Other Books We Read

June 2017

Our book of the month was Flesh Coloured Dominoes by the Latvian writer, Zigmunds Skujins, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Barkskins by Annie Proulx, 4.5
The Green Road by Ann Enright, 3 and 4
The Woman who invented Beauty:  Helena Rubenstein by Michelle Fitoussi, 3
Only by Caroline Baum, 3.5
Miss Garnet’s Angel by Sally Vickers, 4
Waterland by Graham Swift, 4
Small Island by Andrea Levy, 3.5
The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix, 3.5
Light and Shadow – memoir of a spy’s son by Mark Colvin, 3
Understory by Inga Simpson, 3
Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson, 4.5
Larchfield by Polly Clark, 3
The Cows [Don’t follow the herd]by Dawn O’Porter, 3

Our book of the month was The House of The Deaf Man by Peter Kristufek, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

My cat Yugoslavia by Peter Kristafek, 3.5
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, 2.5
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, 3.5, 3 and 3
A Bad Character by Deepti Kapoor, 3
Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson, 4
The Constant Gardener by John Le Carre, 3.5
The Pleasures of Leisure by Robert Dessaix, 4
Tenth of December by George Saunders, 3
On Learning Norwegian by Lydia Davis, 4
Position Doubtful by Kim Mahood, 3.5
Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, 3
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin, 3.5
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, 3.5
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing, 3
NUMBER9DREAM By David Mitchell, 2.5
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, 3
The Toymaker by Liam Pieper, 3
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, 4

 

April 2017

Our book of the month was Cold Sea Stories by Pawel Huelle, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Animal Farm by George Orwell, 4
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, 3.5
A Hundred Small Lessons by Ashley Hay, 2.5
A bad Character by Deepti Kapoor, 2.5
Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald, 3.5
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves, 3
Quarterly essay No. 65: The White Queen by David Marr, 4
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, 3
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, 3.5
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, 3

March 2017

Our book of the month was The Year of the Hare by Arto Tapio Paasilinna, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

About Grace by Anthony Doerr, 4.
The Notebook Trilogy : The Notebook, The Proof  and The Third Lie by Ágota Kristóf, 4.5.
The Door by Magda Szabó, 3.5.
Johnno by David Malouf,5.
Harland’s Half-Acre by David Malouf, 4.
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire, 3.5.
The Whole Wild World by Thomas Dusevic, 2.5.
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada, 2.5.
Silence by Shusaku Endo, 2.
Moonglow by Michael Chabon, 4
Commonwealth  Ann Patchett,  3.5
The Rector’s Wife by Joanne Trollope, 3.
A Village Affair by Joanna Trollope, 3.
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clark, 4.
A Very English Scandal by John Preston, 3.
The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher, 3.
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss, 4.

 

February 2017

Our book of the month was All the Lights by Clemens Meyer, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay, 3.5
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, 4
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo, 3
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 3.5
Today will be different by Maria Semple, 3.5
The Notebook Trilogy by Agota Kristof, 5
Lila by Marilynne  Robinson, 4
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, 3
Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie, 3
Johnno by David Malouf, 4.5
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, 4
Best Australian Essays 2016 ed. Geordie Williamson, 3.5
Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover, 4

 

January 2017

Our book of the month was New Finnish Grammar by Diego Marani, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

The Feel of Steel by Helen Garner, 3.5
Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, 4
Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson, 3.5, 3.5 & 3
Dumb Luck by Vu Trong Phung, 3
Life by Gwyneth A. Jones, 3.5
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, 3.5
The Notebook Trilogy by Agota Kristof, 4
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, 4.5 & 4
Dancing Backwards by Sally Vickers, 2
Blame by Nicole Trope, 3
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, 3.5
Mullumbimby by Melissa Lucashenko, 3
A Manual for Cleaning Women, 4 & 4.5
The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F@#k, 3
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, 3
The Dry by Jane Harper, 4
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 2.5

Favourite books of 2016

The most voted book of our 2016 Reading List was

Book 2 of My Struggle: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgard

Our favourite reads of 2016 are listed below. My name is Lucy Barton had 4 votes!

