Let’s Talk Books – and finding new best friends – oops authors 4



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Hello my fellow bibliophiles.

Are you a fan of Liz Byrski? I think she is an amazing author and have read all her books currently published. Liz always leaves me with the feeling that she has been inside my home listening to my conversations and making notes.

The first book by Liz I read was Last Chance Café and ironically it was one of the first books I ever reviewed for Starts at 60. One of the ladies at my library book club made the introduction to Liz, and through our shared enjoyment of the books, Tess and I became friends. I wonder if I would ever have found the Liz Byrski’s novels without Tess? Liz has a new novel, due in June, called The Woman Next Door, can I wait so long?

Another member of the library book club loves the Jack Reacher novels, not my idea of a good read by any criteria. As hard as Mel tries, she has not been able to convince me that Jack Reacher is worth my time … well not until this week. I’m sure I see her hand in the fact that our book club choice for this month is Personal, by Lee Child, number 19 in the series. I had every intention of not reading the book and just going to book club for the shared enjoyment of time spent with a diverse group with diverse tastes in literature.

I did, however, call up a preview onto my eBook just to prove what I already knew – this is not my genre. But I was wrong! Four chapters told me that I wanted to read more and in half a day, I finished the book. Although there is more violence than I normally like to read, Lee Child writes at such a pace that I wasn’t given the time to dwell on what I just read. Now I need to ‘fess up and tell Mel I know why she enjoys Reacher; he is a darn good read. Will I read more? Highly likely.

It constantly amazes me that on one hand I can read authors as diverse as Jane Austen, Liz Byrski and Lee Child and enjoy them all, probably says more about my personality than I really should reveal.

So tell me: how do you usually find your next best friend, oops I mean author? Do you read reviews, or listen to your friends? Is there an author whose next novel you await with baited breath?

Be part of the Books at 60 conversations, I love your comments.



Karen O'Brien-Hall

I've had many careers in my life and loved each one! My new career blossomed when I retired and become an OAP. I am passionate about childhood literacy, books in general and my garden. I love Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Theatre, (both professional and community) and Movies. I tend to have opinions on most things and enjoy a good debate about the topic, not the person. In my thirties, I married my GOM (Gorgeous or Grumpy Old Man) the love of my life.

  1. I enjoy reading a very diverse range of authors including the wonderful Liz, can’t wait for her next novel, Lee Child, Ken Follett, Dick and Felix Francis. I have been to several book launches for the delightful Monica MacInerny who writes about SA, Ireland, UK and Tassie. I have recently found at the library, Debbie Macomber, who has written several series of characters so I can follow their lives.
    Facebook has also been a source of finding new Australian authors for me through other authors I follow including Josephine Moon who has just released her third novel, The Beekeepers Secret, Helene Young has written several great reads that I couldn’t put down.
    I do keep my mind open and read all sorts. Funnily enough a couple I have read that were big hits with The Book Club on ABC I just couldn’t enjoy, but then that is what books are all about.
    If you have a chance to attend Liz’sbook launch do go as she is really lovely and a joy to listen too.

  2. I have loved all of Liz Byrski’s books looking forward to her new one.

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