For the Love of Books

For the Love of Books

We have so many great cafes in the Western Suburbs so I visited a few over the last month to check out what some of the patrons are reading, and to enjoy myself a latte or two.

Just down the road in The Gap is Happy Days! There I found lovely Sofie who was reading a translated fiction fave ‘Before The Coffee Gets Cold’. Sofie wanted to pick up “something short and sweet” between her usual fantasy reads. So far she is “enjoying the unique take on time travel and love”. I really enjoyed this one too! 

In Ashgrove at the popular Mistress of Spice, I found local and Mistress regular Christine reading the epic Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This one became an instant classic and is now a TV series. Christine loves how it’s “written like a documentary”. She admits she had to google to “find out if it was a true story”, and I admit I did the same! It is apparently based on the true story of Fleetwood Mac though so we weren’t far off! 

Over in Keperra at Pepper & Salt Café, Generosso was enjoying a coffee and reading “The Leave’s Forget” by his favourite Author, Allan Baxter. Gen is a huge Baxter fan and has read almost all of his ‘weird horror’ collection. This one was “compelling from the start” said Gen. So much so that he ended up “reading it in almost one sitting!I’m a bit of a scaredy cat, but if you enjoy good horror, Gen suggests you check Baxter out. 

Lastly, the Arthur Terrace Coffee Shop, neighbours with Scrumptious Reads in Red Hill, is frequented by many booklovers, including ex-Scrumptious employee and ferocious reader Meg. Meg has a love of Australian Literature and a “soft-spot for the short story genre”, so “The Waterfowl Are Drunk” by Kate Liston Mills ticked all of her boxes! It even features artwork by Brisbane-based artist Gert Hayer.” Meg enthuses. The stories are “set in a small coastal town, with characters and actions unfolding across generations. Kate weaves her collection of stories together with humour, insight, and a gentle humanity that is relatable and satisfying”. Meg has certainly made me keen to pick this one up! 

Happy reading! @sarahsbookchat