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message 1: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Summer is finally here, and we want to celebrate making it through winter, suffering from hayfever in the spring (even though the floral display was magnificent) and now getting ready for a New Year!

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Festivals during Summer in Australia http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index...

1. Celebrate Australia! Choose a book from one of our Aussie authors for this one. http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

2. Lighten the load! We’ve all been complaining about it. Those mountainous TBR shelves! Choose one book from your TBR list.

3. Food! We all love food, and the summer fare is delightful! Choose a book relating to summery foods, salads, barbeques, pavlova, recipes, anything where summery foods might be a topic or even the title! http://www.goodreads.com/search?query...
http://www.booktopia.com.au/search.ep...

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4. Choose a book with a word related to SUMMER in the title (e.g. summer, heat, beach, holidays etc., I‘m sure you can think of many examples) OR a book that the story is set during summer http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/39...
http://www.dymocks.com.au/Search/resu...

5. Australia Day is on the 26th January, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australi...) so find something relating to the First Fleet, a National Day, family bbqs and get togethers, even Anzac biscuits...anything relating to our special day.

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6. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is held in February. http://www.mardigras.org.au/ It’s one of the largest festivals in the world and is a major draw card for Aussie tourism. So choose a book with a gay character or written by a gay author.

7. Christmas is almost upon us, and we will be hearing continual Christmas Carols from now on. Find a book about Christmas, but make sure there's reference somewhere to Carols in the story! e.g. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53...
http://www.goodreads.com/search?query...

8. New Release...choose a book which is released between 1st December, 2011 and 28th February 2012...it doesn't have to be by an Aussie author! See if you can find a KIWI author for this one..it'll give you a new author to try! (it's ok if you can't, as long as it's a new release) http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/82...
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/13...
http://www.booksellers.co.nz/book-new...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

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9. Have you checked out the excellent Literature Map website http://www.literature-map.com/? Type in the name of a favourite author, choose the author closest to him/her and select one of their books to read.

10. It’s Valentine’s Day in February! Choose a book with a touch of Romance. You'll be sure to find one you like from http://www.goodreads.com/search?q=Rom.... But feel free to interpret 'Romance' however you want. Could be romance, love of family or friends, love of a cause, country or even God. As long as it's a significant theme in the story it's OK.:)

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ENJOY A WONDERFUL SUMMER'S READING


message 2: by Michael (last edited Nov 14, 2011 03:59PM) (new)


message 3: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Wow Knowledge!! That is amazingly quick!! I only put it up 15 minutes ago:D


message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) It was easier than the Spring challenge


message 5: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Knowledge Lost wrote: "It was easier than the Spring challenge"

You are certainly right there!!


message 6: by Laura (new)

Laura | 4298 comments Will have to give this one a bit of a think of what books I own! :)


message 7: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Laura wrote: "Will have to give this one a bit of a think of what books I own! :)"

*love your cute little avatar Laura*


Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 12 comments Im In :) I love This Challenge!!


message 9: by Kate (new)

Kate (ficthoughts) | 69 comments I'm in but I'm a procrastinator. I'll wait till the start of December to come up with my books. :)


message 10: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Wonderful Ang and Kate:)


message 11: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Knowledge, I'm trying to work out the Food one for #3, how does yours tie in?


Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 12 comments Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol


message 13: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol"


I'm having trouble with that one too!!!


Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 12 comments Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol"

I'm having trouble with that one too!!!"


