August Rewind

Clearly August equates to sensational reading. Every book on this month’s rewind is sensational. Really, truly sensational. Continue reading

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Hurry and finish #ALLTHEBOOKS

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I had to make an appointment this morning for about four weeks hence. And the date is in November. And I freaked out. Because after November comes December and then that’s the year, done and dusted. Good grief.

So, given that we’re getting to the pointy end of things, what’s my reading plan? I have some reading challenges to complete, a book club selection, a few ARCs and a couple of books that have been sitting next to my bed for far too long – Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves to The Crucible

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I’m late to the #6DEGREES party this month and it took all my willpower to keep studying last weekend and not start thinking about links between books. But exams are finished (hoorah!) and now I can blog, blog, blog (Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman created the #6DEGREES mem, for bloggers to share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along).

This month, #6DEGREES begins with Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, a book that I loved for so many reasons (in fact, here are 11 of them). Continue reading

Book Q & A

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Australian author and book blogger Annabel Smith tagged me in a fun (quick) meme last week. Yes, it’s taken me a few days to get to it but that’s because I was busy testing my nerves on roller coasters and ridiculous water-slides with the kids on the Gold Coast. I’m still recovering.

Book Q&A Rules

1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of your favourite book cover
3. Answer the questions below
4. Tag a few people to answer them too
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. Make sure you tell the person who tagged you that you’ve taken part! Continue reading

‘Tigers in Red Weather’ by Liza Klaussman

Sometimes the fabulousness of a book is all about timing. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for my reading of Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman – in the depths of a Melbourne winter, the scorching summer sun and the seaside-town perfection of Martha’s Vineyard crackled off the page.

“Summer seemed to arrive at that moment, with its mysterious mixture of salt, cold flesh and fuel.”

The publishing world got a tad excited about Tigers – it’s Klaussman’s debut novel and it has been lauded the ‘new’ Gatsby. Big praise for a first book although it should also be noted that Klaussmann is the great-great-granddaughter of Herman Melville and secured a six-figure deal on Tigers (there is a nice little coincidence here – Chad Harbach’s first book, The Art of Fielding, also scored a practically unheard of six-figure sum and includes lots of references to Herman Melville). Continue reading