I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, full of books and reading, warm coffee and snuggly blankets…..yep it’s winter here and I have spent many, many hours curled up on the couch with a book in my hand. Happy days!
Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton ★★★★★ – Loved it! A brilliantly written coming of age story about two brothers living in poverty; surrounded by violence and crime; told with humour and heart. This book was utterly captivating; leaving me torn between devouring it in one sitting and wanting to stretch it out for as long as I could. When I did allow myself to finish it, I was eager to learn more and did a little google research. I was surprised to learn that this novel was based on the author’s own childhood experiences, growing up in suburban Brisbane – this little titbit only made me love it more. Highly recommend.
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez ★★- Disappointing; I was left feeling completely mislead by the blurb on the back. I expected the book to mostly be about the relationship between the woman and the Great Dane named Apollo; how they came to be in each other’s lives; helping each other through the grief of losing a loved one to suicide. And partially it is about that. The rest is a disjointed discussion on writing, literature, adultery, sexual harassment and divorce that was a complete struggle to get through. Thankfully, this book is only 212 pages or it would definitely have become my first DNF this year.
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves (Audiobook) – Still listening to it, still loving it, still probably going to have to purchase a physical copy to keep on my shelf. Hoping to have it finished this week …audiobooks always take so long because I mostly listen to them in the car when I can’t physically hold a book…but also only if my daughter isn’t in the car.
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’m so glad I found this author; this being the third book of hers I have read this year. I absolutely loved Daisy Jones & the Six (5/5) and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (4/5) and it’s looking like this book will be no different. I only opened it this morning and I’m halfway through already. Have you read it? Are you a fan of TJR too?
In other bookish news, I completed my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge; reading my 50th book this week. Not bad for someone who only read 2 or 3 books the whole of last year.
How are you going with your Goodreads Reading Challenge?
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So glad you loved Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe. It was my favourite read of 2018 and I know the suburbs he writes about so well. It is a unique book and the new cover shows ten award-winning medallions and the accolades keep on coming. Impressive!
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