Yeah i am too, any luck yet??


message 15: by Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (last edited Nov 13, 2011 11:02PM) (new)

Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 12 comments 1. Celebrate Australia
Happy Birthday, Nancy Tobin

2. Lighten the load! TBA

3. Food! ??

4. Choose a book with a word related to SUMMER in the title (e.g. summer, heat, beach, holidays etc., I‘m sure you can think of many examples) OR a book that the story is set during summer At Piper's Point


5. Australia Day

6. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Where You Least Expect It

7. Christmas

8. New Release Darker After Midnight Or Angels' Flight

9. Have you checked out the excellent Literature Map I Put in Lorelei James And got Shayla Black
Going to read Wicked Ties

10.Valentines Day


message 16: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Jan 07, 2012 06:57PM) (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Here's my list so far:

1. Celebrate Australia! Choose an Aussie author... The Indigo Sky by Alison Booth

2. Lighten the load! A book from TBR list... The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

3. Food!..a book relating to summery foods, salads, barbeques, pavlova, recipes,.. Cherry Pie (thanks David)

4. ...word related to SUMMER in the title Outback Heart by Joanne van Os ★★★★★

5. Australia Day... True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

6. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras..choose a book with a gay character or written by a gay author The Retribution by Val McDermid ★★★★

7. book about Christmas,with Carols in the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8. New Release..maybe KIWI, doesn't have to be Aussie ...TBA

9. Literature Map..I put in Lisa Gardner, (love this website:).. Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline

10. Valentine’s Day...a book with a touch of Romance... Bloody Valentine by James Patterson ★★★★


message 17: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol"

I'm having trouble with that one too!!!"

Yeah i am..."


No, I'll have to keep working on it...that and the NR..#8. I might end up reading a recipe book. Ha!!


Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews (pnrbookloverreviews) | 12 comments Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol"

I'm having trouble with that one..."


I will let you know if i find anything for both..lol
We might both end up reading recipe books LMAO


message 19: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) Brenda wrote: "Knowledge, I'm trying to work out the Food one for #3, how does yours tie in?"

The Slap was about a barbecue and a Felafel is something that reminds me of summer food


message 20: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Nov 13, 2011 10:51PM) (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Knowledge Lost wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Knowledge, I'm trying to work out the Food one for #3, how does yours tie in?"

The Slap was about a barbecue and a Felafel is something that reminds me of summer food"


Oh that's right...I'd forgotten that about The Slap...focused on the story..lol


message 21: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Brenda wrote: "~♡♥Ang ♥♡~ wrote: "Im going to try and pick mine now :)
Im up to the Food one.. havent read a food book before i dont think..lol"

I'm having troubl..."


Ha! Well they wouldn't be hard to read...>.<


message 22: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Im in what a great challenge this will be. Will compile my list abit later tonight. :)


message 23: by Megan (new)

Megan | 114 comments It is really hard to find books with Christmas carols in them - I actually went looking in my e-book library and just searched them for "carol" - I got a few hits - I don't think it counts that The Bell Jar talks about her dissapointment in the LACK of carols at Christmas! Think I'll choose Invisible Man though :) I found a paragraph of carolling in there :)


message 24: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Megan wrote: "It is really hard to find books with Christmas carols in them - I actually went looking in my e-book library and just searched them for "carol" - I got a few hits - I don't think it counts that [bo..."

Megan, would you be able to help out with a link for a new release by a Kiwi author? I have searched the links I put up, and can't find anything....


Talking about the Christmas Carol book, I went to [book:A Christmas Carol|5326], and was amazed to see you could actually download the ebook, which I did, so I now have it to read, instead of having to get it from the library!


message 25: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Im in what a great challenge this will be. Will compile my list abit later tonight. :)"

Looking forward to seeing your list Michael!


message 26: by ★ Jess (last edited Nov 14, 2011 01:31AM) (new)

★ Jess  | 3068 comments Celebrate Australia!
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Lighten the load!
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Food!
TBA

...related to SUMMER
A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Australia Day...
Liar by Justine Larbalestier (Aussie author)

A gay character or written by a gay author.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

... Christmas Carols
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

New Release...
TBA

Literature Map...
TBA

Valentine’s Day...
The Dead of Night by John Marsden (well, I heard there was a sex scene in here, which implies romance, right?)


message 27: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (last edited Nov 14, 2011 01:31AM) (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Great list Jess....I was waiting with baited breath to see what you had for #3!!!


message 28: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Ok here we go.

