Author: Lauren

Review: The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger

I was going to say that this isn’t exactly the kind of book that I would normally read, and in one way it definitely is not, but in another – when I really think about – this is exactly the kind of book I would normally read. The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger follows the story of Otto Digmore, an actor, who has recently had what he believes is his big break in Hollywood, starring in a supporting role on a popular sitcom. However when Otto’s show is cancelled, he finds that the only roles that have opened up to him are those trying to take advantage of his severely scarred face and cast him as a villain or a freak. That is until a role comes up that seems perfect. The novel follows the journey that Otto and his best friend Russel take across the country in the hopes of landing Otto’s dream role. All the typical road trip cliches happen — much to Russel’s delight — and a number of old feelings reappear — not that Russel can ever know about that. Read more →

Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has definitely just been added to my list of favourite books. I bought this book in January last year, got about 45 pages in and got distracted. It took me this long to come back to it, but I am so glad I did. All the Light We Cannot See is set in the lead up to and during World War II and presents a number of perspectives on this time. The two main stories being followed are those of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure LeBlanc, and a German boy, Werner Pfennig. Read more →

Review: Johnny and Jamaal by K.M. Breakey

Johnny and Jamaal introduces two boys who are just beginning what promise to be majorly successful sporting careers. Johnny, a 22 year-old white Canadian, has just been signed to a national ice hockey team, while Jamaal, an 18 year-old African-American, is entertaining prospects of an offer to join an NBA team. A shocking event occurs when the two of them meet in a St. Louis carpark, and the racial situation in America is immediately thrown into the media spotlight. Whilst not my normal read, this book certainly gave me a lot to think about. Read more →

My Favourite Books from 2016

2017 is just about here, and hopefully we can look forward to a better year than this has been. Despite its ups and downs, however, 2016 provided some fantastic reading material. There were some amazing books that came out this year, and there were some brilliant books that I only got around to reading this year. All in all there were just so many great books that I got to read this year! About a week ago, Amy made a post about her favourite books from 2016, and, thinking it was a great idea, I thought I’d share with you the best books that I read in 2016. Read more →