Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 – Have you voted?

As 2012 begins to end (All evidence points to it being November already!), we’re invited to squeeze in one last title for this year: Goodreads Choice Awards 2012! Check out the nominees, see which you’ve read, decide whether any are worthy of your vote and if so, help that book secure the pleasure of a Choice Award! There is a category for every kind of reader, from Biographies, to Science Fiction, to Romance!

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If you tell me who you voted for, I’ll tell you who I voted for!

(I only voted for one book this year, in the Nonfiction category, surprisingly:  Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon)

Why, as someone who devotes much of their time to running a blog about books, did I only vote for one book in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012? Well, it’s the only book of the nominees that I’ve read, to be honest, and fortunately for my integrity, I did really love it. I guess I just didn’t read many new releases this year! I’m just itching to know – who did you vote for and why?!

Writers Converge!

Brisbane Writers Festival 2012Attention all Brisbanites and inhabitants of surrounding suburbs! Brisbane (the wonderful capital city of Queensland, Australia for those of you outside of the Land Down Under) is getting ready and very excited for the Brisbane Writers Festival in September! Tens of thousands of readers and writers will converge on the Cultural Centre and Brisbane Powerhouse for five solid days of  literary immersion. The festival is a melting pot of respected authors, budding writers, bookworms, students, emerging authors and playwrights and those who’ve simply succumb to their curiosity. With a program of workshops and masterclasses that really does offer something for everyone, with courses on everything from ‘The Unpredictable Plotter’ to ‘The Art and Craft of Travel Writing’, it’s the writers’ event that simply cannot be missed!

I, one of the fortunate few who live within a reasonable distance of this excellent event, will most certainly be attending and have already begun choosing the workshops and seminars that I’d like to partake in. Oh and I’ll most definitely be keeping an eye out for participating writers Wesley Enough (Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company), John Lanchester (regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine) and….(DRUM ROLL, PLEASE)…Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat – a book made into a film starring Johnny Depp. ‘Nough said.)

Will I see you there?

February in Literary Retrospect

January and February have flown by at lightning speed and I’m not entirely sure that it really is the first of March; perhaps I accidently reset the calendar of my phone (anything is possible with my degree of technological ineptitude) and have lost a couple of months…however, for that scenario to be even remotely plausible I’d have to assume that the TV channels have all made the same mistake, that the date on my computer screen is completely wrong and that my brother’s fifteenth birthday party was a hoax. So, excluding the possibility of such a phenomenal coincidence, I have to conclude that it really is the third month of 2012…already. Oh God.

Looking back on the past two months (which felt like one week) and reflecting on my literary progress, I realise I have quite some reading to catch up on. My ‘Books to Read in 2012‘ list is lengthening at a far quicker pace than I am crossing books off, as more and more fellow book-loving bloggers make irresistible suggestions and as I stumble across new and enticing titles myself.

So far from my list I’ve read:

Looking for Alaska Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

While to it, I’ve added:

A Room of One's Own Catcher in the Rye I Capture the Castle
Scoop Evelyn Waugh Catch 22 Pet Sematary

Two steps forward, six steps back! But a real nerd never shies away from a literary challenge. Let us read.

2012 Reading Challenge

As I posted yesterday, I signed up to the wonderful website, Goodreads. Today, I discovered that you can sign up for their 2012 Reading Challenge, set your own reading goal and then allow it to track your progress. Awesome, yes?

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Well, according to my Challenge Tracker, I am five books behind! I’ve only read one book in its entirety and that was The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, by Deborah Rodriguez. I have however, read a good part of Steve Job’s biography and am currently in the midst of reading  three other books. Not too bad…is it?

I guess I better get reading!

 

Progress in 2012

Just an update on my ‘Books to Read in 2012’ project. 

I have crossed off The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul, by Deborah Rodriguez, as you may have surmised from my review of it.

However, taking the term ‘one step forward, two steps back’ quite literally, I’ve added another two books in its place on my list.

  • IQ84 – by Haruki Murakami
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin – by Lionel Shriver

I first stumbled across the former while wiling away my free time in a Dymocks book store. It was in the New Release section and caught my attention immediately with its cryptic title. And then I read its blurb and was instantly hooked and thereby compelled to add it to my list of must-reads:

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 – “Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s – 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

The second book, We Need to Talk About Kevin, I added to my list after reading a review of the film and watching a short interview with the main actress, Eva Khatchadourian. Its dark themes, too often shunned by society, were described fascinatingly by both the New York Times journalist and Eva, captivating my interest in psychology, humanity and the very real potential for the mind’s dark side to dominate.

Bibliophiles Wanted: Share Your Knowledge

Ladies and Gentlemen, Readers and Writers, Bibliophiles of the World,

I have created a new page to Free Page Numbers: Books to Read in 2012!

It is only in its preliminary stages and so I would be most appreciative if you, with all your literary expertise, would unite for the sake of bibliophilic collaboration and help add to my list of books to read this year. Share your sweet knowledge! Boast about the amazing books you’ve read! Play a role in the expansion of your favourite book’s readership!

And welcome to Free Page Numbers, an everlasting celebration of Obsessive Compulsive Reading Disorder.