After months of research, planning, reading, scribbling and questioning our sanity, we are so gosh darn excited to be live and beaming at you through the interwebs!
Lectito is a Latin word meaning ‘read often’. And that’s our motto. Read widely. Read deeply. Read often. We’re all about helping you find that next great book, and the next, and the next. But more than that, we want to encourage our fellow readers to join us in thinking about and discussing books and the roles they play in our lives. To do that we post regularly under four main categories:
While we all read for pleasure, stories also spark our intellect and imagination. Here we train a spotlight on emerging artists, be they writers, musicians, film makers, painters, or performers, whose work is influenced by words. If you or someone you know has been inspired by books to produce great work, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear your story! For our inaugural interview, we spent some time getting to know Adelaide fantasy writer, Liana Skrzypczak.
As this incredibly cryptic heading oh-so-subtly suggests, this is where you’ll find good ol’ fashioned book reviews. Savvy business folk tell us we should target a niche to optimise page views. Undoubtedly sage advice, but limiting our reading to just one genre, or worse, sub-genre? Boring! Who does that? We don’t, and we don’t want you to either. So here you’ll find reviews of books across all genres. We make it our business to engage critically with bestsellers and seek out hidden gems. We are also particularly interested in emerging writers, so if you hear of an exciting debut novel that deserves reviewing, drop us a line. To get the ball rolling, we’ve applied our mad reviewing skillz to Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train, Emily Bitto’s 2015 Stella Prize winner The Strays and Joanna Rakoff’s memoir My Salinger Year.
There’s no shortage of incredible books out there, but the question of what to read next can be a tricky one. In this section you’ll find lists of recommendations complied by humans, not algorithms, to help you find books that are linked by theme, sub-genre, narrative techniques, etc. For example, if you’re not a big fantasy reader, but love Game of Thrones, you might find something to tickle your fancy in these five fantasy reads for realists, or if you’re in the mood for a story that does something clever with point of view take a look at these nine unreliable narrators, or if you just want a rollicking read to while away the long winter nights, we’ve found five BIG books to enjoy by the fireside.
This is a space dedicated to those books we come back to time and time again. Rather than straight reviews, these are personal reflections on why these are the stories that shape us and stay with us. While we read with our heads, we also read with our hearts and it’s as important to talk about what we feel as what we think. We hope the pieces you find here will inspire you to think back on your best reading experiences and maybe revisit some old favourites. The first books we slated for an emotive reread were Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights.
We can’t wait to talk books with you!
Love and livres,
Margot McGovern, Editor
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