Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Aussie Author Challenge - The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

It's been awhile since I gave an update to the Aussie Author Challenge...and that's because it's been awhile since I read a book from that challenge list.  I've got four books left to read and six months to do it, so I'm on track for my Kangaroo status ~ Woo hoo!

A few days ago, I finished The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.  Like many others in bloggerland, I adored The Rosie Project (this book's predecessor).  I looked forward to reading the follow-up.  I put my name on the reserve list for the public library and patiently waited my turn.  I almost feel like I should have skipped the sequel.  I loved the first book so much, and I was so underwhelmed by this one, it almost knocked off a little bit of the shine to the first book.  Don's voice is the predominant voice, as it was in the first book, and he is still irritatingly lovable.  But, Rosie's voice is almost non-existent and flat in this one.  I missed the presence of spirited Rosie.  There are still moments that made me smile, other moments I was entertained, yet I regularly found myself slightly bored with it.  I didn't fill full of emotion the way I did with The Rosie Project.  1.5/5
– Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 2 titles first published in 2014 or 2015.

Female authors:
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - Completed 11 April 2015
Frantic by Katherine Howell - Completed 06 April 2015
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (published 2014)
Girl, Defective by Simonne Howell

Male authors:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (published 2014) - Completed 26 June 2015
The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McGinty
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (non-fiction) - Completed 10 Feb 2015

Authors new to me:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley - Completed 3 April 2015
Strange Places by Will Elliott (non-fiction) - Completed 2 April 2015
All That I Am by Anna Funder  - Completed 29 March 2015
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher - Completed 11 March 2015


  1. This is a cool challenge! I really want to read the Rosie Project...I may not read the sequel since you said it isn't good.

  2. i totally agree with the second Rosie book. I enjoyed it at the time, but nowhere near as much as the first. I still think about and can remember the first but i've all but blocked out the second one haha. it's like they changed Rosie's personality. annoying.

  3. This makes me sad to hear. I have the book on my nightstand. Maybe I'll move it to the bottom of the pile now.

  4. Oh no, that is too bad. I loved the first one as well. A few weeks ago I started The Rosie Effect but did not really get into it. So I only read about 30-40 pages and then stopped. Haven't picked it up since then but I guess I need to finish it at some point. So disappointing to hear your review. :(

  5. Love an honest review. I kinda feel iffy about sequels for this very reason!


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