Loving this - lots of quotes from Shirely Hazzard. Ebook from our state library.
I have been waiting for Yangsze Choo's second novel for so long, it did not disappoint. Beautiful, lyrical story with ghost stories, tigers, dead twins, trains to the afterlife and Chinese dancehall girls. Set in 1930s Malaysia.
Yangsze Choo is one of the amazing historical fiction writers I discovered onan online historical fiction course . Where do you find new authors to follow?
#historicalfiction #plagueswitchesandwar #librariestasmania
This has been on my #TBRpile for several years. I think that this is the ideal time to read it, on the eve of ANZAC Day observance.
'Men living in trenches with no movement except when they are digging, and with nothing to look at except a narrow strip of sky.
You would have wept ... two of our finest Light
Horse regiments were wiped out in ten minutes in an attempt to advance a few yards.'
Books sorted by colour in a Melbourne opshop. I think it browsing harder. What do others think?
My March reads My March reading catchup with a touch of alliteration!
The first three were my long weekend reads at lovely Orford.
Where i got them: 1 ARC, 1 Xmas gift, 1 library loan, 1@bookabuy, 1@littlelibrary, 2 that I purchased. Three writers from my visit to Adelaide Writers Festival #adlww
#bookloversday #bookishgirl #booksofig #bookstack #booksaboutbooks #NZwriters @betterreadingau @bookabuy
1. Too many - Cloud Street, Waterlily by Kate Llewellyn , The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.........
2. Sort of, straighten the doona and give it a shake
3. 24 C
4. Pickles and cheese sandwich
5. Hi to new Littens! Not sure how to tag!
Ps it‘s actually early Sunday morning here!
This was a first read from this writer for me. Loved it, great plot and intriguing characters. My first visit to New York was late last year which deepened my appreciation of the places and references to events from the era such as Tammany Hall, actress Marion Davies, and The Follies. Another interesting snippet for me was the allusion to a real life story fictionalised in The Paris Seamstress. Love how my reading life builds these crossovers.
Heading home now but have had an amazing time at the Adelaide Writers Week. This mornings session was with the authors of biographies of Helen Garner anf J M Coetzee interviewed by autbor of Patrick White's biography. Fantastic discussion #adlww
Seems like 2019 may be the year of the graphic novel for me. It‘s not a genre that I‘ve previously read. It started with the beautiful Christmas present (left) from my lovely son which needs no explanation. Cassandra Darke was fantastic, loved her contrariness. And I loved that the cover brought to mind Ignatius from paperback cover of Confederacy of Dunces, a long ago read.
#bookishgirl #librarylove #cassandradarke #graphicnovels #bookloversday
Claremont Flower Show
First two reads of 2019. Reading selections from the #TBR pile. Mary Bennett yet another Austen ‘sequel‘. Interesting but I didn‘t like the way the best loved characters were portrayed, although most lived ‘Happily ever after‘ by the end.
Really enjoyed The Fall, kept me guessing.
#tbrpile #bookishgirl #alwaysreading #janeausten #instabooks #offtheshelf
I received this as an ARC from Netgalley and Grove Atlantic. Ken Bruen wasn‘t an author I was familiar with, however when I settled in the rhythm and cadence of Bruen‘s sparse yet evocative writing, I was hooked. Jack Taylor leads the reader through the underbelly of Galway City in pursuit of a man known only as the Silence. It‘s an harsh and unforgiving place. Ken Bruen is a discovery and I can‘t understand why I have found him and Jack so late!
My 92nd and penultimate read of 2018, working my way through the Guido Brunetti series, no 22 of 27. I‘ve never been to Venice but I love the way Donna Leon brings Venice to life; this time I learnt about the Cat Condominium at Santa Lorenzo and the Cat ladies. I so need to go to Venice,
Once again Brunetti appears to be ‘ free range‘ investigating a lonely, sad death that intrigues him.
Enjoyable but not as good as I hoped from previous reads from K H. Interesting to learn about the San Juan islands off Seattle though.
I grabbed this off the TBR pile (read mountain) during a jet lag sleep deprived night. A quick read and enjoyable. I‘m a sucker for books based on Austen‘s novels and also those about bookshops. This was a fun read and having done the ‘Austen thing‘ in Bath in late 2016 It was a nice reminder of our whirlwind visit.
Fun fact - if you search a Mr Darcy on Goodreads you get 649 results!
#MrDarcy #P&P #jetlag