Monday 17 November 2014

It's Monday! Again!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? has rolled around once again.

This week I have a few books left from last week plus a few newbies.

I'm still working my way through Adam Spencer's fabulous Big Book of Numbers. But I haven't started the Malouf or Best Australian Science Writing 2014 (tch, tch!)

Instead I read a wonderfully engaging free-range read about Sydney (see review below).

Sunday evening usually sees me playing around with book choices for the week. I try a few bits and pieces & see which one sticks.

This week we have these contenders....

The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick (Australian/teen/YA/verse novel)
Shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Award 2001 & The NSW Premiers Literary Award 2001.

Weary of his life with his alcoholic, abusive father, sixteen-year-old Billy packs a few belongings and hits the road, hoping for something better than what he left behind. He finds a home in an abandoned freight train outside a small town, where he falls in love with rich, restless Caitlin and befriends a fellow train resident, "Old Bill," who slowly reveals a tragic past. When Billy is given a gift that changes everything, he learns not only to how forge his own path in life, but the real meaning of family.

The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender by Marele Day (Australian, crime)
Mark Bannister, writing 'the bestseller of the century' is dead at his computer, a murder so perfect that Claudia Valentine smells a rat and wants it caught. The chase leads deep into the murky underworld of Sydney. Bright, tough Claudia must play a deadly high-tech game of cat and rat with a corrupt menacing crime lord.

A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair #1) by Sulari Gentill  (Australian, crime series)
Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book.

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia's 1930s the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal.

Even with thousands of unemployed lining the streets, Rowland's sheltered world is one of exorbitant wealth, culture and impeccable tailoring. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge his artistic passions and friends ... a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress.

Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution.

The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett (Australian/Teen/YA)
Winner CBCA Book of the Year Older Readers Award (2008)
The sky was pitch, and gashed by lightning; loutish waves rose and slumped heavily as mudslides. At a moment when she was filled with desperation, Maddy opened her mouth and yelled for Feather. And half-expected him to appear, because she wanted him so much.

Maddy yearns for life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.

The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.

The Classics Club spin was spun last Monday...and this time around it's lucky number #13.
Which means that I will be reading Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh before Jan 2015. 

Until then, happy reading! 


  1. I like how you choose your classic reads! Our book club reads a classic ever October and we vote on it.

  2. Our 1001 Children's Books online group read a Sonya Hartnett book earlier this year. Odd how often the best Australian children's authors are little known in the US. Sad, really.

  3. You have some interesting books vying for your attention this week! The only Waugh I've read is Brideshead Revisited, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Don't know much about Vile Bodies, so will look forward to your thoughts.

    1. I read The Loved Ones at school & BR a couple of times too, so I'm very familiar with his styles. I believe that Vile Bodies is more like The Loved Ones - modern and satirising!

  4. The Rowland Sinclair series is on my wishlist,

    Enjoy your reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    1. I'm shallow enough to be in love with their covers too :-)

  5. Oh I hope you get to read the Herrick and the Hartnett. I only discovered Steven Herrick earlier this year- I think his stuff is amazing- although my absolute favourite is By the River.

    1. This was my second Herrick (I finished it in bed last night) & yes, it confirms my opinion of how amazing he is.
      I have high expectations for the Hartnett.

  6. A Few Right Thinking Men should be interesting.

    The Ghost's Child looks good too.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  7. Looks like you have some good choices for the week! Don't you just love when it's time to choose a new book? It's like Christmas morning! Whichever you choose, enjoy your books this week -


    Book By Book


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