Congrats @lauredhel from Litsy

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Congratulations to @lauredhel over at Litsy for being the first person to finish the Aussies Rule Reading Challenge 2018! She has posted a photo offer book list so you can see what she has read.

I think the first person ever to finish the challenge deserves a prize so I’m sending her a little package of goodies.

I’ve also finished the challenge and you can see over on my Challenge page which books I’ve read.

I’m really glad that I put the challenge together but I still want to read more Aussie books. The last time I checked my stats, the books by Aussie authors still only makes up 18% of my reading this year. I’m sure I can do better. I’m putting another challenge together for 2019, so I hope you’ll check it out.

How are you going with the challenge? Have you discovered any new favourite books or authors? Make sure you let me know when you’re done!

Cheers,

#BookishBloggersUnite: An (Almost) End of Year Reading Challenge Update

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I’m a little (a lot) behind posting this instalment of #BookishBloggersUnite. This week is being hosted by Sarah over at Reviews and Readathons so make sure you check out her post, and link yourself in there if you would like to join in.

This week we’re looking at how our Reading Challenges are going for 2018 (and not panicking that it is halfway through November nearly!)

I track all my challenges (mostly, not necessarily in a timely manner) over on this page so you can check the titles I’ve used here.

Read Harder Challenge – completed. Yay! I’ve attempted the Read Harder Challenge for a number of years now, but this is the first time I’ve finished, so I’m pretty happy with myself (and am waiting patiently for next years list to be released.)

Reading Women – I’m struggling with this one a little bit.

I need to complete:

4. A short story collection.

17. A book with a food item in the title.

19. A book from the Reading Women 2017 shortlist.

21. A book inspired by a fairy tale.

Which doesn’t seem too bad – a couple I could get by doubling up titles if I’m desperate, but a couple of the ones I want to read for this are quite long and I can’t get them on audio (Like Pachinko, which is so frustrating.) I also have no idea what to read for a short story collection – I have a love hate relationship with short stories.

These are my proposed solutions:

The Aussies Rule Challenge – not yet completed.

I need to complete:

7. A classic by an Aboriginal author.

9. A book from a state you haven’t visited.

13. A book by an Aussie of colour who is not Aboriginal and was born in Australia.

17. A book by an LGBTQ+ author.

The only one of these I need to check on is number 9 – the rest are all books I have which are also not too long. I’m feeling pretty confident about this list.

This is what I’m planning:

And that’s me. How are your challenges for the year going? Are you on top of them? Or are feelings of panic starting to set in? You can do it!!

Aussies Rule Prompt (Monster) Mash Up Part 2

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Hi folks,

Here is the last instalment of the Aussies Rule Prompt Mash Up!

18. Some Aussie Sci-fi

The Aurealis awards are a good source for finding sci-fi. Here are some from the 2017 shortlist:

  • Terra Nullius by Claire Coleman
  • This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
  • The Year of the Orphan by Daniel Findlay
  • An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen
  • From the Wreck by Jane Rawson
  • Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

20. An Aussie writing about a different country or culture.

  • Ghost Empire by Richard Fidler
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Crappiest Refugee by Hung Le
  • Saga Land by Richard Fidler
  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
  • The Fish Girl by Miranda Riwoe

21. A book set in the outback or a small country town.

  • Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
  • The Dry by Jane Harper
  • Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
  • The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
  • Tracks by Robyn Davidson

23. A book by a New York Times best selling author

The info for this was more difficult to find than I expected! I’ll just list the authors for this one:

    Amie Kaufman
    Jay Kristoff
    Jane Harper
    Candice Fox
    Markus Zusak
    Liane Moriarty
    Kate Morton

And we’re done!

As always I welcome any feedback or input you may have. I’d love to know how you’re going with the challenge and what you’ve been reading for it.

Thanks for playing!

Aussies Rule Prompt (Monster) Mash Up! (Part One)

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Hi friends,

I know I have been a bit slack posting about the Aussies Rule prompts and somehow it’s November this week! So I’m going to tackle the remaining prompts in a couple ofinstallmentswith a few suggestions to send you on your way!

(On another note, please let me know if you would be interested in another Aussies Rule Challenge in 2019!)

