What I’m reading now


This book promises to turn me into a morning person, which I am most definitely NOT. I will let you know how it turns out and whether I am able to implement this habit that I have been long wanting to change.

Other books I’ve read recently:


“On the girl’s brown legs there were many small white scars. I was thinking, Do those scars cover the whole of you, like the stars and the moons on your dress? I thought that would be pretty too, and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”

This quote was shared on Facebook one day and I loved it, so I decided to buy the book on this basis alone. I had not heard of  Chris Cleave or any of his work. This is a book written from two narratives about two worlds colliding; a well to do British woman and a Nigerian refugee, and the tragic series of events that brought their two very different lives together.

I enjoyed it, but to be honest I expected a little more. On the back cover it asks you to not share the special ending, so I was expecting something really outstanding, but I felt it fell a little flat. It was still an easy and enjoyable read, and a little bit of an expose into the plight of refugees in the United Kingdom, which is not unlike what happens in Australia.


I had this book on my bookshelf for quite a long time. I recently decided to take a break from non fiction as I tend to read it constantly, so thought I’d start with this as I’d heard so many nice things about it. A lovely quick and easy read. No literary masterpiece but I wasn’t looking for or expecting one either. I was interested to learn that Sara Gruen wrote this during NaNoWriMo which I’m considering doing this year. As an aside, I watched the movie after and while it was ok, as usual, never as good as the book, with a whole character written out – why do they do that??


I heard about this book on a mental health podcast. Matt Haig writes openly with honesty and vulnerability about what it’s like to live with severe depression and constant suicidal thoughts. I could relate to so much of what he experienced, having lived with depression and anxiety for most of my life. It is good to see more people opening up and speaking about this, as at least half of us will live with a mental illness in our lifetime.


This the last of Kathryn Bonella’s stories on the seedier, less public side of Bali, my home away from home. She tells the stories through the lives of some of the drug smugglers and dealers who lived high and lost it all.  Another interesting, easy to read book.




Hotel K

Following on from the success of Schapelle’s Corby story, Kathryn Bonella writes about the lives from the inside of Kerobokan Prison, often referred to as “Hotel K”. An easy read, with stories that may shock and surprise people, as what goes on behind prison walls is often almost impossible to comprehend. book_blueprint .jpgJacqui Pretty’s work was recommended to me by someone in a writers group. She has a successful business helping people write and publish books. I was particularly interested in reading this as she is Australian. She shares a lot of useful information and strategies for writing and publishing a book, whether via traditional or self publishing. I am sure I will use some of her suggestions as I get closer to finishing mine.


I bought this absolutely gorgeous book in Ubud last week and two days late Ketut Liyer passed away. I am so looking forward to immersing myself in this beauty.


As a long term Bali lover, I have always been incredibly fascinated about the lives, traditions and culture of the people who are blessed to call this place home. My friend Made recommended this to me if I want to learn more about the seen and the unseen side of Bali. Can’t wait to get stuck into this one!

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I love love love Anne Lamott! I’ve had this book for years and only just now finding the time to read it, while I’m in Bali. I’m thoroughly enjoying her typical real life, tell it as it is style with vulnerability and humour thrown into the mix.

Busy cover .jpgA really enjoyable read, with a completely different approach to the traditional concept of time management.

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In typical Brene Brown style, this book gets you thinking on so many levels. A full book review to come on this one.

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I was definitely late to the party in reading this one, having heard so much about it over the years. It has been in my collection for a long time and finally got around to reading it. A lovely simple, easy to read book with a profound message.

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This was the book that started my Brene Brown love affair/crush/huge admiration. I actually started it a couple of years ago, but for some reason didn’t finish it completely until this year. A must read in my opinion.

My story

This was a very easy read and I enjoyed hearing the story from Schapelle’s viewpoint. The hell she went through defies description and I’ve always felt very deeply for her. The book leaves off several years before she was released. I imagine her life to be a form of hell still. She will never be the same again. Everyone has their own views on this highly controversial case, in my opinion it was a massive miscarriage of justice.


I wrote a review on this book here. An interesting read as I’m fascinated by the topic, but no earth shattering literary masterpiece.