This is a great time of year to be in Adelaide, with festivals galore: the Fringe, Arts festivals, and music festivals. And if you’re not into any of those, we even have the V8s at this time of year shredding up the streets of Adelaide. Personally, my favourite part of this time of year is Adelaide Writers’ Week. My usual routine is to head there on the weekend, park my butt at one of the tents in the morning, and then stay there all day so that I hear not only the writers I like, but also writers I haven’t yet discovered. Last year I got sick the weekend that falls on Writers’ Week so didn’t get to go. I tried to make up for it a little this year but am supposed to be there right now with some work friends on our lunch break, but am sick again. Thankfully, I have been able to get to a few things this year…
Written by a non-practicing Jew who decides to embark on a year-long quest, The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs was a really enjoyable non-fiction read. The trick was to persist with it.
The last book I read for 2013 was Hunter S Thompson’s well-known book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I must be one of the few people on this planet who have not ever seen the film starring Johnny Depp, so didn’t really know what to expect going into this apart from the vague things I had heard – that Hunter S Thompson was the godfather of gonzo journalism, and that the book told of his drug-addled adventures in Las Vegas where he was covering a car race of some kind. And so, I wasn’t quite sure what would await me as I turned the pages.
Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a special screening of The Book Thief with two of my favourite people, Diane Lee and The Cooking Chook, at the Palace cinema on Rundle Street. What made this screening special was that after the movie there was a Q&A session with the author of the book, Markus Zusak, who then stayed for a book signing. To say I was looking forward to this event is an understatement.
Every now and then, a book comes along that just knocks the wind out of you. Its beauty, honesty and depth are all things that grow within its pages, and it instantly hits your ‘Favourite Books of All Time’ list. The Narrow Road to the Deep North quickly became my most loved read of 2013, and has definitely made my ‘favourites’ list.
Well as another year draws to a close it is the time to reflect on the books I’ve read this year, and in particular, the ones that deserve a notable mention. These are not books that were necessarily published in 2013, because I have so many books to read that I’m often a few years behind, but here’s my reading year in review.
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