these amazing authors in WA

  I can’t conclude my 2015 inspirations without mentioning this talented bunch of WA writers. I feel privileged to know them, and it’s always great when we get together to share words, ideas and support one another. I have read all their latest releases and they are all bloody brilliant, so do go and grab […]


The most loved book in our house by far

I have been telling you about all the books I have loved this year, but the most loved book in our house by far is the 65-Storey Treehouse (and the others in the series) – read umpteen times by our 6yo and taken everywhere with us. (My 2yo takes The Green Sheep by Mem Fox.) I […]

Top reads of 2015: dystopias

Three dystopias I read and loved in 2015: Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Pure by Julianna Baggott – each one unique but all of them shocking, thrilling, heartbreaking and soul-searching. And all highly recommended.    

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The inspiring TED talk of 2015

I love this talk by Ann Morgan on her year reading her way around the world. Ann noticed that her bookshelf was dominated by American and English titles and set herself a challenge to read a book from every country in the world – and so she did. It made me think about my own […]

There’s nothing more exciting for a reader than discovering a writer whose words are your soulfood.  In 2015 I had the joy of discovering Wendell Berry’s poem ‘The Peace of Wild Things’, and on doing some research I discovered more and more gems, such as this one. Visit Wendell’s website at http://www.wendellberrybooks.com and discover him for yourself. […]

Inspirational reading in 2015: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic

Here’s another great read of 2015. Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest release had a pretty big bandwagon before it was even published, and I’m very happy to join it. This book is full of down-to-earth advice and insight for creative types. If you want to release your inner artist in 2016, I highly recommend reading Big Magic (if […]

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A brilliant YA read in 2015 (part one!)

One of the joys of my studies this year has been coming across so many brilliant books that might otherwise be out of my usual reading range. Australian author Claire Zorn’s YA book The Sky So Heavy is one of these. Fin is just a regular kid at school, getting by in class and trying to suss out how to […]

My favourite book character of 2015

My favourite book character of 2015 comes from Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Maud might be losing her mind, but she is sure that her friend is missing, and she’s determined to find out what has happened to her. This is such a bittersweet, intimate portrayal of dementia, and Maud and her tins of peach slices will […]


How Ursula Le Guin inspired me in 2015

I read a short story in 2015 that left me staring at the wall in dumbfounded awe while I tried to absorb it. The story is ‘The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas’ by Ursula Le Guin, written in 1973. I’m not even going to try to sum it up, I’m just going to urge you […]