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#51 Toomanybooks

Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:59 PM

View Postcardamom, on 11 January 2019 - 11:05 AM, said:

I just saw this one last night, would you recommend it?

Yes, but fairly brutal, not surprisingly.

4) The Overstory by Richard Powers

I loved this. Absolutely brilliant.

#52 OscarAndTilly

Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:17 PM

Lol Cardamom I was the same - was asked what I would like for Christmas and gave a few ideas. Lo and behold got none of them.

Same thing happened last year with this particular family member.

Edited by OscarAndTilly, 11 January 2019 - 08:17 PM.

#53 alchetta

Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:31 AM

(#1 Normal People by Sally Rooney)
#2 The Help by Kathryn Stockett (finally) OMG, I am so sleep deprived from staying up to finish it.

#54 Astrocyte

Posted 12 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

#1 Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
#2 Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay
#3 Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
#4 Wundersmith (Nervermoor 2)  by Jessica Townsend

#55 Jane Jetson

Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:08 PM


Edited by Jane Jetson, 04 March 2019 - 06:43 PM.

#56 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:32 PM

View PostJane Jetson, on 12 January 2019 - 12:08 PM, said:

I always set myself a goal of 100 books a year, so I'm in too :)

I usually make it. Just.

I am also making a conscious effort to read more books by women and people of colour, and fewer books by white men.

So far for 2019 I have:

1. En Garde – Sarah Hansen-Young
2. The Party – Elizabeth Day
3. Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism – Kristen R Ghodsee
4. The Islamic Republic of Australia – Sami Shah
5. Poison City – Paul Crilley

love your choices!

i’d like to copy and paste that list and send it Tony Abbott under the guise of “your daughter’s compulsory reading list for Semester 1” - god he’d have kittens

#57 Jane Jetson

Posted 12 January 2019 - 12:59 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 12 January 2019 - 12:32 PM, said:

love your choices!

i’d like to copy and paste that list and send it Tony Abbott under the guise of “your daughter’s compulsory reading list for Semester 1” - god he’d have kittens

I'd love to see his face if you did :laugh:

#58 cardamom

Posted 12 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

View PostJane Jetson, on 12 January 2019 - 12:08 PM, said:

2. The Party – Elizabeth Day

I started this one yesterday, it's been sitting on my Kindle for months. Really enjoying it so far.

#59 kimasa

Posted 12 January 2019 - 07:28 PM

6. All The Little Children - Heather Sheard (nonfiction)

7. Bookshop Girl - Chloe Coles (young adult)

8. Eat Cake and Run - Jo Cotterill (junior fiction)

9. Bingo Love - Tee Franklin (graphic novel)

10. All Summer Long - Hope Larson (graphic novel)

11. 12 Before 13 - Lisa Greenwald (junior fiction)

12. Demon - Jason Shiga (graphic novel)

12 Before 13 was my stand out favourite this week. It was a recommendation from one of my 12yr old regulars, who described it as "It's like she wrote the book about me" which, okay, is slightly concerning and makes me want to check in with her that everything is going okay, but it really is a great book, especially for that preteen age where friendships start changing with school changes. It's definitely going to be one of my high rotation recommendations from now on, although it's a sequel so I must read 11 Before 12.

Second favourite was Bingo Love, which I should have read before now because I requested the purchase. It made me cry, but it's so beautiful. Another absolute recommendation, and I can think of several of our regular teens who are really into LGBT+ fiction who I know would just love this, but may overlook it because they're not usually into graphic novels.

All Summer Long was enjoyable, but I felt it was too fast-paced for the issues raised in it.

Eat Cake and Run is a little gem, it's part of a series that is printed on yellow paper, uses dyslexic-friendly font and uses page spacing to make it easier to read for people with print disabilities, but it also uses language that makes it suitable for pre-teens learning English as a second language. It also deals with eating disorders and parental pressure as themes, so it's exactly something that there is a real shortage of- books for older kids who can't read at an older kid's level.

Demon was a book that I felt that I shouldn't have been giggling at, but I did.

All The Little Children is the history of the Maternal and Child Health Service in Victoria. I'm a bit of a local history nerd, so it was right up my alley (plus I need to read a book for me every now and then). If you are also a Victorian local history nerd I recommend it, it's really interesting and there was a lot in there that I didn't know- such as, did you know the whole concept of the MCHN in Victoria started because a whole load of babies were dying from diarrhea caused by unpasteurised cows milk? Originally it was all about getting pasturised milk in clean bottles to households where babies lived.

