I Know What You'll Read This Summer

I Know What You'll Read This Summer


Celebrating the joy of the holiday book, this six part series highlights the best reads of 2015. Join Monique Bowley and her real life book club for the page turners of the year. From crime to prize-winners, there's some choice picks for your summer of reading.


The Cult Read: The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up  

This tiny book has sold five million copies, spawned a music album, a TV show, and countless blogs, youtube channels and pinterest pages dedicated to the craft. 

It's about more than just tidying up.

Marie Kondo says her book will make you more successful, more confident, and more motivated to create the life you want. The ‘Konmari’ method has a cult following with devoted worshippers of tidy-home-mantras.  But what hidden messages are in this book? Is it really a tale of shame, of OCD tendencies, and of the moral highground that comes with minimalist living?

Show notes:

Your hosts are Monique Bowley with Jo Lauder and Gabe Lauder


The book we were talking about was The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo.

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The Thriller: The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins  

It outsold Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and has been sitting at the top of the charts since its release. A page turner for sure; a female psychological thriller that's easy, trashy, with a decent twist at the end.  But the question we ask is: if you hate the books characters, and detest the way it's written, does that neccessarily make it a bad book? 

Show notes

Your hosts are Monique Bowley with Jo Lauder and Gabe Lauder

The book is The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

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Contact the show via email podcast@mamamia.com.au

tweet us @mamamiapodcasts

or facebook.com/mamamiapodcastnetwork 

This show is part of the Mamamia Women’s Network 


The Self-Help One: Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert  

Do you want to live a more creative life?

Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame says you can. And you MUST. But before you run out and enrol in life-drawing 101, stop right there.  It's not neccessary. 

This is a no-bullshit guide on how to make space for more creativity in your life. She argues that anyone can be creative, at anything, and her advice on how to stop giving a shit about what people think of you will have you highlighting passages and booking in for ice-skating/guitar/mosaic lessons.

A great read to start the new year.

Show notes:

Your hosts are Monique Bowley with Gabe Lauder and Jo Lauder

Contact the show via email podcast@mamamia.com.au 

Via twitter @mamamiapodcasts

Or via the Facebook page: Mamamia Podcast Network

This book was one of the top ten books of 2015, according to founder and content director of Mamamia, Mia Freedman. 

Mia Freedman interviewed Elizabeth Gilbert on her podcast: No Filter. Listen here.

Or Elizabeth Gilbert has her own podcast called Magic Lessons, here


The Beautiful Read: The Eye Of The Sheep - Sofie Laguna  

In my opinion, there is no greater discovery in 2015 than this book.  Despite its heavy themes, The Eye Of The Sheep is an eminently readable and joyous tale. Told through the eyes of young Jimmy Flick, it's a story about family dysfunction, social disadvantage and a mother's love.  It’s the most beautiful and skillful depiction of Australian domestic life since Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. You can almost smell the cut grass and the sea. It won the Miles Franklin and you won’t have to guess why.   Show notes This show is hosted by Monique Bowley with Jo and Gabe Lauder.   Contact us via podcast@mamamia.com.au or via twitter: @mamamiapodcasts and via the podcast facebook page   This show is part of the Mamamia Women's Network.  

The True Crime One: This House Of Grief, Helen Garner  

Would a man really stage an accident to murder his three children and get back at his estranged wife? That’s the question Helen Garner concerns herself with in this intimately observed court-house novel. The book follows the case of Robert Farquharson, accused of deliberately driving his car into a dam near Geelong. While the case captured, angered and horrified the nation, this novel is a meticulous study of character, of truth, and the reliability of memory.  It’s a brilliantly written, fly on the wall view of this tragic story.

Show notes:

Your host is Monique Bowley, with Gabe Lauder and Jo Lauder.

Contact the show via email: podcast@mamamia.com.au, via twitter @mamamiapodcasts or via the Mamamia Podcast Network facebook page.

The Prize Winner: All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr  

The Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction this year sounds more like something from a Mills and Boon novel. Orphaned children, a priceless magical diamond, a blind French girl and a German wunderkind who fall in love via a radio transmission? But Anthony Doerr's war time tome, ten years in the making, is masterful. Written from the child's perspective, the themes of light, love, and how against all odds people still try to be good to one another is stunning. Don't be put off by the 500-odd pages; Doerr's light touch means it's an easy read. 

Your host is Monique Bowley with Jo Lauder and Gabe Lauder

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For the full list of books in this series, go to the facebook page, Mamamia Podcast Network.


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