Author Archives: sophieanna

The Rook

My two favourite reads of 2016 were science fiction. This is surprised me. It is not a genre I usually pick up to read, but maybe I should. The first was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which I reviewed earlier. The second was The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. The Rook starts […]

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North Wow. When someone at my book club recommended this I was less than excited, it was described as a science fiction time travel meets end of the world novel. Not really my genres. However from page one I was hooked. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August  is so clever, it is […]

Thea Astley – The Multiple effects of Rainshadow

Wow, this is one of those books that when you finish it you just sit there for a bit, staring at the book and trying to compose your thoughts. It is beautifully written but boy is it bleak. The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow is based on true events on Palm Island in Northern Queensland in […]

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

I am working my way through the classics and I find it easier to listen to them rather than read them. Probably something to do with the language and the style of writing. Therese Raquin is grim.  It is also a little gruesome. Not what you would describe as an up-beat read! It reminded me […]

It’s okay to judge a book by it’s long title!

The extraordinary journey of the fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe by Romain  Puertolas. A fun read, if not quite reminiscent of Jonas Jonasson’s two delightful books with equally long titles (The Girl who saved the King of Sweden and The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared). Puetolas attempt at this […]

Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra

I picked up this book because I misremembered one of the challenges for the 2015 Readers Challenge. I thought I had to read a book with a precious stone in the title; it should have been a book with a chemical element in the title. You can see my mistake! So while this isn’t a […]

2015 Reading Challenge or Judging a book by the title.

The pleasures of reading in the age of distraction by Alan Jacobs I have to be honest I picked this up purely on the title. And I am glad I did. It is not a “what to read” book but more of a how to read. Alan Jacobs is a huge advocate of  “reading at […]

The Torch by Peter Twohig

This is the sequel to Twohig’s The Cartographer, which I enjoyed but wasn’t convinced, The Torch however I loved. Set in the early 1960’s in a fictional Richmond, Melbourne  – my home town and I do like to read novel set in places I have lived and/or loved. The story is narrated by a 12 […]

Tell the truth by Katherine Howell

Sadly, this is possibly the last in the Ella Marconi series by Katherine Howell. Howell has style of writing that keeps me hooked, it is pacey with clever storylines, although possibly a little repetitive. Surely there can’t be that many questionable paramedics in Sydney. And maybe for this reason the series is coming to an […]

January 29

Reading challenge 2015 – The Graphic Novel

The adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks A very sweet graphic novel. As a novice to the graphic novel I have to say I enjoyed Superhero girl. She is charming, funny and fallible – how many superheroes shrink their cape in the wash or get sunburnt with their mask on, leaving a sunburn […]