Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch is an Australian mother of three, a writer, a blogger, and a norwex consultant! She has been blogging since January 2000 at narrating kayoz. Kirsten is the author of Less Toxic Living - How to Reduce Your Everyday Exposure to Toxic Chemicals, and has been published in various Australian magazines such as Artlook and In Good Hands. She is also writes at Sustainable Suburbia. She has a Masters Degree in Writing and Literature. And she reads a lot of books.

Book Review: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Vol 1)

Good night stories for Rebel Girls vol 1 | Kayoz Talks Books

Good Night Stories by Rebel Girls: 100 tales of extraordinary women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, 2016. Publisher: Timbuktu Labs, Inc. 224 pages, RRP US$35 I can’t believe I didn’t review this before! I bought Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in the kickstarter campaign last year, and gave it to my girls for Christmas. They…




NOT Your Average Princess Stories

The princess companion by Melanie Cellier | Kayoz Talks Books

I am currently reading the second book in the The Four Kingdom’s series by Australian Author Melanie Cellier. And loving it! This is not yet a full review – I’ll save that for when I have read all four, but let me just say, these are not your average princess stories. Full of allusions to…




The Best of Twilight Fan Fiction

Twilight cover

With a Short(ish) Commentary on the Both Original Series & the Fan Fiction PhenomenonThe Twilight series* – and the mass of fan fiction it’s spawned – are rather fascinating to me. The books themselves are quite compelling, even while I read them with feminist criticism firmly running through my head. Culturally we are suckers for…




Kerry Greenwood Books in Order (From Phryne Fisher to Ancient Egypt, to YA and Children’s Books)

Phryne Fisher Mystery Dead Man's Chest; Kerry Greenwood

(First published in 2012, most recently updated November 2016) With the introduction of Phryne Fisher to the television screens, of course my interest in re-reading the books returned. But this time I’d like to read them in order, rather than starting in the middle and hopping around randomly. Of course Greenwood’s written more than the…




Kathy Reichs Books in Order

Kathy Riechs deja dead book cover

(Originally posted January 2012, most recently updated April 2017) Kathy Reichs, like the lead character of her popular Temperance Brennan novel series, is a forensic anthropologist. She is also a very successful novelist. As well as the Temperance Brennan novels, she has written a young-adult series which feature Tempe’s great-niece, Tori Brennan, and her friends.…




Book Review: The Rules of Conception

The Rules of Conception by Angela Lawrence

Have you ever wondered how “donor dads” become donor dads? Have you ever considered the intricacies of how to find a donor dad if you want one, and what to say to him when you do?

The Rules of Conception is an entertaining read from new Australian writer Angela Lawrence. It will answer those questions and more that you had never thought to ask, and it will do it in a way that keeps you fascinated. But don’t be fooled, this is not a documentary. This is a work of fiction of surprising depth.







Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Berty Button gets a Team by Marina Bertolino

Berty Button Gets a Team by Marina Bertolino, Illustrated by Ryan Jones, Published by Berty Button Kids, Wodonga 2012 AU$17.95, or $9.95 for the eBook. Berty Button is the brain child of Marina Bertolino, who is part of the actual bertybutton transport team, and was inspired by the joy trucks – especially their jelly bean…




Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place By Sharon Astyk; Published by New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, 2012, RRP AU$27.99. Currently available on Fishpond $18.66. Sharon Astyk’s new book Making Home is part how-to, part memoir, and all inspiration. In it she argues that change is coming, whether we like…




Freycinet, a Novel by Melanie Calvert

Book cover: Freycinet by Melanie Calvert

Freycinet… the thin, tenuous, shimmery line that separates memory and forgetting, permanence and transience, sanity and insanity. Freycinet  (pronounced Frey-sin-ay) is an almost ethereal psychological murder mystery set in the majestic wilds of Tasmania. I’m not going to write a full review because it was written by a friend of mine, and plus I’m acknowledged…