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April 2021 Round Up

In April, I read 17 books, mostly Australian, across various genres and issues and styles, aimed at different age groups. I read a lot for kids, from picture books to middle grade books, young adult and adult. I also chipped away at more of my challenges, and have extended my Aussie Author Challenge beyond the… Continue reading April 2021 Round Up

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Reading Australian Books – The Importance of Reading, Hearing and Seeing Australia Represented.

One of the great joys of reading is learning, and seeing ourselves represented on the page. In recent years, diverse voices are gaining traction, in particular in #LoveOzMG – Love Australian Middle Grade, which is the quieter sister of #LoveOzYA. These middle grade books have been showcasing the diversity of Australia, its people, and across… Continue reading Reading Australian Books – The Importance of Reading, Hearing and Seeing Australia Represented.

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House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Title: House of Hollow Author: Krystal Sutherland Genre: Young Adult, fantasy, mystery, urban fantasy/fairy tale Publisher: Penguin Published: 30th March 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Price: $19.99 Synopsis: 'This dark, deliciously twisted novel has everything you could hope for as a reader – a brilliant concept, glamorous characters with secrets to hide, immersive world-building, and… Continue reading House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It by Jack Heath

Title: Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It Author: Jack Heath Genre: Comedy Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st March 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 336 Price: $17.99 Synopsis: Levi is pretty sick of starring in Dad’s stupid TV show, Kid Kablam. Because Levi is the kid who gets KABLAMMED. So far he’s been knocked down, blown up, and… Continue reading Stunt Kid Seriously Stacks It by Jack Heath

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Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies by R.A. Spratt

Title: Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies Author: R.A. Spratt Genre: Mystery Publisher: Puffin Published: 7th January 2020 Format: Paperback Pages: 272 Price: $15.99 Synopsis: Headmasters behaving badly! Headmasters behaving badly! When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school’s anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour.… Continue reading Friday Barnes: Bitter Enemies by R.A. Spratt

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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

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2020 Wrap up

In 2020, I participated in the following seven challenges, and completed them all, apart from one category in the Nerd Daily Challenge, explained in the Nerd Daily Wrap Up post linked here. Some of these wrap up posts will have linked content, others won’t, but you can search each title and find the post. The… Continue reading 2020 Wrap up

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Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2021

In 2021, one of my open challenges where I only have to aim to read a certain number of books, rather than check off categories, is the Aussie Author Reading Challenge run by Jo at Booklover Book Reviews. Why am I doing this one? Because it will fit nicely alongside AWW2021 and my other reading.… Continue reading Aussie Author Reading Challenge 2021

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Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge – sign up post

Ion 2021, The Modern Mrs Darcy challenge took a different tack in 2021 – more about quality of reading lives, rather than fitting your reading life and journey around a reading challenge. Last year, I took on SEVEN challenges, and completed six – with the final posts on the way at the time of writing… Continue reading Modern Mrs Darcy Challenge – sign 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