Everything is Normal is your average memoir. Boy grows up, the story of his life, family, friends, school. Except when your childhood occurred behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union during the 70's and 80's. This light-hearted insight into going up a Soviet child was engrossing and easy to read. I found this a … Continue reading Everything is Normal – Sergey Grechishkin
I think it's quite clear from my lack of posting in recent weeks, that I've been in a bit of a winter rut. My motivation to blog has been at an all time low and even my desire to read has been more than a little dormant. The only thing to do was to roll … Continue reading Winter Blues.
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.