A Month of Reading: July Wrap Up

The best thing about winter is definitely the abundance of chilly evenings and weekends when it’s far too miserable to do anything but read. Consequently, we spent much of July ensconced in our reading chairs, rising only for coffee/tea/whisky and to write the occasional review. We stumbled across some rather fantabulous new titles and revisited several more. We also went back over our reading lists and came up with a whole bunch of recommendations and caught up with two incredible emerging authors to find out what they’re working on and what they love to read. Finally we spent a bit of time musing on how to make more time for books, what we believe are the essential ingredients for a good story and our top tips for book reviewers. In brief, here’s what you missed:


Night Film

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

A sinister, Gothic thriller.

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Station Eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A lyrical, post-apocalyptic tale of unspeakable devastation, resilience and hope.

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Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

The manuscript that became To Kill A Mockingbird and the most anticipated release of 2015.

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Risk by Fleur Ferris

An unsettling and compelling Australian YA debut that delves deep into questions of guilt and blame that surround sexual predators and their victims.

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The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Lyrical and enchanting, The Gracekeepers is a fairytale for the twenty-first century.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

A sprawling, bittersweet tale for anyone who has friends, or wondered what having friends might be like.

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The Ghost Network

The Ghost Network by Catie Disabato

A smart, literary thriller from a bright young author to watch.

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The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna

A story of tragedy, hope and unbreakable connections, and winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Award, this one will break your heart slowly.

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The Young Desire It

The Young Desire It by Kenneth Mackenzie

The story of a young man coming-of-age in a young nation. Both are wild, beautiful and struggling to understand their place in a much older world.

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My Real Children

My Real Children by Jo Walton

A heart breaking alternate history in which a young woman’s choice takes her life in two very different directions.

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The End of Alice

The End of Alice by A. M. Homes

One of the most controversial titles of the nineties, The End of Alice makes Lolita read like Disney.

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Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle

A refreshing Australian YA debut about accepting loss, putting the pieces back together and reevaluating the things that matter.

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Brave New Worlds: Four Dystopian Reads

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Tripple Threat: Three Homegrown YA Reads

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Courting Criminals: The High Stakes Worlds of Highsmith

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Five Naive Narrators

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Girls

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Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Boys

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Mid-Year Wrap Up: Our Favourite Books of 2015… So Far

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Jakob Boyd

Perth poet Jakob Boyd

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Tongues editor Raelke Grimmer

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Write Better: Five Essential for a Good Story (And Five Things to Leave Out)

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Five Tips for Writing Better Book Reviews

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Ten Tips for Making More Time to Read

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Phew, July was B.U.S.Y. and August is shaping up to be full of even more most excellent reads. We’re looking forward to sharing them with you!

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