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What We Read: Mia’s Favourite Cookbooks For Winter!

Winter makes me hungry...

With the onset of colder weather and the new MasterChef series airing on TV, I have been inspired to get in the kitchen and keep warm by cooking yummy meals and treats. There are a great range of cookbooks available that are perfect for looking through while curled up on the couch, your favorite cooks and culinary icons have done the hard work for you and compiled great recipes, that make it easy to find your next favourite dish.

Here are some of my favourite cookbooks at the moment:

At My Table by Nigella Lawson:
This book, like all of Nigella's is just amazing! From the basics of creating the perfect sweet potato fries and hummus to the perfect roast duck. My favorite recipe would have to be Nigella's Lemon Tendercake with Blueberry Compote, it has a marvelous texture almost like a super fluffy pancake! Its perfect to make when you have
friends and family over for dinner.

The Masters at Home - Recipes, Stories and Photographs from the MasterChef Kitchen:
This book is a great collection of recipes and anthologies is quite inspiring with its in depth background stories and photographs. Huge names in the culinary world share what they like to cook in their own time, in their home kitchen. The recipes range from exotic and skillful to simple and comforting, perfect for anyone who is willing to try new recipes and put their cooking skills to the test!

Basics to Brilliance Kids by Donna Hay:
This book is a new edition of Donna Hay's original Basics To Brilliance, this time letting the kids in on the fun. I'd seriously consider picking up a copy before the next lot of school holidays as it will keep the little ones entertained for hours, while providing tasty treats for the whole family to enjoy. The dishes are quite easy
and quick to prepare, just image the scent of choc-coconut popcorn wafting throughout the house as you relax while the kids take care of the snacks. A must have
for all families this winter school holidays!

Yummy, Easy, Quick by Matt Preston:
This is a great collection of 127 dinners that only take 30 minutes or less to prepare, from everyone's favorite MasterChef Judge Matt Preston.
The meals are hearty and scrumptious, with out a doubt crowd pleasers! The wide range of recipes include 20 minute Sweet and Sour Pork Meatballs, 15 minute
Slow-Cooked Ocean Trout and 20 minute Teriyaki Salmon Bowl with Salmon Crackling, all modern classics that you'll love cooking and sharing with friends.

- Mia, Shellharbour QBD

The Children of Blood and Bone sequel has been announced!

We're so excited the Afrofuturist fantasy about Zélie, Amari, and Inan we've all read and adored, Children of Blood and Bone, will have a sequel AND the title, release date, and official synopsis have been set free! The sequel is titled Children of Virtue and Vengeance, hitting shelves in March 2019.

Yes, we know, we're waiting like:

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In the meantime, join us in reading (and re-reading, analysing and hypothesising about) the synopsis!

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

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What some of our readers have been saying about Children of Blood And Bone: 

Children of Blood and Bone encapsulates everything that I love about YA fantasy. The world is amazing, the characters are so real feeling, the writing is perfect, the action is abundant, the romances are beautiful, the topics are important. This was such a fantastic read, I have no doubts that Children of Blood and Bone will make my best of 2018 list. 5 stars. - Melanie, QBD Doncaster

Blessed are the Brave. Set in the beautiful world of Orisha, you follow the story of handful of teenagers trying to write the wrongs of the past.Years after magic was taken from the diviners and all maji murdered Zelie grows up in the harsh lifestyle of being a diviner without Magic.
With the help of Amari and Tzain now is time to fight back, now is the time to rise and take back what was theirs. 3.5 stars.- David, QBD Mandurah

This book is amazing. With brilliantly fleshed out characters and excellent workd building Children of Blodd and Bone is a must read for fans of fantasy. It follows the story of Zelie as her world is burnt to ashes and she has to flea everything she has ever known to embark on a journey to save her people.
This book contains tragic backstories, intricately crafted magical lore, first love, betrayal, adventure, heart break, sword fights, magical duels, naval battles, mercenaries and it's all wrapped up in a captivating tale with more twists and heart-stirring moments than you would expect in a YA novel. Cannot wait for the next book in the series! 5 stars. - Rina, QBD Belconnen

QBD Reviews: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson

Clinical psychologist and academic, Doctor Jordan Peterson, has made a splash across bestseller lists with his book ’12 Rules for Life’. It has been called ‘Self-Help’, and it has been categorised in ‘Business’, but it leans much more toward a kind of personal-political manifesto; a response to a range of radical ideas that have been drifting into the mainstream over the last decade or so, much of it through the academy and publishing industry itself. He has upset people, chiefly, the pushers of these ideas. The ease and glibness with which Peterson is branded as a ‘right-winger’ or even a ‘nazi’ only goes further to prove his point of view regarding the ills he identifies, particularly in the fragmenting public sphere.

But aside from the politics, Peterson puts an importance on reading, and reading well - the kinds of books that have been foundational to how we have come about as a people and the underpinnings of us psychologically: a canon.

