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Random Reads (February 2015)

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I was very good and read by January’s Random Read!  Check my review of Golden Lies, here

For February, I’ve drawn a Classic.  This looks like a toughie!

caleb williamsCaleb Williams by William Godwin

When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a secret. As he digs deeper into Falkland’s past and finally unearths the horrible truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when—even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered—the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin’s novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality. Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power.

Random Reads (January 2015)

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It’s been a while since I participated in this meme -even longer than I thought!  2014 has been quite eventful that blogging had taken a backseat but now, I’m resolved to take it back in control (as much as bub will let me anyway).  And the first meme, I’ve decided to get back into is this. And I’m truly excited for a really ‘random’ read!  Thankfully, I’ve drawn an easy read for January -a romance… yay!  An easy book should mean it will get read, right?  Erm… I will try my hardest!

golden liesGolden Lies by Barbara Freethy

Every family has secrets –some too intriguing to resist…  some too dangerous to ingnore….

From bestselling author Barbara Freethy comes a novel about three remarkable families–the fifty-year-old promise that once bound them together, the fiery betrayal that tore them apart, and the ancient bronze dragon that could destroy their future….

Riley McAllister, Paige Hathaway, and Alyssa Chen come from very different worlds. Tough guy Riley has overcome the hard knocks of a working-class upbringing. Paige struggles to define her place as the heir to a famous antiques emporium. And Alyssa feels trapped by the restrictions of her family’s old-world attitudes. Now this unlikely trio of strangers must come together to follow an elusive trail through the streets of San Francisco–from glittering Pacific Heights to colorful Chinatown to trendy south of Market. Each will have to make the impossible choice between romantic love and family loyalty, between sheltering lies and revealing truth. Once the door to the past is opened, there’s no turning back….

Random Reads (January 2013)

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I don’t know why when I was having a problem deciding which book to take to the beach yesterday, I didn’t do this!  *smacking my head*  Funnily enough, the book I decided on (which of course, is being read for a challenge) was set around that area of the beach I went to!  That was unexpected but was a happy coincidence.  It is an Aussie classic (it’s also been made into a movie) called Careful, He Might Hear You by Sumner Locked Elliot.

For January, it appears I’ve drawn another classic!

random Jan

Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young widow who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of her past.
I remember enjoying the BBC mini series of this so I am looking forward to finally getting to read it! 🙂

Random Reads (December 2012)

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You can check my review of my Random November read here: The Hunter.

For December:

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose one another.Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other’s ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magicians’ craft can command–the highest misdirection and the darkest science.Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations…to descendants who must, for their sanity’s sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.
I think I borrowed a DVD of the movie from a friend a few years ago intending to read the book and then watch the movie.  I believe, the DVD is still sitting on my ‘borrowed’ shelf *oops* so it’s definitely past time that I read & watch The Prestige!  Great Random Pick!

Random Reads (October 2012)

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I’ve almost forgot my October draw!  I borrowed the book from the library but then let it languished on the shelf for a couple of weeks until I realised that the month is nearly out!  I managed to read & posted a revies just in time! It was an amazing read despite its awful subject matter.  It was also nominated for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2008.  You can check my Sorry review here.

For November, I’ve managed to draw another Aussie read which was also nominated for an award but this time it’s the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (2000).

In the vast wilderness of Tasmania’s plateau, the Tasmanian tiger – the thylacine – long thought extinct, has been spotted, sparking the imagination of the locals and drawing the dubious interests of outsiders. One of the latter is M, whose objective is to find the creature for a multinational biotech company. In The Hunter, author Julia Leigh tracks M’s fateful course, from his base camp with a young family whose ranks were decimated by the wilderness, to the forests where M immerses himself in the tiger’s world – reading footprints in the mud, covering his scent with animal dung. What begins as a business proposition takes on mythic aspects as M’s quest becomes ever more obsessive, a search not for ultimate profit but for the essence of life that technology has all but crushed.
It looks to be a fascinating read!  And there seems to be a movie too with Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor, and Sam Neill!  Excited to check that out too 😉

Review: Sorry

SorrySorry by Gail Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Source: My local library – Get your own copy from The Book Depository

A whisper: sssshh. The thinnest vehicle of breath.
This is a story that can only be told in a whisper.
There is a hush to difficult forms of knowing, an abashment, a sorrow, an inclination towards silence.

A powerful story wove not about the violent crime that happened on one hot afternoon in a remote outback location but of the “crime” surrounding this violence. The “crime” that is hushed, that no one would speak out loud of, and, at the time this story was written, not apologised for.

