Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 4/9/17

It’s spring and the weather is sneezy and cold! Definitely a good time to stay indoors and read, although I’ve been playing a lot of Magikarp Jump lately. It’s not an exciting game, but it’s very addictive…I’m trying to play it on the treadmill only.

In the mailbox this week were my books for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction as well as some other books. I’m really hoping that the holidays I asked for are approved so I can read more of these, more quickly!

Thanks very much to Readings for the six shortlisted titles for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction:

Jean Harley was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson follows the lives of those who knew and loved Jean after tragedy strikes. Everyone is trying to make sense of it all without falling apart but an imprint of Jean remains in all their lives.

The Good People by Hannah Kent is set in Ireland in 1825 as Nóra is tasked with looking after her grandson after the loss of her daughter and son in law. She hires Mary to help look after him but Mary hears whispers that someone or something is causing grief for Nóra’s family. Only Nance can help them as it’s said she has links with The Good People…

The Windy Season by Sam Carmody is set in Western Australia’s crayfishing region. Elliot’s gone missing and the only one bothered is his brother Paul. Now Paul has taken Elliot’s role on the boat and realises how easy it is to get lost along the coast… (I know this region pretty well, so I’m really looking forward to this!)

The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić is the reimagined story of Max Brod (rising star of Prague’s literary world) and his relationship with the one and only Franz Kafka. Kafka is desperate to hold on to his success, but how far will he go? The Lost Pages also won The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Aware earlier this year.

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng is a fantastic group of short stories about Australians, all different people searching for different things. You can read my review here. Watch out this week for a giveaway on the blog!

From the Wreck by Jane Rawson tells the story of George Hills, who survived a shipwreck in 1859. Now his fellow survivor has gone missing and George’s life is intertwined with woman who is more than other worldly…

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the copy of Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. Josie has tried for years to escape her family’s reputation and it looks like she’s finally succeeded until Poppy Parnell comes along. Poppy’s a journalist and her podcast about Josie’s father’s murder is a huge hit. Now the lies she’s told are starting to fall apart, compounded by the death of her mother which forces her to return home to meet her past.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (released January 2018) was a prize from Simon & Schuster and Books+Publishing. Sophie’s husband has been accused of a crime and Kate is the prosecutor on the case. Kate is sure he is guilty and Sophie sure that he’s innocent. But who is being affected by their own view of the world?

If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

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  1. I love all the books you have received from Readings. I think my first read from that group would have to be The Windy Season. They all sound well worth reading though.

  2. Nice book mail. I recently read Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber; I wasn’t blown away by the book but an overall good read with some thought provoking themes, such as the way we consume true crime etc. Happy reading!

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