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Revisiting a Favourite: The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth

In 2015, Kate Forsyth published what I think was one of her most powerful, most harrowing, and most effective novels: The Beast’s Garden. Set in Germany in World War Two, it follows Ava as she does what she can to resist the Nazi regime and help her family and those she loves. To save them,… Continue reading Revisiting a Favourite: The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth

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My January 2022 Reading Update

Aussie Author Reading Challenge: 16/24 Dymocks Reading Challenge: 18/26 QBD Reading Challenge: 15/24 Goal: 25/150 Australian Women: 13 Australian Men: 3 Australian: 16 Non-Australian: 9 I made a good start on my reading in January – I got through all the review books sent to me that have been slated for release between January and… Continue reading My January 2022 Reading Update

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Dymocks Reading Challenge 2022

My second challenge for 2022 is the Dymocks Reading Challenge. It’s another one that has categories that are fairly open, and easy to find books for. The reason I like these sorts of challenges is because I can adjust what I read to fit the categories, rather than having to find a specific book for… Continue reading Dymocks Reading Challenge 2022

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Dymocks Reading Challenge – CHALLENGE COMPLETED

One of the reading challenges I undertook this year was the Dymocks Reading Challenge, which I like because the categories are fairly open, yet still challenging – sometimes it can be hard to find the book you want without doubling up, and for some, there are lots of books that work here. I started in… Continue reading Dymocks Reading Challenge – CHALLENGE COMPLETED

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Princess Benjamina has a Very Cheeky Bum by Claire Hooper

Title: Princess Benjamina has a Very Cheeky Bum Author: Claire Hooper Genre: Fiction Publisher: Albert Street Publishing/Allen and Unwin Published: 30th March 2021 Format: Hardcover Pages: 32 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: When you are trying to find your inner voice, sometimes you need to look behind you! This delightful tale, bursting with humour, proves that behind… Continue reading Princess Benjamina has a Very Cheeky Bum by Claire Hooper

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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Title: The Paris Library Author: Janet Skeslien Charles Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Hachette Australia Published: 9th February 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 430 Price: $32.99 Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris who risked their lives during the Nazis' war on words: a story of courage, defiance and… Continue reading The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

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Friday Barnes: No Escape by R.A. Spratt

Title: Friday Barnes: No Escape Author: R.A. Spratt Genre: Mystery Publisher: Puffin Published: 2nd February 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 288 Price: $15.99 Synopsis: Friday Barnes is back with a new mystery to be solved. It’s two years later . . . Friday steps out of prison, a shell of her former self. She’s still wearing… Continue reading Friday Barnes: No Escape by R.A. Spratt

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Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

Title: Cry of the Firebird Author: T.M. Clark Genre: Thriller/Mystery Publisher: HarperCollins Published: 18th November 2019 Format: Paperback Pages: 352 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: In the badlands of Africa, a resourceful doctor fights to save her patients' lives. Australian thriller writer T.M. Clark returns with a vivid, action-packed adventure in the tradition of Wilbur Smith. South… Continue reading Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

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Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathon Plackett

Title: Gender Swapped Fairy Tales Author: Karrie Fransman and Jonathon Plackett Genre: Fairy Tales, Literary Fiction Publisher: Faber/Allen and Unwin Published: 5th January 2021 Format: Hardcover Pages: 208 Price: $39.99 Synopsis: Imagine a world where kings prick their fingers as they sew, wolves wear heels, and princesses race to rescue sleeping princes... People have been… Continue reading Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathon Plackett

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Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021

The final challenge I am taking part in this year is the Dymocks Reading Challenge. It also has fairly open categories – here, things can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. I think this makes for an effective challenge, as I can often find a way to make what I am reading work for… Continue reading Dymocks Reading Challenge 2021