Like most book-crazy people my to-read pile is always bigger than I’d like it to be. So many great books, so little time! But here is what I’ve got lined up for the next two weeks or so, reading-wise. For a change, from my usual speculative fiction choices, I’ve picked 3 contemporary realist novels. They’re all young adult fiction written by Australian writers. If  you haven’t heard of these authors, make sure you check them out!

Currently reading: The Minnow

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I’ve just started reading The Minnow by Diana Sweeney. The Minnow won Australia’s Text Prize (for unpublished young adult fiction) a few years ago. The Text Prize is well-known in Australia for giving new and emerging writers of young adult fiction a fantastic start to their career, and the prize has uncovered some wonderful books. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far am intrigued by the voice of the main character, a girl called Tom.

Coming up

Not sure which of these I’ll read next so I’ll list them in alphabetical order.

The Lucky Ones by Tohnby Riddle

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I haven’t read any work by this author before but was intrigued by the fantastic cover and by the back blurb, which says: “Just out of school, Tom’s at the beginning of the rest of his life.But everything seems out of whack – hilariously so…heartachingly so…” It’s a bit strange that I happened to pick up 2 books that both have a main character named Tom, but I’m pretty sure it was a coincidence.

I like novels that do comedy well, so here’s hoping this novel brings the laughs as well as the heartache.

The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and his Ex by Gabrielle Williams

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I am an absolute sucker for any novel, young adult or otherwise, that has themes  of painting and art woven through the narrative, so I’m looking forward to devouring this story about how “four lives collide” when Picasso’s Weeping Woman goes missing from the National Gallery. I’ve read a couple of Gabrielle Williams’ books before. One I loved, the other I had a few problems with, but this book, looks very promising.

It’s described as an offbeat comedy, so it looks like I’ve got some weeks of fun reading ahead!