24 in 48!


(Please note this post references Aboriginal people who are deceased.)

The 24 in 48 Readathon is well and truly underway. I’ve been a tad distracted today (housework, who needs it?) but I’ve just finished A Bastard Like Me by Charles Perkins. I’m so glad I was able to find a copy to read. There’s lots of heartbreaking stuff in there – and lots of opinions that wouldn’t find their way into a book in this day and age! I found his political observations really interesting, especially given he was writing prior to the dismissal of Gough Whitlam in 1975.

My next read is Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

How is your readathon going? Do you have a stack set up?

Aussies Rule Prompt 12 And Terra Nullius


Hi everyone, today my focus is on prompt 12 for the Aussies Rule Challenge, which is a book by an Aussie of Colour who is an immigrant or refugee.

I haven’t been as successful with my research this time as I was hoping, but here are my suggestions:

  • Anh Do The Happiest Refugee (Do also has a delightful series of kids books in his WeirDo series which my nephew, Cooper, highly recommends)
  • Deng Adut Song of a War Boy
  • Akmal Saleh The Life of Akmal
  • Nam Le The Boat
  • Yassmin Abdel-Magied Yassmin’s Story
  • Yasmin Gooneratne A Change of Skies (and others)
  • Sulari Gentill Rowland Sinclair series plus others (Thanks to Bron for bringing Gentill to my attention)
  • Lee Lin Chin Iced Beer And Other Tantalising Tips For Life
  • Saroo Brierley Lion

Do you have any other suggestions for this list? I’m keen to hear them if you do.

In celebration is Australia Day/Invasion Day I’m going to be finishing this beauty by new author Claire G. Coleman. I’m really enjoying it.

Also don’t forget the 24 in 48 Readathon starts tomorrow! My snacks, books and I are ready to roll!

Peace out folks.

24 in 48 opening survey


It’s Saturday afternoon here in the land of Aus, but the US is just getting started.

The 24 in 48 is off and running. I’m at the 7 hour mark, although I haven’t finished a book yet. I spent the morning listening to The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. while I did housework. This afternoon I’ve been reading Eligible  by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Here are my responses to the opening survey  from the 24in48 site:

1. I’m reading from Brisbane, Australia. It’s perfect readathon weather being chilly midwinter here.

2. This is my third 24 in 48.

3. Where did I originally hear about the readathon? I think I heard about it on Litsy the first time.

4. What am I most excited about reading this weekend? To be honest I have some tomes that I’m hoping to get through, so The Three Body Problem if I get to it.

5. Something about myself? I hit my Goodreads target of 150 books for the year last week. Of those 150, about 4 of them are for the other challenges I decided to do this year. I have discovered I am absolutely a mood reader.

6. I’ll be mostly posting on Litsy this weekend (you can find me there as @sue
Are you participating in the readathon?

A Couple of Shameless plugs


Hi folks!

This is just a quick post about a couple of awesome things that I hope you have on your radar. If they aren’t, I hope you will check them out.

If you live in the West and haven’t heard about the Hulu adaption of The Handmaid’s Tale, you must have been living under a rock for months. It has only been available here in Australia for a couple of weeks (it’s on SBS’s on demand service). I’m only three episodes in and it’s just amazing.

One of my favourite podcasts has done an hour long episode and some mini character based episodes which are worth tuning in to if this is your kind of thing. Check out the Deviant Women podcast – Lauren and Alicia are totally great (all their other episodes are great as well). You’ll love their cute Aussie accents and tendency to curse – I know I do.

There’s also a whole US podcast based on the series. It’s called Mayday and you can find it here

Lastly, the 24 in 48 readathon is happening THIS WEEKEND! Despite the name, there is no stress and you can just do as many hours as you can fit in. How ever, if you can go the distance there are some awesome prizes up for grabs! Make sure you sign up here and get your stacks and snacks ready for Saturday!


24 in 48 Wrap up


How was your 24 in 48? Are you still going?

I didn’t make it to 24 hours, but I’m pretty happy with my new PB!

I finished Binti:Home which was great, and made it about halfway through Swing Time.

Swing Time is just such an unusual book. I’ve not read any Zadie Smith before. Most book have a pretty predictable narrative structure, but I’m not sure where this one is going. I’m enjoying the journey though.

The Diverseathon is still continuing of course, so happy diverse reading everyone!

24 in 48 Day 2 and Diverseathon


Welcome to day 2 of the 24 in 48 from the beautiful city of Brisbane. I’m happy to report that the horribly hot weather we’ve been having finally broke yesterday, which means I actually slept last night. Yay!!

I’ve done a considerable bit of snacking from this one after Stay With Me broke my heart last night.

Turns out all my diverse books on audio are probably going to make me cry, so I decided to chillax with some grammar. 🤘🏽I am really enjoying this because the author ( who also narrates the audio) is comparing English grammar and syntax to so many other languages in order to demonstrate some of the weird shit our language does.

I’ve had to do some adulting this morning, so I’m a bit behind. Plans for today:

I’m so incredibly happy to have been granted access to Binti: Home by Netgalley. It’s due out in just over a week.

How is your challenge going? What your favourite read so far?

24 in 48 Day 1 Wrap up


It has been a pretty intense day. Here’s my count as of the now:

Respectable I think. I’m pretty sure at this point I’m not going to hit the full 24 hours, but I should beat the 14 that I made it to last time.

After Dreadnought, I’ve also finished these two books today:

This is such a lovely story, I definitely had some tears at the end. This is also a great book for anyone who isn’t sure why the Aboriginal people are still pissed. The Aboriginal people weren’t considered to be ‘people’ (ie, they had no rights at all and weren’t even included in the census) until the Referendum of 1967. Set in the 1940s, this book intelligently and accessibly talks about a couple of pieces of legislation (including the White Australia Act) that were on foot at that time and their impact on the people. I highly recommend this one.

I’ve just finished this one and I’m very much still in WTF just happened?? mode. I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest and stomped on multiple times.

I think I will try to press on a bit further tonight, but I need to find something a bit lighter!

How are you travelling?

Don’t forget tomorrow is also the start of the Diverseathon! It’s a great opportunity to get a couple of extra books squeezed in!