Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles & Woolworths’ Dominance

Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles & Woolworths’ Dominance – Malcolm Knox (2015)

Pages: 150


 

24184387Supermarket Monsters is an enlightening and quite honestly terrifying look into the current grocery industry within Australia, in particular as the title suggests, Coles and Woolworths.

This book is absolutely fantastic. It’s quick, easy to read and gives a good summation of the issues at hand. In a society where it’s easy to close our eyes and ignore what’s going on around us, this book gets to the heart of the matter fast.

This book should be mandatory reading for all grocery buyers in Australia (everyone) as it really states what our consuming is doing to farmers, suppliers and independent grocer owners.

 

 

4.5/5 Stars

“Like anything too colossal and too ubiquitous to stand back from, Coles and Woolworths almost defy comprehension”

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7 Books I Have Abandoned (For Now)

I’ve recently found myself in a reading slump. It’s been very frustrating, wanting to read but just cannot get into any books. In recognition of this, I have created a list of books that I just cannot get through. For now at least, they have been abandoned. Let me know if there is anything you think I should keep working through.

1. Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W Loewen

This book came highly recommended, and the premise is great. I don’t know why I can’t get through it. Maybe there is just too many other books that are great that I need to read. I found it a little bit.. dry I suppose. (20% through)

2. The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster

I found this to be weird, and bizarre and I could not wrap my head around it. I definitely intend on picking this back up at some point, but I will probably have to start again from the beginning. (14% through).

3. Confessions of a Sociopath – ME Thomas

I was incredibly uncomfortable reading about sociopaths, which is why I put this one down. I don’t think I will be picking this one back up again.. Sorry. (12% through).

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Don’t hate me! I don’t know why I couldn’t get into this, and I will definitely try again. I know it’s supposed to be funny. Maybe I just tried to read this in the wrong mood. I am going to try again! (20% through).

5. Lost Continent – Bill Bryson

I love Bill Bryson, a lot. This book seemed different to me, I thought it was bitter and snarky. I couldn’t read very much of it at all (4% through).

6. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

I have heard this starts off slow, and I agree. I intend on starting this one again at some point, but it was just sooo slow. (10% through).

and the mother of all disappointments;

7. A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin

I love the show. I love the characters. I love Jon Snow. I love Arya Stark. I love to hate Joffrey and Bran Stark (he’s just so boring). I love Ygritte. I love Tyrion Lannister. I love Margaery. I love the backgrounds. I love it all.

I hate the books. I just cannot get into them. I want to so bad, but I just can’t do it. There are too many characters to keep track of, I forget what’s happened. I don’t think that endless world building is for me. (I read the first book, and about 10% of the second).

The Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (2005) Pages: 337

Sea of Monsters (2006) Pages: 279

Titans Curse (2007) Pages: 317

Battle of the Labyrinth (2008) Pages: 341

The Last Olympian (2009) Pages: 381


pj The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan centres around the title character Percy Jackson who is the demigod son of Poseidon going on various adventures with his friends. This is a children’s series, with a target age group of 8-14.

I wish these books had been around when I was a kid, I would have loved them so much. They weren’t terribly bad reading as an adult, but they are amazing for preteens/early teens. I picked up these books when I was longing for something like Harry Potter – which they are not. The Greek mythology background was great, and I think kids especially would actually learn from reading these books. Reading as an adult, I give this series 3.5/5 Stars, however that’s not fair. As a former child:

5/5 Stars

“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (1999) Pages: 224


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book set in the early 90s, centred around Charlie, a naive, sheltered teenager. The book is a lovely coming of age story. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book that is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

The story was quite beautiful and I found it very easy to relate to. Although I really liked it but I did see some flaws. Charlie is supposed to be quite intelligent and well read, but his writing is atrocious. I also had issues with the ending, but obviously I can’t write about that without giving away spoilers. I had seen the film first, which I also very much liked, and I think the ending was portrayed a bit better.

I recommend reading this book, even if it does have it’s flaws, even just because it is such a short read. It’s perfect for young adults.

3.5/5 Stars

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”