All About Read and Live Well

Read and Live Well

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.”

Helen Keller.

So why the sunflower?

Sunflowers embody the very qualities and spirit that this space aims to represent, promote, encourage and share with others.

Sunflowers keep their blooms turned towards the sun, thus symbolising positivity, strength, warmth and light.

Sunflowers produce an abundance of seeds, and in this way they are a source of nourishment for themselves and others.

And sunflowers, with their bright, vibrant shades of yellow and orange, represent happiness, vitality, personal growth and creativity.




This is what Read and Live Well stands for.


Books and reading, for me, represent:

– A time to rest, relax and rejuvenate

– A way to feed my appetite for knowledge, learning new things and personal growth

– Cultivating empathy and compassion, and bettering my understanding of the world

– Travelling to other times, places, worlds

– And is a way to embrace and fuel my creativity, which nourishes the mind and the soul.


It’s all about finding, embracing and following your passions, making creativity a part of your everyday, and inspiring others to do the same.


“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein

This is me having fun!


So who am I?

I’m Julia, I live in Queensland, Australia, and work as a doctor. I love to read. I always have. Now, as a lifelong reader and secretly an aspiring writer, I am putting my love of books down on paper, to share with you all.

What exactly do I read?

Well, anything really. I enjoy a wide range of genres and love discovering new authors and those that may be lesser known, from all around the world.

Here is just a few of the books in my collection which I have enjoyed!

The Night Circus and other book with black spines

The Museum of You, and other blue books

The Red Notebook and other books with white spines

Rainbow books



So yes, I do love books. But I do love other things as well: 

Hot summer days and afternoon thunderstorms. Cats, big and small. Drinking tea.
Read and Live Well sunflower

Writing in beautiful journals with beautiful pens.

Gorilla trekking in the mountains of Rwanda.

Pretending to be a wildlife photographer.

Ice cream and chocolate. Running. The beach.

Learning to live more mindfully. Colouring in, and dabbling in other creative pursuits!



What can you expect when joining me at Read and Live Well?

This space is largely dedicated to reading and books. Book photography, or #bookstagram, is serious business and my collection of beautiful photographs of beautiful books will also be showcased here!

Some of the categories of articles you can look forward to, include:

– Book reviews

– Spotlight on my favourite authors

– Around the world in books – my favourite books in translation

– Listacles – best books of 2016, my most anticipated releases of the summer, and more

– “Julia Cooks” – a bit of fun – reviewing cook books by attempting the recipes to determine how ‘cookable’ the books really are (this could be disastrous – I don’t, as a general rule, cook!)


I will also include feature articles related to health and wellness, mindfulness, and creativity when the inspiration strikes!


So that is a little about me, and a little about Read and Live Well. 


I look forward to you joining me and sharing my love of all things literature!


Connect with me!


I’d love to connect with you – find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.

I also encourage comments on all of my posts, so please let me know what you think and we can discuss!


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Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to talking soon!



  • #currentlyreading ..
Finally picking this one up! ..
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  • New blog post!
I share 10 links from around the web that I have enjoyed - bookish and non-bookish things!
Link to my blog is in bio.
  • Of course for International Cat Day we need to celebrate by reading poetry on cats!
Here are some of my favourites.
Link to my blog is in bio
  • #currentlyreading When Michael Met Mina
Sticking to the theme of refugees in Australia, as I am currently reading They Cannot Take the Sky and also recently read The Bone Sparrow
This is YA fiction about Michael, whose parents run the political party called 'Aussie Values', and Mina, who fled Afghanistan with her mother and arrived in Australia by boat.
This has some pretty confronting characters but I'm sure is not actually far from reality for many in Australia.
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  • Thanks to @rhianreads for tagging me in her #rhianreadsmeetsbooksta tag!
Q1: Bookish confession. I haven't read a Jane Austen novel that I've enjoyed yet! 😳 I will continue though!
Q2: Author you think is underrated. Georgia Blain who wrote Between a Wolf and a Dog which is still one of the best books I've read this year and I want more people to read it!
Q3: Do you write at all? Only academically and scientifically for the past 10+ years but I started my blog so I could do more creative writing. I've always wanted to write a novel and am starting to make a little progress 😊
Q4: Read any good nonfiction recently? Yes - The Gender Games by Juno Dawson. Amazing!
Q5: Got a blog? Yup! Read and Live Well. Link is always in my bio! ..
Argh I forgot to tag! I tag @whatkatiereadnext @thereaderswardrobe @crazybooklady_ ..
Btw how stinkin cute is this cat mug from Kikki K! @kikki.k ..
These books are on my Five Star Prediction blog post, where I predict five books from my TBR that will be 5 ⭐️ reads!
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