My view this evening while I enjoy a quiet moment with my book.
I enjoyed it but not as much as I was hoping/expecting to. The whole part where they set sail to chase the octopus completely lost me.
Stunning! Such beautiful writing and sense of place. I was right there in the North Carolina marshlands with Kya, my heart aching and breaking with hers. There were parts that I thought a bit unbelievable but that didn‘t even really matter, I couldn‘t put it down regardless of that.
This was a really sweet Australian story by an author I‘ve read a lot and never been disappointed. What I didn‘t realise is this story is the third in a series (though you can read each as a stand alone) of which I‘ve already ready the first. Must chase down The Piper‘s Son now.
This one has really got me in its grips. Breaking me heart more and more. But can someone tell me what grits are? I‘ve never come across them in Australia.
It‘s been years (and years and years) since I last read the first Harry Potter book. Listening to Stephen Fry narrate it was just so divine.
Such a sweet and adventurous tale which I shared with Miss 8 who doesn‘t normally have the focus to stick at a chapter book start to finish even if it‘s being read to her. I did have to wonder what on earth the parents were doing while their children stayed all night up a big tree with strange folk.
Brutal, searingly honest, incredibly sad but ultimately redeeming, the story of Corey Whyte leaves little to the imagination and a deep sense of anger regarding our foster care system. I think I‘ve met my quota for this style of memoir for some time but I‘m glad I read this.
There is something so intimate about Sally Rooney‘s writing. The perspective she offers to the reader has a real voyeuristic quality like you‘re seeing parts of the characters‘ lives that only they should know. I think I shall read everything she publishes.
A bit of a tear jerker but such a beautiful story made extra special by sharing with my gorgeous ten year old daughter. Like so many of the characters in the novel she is ever empathetic and knows the value of both having and being a true friend.
I‘ve always meant to try an Anne Tyler and saw this one on my library audiobook app. It was a lovely story, well told and nicely narrated. What I would call a good palate cleanser. Any other Anne Tyler recommendations?
Reading this with Miss10 an we‘re both loving it. She‘s particularly enjoying the changing POV of each section. She‘s been in a bit of a reading slump recently, so where to from here to keep the momentum going?
Loved it! Inspiring, frustrating, at times horrifying and always in awe of the strength of character shown by Odette and Sissy. I am a massive fan of Tony Birch‘s style and this again is one sheds light on the oftentimes forgetter battle of the First Nations people of Australia in the very recent past and the legacy that has continued.
Another great, but confronting, book from Tony Birch. Set in the western district on Victoria (Australia) in the years leading up to full recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution. The book focuses on Odette and her granddaughter Sissy as they struggle to live and stay together while under the protectionist rules of police and government authorities.
I have mixed feelings about this novel. I enjoyed parts of the story, but I also found myself bored or confused with other aspects. It seemed to get stuck in the mystical stuff and lost momentum. I also disliked the narrators which can really distort my opinion of a book.
Written by a school librarian I have huge admiration for, this is a guide to getting and keeping kids reading for parents, teachers and libraries. Mostly it‘s gold, but having two children with literacy learning difficulties despite being read to since the day they were born and have huge vocabulary and amazing comprehension, I know only too well that reading doesn‘t always happen as expected. And there‘s nothing like a mother‘s guilt!
A dark and gloomy tale for a dark and gloomy day. The Widow isn‘t anything earth-shattering but it‘s a very readable, intriguing mystery that had me flip flopping in my head to nearly the end. Told from multiple POV and both forwards and backwards in time making it structurally interesting.
The last instalment of the Neapolitan novels takes Lila and Lenu through the tumultuous periods of divorce, parenting teenagers and finding space for a thriving and renewing work life. Add to this their complex web of friendships and family, underworld doings, vanished children, lies, betrayal and murder. After four thick novels you‘d think everything would be answered but that would be far too near for Lila and Lenu.
Life has been very busy recently and I have missed the time reading with my 8 and 10 year old daughters before bed. This weekend we started these two, The Enchanted Wood with the 8 year old and Wonder with the older one. I really do love sharing that quiet time with them at the end of the day.
What are some other great read-aloud books for these ages?
I‘m many books behind on my Goodreads challenge and it‘s partly because of this book. It‘s written in a Scottish dialect making it one requiring me to translate in my head as I read and really take my time. It was almost enough to turn me off, but in the end it‘s what made the book so genuine. I could hear every character and I was in all of their heads. To story is lovely, quirky but it‘s Jimmy, Liz and Anne-Marie that you fall in love with.
Stan Grant holding up a mirror to the dark and often hidden history of colonisation and dispossession of our country. Australia, as a nation, was built on an overtly racist set of policies and we are yet to, as a country, grapple with the consequences of that. A reminder that I, we all, should be reading and listening to aboriginal voices, ones that have been silenced for generations.
I‘ve read quite a few books dealing with mental illness but few focus on young women with truly psychotic episodes of the type suffered by schizophrenics. Lucia experiences this throughout her life and the impacts ripple through to everyone around her in sometimes devastating ways. Read by a full cast, this had real impact on audio.
My life has became busier and crazier in the last few months mostly because I got a new and fantastic librarian position an hour and a half from home. The downside to all this is that I‘ve stopped reading aloud to these crazy and delightful kids. I want to change this but need something that will appeal to both. They‘re ten and eight. One likes challenging books with interesting words, the other needs action and humour. Suggestions?
This year‘s #stellaprize winner is a very strange but beautifully (if unusually) written memoir of two sisters dealing with the fall out of ageing parents. Although in this case the mother is bats*$t crazy and at serious risk of killing her dominated husband or send them both broke chasing internet scams.
It‘s the end of the school holidays here. My kids have been madly building LEGO creations - this one is a boarding school - while I‘ve been reading this remarkable memoir. #stellaprize
Such a tragic story of loss, suffering and escape following the path of a Syrian couple as they flee war with their lives in tatters. An indictment on a world so quick to destroy and so reluctant to help. There is a glimmer of hope in the end.
The third instalment of the Neapolitan saga sees Elena and Lila as wives and mothers, with careers that rise and fall as relationships do the same. I have completely bought into this series and with this one finishing at a critical point I can‘t wait to listen to the final book.
I really do enjoy these delves into Italian life. The historic context is so interesting and the two MCs are wonderfully complex.
Buses are replacing my train today so my usual hour travel time is now two hours. And this particular bus is full of elderly people eating ice cream cones! Strange! Good thing I‘ve got caffeine and my Kindle.
It took me a while to warm to this novel but in the end I loved it. Frew‘s writing is exquisite and the way she plays with structure is very clever. It reminds me of a scrapbook, clues to the life lived but relying on the reader to put the pieces together. It is resolutely non-linear and told from a multitude of POVs, most of which I wanted more of. Not a book for everyone but definitely one for me
I‘ve never read a Nick Hornby before and have been meaning to for years. So far this audio version is excellent with a perfectly matched narrator. And the story is witty and interesting, nothing high brow but good fun.
I felt like this book really missed the mark, it gave almost no insight into the mind of a triple murderer or his victims or what larger influences impacted on this grisly crime committed in a sleepy, thought drought stricken Australian farming community. Considering the caliber of other recent true crime books, this stands out in its superficialness despite being relatively well written.