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Tagsdomestic fiction (153), families (110), relationships (88), 20th century (54), fiction (53), death (51), marriage (45), contemporary fiction (35), contemporary (27), dying (27) — see all tags

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About meI don't have a lot of opportunity to read - maybe an hour a day if I'm lucky. I'm not exactly highbrow, so I don't read anything too intellectual, or even complicated. I like to be able to personally relate to the characters and the stories.

About my libraryPost-WWII western domestic fiction (no fantasy, not too far down the romance end of the spectrum) is my preferred genre, but I'm a little bit flexible :-)

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Favorite authorsGerbrand Bakker, Joan Barfoot, Sebastian Barry, Elizabeth Berg, Anita Brookner, Steven Carroll, Helen Dunmore, Richard Ford, Margaret Forster, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Jens Christian Gr√łndahl, Kent Haruf, Elizabeth Hay, Christie Hodgen, Barbara Kingsolver, Margaret Laurence, Mary Lawson, Penelope Lively, Sue Miller, Lorrie Moore, Clare Morrall, Per Petterson, Beth Powning, Marilynne Robinson, Richard Russo, Carol Shields, Wallace Stegner, Elizabeth Strout, Anne Tyler, Richard Yates (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAmpersand in Paddington Cafe Bookstore, Berkelouw Books (Paddington Bookshop & Cafe/Wine Bar), Gleebooks

Favorite librariesStanton Library (North Sydney Council Library)

Homepagehttp://www.black-on-black.net.au

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LocationSydney, Australia

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Member sinceDec 14, 2008

Currently readingSourland: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
Natural Flights of the Human Mind by Clare Morrall
The Roundabout Man by Clare Morrall
Clever Girl: A Novel by Tessa Hadley
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Hi Michael,
Not so sure about the more intelligent, I feel quite humble in the ANZLitLovers group with my little comments. But yes my tired brain struggles with these jumping time frames.
I now have 4 grandchildren. I feel very blessed. Our second grandson turns one next week and a new little granddaughter arrived New Years Eve 2012 and they do keep me busy. Last night when sleep evaded me I was reading at midnight, but I always try to find some time in my day for reading. I like your list of favourite authors. I share many of them.
Helen
Hi Michael

Where do you buy your audio books for iPod? I do listen to several RN podcasts. I like Books + , Common Knowledge, 360 Documentaries and just some random programs that I miss when at work. Richard Fidler's Conversations series are interesting too. I subscribe to many other book podcasts and favourites are The Readers (UK),Book Cafe(Scotland), BBC World Book Club, Book Pod, The Writer and the Critic, Literary Disco, Kill Your Darlings and Book Lust with Nancy Pearl.

On a bit of reading slump at the moment as work is so busy and I am totally exhausted at the end of the day and my present read (The Paris Wife) is a real dud but reading for my bookgroup so I am plodding along. It is very Mills And Boonish and the main character is so very whiny!! There are so many other books begging my attention from my bookshelf and I would love to start something else but I fear if I do that Hadley and Co will not get finished.

Best be off as my new car is booked for its post delivery check

Jenny
Hi Michael

Generally yes his novels do have a war setting although the last one I read had a present day London setting. Thinking about Boyd I tend to pick these up when on holiday so a bit of an escapist read for me when relaxing and a nice change to those taxing literary reads that I read for book group throughout the year.

Good to hear you are able to enjoy some walking again. Perhaps you need an iPod and then you could listen to books whilst you pound the pavement. I am listening to a Big Read of Moby Dick which is is a chapter read by a different narrator. Famous names like David Cameron, Tilda Swinton and many well known authors. A good way to tackle this BIG classic and lots of pleasant whale sounds. Are you familiar with podcasting?

Have a good weekend

Jenny
Hi Michael

I have been reading many positive reviews for the Joyce and I enjoyed your review and makes me want to read it even more now:) It was cheap at $10 at the Book Grocer and they tempted me with a discount voucher so I also bought the William Boyd. Have you read Boyd? I have read both Ordinary Thunderstorms and Restless and both good reads. Oh and I see you have added The Fault In Our Stars.....I tried to buy that one today at my bookshop but unfortunately it was not in stock.

Happy Reading

Jenny
Hi Michael

3 stars is still a worthwhile read. I really like Cunningham's writing and this story centres on a man going through a mid life crisis of sorts when he finds himself attracted to his wife's much younger brother. Not a lot of plot just ponderous thoughts and by the end I was pleased to say goodbye to the main character. I will be interested in your thoughts.

Jenny
Hi Michael

I did read your review and I can see we feel a little differently on this one :) It is true that books speak to us individually and that is what makes discussion about the reactions we have to books so interesting. I finished The Sinkings this morning and I have given it 5 stars so a special book for me. It is set in two alternate time periods and the subject is an interesting one about people born of indeterminate sex. Beautiful writing and my only reservation was the final paragraph that wrapped it up a little too neatly. Amanda Curtin is Australian and I think this is her first novel written in 2008 and before that she wrote a collection of short stories. I am a little excited this week too as The Australian is giving away free ebooks via Kobo store with a redeem code available each day in the paper. I have my eye on three titles for my iPad. March by Geraldine Brooks, Forecast Turbulence by Janet Turner Hospital and a biography of Stella Miles Franklin.
I just need to retire to be able to read all of these books I am gathering on my tbr. I can see a five star crown for a book above on your recent activity. Off to read your review.......

Jenny
Hi Michael
Just popped in to read your review of The Detour and can see you enjoyed Moon Tiger as well which is one of my all time favourites. We do seem to have similar reading tastes! I wasnt too impressed with A Cupboard Full of Coats either!
Jenny
Thank you for your comment on my photo Michael. My very special grandson Finn is now 10 months old and is displaying the true temperament of a redhead causing his parents constant sleepless nights. They will delight and laugh at your comments, though rest assured that he already has a passion for books.
Jenny has lead me into a whole world of Australian writing by encouraging me to join the ANZLitLovers online book group and my library has swelled accordingly!
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