That Sugar Book
Category: A book about food
Once upon a time I went through a phase where I cut out refined sugar. Not gonna lie, I still ate sugar… I had coconut sugar and maple syrup and honey. But I avoided pretty much everything else. I lost weight without trying, I felt healthier. But it was a giant pain in the butt because sugar is everywhere and everyone wants to feed you sugary foods and it got too hard. And TBH I felt *too* skinny so I figured I’d just eat it in moderation. Hahahaha. No. Anyway, today I was in the library searching for a book about food and I saw this. I’ve been stuffing my gob with sugar mindlessly for far too long and, well, I know it is taking a toll on my health. Also the book seemed like it would be a quick easy read.
It was. Lots of pics, probably a little *too* simplistic for me but I appreciate why he went with that approach. I tried not to be turned off by the quotes by a certain “wellness” person whose views I find particularly repulsive. The science is there and I’ve also experienced the effects of a low-sugar diet, so I was mainly interested in the measurable health impacts of his experiment. And it’s good to get a reminder kick up the bum when the habits are entrenched. I reckon a lot of people I know would be turned off by some of the fluffy wellness stuff and some thinly veiled digs at pharmaceutical companies etc BUT if you can see past the incidental asides then there is some good stuff in the book. 3.5 stars.
Crossroads of Canopy
Category: A book set in the wilderness
Disclaimer: I know the author through twitter and through the same writerly social circles ;). I started reading Crossroads while camping and my eldest forgot to bring a book, so she stole it and read it before me. Hrmph. There is a lot I loved about this book: the setting is gorgeous and a super cool concept; the deeply flawed characters; the confusing mess of injustice and wrongness and ulterior motives which had me second-guessing my predictions right up to the end. The writing is great and it’s not your typical fantasy. Unar is a difficult character BUT I obviously have a soft spot for these kinds of characters because I thought she was great. And Frog! Wowsers. 4.5 stars.
Category: A book with one of the seasons in the title
This book is categorised as YA but I reckon it’s ok for upper primary. John Marsden is a solid writer and storyteller but even though I read Winter in one sitting, I felt it was lacking in depth. Suspension of disbelief was just too hard in some areas, and I wanted to see more character and plot development. I enjoyed it, it was an easy read and as per usual I had no issues with the main character (I’m starting to think that there is a theme going on here with reviewers hating on flawed female characters… hmmm). 3.5 stars.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Category: A book about a difficult topic
I got this book at our bookclub swap night. Initially I wasn’t sold on it but at some point when Michael was talking about it I decided to give it a try. And I’m really glad I did. It is difficult to describe, and I refuse to be spoilery. Rose (Rosemary) starts her story in the middle, and we get a gradual unfolding of incidents surrounding the disappearance of her sister when she was 5 and the impact on her family in the years that have passed. The characters are all extremely well developed, the reveals are foreshadowed but maybe not quite what you expect. The writing is superb… and that’s about all I want to say. Just read it. 5 stars.
Category: A novel published in 2017
Disclaimer: I know the author and she’s fab. It took me a while to get into the rhythm of Lotus Blue, mainly because of the changing POVs and shortish chapters. There was so much going on I felt a bit disoriented. Once I got more of a handle on the story I picked up pace and roared on toward the end. I loved the world-building and appreciated the little bits of post-apocalyptic Australia. Thankfully I liked Star (even though it seems yet again that some reviewers didn’t) and some of the other characters I didn’t think were necessary as POV characters to start off with ended up winning me over. Am looking forward to the next one! 4 stars.