I originally posted this in 2018 and I wanted to update it a little to add some other Australian authors that I have since discovered and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s going to make it a chonky post so I hope you make it all the way through.
John Marsden – born in Victoria in 1950, he had an interest in writing from a young age. He was a teacher and has written many books, he is successful internationally as well as at home.
The Tomorrow when the War Began series was my favourite series as a young teen. A group of kids go camping for a weekend and when they get back they discover that their area/country has been invaded. Their loved ones are held captive, so they do the only thing they can do – Guerrilla warfare. Ellie and her friends are a diverse bunch with many skills, they use these country kid skills to cause mayhem for the invading forces. I absolutely loved the idea of kids kicking arse and taking it to the bad guys. The relationships between the kids were complex and well written. John Marsden didn’t skim over the details, he handled the mental challenges the kids faced really well, the fallout for them. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops, these kids go through hell and their mental health reflects this. I still reread this series every couple of years. I cannot wait for my daughter to read this series. There are seven books in the series and I just discovered a follow-up series called the Ellie Chronicles that I have yet to read.
(2021 update – My daughter was not a fan of this and didn’t even make it through the first book… Does this mean I failed as a mum? lol)
Goodreads – Amazon
Continue reading “Australian authors I have loved.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m a total cover whore. I don’t need to read the blurb, if it’s bright, shiny and pretty, my inner 4 year old comes out and I have to have it. Admit it, we all do it.
That is how I found one of my top 2016 reads; Yellow by Megan Jacobson. It had some of the most authentic Australian teenage dialogue and I read it in one sitting. So when I stumbled across The Build-Up Season, I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t check reviews, I didn’t care about that stuff, Yellow was such a strong, engaging read that I will automatically buy her next 10 books. Continue reading “The Build-up Season by Megan Jacobson”
I was placing an order on Amazon the other night and after a solid hour of wishful thinking book stalking, I was led to a kindle unlimited ad. I’ve avoided kindle unlimited so far because I didn’t think it would be worth the cost, but it was a two month free trial. How could I actually pass that by… It would be crazy of me not to use this opportunity to see what it has to offer.
Apparently my ever growing piles of books and backlog of NetGalley arcs weren’t enough to make me pause, I dove in with a level of excitement I usually reserve for cake and cats. Continue reading “I want all the books”
Here we are at the end of the month. I’ve been traversing through the fantasy worlds and ignoring the reviewing part that comes with being a blogger. I got lost a couple of times, as even with a clear map, I get distracted by all things bright and shiny. A big thank you to our fearless leaders Imyrl, Lisa, and Jorie, I am already looking forward to next year. Continue reading “May Wrap-Up”
A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors. For more information head over to Tynga’s reviews.
May was a good month. I was inspired by Wyrd and Wonder and added to my fantasy collection a little. Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves”
A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors.
For more information head over to Tynga’s reviews.
I just looked it up and the last time I did one of these posts was on March 1st. So to make this look less outrageous I’m splitting it up into two. One for my birthday haul and then another for the rest of the books I’ve accumulated along the way. Continue reading “Stacking The Shelves”
Hosted by Taking on a World of Words, you answer 3 questions and hey presto, you are all done.
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently reading –
Empire Ascendant by Kameron Hurley – Yes, I’m still going on this. It’s not because it’s bad, it’s because I’ve actually been busy and I’m taking it slow and enjoying the ride.
Magic Unleased (Venators #1) by Devri Walls – I will get this read in time for the blog tour. I will get this read in time for the blog tour.
Recently Finished –
Skycircus by Peter Bunzl – Great middle grade read. Review should be up soon.
Ruin (Gods #1) by Samantha Towle – Second chance romances are like candy, I cant help but love them. This was my oldest NetGalley, almost two years old. I’m a bad book blogger.
Two NetGalley books… Who even am I? Now just to get the reviews done.
Binti Home by Nnedi Okofaror – I’m aiming to have all three finished by the end of February. I still haven’t gotten to this one yet, but it will be my read between big books I think.
Have you read any of these and what are you reading at the moment?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic. Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and Bookish and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future topics can be found here. This weeks topic is: LOVE Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic. Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and Bookish and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future topics can be found HERE. This weeks topic is: 10 BOOKS FROM YOUR TBR THAT YOU THINK WILL BE FIVE STAR READS. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday”
Here we are, the kids go back to school this week, work has quietened down after the Christmas craziness and I have to do adult things like get my car serviced and all the after school activities are back on. I love having my kids home but little Sir spent more time playing Fortnite than he should have and as much as the family did lots of awesome things, I didn’t get to participate in all of it. I did get to see Dolittle today which I thought was brilliant. I laughed louder and more than anyone else in the cinema.
My reading plans Continue reading “February Fun Times”