I found this a really interesting read about what it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant in Australia. Adiga tells the story through the eyes of Danny, who has fled his native Sri Lanka after torture. He comes to Australia through a school program,…
I read these two books nearly back to back, and their plots and characters were amazingly similar, though I had no idea when I chose them. I love a totally random reading coincidence. Here’s a comparison of the two novels. The story: both The…
I read this book for the Read Harder 2019 Challenge. I needed an #ownvoices book set in Oceania: the #ownvoices part means by an indigenous author, and Oceania is Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands. The Things She’s Seen is by brother…
I heard great things about this book, and unfortunately I felt mixed about it. On the positive side, it’s an interesting historical look at the turn of the century whaling industry in New South Wales in Australia. On the negative side, I felt the…
This book brought back lots of memories of my trip a few years ago to Australia. We learned a lot about the aboriginal population and how they suffered when the British settled there. We also learned a lot about their way of life, including…
Author Mark Lamprell and I share one unusual experience: we’ve both been run over by a car. Lamprell has written a novel about that experience, called The Full Ridiculous (my review here). It’s been compared to The Rosie Project and The Incident of the…
In The Full Ridiculous, a novel by Australian author Mark Lamprell, Michael O’Dell goes for a jog one morning and is hit by a car. The book is about the aftermath of that incident and how it impacts him and his family. The back…
This was such a fun book, I wanted to read it in one sitting. It brings together a lot of things I like – clever romantic comedy, Australia, and Asperger’s. If that sounds like a weird combination, it is, but that’s me. The Rosie…
It’s Monday! is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s Monday, and I’m reading travel books about Australia! Our big news is a semi-impulse trip to Australia in May. I say semi because we’ve been thinking about it for a while…
I read nearly every genre and love to talk about what I read. Some of my favorite genres are historical fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and children's literature. I try to read diversely and travel the world through my reading. I love books that make me feel I'm in another world -- and also books that help me to better understand this one.
Amy and Isabelle
Know My Name
With the Fire on High
The Most Fun We Ever Had
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
The Lost Man
No Visible Bruises
My Dark Vanessa
The Night Watchman
Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
The Only Plane in the Sky
Clap When You Land
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