Goodbye teetering stacks of bedside books, hello early Chrissie present – my very own revolving bookshelf!
There’s still some room left on the shelves that I’m hoping to fill this Xmas. And if like me, you’ve left your shopping run a bit late, here’s my hot tips for great book buys for the holidays.
For the pampered pooch or pet lover in your life, it’s hard to go past pet photographer Seth Casteel’s Underwater Dogs. (Next year’s edition needs a photo of Huggy dive-bombing water dragons in our pool!)
For historical fiction buffs, look no further than Hilary Mantell’s Bring Up The Bodies, the superb follow-up to one of my favourite reads of last year, Wolf Hall.
My YA pick-of-the-year is Vikki Wakefield’s mesmerising Friday Brown and for the slightly older new adults in your life, Laura Buzo’s Holier Than Thou is an invigorating shot of life after school, after Uni, when growing up becomes grown up.
Fantasy freaks should treat themselves to the complete three volume set of Melina Marchetta’s Lumatere Chronicles: starting with Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles and finishing with the heart-stopping Quintana of Charyn.
Toddlers won’t be able to resist Brave Squish Rabbit by Brisbane author-illustrator Kath Battersby. An adorable read with a glow-in-the-dark cover which has proven admirably resilient after being test-driven by my nineteen-month-old nephew over the past two days.
He’s just driven off to spend Christmas with Nana up in Yeppoon, and the next round of family will hit our place tomorrow.
Wishing you and yours a happy and safe festive season. surrounded by those you love.