This week, I’m knocking off two more squares, leaving me with two more before I embark on a second card for the second half of the year – which will include new reads and some previous reads from this year that had several categories to fit into, but I ended up choosing one. In this week’s bingo, I have also completed two more rows across,
Row #2 – BINGO
A book with a yellow cover: Tin Man by Sarah Winman
A book by an author you’ve never read before: The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge by Kali Napier – AWW2018
A non-fiction book: Spinning Tops & Gum Drops: A Portrait of Colonial Childhood by Edwin Barnard
A collection of short stories: Australia Day by Melanie Cheng – AWW2018
A book with themes of culture: The Sealwoman’s Gift by Sally Magnusson
Row #3: BINGO
A book written by an Australian woman:The Tides Between by Elizabeth Jane Corbett – AWW2018
A book written by an Australian man: The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale
A prize-winning book: Miles Franklin: A Short Biography by Jill Roe – AWW
A book that scares you: The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford
A book with a mystery: Olmec Obituary by LJM Owen – AWW2018
And one row down, Row three, the middle row:
Row #3: – BINGO
A memoir: Skin in the Game: The Pleasure and Pain of Telling True Stories by Sonya Voumard
A non-fiction book:Spinning Tops & Gum Drops: A Portrait of Colonial Childhood by Edwin Barnard
A prize-winning book: Miles Franklin: A Short Biography by Jill Roe
A book with non-human characters: Monty the Sad Puppy by Holly Webb
A book everyone is talking about: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – AWW2018
The square for a book of Short Stories in row three across and down, was filled by one that is also an award winner and has a yellow cover – but that I had not read in time to fill the yellow cover square, is Australia Day by Melanie Cheng. It won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards this year for the fiction category. It is a series of short stories about Australians from various backgrounds and walks of life, full of diversity and difference, and the attitudes towards people in each of these groups. It is a reflection on who we are as a nation as well, digging into the Australia that is perhaps less laidback, more complex and at times, not as ideal as the image of Australia we want everyone to have is – whether it is race, gender, socioeconomic status or a combination of those. It is bookended by two stories that take place on Australia Day itself and the clashing of cultures and ideas about the day and the nation that illustrate the day is not the same for everyone, in a myriad of ways.
My second, and 23rd book of this book bingo card, is an award-winning book. Miles Franklin: A Short Biography by Jill Roe – an abridged version of her longer one, which won three awards in nine and eight years ago:
Queensland Premier’s Literary Award – 2009
South Australian Prize for Non-Fiction – 2010
Australian Historical Association Magarey Medal for Biography – 2010
The interesting story of Miles Franklin’s life fills this category, because I thought it was rather fitting that the biography of a woman who has two literary prizes named for her – one endowed upon her death in her Will – The Miles Franklin Literary Award, and the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing, which was inaugurated in 2013. Miles Franklin is primarily known for her literary prowess and the awards named for her – and for being a feminist. This biography shows much more of her life and what she did over her lifetime for literature and politics.
I’ve been enjoying doing this book bingo with Mrs B and Theresa Smith – I perhaps let my enthusiasm get away with me in marking off squares but in doing a second round, I at least will have some of the books read already and can space them out a bit more.
Until next time!