Another February read

This is a Miles Franklin WInner to add to my 2019 Reading Challenge.  It certainly lives up to the status of winner and depicts Australia in beautiful language. From the book cover: “His father dead by fire and his mother plagued by demons of her own, William is cast upon the charity of his unknown…

I don’t enjoy reading in large print.

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser was a very different read for me.  The many and varied characters kept me on my toes throughout the read.“Set in Australia, France, and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies, and as nations….

About my 2019 Reading Challenge

This year I have decided to reduce the number of books on my challenge and instead of 104 my challenge is 80.  For part of my challenge I would like to read as many books as I can from the previous winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award. In 1957, the first winner of the…

What a golden book this was.

This is a must read book. “With their father, there’s always a catch . . . Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts – toys, bikes, all that glitters most – and makes them the envy of…

The Dry

After reading Force of Nature I was encouraged by my reading group to read Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry.  My sister also encouraged me to read it as she had thoroughly enjoyed it. Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and…

My April reads

I have been busily reading this month so here are the books I have read. Coffin Road was another Hebridean thriller by Peter May.  I will need to look out for more of his books.  I picked this one up at the secondhand book sale.  Very atmospheric writing. Promise by Sarah Armstrong, for some reason…