Marlena is one of those novels that has a "stock plot". Written from Cat's perspective as her mother exiles them to a rural town. We love her lonely life until she befriends her intoxicating neighbor, Marlena. Beautiful, intense and overwhelming Cat falls under her spell and is drawn into her upside down life. That is … Continue reading Marlena – Julie Buntin
Tracker by Alexis Wright is this year's Stella Prize winner. A collective memoir of the legendary Tracker Tilmouth, this epic read tells of everything from Tracker's childhood removed from his family and brought up on a mission to the charismatic Aboriginal leader running around federal parliament winding up all the politicians. A forward thinking advocate … Continue reading Tracker – Alexis Wright
Hands down one of the best, most important and touching reads of the year. Eggshell Skull is a memoir of one woman's year working as a judge's associate witnessing case after case of sexual violence towards (mostly) women in metropolitan and regional Queensland. Watching the varying degrees of justice handed down and the factors that … Continue reading Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
Moody, nostalgic and dark. The Virgin Suicides is a Eugenides masterpiece so different from his other novel that I have read, the highly entertaining Middlesex. The Virgin Suicides is the tale of the short lives of the five Lisbon sisters and the boys who loved and worshipped them. This was a darkly humorous, ominous and … Continue reading The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
If there is anything us book lovers have in common (apart from books, of course) it has to be the overwhelming pile of unread books at our disposal. This anxiety-inducing pile full of unknown wonders (and a shocker or two, no doubt) is what I want to discuss today. How do you keep track of … Continue reading TBR Talk.
Earlier in the year, you may recall, I posted about the Reading Women Challenge that I was planning to participate in. As with most good intentions it has fallen slightly to the wayside over the past few months and yet I have managed to complete another five prompts, which I'll discuss below. Are you reading … Continue reading Reading Women 2018 Challenge Update.
The Book Ninja is one of my favourite and definitely most fun reads of the year. Meet Frankie Rose. Frankie works in a bookshop spending her day with the men of her dreams: Mr Darcy, Mr Knightley and Mr Tilney just to name a few. She is sick of the disasters that is online dating … Continue reading The Book Ninja – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus