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message 1: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda I'm Mandy, one of the moderators of Aussie Readers. I joined this group a couple of months ago to find some familiar Aussie “faces” and “accents”. I got caught up in some of the discussions and before I knew what was going on I was a moderator. Don‘t laugh, it could happen to you too!

I live in sunny Brisbane and have been a nurse and midwife all my life. That has taken me to some amazing places: I‘ve spent years living and working in Africa and Europe. But no matter how far or how wide I roamed, I still called… No wait! That‘s a song isn‘t it? :)

My only qualifications for this job are a love of reading and an addiction to Goodreads. So feel comfortable when you post discussions that I‘ll always be ready to put my five cents worth in.

My goal for Aussie Readers is to make it an oasis of “home“ for all you Australian Goodreads members out there. I’d like it to be a resource for finding Australian books, authors, writing groups, conferences and competitions happening around the country.

Happy Reading!


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 19, 2010 06:33PM) (new)

G'day all,

I'm David J Delaney and am a former Brisbane boy but now currently live and work in Cairns with my very patient, and darling wife, I sometimes wonder where I get the time to write but always seem to manage to pen something, also I am a member Tropical writers group Cairns, Australian Bush Poets Association and book Creators Circle among other literary sites on the web.

Having had limited education including no formal education in writing and now into my 50's, I wanted to show that someone like myself without higher schooling could write and enjoy it. For me, school, Rocklea State School, (when I was there) was a place to 'hang out' with my mates and I actually only completed 3 months of high school (Salisbury) before leaving at the age of 15.

After numerous jobs throughout my youth I eventually moved into Furniture Removals where I stayed for approximately 25 years. For 17 of these, my wife and I operated our own removal business, and was able to travel extensively throughout N.S.W and Queensland.

Since leaving the removal industry several years ago and having some 'thinking' time, my experiences, memories of driving the highways and tracks, the vast and beautiful outback, my wife, daughters, grand children and family, stories from mates, work colleagues and close war veterans have given me the inspiration for my writings.

The release of my 1st book “My small book of poems” in May 2007 has been one incredible step for me. The size of my book was purposely done to gauge the reaction of the public. Despite not being proof read and having mistakes the response was both humbling and amazing, with comments from the likes of Australian balladeer/songwriter, John Williamson, Mel from Sunrise, Steve Ahmet from Easylistening 846, Pat Morrish of Far North ABC Radio and many others & including sales to the U.S, U.K, Ireland, Japan & more. This has inspired me to keep writing and in March 2008 released my 2nd and equally popular “Rhymes of Times”

I am very soon to release, by an American publisher, my 3rd book 'Out of Australia'. A compilation of 100 of my poems, supported by a number of 'Aussie' photos.


message 3: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 20, 2010 05:41PM) (new)

My name is Bernadette and I'm an avid reader, these days mostly of crime fiction though I do dabble in other genres and general fiction occasionally too.

I read a lot of my books in old-fashioned print form but in an effort to get healthier I started listening to audio books as an incentive to get me walking a couple of years ago. I am now hooked on audio books (and walking) though sadly there aren't a lot of Aussie books available in audio format.

I blog about my book-y activities at http://reactionstoreading.com/ but all my reviews from the blog are added to Good Reads too.

I live and read in Adelaide


message 4: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Bernadette wrote: "...in an effort to get healthier I started listening to audio books as an incentive to get me walking a couple of years ago."

Great Idea!!


message 5: by Cheryl (last edited Aug 21, 2010 08:51AM) (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) I'm an American trying to learn more about the world, and I've enjoyed a few Australian books, for example Strange Objects. I'm looking for more recommendations. If my library has a book that's part of a group read here, I'll try to participate, but right now my budget forbids importing books.


message 6: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Cheryl wrote: "I'm an American trying to learn more about the world, and I've enjoyed a few Australian books, for example Strange Objects. I'm looking for more recommendations."

