Show me your spines (some books in the 'tower of hope')

Books I’ve been sent or given in the past few weeks:


And then I still haven’t gotten to:




(the Roald Dahl books I plan to re-read). And these are really only the fairly recent additions to the ‘tower of hope’.

Currently reading:


…and a couple of others on my bedside table. You can see how hard it is for me to choose what to read next, as there are so many good-lookin’ books in there. What would you go for?

18 thoughts on “Show me your spines (some books in the 'tower of hope')

  1. Wow, I like when you do these posts because it always makes me feel better about my to-read pile. I would vote up the lifted brow 6 because it was so awesome, and also because i haven’t read much else you’ve got there. Although I just read about the ampersand thing on top and it sounds really good.

  2. Oh too much temptation! You could assuage my guilt by reading The Ancestor Game. Alex was my teacher the year it won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize but I just couldn’t get through it. (That isn’t exactly a great recommendation, but obviously people wiser than me liked it.)

    The Ask would probably be the first thing I pulled out of the pile.

  3. What a selection. Not two, but FOUR photographs. Blimey.
    Haz Janus Faces, TLB, Glissando, and Parrot and O, and read Easter Parade recently, what a book. Have read the last, just into Glissando. Look out for Voss references – not a spoiler, just a hint.
    I would like to read the Lohrey too at some point. Tidied all mine the other day, but maybe I will get a shot or two up. But oooh, the pressure! I am enjoying just plucking things down as I please at the moment. Just read Anne Michael’s The Winter Vault, which was magnificent – I want to reread it almost straight away.

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  5. Hi all, cheers for the comments!

    Lani – having Alex as a teacher must have been wonderful. The Ancestor Game is only one of only two or three of his I haven’t read. I bought it in Perth after my Q&A session with him, then we ran into each other again at the airport (and had a brief conversation about art) and he signed it for me. I look forward to reading it. You couldn’t get through it? Have you read his other books? I find them very accessible.

    Genevieve – since I read Richard Yates’ Collected Stories, everything since has paled in comparison. I’m wary of The Easter Parade because I’m still recovering from the subtle, sad, genius of his short stories. And yes, I’m glad I’ve read Voss previous to Glissando – judging by the launch the other night, it’s something wonderfully smart and absurd – It’s near the top of the mental to-read list.

    Darcy – I’ll get back to you on Joel. Not the book I thought it would be… but I’m still thinking on it.

    Damon – they’re shelved and piled. There are plenty more ‘to-read’ books…

    And thanks all for the links/responses of your own!

  6. Well you have all sorts to choose from! I’d pick the Ampersand off the top of the pile… Parrot and Olivier also has me really interested. Good luck with it.

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  8. BOY ON A WIRE was fab…
    I’m glad to see other people have a massive (and hopeful) pile of books beside their bed. They whimper at me before I turn the light out every night. I guess that’s one thing e-books won’t do quite so well.

  9. Angela, it was more about what I liked reading at the time (and probably my age), not that it was a difficult read in any way. My feelings at the time, I think, were that it was too controlled, that the craft was too visible. Not an unlikely response from a girl immersed in Henry Miller and Violette LeDuc and pouring forth a stream-of conscious mess. (Which I still have a problem with, actually.)

    And yes, he was great to have as a teacher, particularly at that time. I wish I could mention some of the insights I got into the writer v. editor v. publisher v. media issues, but those are his anecdotes to share. 😉

    I should probably pull it out again now and see if my reading has matured.

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