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#51 JBH

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:22 AM

View Postmarple, on 21 November 2019 - 09:03 PM, said:

del as made me seem tragic

It didn’t at all Marple. For my part, I read across so many genres - acclaimed literature, less popular critically reviewed literature, popular fiction, detective fiction from excellent quality to terribly formulaic bubblegum stuff, to ya fiction and measured amounts of the horribly described “chick lit” - I enjoy all of it and don’t see any need to take a snobbish approach.

#52 surprisebaby

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:27 AM

Boy Swallows Universe - biased because Trent Dalton is one of our school dads. :) ETA He and his wife are both lovely
Loved The Rich Mans House by Andrew McGahan
Bruny by Heather Rose
The Sisters Song by Louise Allan - biased because I went to school with Louise. :)

Edited by surprisebaby, 22 November 2019 - 11:28 AM.


#53 71Cath

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:28 AM

I binge read fan fiction, so I am in no position to judge.

If you enjoy it, it is good literature as far as I am concerned.

#54 Belaire

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:35 AM

I also loved The Lost Man by Jane Harper and No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is definitely a fave for me this year.

The Place On Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

Vardaesia by Lynette Noni

#55 seayork2002

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:37 AM

I will think about mine but I read 90ish% of what I call 'Airport books'

(no not just books on airports but the ones you see for sale there)

#56 newmumandexcited

Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:38 AM

I’m enjoying the Helen Garner diaries now.

Three faves:

Ocean Vuong’s memoir - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
A fascinating amazing memoir on same sex dv called In the Dream House
Patchett’s The Dutch House

Edited by newmumandexcited, 22 November 2019 - 11:39 AM.


#57 PaulaHall

Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:08 PM

I'm another one for Boy Swallows Universe, my absolute stand out for the year.

Also (you know there can never be just one book for me):

Gravity is the thing by Jacyln Moriarty, i just lover her style of writing, it's quirky/whimsical.

Full Throttle by Joe Hill - a book of short stories with supernatural themes

ETA: i've been disappointed by many books this year, and have currently lost my reading mojo

Edited by PaulaHall, 22 November 2019 - 12:09 PM.


#58 Crombek

Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:10 PM

View Post71Cath, on 22 November 2019 - 11:28 AM, said:

I binge read fan fiction, so I am in no position to judge.

If you enjoy it, it is good literature as far as I am concerned.

Exactly. My fav genres are paranormal romance & urban fantasy. Hardly highbrow 😂😂.

#59 seayork2002

Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:10 PM

I read a Moriarty book Three Wishes I think it was called, I gave up about 1/2 way through

It was about triplets or sisters I think?

#60 Riotproof

Posted 22 November 2019 - 12:20 PM

That one wasn’t the best. My favourite of hers is What Alice Forgot.

#61 kidsncats

Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:15 PM

Enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as did those I have passed it onto.
Also read The Dry and The Lost man - both good reads but i found The Dry hard going with the sad details of the missing girl.
Nine perfect strangers - awful, must have been pumped out to meet some sort of contractual obligation.

#62 Apageintime

Posted 22 November 2019 - 01:31 PM

I really didn't like boy swallows universe - I grew up exactly where he's writing about and in similar circumstances and the characters resonated with me. But it toally lost me with the phone ringing thing. I just didn't get it.

Where the crawdads sing was god though, and I really loved the lost flowers of alice heart. I also just finsihed the shelly bay ladies swimming circle!

I've been inspored to give the milkan another go from this thread though, I'm about 1/4 of the way through and stuck!

#63 Let-it-go

Posted 22 November 2019 - 02:08 PM

View PostBelaire, on 22 November 2019 - 11:35 AM, said:


Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is definitely a fave for me this year.


I knew there was another really good one I was forgetting!  Agree, that was an excellent read.

#64 born.a.girl

Posted 22 November 2019 - 02:11 PM

This is the first I've heard of 'Where the Crawdads sing' - 78 reserves at the library tells me everybody else has heard!

