Welcome to Friday! It rocks around so quickly each week!
It has been a big couple of weeks in the book world. Last week I was lucky enough to meet Monica McInerney and Julia Gillard. Monica was genuinely happy to talk about her books and even asked me questions about my own reading. She was honest and warm and I really wish I could have sat down with her all day. She is a wonderful author and if you haven’t read one of her books then I encourage you to try one. Julia Gillard was equally as impressive. She spoke to our whole company and she had a smile for every person who showed up with a book to be signed. Regardless of political differences, it was a wonderful sight to see so many people turn out to celebrate her achievements.
Speaking of achievements, the Man Book Prize for 2014 was awarded to Richard Flanagan for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He is the third Australian to win the award and it is very exciting! Congratulations to Richard and the team at Penguin Random House Australia!
It has also been a wonderful week in terms of reading. I enjoyed The White Queen by Philippa Gregory so much that I went out and bought the whole Tudor Court series. I will be getting the rest of the Cousin’s War series once my purse recovers! I thoroughly enjoyed Hilary Badger’s debut YA novel State of Grace. It has a unique voice that I found really interesting. I think it made some interesting points and certainly shared some very clear messages.
I was extremely excited to receive Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time on Tuesday. I have been hanging out for it for months but after 100 pages my excitement is waning just a tad… Is anybody else currently reading it? What do you think?
Finally, the upcoming book club books are We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (discussing from November 3rd) and Wool by Hugh Howey (discussing from December 1st). I hope to see you there!
Over to you – What are you currently reading? Need some new ideas? Feel free to ask for some recommendations!
Review: State of Grace by Hilary Badger – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3I
Review: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3G
Book Club: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3D