Hi Cheryl and welcome to the group. I looked at your bookshelf and I got the impression you enjoy stories with teen protagonists and also books with a dystopian setting. I wonder if you've heard about Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden. It's just been made into a movie here in Australia. It's quite popular so you may even have it at your local library. Maybe other Aussie readers can recommend more books for you. :)


message 7: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl (cherylllr) Thanks for checking! I have been reading a lot of dystopia and YA lately, although I prefer more fun and more wholesome stuff overall. I did read The Rabbits but couldn't appreciate it. Tomorrow, When the War Began does look interesting.

I'll be watching the bookshelf & discussions etc. as we go along - no hurry for recommendations right now! :)


message 8: by Rick (new)

Rick F. | 1 comments Thanks Mandy for the invite- so happy to be a member of this great Group!!!
Rick
Founder: THE JAMES MASON CLASSIC BRITISH BOOK CLUB


message 9: by Jem (last edited Aug 22, 2010 11:42PM) (new)

Jem  (toomanybooksforfaviourates) | 14 comments Hi, I'm Jem (Hi Mandy, thanks for the invite). I'm Aussie and am a avid reader. I read a lot of genres - but some only when they have been recommended. That's pretty much it for now.


message 10: by Mandapanda (last edited Aug 22, 2010 04:45PM) (new)

Mandapanda ··¤(`×[¤ Jem ¤:]×´)¤·· wrote: "Hi, I'm Jem (Hi Mandy, thanks for the invite). I'm Aussie and am a avid reader. I read a lot of genres - but some only when they have been recommended. That's prettymuch it for now."

I'm so happy you came by Jem! You start such great discussions in your own group. Apart from the genres I usually read I'm looking forward to getting some great recommendations for Aussie books on the "What are you reading" and "Favourite Authors" threads. I'm hoping too that some new Aussie authors will talk about their books in the "Authors Spotlight" discussions!


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

HI Mandy. This seems like a great idea for a group. I'm sure you'll be a wonderful moderator! Didn't anyone tell you to avoid direct eye contact whenever anyone asks for volunteers!!
I'm an Aussie reader and writer- I love doing both equally. I read all genres and write both romantic suspense and rural-romance/fiction. I always have an Aussie theme through whatever I write-- even my military ones.
I have a new release coming out in March next year with Allen & Unwin which I am very excited about..I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!
Hope to get to know you all a bit more on here, and look forward to hearing about the books you've been reading.. I have one to share with you all-- it's from another Aussie writer, Phillipa Fioretti. 'The Book of Love.' I've only just discovered it, but maybe everyone else has already found it! I loved this book.
Thanks Mandy for letting me know about this group.
:)


message 12: by Dee-Ann (new)

Dee-Ann | 644 comments My name is Dee-Ann. Whils originaly from South Australia, I have resided in Darwin since 1993. I love it here, except when we have cyclone alerts.

I have five sons, and a significant part of my reading is with them, seeking books they would like (which is challenging as one has autism) or reading those that my eldest recommends to me.

For myself, I read almost anything, and recently found that I enjoyed the Twilight series and True Blood (much to the disgust of my eldest son which amuses me ... apparently I am too old!).

I am trying to catch up on some of the classics which I never got around too at the moment as well as trying to meet a book challenge on another group. Tis fun!


message 13: by Adele (new)

Adele (Turtil) | 169 comments G'day my name is Adele. I'm an obsessive reader (avid just doesn't describe me well enough!).
I read mainly series books, but i do read the odd stand alone book. I have enjoyed reading many books by Australian Authors. My Favourite Aussie Authors areJohn Marsden andKeri Arthur.


message 14: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Tyley (vickityley) | 1727 comments Thanks for the invite, Mandy! It’s great to be able to meet up with fellow Aussies.

Eight years ago, I gave up my city job to move to the country (rural Victoria) to write. Since then, I’ve written six mystery and suspense novels (the first two I describe as virtual compost). My third novel, Thin Blood, was an Amazon bestseller -- #1 on the Kindle mystery bestseller list – selling more than 20,000 copies. Sleight Malice, my fourth novel, has just been released. The next two novels, Brittle Shadows and Bitter Nothings, are with my agent.

I’m also an avid reader, especially of genre fiction. My other interests include photography and web design.

Cheers
Vicki
www.vickityley.com


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi I'm Anne Whitfield an author and avid reader.
I'm in NSW. I don't read a huge amount of Aussie authors, but I do enjoy the odd Bryce Courtnay and Diane Blacklock. I have also found a new author Ber Carroll, who writes Australian set novels, and also author Nicole Alexander, too.


message 16: by Anna (last edited Aug 28, 2010 08:15AM) (new)

Anna | 9 comments HI, everyone

Have just joined this group. I'm an avid reader, getting through three books a week, and I'm also an avid writer, producing three novels a year. My 50th novel was published last month, which gave me great joy. So I can chat to you with either hat on.

I write historical and modern novels as Anna Jacobs, used to write SF/F as Shannah Jay. My books are just coming out as ebooks. I won't go on about them, as this is a reading group.

Have you read any Bronwyn Parry books? She's a new Aussie author, and both my husband and I loved her first two books.

I'm in the UK at the moment. I come here every northern summer - wild horses wouldn't get me here in the winters, though, shudder. I am not a fan of snow.

Anna Jacobs, writing modern and historical novels, often set in Australia


message 17: by Maggi (new)

Maggi Andersen | 62 comments Hi everyone,
I'm from Sydney. I write mysteries, historical romance and young adult novels under the name Maggi Coleman and Maggi Andersen. Thank you for adding my mystery/crime novel Casey's Luck to your group book list. Lovely to meet a few Aussies. I look forward to checking out your books.


message 18: by Tracey (new)

Tracey O'Hara (traceyohara) Hi everyone - My name is Tracey O'Hara - I am an aussie Urban Fantasy author. there are a few names here I recognise and am looking forward to taking part. Thanks for the invite Mandy.


message 19: by Jan (last edited Aug 28, 2010 05:25PM) (new)

Jan (Auntyjan) I'm from Perth and I've just joined this group. I'm a Mum and grandmother with many interests including ice-skating, rollerblading, tap dancing, bushwalking, singing, guitar,family and friends, cooking, family history and of course books and writing. I loved novels and poetry when I was at school, but somehow drifted more to reading biographies, self-help and other nonfiction over the years. All my activities came to an abrupt halt when I fell backwards at rollerblading and broke my left arm 3 months ago(I'm right-handed, so it could have been worse). However, it slowed me down sufficiently to start exploring the internet, and after I tired of reading medical blogs like fracturedhumerusblogspot.com I eventually discovered Goodreads about two months ago. I have since re-ignited my passion for literature and even got in touch with my creative side, writing stories and poems in another group.(For those interested in writing or just voting on what's written it's the Weekly Short Story Contest and Company...a group which needs and welcomes new members. My contributions start from the topic"Questions".)
I haven't read near as many Australian novels as I would like to have read, but from those I have read I can thoroughly recommend to Cheryl and anyone else who's interested:
For the Term of his Natural Life by Marcus Clarke (1870's classic)
My Brilliant Career, and
My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin
The Timeless Land, and
The Storm of Time by Eleanor Dark (trilogy, can't remember 3rd title)
The Clowns of God by Morris West
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
Ash Road by Ivan Southall
Looking for Alibrandi by Marlena Marcheta
Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, Garimari,Doris Pilkington
I would also recommend the poetry of Judith Wright

I haven't yet read, but wish to:
Secret River by Kate Grenville
Journey to the Stone Country by Alex Miller

It's great to see so many authors here,perhaps we could have a "snippets from authors" thread where they could post a paragraph or two from one of their books, just to give us a taste.


message 20: by Rhea (new)

Rhea  (April-Rae) | 1 comments Hey guys,

I'm Rhea, i live in Brisbane and always have lived there!!!!!

I am a major reader since lat year i have 215 books...im a paranormal romance reader and writer...


message 21: by Julie (last edited Aug 31, 2010 08:17PM) (new)

Julie (Revel-In-Reading) Hi everyone, and thanks for the invite, Mandy. This group is a terrific idea.