Bookshop Girl was my least favourite this week. It was one of those books where I felt annoyed by the main character, which just doesn't work for me. Plus there are entire pages dedicated to gushing over a totally dreamy boy who is an ass, and is clearly an ass from about halfway through the book, but we're making a whole load of excuses for him and still gushing over him right up until the second last chapter because he has cool hair, and there are enough of those books already. The main character was doing something very cool, she was standing up for her beliefs, up against government officials and big business owners, yet it all kept coming back to the dreamy boy and I wanted him gone from the storyline because without him it would have been an awesome story.

#60 Lou-bags

Posted 13 January 2019 - 12:37 AM

#2 The year of the farmer, Rosalie Ham (narrated by Caroline Lee).

Read as my ‘a book you meant to read in 2018’ for pop sugar challenge. It was in my BorrowBox reserve list but I couldn’t wait and bought it on Audible instead.

Should have waited. It was a good read, but not worth wasting an Audible credit for.

#61 cardamom

Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:13 AM

#3 - The Party, Elizabeth Day. Quite liked this, I didn't want to put it down. Reminded me a little of Herman Koch.

Edited by cardamom, 15 January 2019 - 06:04 PM.

#62 Riotproof

Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:24 AM

2. The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon for psrc book becoming a movie prompt. I do reserve the right to change it to book told with multiple POV.
Very good. Excellent ya, which is not a genre I read a lot of. I do wonder if I enjoyed it more because the teen enjoyed the same kind of music I did, so I found her more relatable.

#63 Toomanybooks

Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:43 AM

5) The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

This was a lot of fun.

#64 Sancti-claws

Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:04 PM

#2 We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas

A bit of a tome to get through - will double as a doorstop at 620 large pages!!

Compelling enough, and thought-provoking as it deals with the lives of a few little people, one of whom develops early onset dementia.

#65 Riotproof

Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:11 PM

3. Finders Keepers by Emily Rodda. For my nostalgia pick.
I honestly think it’s still a classic for 9-11 year olds who cab handle short chapter books. It’s a bit of gateway fantasy fiction imo.

#66 Riotproof

Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:32 AM

4. The silver well by Kate Forsyth and Kim Wilkins. I really enjoyed this one. I don’t always like short stories, but these felt like they belonged together, so it worked.


#67 Jane Jetson

Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:54 AM

6. Not All Dead White Men - Donna Zuckerberg
7. The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke

Both excellent.

View Postcardamom, on 13 January 2019 - 09:13 AM, said:

#2 - The Party, Elizabeth Day. Quite liked this, I didn't want to put it down. Reminded me a little of Herman Koch.

I can see that. Towards the end I started to realise I smelled Gatsby in it, too.

#68 cardamom

Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:44 AM

View PostJane Jetson, on 14 January 2019 - 08:54 AM, said:

I can see that. Towards the end I started to realise I smelled Gatsby in it, too.

Did it leave you feeling quite flat/bleak? I was in a bit of a funk afterwards. (Though I think that was probably not unintended!)

I'm curious to read some of her other work now.

#69 Jane Jetson

Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:01 AM

It did, rather. I was left hoping the cat would be okay, too.

#70 cardamom

Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:07 AM

View PostJane Jetson, on 14 January 2019 - 11:01 AM, said:

It did, rather. I was left hoping the cat would be okay, too.

Oh yes, for a brief second there I was worried it was going to meet a similar fate to the bird.

I think the book was made all the more eerie as Martin reminded me very, very much of someone I went to uni with who had a rather intense obsession with another friend.

#71 Jane Jetson

Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:14 AM

View Postcardamom, on 14 January 2019 - 11:07 AM, said:

I think the book was made all the more eerie as Martin reminded me very, very much of someone I went to uni with who had a rather intense obsession with another friend.

Ooh yikes. Martin was definitely a bit of a worry and I'd find that a bit disturbing too!

#72 OscarAndTilly

Posted 15 January 2019 - 11:52 AM

#5 where’d you Go, Bernadette - pretty average

#73 cardamom

Posted 15 January 2019 - 06:05 PM

#4 - Modern Girls, Jennifer Brown.

A bit ho-hum but I'm a sucker for Jewish women-themed fiction so I quite enjoyed it.

#74 monet

Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:40 PM

#2 Bridge of Clay - Marcus Zusack

#3 Ladies in Black - Madeleine St John

#4 The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware

#75 OscarAndTilly

Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:10 AM

#6 I am Malala - very inspiring book

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