Meet our book reviewers. Identify your reading habits and interests with those below and follow their book list if you wish.
Ally – engineer, mum, windsurfer.
I enjoy fast paced books with plot twists and turns that keep you guessing throughout. I like to read books that fit this description rather than sticking to one genre. The last book I loved was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
A genre that I do particularly enjoy is accessible and ‘New Weird’ Sci-Fi written by authors such as China Mielville, Margaret Atwood and John Wyndham (The Day of the Triffids). However, I’ve found some styles of Sci-Fi, for examples works by Isaac Asimov, to be long and laborious.
Recently I’ve read and enjoyed The Humans by Matt Haig, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and a set of crime novels set in Sweden by Mari Jungstedt.
I think that Brideshead Revisited is the greatest novel of the twentieth century: a big call! It was the first and best to combine the century’s three great themes: the breakdown of family, the decline of organised religion, and drug addiction.
I am a known fiction freak, and love everything from Jane Austen and Herman Melville to Chuck Palahniuk and Ellena Ferrante. I am a reporter at POST Newspapers and devour non-fiction, especially on media and journalism, the Middle East, vexillology, and true crime. I have a fatal weakness for anything to do with Star Wars. I also read and write poetry and have achieved minor renown for my Cinquain on the Train series.
I was born in London but moved to Essex around the age of eight. However, I’m not your stereotypical ‘Essex girl’ – I prefer Converse to stilettos and underwear is definitely not optional!
As a child I loved Donny Osmond and Enid Blyton – for very different reasons! My current favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Carroll, Joanne Harris, Ben Aaronovitch and Harlan Coben.
I’m the type of person who reads books again and again, and some of the books that always call me back to them are, A Son of the Circus by John Irving, The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and, of course, the Harry Potter series!
I’m a fan of the Liverpool Beat poets, particularly Adrian Henri. Along with several of my sixth form classmates, I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with the man himself on a creative writing course many years ago, held by the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton Manor in Devon.
When I’m not working, reading, watching too much TV or aimlessly trawling around Facebook. I enjoy Northern Soul and Sixties Music and visiting other parts of the world. My next major trip will be to ‘somewhere’ where I can see the Northern Lights; I just have to find that ‘somewhere’!
I coordinated the annual Literature Festival at All Saints’ College at Bull Creek in Perth’s southern suburbs for many years and developed close ties with the literary community in WA. I am currently consulting with a College in the hills to develop their own Festival for Young Adult and children’s literature.
As a member of the writing WA Board, I continue to promote the rich and varied talent of writers and illustrators who represent Western Australia on the local, national and international stage, as well as actively supporting the nurturing and growth of exciting emerging talent in the state.
I was an inaugural member of the Footpath Library WA Team and continue to support them in whatever way I can. In my spare time I read and spend time with my grandchildren.
I am a lawyer by day and run my own event styling business by night (and weekends!). With such a hectic life I read mostly for escapism and therefore my favourite genres are chick-lit, humour and travel.
My taste is quite varied – my favourite authors include Marian Keyes, Stephen Fry and Ernest Hemingway, each very different but wonderful in their own way!
I can’t leave a bookstore empty-handed and, as a result, have a massive collection of books, many of which are about France where I hope to live someday. In my spare time you will find me having brunch with my husband, going to see live music or planning my next holiday!
Jade is 11 years old. Some of her favourite books are Wereworld by Curtis Joblin, The Martian by Andy Weir, Nightfall by Jake Halpern, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling and Dragonkeeper by Carol Wilkinson. Her favourite series are Spirit Animals by Tui Sutherland and the Harry Potter series. Jade likes fantasy and science fiction with a hit of suspense and lots of action!
I am a dorky twenty-seven year old writing enthusiast from Perth. I have a degree in Communications and have recently completed a teaching diploma to specialise in teaching creative writing to young students who have a flare for the craft. I have completed the first draft of my modern fantasy novel and my focus is to reach a final manuscript now that my university studies are complete.
I have previously taken a publishing course with Perth author Natasha Lester and will be doing the Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Masterclass in 2016. In the past I have written local music reviews for online publications and contributed articles in Edith Cowan University’s previous online magazine The 3rd Degree. I find inspiration from thrifting, music, travel, photography, romance and fantasy. You can follow my blog on my website www.rebeccadonbavand.com.
I am passionate about language and communication. Reading is my preferred form of leisure and my pleasure activity, which is just as well given that I have been a lawyer for the past seven years. I studied Literature at high school as well as at university and enjoy a diverse range of fiction. I love reading because it is the only pastime where imagination, concentration and enjoyment come together in a quiet space.
While I identify as an English teacher I’d prefer if you didn’t hold that against me; I teach Philosophy and History too. I guess then that it is too obvious to say that I love reading and have done from a very young age. After the obligatory Blyton, I immersed myself in the fantastic worlds of David Eddings and Tolkien among others. I dabbled in Clive Barker and Stephen King’s horror before discovering The Canon. Now I tend to go for the vague ‘Literary Fiction’ genre, or anything that looks interesting. I admit I have a soft spot for dystopian books and, luckily, quite enjoy the odd bit of teen fiction.
Jane can most often be found popping up various Northbridge bars, or out in the garden whispering encouraging words to her frustratingly slow-growing vegetables. She sometimes likes to shout at people about politics and feminism, among other things. Fond of a good book but quite happy to read a bad one if that’s all there is.
