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Booktoberfest Highlight

by Tim Winton

Tom Keely's reputation is in ruins. And that's the upside. Divorced and unemployed, he's lost faith in everything precious to him. Holed up in a grim highrise, cultivating his newfound isolation, Keely looks down at a society from which he's retired hurt and angry. He's done fighting the good fight, and read more...

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Penguin Books Australia: Blog

Why I Love Books

By Maggie Beer, author of Maggie's Christmas

I’ve loved to read from my earliest childhood. I was always the girl in the playground with a book in her hand, not really fitting in – or was it that I didn’t think I did?

Books were always my escape but more than that they were my education. I left school at the age of 14 because of family circumstances and was mentored always by a very favourite Aunt. I’m talking about the late 1950s and my Aunt was a Headmistress of a primary school. 6 foot tall, rare for that age, and imperious but never frightening. When I think back I realise that Aunty Glad was the one intent on continuing my education and though I needed little encouragement to read, she chose books always to challenge me and I loved them, loved her.

At times I have more than one book on the go; I have my night time reading that can’t be too intense or I’d be tempted to stay up all night long I become so involved in a book. Then there are the books for weekends away or travel, times when you can have long stretches at a book and that’s the one that just can’t be put down. I’m almost embarrassed to say I’m very proprietorial about my books. As long as I have loved a book, I have to keep it around me. I have so many shelves, cupboards and piles full of them which I’m very happy to share, as long as they’re given back.

I guess it was about 20 years ago when I discovered wonderful second hand book shops, books where the very smell of them made you comfortable and want to spend time in. Books on every subject under the sun that have been through many hands before are special too. Lastly, my love of books has transferred to all the family. Books for Christmas, books for birthdays, swapping books, always reading, it’s part of their lives too. So much so as a very proud Nonna, my youngest grandchild Ben, only 5 years old in Reception year, was asked to read the lesson at assembly last Friday. All because books are so part of our lives that it’s normal.

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Why I Love Books

By Guy Grossi, author of Love Italy

There is something about the smell of a book I love. That smell when you turn the fresh crisp pages and the feeling of the paper. It’s usually the first thing I do when I pick up a new book, run my hand along the pages. While I love technology, there is something special about holding and feeling a book. Seeing someone’s hard work bound together into the final product. Something you can’t get from reading the same print online.

I love the romance about it, getting caught up in a story or lost in the images printed on the pages. I like having books to use as references when I need. Both at home and at work I’m surrounded by all kinds of books. As an educational tool, I love reading and using them to better my knowledge, there is nothing more important than constantly learning. Also important is their ability to share a story or paint a picture and engage the reader.

I hoped to achieve all of these things in “Love Italy”. I wanted to create a publication that was educational, teaching about the traditions and history of Italian food. I also wanted to share the stories of some very special people who work every day to preserve the techniques that bring the Italian food culture to life. The last thing I wanted to achieve with this book was somewhat a piece of art. The photos and words used have created a beautiful masterpiece that evokes all kinds of emotion as it takes you on a food journey through Italy.

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Everything Changes Now: A Exclusive Post by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart is a book I’ve been waiting to write for a long time. Whenever I sit down and start a series, I know how it’s going to end, and I know what the big moments along the way will be. And The Fiery Heart? Well, it’s one of the big moments in the Bloodlines series. BIG. So many factors in the series have been building to this point, and the events in this book will in turn set the stage for the final two books, which are also going to have some pretty major twists.

I've never been a fan of predictable books or series, where you pretty much know how everything is going to turn out. My favourite books are the ones that pull the rug out from under me, that make me question everything and wonder how the characters can weather the storm. Now, do I always enjoy the discomfort and squirming that comes with watching my favorite characters go through ordeals? No, it’s torturous, and I definitely feel for my readers who have to ride those ups and downs. But when happy endings do come, I always feel like they've been earned if the characters had to fight for them. And I think a lot of my readers feel the same way (eventually). A friend of mine recently read The Fiery Heart and said, “This is to Bloodlines what Shadow Kiss is to Vampire Academy. ” Readers panic when they hear that because they automatically assume it means tragedy. What it means, though, is that this is the center of the series, the part that really tests the characters, shows them what’s important, and helps them become who they’re destined to be—for themselves and each other.

Because that’s the other thing I love in books: characters who grow. I have no interest in characters who can’t learn or evolve. People who've read the Bloodlines series so far know that Sydney and Adrian both have gone through some major changes. The twosome who started Bloodlines was different from the couple who ended The Indigo Spell. They've become stronger, deeper people, and they will find both themselves and their love tested. Consequently, readers will find that The Fiery Heart is a lot of different things. It’s at times deeply romantic and—dare I say it—hotter than its predecessor. At the same time, it’s a very dark book, examining tough issues like trust, tolerance, and mental health. It’s become one of my very favorite books that I've ever written, and I hope that readers will love it as much as I do and be excited to join in on this next stage of the journey with Sydney and Adrian.
by Richelle Mead