I am lucky enough to be leaving this morning for a little holiday. We’re heading to Western Australia for few days, to see the beaches, rest, relax and explore the other side of this country. I am excited, more than anything, to have some time for some dedicated reading! I do always find it difficult to relax when I’m in a new place though and not rush off exploring every corner and jam-packing our days full of tours, walks and drives to little towns. There’s just so much to see!
Anyway, my husband’s incredulous look when I was squishing books into our suitcase was met with a bit of a hopeful shrug. We can only hope right? Hope that we don’t go over the luggage weight limit at least!
I thought you might be interested in the books I’m taking with me, so here you go:
Pax by Sara Pennypacker: This is a beautiful-looking book for children aged nine and over, with illustrations by Jon Klassen. I picked it up at the Sydney Writers Festival local schools day, where I was lucky to hear Jon talk about his experiences as an illustrator. I read the first chapter and was completely hooked!
Kakadu Sunset by Annie Seaton: I’ve been wanting to read this book since we interviewed Annie Seaton recently. It’s a bit outside my comfort zone, but my mum read and loved it and we have pretty similar reading tastes, so it’s definitely getting squished in there! It should be a nice, light, holiday read.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave: A few years ago I read Gold by Chris Cleave and despite it being about sport (which isn’t entirely my thing), I loved it. The competition between the two female cyclists was a glimpse into a world that was completely foreign to me. I haven’t read too much about this new title, but I have to give it a go after that!
The Memory Artist by Katherine Brabon: This book won the Australian Vogel Literary Award for 2016. The blurb indicates a fascinating story as well, about Gorbachev and Russian history which, to be honest, I haven’t read a great deal about. This is going straight to the top of the pile.
Do you think that is enough? I’m thinking maybe I can just squeeze in one more…maybe the next Elena Ferrante, or one of the others piled up next to my bed that I haven’t quite got to yet. I suppose they have bookshops in WA though; does anyone know any great ones?