Alexa

1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
2. My Struggle Book 2: A Man in Love by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
3. Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.

Claudia

1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.
2. My Struggle Book 5: Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
3. The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

Dianne

1.American Housewife by Helen Ellis.
2.This House of Grief by Helen Garner.
3.Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders.

Janet

1.Barkskins by Annie Proulx.
2.Where the trees were by Inga Simpson.
3.My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout.

Kim

1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
2. That Eye, the Sky by Tim Winton.
3. Three Letters from the Andes by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Margie

1. The Notebook Trilogy by Agota Kristof.
2. Dumb Luck by Vu Trong Phung.
3. The Lover by Marguerite Duras.

Nicola

1.My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroud.
2.Black Rock White City by A S Patric.
3.Music and Freedom by Zoe Morrison.

Penny

1.  Great Meadow: an evocation by Dirk Bogarde.
2. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami.
3. Last hundred years trilogy Book 1: Some Luck by Jane Smiley.

Viv
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal.

 

December 2016

Our book of the month was Submission by Michel Houellebecq, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

The rules of Backyard Cricket Jock Serong 3.5.
Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer 2.5.
Flanuese by Lauren Elkin 2.5.
The Tzar of love and techno by Anthony Marr 3.5.
The course of love by Alain de Botton 3.
The ministry of pain by Dubravka Ugresic 4.
Where the trees were by Inga Simpson 3, 4.
Wild cat falling by Colin Johnson 3.5.
The life of houses by Lisa Gorton 4.
The Turner house by Angela Flournoy 3.5.
Agnes by Peter Stamm 2.5.
The Dry by Jane Harper 2.5.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari  3.

November 2016

Our book of the month was The Vegetarian by Han Kang,  but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice by Helen Garner 3.5
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 2.5
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories of my life by John Le Carré 4
White City Black Rock by A S Patric 3
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga 3.5
The Sympatizer Viet Thanh Nguyen 4
Great Meadow: an evocation by Dirk Bogarde 4
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 3
Hope Farm 3
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy 4
Older and Bolder by Renata Singer 2
Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama 3.5

 

September 2016

Our book of the month was The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower,  but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco 3.5
Hawaii by James A. Michener 4
The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry 2.5
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey 3
The 13th Disciple by Deepak Chopra 2.5
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan 3
An Invisible Friendship by Joyce Grenfell and Katharine Moore 4
The soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 3.5
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley 3
Swallow the Air by Tara June Winch 3
Promising Azra by Helen Thurloe 3
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy 3
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi 4
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks 3
The Informers by Gabriel García Vázquez 3
American Housewife by Helen Ellis 3.5
Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey 3.5
Beauty Is A Wound by Eka Kurniawan 2
Dumb Luck by Vũ Trọng Phụng 5
The Tiger Wife by Téa Obreht 4
The Bridge On The Drina by Ivo Andrić 2.5
Black Rock White City by A. S. Patric 4.5

August 2016

Our book of the month was The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez,  but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 3.5
Forever Young by Stephen Carroll 2.5
I capture the castle by Dodie Smith 3
Everywhere I look by Helen Garner 4, 4
Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift 3, 2
Drink Time in the Company of Patrick Leigh Fermor by Dolores Payás 3.5
The Night Manager by John le Carre 3
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson 3.5
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood 3.5
La Symphonie Pastorale and Isabelle by Andre Gide 3.5
The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki 4
The Dry by Jane Harper 4, 4
Wild Cat Falling by Colin Johnson 3
Teatime for the Firefly by Shonna Patel 3
This House of Grief by Helen Garner 4
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Keran Desai 3.5
Barkskins by Annie Proulx 4
The Lover by Marguerite Dumas 4.5
Where Heaven and Earth Change Places by Le Ly Hayslip 4
The Fisherman by Chigozie Obioma 3
Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop by Kirstan Hawkins 2.5
The submerged Cathedral by Charlotte Wood 3.5
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera 2
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett 3
A Long Time Coming by Melanie Joosten 3.5
Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain 4
Out in the Open by Jesus Carrasco 4
The soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 3.5

