Have you ever come across something on Facebook that someone is raving about but you saw it months ago and you think that is so yesterday or where have they been? This is how I feel after reading All That I Am by Anna Funder. I feel like I’ve been under a rock and everyone else knows something good that I didn’t.
Here’s why I hadn’t read it so far.
I have this thing about book awards. There is no reasoning to it and no logic either. But when a book has been raved about, won numerous awards, I shun it because of how incestuous the publishing industry can be. Stupid, isn’t it? I can only think that this has come about because I have read a few award-winning books and I didn’t think that they deserved the accolades.
This is why I highly recommend belonging to a bookgroup. Books will come to you that you wouldn’t necessarily choose yourself. Also, it’s Reading Advisory 101 – DON’T JUDGE BOOKS! I learnt this when I worked as Reading & Literacy Coordinator at Yarra Plenty Regional Library but when there are so many good books to choose from, maybe this comes about in an attempt to wade through the choices.
Just goes to show that there is always something to learn when it comes to books. I’m not going to give a review for this book because I think that everyone comes to a story with his or her own experiences. But what I will say about this book is that I enjoyed the historic aspect to it, the strong, courageous women and the idea that fate can really mess up your life (well, I don’t like that but I find it interesting). I’ve worked with some of these themes in my novel but I have not dealt with them nearly as good as Funder.