Recent reads and all-time faves

We love The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion! So far three of us have read this looney and loveable romp of a book – rom-com on steroids!  While none of us would meet all of Prof Don Tillman’s criteria for a ‘punctual, non-drinking, non-smoking female’ (well, we are female), at least one of us finds Don’s highly systematised approach to meal planning very appealing.  Don is a hoot, as is his search for a wife, and while the ending is somewhat predictable, it’s the journey that’s engaging, at times hilarious, at times poignant, at all times entertaining.  A PPBC rating of 5/5 so far. (BMcK)

Wonder by RJ Palacio could almost tip into the category of ‘tear-jerker’, it doesn’t though.  It’s leavened with humour and pathos, and fine dashes of ‘reality’ from the lead character Auggie (August).  ‘I won’t describe what I look like’ Auggie tells us, and as his story unfolds (several chapters told in his own voice) we learn he has a challenging and unusual appearance, the result of a fluke combination of genes.  Auggie has always been home schooled, and now his parents have decided he should attend a small private junior school.  The book chronicles his rocky road to acceptance among a brace of teens to whom appearance is oh so important.  It’s a teen novel, and as adult readers we all found it immensely moving, amusing, and at all times ‘real’.  It’s themes are universal:  acceptance, resilience, and the plight of those who do not meet society’s ‘norms’ for whatever reason.  A highly recommended read with a PPBC rating of 5/5. (BMcK)

The Night Circus, written by Erin Morgenstern is extraordinary.  It’s one of those novels where the reader is left pondering  ‘how on earth did the author come up with such amazing, rich, imaginative and utterly unique ideas?’  It’s an adult fairy tale of sorts, with an old-fashioned ‘fight to the death’ theme at its core.  It’s a book bursting at the seams with magic and mystique, a fantasy world populated by the circus troupe who perform incredible feats.  Erin Morgenstern is the consummate conjurer, her illusory world is a wonderful place in which to lose yourself reading this enchanting book.  Another PPBC rating of 5/5. (BMcK)

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  1. Rachel of Potts Point Book Club

    Check out Night Circus author Erin Morgenstern’s wonderful blog here:
    http://erinmorgenstern.com/blog/

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