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Dymocks Reading Challenge – CHALLENGE COMPLETED

One of the reading challenges I undertook this year was the Dymocks Reading Challenge, which I like because the categories are fairly open, yet still challenging – sometimes it can be hard to find the book you want without doubling up, and for some, there are lots of books that work here. I started in January and filled many of the categories fairly quickly – the ones that took longer had more to do with fitting the books in between everything else, and sometimes, it was a matter of having a book or working out if it would fit.

But I managed it, completing the challenge today, meaning nearly all of my 2021 challenges are complete. A couple are ongoing until the end of the year, so will be wrapped up around the first week of January 2022.

Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021

A book with a blue cover: The Forest of Moon and Sword by Amy Raphael, The Right Way to Rock by Nat Amoore


A book with nature on the cover:
Elizabeth and Elizabeth by Sue Williams


An armchair travel book:
Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark


A book with a mystery:
Friday Barnes: The Plot Thickens by R.A. Spratt


A book based on truth:
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


A classic novel:
The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester                        


A book in translation:
Talking to Alaska by Anna Woltz


A book of short stories:
Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathon Plackett


A book adapted for screen:
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta


A book by a celebrity:
Princess Benjamina has a Very Cheeky Bum by Claire Hooper


A book published this year:
Friday Barnes: No Escape by R.A. Spratt, Shiver by Allie Reynolds


A book you’ve always meant to read:
Firewatcher: Vigil by Kelly Gardiner

A book that makes you nostalgic: The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

A book that helps you relax: Introducing D’Lila La Rue by Nette Hilton and A. Yi

A book that makes you laugh: Bedtime is Boring by David Campbell and Daron Parton


Ask a friend for a recommendation:
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn – recommended by Belinda Murrell

Ask a Dymocks bookseller: Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer


A book with ‘girl’ in the title:
Carly Mills, Pioneer Girl: Superstar by Jane Smith


A book with 5+ words in the title:
Monty’s Island: Elvis Eager and the Golden Egg by Emily Rodda and Lucinda Gifford


A book with more than 400 pages:
Shiver by Allie Reynolds

A book by an Australian author: The Plastic Throne by Amani Uduman and Kera Bruton


A book by a First Nations author:
Common Wealth by Gregg Dreise

An award-winning book: The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester, (Winner Highest Ranked Book, WA Young Readers Book Awards 1999 AU; Shortlisted National Children’s Award, Festival Awards for Literature 1998 AU; Shortlisted Book Data/Australian Booksellers’ Association Book of the Year 1998 AU), The History of Mischief by Rebecca Higgie (The Fogerty Literary Award Winner)


A book from our Top 101:
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler


A book from our Kids’ Top 51: Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald and Ben


A Dymocks ‘Book of the Month’:
The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

Looking forward to seeing what they come up with next year.

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