3. An Aussie True Crime or Tragedy

  • This House of Grief by Helen Garner
  • The Snowtown Murders by Jeremy Pudney
  • Unsolved Australia by Justine Ford
  • Trace by Rachel Brown (based on the ABC podcast)
  • Remembering The Myall Creek Massacre by Jane Lydon (ed)

5. A nonfiction book by an Aboriginal author:

(Noting that I’m not including memoirs in this category)

  • Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia ed Anita Heiss
  • Yorro Yorro: Aboriginal Creation and the Renewal of Nature by David Mowaijarlai, Jutta Malnic
  • Dhuuluu-Yala by Anita Heiss
  • Convincing Ground by Bruce Pascoe
  • Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton
  • It’s Our Country ed Megan Davis, Marcia Langton


6. A book that features a character with a chronic illness or disability.

  • Museum of Words by Georgie Blain
  • Queens of Geek by Jenn Wilde
  • The Spare Room by Helen Garner
  • Gemina/Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Quentin: Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan
  • Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills

10. A recent book about colonisation/white ‘exploration’.

I think it’s safe to say that all books by Aboriginal authors are about colonisation.

  • Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby Eckermann
  • The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  • Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman (I will be listing this book multiple times because it’s so good and you should definitely read it.)
  • Burke and Wills by Peter Fitzsimons (this guy has a huge list of books about white Australian history)
  • True Girt by David Hunt

13 A book by an Aussie of colour who is not Aboriginal and was born in Australia.

I’m not going to list books for these folks as they all have multiple offerings:

  • Maxine Beneba Clarke
  • Benjamin Law
  • Alice Pung
  • Christos Tsiolkas
  • Randall Abdel-Fattah

15. A YA book with LGBT+ representation.

    Queens of Geek and Brightsiders by Jenn Wilde
    Begin, End, Begin ed Danielle Binks
    The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
    The Flywheel by Erin Gough
    The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Sean Kennedy
  • 16. Published by a university press

    I’m not going to lay this one out for you. A bunch of books I’ve listed for the challenge are published by a university press. Instead here are a couple of links:

    University of Qld Press

    Melbourne University Press

    ANU Press

    Enjoy!

    17. A book by an LGBT author (bonus points if also a person of colour)

    • Gaysia by Benjamin Law
    • Down the Hume by Peter Polites
    • Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neerven
    • These Wild Houses by Orman Sakr
    • Outer Shell by Paige Krystal Wilcox
    • Milk Teeth by Rae White

    Be on the look out for Part 2 – it will be up soon.

    Cheers,

    #BookishBloggersUnite – Halloween Book Tag

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    Hello folks, welcome to my favourite time of year. I don’t have a Halloween stack happening this weekend as I have too many books to finish for challenges! Are you seasonally reading?

    Anyhoo, this is a #BookishBloggersUnite post, the tag that was put together so a group of friends can blog about books together. Given the time of year we thought a Halloween tag might be fun!

    I believe this book tag came from Michelle at Book Adventures (the site has been deleted so I can’t link to it.) I took this version from Booklovers Blog. So let’s dive right in.

    1. Favourite Scary must read for Halloween.

    I’m not terribly good with horror or even things that are mildly scary because I’m a big wuss. I read Birdbox last Halloween and that was terrifying. I read Into the Drowning Deep from Mira Grant more recently and that gave me nightmares!

    2. Scariest book cover, like ever …

    Not sure if it’s the scariest book cover ever, but the cover for From the Wreck by Jane Rawson is creepy AF (just like the book!) She was nominated for the Stella Prize and the Aurealis award for this one this year so you should totally check it out.

    3. If you could pick any author to go trick or treating with, who would you pick?

    I’m not sure if either of these two are into Halloween, but Maxine Beneba Clarke would absolutely get the best sweets and be sassy whilst doing it. Add Benjamin Law to the party and I think it would be a fabulous evening!

    4. If you could dress up as any bookish character for Halloween, who would you be?

    Granny Weatherwax from the Discworld books. Should I have the misfortune to grow up, I hope I can be like her.

    5. If you could find anything from any book in your trick or treat stash, what would you hope to find?

    That’s easy and gives you another awesome Josh Kirby cover to look at. – the Luggage from the Discworld books! Not only does it follow you like a dog and protect you from people who wish you harm, but if you put your dirty laundry in to it, it will come out of it clean, pressed and smelling faintly of lavender.

    6. In what fictional world would you like to go trick or treating?

    The world of Confection from the Wayward Children series sounds terrifying, but tasty.

    7. What book villain would you not like to meet alone in a dark alley on Halloween.

    I’m going to say a generic “zombies” as an answer to this question, because I would totally be like these two idiots and not realise what it was. (If you haven’t watched Shaun of the Dead, you should stop whatever you are doing and remedy that immediately.)

    8. Would you rather dress up as a vampire, zombie, werewolf or shadow hunter?

    Zombie! Nothing like squirting fake blood everywhere.

    9. Pick one candy from Harry Potter that you would like to find in your stash.

    Would now be the time to mention I’m not a Harry Potter fan? I think there were some chocolate frogs that were cool?

    10. What is your favourite Halloween candy?

    There’s a particular brand of candy body parts that is available here at Halloween. I don’t necessarily eat it, but I love feeding it to others and watch them be initially grossed out.

