You know you are reading an epic book when you just can’t put it down until you are finished! “If I tell you” by Alicia Tuckerman is THAT epic.
“If I Tell You” is full of teenage drama, secrets, fears, hate crimes, drinking, drugs, swearing and very real life issues that many teenagers face as well as one of the sweetest, most adorable love stories you’ll ever read. I love how relatable and empowering this story is, it’s full of dark and scary themes but is just gorgeous.
“If I Tell You” is about a girl named Alex who has a secret that she has been trying to keep because in a small town with small minded people, she felt as if she would not be accepted. It all changed when a girl named phoenix and her family moved into Two Creeks. I also love hoe this story takes place in a beautifully described Aussie landscape as Alex and Phoenix embrace who they are and take a jump, literally and metaphorically.
I could really relate to “If I tell You” as I wanted to be accepted and it took me a long time feel comfortable enough to embrace the fact that I am Bisexual. So I absolutely believe that this book is perfect for all young adults and teens who are struggling with or questioning their own sexuality, but I would never limit it to just that audience either, I think books like this should be completely mainstream and available in high school libraries across the country too!
I absolutely fell in love with the main characters (especially phoenix) because they are so relatable and so human to me as I read more and more about them I just thought “are these real people”? They are portrayed so beautifully in this book; I am in awe of how well Tuckerman has portrayed them in this amazing book! When I was lucky enough to meet Alicia Tuckerman she mentioned that some people loved the ending but others hated it… and I’m torn in between, without giving too much away, I found the end to be completely devastating but also poetically beautiful and peaceful, I couldn’t imagine it finishing in another way so I feel like the ending was perfect, even though I would have preferred the happily ever after we unrealistically crave.
This is definitely not a book for kids, it for young adults and teens, there is swearing, violence and very adult themes, it mentions sex, drinking and drugs but they are not vividly described all, it just cuts to the next scene, so no censorship required! I think it’s perfect for ages 13+ with parental permission for the younger ones.
I love the fabulous representation of the LGBTQ+ community and the fact that the two main charters are lesbians! It was incredible! So raw, honest and relatable! Alicia Tuckerman did an incredible job and I can’t wait for her next book to be released!
I challenge you to read this book without falling in love with Alex and phoenix… I bet you can’t do it!
How to be held is an incredible book of poetry by the amazing Maddie Godfrey. It also includes my favourite one of all her poems; Labels are for Jars which is about not judging people and how we should never put labels on people like boy, girl or straight as you may not know how others identify and it’s really none of our business either. I absolutely loved reading How to be held as I adore how raw and open Maddie Godfrey’s poetry is.
I have been lucky enough to actually meet her and it was an incredible experience! She is an amazing, funny and honest person and I had a great time meeting her and getting to chat with her.
This book does have some very mature poetry in it but Maddie told me that if you’re not ready to read that you can still get book and ask an adult to just block out the poems with a more mature content. She has actually had some parents block out the poems that they felt their kids weren’t ready to read and they still were able to read most of the book and enjoy it.
Some of the poetry tackles really important issues such as abuse, discrimination, depression and much more, and the way she writes about these issues is very empowering as it is often hard for us to step up, take a stand and talk about abuse, discrimination, mental health and all of these urgent challenges. This is another reason why to me, she is such an inspiration, because of how she tackles this mature content.
If you love reading the works of Maya Angelou or Jesse Oliver and feel inspired by them, I’m sure you will love and feel inspired by this book!
Click the link below to watch the interview I did with Maddie for Booktoberfest 2019.
Can one child change the world? Yes, every action has an impact and every positive step can have a ripple effect, leading to big, wonderful changes. Can a cat be elected as a mayor? Sadly no.
Claire Malone changes the world is a quirky, imaginative and empowering picture book which I believe will definitely motivate kids to do small things to change the world. This story is about Claire Malone who is a young activist, she is concerned about our future and our planet; she writes letters to the bureau of meteorology, the education department and the prime minister. She also campaigns for her cat marmalade to become mayor.
Claire Malone is an amazing role model for little kids and will remind them of how powerful and awesome they can be, even as kids because everyone can make a difference! All it needs is one person to stand up and others will surely follow.
