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April 2022 Monthly Wrap Up Post

Aussie Author Reading Challenge: 75/24 End of Year Post: Dymocks Reading Challenge: 24/26 QBD Reading Challenge: 22/24 Goal: 102/150 Australian Women: 64 Australian Men: 13 Australian: 75 Non-Australian: 27 Men: 23 Women: 82 In April, I read 27 books – some quiz books, but mostly review books, and some reviews are still yet to go… Continue reading April 2022 Monthly Wrap Up Post

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The Secret of Splint Hall by Katie Cotton

Title: The Secret of Splint Hall Author: Katie Cotton Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism Publisher: Walker Books/Andersen Press Published: 4th May 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 320 Price: $18.99 Synopsis: Two girls must unearth an ancient myth hidden deep beneath the mysterious Splint Hall... 1945. War has ended, but for sisters Flora and Isobel the struggles still… Continue reading The Secret of Splint Hall by Katie Cotton

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2022 Aussie Authors Reading Challenge Completed – Emu

I completed this challenge in about February but have only just managed to sit down and write this post amidst all my other reviewing. As usual, I started on the Kangaroo level, and progressed to Emu, and well beyond that. My reasoning for doing this is because even though I always know I’ll have as… Continue reading 2022 Aussie Authors Reading Challenge Completed – Emu

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Nisha’s War by Dan Smith

Title: Nisha’s War Author: Dan Smith Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Chicken House Published: 1st April 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 368 Price: $16.99 Synopsis: 1942. Nisha has escaped the terror of the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Missing the heat  of home in Malaya, her grandmother’s house in the North of England seems especially cold and grey.… Continue reading Nisha’s War by Dan Smith

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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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Sydney Under Attack by Sophie Masson

Title: Sydney Under Attack Author: Sophie Masson Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Scholastic Australia Published: 1st March 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 192 Price: $17.99 Synopsis: In 1942, 12-year-old Nick lives in Rose Bay, Sydney, with his mum, dad and sister, and dreams of becoming a writer like his dad. But with the world at war, Nick… Continue reading Sydney Under Attack by Sophie Masson

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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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Little Bird of Auschwitz: How My Mother Escaped Death and Found Our Family by Alina and Jacques Peretti

Title: Little Bird of Auschwitz: How My Mother Escaped Death and Found Our Family Author: Alina and Jacques Peretti Genre: Biography, History Publisher: Hachette/Hodder and Stoughton Published: 25th January 2022 Format: Paperback Pages: 300 Price: $32.99 Synopsis: The remarkable story of a woman's journey out of Auschwitz to find her family, told to her son… Continue reading Little Bird of Auschwitz: How My Mother Escaped Death and Found Our Family by Alina and Jacques Peretti

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The Dressmakers of Auschwitz by Lucy Adlington

Title: The Dressmakers of Auschwitz Author: Lucy Adlington Genre: History, Non-fiction Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton/Hachette Published: 31st August 2021 Format: Paperback Pages: 381 Price: $34.99 Synopsis: 'Lucy Adlington tells of the horrors of the Nazi occupation and the concentration camps from a fascinating and original angle. She introduces us to a little-known aspect of the… Continue reading The Dressmakers of Auschwitz by Lucy Adlington

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May 2021 Round Up

Current stats: Modern Mrs Darcy – 13/14 Australian Authors Challenge – 24/24 (47) AWW2021 – 75/50 Dymocks Reading Challenge – 24/26 QBD Reading Challenge – 24/26 Overall goal – 122/170 In May, I managed to read 36 books, with a vast majority by Australian authors, and have almost finished my reading challenges – with a… Continue reading May 2021 Round Up