    So happy Halloween everyone! As usual if you would like to play along submit your tab to the linky!

    #Bookish Bloggers Unite – Empowering and/or Comfort Reads

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    Welcome to another instalment of #BookishBloggersUnite – a tag put together by a group of friends who wanted to talk about books together. I’m hosting this week, so pop your link in the linky at the bottom if you’d like to play along.

    The news is pretty rotten wherever you are right now. Here in Australia politicians are continuing to behave in ignorant and appalling ways, and I have nothing but admiration for the Aboriginal community who kicked out the new “Indigenous Envoy” Tony Abbott, whose previous behaviour shows him to be completely incompatible with the job (not to mention that the Aboriginal people were not consulted).

    If you are in the US you’ve been subjected to some pretty hideous behaviours from old white guys in the form of Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony to the senate. I hope you’re all taking whatever form of self care you need during this time and not subjecting yourselves to the news cycle, especially if you find it triggering.

    This week we will talk about empowering reads, comfort reads or an amalgamation of the two depending on how people are feeling.

    I’m feeling a little ragey, so I’m going for some empowering reads.

    I’m pretty excited about Clementine Ford’s new release Boys will be Boys which is all about toxic masculinity. I haven’t read this one yet, but if it’s anything like her breakout book Fight Like a Girl it will be totally awesome.

    I’ve just started this one today and I’m pretty hooked. Chemaly examines anger and how socially acceptable it is depending on your gender/s and race, and the health effects it has on people who are expected to swallow their anger. I’m really enjoying this and doing some aggressive highlighting.

    I think I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I wished I was better with poetry. I don’t always get it and don’t always appreciate it as much as I wish I did. This book by Amanda Lovelace is brilliant. It’s full of love, wisdom, insight and encouragement.

    Take care of yourselves people.

    #BookishBloggersUnite – Justice League Tag

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    Welcome to another #Bookishbloggersunite post! This week we spotted this tag and thought it looked like fun. The Justice League tag was created by The Book Cover Girls . Our host this week is the delightful Katy over at The Bookish Cronk. If you want to join in, just jump over to her blog and add your link.

    Just to be clear, my personal knowledge of the Justice League is non existent. I saw Thor: Ragnarok completely due to Taika Waititi’s involvement. Deadpool is probably my fave comic-type character.

    Here we go:

    Batman: Your favourite antihero.

    Shuos Jedao from the Machineries of Empire series.

    I’m not sure this guy is classed as an antihero, or if there is anything even much to like about him, but I was definitely drawn in by Shuos Jedao. He is psychotic and entirely unlike ale, and yet I could see his point a lot of the time. (I have to confess I haven’t read Revenant Gun yet! But I have a week off work coming up really soon…)

    Aquaman: A book or character that turned out better than you expected.

    You know how there are books that everyone seems to love? People rave about them, and you’re not too sure what the appeal is. It doesn’t sound like your kind of book. But then you end up picking it up somewhat reluctantly and it’s completely amazing and you don’t know why you didn’t read it sooner?

    Beauty Queens by Libba Bray was that book for me. IT’S JUST SO GOOD! Listen to the audio book if you can – it’s narrated by the author and she is amazing.

    Wonder Woman: Most Bad Ass Female Character

    I can’t possibly pick just one of these, so here’s a few!

    Kameron Hurley writes amazing women. Nyx from God’s War is one of them. She is flawed, looks after her people and kicks a lot of arse (while wearing sandals!). Things might have devolved to a big stinking pile of crap, but she still perseveres.

    Kel Cheris from the Machineries of Empire series. There was a moment in Raven Stratagem where I was running around the house jumping and punching the air. (If you’ve read the book, I’m sure you know the moment!)

    Essun from the Broken Earth Trilogy. That poor woman went through so much and yet carried herself to the bitter end to do what she knew she must.

    I could keep going but I’ll stop there.

    Cyborg: Favourite Science Fiction Novel

    I’m going to change this up a bit and talk about my favourite sci-fi stories with a cyborg character. Which is of course The Murderbot Diaries !!

    Murderbot (it’s name for itself) would prefer to spend it’s days streaming entertainment rather than having to deal with humans, but it can’t help itself. I’m really looking forward to the third instalment coming out soon.

    The Flash: A book you sped through

    The Book of M is so good folks. It sucked me in and I read it in a day. The story is so artfully told … I’m looking forward to more from Shepherd.

    Superman: Saddest Character Death

    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    Holy crap. I’m normally pretty good at seeing endings coming, but Mira Grant astounded me and ripped my heart out with this one! I had to read that section multiple times because I just didn’t believe it. I cried actual tears (which never happens.)

    Let me know if you decide to participate – I’d love to know what your choices are for each option!

    Cheers,