I have been like a neglectful parent, a lazy pet owner, a gardener who fails to water their plants - I have been an absent blogger! After three years of daily blogging, I suppose it can happen to anyone, even someone who thinks they have a lot to say. But I'm back thanks to Shelleyrae and her annual blog hop at Book'd Out. Follow the link to check out the other wonderful blogs that are also participating. Today I thought I'd follow a theme from my 2012 Australia Day post 10 Great Australian Songs with 10 Great Australian Books (fiction & non-fiction) - and for the Giveaway part, leave a comment and you'll be in the running to win a copy of my book, "All Windows Open & Other Stories" which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award for best multicultural book.
Night Letters by Robert Dessaix. A brilliant book - loved it. Set in Venice (mostly) as well as Melbourne. I love the themes he explores - love, travel and death. Perhaps I should say that I'm absorbed by that last one, rather than in love with it. Delightful. Beautiful to read.
Time Without Clocks by Joan Lindsay. An account of the life of the author and her husband Daryl Lindsay, including time in London as well as Melbourne. Beautifully written and very evocative. Full of interesting characters.
Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner. Brilliant, gripping and very moving. This non-fiction story is a well-crafted read. The story of a murder, covering themes of sanity, remorse (or lack of) and the law.
The Mask of Motherhood by Susan Maushart. Totally got into this book (non-fiction) which covers issues relating to the traumatic (certainly in my case) transition to motherhood - the great divide. More scholarly than populist.
Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude get a life by Maureen McCarthy. Three young adult protagonists (girls) all grow and change. Really good.
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchette. Funny and warm novel that captures the second generation migrant experience. It's no wonder this book was a big success.
Sunnyside by Joanna Murray-Smith. A tale of suburban/peninsula Melbourne. Families, kids, affairs and middle age - my stage of life!
The Fig Tree by Arnold Zable. About the author's Jewish family and his wife's Greek family. About place and nostalgia. Really enjoyed it.
Reunion by Andrea Goldsmith. Sped through this book. The main characters are all my age and live in Melbourne! The themes of friendship, life choices, morality, love and obsession are ones that interest me.
All That I Am by Anna Funder. A fascinating novel, and very well researched account of Nazi resistance. Quite moving at the end.