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Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post

I participated in the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge again in 2020 – with a goal of 65 books, and I managed to read 141, with two of those being re-reads. As much of this year was spent in lockdown or under restrictions, I had lots of time to read. I read just over double my… Continue reading Australian Women Writers Challenge wrap up post

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The Nerd Daily 2020 Challenge – completed, sort of

One of the challenges I took part in this year was The Nerd Daily Challenge with 52 prompts – one for each week of the year. As with some of my other challenges, I did use the same book a couple of times, especially towards the end of the year when I knew I wasn’t… Continue reading The Nerd Daily 2020 Challenge – completed, sort of

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Challenge Completed – Books and Bites Bingo

    12th December 2020 – Another reading challenge completed! I have ticked off five out of seven reading challenges with the completion of my Books and Bites Bingo challenge. I remember with the one category, a book that got bad reviews, someone got very upset that I’d chosen the book I did – but… Continue reading Challenge Completed – Books and Bites Bingo

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Book Bingo Wrap Up Post

  This year, I participated in Book Bingo again with Theresa Smith Writes, and Mrs B’s Book Reviews. This year, we took a different approach – twelve squares, one a month, on the second Saturday of each month. The categories were also fairly open – giving us scope to interpret them as we saw fit… Continue reading Book Bingo Wrap Up Post

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November 2020 Wrap up

As we come to the end of the year, I am wrapping up as much as I can. I have completed five of my eight goals, and four of seven challenges – I hope to complete the others as I am very close to doing so and have a few ideas of what to use.… Continue reading November 2020 Wrap up

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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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Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author by Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell

Title: Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author Author: Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell Genre: Non-Fiction Publisher: NLA Press Published: 1st November 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Price: $34.95 Synopsis: For almost 140 years, the author of Australia’s first book for children was a mystery. Known only by the description ‘a… Continue reading Searching for Charlotte: The Fascinating Story of Australia’s First Children’s Author by Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell

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Little Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly, illustrated by Bruce Whateley

Title: Little Lion: A Long Way Home Author: Saroo Brierly, illustrated by Bruce Whateley Genre: Non-fiction Publisher: Puffin Published: 3rd November 2020 Format: Hardcover Pages: 40 Price: $24.99 Synopsis: The extraordinary and inspiring true story that became an internationally bestselling book and award-winning film, Lion. Now a stunning picture book illustrated by multi-award-winning illustrator, Bruce Whatley.… Continue reading Little Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly, illustrated by Bruce Whateley

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Pandemic by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley

Title: Pandemic Author: Jackie French and Bruce Whateley Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st November 2020 Format: Hardback Pages: 24 Price: $24.99 Synopsis: Ages 4+ Incredible story based on true events – showing how kindness and quarantine can prevail in a pandemic Perfect, positive resource for discussions about the 2020 pandemic Exquisite illustrations… Continue reading Pandemic by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley