The Five-Eyed Bookworm

Eclectic Reader. Lover of beautiful book covers.


The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Title: The Bell Jar
Authors: Sylvia Plath
Genre: Literary Fiction | Classics
Setting: Boston, Massachusetts and New York (USA)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2006)
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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Book Review
The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Designed by Carla Jayne Jones
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: Australia
Published July 2012 by Scribner
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice for Best Historical Fiction (2012) • Women’s Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2013) • Winner of three ABIA awards for Best Newcomer, Best Literary Novel and Book of the Year • Winner of two Indie Awards for Best Debut and Book of the Year • Winner of the Nielsen BookData Bookseller’s Choice Award for 2013

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Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan Book Review
Enduring Love
Author: Ian McEwan
Genres: British Literature, Contemporary Fiction
Setting: United Kingdom
James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Fiction (1997)

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Aussie Author Challenge 2014

2014 Aussie Author ChallengeMy first encounter with a story book set in Australia was in secondary one. Our English teacher asked us to read Walkabout by James Vance Marshall. Before that most of what I know about Australia revolved around kangaroos, koala bears and the Sydney Opera House. Yes, I wasn’t a very good reader before – I stuck to authors and titles familiar to me (R.L. Stine, Carolyn Keene, Roald Dahl, Stephen King, etc.). My English teacher changed that.

My goal for this year is to be a more ‘diverse’ reader and a better armchair traveler. When I saw the 2014 Aussie Author Challenge over at Booklover Book Reviews, I was quite hesitant to join as I’ve already signed up for quite a few reading challenges this year. I was thinking over it last night and thought why not? I’ve been making good progress with the other challenges and I’ve already read a few great books from Australian authors last year (Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project). Plus I have a few books written by Australian authors in my TBR list this year.

I’m sure there’s a participation level that will suit everyone who is interested to join. I’m signing up for  WALLABY which means I need to read 3 books written by Australian authors. You can read more about the challenge in the dedicated page which you can visit here. If you are clueless about which books to read, there’s a list in that post too, under “Useful Resources”.

For this challenge here is a tentative list of books I want to read; although I might find other books fit for the challenge:

  1. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
  2. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman  – Read my review
  3. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

Aussie Author Challenge 2014

If you’re interested, please check out the dedicated page for the challenge.


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards Book Review

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
Author: Kim Edwards

Kentucky Literary Award for Fiction in 2005 |  Honored with the Sainsbury’s Popular Fiction Award at the 2008 British Book Awards | 2006 Book of the Year by USA Today


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