Every week I look forward to the latest ‘What I’m Reading’ on the Meanjin blog. It makes me feel homesick for Melbourne, but in a good way. I remember all the hours I spent in Brunswick Street Books and Readings Carlton. Every post sounds like a conversation that could be overheard there. I was very excited to do a What I’m Reading of my own. Basically, my secret is that I don’t read books at all and when I do, they’re only by men. Sorry!
Posts from the ‘Books’ Category
My friend asked me for a baby reading list. I would never feel comfortable saying “this is what having a baby is like” or “this is what it’s like to be a mother” but I do feel confident in sharing what I liked reading when I was thinking about having a baby, when I was pregnant, and then when I was looking after a tiny new baby, reading out paragraphs to Jude in a whisper to reassure us both that whatever she was doing was normal.
“If you name an important book there is a very good chance I haven’t read it. I’m not against important books. I hope to write one someday. But I read what I like, before I read what’s important. That’s who I am.” Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Here are some books that I like that you might too. They’re organised by mood – that’s not always how we choose to buy, but it’s always how, in the end, we choose what to actually read.
The links all go to Amazon so you can see more info. But since most of them are old you can easily get them secondhand or on Ebay. Or at the library!
Oh and they’re all by women.