Book Reviews

Book Review – The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

gravity-of-birds-coverSteve Reilly rates this book by Tracy Guzeman an 8!

“The story got up on its feet and moving by Page 18 – a good sign. And what a joy to be once again reading competently crafted, workmanlike prose ….”    readmore


Book Review – for one more day by Mitch Albom

for-one-more-day-coverBoth Julie and John Peake rate this book by Mitch Albom a 7. Julie says It is a haunting novel about family love and loyalties, failures, regrets and ultimate forgiveness. For John, The dominant theme is the family and how this is devastated by break-up and divorce.  readmore

Book Review – The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville

John D Cooper said that most of his book discussion group did not like The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville.  Nevertheless, they had a great discussion…  for a review by Steve Reilly.

Book Review – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Buderim 1 Book Group were very impressed with All the Light We Cannot See. Steve Reilly said I might be wrong but I think I’m about to create Book Club history. I’m giving ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ a 10. Julie Peake and Lindsay Robertson gave the book a 9. John Peake and Joan Perry rated it 8.

Their reviews, , tell you why they liked this Pulitzer Prize winning book so much.

Book Review – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Julie and John Peake review this classic science fiction book which was first published in 1953. to learn their take on the book as they see it from the present day.

Book Review – We Made it! Australia at Last by Eric Wynter

Here is a book I would recommend for people in Europe, especially the UK, who have some interest in Australia and New Zealand. I think it would encourage them to visit. It is also of special interest to those of us who know Eric through U3A Sunshine Coast or Rotary

Book Review – Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Steve Reilly gave this book an 8 when his book group read it in 2008. for his review from that time and his update from July 2017.

Book Review – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This epic historical novel of the impact of the slave trade over many generations was rated markedly differently by Julie Peake and Steve Reilly of the Buderim 1 Book Group. to learn their views and ratings.

Book Review – In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut

John D Cooper said most of his Book Group were ambivalent about this book.  Nevertheless, they had a great discussion. Click on  to read Steve Riley’s review of the book.

Book Review – End Game by AD Barnosky and EA Hadly

If you are interested in our planet’s future and want to read a reasoned, well written, discussion of the issues, many of which could fall under the “climate change” banner, this book is for you. You certainly do not need to be a committed climate change believer.

Book Review – The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

This book won the Man Booker Prize in 2014. It tells the story of a doctor, Dorrigo Evans and is centred around the infamous Thai Burma death railway. It is well written, gritty in parts; a book to be savored, not to be rushed.


Book Review – Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Lindsay Robertson: “This is an outstanding tale of people in incredibly difficult conditions.”

Steve Reilly: “I really liked this book. I found I looked forward to getting back to it; that’s a good sign for me.”

about what they had to say about this book.

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