What I’m Reading

An ongoing series of Australian writers delving into the authors they’re reading.

What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Gareth Morgan
Grumpy with mythical teenagers, I come to you with this diatribe about finding the killer whale in the soup of the world ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Saanjana Kapoor
You cannot stop reading stories about teenage girls, a dreamy, moody haze you somehow stumble back to. Maybe you are trying to find what you never read, maybe you are still frozen as one ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Caitlin Farrugia
Isn’t so much of life having a shit staring up at you from your shower floor distracting you from your purpose? ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Manisha Anjali
The red of the pōhutukawa flowers against the bluegreen of the sea. Keri Hulme’s bluegreen. Pōhutukawa and bluegreen. This is what I miss about the land of volcanoes ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Emily Spurr
What am I reading? Where do I start with that? With the pile of books that towers over me as I sleep? The short story ‘book snacks’ I dip in and out of between books? The open articles in my ...
What I'm Reading: An Ode to the Book Club

What I’m Reading: An Ode to the Book Club

Sara M Saleh, Sara M Saleh
Gabriel seizing the illiterate man, alone and fasting in a cave, and commanding read, the man saying I can’t, Gabriel seizing him tighter, commanding read, the man gasping I don’t know how, Gabriel squeezing him so tight he couldn’t breathe, ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Natascha Balak
Reading has become a simple luxury. Book clubs exist in the 2020s by members frantically listening to audio books at work to 'catch up' before the big night out. I've tried. I just can't do it. I was once proudly ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Cynthia Dearborn
Since childhood I’ve been a grateful reader, an avid reader, but until fairly recently, a fretful one. I felt driven to read before I knew how. As a three-year-old in New Mexico, where my airman father was stationed, I’d watch ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Jennifer Neal, Jennifer Neal
I recently devoured an eggs benedict with an author who wrote an erotic Ancient Mayan masterpiece. Monica Byrne was surprisingly accessible for someone who spent her leisurely time and a solid chunk of her thirties embedded in the Belizean jungle ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Kylie Needham
There’s a package the size of a manuscript on my doorstep. I’m not expecting any packages, or manuscripts. I’ve been away on a family camping trip to the Snowys where I read Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. (I’ll often bring a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

LinLi Wan
One of my favourite authors is asleep on the bed beside me. As I write this, she is sleeping off her jetlag from the trip between New York and Sydney. When she wakes, I will ask her to her sign ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Elijah Kelly
It’s early November and I’m sitting at my desk looking out the window… again. I’ve sat here every day since December 15th 2021—the day Tasmania’s borders opened—and at this point I’m seriously considering screwing a mailbox to the corner of ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Sam Himawan
This year is the year I rediscovered my love of reading. What I'm reading this year began with me stumbling across Fence by CS Pacat in my university library, a lighthearted graphic novel about a high school fencing team filled ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Svetlana Sterlin
October 26 I’m sitting on a bench in New Farm Park reading Northanger Abbey on my phone. The jacarandas are in bloom and a breeze cools my face, which is red from running. I finish Chapter 17 and uncross my ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Tiia Kelly
For the past year, I’ve been buying most of my books from a second-hand bookstore above a wine cellar on Sydney Road. When open, they line the street below with a small sampling of stock, a taster to beckon passers-by ...