The Hate Race - Maxine Beneba Clarke - a memoir. Flawless. Not a single word out of place. I'm in complete awe of Maxine Beneba Clarke. 5 stars +

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke. A flawless memoir in which Beneba Clarke reveals her story of growing up as a black girl in a very white Australia. Self-discovery and reader discovery are strong components.

Wabi Sabi - Mark Reibstein - a picture book of poetry. Wabi Sabi, a Kyoto cat, has never thought about the meaning of her name until visitors make the enquiry. This leads Wabi Sabi on a journey of understanding. A delicate treasure of Zen storytelling, beautifully illustrated with collages and peppered with haiku. I borrowed this from the library but love it so much I think I'll buy a copy for myself. 5 stars.

Fishpond Australia, Wabi Sabi by Ed Young (Illustrated ) Mark Reibstein. Buy Books online: Wabi Sabi, ISBN Ed Young (Illustrated by) Mark Reibstein

Stasiland - Anna Funder - set in Europe (HSC marking)

Booktopia has Stasiland, Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall by Anna Funder. Buy a discounted Paperback of Stasiland online from Australia's leading online bookstore.

Soon : The Felix and Zelda Series : Book 5 - Morris Gleitzman - historical fiction. Another wonderful book in the Felix "family" of books. 5 star kids lit.

Soon : The Felix and Zelda Series : Book 5 - Morris Gleitzman - historical fiction. Another wonderful book in the Felix "family" of books.

Blue Dog - book with a blue cover. Absolutely delightful! Thank you Louis de Bernieres. 5 stars.

Blue Dog - book with a blue cover. Thank you Louis de Bernieres.

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son. 4 stars.

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her son.

All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven - a YA bestseller. Niven successfully takes the reader inside the minds of two very engaging characters. A sad but worthwhile read. Recommended for the older end of the YA market, requires a mental health trigger warning. 4 stars.

Fall Reading List: 45 Books to Read Before They're Movies All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Very Good Lives : The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination - J.K. Rowling - a book that can be read in less than a day.

Memories From Books: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by JK Rowling

The Spy - Paulo Coelho - author is older than me. Based on the true story of Mata Hari who was shot in 1917 after  being convicted as a spy working for German intelligence. Having little prior knowledge of Mata Hari's story, I can't judge the accuracy of Coelho's representation. As a novel, it's very interesting although a little contrived in the telling. A couple of minor inconsistencies early on and the repeated references to Oscar Wilde as an English writer were a very annoying. 3.5 stars

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city. A dancer who shocked and d.

An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro - title that is a cultural reference.  Interesting. Very restrained, very probing. My first Ishiguro - I wonder if his other books are similar in style. 3 stars.

An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro - title that is a cultural reference. Very restrained, very probing. My first Ishiguro - I wonder if his other books are similar in style.

The North Water - Ian McGuire - a cover that is both beautiful and unusual. Fabulous read, brutal language, brutal characters, brutal plot but oh so gripping! 4.5 stars

The North Water by Ian McGuire - A whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller

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