July 2016

Our book of the month was Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf  but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

What days are for by Robert Dessaix 3.5.
When we were orphans Kazuo Ishiguro 2.5.
Three letters from the Andes by Patrick Leigh Fermor 4.
The submerged cathedral by Charlotte Wood 4.
Barkskins by Annie Proulx 4 Janet, 4 Nicola.
The bricks that built the houses by Kate Tempest 3.
Between a wolf and a dog by Georgia Blain 3.
A whole life by Robert Seethaler 3.
Road to ruin by Nikki Savva 3.
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe 3.5.
An isolated incident by Emily Maguire 2.5.
Hope farm by Peggy Frew 3.
Red carpets by Rupert Everett 3.
The magic faraway tree by Enid Blyton 3.
Five on a treasure island by Enid Blyton 1.
Dona Nicanora’s hat shop by Kirstan Hawkins 3.
In the sanctuary of outcasts by Neil White 4.
The Notebook Trilogy by Agota Kristof 4.
The glorious heresies by Lisa McInerney 2.5.
Only the animals by Ceridwen Dovey 4.
The last painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith 3.5.
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal 4.
How Proust can change your life by Alain be Botton 3.
The course of love by Alain be Botton 3.5.
The art of travel by Alain be Botton 3.5.

 

June 2016

Our book of the month was Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Boy Lost by Kristina Olson, 4.
Mothering Sunday By Graham Swift, 4.5.
A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, 3.5.
The Abundance by Annie Dillard, 4.
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust, 4.
The Sheperd’s Life by James Rebanks, 3.
A Model Childhood by Christa Wolf, 3.5.
Everywhere I Look by Helen Garner 3.5.
Landskipping by Anna Pavord, 3.
The Bricks That Built The House by Kate Tempest, 3.
The Sacred Combe by Thomas Maloney, 3.
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro, 3.
The Road To little Dribble by Bill Bryson, 4.
Falling Towards England by Clive James, 3.5.
Winter of the World by Ken Follet, 3.5.
Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler, 4.
The Beginners Goodbye by Anne Tyler,3.5.
Gilgamesh by Joan London, 3.
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton, 4.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, 2.5.
Fineflour by Gillian Mears, 3.
Dark Palace by Frank Moorhouse, 3.
The Attack by Jasmina Khadra, 3.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell, 3.
The Midnight Watch by David Dyer, 4.
I am Spock by Leonard Nimoy, 4.
Where the Tress are by Inga simpson, 3.5.
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, 4.
Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, 4.

 

 

 

May 2016

Our book of the month was  Go Set at Watchman by Harper Lee, but we also read other books.
Maximum rating is 5.

Etham Frome by Edith Wharton, 3.5
The natural way of things by Charlotte Wood ,3.5, 4
The taming of the queen by Philippa Gregory, 3
In other words by Jhumpa Lahiri, 3
This is Gail by Gail O’Brian, 3
Between a wolf and a dog by Georgia Blain, 4
Too close to home by by Georgia Blain, 2.5
Resilience by Ann Deveson
Summer House with swimming pool by Herman Koch, 4
Past the shallows by Favel Parrett, 4
The fisherman by Chigozie Obioma, 4
The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt, 3
The light on the water by Olga Lorenzo, 3.5
The living by Anjali Joseph, 4
The chimes by Anna Smaill
Zero K by Don DeLillo, 4.5
Major Pettigrew’s last stand by Helen Simonson, 3
It started with Paris by Kathy Kelly, 2.5
Dinner at the homesick restaurant by Anne Tyler, 3.5
Hamlet’s Dresser by Bob Smith, 4
At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor, 4
Small Victories by Ann Lamott, 4
The truth according to us by Annie Barrows, 3

April 2016

Our book of the month was A Man in Love, Book 2 of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård, but we also read other books. Maximum rating is 5.

