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Pages and Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories by Anna James

Title: Pages and Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories Author: Anna James Genre: Magical Realism Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 8th October 2020 Format: Hardcover Pages: 448 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: Third in the modern-classic and bestselling bookwandering series that celebrates all that is best in life: books, adventure, friendship – and cake.Strange things are happening.… Continue reading Pages and Co: Tilly and the Map of Stories by Anna James

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The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly

Title: The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune Author: Sophie Cleverly Genre: Crime, Historical Fiction Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Published: 19th January 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: The second title in this breakout new detective series, from the author of the spine-tingling Scarlet and Ivy series.Violet Veil is ready for her next… Continue reading The Violet Veil Mysteries: A Case of Misfortune by Sophie Cleverly

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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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The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

Title: The Ship of Cloud and Stars Author: Amy Raphael Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hachette Australia/Orion Published: 11th January 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 340 Price: $15.99 Synopsis: From the acclaimed author of The Forest of Moon and Sword comes a high-seas adventure for readers 9+. Join Nico on her quest to change the world... Nico Cloud desperately… Continue reading The Ship of Cloud and Stars by Amy Raphael

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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

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December 2021 Reading Wrap Up

In December, I read twenty-five books, some of those were books for quiz writing and others were 2022 releases that I decided to read, review and schedule the post for so I don’t fall behind. As a result, these reviews are not included but the books themselves are. I have also completed all my challenges,… Continue reading December 2021 Reading Wrap Up

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Challenge Completed – Australian Women Writers Challenge 2021

2021 marks the end of the Australian Women Writer’s challenge as a general challenge focusing on women authors throughout Australian history. From next year, it shifts focus to the unknown, lesser recognised authors from the 19th and early 20th century. Interesting, but I don’t think I’ll be able to focus on that with all my… Continue reading Challenge Completed – Australian Women Writers Challenge 2021

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Ella at Eden: The London Thief by Laura Sieveking

Title: Ella at Eden: The London Thief Author: Laura Sieveking Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st November 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 192 Price: $15.99 Synopsis: Ella and Grace are off to London to represent Eden College in an international art competition. They’ll be staying in a proper English boarding school, and their art will… Continue reading Ella at Eden: The London Thief by Laura Sieveking

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Grace’s Secrets by Louise Park

Title: Grace’s Secrets Author: Louise Park Genre: Magical Realism Publisher: Berbay Publishing Published: 29th September 2019 Format: Hardcover Pages: 136 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: When twelve-year-old Grace trades her tropical home in Western Australia for a faraway castle, Victorian costumes and a village trapped in time she thinks it’s the fresh start she desperately needs. But… Continue reading Grace’s Secrets by Louise Park

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Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder

Title: Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas Author: Sibéal Pounder Genre: Christmas, Fantasy Publisher: Bloomsbury Published: 3rd November 2020 Format: Hardcover Pages: 320 Price: $17.99 Synopsis: What if somewhere along the way we've all got the Santa story a bit wrong...? Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride… Continue reading Tinsel: The Girls who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder