[Book Review]: Boy from the bush – Lee Kernaghan

Boy From The Bush: The Songs And The StoriesGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Lee Kernaghan’s very outback memoir is an affectionate celebration of the sounds, characters and milestones (as well as the odd calamity) behind the making of an Australian music legend.

Lee Kernaghan is ‘the Boy From the Bush’, an iconic star and 2008 Australian of the Year whose music has shaped a generation of country music fans. For the first time, Lee steps off the stage and invites you behind the scenes, into the ute and over the rutted red dirt on a rollocking journey through his songs and the stories that inspired them.
In a plot with more twists than the Gwydir River, Lee bounces from a disastrous caravan-obliterating encounter on Nine Mile Hill to the triumph of the Starmaker stage, from his infamous teenage rock’n’roll-fuelled Albury High lunchtime music room invasion to the frenzy of the Deniliquin Ute Muster. He shares the doubts that nearly ended his career before it began, the heartache of the bush in crisis and reveals the secrets behind scores of his hit songs. It’s a tapestry of yarns that will fascinate, amuse and entertain diehard fan and newcomer alike.

She’s My Ute, the Outback Club, Hat town, Planet Country – Lee’s hits have earned him 33 Golden Guitars and 3 ARIA Awards, climbed to the top of the Aussie charts 32 times and propelled over 2 million albums off the shelves and into the lives of everyday Australians. Now the songs that celebrate the life and times of our rural heart take on a whole new dimension as Lee draws us into his confidence, into the studio, onto the tour bus and up the hill to his hidden songwriting shack, along the way initiating readers into fully-fledged membership of the Outback Club.

A unique memoir for everyone, Lee Kernaghan’s Boy from the Bush is an affectionate, inspiring and unforgettable montage of characters, conquests and calamities that tumble from the real-life adventures of an Australian legend.


The synopsis pretty much explains a lot about this novel. It took me a while to get into reading this book because it’s a biography and I don’t really read biographies. But once I buckled down and started reading more, it got more interesting the more I read and then didn’t take me too long to finish it at all.

I love Lee Kernaghan (hence the reason I bought this book in the first place), so to read the inspirations behind every song he’s written is quite interesting.

Some stories are sad while other’s are funny, but unless you love country music and more importantly, Lee Kernaghan and his music, then I don’t think you’ll enjoy this book.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Th1rteen R3asons Why – Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons WhyGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


I am a little confused about whether I liked this novel or not.

The one thing that really annoyed me from start to finish was the fact that it was written in two simultaneous narratives. I was getting confused whilst reading it, forgetting who was saying what. And the fact that there are so many character’s in this story, made it all the more confusing aswell because I had to keep remembering who was who before I could read on.

Books like this, although it was an interesting read, I don’t quite enjoy reading them.

I found this book to be aimed more for adolescents rather than adults, it’s just a vibe I got while reading it, I’m not sure if it’s because the novel is all about teenagers at high school, although I’m sure that is the reason. It reminded me of John Green’s novels and Gayle Foreman novel’s, just not as good.

I am now watching the Netflix mini serious adaptation of this novel, and although I am only 2 episodes in so far, I have already noticed that the series may be a little better than the novel (odd for me to say – I know!) but the series is taking the story further than what the book did, it’s adding to each tape. But then again, I guess they have to otherwise the series will be very short.

The actor’s chosen to portray the character’s were not at all how I imagined them whilst reading the book, which threw me a bit but I guess you get passed that pretty quickly.

And lastly, let’s talk about the actual story – I’m not sure writing a book aimed at adolescents should be about teenage suicide. In no way did this author say at any time throughout the novel that help is always around the corner, instead he made Hannah seek help from her guidance counsellor and other school friends (in a roundabout way) but never find the right answer from them for her to change her mind, so in turn he’s actually telling his reader’s that if people don’t say what you want them to say in order for you to change your mind, than it’s ok to go ahead with it because you tried to get help but it didn’t work.

I know it’s just a novel and it’s fiction but this particular story might aswell be non fiction because so many people go through this during their adolescents and this book is a source of encouragement for suicide.

All in all, it was a good read but not my favourite.

Have you read this novel or seen this series? What did you think of it?

❤ MeLzY

 

[Book Review]: What Alice forgot – Liane Moriarty

What Alice ForgotGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.


What Alice forgot is a great, easy, quick read with character’s a lot of people can probably relate to in some way or another.

Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This is the 4th book of her’s that I’ve read now and I really enjoyed it. She is a great Australian writer.

While reading this book it makes you put yourself in Alice’s position and think about what you could potentially forget if you fell and lost the last 10 years of your life. I know I wouldn’t forget all that much because not much has happened for me in the last 10 years but it would still be a shock to wake up thinking your in a completely different decade to what you’re meant to be in.

I did start reading this book on an aeroplane and couldn’t seem to get into it very much. It seemed to start off a bit weird and slow and it just didn’t give me the connection with the story straight away to want to continue reading it, so I left it for a week or so and then decided to continue, which I’m glad I did, because I did quickly become engrossed with the story and wanted to keep reading to unravel all of Alice’s past once they started to slowly come back to her.

It’s amazing how much we can all change in a decade, not just by our appearance, but our personalities aswell. Alice didn’t recognise who she had become and also didn’t like who she had become, and that’s a sad thought. I wonder if we all took the time now to think back to 2007 – have you changed? How much have you changed? Most importantly, are you happy with who you’ve become?

It’s a book that makes you reflect on yourself and put things into perspective and I believe it will be turned into a movie which is due to hit cinema’s sometime this year. I’m not sure how well it will do as a movie, but the book was is a great read.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


What a story! There was so much happening in this book, I got a headache whilst reading it with trying to keep up with whose who. The chapter’s went from the narrator telling Madeline’s story, then to Jane’s and then to Celeste’s, while other school mum’s were brought into it throughout the novel aswell, making me need to stop to picture each character so I know who I’m reading about now before I can continue on.

But every little story was interesting, some more than other’s. A lot of the petty little school stuff went over my head as I wasn’t too interested in that, I only wondered if it’s really like that between the school mums in real life.

Celeste’s story was by far the most heart breaking because it happens to so many people and Jane’s story was a very interesting read too. Madeline’s character was bordering on annoying as she is one of those ‘friends’ that mainly talk about themselves and things they enjoy and speak over you all of the time. She basically only has people around her so she can hear the sound of her own voice and what she was upset about was nothing compared to what her friends were going through. She enjoys drama and thrives on creating it. I don’t like those kinds of people – fictional or real.

This novel is not a romance novel. It touched on one romance toward to the end of the book, which was a nice touch, but the main genre of this story is drama, with a little thriller.

Throughout the novel I kept trying to guess who was murdered and who had did it, based on little things said by people, but I didn’t guess it. When it was revealed (toward the end of the book), I was a little shocked as I didn’t really expect it. I can’t say too much without giving it away but it was a very interesting turn of events.

Also, don’t think it’s just the adults who are keeping secrets and telling lies! The children do it just as much!

An overall good read with some very captivating moments where you can’t put it down.

There is a HBO mini series now showing on Foxtel for this book, starring Reese Witherspoon as Madeline (not appropriately cast), Nicole Kidman as Celeste (not appropriately cast), and some other person as Jane who I don’t know. I would personally have swapped Nicole and Reese’s roles.

If you have read this book, I would love to know what you thought of it and if you are watching the mini series, please let me know how that is too because I don’t have Foxtel to watch it on.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

The Husband's SecretGOODREADS SYNOPSISAt the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.


I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought this book was far better than Liane Moriarty’s ‘truly, madly, guilty’ where the title left you wanting a lot more out of the story and fell very short of that. I think that title would have been better suited to this novel really.

This book however was very dramatic. I guessed the ‘husband’s secret’ long before it was announced (which was half way through the book), but there wasn’t only one husband’s secret, there were a few of them – maybe not all as big as the main one, but big enough aswell.

This novel is told by three main women, sometimes four. There is Cecilia, Tess, Rachael and sometimes Janie. Each chapter jumps from one woman to another and they are all linked in a way to each other.  Each time I started a new chapter I had to remember which character I was now reading about and remind myself of their particular story, so a little thinking was involved but not too much.

This story made me think of the midday movies that are put on here because this is the type of story those movies are generally about and would rather enjoy watching this one during lunchtime.

I could relate a little to two of the characters, which made it a little more personal for me, such as Cecilia – she has OCD and has to have everything spotless before she leaves the house. And Tess suffers from social anxiety, which I too suffer from and everything she was saying she feels when she told people about it, is exactly the way I feel too.
A book is always great when you can relate that little bit more to it. It gives it a sort of personal feel to it, like you’re somehow also a part of this story.

I particularly liked the way Liane ended the novel by saying:
“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have, taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”

It’s a little like the movie ‘Sliding Doors’, where it makes you think ‘how could my life be different today if I had done this particular thing differently?’ ‘How would being 8 minutes early or 10 minutes late affect my day?’ Just little question’s you’ll never get the answers to, but makes you think and wonder nonetheless.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?

❤ MeLzY

 

 

[Book to Movie Review]: Fifty Shades Darker – E.L.James

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life. Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.


The second novel in this addictive trilogy sees Christian Grey change his ways for Anastasia Steele.
Since losing her in the first book/movie, Christian quickly realised he loved her and she is what he needs for a better life, so he begged for her forgiveness and agreed to do it ‘her way’ and have a ‘vanilla’ relationship.

Book two was a lot more dramatic and enjoyable than book one. It had more of a story to it, whereas book one solely introduced us to Christian’s life.
All this also shows in the movie. The second movie was a lot more enjoyable to watch than the first one was. This time around it wasn’t just like watching a porn movie with numerous sex scenes because along with those, there was an actual story happening too and not just regarding Christian, a story is based around Ana aswell.

Her roommate Kate and boyfriend Elliot (who is also Christian’s brother) aren’t in this movie much, which is how the book was too, but Christian’s family is in this one a bit more, as is ‘Jose, Ana’s friend who is also in love with her.

You’ll probably feel like a lot of little stories is happening in this movie and the pace of Christian and Ana’s relationship is moving very fast but this is only because they had to fit so much in only 2 hours. Where the book can stretch things out a lot longer, a movie has to cram everything in so all major story lines are included. But it all does still make sense and is also great to watch a book I loved come to life.

You will notice the change in Christian Grey aswell in this movie. He smiles and laughs a lot more than he did in the first one (did he even smile in the first one?) and he is generally a lot happier to have Ana back in his life.

As much as he says he wants a ‘normal’ relationship with her, I don’t think he fully understands the concept of that because he still buys her a shit load of expensive items, which is like buying her really but hey, would you complain?

The ending finishes in a little cliffhanger, which will conclude in Fifty Shades Freed.

If you’ve seen this movie, let me know what you thought of it.

 

{Currently Reading}

The Husband's Secret GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.


Stay tuned for my full review…coming soon!

❤ MeLzY