Under Cover: Adventures in the art of editing by Craig Munro, 2.5
Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos, 3
The year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, 3
American Housewife by Hellen Ellis, 3.5
Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders, 4.
According to Yes by Dawn French, 2.5
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War… by Jason Stearns, 4
The Laughing Clowns by William McInnes, 3
Cometh the hour by Jeffrey Archer, 2.5
Bring up the bodies by Hillary Mantel, 3
I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes, 3
Owls Do Cry by Janet Frame, 4
Selected Stories by Janet Frame, 4
The cove  by Ron Rush, 2.5
Penguin and the Lane Brothers: The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution by Stuart Kells, 4
I was only 16 by Roland Griffith-Marsh , 4

March 2016

Our book of the month was Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neerven, but we also read other books. Maximum rating is 5.

Island Home by Tim Winton 4
Family Furnishings by Alice Munro 5
The nature of passion by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala 3
A time of gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor 4
The third policeman by Flann O’Brien 2 (better one is At Swim-Two-Birds)
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 2.5
The heart is a lonely hunter by Carson McCullers 4.5
The little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 2.5
My Struggle Book 5, Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard 3.5
Independent People by Halldór Laxness 5
Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler 4
Euphoria by Lily King 4
Gutenberg’s apprentice by Alix Christie 3.5
Crazy rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 3.5
Not my father’s son by Alan Cumming 3
My name is Lucy Barton 3.5, 4, 2.5, 4
Fine Colour of Rust by P. A. O’Reilly 3.5
The bazaar of bad dreams by Stephen King 3.5
All fall down by Matthew Condon 3
Eureka by Peter Fitzsimons 4
The women’s pages by Debra Adelaide 4
The Joke by Milan Kundera  3
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke 3
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright 3
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel 3 and 4
Modern Love: The Story of John and Sunday Reed  by Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan 4.

February 2016

Our book of the month was The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, but we also read other books. Maximum rating is 5.

My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 4.5, 4.5, 4 & 4
A little life by Hanya Yanagihara 0 (Yes – 0 out of 5)
Past the Shallows Favel Parrett 3
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey 3
The Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare 3.5
The gap of time by Jeanette Winterson 3, 3.5
Jacks and Jokers by Matthew Condon 3
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle by
Michael Booth 2.5
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 3
The Women in Black by Madeleine St John 4
The White Road by Edmund de Waal 3.5
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 2.5
The other side of the world by Stephanie Bishop 2.5
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver 2.5, 4
Lilian’s Story by Kate Grenville 2, 4
Cloud Street by Tim Winton 3.5, 4
A strangeness in my mind by Orhan Pamuk 4
The discreet hero by Mario Vargas Llosa 3.5 and 3
The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk 3.4-5
Quartet (3), After leaving Mr. Mackenzie (3), Voyage in the Dark (2), Good
morning midnight (2) by Jean Rhys
How to be good by Nick Hornby 2.5
Levels of life by Julian Barnes 3
When the night comes by Favel Parrett 4
Ghost River by Tony Birch 2.5
Blood by Tony Birch 3
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood 3.5
Preparations for the next life by Atticus Lish 3.5
Some Luck by Jane Smiley 4
Best Australian Essays 2015 4 especially:
“Staying with the Trouble” by Sophie Cunningham (which won the 2015 Calibre
Prize) 5 and “Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice” by Helen Garner 4.

January 2016

Our book of the month was The Orchard by Drusilla Modjeska but we also read other books. Maximum rating is 5.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey 2
That Eye The Sky by Tim Winton 3.5
Skylight by Jose Saramago 2.5
The Common Reader by Alan Bennett 3
The Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 3
England, England by Julian Barnes 3
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 3.5
City of the Beasts Isabel Allende 2.4
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand 4.5
Twilight of Love: Travels with Turgenev by Robert Dessaix 3.5
Blue Guitar by John Banville 4
The Natural Way of things by Charlotte Wood 3 and 3.5
Animal People by Charlotte Wood 3
Doghead by Morten Ramsland 3
Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover 3
Preparations for the Next Life by Atticus Lish 4
Three Crooked Kings by Matthew Condon 3
In the Heart of the Sea:The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

December 2015

Our book of the month was  Waiting for the Past by Les Murray, but we also read other books.

