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Bianca de Lumiere by Lisette Prende

Title: Bianca de Lumiere Author: Lisette Prende Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Self-published Published: 8th August 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 300 Price: NZ$25.00 Synopsis: “Why can’t I just be a normal teenager?” “Oh Bee, there’s no such thing as a normal teenager.” “There’s gotta be something more normal than all of this!” Sixteen-year-old Bianca Taylor just wants to be… Continue reading Bianca de Lumiere by Lisette Prende

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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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Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher #21) by Kerry Greenwood

Title: Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher #21) Author: Kerry Greenwood Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 3rd November 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 336 Price: $29.99 Synopsis: Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice. Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns… Continue reading Death in Daylesford (Phryne Fisher #21) by Kerry Greenwood

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October Wrap Up 2020

As we head into the pointy end of the year, I’ve had to make the decision to change the way I tackle challenges, doubling up where I can, and even thinking about reducing the challenges I take on next year, due to the overly prescriptive nature of the reading challenges that are available, and at… Continue reading October Wrap Up 2020

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Whitney and Britney: Chicken Detectives by Lucinda Gifford

Title: Whitney and Britney: Chicken Detectives Author: Lucinda Gifford Genre: Mystery Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st November 2020 Format: Hardback Pages: 32 Price:  $17.99 Synopsis: Sequel to bestselling Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas featured in ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime 2020The Chicken Divas are back! And this time, they have a mystery to solve . .… Continue reading Whitney and Britney: Chicken Detectives by Lucinda Gifford

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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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Death Sets Sail (Murder Most Unladylike #9) by Robin Stevens

Title: Death Sets Sail Author: Robin Stevens Genre: Historical Fiction, Crime Publisher: Puffin Published: 1st September 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: The final novel in the number-one bestselling, award-winning Murder Most Unladylike series. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are in Egypt, where they are taking a cruise along the Nile. They are hoping to… Continue reading Death Sets Sail (Murder Most Unladylike #9) by Robin Stevens

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September 2020 Wrap up

In September, I read 23 books -ten were by Australian women, one checked off another box in Books and Bites Bingo and reviewed all books on this list. I’m slowly moving through my challenges, getting to some categories that are a bit more of a challenge, in finding the books to fit them. This month,… Continue reading September 2020 Wrap up

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Books and Bites Bingo Update Two

In the past four months, I have managed to fill in twenty out of twenty-five categories in Books and Bites Bingo with Monique Mulligan. I have a few of the others planned, and others I need to decide. I have three months to complete this and my other challenges and hope that I can make… Continue reading Books and Bites Bingo Update Two