Tamara Reads

As an avid book reader I always feel like I want to talk to everyone and anyone about the most recent book I’ve just finished reading. To my surprise, it seems not everyone cares about the 753 page World War II novel I’ve just read and why I thought it was great, or what could have been better.

For that reason I’ve started Tamara Reads a place for a cathartic release, where I can blog about the books I read (and occasionally about life).


The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

The Bronze Horseman is a 837 page novel written by Russian-American author Paullina Simons in 2001. It’s a lengthy war-romance-history novel which is in fact one book from a trilogy. During the summer of 1941 the Metanov family are living a hard life in Leningrad. As the German armies advance their future looks bleak. For Tatiana, love arrives in the guise of Alexander, who harbours a deadly and extraordinary secret.

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

It has been utterly amusing for me to see my favourite Australian Author thrust into the spotlight after American TV channel HBO created a seven-episode mini series centred around her 2014 novel ‘Big Little Lies’. Anyone who has read her novels know that their irresistible appeal stems largely from the fact that she describes people, places and situations with such uncomfortably recognisable detail that it is hard to put the book down. In the case of Big Little Lies, a satirical, humorous, suspense novel which is filled to the brim with wit and humour that surrounds the first year of school in a Sydney beach suburb. Where the adults need more watching than the children, and the obsessive politics that goes into planning sausage sizzles and trivia nights is key. Whilst the book was fantastic, I can’t help but feel complete lacklustre about the TV adaptation.

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Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

If you’ve known me for a while now, you’ve probably realised my obsession with books. If you’ve ever asked me for a book recommendation, there’s probably a chance I’ve fished out a Liane Moriarty novel from my handbag (one of her books I had been re-reading for the third or fourth time) and shoved it in your face while excitedly telling you to READ IT. I’ve probably gone on to present you with a soliloquy on how every single one of Liane Moriarty’s books are amazing, and how she is the most talented author whose books I cannot fault and are my favourite thing to read.

Well, all this was very true up until now.  Continue reading Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr

This exemplary piece of literary fiction, a 530 page novel written by American author Anthony Doerr (2014) was the winner of the Purlitzer Prize in 2014 and was highly acclaimed winning many awards. The story follows the juxtaposing lives of Werner, a young German orphan living in an orphan house with his younger sister Jutta, and Marie Laure a blind French girl living in an apartment in central Paris with her father, whose lives  ultimately end up crossing paths in occupied France at the start of World War II.

It is a riveting, captivating, story that is so well written and has the most hauntingly beautiful prose I have probably ever read. With that being said, I do have some issues with the length in which the background story goes on for. I felt like I arrived to the middle of the book and I was still waiting on the story to really take off and begin.  Continue reading All The Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr

Mad About The Boy- Maggie Alderson

Mad About The Boy (2002) is a 384 Page novel written by British author Maggie Alderson. In my opinion, Alderson’s writing style is very similar to that of my favourite author Liane Moriarty. Although Alderson is British in comparison to Moriarty who is Australian, they both have the ability to write an in depth story which takes place in a certain suburb in Sydney. In the case of Alderson’s second novel Mad About The Boy, it is a story which takes place in Woollahra, a high-socio economic class area in Eastern Sydney.

Alderson’s writing style is reminiscent of a friend coming over to your house and embarking on a loooong detailed account that has taken place in her life. It’s a natural, funny and perfectly portrayed story which follows the life of Antonia, a woman who Continue reading Mad About The Boy- Maggie Alderson

Under Italian Skies – Nicky Pellegrino

Under Italian Skies (2016) a 287 page novel written by English- Italian author Nicky Pellegrino. This was the first novel of Pellegrino’s that I had read. I found it very entertaining and enjoyable, but at the same time it was very cliché and I knew the ending of the novel before I had even gotten past the half way mark. It was definitely a novel for simple reading, or when you need a distraction and light pick me up.

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La La Land – Film Review

The 2016 film La La Land written and directed by Damien Chazelle is a musical/comedy/ drama film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. This is the third film to star the ultimate dynamic duo of Stone and Gosling, after Crazy Stupid Love (2011) and Gangster Squad (2013) and in my opinion, this film did not disappoint.  Continue reading La La Land – Film Review