I’m Jess from the land down under – aka Australia. I’m an avid reader and writer and pretty much devote all my spare time to these two loves. Which is kind of lucky because my day job entails selling books and I love every minute of it 🙂
I read a lot of fiction, especially women’s/contemporary/chick lit. Jodi Picoult, Dianne Blacklock, Paullina Simmons (The Bronze Horseman Series’ is out of this world) are just a few of my faves. I love a good douse of Young Adult (YA) and have found on occasion I go on YA kicks and devour everything I can get my hands on. I can’t go past Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series and Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed series. John Green’s ‘The Fault in our Stars is one of the most heartbreaking books I have ever read and one of many that has made me truly ugly cry. But my all time favourite author and book would have to Maureen McCarthy and her novel When You Wake and Find You Gone. Its the novel that really got me to read and I haven’t stopped yet.
Like most girls, I’m quite partial to a bit of Romance, but strong characters are an absolute must. Thanks to Helene Young’s amazing work I’ve been converted to the genre of Romantic Suspense and am trying a range of different authors because of it. Bronwyn Parry is fantastic if you’re ever looking for some to read; perfect mix of crime, suspense, thriller and of course romance 🙂
Likewise I love a good Crime/Thriller novel. I’m a huge fan of Matthew Reilly, Jaye Ford and S.J.Watson. Like every bookworm I adore my classics – Etherl Turner’s Seven Little Australians is a book I constantly re-read, as are all the variations on the fairytales that I can find. Both original and retold. To that end Kate Forsyth is a must read with her novel Bitter Greens. But one can never go past Oscar Wildes and Hans Christian Andersons and the Grimms Brothers just to name a few.
In the past few years I’ve grativitated more and more to Fantasy and Sci-Fi and Paranormal novels. Douglas Adams, Sarah J Maas, Lani Taylor, George R.R. Martin and Melina Marchetta are just some of the few authors here whose books I tend to inhale.
As you can see I read a lot and I try to read widely. Feel free to recommend an author or a book for me to try – I’m always looking for something different to try.
I hope you can find something you enjoy here at The Never Ending Bookshelf and I look forward to hearing from you and you’re equally overloaded bookshelves.
Until next time – Happy Reading.