I grew up in a small rural town north of Perth, which allowed my fondness for reading to grow – due in no small part to belonging to a family of bookworms and the fact that there was little else on offer to pass the time.
In 2010 I decided to further this passion by choosing to study English and Creative Writing at Murdoch University, as it is my aspiration to become a professional writer. I prefer to read nineteenth century realist fiction (specifically Russian authors) post modernism, historical texts and science fiction; but I also appreciate any author who can write well and engage with their readers. Since beginning study I have been introduced to a range of new and exciting texts and I look forward to discovering more.
I enjoy reading dystopian literature that challenges what is considered “normal”, and I am constantly pushing strange new books on people who otherwise wouldn’t consider reading them. I love unique work that you can’t mix up in your mind with any other book, like The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer, The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall, and Time and Time Again by Ben Elton (you should read them!). Next on my ‘To Read’ mountain is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
I’ll devour almost anything I can get my hands on, but in terms of preferences, I usually read fictional novels from the genres of historical literature or fantasy. I’ll read anything by Brandon Sanderson and I’m pining for the next Patrick Rothfuss novel. In terms of non-fiction, I mostly read about arts in general, especially film, fine art, crafts, photography and digital media. I also regularly read historical non-fiction and am amassing an extensive collection of non-fiction books about poisonous plants for a fantasy novel that I am writing. Let me know if you find one you think I might not have!
Who am I? I am Hayley, I am a research scientist with a Masters degree (moving on to a PhD soon, eek!). I thrive on knowledge and to me reading is another form of knowledge other than study. In my spare time I also crave to use my creative powers and can end up covered in glitter and glue.
What do I read? I have a fascination for the unexplainable and as such am drawn to fantasy and science fiction, however, I read much more than this. I have a collection of cult fiction, classic literature, stage plays and poetry sitting nicely on my bookshelf, desk, bedside table and haphazardly piled on my floor. I also read rather widely across the sciences and find guilty pleasure in cookbooks. I am less inclined to pick up a biography than anything else but this does not put them off my reading radar.
Favourite Book? My favourite book is The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Not just because it’s an adventure story, but because it has sentimental meaning for me. I own over twenty copies of it and buy a new one when I discover a cover I don’t already own.
Dislikes… When someone suggests I get rid of some books to make room for the floor.
By day I'm an Executive Assistant for a VIP in the CBD and spend my hour commute deep in Eckhart Tolle or Alan Watts but outside work hours I'm batman, I mean a bookworm. I've been told I should spend less time reading about adventures and more time going on them but reality is never as good as my imagination and even holidays are spent inside books. I dream of being a writer and they say to be a good writer you should read many books so I'm focusing on the reading for now.
I have an addiction to buying books, my book shelves are double stacked and cover a variety of fiction and nonfiction alike. My favorite books are the kinds that make me feel and break open me up to new perspectives. I'm pen pals with my Nanna, she inspired my love of books and still sends me books wrapped in tea towels with maps of Jersey (Channel Islands not New York) on them. You can see my latest read on my instagram inbetween the many pictures of my pets.
I am now retired after a lifetime of work in aviation, tourism, with more than half of my career spent in corporate communications, PR and media relations.
There have been hundreds of thousands of words I crafted in corporate stories, media releases, speeches and features. Throughout those years I always worked with the mantra: truth well told.
My interests revolve around my family, cooking, baking (I am well into my second year nurturing a really viable sourdough starter), politics in Australia and overseas, wildlife and sports – notably my non-WA-based AFL team. You don’t change religions when you move states… even though it has been more than a quarter of a century.
I read non-fiction books exclusively. That will be apparent from the reviews I write.
I am an avid reader and consider myself a budding writer. I started reading at a young age and have been rarely seen without a book in my hands since. My favourite genres include fantasy and science fiction, but I will read anything that sparks my fancy. Favourite authors are Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie and Brandon Sanderson.
During teenage years, I wrote angst filled poetry regarding the death of my mum and how life was cruel to my cold black heart. These days, I write less angst filled poetry and instead write about dealing with chronic pain and interesting life choices. I plan on writing stories eventually, but for now I am content with still learning.
Apart from reading and writing, I enjoy baking and cooking, spending time with my dog, Apocalypse – Destroyer of Lawns, and playing games of any type. I collect Magic the Gathering cards and am always willing to play a game. I enjoy a range of TV shows, including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, The Simpsons and Red Dwarf. My most recent favourite movie is The Martian. Other favourites include 300, Sweeny Todd, Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands and Apollo 13.
I am not afraid to try new things or be an advocate for causes that I strongly believe in. I have skydived in order to combat my fear of heights and am a council member for the Fibromyalgia Support Network of WA.
I’m a Sydney-sider now living in Perth and dream of being a rockstar when I grow up. Considering I’m well into my adult years, I will have to be content with enjoying my music as a hobby while pursuing a job as a makeup artist.
When not applying mascara and lipstick, I enjoy watching movies of most genres (except sappy chick flicks and anything rude, crude or disgusting), volunteering at sci-fi/pop culture conventions, and sitting in bed reading – as long as my cats don’t use my books as pillows!
When it comes to the kinds of books that I read: the four full bookshelves (plus another well on its way) should give you an idea of the vast array of styles, genres and authors that I enjoy!