I also adore the illustrations, they suit the story perfectly and bring Claire and Marmalade to life. The kids will LOVE it!
This EPIC series is about a futuristic dystopian world where death literally comes to collect you when it's your time to go. You'd expect for this dark series to be quite frightening to read, but the way Neal weaves in his diabolical sense of humour makes it a very fun and not so scary series at all. Lovers of dystopian, sci-fi and mysterious actions will love this. It's probably not one for the kids though as some parts are quite violent and there are very dark themes.
Watch the videos to learn about the individual books. I LOVE them, but I doubt that comes as a surprise as everyone knows how much I adore Neal Shusterman.
This book is for middle graders, so is a little younger than the books I normally love to read BUT I genuinely enjoyed it and love how heartfelt and real the story is. It is a very fun, quirky and simple read with an important lesson! But Shhhh... Don't let the kids know they're learning something.
A quick, two minute review of Jenna's truth by the amazing Nadia King!
Please feel free to like and comment on the video, let me know what you think of this fab book.
If you love pirates, adventure and non stop action this book is for you! I love Norman's crazy sense of humour and ability to set the scene so vividly in this very fun and easy to read adventure.
Watch the video for the quick review.
Josh Langley’s Book Find Your Creative Mojo focuses on overcoming self-doubt, procrastination fear and much more and it is truly incredible!
It was a very easy book to read and digest because of the bold headings, sections with bullet points and big writing. Find Your Creative Mojo is full of wonderful tips to help the reader get out of their own way and start working towards their goals and start believing in themselves. Throughout the book there are lots of cute and quirky comics and inspirational quotes. Three of my favourite quotes from the book are:
‘Life is short, make art and love’,
‘There is no such thing as perfection’ and
‘Open your Heart, Open your head, Give Space, Give Thanks’
I definitely recommend this amazing book for ages 12+! It is a great read for anyone who is needing a bit of inspiration, motivation or a good pep talk!! It is not the type of genre that I typically read but I absolutely loved this book and have written down a bunch of goals that I AM going to achieve within the next 12 months, I’ll keep referring back to this book when I’m feeling a bit down and out about my progress.
Here’s the link to check out this book and others by Josh Langley:
I’m looking forward to checking out Turning Inside Out
Now make sure to go hug your Cat ;)
This was without a doubt, the most epic month EVER! So many amazing authors, so much inspiration and almost too many laughs, my belly and cheeks were literally sore all month.
Have a look through, read the posts, watch the videos and be prepared to learn about the awesomeness of these fabulous authors and how they earned their success. If you love writing and reading, you'll feel inspired and uplifted by these brilliant humans who shared their stories with us.
I couldn't possibly be more grateful for this amazing opportunity and to be able to share this with you.
I hope you enjoy it.
Booktober 1st 2019 - Sandi Parsons
Sandi Parsons is the author of Pepsi the Problem Puppy and The Mystery of the Sixty-Five Roses, She's an advocate for people living with chronic illness and disability and is pure awesomeness molded into the form of a human being.
Booktober 2nd 2019 - Josh Langley
Only watch this video if you want to feel inspired and uplifted! Josh has a wonderful sense of humour and a strong desire to help everyone of all ages fall in love with themselves and get out of their own way to start achieving their goals! He is awesome and this interview is full of fabulousness.
Booktober 3rd 2019 - Carly Findlay
If you haven't read her book "Say Hello" yet, make sure you do! I love how raw, bold and honest Carly is, she's a true advocate for people living with disabilities and chronic illness and a fabulously inspirational writer too.
Booktober 4th 2019 - Cristy Burne
We laughed a lot during this interview! Cristy is extremely passionate about science and literature so she combines the two in her awesome stories that make it fun for kids to learn! She has a huge amount of wonderful advice for young writers too!
Booktober 5th 2019 - Jeremy Lachlan
I believe Jeremy Lachlan is a truly inspirational author because of his Book Jane Doe and the Cradle of All worlds and the protagonist Jane who is very relatable to young girls and a great role model, as she is strong, determined, persistent and will do anything to save her friends & family as well as all the worlds and I LOVE to see books with more strong female leads so young girls have characters they can look up to.