There were 3 points of view to this tale which to me felt like I was looking from a distance, then was looking in closer, then in minutiae details. This is Perdita’s tale which began with the adult Perdita telling her story with some reflection on her childhood. The focus changes alternatively then between this to a third person view of Perdita’s childhood and the child Perdita’s perspective. This sounds quite complicated but truthfully, it flowed very well that I didn’t notice til after halfway.

Perdita, once a loquacious child, became a stutterer of a sudden. As an adult, Perdita explored this unfortunate event, the circumstances leading to it and afterwards. A child, she was then, and bereft of her words, unable to produce the words necessary to expound the truth. Will she discover this truth before it’s too late? If so, what will she do with it? Can she do anything with the truth in her hands?

A breathtaking & lyrical writing of Australia, its people, and their brokenness, ‘Sorry’ was the missing word needed / wanted at the time of this being written (am happy to be able to say this). Whilst the work is fiction, I have no doubt that something similar have taken place. Some atrocities were just beyond words and this literary work is for us to remember those broken and never to forget.

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Random Reads (October 2012)

I have to confess that I’ve been lazy with bloggin this week.  I took the week off work so I’ve been bludging around – soooo goood!  Today I spent the day at the beach with the family – absolutely gorgeous weather at a totally beautiful beach with my boys 🙂  What more could I ask for?  Oh, of course, I had a book with me 😉  That’s not even questionable!

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For September, I got to read a time-travel romance: Timeless Passion by Constance O’Day-Flannery.

For October, I’ve drawn an Aussie historical fiction…  A Nominee (Fiction) for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2008.

In the remote Australian outback during World War II, the emotionally stunted child of an English couple is befriended by equally adrift strangers. Perdita becomes friends with a deaf and mute boy, Billy, and an Aboriginal girl, Mary. Perdita and Mary soon come to call one another sister and begin to share a profound bond. They are content with life in this barren corner of the world until a terrible event lays waste to their lives. “Sorry” explores the values of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice with a brilliance that has earned Gail Jones numerous accolades.

 

Random Reads (September 2012)

I love this idea of random chance cuz it’s just so hard to pick what to read next when your TBR is just huge!  I’ve added to many books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, it’s really not funny. Everytime a book looks the slightest interesting to me, I will add it.  And since, I read pretty much across all genres, I’ve got stacks & stacks of books TO READ.

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For August, I got to read a Classic: Howards End by E.M. Forster.

For September, I’ve drawn an oldie time-travel romance!  Wheee, I’m really looking forward to this read!

Random Reads (August 2012)

I love this idea of random chance cuz it’s just so hard to pick what to read next when your TBR is just huge!  I’ve added to many books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, it’s really not funny. Everytime a book looks the slightest interesting to me, I will add it.  And since, I read pretty much across all genres, I’ve got stacks & stacks of books TO READ.

Thanks to i’m loving books for hosting this meme. 

Both June & July, I tried going for 2 books but it just didn’t happen!  So, I’m going to be modest and go for 1 in August.

Since I’m in Australia, some books are just not accessible to me immediately, so I’m going to have to fudge a bit to make sure that I get to read these random books.

First draw: #1,687 – Flash & Bones (Temperance Brennan #14) by Kathy Reichs

Um, can’t do it since I haven’t read #13 yet!

Second draw: #728 – Howard’s End by E.M. Forster – I’m very happy with this classic result 😀

 

Random Reads (July 2012)

I love this idea of random chance cuz it’s just so hard to pick what to read next when your TBR is just huge!  I’ve added to many books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, it’s really not funny. Everytime a book looks the slightest interesting to me, I will add it.  And since, I read pretty much across all genres, I’ve got stacks & stacks of books TO READ.

Thanks to i’m loving books for hosting this meme.  If you wish to participate, then go here.

Now, I’m going to try to go for 2 books (even though I only managed to read 1 last month but I had a really good reason :p).  One from my to-read shelf and another from whatever I’ve got this year.  Since I’m in Australia, some books are just not accessible to me immediately, so I’m going to have to fudge a bit to make sure that I get to read these random books.

To-read shelf:

1st draw: #179 – Monkey Grip by Helen Garner – lucky!! Second Aussie author in a row!  As you can see, I added it to my TBR in October 2010, it’s about time I read it, right?

Book Blub (from Goodreads)

In “Monkey Grip”, Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation. Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living – and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora’s addiction is romantic love; Javo’s is hard drugs. The harder they pull away, the tighter the monkey grip. A lyrical, gritty, rough-edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction.

From my “got this year” pile:

#24 – Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke (a frebbie Christian fiction)

Book Blub (from Goodreads)

Spanning the sinking of the “Titanic” to World War I, “Promise Me This” tells the story of one man’s determination to fulfill a promise he made — and of the woman he has grown to love in the process.