Looking forward to … Auckland Writers and Readers Festival

I believe I may have mentioned before just how lucky I am to have a job that actually requires me to spend hours reading books.  Well, sometimes it gets even better than that.  Sometimes I get paid to go listen to authors talk about their books as well.  And this means I am justified in saying things like, “No I can’t possibly do the dishes/weed the garden/shampoo the cat.  I simply must finish reading these 25 books before May 12th.”  For example.

However, it’s not all tea and bikkies.  Often there are authors I’ve not heard of, or subjects that at first glance seem less than enticing (to me, anyway, as queen of the zombie book); (sorry, lovely writers, it’s really nothing personal!).  And so it has been with not a little trepidation that I have started my programme of reading for this year’s Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

I have to say, though, that so far it’s going great.  I have very much enjoyed Jill Dawson’s book on Rupert Brooke (which I cheated a little with and listened to on our new mp3 format discs), and absolutely loved Rachael King’s Magpie Hall.  I devoured Charlie Higson’s The Enemy (inside joke – read the book), and am following this up with one of his Young James Bond series.  On my desk await David Levithan, Sarah Thornton, and Lionel Shriver – it’s a little crowded, but they appear to all be very happy together so far …

As for my Reserves list – well, I’ll keep you updated … 

And don’t even think about mentioning the housework!

3 thoughts on “Looking forward to … Auckland Writers and Readers Festival

  1. onederccl 28 April 2010 / 5:54 pm

    *claps her hands with glee* – Bronwyn, I am so excited for you! Next time I’m coming with!

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