01. A couple of years ago I had a salad epiphany (I’m not overstating it). I realised that there was no such thing as a ‘tasty, simple salad that you could throw together at the last minute’. Instead, all the best salads appear simple but are actually quite complex and/or take time to prepare. I bought a book that became my Salad Bible. Truly, it’s the best. So I was excited to discover that the author, Hetty McKinnon, has a new book out – Neighbourhood. Continue reading
Okay, today’s Top Ten topic is supposed to be serious – suggestions for book groups that are crazy for memoirs or going through a science-fiction phase or whatever whatever… I love my book group deeply. We’ve been together for 17 years and, to be honest, reading the book is optional. However, we are consistent when it comes to laughing, having a wine (and sometimes a whine). Continue reading
01. I’ve mentioned how much I love Miffy, right? This.
02. The Melbourne Writers Festival 2016 program was announced yesterday. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, which gives me a few more hours to sort out how I’ll manage #ALLTHEEVENTS (on my radar are Shriver, Flanagan, Tsiolkas, Wood, Garner, Funder, Earls, Beneba Clarke). Continue reading
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday focuses on books that have received fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. Hmmm… Clearly I’m hanging out with the unpopular kids because LOTS of the books I’ve read in the last few years fit into this category. Here are some favourites – Continue reading
I didn’t get around to posting this yesterday…
Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
The Paper House by Anna Spargo-Ryan Continue reading
The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist was announced today (via Twitter).
Thoughts… Well I know who I’d like to win (Wood)… And I’m glad it wasn’t a complete repeat of the Stella shortlist…
I’ll try to read the other books before the winner is announced so that when I make loud-judgy-comments they’re at least based on informed opinion.
And the winner is…
A wonderful book and a deserving winner.
My review – The Natural Way of Things.
(Just quietly, I told you so).
This post is actually more on the bookish side of the ledger this week… Continue reading
Read my review of The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood here.
It’s a book that demands thought and discussion. It’s a book that is current and topical but also serves as a cautionary tale. It’s a book that is skilfully and beautifully written. It’s a book that I couldn’t put down – at the same time, I couldn’t guess where it was heading. It’s a book that I finished and thought “I need to talk to someone immediately about that last page!”.
Basically, it’s a book prize judge’s dream. And for that reason…
Will it win the Stella Prize? Yes. And I said so here and here.
1. Stop. Everything. How did I not know that Suzanne Rindell has a new book out?
2. Ate lots of Easter eggs on Sunday* and wore my activewear all day because it was so strenuous. Continue reading