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5 Star Must Read Titles                                                                  August 2015

After Darkness by Christine Piper

My response to this piece is best described as admiration. Captivating and haunting for all the right reasons – the work of a truly gifted writer that all should have the opportunity to read. Read more...

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth delivers a tale of beauty, strength and gravity. Her fierce respect for the art and power of storytelling shines through every page. Read more...

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

This title deserves the adoration it has quickly garnered. It does what great literature should – it makes us reflect upon what it means to be human and the value and resilience of our legacy. Read more...

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Such a clever story. I was engaged and entertained. It is poignant, inspirational and life-affirming. Read more...

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I was utterly captivated by this novel. Towles’ observations go beyond the visual, encapsulating sounds, smells and tastes in a way that is so vivid - a sublime cinematic experience. Read more...

A Far Cry From Kensington by Muriel Spark

A true delight – hilarious, witty, and oozing with ‘real’ class. I just adored protagonist narrator Mrs Hawkins – a somewhat reluctant Dorothy Dix, wise beyond her years. Read more...

The Devil I Know by Claire Kilroy

A powerful cautionary tale of the extremes to which humans will delude themselves... one of the most cuttingly satirical and intelligent works of fiction I have read in years. Read more...

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A modern masterpiece that deserves to become a classic. A story both grand in scope and ambition, flawlessly executed. Read more...

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Here is my dilemma. I awarded a 5 star rating to the book this author is most well known for, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but this lesser known title of his is far superior. Read more...

The Street Sweeper by Elliot Perlman

One of those rare titles that surpassed my expectations. From a literary standpoint, it is stunning, and the story’s gripping message, powerful for the individual and therefore powerful for society. Read more...

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

With this tale Zusak reminds us of the extraordinary power of the written word. This modern day classic should be required reading in schools. Read more...

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Truly moving... One of the most intelligent and thought provoking novels I have read. Read more...

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Mesmerised from the haunting opening sentence…Du Maurier’s prose is exquisite in it’s artfulness and the feelings and emotions it evokes. Read more...

One Day by David Nicholls

Has a novel ever made you want to laugh and cry at the same time? Genuinely moving... It's movie adaptation does not do it justice. Read more...

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  1. says

    Hi Joanne

    I thought I’d finally got a handle on my new WordPress book review site for a late entry into your Aussie Book challenge – only to discover I’ve stuffed up my links to your page. (I think I’ve posted some https instead of http and one I posted in the completion page!)

    Apologies for that.

    It’s a great challenge and I notice you already have 2012 up. I’ll definitely be signing up for that and hopefully will get the system right next time.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. I’ve yet to explore all the links but I know I’m going to find plenty to read. :)

    (My discussion blog:

  2. says

    Hi, I signed up for the Aussie Author Challenge, hoping to make the higher level for the first time. It might be the combination I need (6 different authors, 12 books.)

    I tried to leave a comment on the sign up page, but I couldn’t find a spot to leave a comment.

  3. says

    I love seeing all of your covers that are different than the ones we have here in the US. I don’t think I’ve heard anything negative yet about Beautiful Ruins. Time to get back into the library queue, I think. :)

  4. says

    The Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorite books ever! I really enjoyed it, it had me hooked from the first chapter. If you want you can check out my review on my blog :)

    I will look out for your review of The Book Thief!

  5. says

    I listened to Room rather than reading the text, and perhaps that made it extra powerful. In any case, I’ll never, ever forget that book. So well written, such real characters who worked there way into my heart. Thanks for introducing me to even more books than I was aware of!

  6. says

    I began Beautiful Ruins and couldn’t get into it; should probably try again. I’ve been seeing The orphan Master’s Son all over which looks fabulous. Thanks for the recap for us!

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