What @halfdesertedstreets is reading this summer

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What’s currently on top of your TBR pile?

At the moment, I’m desperately waiting for the postie to bring me a copy of Neverlandby Margot McGovern. Margot is a bookstagram friend who is brilliant and warm and incredibly talented, so I’ve been watching her debut journey to publication with much joy and anticipation. Neverland is a fresh take on the YA boarding school narrative, and grapples with mental illness and complex characters. I can’t wait to read it.

What’s the one book you always go back to?

Little Women is a constant favorite, a comfort read that I return to when I need warmth and familiarity. Little Women was one of the first big novels I read when I was a kid, and I immediately connected to Jo – her awkwardness, her desperation for literary greatness, her fierce love for her family, and her sense of never quite belonging.

What’s the last book you couldn’t put down?

My local book club recently read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and it was exquisite. It’s a part-memoir, part-fiction verse novel about growing up as an African American in the ’60s and ’70s. It was impeccable in every respect, an instant favorite.

Corner-turner or bookmark babe?

A bit of both! I’m infamous in my family for liking to keep shiny new books as pristine as possible, but pre-loved books have a beauty of their own and if I happen to have a beaten and worn copy of something, I’m more than happy to annotate, fold or add a few more cracks to the spine.

Follow Danielle on her social media links below to keep up with her must-reads and other exciting bookish news!

Instagram: @halfdesertedstreets

Blog: Bookity Boo

Danielle Carey

Danielle is older than your sister and younger than your mum. The number of books she owns is between five to ten times greater than the amount of dollars she has in the bank at any one moment. She is a messy, fumbling, self-centred skeptic who somehow has been granted grace. Danielle writes and imagines and worries and trusts from a little Housie in south-east Queensland. She likes fruit smoothies, snail mail, secondhand bookstores, cheeseburgers, moleskines, 70% cocoa chocolate, and nieces and nephews. At times like these, she wishes she could afford to pay someone to write her bios for her, instead of clunkily chugging along in the third person.

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