It’s July! Can you believe it? We are officially in the second half of the year however I am not entirely sure I know where the first half disappeared too…
There have been many posts on social media today about reading; people have been sharing the number of books they have read so far, or they are starting a new monthly challenge and publishers are revealing their upcoming books for the month. It has been a wonderful year for books so far – we have seen two wonderfully talented Australian women win literary awards – Clare Wright with The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Stella Prize) and Evie Wyld with All the Birds, Singing (Miles Franklin) – both of whom have demonstrated the strength of women’s writing in Australia. We have seen the phenomenal rise of John Green and The Fault in our Stars, which continues to power book sales all over the world. 2014 is without a doubt the year of YA. Every bestseller list is dominated with the likes of Veronica Roth, John Green and Cassandra Clare and there are some incredible reads yet to come. I have been lucky enough to see some of them already and I cannot wait to share them with you – watch this space!
There have been many trends and hashtags running amok on the web such as #shelfies, #bookthroughphone and of course, the literary nail art. Only today did Allen and Unwin suggest the next trend – dressing to match your favourite book covers!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my reading this year and I thought I would share with you my top 5 for the year so far:
You Don’t Even Know – Sue Lawson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
Burial Rites – Hannah Kent
On the Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
What have you been reading? What have you enjoyed the most so far?