On long weekend reads and optimism

We’re just at the start of a long weekend here in Australia and, as always, the most important thing to have sorted for such an event is our TBR pile. We’ve been scouring the bookshops for weeks to get ready for four days off work and some serious reading time (you need to be optimistic about these things!).

We always have many, many, books lined up for these mini-breaks because we just don’t know what we will be in the mood for. Do you find this? It’s like going to the supermarket the day before they close for public holidays. You have to stock up just to make sure that you have plenty to pick from! That could just be us though…we’re probably a bit odd. But maybe you feel the same? It’s always nice to feel we’re among friends.

So, we know we won’t get through all of these, but this is what we’ve got ready to go this long weekend:


The Midnight Watch – David Dyer: When I found out this book was about the Titanic, I  wanted to read it straight away. I know we all know what happened to the Titanic, but I have never read about about it (or watched the movie) so I am really looking forward to this one.

Wild Light – Robyn Mundy: I picked this one up simply because it is a new book by an Australian author and I love to support as many Australian authors as I can.

The Light on the Water – Olga Lorenzo: I can’t actually remember where I came across this book all I knew is that after reading the blurb I really wanted to read it.

The Edge of Lost – Kristina McMorris: I loved the cover on this one! Then I read the recommendation on the front cover and I was even more intrigued.

The Life of Elves – Muriel Barbery: This one is by the same author who wrote ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ which I haven’t read but I know was very popular. So I decided to pick it up and give it a go.


The Mitford Girls – Mary S. Lovell: I’ve been listening to ‘Chat 10, Looks 3’ with Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales and they recommend this book. It’s a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m ready to give it a try!

Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright: Essays on hunger which sound fascinating, albeit a bit confronting. One from the Stella Prize Short List, although I first saw it on Kate Forsyth’s blog and have been meaning to dip into it for ages!

The Lyre Thief – Jennifer Fallon: My wonderful mum bought this one for me from her local bookshop, and I’m always keen for a new fantasy series. Hopefully it’s as good as it sounds.

The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante: I enjoyed My Brilliant Friend and I’ve heard the second title title in the series is even better so fingers crossed.

Emperor of the Eight Islands – Lian Hearn: I actually never read Hearn’s well-known Tales of the Otori series, but I have loved her other fiction titles so I picked this one up out of curiosity. Maybe I will love it so much I will have to go back and read the others!

What do you have on your TBR pile at the moment? Any recommendations?

 Jody & Amanda x


2 thoughts on “On long weekend reads and optimism”

  1. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing these books with your readers. I usually gravitate towards an inspirational memoir or nonfiction read but I’ve added the Midnight Watch to my TBR list. I think you need to consider “Real Men Wear Beige” by Don Alfredano for a future list of yours. It is a memoir that reads like fiction and the author provides an eye-opening look at state prison and the criminal justice system. The book follows the author’s stay in various prisons throughout New York (including Rikers Island). I was hooked from the start and the author shares his feelings, his fears, and his many life changing experiences in a truly inspirational way. Check out the website for more info about the book – http://realmenwearbeige.com/
    Would love to hear your opinions! Thanks again and happy reading


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