Is it really spring already? I’m not sure Melbourne is certain it is. Pretty sure it’s still winter at the moment with these blast of chilly days.
But it is great weather for curling up with a book, and I’m sure the sun and slightly warmer days will present themselves soon enough (then I’ll be complaining about it being too hot). Anyways, with the end of winter, came the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) where I spent the last two weekends, well not the full first weekend since I was recovering from gastro. But I did spent a considerable amount of time listening to panels and a considerable amount of money purchasing books.
This was my first visit to the MWF and it didn’t disappoint. Federation Square is a great venue with lots of great spaces and food and drink locations. Also conveniently close to Flinders Street Station.
Here’s what I’ll be reading this spring:
- Neon Pilgrim by Lisa Dempster (I’ve actually already finished this one – I read it in two days!)
- Not Just Lucky by Jamila Rizvi
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
- China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
- Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (this was the new one this year, but I haven’t read his previous two novels above so they’re on the list)
- Sunlight and Seaweed by Tim Flannery
- I, Migrant by Sami Shah
- Flight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford
- Wish You Were Here by Sheridan Jobbins
- Depends what You Mean by Extremist by John Safran
- Fighting Hislam by Susan Carland
- The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer
- Colombiano by Rusty Young (sadly, not at the Writers Festival).
Surprisingly a large number of non-figure this year, which is unusual for me, but there were some really strong authors this year and I can’t wait to dive in.
This weekend I’ll be up in sunny Brisbane spending time with my partner, seeing my new little faux-nephew, and attending the Brisbane Writers Festival.