Booktober 6th 2019 - Brooke Dunnell
This was a very special interview for me as I have known Brooke for years and she is a wonderful mentor and truly inspirational writer!
Booktober 7th 2019 - Lynette Noni
Lynette Noni is a very inspirational author, she writes amazing mystery/fantasy/dystopian sci-fi books and they feature strong female & male leads which is great, as equality is very important and girls want to read about heroes who they can relate just as much as boys do! She also inspires the next generation of young writers through her workshops and meeting her fans at various events, I was lucky enough to meet her at an event after watching her talk about her writing and she was just so lovely and inspirational.
Booktober 8th 2019 - Raathi Chota
Raathi is the author of the Caught by The Bad Boys series! She published these at just 16 years old wow! She is also very kind and this video is full of inspiration and great advice for writers!
Booktober 9th 2019 - Marlize Venter
This was another very special interview for me because I have known Marlize for years and she is a beautiful human being! She has written and published 3 books which are all so different to each other and she has a lot of fab advice for writers too.
Booktober 10th 2019 - Hannah Van Didden
This interview was a lot of fun!! We may have laughed a little too much.
What I love about Hannah’s short stories are how metaphorical and poetic they are. I’ve always been an extremely literal person, so her stories have helped me with this.
Booktober 11th 2019 - Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is a truly inspirational author to me. He writes Dystopian Sci-fi and Cli-fi (climate fiction) and he incorporates such dark theories and concepts into his books such as the earth running out of water or what really happens to us when we die, but he does it in such in a fun and humorous way so you would expect them to be dark and scary but they are not. He also has strong female and male leads which is important!
Booktober 12th 2019 - Graham Bebington
As Graham lives in QLD we couldn’t do a face to face interview but he agreed to answer my questions via email, how cool is that!
I loved reading all about his misadventures, where his inspiration comes from and of course, what his favourite flavour of ice-cream is!
Booktober 13th 2019 - Holden Sheppard
This video is hilarious! But also very deep. I had so much fun interviewing Holden and I love how open and real he is and that comes through in his awesome book too; Invisible Boys.
Make sure you also check out my review of Invisible boys on my blog too!
Booktober 14th 2019 - Rebecca Laffar-Smith
Rebecca is a fabulous writer but also a wonderful advocate for other writers and people living with chronic mental and physical health conditions and disabilities. I've also been blessed enough to attend done of her writers workshops and I can't wait for the next one.
Booktober 15th 2019 - Maya Angelou
I feel like she needs no introduction... Inspirational, powerful, amazing woman!
Booktober 16th 2019 - Nadia King
Nadia is the author of Jenna’s truth and the soon to be published Claire Malone Changes The World. These are books that are full of heart and important life lessons but are fun to read!
Booktober 17th 2019 - AJ Betts
AJ is an extremely inspirational author to me because of her strong female & male leads who face diabolical challenges and overcome relatable issues as well as some crazy stuff that we all hope we'll never have to face. I love how it's impossible to not like her main characters in her books as you feel like you're on their journeys with them and just want them to be okay.
I've been lucky enough to meet her a few times and attend one of her workshops too! I can't wait for the next one.
Booktober 18th 2019 - Alison Evans
Alison took some time out of their insanely busy schedule to answer my questions via email! How awesome are they!? Alison is the author of Highway bodies, which features many LGBTQ+ characters which I find AWESOME and inspiration because we need better representation in our literature of people who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. They also have lots of fab advice for young writers and a bunch of awesome info.
Booktober 19th 2019 - Norman Jorgensen
I had a blast chatting with Norman! He's such a fabulous story teller but sadly we had to cut out half of the interview during editing as the original interview added up to nearly a whole hour! I will share the full interview another day, but for now, enjoy this one. Norman even tells us of the time he met Roald Dahl!
