Amanda’s 2012 reading list

Fiction writing is happening, slowly but surely. More news to come. By the end of 2012 when I add my final book to this reading list, fiction will have been written. I promise. In the meantime, here’s my 2012 reading list so I can keep track of the wonderful works of literature (and the not so wonderful, as the case may be) that I get through this year.

  1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Long, but so worthwhile. Not new. Someone recommended it on Facebook, but as usual I’ve forgotten who. Fantastic narrative about a group of university friends and their rather important secret. Beautifully written, I can’t imagine how someone writes a novel so long but still makes it seem like she has carefully considered every single word.
  2. Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood. I’m often drawn to reading Margaret Atwood’s work purely because she is an interesting and active character on Twitter! Moral Disorder is a collection of loosely-connected short stories. Atwood’s prose continually astounds me because it really is so well put together. I will never be able to write like this so I’m jealous of her.
  3. A Common Loss by Kirsten Tranter. I heard Kirsten Tranter speak last year at the Perth Writers Festival and read her first book, The Legacy, at the time. I enjoyed that one, but A Common Loss is considerably better, in my opinion! Curiously it reminded me a lot of The Secret History since I’d just read it – it also centres on a group of five college friends who have a terrible secret. Yet it’s entirely different at the same time. Excellent book. The only complaint I have is that Kirsten’s an Australian writer but she sets her books in the US. I know she lived there for some time but I feel like it’s a shame (or is it a marketing strategy?).
  4. Paper Towns by John Green. A Young Adult (but on the older side of YA!) novel recommended by someone connected to my YA-writing friend Kristan, I read this while on holidays in Melbourne and found myself contemplating the novel during the day even while I was out sightseeing and having fun! It really stuck in my head, it was a fast-moving, captivating story and the characters were so impressive. I will be reading some more John Green, despite my intention to read mostly female authors this year!
  5. Come Back to Me by Sara Foster.
  6. The Fault in our Stars by John Green.
  7. Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster.
  8. Lowcountry Bribe by C. Hope Clark.
  9. Takeshita Demons by Cristy Burne.
  10. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

Amanda Kendle

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