These are my favourite genres to read and review. In this category a couple of reads really stand out – can you guess which I loved so much? Ill share then next and then add a few other great ones for you to consider adding to your TBR.
Most of the books in this category will shock your with their honesty, their rawness, their personal story of struggles and sometimes, their successes. I hope you find something here that will stimulate your mind and tug at your heart.
This was a category that had many wonderful entrants – children’s books can be special for so may reasons; the illustrations, the prose, the language, the characters, for how many times your grandson asks you to read again 🙂
I found it very hard to limit myself to just a few contenders in this category I read so many EXCEPTIONAL and many great contemporary reads last year, perhaps I read more in this category in 2019 than in my preferred genre, crime fiction. I didn’t tally and compare but that what if felt like to me, but they were books that were written elegantly, beautifully; evoking many emotions, started many discussions and shone the spotlight on some many social issues. So many reason to love these ( in no particular order):
***Late Entry ** I cannot believe I read this book, rated it, commented (on GoodReads) and then forgot to write my review. This was an amazing read. It blew me away. Dont you forget to add it to your TBR
If I have missed anyone I do apologise…there were so many exceptional reads in this category. I hope you find something you mind enjoy on this list.
Last year I read so many GREAT books and many EXCEPTIONAL books – I had to break into categories to try and cover as many of these exceptional reads as possible. Lets start with Speculative/Magic Realism.
Three standout books you must read in this category, each brilliant, each so different.
What a fantastic year it has been for readers of all genres. I cannot believe how many 5 star reads I have have had the pleasure to review. Let me start this arduous task of reducing my list to a reasonable number by listing my pick of the best crime fiction reads of 2018. I hope some of these make it onto your shelves.
I am very excited by the books that arrived in the mail this week.
So many great reads – it is almost better than Christmas! I have started reading Melina Marchetta’s – Tell The Truth Shame The Devil– a great mystery/thriller ( maybe I might finish that tonight), I have flicked through Vivienne Westwood’s Get a Life and I must say I am really keen to start this – this hardback is beautifully presented – love the detailing on the inside back and front covers and the handwritten message from Vivienne and all the wonderful images sprinkled liberally throughout the book. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift for someone special (or for yourself, your pretty special too).
The Rivers of London sounds interesting… “my story really started when I tried to take a witness statement froma man who was already dead…” This grabbed my attention! And I see Lisa Unger took my advice and created a novel from one of the novellas she wrote a while back 🙂 Ink and Bone – another I cant wait to start reading. And last but not least – a local publisher – Serenity Press brings us Writing the Dream; twenty four inspiring stories from many writers you may know or know of – Louise Allan, Sara Foster, Jenn J Mcleod, Monique Mulligan, Sandi Wallace… I cant wait to read your stories!
In the mail this week I received some fantastic reads – a few by authors I have rad before, a few that are new to me. In this stack are a few works of crime fiction; some Australian crime fiction, a couple of true crime, some international crime writers, crime with a paranormal twist, crime written by local author (Ian Andrew) and…some contemporary reads. I have started reading “When the Music Is Over” by Peter Robinson – my first DCI Banks read and I am looking forward to reading the new offering from Australian author Fleur Ferris “Black”- I loved her first book “Risk“. So many great reads ahead of me.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any favourites?
To celebrate the launch of Inga Simpson’s Where the Trees Were I am pleased to be able to offer one of my readers a collection of Inga’s novels (see below).
It is easy to enter – simply tell me the name of one of the characters in Inga’s latest book in the comments section. (hint read synopsis here for a few clues) * Please note this giveaway is open to Australian residents only – entries close midnight Friday the 8th of April. I will randomly select one winner and Hachette Australia will mail the 3 books out to the winner shortly thereafter – thanks Hachette Australia for your support..