Booktober 20th 2019 - Jackie French
I didn’t get to interview Jackie sadly as she is insanely busy!!! but she still responded to my email and it just made my day as she is one of my favorite authors! she did send some books for the competitions and let me do a write up about her as well!!! How cool is that?! So please read my latest blog post to see how awesome Jackie French is.
Booktober 21st 2019 - Alicia Tuckerman
Alicia is such an awesome author I had a great time chatting with her and am so eager to share the interview!! I am incredibly inspired by her! She wrote the amazing book "If I tell you" which features a strong lesbian character growing up in the country and she is currently working on another book. I'm hoping Netflix will choose to turn her book into a movie so she can become rich and buy a miniature donkey and dress him up a sailor... she said I can come over and play with him so hurry up Netflix! Make the movie!
Booktober 22nd 2019 - Bryce Courtenay
Bryce wrote many amazing books and was an awesome author so I believe he deserves a spot on this list please check out the blog post to see how awesome he was. My personal fave of his in "The Power of One"
Booktober 23rd 2019 - Mark Evans
We had an incredible time chatting and joking around and I might be starting a podcast soon...apparently 😜 This interview was a lot of fun!
Booktober 24th 2019 - Melissa Gijsbers
Melissa's book "321 Done" was inspired by her two sons; her youngest boy has CFS and her oldest son has a gift for solving a rubix cube speedily and fundraising!! In this vid we chat about representation of kids with chronic illness in literature and heaps more.
Booktober 25th 2019 - H.M. Waugh
I was so lucky to be able to read her incredible debut novel; The Lost Stone of the Sky City, and interview Heather before the official book launch!! I’ve been itching to share this awesome interview with you guys but new I should wait until after the launch, so here it is 😊 Heather also has a passion for science and teaching kids through fun stories!
Booktober 26th 2019 - Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl has always been one of my favorite authors, I started reading his books at the age of four and it really sparked my passion for reading and writing.
Booktober 27th 2019 - Jess Judd
Jess definitely wins the prize for the most patient interviewee I’ve had!! The first time we did the whole interview I realised at the end that it didn’t record 😱 then the second time we did it I kept getting interrupted by a call on the computer 😂 Thank you so much Jess for your patience! Jess works at a radio station dedicated to reading bedtime stories to children who would otherwise miss out! How amazing is that!?!
Booktober 28th 2019 - Maddie Godfrey
Maddie is a beautiful soul, and a strong and amazing person! I had just the most wonderful time chatting with her about self acceptance, self identity, body positivity, ice cream and many more amazing topics.
Booktober 29th 2019 - Rebecca Newman
I love Rebecca's funny and quirky poetry and have to agree that odd socks are the best! I had a great time chatting with her we talked about poetry, the school magazine, writing advice and much more.
Booktober 30th 2019 - Meg Caddy
I felt like Meg and I really connected, we had a blast chatting about her Books, D&D, pirates, lizards and much more. I have also been very blessed with the opportunity to attend one of her writers workshops... it was EPIC! If you love writing and ever get the opportunity to attend one of her workshops just do it.
Booktober 31st 2019 - Ask Imani
You sent in the questions... I responded.
Thanks everyone for sending in such awesome questions, I had fun thinking about them and learned a little about myself too.
Roald Dahl was an incredible Author and an inspiration to so many other authors too!
His book Matilda was the first chapter book I ever read. I was 4 years old when I read it and it took me 3 days to read because I just could not put it down! Whilst reading it I always wanted to be like Matilda and I loved it so much because I could let my imagination run wild.
I have read nearly all of his kids books over and over again and they never get boring! Ever! I love his books because of how their vivid descriptions, friendly tone and quirky humour are never boring and never fail to amuse the reader and make them fall in love with the characters within the first few pages of the book.
Roald Dahl is also inspirational because of how he went out and met his fans which is amazing. Roald Dahl also served as a spy, an ace fighter pilot and a medical inventor in WW2! His writing career started in 1961 with James and the giant peach and he has written at least 34 books…can he be more awesome!!
And if you ever get a chance to chat to Norman Jorgensen ask him about the time he met Roald Dahl!! You won't be disappointed.
If you ever have a chance to check out his website or read his books take it you will not regret it his books are amazing!! Go read them!