My name is Julie. I live in Melbourne (last day of winter today. Yay!!!!). I like to read, but try to keep it in moderation because I also like to write. Once I start reading a good book, I just can't put it down until the last page (does that sound familiar, anybody?). That doesn't help with my writing at all! I mostly write children's non fiction books for schools, but I also work on other bits and pieces in fiction. I have three NF books coming out next year for primary school students, so I am also feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas!

My favourite Aussie authors are Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan, Mem Fox and Margaret Wild. Lots more too, but that's for starters.

Happy reading everyone. Best, Julie.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day, Bernadette, Cheryl, Rick, Jem, Karlene, Dee-Ann, Adele, Vicki, Anne, Anna, Maggie, Tracey, Jan, Rhea, & Julie, Welcome to you all & You will be hearing more about me in the near future.(-:


message 23: by Jan (new)

Jan (Auntyjan) We'll certainly be looking forward to that! I've already been to your website and read one of your excellent poems and would recommend it to everyone!


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Awwww!..shucks! (blushing) thanks Jan. (-:


message 25: by Bree (new)

Bree T (breeza82) | 9 comments Hi, I'm Bree and I live near Melbourne! I've been an avid reader since I was a young child. I have a bit of a book buying problem but luckily my fiance does as well! I started a blog this year to keep track of what I've read and what I thought of each novel. I also like to write, it's a good way to pass those cold Melbourne winter days!


message 26: by Mandapanda (last edited Sep 01, 2010 12:11AM) (new)

Mandapanda Just want to shout out a big **WELCOME** to all the fantastic people that joined the group in August. It's great that you're here. Feel free to add to or start a discussion or just enjoy lurking around!
Noiresque
Michael
Moman
Vicki
Johann
Karra
Me!
Karen
Bree
Jim
MzSkye
John
Tara
Holly
Rachel
Leo
Adele
Nicola
Kyla
Kat at Book Thingo
Joanne
Andrew
Cheryl
Rick
Glenda
Jem
Dee-Ann
Kate
Jaimey
Vicki
Katherine
Anna
Shelleyrae
Lisa
Jenny
Helene
Zosia
19Destinies
Tamara
Miffy
Bronwyn
Kylie
Holly
Sandy
Anna
Jodie
Brittanybubblygum (Great name!)
Tracey
Lexxie
Ranjeet
Jan
Schelle
Meg
Kevin
Rhea
Joanne
Lauren
Polk
Renee
Carolyn
Julie
Lilly
Jaime
Jason
Mandi
Nik
Ken
Karen
Bethany

You all get a gold star. :)


message 27: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day Bree & Stephanie & welcome (-:


message 28: by Colleen (new)

Colleen O'grady | 36 comments G'day, I am Colleen O'Grady and have been a member of th emain goodreads until Mandy invited me here. I read an awfulk lot of books, am a writer and poet, and even come fourth in a lyric contest. I have lived in Wynnum Queensland for the past six years, and the rest of my life, nearly 60 years of it, in good ol' Westoz, a state i love and know very well, for I have extensively travelled all over it and even in the top half did an in-depth study of th ehistorical geography of the area...and that's enough about me


message 29: by Anna (new)

Anna (AnnaCampbell) Rick wrote: "Thanks Mandy for the invite- so happy to be a member of this great Group!!!
Rick
Founder: THE JAMES MASON CLASSIC BRITISH BOOK CLUB"


Rick, great to see you here! Love the JMCBBC!


message 30: by Anna (new)

Anna (AnnaCampbell) Hi guys! I'm Anna Campbell and I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and I write romance for a living. Looking forward to the discussions here! Mandy, thanks for inviting me to join!


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day Colleen & Anna, welcome (-:


message 32: by Anna (new)

Anna (AnnaCampbell) David wrote: "G'day Colleen & Anna, welcome (-:"

Thanks, David!


message 33: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 77 comments Hi. I've just joined in the past week. Love the buzz from this group particularly.

Kevin


message 34: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 77 comments Stephanie wrote: "Hi, I'm Stephanie. I'm an avid reader, which may have something to do with being frequently trapped indoors due to the notoriously awful Melburnian weather.

I read widely and voraciously in most g..."


Hi Stephanie,

Just looked at the site you run. Looking forward to picking up some good reads from it.

Kevin


message 35: by Jade (new)

Jade Archer | 3 comments Hi everyone. My name is Jade and it's very nice to meet you all. I'm an Aussie (I live on the Sunshine Coast) and I love to read and write romance and erotica.

Wow! Mandy! You've been working hard. Congratulations. It's looking good.


message 36: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Thanks Jade, Hey you're just up the road from me (Redcliffe)! The sunshine coast is gorgeous.:)


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day Kevin & Jade, welcomw eh!


message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day Mandy, did you notice my other poem in the Aboriginal literacy day page.


message 39: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda David that poem is so beautiful! My favorite is the 2nd last verse. When I think of the stolen generation I think of the kids but you're right, so many women were taken as well. I also love how each verse is started with the same sentence. It gives it a real musical quality. Thanks for posting it!! I think we're going to have to make you the Official Aussie Readers Poet Laureate!!


message 40: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Julie wrote: "My name is Julie. I live in Melbourne (last day of winter today. Yay!!!!). I like to read, but try to keep it in mode..."

Hi Julie,
I was checking our your book Arachnids in our currently reading section. It didn't have a blurb so I found one on a book site and added it (hope you don't mind). The site described you as "Australian children's writer, former zoologist and zoo keeper". Can I just say WOW! If I believed in reincarnation I would want to come back as you. Writer, Zoologist and Zookeeper - what a job description! :)


message 41: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Klehr (goodreadscomkevink) | 77 comments David wrote: "G'day Kevin & Jade, welcomw eh!"

Thank you David


message 42: by Jade (new)

Jade Archer | 3 comments Thanks for the welcome Mandy and David. Nice to meet some neighbours :)


message 43: by Amber (new)

Amber (elfkingdom) | 366 comments Hi Mandy, thanks for the invite! My name's Amber, and I live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, S.A. I've been writing for years, and my debut novel (only recently released) was begun back in 1999 while I was working on my Year 12 exams! Writing and reading has been a lifelong passion for me, and it's great to see so many Aussies here. (Shameless plug here, in case anyone's interested: my novel is a fantasy sci-fi called Enchantment's Deception, and is the first in a series of 5.) Nice to meet you all!


message 44: by Michael (new)

Michael Flanagan (Loboz) Hi all and thanks for the invite Mandy. My name is Michael and I am a Taswegian my passion in reading is History. Look forward to joining in on group discussions.


message 45: by Colleen (new)

Colleen O'grady | 36 comments thanks David....


message 46: by Colleen (new)

Colleen O'grady | 36 comments Jade wrote: "Hi everyone. My name is Jade and it's very nice to meet you all. I'm an Aussie (I live on the Sunshine Coast) and I love to read and write romance and erotica.

Wow! Mandy! You've been working ha..."


Jade wrote: "Hi everyone. My name is Jade and it's very nice to meet you all. I'm an Aussie (I live on the Sunshine Coast) and I love to read and write romance and erotica.

Wow! Mandy! You've been working ha..."


and I am just up the coast at bayside


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

G'day Amber & Michael, welcome. unfortunately I live in such a crappy place, named Cairns LOL!!!


message 48: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Michael wrote: "Hi all and thanks for the invite Mandy. My name is Michael and I am a Taswegian my passion in reading is History. Look forward to joining in on group discussions."

That history group looks fascinating Michael! If you've got any recommendations for Aussie history books please let me know or feel free to add them to the history section in our group bookshelf! :)


message 49: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Colleen wrote: "and I am just up the coast at bayside

Howdy neighbour! ;)


message 50: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Amber wrote: "Hi Mandy, thanks for the invite! My name's Amber, and I live in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, S.A. I've been writing for years, and my debut novel (only recently released) was begun back in 199..."

Hi Amber, I've added your name to our author list and your book looks fantastic! Enchantment's Deception


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