Maximum rating is 5.

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare 3
Hamlet by William Shakespeare 3.5 and 4
Purity by Jonathan Franzen 3.5
The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt 4
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor 3
The Green Road by Anne Enright 3 and 3.5
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 3.5
Summer at Mount Hope by Rosalie Ham 3
Hungry Hill by Daphne du Maurier 2.5
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 4
Small Victories by Ann Lamott 1
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens 4
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 4
The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson 3.5
The Griffith Review: Looking West 3.5
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood 4
In Tasmania by Nicholas Shakespeare 3.5
Etham Frome by Edith Wharton 3

November 2015

Our book of the month was  In The Shadow Of The Banyan by Vaddey Ratner, but we also read other books.

Maximum rating is 5.

Lilian’s Story by Kate Grenville 4
The book of Emmett by Deborah Foster 3
One Summer by David Baldacci 2
The Ash Burner by Kari Gislason 3.5, 3
Older and Bolder by Renate Singer 3.5
True Stories by Helen Garner 4
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt 3.5
Island Home by Tim Winton 5
Across the nightingale floor by Leanne Herne 3
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 3.3
The dust that falls from dreams by Louis de Bernières 3
Fall girl by Tony Jordan 2.5
A long way from Verona by Jane Gardan 2.5
Women in Black by Madeleine St John 3
Snowdrops by A D Miller 3
The Strays by Emily Butto 3.5
Flesh wounds by Richard Glover 3.5
Spinster by Kate Bolick 3
Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami 3.5

October 2015

Our book of the month was My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante , but we also read other books.

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September 2015

Our book of the month was Dept.Of Speculation by Jenny Offill, but we also read other books.

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July 2015

Our book of the month was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy, but we also read other books.

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June 2015

Our book of the month was Benang: From the Heart by Kim Scott, but we also read other books.

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May 2015

Our book of month was The Unexpected Professor by John Carey but we also read other books.
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April 2015

Our book of month was The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett but we also read other books.
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March 2015

Our book of month was The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt but we also read other books.
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February 2015

Our book of month was  Joyful by Australian author Robert Hillman, but we also read other books.
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January 2015

Our book of month was  Australian History In Seven Questions by John Hirst, but we also read other books.
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December 2014 

Our book of month was  The Mill On The Floss by George Eliot, but we also read other books.
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2014 Book of the Year

The reading list this year was underwhelming, so it was a vote for the one that we disliked less. The winner was Alexa’s choice A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.

Our personal favourites for the year 2014 were

Alexa:  Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill.

Claudia: My Struggle Books 1, 2 and 3 by Karl Ove Knausgaard.

Denise: An Inconvenient Genocide by Geoffrey Robertson.

Di: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling.

Janet: Nest By Inga Simpson.

Kim: The Unexpected Professor by John Carey.

Nicola: Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

Penny: Martini: a Memoir by Frank Moorhouse

Viv: Nest by Inga Simpson.

 

November 2014 

Our book of month was Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, but we also read other books.
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October 2014 

Our book of month was Forecast: Turbulence by Janette Turner Hospital, but we also read other books.
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September 2014 

Our book of month was The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, but we also read other books.
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August 2014 

Our book of month was A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, but we also read other books.
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July 2014 

Our book of month was The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, but we also read other books.
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June 2014 

Our book of month was The Third Life Of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker , but we also read other books.
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May 2014 

Our book of month was The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima, but we also read other books.
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April 2014 

Our book of the month was Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein, but we also read other books.
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March 2014 

Our book of the month was For Love Alone by Christina Stead, but we also read other books.
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February 2014  

Our book of the month was Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield, but we also read other books.
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January 2014 

Our book of the month was Snow by Orhan Pamuk, but we also read other books.
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December 2013 

Our book of the month was Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac, but we also read other books.
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November 2013 

Our book of the month was The New Yorker Stories by Ann Beattie, but we also read other books.
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October 2013 

Our book of the month was Cocktail Hour Under The Tree Of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller, but we also read other books.
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September 2013 

Our book of the month was Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel , but we also read other books.
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