Kirsten

Kirsten McCulloch is an Australian mother of three, a writer, a blogger, a web manager in the Australian Public Service, and sometimes a web writer & editor for the same. She has been blogging since January 2000 at narrating kayoz. She has been published in various Australian magazines such as Artlook and In Good Hands. She is a writer for and the Editor of Sustainable Suburbia. She has a Masters Degree in Writing and Literature. And she reads a lot of books.


Kathy Reichs Books in Order

Kathy Riechs deja dead book cover

(Originally posted January 2012, most recently updated March 2014) 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...
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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 January 2014) 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...
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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...
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Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

Review: Berty Button Gets a Team

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...
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Coming Reviews (What I have been reading lately, revisited)

It's NOT the Stork A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends By Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Michael Emberley

I’ve been a bit quiet here lately, so let me give you a peak into what I’ve been reading (or what my kids have), and some reviews you can expect to see in the near future. First, in the spirit of the Australian Women Writers Challenge (in which I have signed up for the Stella...
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Book Review: Making Home, by Sharon Astyk

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...
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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...
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Literature Survey – Sustainable Living & Urban Homesteading

Nurturing Creativity A gude for busy moms by Renee Tougas

Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are in some way related to sustainable living or urban homesteading, as I’m (slowly, slowly) doing a literature review for a project I’m working on. Here are some snippets: “…for each daily need that we re-learn to provide within our homes and communities, we strengthen our...
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Book Review: Made by Hand, Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

made-by-hand

Made by Hand, Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, by Mark Frauenfelder; Published by Portfolio, New York, 2010 RRP AU$29.99 (paperback). Currently available on Fishpond $14.55 . There are at least three driving forces behind the cultural movement towards DIY activities. One is frugality. In a time when there is so much financial...
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Book Review: When We Were Kittens

David Greagg - When We Were Kittens, Book Cover with a picture of the black and white Dougal on the front

When We Were Kittens by David Greagg, 2012. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 203 pages rrp $18.00. The amusing sequel to Dougal’s Diary, David Greagg’s When We Were Kittens, was released earlier this year. It begins when Dougal and Shadow are around two years old and invites us to share another year of their lives....
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