Category: Adult Non-fiction

On My Wishlist: The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need (2018 updated edition) AND the new in September, Family version!

The Barefoot Investor, by Scott Pape, has been recommended to me over and over again in the past couple of years.

It has helped my cousin sort out her finances and figure out how to make them work for her, instead of against her. AND she’s enjoyed doing it.

It has also sold over 100,000 copies to become one of the best selling Australian books ever.

So why is it so popular, and what makes it different?

Well, it’s readable and funny, as well as life changing. That’s super helpful, because I can’t tell you the number of useful books I haven’t read, because although they sounded like a great idea at the time, they just didn’t hold my attention.

On My Wishlist: Women in Dark Time, by Jacqueline Rose

Women in dark times, Jacqueline Rose | kayoz talks books

I’ve just been listening to the interview with Jacqueline Rose at the Sydney Writers Festival, talking about her book, Women in Dark Times, and about three extraordinary women – German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg and Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe – and their “the courage to bring the unspeakable to light”, and about the need…

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 $20 (used). 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…

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 independence…

Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels were Written

Kate Grenville, Sue Woolfe: Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written

Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written By Kate Grenville and Sue Woolfe; Published by  Allen and Unwin, Crows Nest, 2001 (1993) RRP $26.95 (paperback). Update: Currently unavailable on either Fishpond or Amazon, although you can sometimes get a second hand copy of the later edition (which includes 11 novels!) on Amazon or Abe…

The Best Parenting Books for New Parents

Crop of the Cover: Let the Baby Drive - Navigating the Road of New Motherhood

Full disclosure: This list of the best parenting books for new parents is from the perspective of someone who leans towards an attachment parenting style, prefers not to leave her babies to cry, likes to ‘wear’ her babies (but also likes to put them down some), and thinks you should sleep with your baby or…