Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Books to Read Before You Die

Steve and I mentioned a list of books during Episode 17 of The Book Stash (1984 by George Orwell) that I have been working through to ensure I read widely and don't fall into a reading rut. This is the list I found online years and years ago and I thought I would share with you all. My only wish is that there were more female writers on this list.

Note: This is not my own list. I cannot find the original source. If anyone knows where it came from please let me know in the comments so I can give credit where credit is due.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street, by Herman Melville
Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemmingway
Kafka of the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Dune, by Frank Herbert
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M.Montgomery
Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Catch 22, by Joseph Heller
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
1984, by George Orwell

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 17: Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

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We're spending some time in George Orwell's dystopian vision of the future, Nineteen Eighty-Four. We also talk about reading broadly and Ash takes you through her must-have essentials currently on her writing desk.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Event Announcement - Dymocks Camberwell First Tuesday Book Club

I am so excited to announce that I will be a guest author at Dymocks Camberwell's First Tuesday Book Club on October 2nd. It should be such a fantastic night and I can't want to have a chat with readers about reading and writing!

There will be two other guest authors on the night - Alice Nelson, author of The Children's House and Liz Porter, author of Written on the Skin.



Find tickets to the event here: First Tuesday Book Club

Check out the well read people from Dymocks Camberwell here: Dymocks Camberwell

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 16: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami

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We return to Murakami with a look at his book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Steve also shares some writing tips from Australian-born, Dublin-based author, Monica McInerney.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 15: Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi

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We look at the debut novel (and New York Times bestseller) from Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone. Discover ten tips for writing compelling dialog and Ash shows off her new map for the Rachaya Series.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Book Review - Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageColorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In my mind this is one of Murakami's finest pieces of work. I immediately want to read it again, much as I did Norwegian Wood. This story is nostalgic, visceral, and true to a Murakami novel, leaves you with more questions than answers. Unlike some of his other novels there were no dragging descriptions to slow down the story (or at least none that I noticed - in 1Q84, for example, he would often spend several pages describing a meal), so it was quite fast paced. It was interesting and kept me guessing all the way through.

If you have never read a Murakami novel, this may be a good place to start.

I have a strong feeling I may be gushing about this book to Steve in a future episode of The Book Stash podcast. For now I need some time to mull it over.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Book Stash - Episode 14: Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

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In this special half hour episode, we take a look at Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall (and its TV series). We also talk about the card game Once Upon A Time and Vladimir Propp's fairy tale functions.

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