Books on my Beside Table


University break is upon us! It’s a time to catch up on study and clock up some much needed sleep. For me, it’s also brings the air of freedom to read what I want.

The air is warm and breezy here in Sydney at the moment….i.e. my absolute favourite time of year because it means Summer is coming which means Christmas is just around the corner!

So this morning I donned some summer slacks and made a pile of books I’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t got around to it. Books that have no obligations attached to them- just pure enjoyment.

What made the cut: 

New York by Edward Rutherford 

Diamond Sky by Annie Seaton 

I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith 

Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw 


What’s on your To Be Read pile?

If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to hear what you thought?

If anyone needs me I’ll be curled up on the couch drinking too much coffee


Books on My Bedside Table


The pile gets higher as I’m developing a bad habit of starting too many books while halfway through others!

Oh well…let’s see who made the cut 🙂

-‘The Berlin Novels’ by Christopher Isherwood. I was given this book by boyfriend when we were on a blind book date (we get an hour in a bookstore to choose a book for each other) This edition consists of two of Isherwood’s books:

  1. Mr Norris changes trains
  2. Goodbye to Berlin

-‘Rich People Problem’ by Kevin Kwan. I waited until uni exams were over before I bought this because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down

-’10 Seconds of Courage’ by Nadine Champion. A publisher told me that this would be a perfect compliment read after ‘The Courage to be Disliked’

-‘Tender is the Night’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As part of my book challenge 🙂


Books on My Bedside Table


A delightfully, eclectic mix that suits my whale so well (:

  1. Kruso, by Lutz Seiler- a German translation about bohemians on the ‘German Democratic Republic’
  2. Insomniac City by Bill Hayes- Loved this! Full review available
  3. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed- a beautiful gift from a friend which I can’t wait to dip into
  4. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin- YA, think Irish Hunger Games with mythical creatures
  5. Night Letter by Robert Dessaix- My mother’s favourite book, I promised I’d read it (:
  6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- A proof I know nothing aboutLove,

Books for My Bedside Table


A rainy day, a cup of tea and a bookstore…the perfect day


  1. The Age of Reinvention by Karine TuilAnother New York tale because I’m addicted to a city I’ve never been to!

    The book tells the story of talented law student Samir Tahar, a French Muslim, who encounters what he believes to be racial discrimination when applying for jobs. On a whim, he shortens his name to Sam and soon after is employed by a firm believing him to be Jewish, an assumption Samir does nothing to contradict. When Samir later becomes a successful and much-feted lawyer in America, he perpetuates the lie of his Jewish heritage. Appropriating the tragic personal history of his former best friend, Samuel, he marries the daughter of one of New York’s most powerful Jewish men and establishes a network of lies that eventually catches him up with devastating consequences.

  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. SchwabI’ve been told this is a fabulous introduction into….my literary nemisis…fantasy *inward shudder* but you’ve got to try everything once, right?

    This is the first of the trilogy and has been highly recommended by…well pretty much everyone!

    Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.  There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

    Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

  3. New York by Edward RutherfordI read Rutherford’s previous book Paris on a whim and fell in love with hi writing. Rutherford has the ability to tell the entire history of a city…without feeling like you’re having a history lesson. New York weaves together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant—a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city’s fortunes.



Has anyone read any of these? I’d love to hear what you think 🙂