#BookishBloggersUnite – 24 in 48 Day 1 Wrap Up


The Bookish BloggersUnite tag is talking about the 24 in 48 readathon all weekend. You can still sign up and check in for prizes! Also I would recommend having a read of Katy’s post over at The Bookish Cronk for some excellent readathon tips.

I made it to just over 7 hours yesterday which wasn’t awesome. Starting off with a big dense book was a tactical error and made me feel like I wasn’t getting anywhere
(although it is excellent!).

I had some invaluable help during the day.

And I changed up my location in the afternoon so I could get some sun and feed the ducks. But the wind was freezing, so I beat a retreat home after only an hour.

I finished:

  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  • Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby Eckermann
  • Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann.

This year you can submit the titles of your books through the 24 in 48 website. The titles are getting added to Goodreads, and I suspect that spreadsheet queen Rachel Manwill will have some cool stats for us about page numbers, authors of colour and LGBTQI+ representation once the dusts settles.

I’m about to kick off day 2 with Taboo by Kim Scott on audio. This biggest dilemma I’m working on right now is do I want to work on a baby blanket or socks?

Let me know how your day one went! You can link your day 1 wrap up post in the linky below.


#BookishBloggersUnite – July 24 in 48 Readathon


Welcome to this weekend’s edition of Bookish Bloggers Unite, a tag that was started by a group of friends who wanted to talk about books together.

This weekend we’ll be posting about the 24 in 48 Readathon. You can still sign up and follow all Readathon related shenanigans here. Massive ups to Rachel Manwill, and her able assistants Kristen and Kerry. If you’re not familiar with the readathon, the goal is to read for 24 hours out of the 48 of the weekend. I have never made it to 24, but its a lot of fun trying!

Jade over at Bindros Bookshelf is hosting the Aussie and NZ kick off post, and we’ll have other hosts over the course of the weekend.

Here’s my stack for this weekend:

You’re right -it’s not much of a stack – I’m envisaging Tracker will take most of my time at nearly 600 pages. I’m also going to do Taboo on audio so I can rest my eyes and work on some yarn related projects at the same time.

It’s just after 6 am and I’m going to get into it!

Are you participating? Head over to Bindros Bookshelf and show us your stacks!


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!