What I’m Reading June 2013

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What I'm Reading June 2013

Quite by happy chance I came across these two brand spanking new Penguin Specials releases on the bookshelves at the library. As the website states, “Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written by some of today’s best and most exciting writers, to be read over a long commute or a short journey, in your lunch hour or between dinner and bedtime, these ebooks provide a short escape into a fictional world or act as a primer in a particular field or provide a new angle on an old subject. ”

Except, of course, now they’re being printed and, despite their digital availability, it’s taken their being turned into hard copy for me to a) come across them b) pick them up. This example demonstrates more about me as a reader than I think it does about any greater ‘digital versus print’ debate – not that I want to start one – and what I’m feeling up to tackling at the moment: short is good, in sum. Bradley’s reimagining of the Rapunzel tale is thoroughly enjoyable, as is Cochrane’s fictionalisation of an actual sea journey that took place in the early 1800s and the conflict that occurred between Captains Bligh and Short throughout its duration. I freely admit to being partial to nautically-themed tales: I’ve read a few Horatio Hornblowers in my time. (Incidentally, the Penguin Specials page also lists Barbara Baynton. A word of advice: short story writers and readers need to get their eyeballs on her work, if you’ve not already. Amazing.)

Revolutionary Road? Well, let’s see. The other night I tweeted:

And, honestly, I’ve not been able to bring myself around to picking it up since. I will – because it is incredible – but wow. I feel like my sense of hope has been subjected to water-torture.

What are you reading this month?

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Karen Andrews is the creator of Karen Andrews. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time).

Comments

  1. Liz says

    Happily, for the first time in a long while, I’ve got into my reading. So recently finished Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, which I was amazed by (he is a wordsmith who gets me every time), and now finishing the last third of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. It’s compelling and I have had trouble putting it down! I should also include that I have read A Lion in the Night by Pamela Allen about 3 times a day since I picked it up for $2 from an op shop. Little Miss loves it!

  2. Emily says

    Revolutionary Road sounds really interesting. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you’ve finished it. I’ve read some Aussie classics for obvious reasons (A Town Like Alice, My Brilliant Career – loved them both). Then a bit of a shift to The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Just finished Holes by Louis Sachar which was great (my first YA for a while and so well written). Now reading One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  3. Anthony says

    Hi Karen. Bradley and Cochrane look great. Yates is a marvelous short story writer and all of his novels are on my reading shelves – sounds like RR is overly hard hitting though. I’m currently reading ‘Sea Hearts’ by Margo Lanagan, the Ticonderoga anthology ‘Dreaming of Djinn’, I’m one story from finishing Richard Yates’ collection ‘Liars in Love’ and I’m also reading the history ‘Levant – Spleandour and Catastrophe in the Mediterranean’ by Philip
    Mansel. All are wonderful reads.

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