It’s raining in Berlin. The trees have gone from green to orange and yellow in a matter of days, and already the fallen leaves have turned to sludge on the ground. While some may romanticise autumn and get all excited about pumpkin spice lattes and ugg boots, I’ll be cuddling up indoors with some good books. Here’s what I’m reading this month.
The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood
I’ve started reading this Australian dystopian fiction novel, which was described as similar to the Handmaid’s Tale, and so far I’m finding it bleak but intriguing. I love me a good feminist fic, and this one’s been shortlisted for the Stella Prize. I’m worried it’s going to be a rough read because of the subject matter, but I’m buckling down.
Autumn, by Ali Smith
When better to read this novel that October? I’ve had my eye on Ali Smith for a while after she won the Bailey’s Prize, but haven’t had a chance to pick up her winning novel, How to be Both. Instead, in the spirit of autumn, I’m looking forward to reading this novel.
Museum of Modern Love, Heather Rose
Ever a fan of a Stella Prize winner, this novel of course caught my eye. It’s about a fictional character who witnesses the real event of The Artist is Present, an exhibition at the MOMA in New York. I have a huge appreciation for art but little knowledge about it.I’m hoping this book will still be accessible to me, as a general art fan, and not a huge art buff.
Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia Blain
This is another Australian novel, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary award this year. There’s a reason I read a lot of Aussie fiction – apart from being Aussie myself, I get most of my novels from my Australian library (which has ebooks, so I can still “borrow” them while here in Berlin). This one’s described as nostalgic, evocative, and joyous, which sounds like my cup of tea.
If you love reading but you’re like me and don’t want to buy loads of physical books (because I don’t want to cart them around Europe with me), then you can check out Wattpad to read novels for free. Of course, you should probably start with mine.