A Box Of Bookclub - The Botanist's Daughter Review, announcing the holiday group read, as usual a printable reading / listening / viewing list and stay tuned for the Holiday Season Reading Challenge - are you up for it?
First up shall we talk about last night?
We had a very quick discussion (Sunday nights in December aren't really the time!) in our Facebook Group on the delightful "The Botanist's Daughter" by Kayte Nunn. It's a tough time of year fit in reading but for those that have read it everyone loved it and we all highly recommend it as a wonderful read. Perfect for relaxing with over the holidays.
"Delightful" is the word for the novel, from the cover to the concept of the story and all the characters inside. A historical fiction set in dual time that transports you in both time and place and has you fully invested in the outcomes.
Paula's feedback from the discussion last night was "What an absolutely beautiful book. I loved every bit of it- the love Elizabeth had for her family, the courage to stand up to her nemesis until the end and the passion she had to find what she was looking for. I really liked how the past and present came together so well. Highly recommend this fantastic book. I’m looking forward to reading more of Kayne Nunn’s books"
and from Sarah "I devoured this book. It was so refreshing to read a book about strong female characters, who although found love, didn't need to depend on a man to be happy. I loved to the dual timeline and the way both stories complimented each other. This is on my highly recommended list"
If you haven't yet had a chance to read our interview with Kayte you can pop in here to find it. We also can't wait for her new book to be published next year.
Our next group read is actually a book published in 2009 so not a new one but a classic Australian "must read". "Jasper Jones" by Craig Silvey. Have you read it?
Supposedly it's YA literature however I think to really appreciate everything this book has to offer you need to have an understanding of the era, rural Australia in 1965, the racism & small town mentalities of the time. It's a "coming of age" read that covers many complex issues.
"Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.
Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.
With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.
In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart."
Are you in? Given that "it's the most wonderful time of the year" and people are on holidays shall we extend the discussion out to Sunday 3rd February? If you keep reading to the end of this blog post you will see a sneak peek of our very first "reading challenge" and you could actually read this and tick off several of the boxes all in one go...(but that's cheating just a little bit!)
Before we get to that, as usual here is the December / January reading / listening & viewing suggestion list. Have you listened to the updated podcast of "The Teachers Pet"?, are you watching all the Christmas movies (we are in our house)...
Did you see the "Very Bookish Gift Guide" I put together last week for those wanting some book suggestions for gifts? I've picked out some from this list for that.
Finally, later this week I'm going to announce a Holiday Reading Challenge. 5 Books in 5 Weeks but if you want a little sneak peek...here it is (maybe still time to put a book or two on your Christmas wish list..)
Thanks so much for being part of the A Box Of Bookclub this year. We are still finding our way but it's a great group and a fab way to get into reading!