Reading in the danger zone


Do you start singing a certain Kenny Loggins hit when you hear the words ‘comfort zone’? I do. Even though comfort and danger are pretty much opposites… Anyhoo, my comfort zone is contemporary literature. I don’t stray often but there have been some notable (and excellent) exceptions in the last year or so –

Speculative Fiction

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

I’m Starved for You by Margaret Atwood

Historical Fiction

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

True Crime

This House of Grief by Helen Garner

Magic Realism

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie


Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen


The Engagement by Chloe Hooper (okay, I read this ages ago but scenes still stick in my mind…)


Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett (another I read years ago but I’ve included it because it is very, very good)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


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