Saturday, January 20, 2018

"Terra Nullius" by Claire G. Coleman

Started reading on: 18th January 2018 as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2018.
This book was recommended to me by the owners of Adelaide's Pop-Up Bookshop. The author is an indigenous Australian from W.A. and has won a "Black & Write" fellowship in 2016. I'll add my review once I have finished the book.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Aussie Author Challenge 2018

I didn't manage to make the time to read as many books as usual in 2017, but am planning on reading more in 2018. I have decided to sign up for the 2018 Aussie Author Challenge - at least at the Wallaroo level, and potentially the Kangaroo level...we will see as the year progresses! I have taken part in the Challenge in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 - it's a great way to discover great books and new authors. If you are interested in joining the Aussie Author Challenge or would just like some recommendations of excellent books written by Australians - head over to the Book Lover's Book Review website where Jo is hosting the Challenge for the 9th year.

"The Power" by Naomi Alderman.

Recommended by the PopUp Bookshop owners for people who enjoyed the Handmaid's Tale book.

Started reading: 10/12/2017
Finished: 17/01/2018
My score:6.5-7/10

I will write my review and upload it soon.

“Dark Emu Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?” By Bruce Pascoe

I’ve had several people recommend this book to me over the last few years, but also had some trouble tracking down a copy of it. After hearing the author speak at the free Open State festival in October my mind was blown. Fascinated, excited, ashamed at my ignorance, and upset about why this is not common knowledge that we celebrate as a nation. I bought the book at the festival. There’s a good Richard Fiedler interview with Bruce Pascoe you can listen to if you are interested.\\

Started reading: 1st Dec 2017 (approx).
My score/review:

“All the light we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr

Recommended by my Mum :-) I bought this book at least 2 years ago but only now prioritising more time to read novels again (mostly on the bus) as I really miss it.

Such an excellent book! It's an historic novel set in the Second World War, very moving and beautifully written, with such lovely moments of love and compassion and bravery shining strongly through that makes you have faith in the goodness of most humans even when surrounded by so much violence and horror inflicted by others. Also makes me wonder why we humans don't seem to learn from the horrific wars of the past and keep repeating them over and over in different places and different contexts.
Started reading: 7th Nov 2017
Finished: November 2017
My score: 10/10

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

I bought this book second hand from my favourite bookstore: Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop at the Central Markets. Just started reading it 2 days ago on the bus and absolutely hooked and about half way already. It’s a dystopian novel but I love the writing style. I haven’t watched the TV series based on this book yet - I bought this book about 2 years ago well before I even knew there was a TV series coming out, but only just getting time to read it now.

Started reading: 1 Nov 2017
Finished reading: 7 Nov 2017
My score: 9/10 - love her writing style plus it was hard to put down. Way better than other dystopian novels I’ve read (not that I’ve read a huge number).

"The Good People" by Hannah Kent

I’ll try to upload a proper review soon. I’ve hardly had any time to read novels this year (I think I’ve read about 3 compared to my usual 30+) but this was a good one by a young South Aussie in my fav genre - historical fiction. Not quite as good as her awesome first novel from her PhD “burial rites” but still very interesting and dark. I’ve been fascinated in faerie lore since I was about 7 years old (or younger - it was the day of Hayley’s comet sighting in Sydney in the 1980s) when I first saw (and was later given) a treasured book “faeries” by Brian Froud & Alan Lee by a family friend -Sandy.

My score: 7.5/10