Here are two of my favourite reviews from the past week:
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas
From 52 Books or Bust: It is edgy, political, and somewhat controversial, but Barracuda is also highly readable. That Tsiolkas is a great writer is without a doubt...Tsiolkas takes the reader into the working class of Australia and shows many of the biases and racial prejudices that exist in Australia today.
This is a book I came across but I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. Now that I know that it examines class and bias in Australia, I do want to read it. I love exploring cultures in this way, and the competitive swimming part also has my interest.
Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh
From Leeswammes' Blog: A strange, but interesting book.
This comment sums up exactly what I've been thinking every time I come across this book. At first I wanted to read it, then I wasn't sure, now I want to read it again. Judith gives it 4 out of 5 stars, so I think despite her comment that it was a little slow in the middle, I'll give it a go.