about me


   reader, writer, wannabe…

I’m Michelle, a thirty-something-year-old freelance copywriter. After eleven years living in Sydney, I moved back to Melbourne earlier this year, with ten boxes of books in tow. I live in a quiet suburb in the north and I’m gradually getting to know all the cats in our new neighbourhood, as well as finding places for all those books.

When I’m not right here at my desk, or sprawled on the couch with a book, you’ll find me haunting Melbourne’s bookshops, libraries and other bookish places. It’s a good thing there are so many of them.

I started Book to the Future because, as a lifelong lover of all things literary, I was so full of thoughts about books that I had to collect them somewhere or risk some kind of aneurism. Five years into what was intended to be a three-year project, here I am – still writing, still learning as I go. Thanks for joining me.


   just plain showing off

Aside from writing about books here, I’m also lucky enough to occasionally write reviews for The Big Issue and Newtown Review of Books from time to time.

In 2011, Book to the Future was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Best Australian Blogs awards, while I was a finalist in the 2013 and 2014 competitions.

Book to the Future was mentioned by Jane Sullivan in a 2013 article about online book reviewing. Rose Powell also discussed Book to the Future in a piece for the Emerging Writers’ Festival blog about what sets book bloggers apart from the rest of the blogosphere. In June 2014, I was interviewed on ABC Radio Alice Springs’ Drive program about Book to the Future and way back in 2011, I spoke at Express Media’s Write Across Sydney event. In 2015, I spoke on a panel about blogging at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and also blogged about the festival.

You can find out more about Book to the Future here, or if you’d like to say hello, here are my contact details.

25 thoughts on “about me”

  1. Was just talking to a friend I’ve met recently about our all time fave books, and Strait is the Gate was the first I mentioned. Its economy, depth of feeling, symbolism – all wonderful. Hope your thoughtful response encourages more readers…

    1. I’ve read a lot of books since Strait is the Gate, but my mind keeps returning to this novel. I still think about it all the time – which says a lot, really. Thank you, Mark.

  2. Hi Michelle,
    I also lived in Western suburbs of Sydney & catch the train to the city for work. And I just LOVE books :)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  3. The long commute is indeed the best thing for reading – when you can get a seat. I lived for a long time in Doonside, where I holed myself up to read. You have a lovely blog – looking forward to reading more of it!

    1. Sometimes, I arrive at Central in the morning wishing my work was just a little further away so I could keep reading because I’m RIGHT in the middle of an interesting bit and it’s going to keep me wondering all day…

      Oh, and a couple of times, I’ve looked up from my book and realised I’ve forgotten to get off the train. Whoops.

      Ahhh, the joys of reading and commuting…when you can get a seat, as you quite rightfully point out.

      Thank you, Steve!

  4. Hi Michelle, Found your blog when I googled Elizabeth Harrower’s The Watchtower after seeing it discussed on Jennifer Byrne’ Book club show. I get so much joy fromreading, keep a book with me wherever I go. Have you ever read any of Wally Lamb’ novels? I particularly loved his tome I Know this much is true.

    1. I haven’t read The Watchtower (though I do own a copy and I hope to get around to reading it soon!). I’m now adding Wally Lamb to my list of books to watch out for next time I’m wondering around in a bookshop and I don’t know what to buy. Thank you for saying hello!

  5. Hmm missed my half hour commute when we moved closer to the city – Perth – and further from a railway station. Now retired, it doesn’t matter have heaps of time for reading but need less expensive kindle reads.
    Some of our local libraries have done something stupid – divided fiction into separate alpha sequences for various genres – science fiction/fantasy, crime, thrillers/horror, relationships, romance and allsorts. Not much in the allsorts but Katherine Mansfields short stories made it there. Browsing now a nightmare. Refuse to be involved. Can only find where something is if I know what I’m looking for and use the computer. Dislike this intensely. Any other public libraries being as stupid as this or is it an odd WA mind snap by some public service non-reader?

    1. Hi Irene! I was in my local library just the other week and it had all the fiction together – none of this odd grouping of genres. I can understand why you’d be annoyed – and what on earth is “allsorts” anyway? Ugh. Sounds like they’re trying to display their books in the same way a bookshop would…but who expects that from a library, really? Thank you for saying hi!

  6. I’ve only just discovered your blog (thanks to the 2013 Best Bloggers List on AWC) and am so thankful that I have. It’s so cozy here! A review of a highlighted book from each year since 1900 is ingenious (albeit, quite a bit of work on your part!) Seems I have a lot of catch-up reading to do and quite a few titles to add to Goodreads.

  7. Hi again Michelle, Just finished reading a novel called The Boat. Gripping and well-written by English writer (and actress) Clara Samaran. Highly recommend. Jenny

    1. I just looked up The Boat online – it looks like a fascinating read. Thanks for the recommendation, Jenny. I’ve added it to my Goodreads list. And thanks for commenting!

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