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June Reading Round Up 2019

In June, I read eighteen books, bringing me to ninety-three overall for the year, and forty-six for the Australian Women Writer's challenge, which has comprised at least fifty percent of my reading totals so far this year. Several books were for work, so I didn't review those on the blog. Others that haven't been reviewed… Continue reading June Reading Round Up 2019

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Zebra and Other Short Stories by Debra Adelaide

Title: Zebra and Other Short Stories Author: Debra Adelaide Genre: Fiction Publisher: Picador Published: 29th January 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 326 Price: $29.99 Synopsis:A body buried in a suburban backyard. A suicide pact worthy of Chekhov. A love affair born in a bookshop. The last days of Bennelong. And a very strange gift for a… Continue reading Zebra and Other Short Stories by Debra Adelaide

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The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers

Title: The Orchardist's Daughter Author: Karen Viggers Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 4th January 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Price: $29.99 Synopsis:A story of freedom, forgiveness and finding the strength to break free. International bestselling writer Karen Viggers returns to remote Tasmania, the setting of her most popular novel The Lightkeeper's Wife. Sixteen-year-old… Continue reading The Orchardist’s Daughter by Karen Viggers

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2018 Reading Wrap Up Post

  In 2018, I had the aim of reading 120 books throughout the year. This was my general reading goal from the first of January to the end of December, and included review books, books I had to read for work as a quiz writer with Scholastic Australia, and my other challenges - The Australian… Continue reading 2018 Reading Wrap Up Post

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Pop Sugar Challenge Round Up

One of the challenges I did during 2019 was the PopSugar Challenge. It had forty categories, plus an additional ten advanced ones - a couple of which I managed to check off, and I filled most of the main categories, some with multiple books. It was a good challenge, but one thing I think lets… Continue reading Pop Sugar Challenge Round Up

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Gendered Reading: Why Do We Still Insist on Gendering Books?

Over the past few months and years, I have been following online discussions about the way people gender reading - not only the act of reading, as a pursuit that girls are said to prefer, but the books we give younger children and what we expect of them as they grow and how they develop… Continue reading Gendered Reading: Why Do We Still Insist on Gendering Books?

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Total Quack Up by Sally Rippin, Deborah Abela, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, R.A. Spratt, Paul Jennings, Alex Miles, Adrian Beck, Tristan  Bancks and Matt Stanton

Title: Total Quack Up Author: Sally Rippin, Deborah Abela, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, R.A. Spratt, Paul Jennings, Alex Miles, Adrian Beck, Tristan  Bancks and Matt Stanton Genre: Children's fiction/humour Publisher:  Penguin Random House/Puffin Published: 15th October, 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Price: 14.99 Synopsis: Authors Sally Rippin and Adrian Beck have gathered together an awesome… Continue reading Total Quack Up by Sally Rippin, Deborah Abela, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, R.A. Spratt, Paul Jennings, Alex Miles, Adrian Beck, Tristan  Bancks and Matt Stanton

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Title: The Clockmaker's Daughter Author: Kate Morton Genre: Crime/Mystery/Historical Fiction Publisher: Allen and Unwin Published: 12th September 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 592 Price: $32.99 Synopsis:Kate Morton's highly acclaimed novels have sold over 11 million copies worldwide and are number one bestsellers around the world. 'A truly hypnotic tale that is bound to please both fans… Continue reading The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge Check-in One – books one to fifteen

All year I have been meaning to write progress posts for every month, or every ten books. Until now, I have woefully neglected this activity, and having read 61 books already, am breaking it up into posts of fifteen - and will continue to do this until the end of the year/early 2019, making the… Continue reading Australian Women Writer’s Challenge Check-in One – books one to fifteen

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Blog Tour #1: Review of The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn

Title: The Botanist's Daughter Author: Kayte Nunn Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hachette Australia Published: 31st July 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 388 Price: $29.99 Synopsis: Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower . . . In Victorian England,… Continue reading Blog Tour #1: Review of The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn