The Eye of the Sheep

In this season of life I find myself reading a lot. Sometimes a little a lot. However, it is taking me some time to get through Peter Carey’s Amnesia. Loving it, really. I am just getting myself caught up on other projects, work and family life.

But…. the Miles Franklin Award has been announced and I want to read it……now. Sofie Laguna’s The Eye of the Sheep has been described by a Readings reviewer as a story about ‘ the intricacies of love and marriage, brotherhood, power dynamics, medical issues and the definition of family – her novel is a mixture of the brutality found in Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and the pain in John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars… The Eye of the Sheep will break your heart – a small price to pay to hear Jimmy’s story.’

This tale sounds real to me. Maybe I should reconvene the book club girls. I am in, how about you?

Blind Date with a Book

Don’t you love this idea? I found a local bookshop promoting this idea for adults and young adult readers. So many of us continue to read around the same genres and authors. We don’t take the necessary risks to find a new favourite style or text. Well here is a great way of being daring with what we read – take a blind date with a book.

I think you could do this with your work colleagues, book club, girlfriends as a Kris Kringle. Note the book is wrapped in brown paper but tagged with a few key words: Daring, Authentic, grim, Tropical. I guess this helps you choose, a little!

Are you ready for a blind date?

Runaway Hugs and Eggs

I hope you are still reading to some little person in your life. Whether it is each night before bed, or when you have a special visit with a grandchild or friend.

There are two books we are loving at the moment. 
The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland and illustrated by Freya Blackwood, winner of the CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year for 2012 and The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett – British author and illustrator.

The Runaway Hug – the family home

A hug for her twin siblings

Emily Gravett’s The Odd Egg
Whilst I love both stories and the way my little one loves to predict and imagine what will happen next, it is the beautiful drawings that keep me coming back to them. And I love to talk about the detail in each picture, the use of mediums and colour. Both Gravett and Blackwood have been longtime favourites. Maybe they might join your Christmas gift list this year and make some little person very happy.