It has been a wonderful few weeks in the book world! There have been two big announcements made! The long list for the fabulous Stella Prize was revealed and it is a really exciting mix. If you haven’t heard about it before, it’s a new award named after one of Australia’s most iconic female authors – Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin – and it celebrates both non-fiction and fiction female writers in Australia. I am going to make an effort to read as many of these books as possible! Watch this space!
Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette)
The Strays by Emily Bitto (Affirm Press)
Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey (Penguin)
This House of Grief by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett (Penguin)
The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally (Black Inc)
The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)
The Golden Age by Joan London (Random House)
Laurinda by Alice Pung (Black Inc)
Nest by Inga Simpson (Hachette)
Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven (UQP)
In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward (Allen & Unwin)
The second announcement was made by Harper Collins when they revealed there is to be a sequel to one of the most loved books ever written, To Kill A Mockingbird, 55 years after its debut! Needless to say there are some very excited readers waiting for its release!
It has also been an exciting week with my own reading! I was lucky enough to read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – chosen for my book club – and I absolutely loved it. It is the first of her books I have read and I really loved the way she writes! She is eloquent, funny and can put together a very enjoyable story. The second book I have thoroughly enjoyed is book two in Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series, Firefight. As a lover of Marvel movies, this series is the book equivalent and they are exciting and smart – evil superheroes is just my thing! It is the perfect series for young readers who are reading above their age!
Over to you – what have you been reading?