I’m waiting for… 2020 edition

Proving that I don’t actually care about my never-really-shrinking-TBR-list is this list of new releases that are on my radar for 2020.

There’s nothing new on my list (other bloggers have posted curated lists of 2020 releases and there are loads of comprehensive lists floating around, such as SMH) – I’m posting it simply to have a record of books to follow-up during the year.

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Six Degrees of Separation – from The Casual Vacancy to Wonder

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It’s six degrees of separation for books. Created by Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith. Check out the rules if you want to play along.

We begin with J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Haven’t read it. In fact, haven’t read a single word by Rowling. Zero interest. It horrifies people. “What about Harry Potter?!” they sputter. “Nope. So shoot me,”  I say. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation – from We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves to The Crucible

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I’m late to the #6DEGREES party this month and it took all my willpower to keep studying last weekend and not start thinking about links between books. But exams are finished (hoorah!) and now I can blog, blog, blog (Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman created the #6DEGREES mem, for bloggers to share links between books in six moves. Check out the rules if you want to play along).

This month, #6DEGREES begins with Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, a book that I loved for so many reasons (in fact, here are 11 of them). Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books for Gatsby fans

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Everywhere I turn I’m seeing Gatsby – fringes on dresses, Bakelite accessories and sublime Art Deco curves in furniture design. Get a little Jazz Age into your reading list as well.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a topic rewind. I’m going all the way back to January 2012 when The Broke and the Bookish looked at their Top 10 Historical Fiction picks… And then I’m rewinding a little further to the glorious years between 1920 and 1940 when the order of the day was bobbed hair, cloche hats and gin cocktails. Of course we must start at the very top with Gatsby.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Basically I’m beside myself with excitement waiting for this:

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‘Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald’ by Therese Anne Fowler

Brace yourself for the #Gatsbyfactor – it’s about to hit full force. Of course, Therese Anne Fowler’s new book, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, couldn’t be more well timed.

Before the nitty-gritty of Z, I must make mention of a brilliant movie I saw recently, Midnight in Paris – it’s a Woody Allen film (I appreciate that some readers will have tuned out now) and starred Owen Wilson. The cast included Allison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald. It’s not a major role but Pill did it beautifully (and was memorable, so fair to say that she nailed it).  Here’s a snippet –

So, to the book.

It’s the story of beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre. In 1918, at just seventeen years old, she meets F. Scott Fitzgerald, a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the ‘ungettable’ Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn’t wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Zelda’s father does not approve of the match but after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, Zelda optimistically follows him to New York where they marry. Their story unfolds against the backdrop of the emerging Jazz Age in New York, Paris and the French Riviera. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – My Autumn TBR List

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I almost feel ill when I think about my TBR stack. It’s towering. And it just keeps getting bigger. It’s a good/bad ill feeling – kind of like what I call ‘airport stomach’ – that special nervous excitement you get when you’re about to jet off on a holiday but have to get up very, very early to be at the airport on time. Maybe I need a new kind of ill called ‘TBR stack fever’ – identified by a feeling of overwhelming anticipation.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is ‘Books On My Spring 2013 TBR list’ – it’s supposed to be autumn in Melbourne. You wouldn’t know it. It’s only rained three times this year and we’ve had weeks of 30+ degrees. It’s hard to think about bunkering down with serious books when it’s sweltering (I tend to read more seriously when it’s cold and read more trash in summer – tell me that’s normal!). Continue reading