Favourite Reviews of the Week

Here are two of my favourite reviews from the past week:

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

From 52 Books or BustIt 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' BlogA 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.  


  1. Tsiolkas' The Slap just landed in my lap this week, and I'm really curious about his take on controversial matters. And I'm keen on Shovel Ready too. So many good books right now!

  2. Glad i inspired you to put the book on your wishlist. I'm also interested in the new Tsiolkas book!


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