Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes about books and reading from Australian female authors

Top Ten Tuesday book meme

Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week’s post is about your favourite book quotes.

My brain kind of exploded with the that because I couldn’t pick the books to choose from. So I did something differently: I chose some quotes about reading and writing from Australian Female authors.

Friends and family do not believe you write fiction. They truly believe that every word you write is autobiographical or based on them. I once had a character say she never wanted to be invited to a children’s party, and I never received another children’s birthday party after that

I just about died laughing from this one! Poor Liane Moriarty!!

The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud—it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.

Mem Fox is going to be THAT author for a whole generation of young readers: the one that they’ll think of fondly and list as one of their best reads of their childhood.

I do most of my reading on the train to and from work. But I always have a book in my handbag so that I can read at any time anywhere.

Wherein Randa Abdel Fattah is me. And every commuter ever. LOVE IT.

I think some people wished I’d kept myself out of the book. But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader to share my engagement with the material, if you like, not pretend that I’m doing it completely intellectually.

Helen Garner wrote the first true-crime book I’ve ever read, and it was an excellent read, but one that left me feeling slightly uncomfortable with how close she was to the case in question and this is why. Still makes me a wee bit uncomfortable though.

The key is that I let characters live in my head for a very long time and I listen to their voices before I commit them to paper.

Melina Marchetta who wrote a ton of amazing Australian books that defined a generation and Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil which blew me away — still does.

Diverse voices matter in Australia — now more than ever. Story is how we mark-make, how we history-stake: how we say this is how it happened, this is what we saw and this is who we are.

Maxine Beneba Clarke, who is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Carribean descent. And she nails what it means to have diverse voices in Australia.

What do you think? Have you read anything from these authors?


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