Sam van Zweden




A Month of Reading

The first month of the new year, and I feel like I’m off to a good start. I’m just about on track to beat my personal best of 53 books in a year. I’m sure that extra day in February this year will make all the difference, too.

A major perk of my new job is reading copies – pre-release ones. A review of After the Snow is on its way, folks…

I’ve been thinking about my reading habits again, in terms of how what I read breaks down. So far it’s all been fiction – though I’m reading some non-fiction currently. Two new releases. Two Australian books. Two women, two men. Out of four books read thus far, I think I’m pretty comfortable with that being representative of my reading habits… As the year goes on I would like to keep the fiction:non-fiction ratio roughly equal though…

What did you read this month?
Books Bought:
The Confidence Gap, by Russ Harris
Household Wisdom, by Shannon Lush & Jennifer Fleming
Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Women’s Stuff, by Kaz Cooke
No Excuses Cookbook, by Michelle Bridges

Reading Copies:

After the Snow, by S.D Crockett

Books Read:
Rocks in the Belly, by Jon Bauer
What The Family Needed, by Steven Amsterdam
Obernewtyn, by Isobelle Carmody
After the Snow, by S.D Crockett

Currently Reading:
Killing, by Jeff Sparrow
The Confidence Gap, by Russ Harris
Flying With Paper Wings, by Sandy Jeffs

Super-Early Heads Up

As you’ve probably gathered from previous posts and publications, I find non-fiction challenging and fun.

The most recent creative non-fiction I’ve read that excited me was by David Shields – his Reality Hunger blew my head clear off my shoulders, and The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead really made me think about family legacies and storytelling, as well as mortality and the way we write and speak about our own experiences. David Shields is exciting to read, and he’s exciting to watch speak. He has exciting ideas, and he presents them in new and exciting ways.

With all this love I’ve got for David Shields and his writing and his practice and his entire being, I screamed when I found that he’s a keynote speaker for RMIT’s  (November) 2012 conference, NonfictioNow. As an RMIT student I’m hoping to smuggle myself in backstage and get to meet the man. And if not, I’ll at least be able to drool on his brain from a distance.

So an early heads up – I’ll post again in a year when the conference is actually happening, but until then – get onto David Shields’ work so you’re all caught up by the time he’s in town.

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