I *heart* books . . .

March 8, 2013 by  
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i heart books

I *heart*, you *heart*, we *heart* books. Books were one of my first passions in life. If I could have encoded them in my DNA, I would have. New books, old book, printed books, e-books, audiobooks. I live my life awash with books. There is only thing I love more than reading books, and that is sharing them with people I also *heart*. Here are a few books that I can’t wait to read (and tell you about…)

The Rosie Project by Graham Simsion

the-rosie-projectDon Tillman is an academic geneticist. He is middle-aged, socially awkward, yet highly organised. He has his routines, and sticks to them religiously. Now, Don feels the time is right for him to get married. He has developed the Wife Project – a 16-page questionnaire that will reveal his perfect match. But then along comes Rosie – and she is nothing like the woman Don imagined. And Rosie has a project of her own – one that could benefit from the involvement of a highly organised geneticist…

The buzz on this book is tremendous. It has been described as a ‘screwball comedy’, ‘heartwarming’ and ‘quirky’. And – bonus local author sidenote! – Graham is a Melbourne-based author. Always wonderful to fall in love with an author who lives in my city!

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

storytellerSqueal! A new Jodi Picoult! I go crazy for a new Picoult novel, ever since I read My Sister’s Keeper a year or so ago. (Even though some of her more recent novels have been a little lacklustre – Lone Wolf, I’m looking at you…) Picoult writes about contemporary moral entanglements through a multiplicity of voices. She has a knack for writing about the hottest issues of our times. And her multi-voice narrative structures allow us to see that truth is never straightforward.

The Storyteller is about Sage Singer, a baker who is hiding out from the world. Slowly, shyly, she befriends one of her town’s most beloved older citizens. A man everyone loves and respects – when out of the blue, he suddenly asks Sage to kill him. Because he is harbours a terrible and dark secret…But if Sage goes through with it, would it be seen as a murder or a form of long-time-coming justice?

What type of books do you love? Have you read anything lately that has taken up residence in your heart? Anything that you would like to share with your fellow Calm Spacers?

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About our Reading Space Contributor

Carolyn Leslie Feb 13Carolyn Leslie is an IPEd-accredited editor, a writer, an award-winning book reviewer and a business chick, as well as Mama to two little boys. Carolyn loves books, blogs, op shops, gardening, mucking around in the kitchen and dancing crazily with her kids (and sometimes even with her husband). She dreams of someday having a quiet and (totally) uninterrupted read…

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2 Responses to “I *heart* books . . .”
  1. Emma says:

    Squeeeeeee! A new Jodi Picoult, must get that for Mum for her birthday next week, my folks adore her books, although I agree with you, some of them have been less than awesome – do you have some of her books on audio? I read her joint venture with her daughter last year, and really quite enjoyed that too!

  2. Carolyn Leslie says:

    I’ve listened to a few of her titles as an audiobook.I think they make great listening – the audiobook format suits her multi-voiced narratives.

    If you like Picoult, you might like to check out Caroline Overington’s books. She also does a multi-voiced, hot topic form of storytelling. And she’s Australian!