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2019 The Book Challenge Update

  1. A Book Published in 2019 – Highway Bodies by Alison Evans – a Zombie Apocalypse set in Victoria Australia.  Completed!
  2. A Book You Own But Never Read – Encyclopedia of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand Completed!
  3. A Classic – so I read My People by Oodgeroo Noonuccal –  an amazing collection of poetry. Completed. 
  4. A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author- Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas – awesome page turning YA romance featuring a rocking Nukunu lead character. Completed!
  5. A Non-Fiction Book – Gluten Free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger. Completed!
  6. An LGBT+ Romance – Highway Bodies by Alison Evans – yes a Zombie Apocalypse background to the romance. Completed!
  7. A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation – Still thinking of a good one here.
  8. A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie – Oh this is hard but I might have one on the to be read shelf….
  9. A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters – I’ll be chasing up suggestions for this one too..
  10. The Bestseller of Your Birth Year – hmm I’ll need to look this up. Got to work out a Science Fiction award for this one…
  11. A Translated Romance Novel – I’ll track something down…do Pablo Neruda’s poetry count?
  12. A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times – again I’ll need to look for this one….
  13. A Book of Short Stories – Short edited by Lilli Wilkinson – Completed!
  14. A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended – this one was easy Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – devoured it in a day. Completed! 
  15. A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone – that would have to be Zenobia by Morten Durr. Completed!
  16. A book of free verse or poetry – Sisterheart by Sally Morgan. Completed!
  17. Banned Novel – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – banned in Chicago, Oregon, Texas. Completed!
  18. A Book You Started and Never Finished – The Giant Book of New World SF edited by Issac Asimov Completed!.
  19. A Book You Can Read in One Sitting – a great book by Renee Fogorty called Fair Skin Black Fella – a great book with a great meaning. Should be in every school library. Completed!

Six to go……..

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2019 Hugo Nominees Announced

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A great line up the best Science Fiction/Fantasy have been nominated. I’m amazed by how many great female authors have been nominated this year…..and also how many of the movies I’ve seen this year.

 

Reading Challenge the March update

  1. A Book Published in 2019 – Not yet accomplished but I’m working on it.
  2. A Book You Own But Never Read – Encyclopedia of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand Completed!
  3. A Classic – so I read My People by Oodgeroo Noonuccal –  an amazing collection of poetry. Completed. 
  4. A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author- Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas – awesome page turning YA romance featuring a rocking Nukunu lead character. Completed!
  5. A Non-Fiction Book – Gluten Free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger. Completed!
  6. An LGBT+ Romance – oooh I will find one…..I might go with one of my favourite authors I’ve got one sitting on my to be read shelf…..WIP
  7. A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation – Still thinking of a good one here.
  8. A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie – Oh this is hard but I might have one on the to be read shelf….
  9. A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters – I’ll be chasing up suggestions for this one too..
  10. The Bestseller of Your Birth Year – hmm I’ll need to look this up. Got to work out a Science Fiction award for this one…
  11. A Translated Romance Novel – I’ll track something down…do Pablo Neruda’s poetry count?
  12. A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times – again I’ll need to look for this one….
  13. A Book of Short Stories – Short edited by Lilli Wilkinson – Completed!
  14. A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended – this one was easy Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – devoured it in a day. Completed! 
  15. A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone – that would have to be Zenobia by Morten Durr. Completed!
  16. A book of free verse or poetry – Sisterheart by Sally Morgan. Completed!
  17. Banned Novel – Any suggestions?
  18. A Book You Started and Never Finished – The Giant Book of New World SF edited by Issac Asimov Completed!.
  19. A Book You Can Read in One Sitting – a great book by Renee Fogorty called Fair Skin Black Fella – a great book with a great meaning. Should be in every school library. Completed!

I feel like I’m making solid progress……I may have to include some more poetry on the list…..

Book Reading Challenge 2019

I got this idea from the 2019 Book Resolutions Reading Challenge at Romance.com.au, then decided I needed to modify it for my own purposes and reading style. I’m going to report back on how well I have achieved this as the year progresses….so stay tuned!

  1. A Book Published in 2019
  2. A Book You Own But Never Read
  3. A Classic
  4. A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author
  5. A Non-Fiction Book
  6. An LGBT+ Romance
  7. A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation
  8. A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie
  9. A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters
  10. The Bestseller of Your Birth Year
  11. A Translated Romance Novel
  12. A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times
  13. A Book of Short Stories
  14. A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended
  15. A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone
  16. A book of free verse or poetry
  17. Banned Novel
  18. A Book You Started and Never Finished
  19. A Book You Can Read in One Sitting

Do you want to join me? If so please leave a comment below and we can bookclub our way through this list!

Can you Dance? by Sally Morgan

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Written by Sally Morgan, illustrated by Kathy Arbon.
Written by one of Australia’s best loved authors, this board book will get toddlers and preschoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book. They’ll soon be flapping their arms like a scary magpie’s wings, stomping their feet like a cheeky wombat and dancing like a silly lizard, along with the actions of five other animals.
Beautifully illustrated by Kathy Arbon, this book will soon become a family favourite as everyone shows how they can dance. I bought this for my niece and my great niece to enjoy and learn.

Read this because:

You want an exciting book that will make you and your young one engaged from the start.  Sally Morgan not only teaches how to count, but more importantly to move like the animals depicted here. Really great Australian Fiction.

 

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

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Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her – and he’s drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what’s her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another.

Read it because:

Catching Teller Crow is an original tale that both surprises and informs. Told by two different narrators, whose different styles in narration are marked either by prose or verse, we are drawn into their worlds. I was carried forward through a tale of institutionalisation of children, missing girls, grief and loss.
The book for me is proof that you can tell a story with strong Indigenous female characters. Catching, Teller and Crow are drawn from the streets of every regional town I’ve been to. The authors have drawn a regional town that could be anywhere in Australia. A town, and society, that is still hiding the secrets of shame from its past and the presence.
The lead characters encounter racism, violence, terrible historic injustices and corruption within the police force, all of which are still current themes that need to be discussed openly. The last half of the book sensitively addresses what happens when people turn a blind eye to violence and allow it to flourish and destroy lives.
The topics of grief and loss are sensitively handled, and allow an opportunity to discuss how grief and loss are addressed in our society. Through the characters journeys we gain a better understanding of how hard grief is as an emotion to deal with, especially for those who have no coping mechanisms.
This is book that can be used to teach historical and contemporary themes, as well as opening up the conversation about violence to women. Catching Teller Crow can also be used to supplement the Australian curriculum topic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Panther And The Crew #1

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Black Panther, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold band together to take on a dangerous wave of street-level threats in this new ongoing series by co-writers Ta-Nehisi Coates (New York Times best-selling author of Between the World and Me and Marvel’s Black Panther) and Yona Harvey (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) and legendary artist Butch Guice! The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past and set the stage for a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future. Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: “We are the streets.”

Read it because:

You need a new comic book title, that embraces diversity and also the lessons of history. A powerful book that helps the non-American understand what is happening in America. I found it incredibly powerful and have started book clubbing with my child…..Best comic of this year – 2018.

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