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My Reading Journey February 2022

In February I read thirty books and have almost completed my reading challenges. I’ve hit my target for the Aussie Author Reading Challenge. There are only a few books I haven’t reviewed – mostly books I have had to read for my work as a quiz writer haven’t been reviewed. I’ve read a variety of… Continue reading My Reading Journey February 2022

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Revisiting a Favourite: The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth

Lately I’ve re-read a few of my favourite books by Kate Forsyth, and one I have loved every time I’ve read it has been The Puzzle Ring. It’s a brilliant historical fiction/time slip novel that covers fairy lore, mythology, and Scottish history in a fun, exciting and accessible way for younger readers. Synopsis: The Puzzle… Continue reading Revisiting a Favourite: The Puzzle Ring by Kate Forsyth

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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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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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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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Books and Bites Bingo Fairy Tale Collection: Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women by Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

I’m moving through this challenge a bit slower than I’d like – for several categories I do have the books, I just need to read them. For others, I’m waiting for the right or specific book to arrive. One square I might struggle to fill is the book I keep putting off, as I don’t… Continue reading Books and Bites Bingo Fairy Tale Collection: Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women by Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

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May 2020 Round Up

In May, we seemed to settle into a lockdown routine, so I got a bit more reading done. This month, I read 20 books – the vast majority of those – seventeen – were by Australian women writers – some for review, some my own reads and one or two that I read alongside Isolation… Continue reading May 2020 Round Up

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Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women by Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

Title: Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women Author: Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington Genre: Fairy tales, Fantasy, Publisher: Serenity Press Published: 1st May 2020 Format: Hardcover Pages: 120 Price: $32.99 Synopsis: An enchanting collection of little-known fairy tales about young women who prevail because of their kindness and compassion… Continue reading Snow White and Rose Red: And Other Tales of Kind Young Women by Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

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Isolation Publicity with Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

Due to recent events, many Australian authors have had to cancel book launches and festival appearances. For some, this means new novels, series continuations and debut novels are heading into this scary, strange world without much publicity or attention. The good news is, you can still buy books – online or get your local bookstore… Continue reading Isolation Publicity with Kate Forsyth and Lorena Carrington

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2019 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge Completed,

At the start of the year, I pledged to read fifteen books across the year, and ended up reading one hundred, and reviewing about ninety-seven of those – as some were read for my job as a quiz writer and I didn’t get a chance to review them all. Of the one hundred, it is… Continue reading 2019 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge Completed,