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Challenge Completed – Dymocks Reading Challenge

The idea with this challenge was to read one book every two weeks – I managed to knock most of the categories out within a few months, and when going over the lists for each one Dymocks had on their website, I found out I could finish them with stuff I had already read. So… Continue reading Challenge Completed – Dymocks Reading Challenge

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Challenge Completed – THE MODERN MRS. DARCY

I participated in seven reading challenges this year and completed most of them successfully so far, at the time of writing in November. One that I completed successfully was the Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge.  For this challenge, I was lucky to be able to use many review books, or books I was reading at the… Continue reading Challenge Completed – THE MODERN MRS. DARCY

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Tashi and the Stolen Forest by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble (illustrator)

Title: Tashi and the Stolen Forest Author: Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble (illustrator) Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 3rd November 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 96 Price: $2.99 Synopsis: In this Australia Reads exclusive story, can Tashi use Much-to-Learn's spell to outsmart the Wicked Baron and stop the old forest from disappearing?… Continue reading Tashi and the Stolen Forest by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg and Kim Gamble (illustrator)

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2020 CBCA Awards

Congrats to the winners! Such an achievement and great news for the local book industry.  Some great ideas for Christmas for the young readers in your lives! Announcement: The CBCA Awards for 2020 were announced today, and are as follows: CBCA Book of the Year 2020 winners announced 16 October 2020 The winners of the… Continue reading 2020 CBCA Awards

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August 2020 Wrap Up

In August, I read twenty-one books. Thirteen were written by Australian Women Writers, and all contributed to my challenges across the board. Several were part of series, and many were review books. Some I had been looking forward to, and one from Scholastic Australia, by comedian Rove McManus was a surprise arrival, and one that… Continue reading August 2020 Wrap Up

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When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

Title: When the Ground is Hard Author: Malla Nunn Genre: Crime/Mystery, Historical Fiction Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: June 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: This CBCA short-listed book is a stunning and heartrending mystery set in a Swaziland boarding school about two girls of different castes who bond over a shared copy… Continue reading When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn

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Isolation Publicity with Nova Weetman

  Due to recent events, many Australian authors have had to cancel book launches and festival appearances. For some, this means new novels, series continuations and debut novels are heading into this scary, strange world without much publicity or attention. The good news is, you can still buy books – online or get your local… Continue reading Isolation Publicity with Nova Weetman

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Isolation Publicity with Wendy Orr

Due to recent events, many Australian authors have had to cancel book launches and festival appearances. For some, this means new novels, series continuations and debut novels are heading into this scary, strange world without much publicity or attention. The good news is, you can still buy books – online or get your local bookstore… Continue reading Isolation Publicity with Wendy Orr

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Isolation Publicity with Madelaine Dickie

Due to recent events, many Australian authors have had to cancel book launches and festival appearances. For some, this means new novels, series continuations and debut novels are heading into this scary, strange world without much publicity or attention. The good news is, you can still buy books – online or get your local bookstore… Continue reading Isolation Publicity with Madelaine Dickie

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Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml

Title: Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery Author: Renée Treml Genre: Mystery Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: April 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $14.99 Synopsis: A hilariously funny, action-packed mystery, starring the intrepid Sherlock Bones. 'Hi there, I'm Sherlock Bones. Who is Sherlock Bones, you ask? Well, I don't like to brag, but… Continue reading Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml