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Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

Title: Playing Beatie Bow Author: Ruth Park Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Puffin Published: 31st January 1982 Format: Paperback Pages: 208 Price: $16.99 Synopsis:  A thrilling adventure story for children and young adults by Ruth Park, Playing Beatie Bow follows Abigail as she is swept back to the Sydney of a hundred years ago by a scary game.… Continue reading Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

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You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women by Kaz Cooke

Title: You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women Author: Kaz Cooke Genre: Non-Fiction Publisher: Viking/Penguin Published: 2nd November 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Price: $34.99 Synopsis: You’re Doing it Wrong is an outrageous tour through the centuries of bonkers and bad advice handed down and foisted upon women, told as… Continue reading You’re Doing It Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women by Kaz Cooke

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Storm Boy and Other Stories by Colin Thiele

Title: Storm Boy and Other Stories Author: Colin Thiele Genre: Fiction Publisher: New Holland Publishers Published: 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 178 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: When Storm Boy goes walking along the beach or over the sandhills, or in the sanctuary the birds are not afraid. They know he is a friend. He lives with his… Continue reading Storm Boy and Other Stories by Colin Thiele

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QBD Reading Challenge

Another challenge I am doing this year is the QBD Reading Challenge. Like the Dymocks Reading Challenge, it is broad enough that I should be able to fulfill most of the categories easily and hope to fill in as many as possible early on, so I can focus on the ones that might not be… Continue reading QBD Reading Challenge

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The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning

Title: The Midsummer Garden Author: Kirsty Manning Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 1st February 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 432 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: From medieval France to contemporary Tasmania, two remarkable women discover their strengths, passions and loves. Travelling between lush gardens in France, windswept coastlines of Tasmania, to Tuscan hillsides and beyond, The… Continue reading The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning

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Social Queue by Kay Kerr

Title: Social Queue Author: Kay Kerr Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Text Publishing Published: 28th September 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: I thought I was nobody’s teen crush, but turns out I was just missing the signs. Zoe Kelly is starting a new phase of her life. High school was a mess of bullying… Continue reading Social Queue by Kay Kerr

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Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat by Monica McInerny

Title: Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat Author: Monica McInerny Genre: Contemporary, magical realism Publisher: Puffin Published: 2nd November 2021 Format: Hardcover Pages: 256 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: This heartwarming story by award-winning and bestselling author Monica McInerney will delight readers young and old. Marcie Gill hasn’t had a great start to the Christmas holidays.… Continue reading Marcie Gill and the Caravan Park Cat by Monica McInerny

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Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath

Title: Kill Your Brother Author: Jack Heath Genre: Thriller, Crime Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: November 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Price: $29.99 Synopsis: What would you do when faced with an impossible choice? An unputdownable thriller from the bestselling author of the Hangman series. 'Pure twist from start to finish'SARAH BAILEY'twisted . . .… Continue reading Kill Your Brother by Jack Heath

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What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

Title: What I Like About Me Author: Jenna Guillaume Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia Published: 26th February 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 256 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: You know those movies where teenagers have the summer of their lives?This summer is probably not going to be that.Here lies Maisie Martin, dead from embarrassment, aged sixteen.The last… Continue reading What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

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2021 Reading Wrap up

In 2021, I took on five reading challenges, and completed them all. I read 268 books, with 187 of those by Australian authors, and 81 non-Australian authors. Most books I read were by women, with 150 by Australian women. I read for pleasure, review, and my quiz writing work, and covered as much ground as… Continue reading 2021 Reading Wrap up