I read four paperbacks in February and enjoyed one audiobook while I was travelling around regional Victoria (read: driving between big country towns that have services I needed).
As the year and the world seep back into the usual routine of ‘busyness’ I’ve found I have a little less time to read (or is that energy?).
Here’s my little review of what I enjoyed reading in February 2022.
How to be Second Best by Jessica Dettman
Insightful and keen observations of family dynamics through a uniquely humorous lens. Tender and warm with a generous side of Australian flavoured sarcasm. Intelligent and wry.
Reading my Dettman books out of order (read “This Has Been Absolutely Lovely” last year). I really dig her style.
This is an Australian author to watch.
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Poetry and non-fiction shouldn’t make sense together but that is the genius of this book.
There are passages from this book that will stay with me forever.
A heart wrenching, funny and brightly told story in a fresh and vibrant new voice.
Love Stories by Trent Dalton
A collection of stories from punters on the streets of Brisbane retold by a self-confessed, love-obsessed cheese ball.
The audiobook version quivers with Trent Dalton’s special brand of emotional take with the telling of each tale.
A validating, life-affirming work to lighten up a dark time.
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
An unexpected delight. Themes of forbidden love, mother-daughter relationships, duty and tradition all feature strongly.
Rich and descriptive, this is a heart-filled story set in late 1950s London that hinges around the main character Jean and her relationships.