My Top 5 Reads for 2018

2018 was a much better year of reading for me than 2017. In 2017 I fell into a number of reading troughs whereas I felt I consistently had at least one good book going this year. This was largely helped by my finishing the Margaret Atwoods I hadn’t read last year and also by bingeing on all of Maggie O’Farrells novels until sadly finding out I had read them all. My Top 2 easily rose to the top but separating them was a much harder task. In the end my best book of 2018 was the one that had the most profound impact on me and literally changed my way of thinking about a subject. The rest of my Top 5 was much more difficult especially as whilst writing this blog post I was reading a Top 5 contender which I had to somehow make room for. … More My Top 5 Reads for 2018

Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

This incredible novel is a genre I am a big fan of but have never come across in an Australian setting before (and you have to wonder why). This is a western set in outback Queensland in 1885. It combines the historical fiction of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River with the visceral brutality of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and is a book that won’t let you go. … More Paul Howarth’s ONLY KILLERS AND THIEVES

Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE

There are truly great books that come out every year. Some years a great book breaks your heart. Another year a great book is so profound you can’t stop thinking about. And another year a great book is so much fun you can’t stop reading it and talking about. And once every so often a truly great book does all of those things and becomes your new benchmark for what a great book really is. Boy Swallows Universe is one of those books. … More Trent Dalton’s BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE

Derek B. Miller’s AMERICAN BY DAY

Norwegian By Night was an absolutely amazing book. Derek B. Miller has written a stand alone sequel just as good if not better. Norwegian Chief Inspector Sigrid Ødegård’s brother has gone missing in America. A woman has died and local police are pointing the finger at her brother. A stranger in a strange land Sigrid must navigate the local (and national) politics to find her brother before it is too late. Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s election in 2008 this is at once a thrilling mystery whilst also being one of the most insightful novels about America in recent memory. Derek B. Miller is a writer like no other. Jon
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Laura Lippman’s SUNBURN

I have been a fan of Laura Lippman for ages and have read every book she has written and I can say without a doubt that this is the best novel she has ever written. This book was getting incredible industry buzz in the six months before publication. Those who were lucky enough to have read it early were raving and I must admit to a lot of impatience waiting to get my copy. But it was worth the wait as Sunburn is one of those rare gems where the book is even better than the hype surrounding it. … More Laura Lippman’s SUNBURN

Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE

Imagine a time when all the world’s problems have been solved. There is no disease, no politics, no war, no crime, no environmental problems, no famine and no death. Presided over by the all-knowing Thunderhead (a kind of grown up Cloud), the collective knowledge of the world’s population has resulted in the perfect existence – one that never ends. Except, of course, if no one ever dies how do you keep population growth under control? Enter the Scythe, an elite group of hand-picked and well trained killers. The Scythe live outside the control of the Thunderhead and have the power to choose who will die and how. … More Neal Shusterman’s SCYTHE