1. Nowhere Man by John M. Green

2. Hell on the Way to Heaven by Chrissie Foster

3. The Secret Ingredient by Dianne Blacklock

4. TBA

5. TBA

6. TBA

7. TBA

8. TBA (Bit of a theme going on here.)

9. Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline

10. Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy

Ill have to think about the others. :)


message 29: by Laura (new)

Laura | 4298 comments Brenda wrote: "Laura wrote: "Will have to give this one a bit of a think of what books I own! :)"

*love your cute little avatar Laura*"


Ty :) Baby bunny :D

Interesting lists ppl are posting. I'm still thinking of mine.


message 30: by David (new)

David (tasbooklover) | 151 comments Hi guys, thanks for setting up another seasonal challenge. My tentative list as follows:

1. Aussie Author - Kiss of Death by P.D. Martin

2. TBR List - Dead Set: An Inspector Chen Novel by Kel Robertson

3. Food - Cherry Pie by Leigh Redhead

4. Summer - Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood

5. Australia Day - The Aussie Bible by Kel Richards

6. Gay Author/Character - Dream Stuff: Stories by David Malouf

7. Christmas Carols - The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

8. New Release - TBA

9. Literature Map (Michael Robotham) - Tell No One by Harlan Coben

10. Romance - Love You More by Lisa Gardner


message 31: by Kylie (last edited Jan 24, 2012 01:39AM) (new)

Kylie COMPLETED - 24/1/2012

1. Aust Author - DEAD ish By Naomi Kramer 14/12/11 (2 stars)

2. TBR Shelf - Destined By P.C. Cast 26/12/11 (4 stars)

3. Food - Chili Con Corpses By J.B. Stanley 4/12/11 (4 stars)

4. Summer - The Summer of Riley By Eve Bunting 9/01/2012 (4 stars)

5. Australia Day - The Book Of The Bush - George Dunderdale. By George Dunderdale (1 star) I couldn't finish this book, it jumped around so much it got exhausting to read.

5. Australia Day - Esty's Gold By Mary Arrigan - Changed book as i couldn't finish the orginal choice. 19/12/11 (4 stars)

6. Gay Author/Character - The Catcher in the Rye By JD Salinger 13/12/11 (3 stars)

7. Christmas Carols - A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens 1/12/2011 (4 stars)

8. New Release - Yellow Eyes by Sonya Lee 24/1/2012 (4 stars)

9. Literature Map - Rain By VC Andrews 5/12/11 (4 stars)

10. Romance - Safe Harbor By Judith Arnold 17/12/11 (4 stars)


message 32: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
David wrote: "Hi guys, thanks for setting up another seasonal challenge. My tentative list as follows:

1. Aussie Author - Kiss of Death by P.D. Martin

2. TBR List - [book:Dead Se..."


Love your list David...thanks heaps for #3..I've just reserved it at my library:) Never read any of them, so hopefully I'll like them:)


message 33: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Ok here we go.

1. Nowhere Man by John M. Green

2. Hell on the Way to Heaven by Chrissie Foster

3. [book:The Secret Ingredien..."


Looks good Michael!!


message 34: by David (new)

David (tasbooklover) | 151 comments Thanks Brenda - we tend to like the same stuff :) I'm looking forward to reading Harlan Coben. I know you like him, so I am sure i will also.


message 35: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
David wrote: "Thanks Brenda - we tend to like the same stuff :) I'm looking forward to reading Harlan Coben. I know you like him, so I am sure i will also."

Certainly do:) Yes, we do, don't we...lol


message 36: by Mish (last edited Jan 26, 2012 06:46PM) (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Here's my list

1 Celebrate Australia - Come Back to Me by Sara Foster

2 Lighten the Load - Life of Pi byYann Martel FINISHED 4 STARS

3 Food - Rhubarb by Craig Silvey

4 Summer - The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt FINISHED 4 STARS

5 Australia Day - Last Summer by Kylie Ladd (reference to Cricket & BBQ's I think) READING

6 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras - Lover Unleashed byJ.R. WardFINISHED 4 STARS

7 Christmas - TBA

8 New Release - TBA

9 Literature Map - Isobelle Carmody got John Marsden to read Tomorrow, When the War Began

10 Valentine's Day - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra ManningFINISHED 3 STARS


message 37: by Brit (last edited Feb 21, 2012 03:23AM) (new)

Brit McCarthy | 11 comments Its been ages since I've done a challenge! Here we go..

