This post was originally going to be a monthly virtual book club kinda deal, but then we realised there’s just far too much good shiz flying around these days. As such, it’s now become a monthly recommendations post, jam-packed with cool stuff we’ve found or re-discovered in the month that was.

We’ve also included some of your recommendations as well and, if you’d like to add to the mix / have something mind-blowing (whether that be a podcast, book, product, recipe, whatever!) to throw in, please send us an email at [email protected] Please pop “Recommendation” in the subject, and include a line or two on why you think that thing’s the bee’s knees.

Enjoy!

NB: Side note; no one paid us to appear in this list, this stuff is just straight-up good.

Into the Dry (book) by Jane Harper – PICK OF THE MONTH

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. It’s about a cop who visits his home town (set in rural Australia) after the death of his childhood best mate, Luke. From all accounts, it looks like Luke killed his wife and child before turning the gun on himself however, all is not as it seems…

A thrilling who-dunnit that simultaneously covers small town politics and the perils of growing up in a sometimes too-close-knit community.

Force of Nature (book) Jane Harper

Okay I swear Jane Harper’s publisher isn’t sponsoring this post. She just writes a very good book.

Her latest mystery involves the disappearance of a woman while out hiking on a work trip. Twists, turns, and a story line that will have you guessing until the end.

The Dangers of Truffle Hunting (book) by Sunni Overend

After getting through those who-dunnits you’ll probably want something a bit light and fluffy to cleanse the palate. This book is just that. A fun, romantic read about Kit Gossard, a freelance photographer torn between a life of predictable stability and the handsome spunk who’s just rocked up at Gossard Range…

No points for guessing the ending, but it’s a fun read.

The Fifth Letter (book) by Nicola Moriarty

As soon as you see the surname Moriarty, you know you’re in for a good literary time. The Fifth Letter tells the story of four high school friends, now grown up, who have drifted apart. In an effort to connect, they write letters anonymously detailing some of their closest secrets. It’s all fun and games until an extra letter is discovered, with the biggest secrets of all…

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The Street Talk Espresso Nourish Bowls (food)

Salads have been known to underwhelm. But not these bad boys. Delicious and healthy and available at our Armadale (Melbourne) fave. See more here.

January Recommendations

Note to Self (podcast)

Feeling a bit overwhelmed on the digital front? Not sure what to make of this ever-changing world? Check out this podcast and let it guide you through. Filling you in on everything from privacy to Pinterest, it’s important information delivered in an easy to listen to format. Search for it in the podcast app, and check out their website here.

How I Built This with Guy Raz (podcast)

Possibly our fave podcast RN. Hear the back stories of some of the world’s most iconic companies from their founders. How did Wholefoods kick off? Where did Home Depot come from? Search for this podcast in your podcast app to find out.

Dr Dennis Gross glow pads (product)

OMG IT’S A TANNING WIPE THAT A) WORKS AND B) EXFOLIATES AS IT TANS. Shut the front door. A bit on the exy side yes, but it’s freaking good and waaay cheaper than all those spray tans.

Get it at Mecca Cosmetica, and find out more about it here.

Reformer pilates (exercise)

’tis our current obsession and we #cantstop #wontstop. We’re lurrving here.

Essence Cosmetics (product)

Everything in the Essence range is below $15. And yes, I know what you’re thinking – cheap and nasty…? But no, alas, their stuff is genuinely GOOD. They don’t test on animals, are largely made – and very popular in – Europe, and do a damn fine lip liner.

Find their stuff at Priceline and check out their website here.

(They have also recently collaborated with Chupa Chupas which is very fun!)

January Reccommendations

These Nachos (recipe)

…are really good. And they’re healthier than your average nacho. Find the recipe here.

Your Recommendations…

@lynwill65 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (book) – followed by its next seven books. The first three have been made into an awesome TV series too.

@antontejeda Serial (podcast) – An interesting and well-made crime podcast.

@samanthaleew Locked Up Abroad (podcast)- Told in first person by people who get locked up abroad. Very interesting!

@mimtizzle  Tim Ferris, Joe Rogan, Jordan Harbinger (three separate podcasts) – The Tim Ferris and Terry Crews interview is a killer!

@peterjames988 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (book) – Follows the lives of four college friends from the time they live together in their early twenties through to their late fifties. As the book continues, the devastating back story of the main character is revealed and we see how this experience continues to influence the trajectory of the rest of their lives. I finished the book a year ago and still think about the characters.

@davidnewhouse1 – Dear John and Atlanta Monster (podcasts) – True crime thrillers which unravel the eerily true stories of these characters.

@ridgetinez Reply All (podcast) is an amazing podcast. They physically go and try and break a cyber scamming ring in India, they micro-dose on LSD to see if it had any beneficial effect on creativity and they scaled an abandoned Brooklyn monument for the heck of it. Absolutely love it.

@markzalunardo Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (book) – Awesome to read about the origins of humankind and why we live the way we do today.

@foodfeels_sydney  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (book) – It’s based on real life events and a true page turner.

@_brady_c The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (book) – It’s about two pregnant women, one becomes obsessed with the other.

@tracytracy097 No Second Chance by Harlan Coben (book) – A good one if you like thrillers! It’s so good and twisted, you have no idea what’s coming next.

@sarahbphillips Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (book) – Ingrid writes letters to her husband about their life together. After her last one she disappears on a Dorset beach. Her daughter returns home to look after her father twelve years later when her parents life together comes to light. This book captures how love sweeps you away and takes you on a different course than where you were heading, and how it can sometimes be underlined with betrayal, regret and guilt. The human failures in this book are heartbreaking.