#65 Wahwah

Posted 22 November 2019 - 02:42 PM

View Postmamatomia, on 21 November 2019 - 08:50 PM, said:

My best reads this year

The Lost Man by Jane Harper
The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie
Cardinal by Lousie Milligan
Educated by Tara Westover
Normal People by Sally Rooney

Books I didn't like

Boy Swallows Universe
Milkman by Anna Burns

I also love Michael Robotham. I don't like Liane Moriarty's writing.

We must have very similar tastes because I agree with most of your bests (haven't read two of them) and I didn't like BSW or Liane Moriarty.

Also adding:
The Testaments - might not be as groundbreaking as Handmaids but I enjoyed it
Madonna of the Mountains - Elise Valmorbida

#66 aluminium

Posted 22 November 2019 - 05:24 PM

View PostTyfle Hour, on 21 November 2019 - 05:26 PM, said:

The Overstory by Richard Powers.Loved it!
I'm still going with Boy swallows Universe.  So many people recommended it, but maybe it was overhyped to me, as I'm not loving like I thought I would.
I didn't love it.

#67 Lou-bags

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:00 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 21 November 2019 - 07:28 PM, said:



yeh me too....it just can’t hold my attention, so many people recommended it to me but i dunno....

kind of like the Slap....i think i’m the only person who didn’t love it. mind you..he’s written another book - called Damascus - that looks really intriguing, i’m tempted....

I loathed the slap. It’s one of the few books I have ever thrown in the bin.

#68 Lou-bags

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:13 PM

My top two reads for 2019 are probably:

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent (listened to the audio version)
Beartown, Fredrick Backman


I didn’t rate Crawdads very much, the ending bothered me a little for one things.

And I haven’t got more than a few pages into Boy Swallows Universe, as I have to finish this other book I’m reading (know the author and have put it off for two long- not my kind of genre but I find I’m really enjoying it a great deal).

#69 Let-it-go

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:19 PM

View PostLou-bags, on 22 November 2019 - 08:13 PM, said:

My top two reads for 2019 are probably:

Burial Rites, Hannah Kent (listened to the audio version)
Beartown, Fredrick Backman


Finally someone else who’s read Beartown!!  I was going to say this but I read it in 2018 so it didn’t qualify.  It was just such a powerful book to me.

#70 born.a.girl

Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:40 PM

View PostLou-bags, on 22 November 2019 - 08:00 PM, said:

I loathed the slap. It’s one of the few books I have ever thrown in the bin.


You threw a book in the bin?

#71 Crombek

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:00 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 22 November 2019 - 08:40 PM, said:




You threw a book in the bin?

I take it you haven’t read it?

I didn’t finish Burial Rites. The slow train wreck foreshadowing made me feel sick to my stomach. Very well written though.

#72 Riotproof

Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:04 PM

Burial rites was a hard read, but worthwhile I think. The names made it hard for me, but that is my on myopia.

#73 newmumandexcited

Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:13 PM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 22 November 2019 - 02:11 PM, said:

This is the first I've heard of 'Where the Crawdads sing' - 78 reserves at the library tells me everybody else has heard!

I loved this too.

#74 born.a.girl

Posted 23 November 2019 - 04:46 AM

View PostCrombek, on 22 November 2019 - 09:00 PM, said:

I take it you haven’t read it?

I didn’t finish Burial Rites. The slow train wreck foreshadowing made me feel sick to my stomach. Very well written though.


What's having read it got to do with it?

It's at the library, plenty of people have borrowed it, plenty like it, give it to an op shop.

Throwing stuff in the bin that can be used by other people is staggering.

Yes, I have read it, it was 50/50 in my book group.

#75 Lou-bags

Posted 23 November 2019 - 09:15 AM

View Postborn.a.girl, on 22 November 2019 - 08:40 PM, said:




You threw a book in the bin?

I know!

The only other books that have had the same fate from me are Tizzy’s book and The Princess and the Pea (horrible).

I didn’t want to keep any of them but didn’t feel comfortable passing them on to other people to read either 🤷🏻‍♀️




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