As another great year of reading comes to a close it is time to recap our favourite reads.
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My Best Books of 2015
It seems I was a hard marker this year, only awarding 5 stars to two titles, both audiobooks.
Within In The Morning I’ll Be Gone Adrian McKinty achieves the seemingly impossible, credibly balancing frank acknowledgement of the futility of the situation in Ireland at that time with a stirring case for human spirit and endeavour in the face of it all. Gerard Doyle’s narration is first class, bringing Sean Duffy to life with his Irish brogue and deadpan irony, making this an addictive listening experience. Find out more…
Jenny T Colgan’s Resistance Is Futile is a romantic comedy come save-the-world adventure with a rebellious, geeky tone that I could ‘totally’ see being on the big screen. Think Bridget Jones meets The Big Bang Theory meets Independence Day and a vibe reminiscent of The Goonies. And the audio narration by Lucy Price-Lewis? Compulsive listening for me, often into the wee hours, chuckling to myself no less. Her distinction between character voices and comic timing was of a very high standard. Find out more…
I awarded 4.5+ stars to 11 titles in 2015.
From standout debuts from Australian authors, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Fever of Animals by Miles Allinson, and my first experience of the work of Malla Nunn (Present Darkness, the latest title in her very successful Detective Emmanuel Cooper Series) through to the modern classics Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
I was impressed by the short form writings of Charlotte Wood in Nanoparticles and Richard Nash’s essay What Is The Business of Literature?, and thoroughly entertained by the quantum physics thriller Superposition by David Walton.
In reflection, I am pleased to see how broadly I am reading these days. Long may that trend continue…