Your Summer reading guide from Bri Lee and Astrid Edwards

Your Summer reading guide from Bri Lee and Astrid Edwards


Bri Lee ( and The Garret's host Astrid Edwards got together on Instagram Live on Tuesday 15 December to surprise each other with their reading guide for the 2020-2021 summer.

Remember to shop at your local Indie bookstore, and most importantly, enjoy.

The Boomer who reads the paper

  • Bri – The Trials of Portnoy: When Penguin fought for literature and liberty by Patrick Mullins
  • Astrid - On Money by Rick Morton

The Boomer who doesn't read the paper

  • Bri – Weather by Jenny Offill and Upturn: A Better Normal after COVID19 edited by Tanya Plibersek
  • Astrid - Fire, Flood, Plague edited by Sophie Cunningham

A light and funny beach read

  • Bri – Bluebird by Malcolm Knox
  • Astrid - Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey

The masochist/never-switches-off person

  • Bri - Fathoms: The world of the whale by Rebecca Giggs
  • Astrid – Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark by Julia Baird

The lit lover

  • Bri – The Rain Heron and Flames by Robbie Arnott
  • Astrid - Throat by Ellen van Neerven

A hot’n’spicy read

  • Bri and Astrid - A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu
  • Astrid's bonus - Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The foodie

  • Bri - Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World by Jeff Gordinier
  • Astrid – Falastin: A cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley

The amateur historian

  • Bri - Rooted: An Australian History of Bad Language by Amanda Laugesen
  • Astrid - Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

For the person with existential angst

  • Bri - Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • Astrid – The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flannagan

And for the kids…

  • Astrid – The picture book When We Say Black Lives Matter by Beneba Clarke for younger readers, and The Nevermoor Chronicles by Jessica Townsend for middle grade readers.


You can also catch up on Bri's interview with Astrid about her writing, including Eggshell Skull and Beauty.