Last Wednesday night I had the experience of hearing one of my favourite Australian authors, Kate Grenville, speaking about her new non-fiction book, One Life: My Mother’s Story, at the Coventry Library in Stirling thanks to Matilda Bookshop. The book is basically about her mother’s life from her birth in 1912, through her time working as a pharmacist and her marriage to a solicitor, in a time when women rarely started their own businesses or worked in pharmacy while trying to raise three children.
I always find these quite interesting 🙂 The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.
I have been a Very Bad Blogger in 2014, but an excellent reader. I aimed to have read 30 books this year and have managed to read 33 so far, with a few days of the year left, so I’m happy with that, but humbly apologise for neglecting this blog so badly. I really have no decent excuse. This has meant that I have read a number of books that haven’t been reviewed on this blog yet. I do hope to rectify this in 2015 and turn into a Slightly Better Blogger. Anyway, it’s now time to reflect on my reads over the last 12 months and provide my opinions, because I can!
After recently reviewing some nonfiction I didn’t really enjoy, I was looking forward to having a quick fictional novel to review, and found that in Family Tree: The Novel by Andrea Carr. At only 86 pages and so more like a novella, I was happy to pick this one up and give it a go. Unfortunately, the length was probably one of the best things about this book.
Love and the Mystery of Betrayal by Sandra Lee Dennis is a nonfiction book which takes a close look at the author’s own experiences following a deep betrayal of trust within a relationship. It combines her telling of her own experiences and hardships with research into psychological reactions and a range of spiritual insights.
Knight of Light is the first book in The Watchers series by Deirdra Eden. It is something I would describe as a fantasy book for younger readers, probably suitable for anyone from 10 years old and up. The story is told through the eyes of Auriella, a young orphan who is forced to run away from her village and is therefore forced into an adventure she never expected. Along the way she meets several characters, including a witch, a dwarf, a pixie, and a handsome prince, and finds herself fighting off the Shadow Legion, a group who seems to be hunting her for reasons unclear to her to begin with. Her journey leads her not only to new lands, but allows her to discover things about herself.
A week ago, the 2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced and I am absolutely ecstatic to see that Richard Flanagan’s masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, is in the thick of things. I have previously reviewed this book and it quickly catapulted itself into my personal Top 5 Books of All Time. I also had the pleasure of meeting Richard (oh we are totally on an unspoken first name basis, I’m sure) at Adelaide Writers’ Week earlier this year, where he honoured me by noting me as a fellow scribbler. So my views on this year’s shortlist are completely biased – I want him to win!