Naturally enough, these are books that have been around a while, what we would call ‘Classics’. His reading lists on the internet have been expanded several times, and have led to a distinct up-turn of interest in the Classics region of the bookshop. If Rowling has been thought of as being responsible for a renaissance in reading-for-children, is Peterson becoming responsible for a renaissance in reading for young-adults … and in classic indispensable canonic literature?

To go back is often a decent way to deal with discovering that you are going the wrong way, or that you are lost entirely. To be constantly progressive is only good if you have a decent idea of where you are progressing to ... and that you want to be there. These readers, many of whom have been abandoned by the contemporary publishing world, are finding that great books, unlike films or many other mediums of art, tend to become more relevant and more valuable the older they become. And they are very readily available.

Primary among these works for Peterson is Solzhenitsyn's ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, so much so that he will be contributing a new introduction to a fiftieth anniversary edition due out this November. It’s been out of print in most English-speaking countries for a number of years, so that fact that this great work is getting a fiftieth anniversary treatment at all could be down to him anyway.

Why is this book so important to Peterson? One reason he lists on his Patreon site:

It's necessary for all of us (the moderate left included) to determine exactly when and why the good intentions of the egalitarian-minded go so terribly wrong.

Solzhenitsyn's work focuses on the evils of the Soviet empire and its treatment of dissidents and criminals, political and otherwise. It is a profound, utterly gruelling and harrowing account based on the author’s own experience. It is plain and unadorned, letting the action speak for itself in all its bleak horror. By being concerned for ‘when’, Peterson hints that there might be a tipping point that serves us Stalinism, some kind of ongoing but, on the face of it, altruistic formula that at some point goes badly wrong when we fundamentally combine authoritarianism with collectivism. It is why he puts such an emphasis on personal responsibility in his own book. If you can’t change yourself for the better, just this one person, then what hope do you have in changing a society for the better? Is it any wonder the Gulags appear and get filled?

So it is certainly worth returning to a canon, and Peterson’s is a good one.

And while Peterson’s plain white book goes head to head with the bright orange-covered and playful ‘Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’, he has no easy answers, and these books in the canon don’t offer the reader any quick fix either. They offer you a further and deeper relationship with yourself, a forthright art of giving a f*ck about yourself and how you might become even more so ... yourself.

My Favorite Children’s Picture Books!

Who knew that kids books needed as much thought as any other book?

Before I had my baby I just bought all the books! But when I started reading them to my son I quickly realised that kids books need to flow! It's the worst when you're reading along and sentences just don't read nicely. These are my 5 best books that are super easy to read to your little one!

Time for Bed by Mem Fox - This one is just so cute for bedtime, say goodnight to all the baby animals then to your little darling!

Koala Lou by Mem Fox - This heart breaking story has a nice ending! Koala Lou was used to all the attention on her until she started getting bothers and sisters and her mother's attention wasn't solely on her. Koala Lou has the perfect idea, She was going to compete in the Bush Olympics so she can win her Mother's affection back!

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox - Well this is the sweetest book you'll ever read! Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge live next door to an old persons home and he just loves going and visiting them all but his favorite was Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she had four names just like he did. When Wilfrid finds out that Miss Nancy has lost her memories he sets out to find out what a memory is to help her get her memories back.

Wombat Stew by Marcia K Vaughan - Dingo catches a Wombat and decides he will make a Gooey, Brewy, Yummy, Chewy, Wombat Stew but when his friends insist that he needs to add billabong mud, feathers, slugs, nugs and creepy crawlies I don't think Dingo realises what it is that his friends are up to!

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey - Can Brian convince his Piranha friends into try his "awesome fruit platter" or are his friends bound to love to eat knees, feet and bums instead?

-Dimiti, Hurstville  QBD

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Player One, are you ready to set forth on your next adventure? Are you ready to unlock the secrets behind the fantastical world of the “Oasis”?

Come and flick through the pages of Ernest Cline’s debut novel Ready Player One. Whether young, old, small or tall Ready Player One will have you escorting Wade Watts on his quest to find three hidden keys needed to locate the Easter Egg. The one whom can solve the riddles and rhymes set by Halliday, the now deceased creator of the Oasis, and find the Easter Egg will not only have fame thrust upon them, but they will also become the sole owner of the Oasis; which is worth over half a trillion dollars!

Filled with pop culture nostalgia at every turn Cline’s debut novel is a well-crafted video game-laden adventure suitable for all ages. Don’t forget, Ready Player One is now also a major motion picture which means it’s a perfect time to brush on this novel before watching the movie to see all the characters you love come to the big screen.

If you’re a fan of graphic novels and anime such as Sword Art Online, or Log Horizon you’ll thoroughly enjoy the escapism on offer from Cline. Ready Player One is also suitable for mature kids and teenagers looking to expand their reading regime if they loved authors such as Rick Riordan and Terry Pratchett.

Now, strap yourself in and get ready Player One, the games are about to begin.