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Book Review: The Poisonwood Bible

When I lend a friend one of my most-loved books, I always feel some mild anxiety, hoping that they will love my book baby as much as I do. It isn’t always the case, and it makes me a little sad when it happens, like maybe my friend and I have different views on the ‘important’ things. Obviously that’s a bit over-dramatic, but that pang is felt for about 0.1 of a second before I get over it. Recently, one of my friends let me borrow her favourite book of all time, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and I felt the reverse pressure – hoping I wouldn’t hate her book baby.

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Book Review: The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini had been something I’d wanted to read for a long time, so I was glad when it came up recently as one of the reads for my Once Were Wallabies book club. Over the years I had heard so many good things about this book, and kept noticing it pop up on ’100 best’ lists, so would it live up to my expectations?

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Adelaide Writers’ Week 2014

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…

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Book Review: The Year of Living Biblically

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.

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Book Review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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.

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The Book Thief film & author Q&A

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.

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