1. The Unknown Terrorist: A Novel
2. Where She Went
3. The Grapes of Wrath The closest thing in my TBR to a summer food :/ since I decided I would use this challenge to try and knock some more off
4. The Sun Also Rises
5. The Potato Factory
6. Unbearable Lightness
7. Skipping Christmas
8. Under the Never Sky
9. Whose Body? Agatha Christie led me to Dorothy L Sayers
10. The Choice


message 38: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Brit wrote: "Its been ages since I've done a challenge! Here we go..

1. A Rose for the ANZAC Boys
2. Where She Went
3. The Grapes of Wrath The closest thing in my ..."


Fantastic list Brit! You have filled each spot! Well done:)


message 39: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments I've just edit my list for #3 'Food' and added

Rhubarb by Craig Silvey


message 40: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Mish wrote: "I've just edit my list for #3 'Food' and added

Rhubarb by Craig Silvey"


Well done Mish:)


message 41: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) Mish wrote: "I've just edit my list for #3 'Food' and added

Rhubarb by Craig Silvey"


what happened to waiting Mish?


message 42: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Thanks Brenda. I'm almost there. I'm struggling to find one for #7 Christmas but I'll keep searching :)

@ Brit - your #7 looks good so far
Skipping Christmas


message 43: by Mish (new)

Mish | 3495 comments Knowledge Lost wrote: "Mish wrote: "I've just edit my list for #3 'Food' and added

Rhubarb by Craig Silvey"

what happened to waiting Mish?"


Changed my mind……plus Brenda had a good point, if you post a list you might help others with their choices


message 44: by Michael (new)

Michael (knowledgelost) That is a good point, Nice to see a use for Brenda after all :P

I've got my list up but it would probably change


message 45: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Knowledge Lost wrote: "That is a good point, Nice to see a use for Brenda after all :P

I've got my list up but it would probably change"


Oooh you are a cheeky thing aren't you;P

Your list is allowed to change....I've already had help from David with his list on one I had missing....


message 46: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Brenda wrote: "Michael wrote: "Ok here we go.

1. Nowhere Man by John M. Green

2. Hell on the Way to Heaven by Chrissie Foster

3. [book:The Secret..."


Thanks Brenda and i did the same as you for #9 put in Lisa Gardner and got Lisa Scottoline. :D


message 47: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Brenda wrote: "Michael wrote: "Ok here we go.

1. Nowhere Man by John M. Green

2. Hell on the Way to Heaven by Chrissie Foster
..."


The one we both bought at the same shop in Norwood:D


message 48: by Michael (new)

Michael (michaelswensson) | 10592 comments Indeed ive been thinking i need to read that one for a while now.


message 49: by Brenda, Aussie Authors Queen (new)

Brenda | 66721 comments Mod
Michael wrote: "Indeed ive been thinking i need to read that one for a while now."

Me too...and now we can (at the beginning of December) hahaha!!!


message 50: by Mozette (new)

Mozette | 56 comments Over Christmas, I'll be spending my time here in Brisbane - and not at the coast - as I've heard it's going to rain. So, I'll have plenty of space to spread out and read! And Little Miss Stevie (my budgie) won't mind in the least if we stay home.
My reading isn't usually planned... so whatever you see me throw onto here is what I've read. However, what I'm getting into now is great!

1. '11-22-63' by Stephen King. The newest installment from this brilliant author. I bought it only last Friday and haven't been able to keep my hands off it! *sigh* time travelling books.... I love them! And I've hit the 100page mark; meaning that I'm going well! ;)


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