The Ignorance of Blood, one of Robert Wilson’s Inspector Javier Falcón thrillers is moody and engrossing.
I really enjoyed Australian author Toni Jordan’s debut novel Addition because of its quirkiness and refreshing approach to chick lit (read my review), and so I eagerly awaited the publication of her second novel.
In Fall Girl Toni Jordan has created an interesting premise and quirky characters for the reader to be engaged and surprised by.
In The Broken Shore Peter Temple has created characters that display the darker side of humanity that is all too present in society, whether we choose to admit it or not.
There is a relentless and very personal message contained in The Broken Shore, a continual surging towards the delivery of justice in an imperfect world by imperfect people – symbolic of waves crashing into a shore. This is no pollyanna story – some readers may find the subject matter confronting (over and above the use of language I’ve already mentioned).
Heartwarming, charming and funny – a beautiful love story for all ages.
Helen Simonson’s debut novel Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is one of the most uplifting and rewarding romance novels I’ve read in years.
There is so much packed into this novel that I won’t even try to explain the plot line because I wouldn’t do it justice. Suffice to say this darkly satirical novel was a pleasure to listen to. Narrator Paul Bhattacharjee’s delivery finds just the right balance – playing up the deadpan and ironic humour to great effect while reserving a poignance for elements intended as deeper social commentary.
It’s been a little while since I took stock of the books I have acquired. So here’s a rundown on the titles I have welcomed into my home this year so far:
Rhubarb by Craig Silvey – an Aussie Author bookswap with Booksploring
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman – Book Depository
The Five Greatest Warriors by Matthew Reilly – Book Depository
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum – NetGalley (my review)
This enduring classic has a wonderful sense of grandness about it. Whether it be the historical locations or the mysterious circumstances the protagonist finds herself in, all seem to take on a life of their own. This novel exudes a sense of power and foreboding – a feeling of menacing indestructability. Is her enemy amongst the living or the dead?
David Nicholls’ bestselling novel One Day is a startlingly real story told with exquisite humour, depth and compassion.
Has a novel ever made you laugh and want to cry at the same time? One Day did that to me.
Nicholls forces us to fall in love with his lead characters, Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, as we check in with them each year on the anniversary of their first liaison. How can one not feel a connection to these characters when they think the same things we have all thought? How can one not feel empathy for these hapless individuals when we have all made similar mistakes in our own lives?
Mailbox Monday is being hosted this month by Jenny @ Let Them Read Books.
I’ve been so busy lately and the easiest way for me to devour books has been by audio in my car, so I’ve had a little splurge and stocked my audio-library…
I did not get as much reading done during October as I would have liked due to work and study commitments. BUT, with the high purchasing power of the Aussie dollar right now I still found time to make purchases for my Kindle and i-phone (audiobooks).