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In a Sunburned Country
In a Sunburned Country | Bill Bryson
A CLASSIC FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE SUMMER Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion along the Appalachian Trail resulted in the sublime national bestseller A Walk in the Woods. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in an entirely different place: Australia, the country that doubles as a continent, and a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiousity. Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging, and these beaming products of land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and constant sunshine fill the pages of this wonderful book. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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underground_bks
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Pickpick

I listened to this audiobook with my husband and in-laws on our way to and from Indiana for Thanksgiving, care of Libro.fm! Bill Bryson had us laughing hysterically every 20-30 minutes for 12 hours! I loved learning about the history, environment, culture, and geography of this utterly unique country/continent, while laughing at Bryson‘s misadventures along the way! 🦘

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TheKidUpstairs
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📚 In a Sunburned Country
📽 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
🎶 I'm On My Way - The Proclaimers

#ManicMonday @JoScho

RachelAmphlett Fab choices! 3mo
JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🧳 3mo
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jb72
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#24B4MONDAY #readathon #summer
The readathon starts tomorrow! We get an extra day this month too. The theme is summer, but remember this is about having fun (so you don‘t have to follow the theme). I‘ve listed above the books I hope to read during the readathon. I‘ve already started Hex and Oliver Twist (although I‘m not liking the narrator on OT). I‘m shooting for 24 hours. Feel free to join and have some fun! 🏖

SumisBooks Ooooo 😗 Hex was really good 6mo
Andrew65 A great stack, have fun and good luck. 😊👍 6mo
jb72 @TheReadingMermaid I‘m on chapter 5, and so far I like it. 6mo
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jb72 @Andrew65 Thanks! 6mo
Bklover I loved Hex! It was one of those I didn‘t expect to like. 6mo
jb72 @Bklover Good to know....so far I like it. 6mo
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jb72
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#24B4MONDAY #readathon #summertime
The August Readathon is fast approaching. Time flies when you‘re having fun reading. This month‘s theme is summertime! Dust off all of those summer books you‘ve been meaning to read: books about summer, the beach, great summer covers, vacations, etc. Remember the theme is for added fun...you do not need to follow the theme to participate. Plus we are getting an extra read day this month! August 23 to August 26.

Andrew65 Should be great fun. 😊🤗 6mo
jb72 @Andrew65 agreed! Really looking forward to it. 6mo
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Melzyrose90
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So, I am currently listening to "In A Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson and loving it, but I have some questions ... Like why Australia has a snail that can kill a human?...

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cswaingiggles
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Reading this book on the recommendation of a client and already laughing out loud by the start of the second chapter and learned about two very different, but both entirely new to me, topics in the first chapter. I will have to force myself to not stay up all night reading this one as I have training for a new job around sunrise tomorrow morning. 💀

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Abby2
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Pickpick

A really funny travelogue of Australia. I love the history he includes.

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RamsFan1963
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Of course when I hear #DownUnder, I have to think of the classic 80s song by Men At Work

#WanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Bklover And now it‘s stuck in my head!🎶🎵😉 (edited) 8mo
Swe_Eva That was my brother and his wife‘s wedding dance. 😂 Not very romantic, but it was the first song they danced to when they first met, so it had to have a major part in the wedding. 8mo
rretzler 💕 8mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve always wanted to try a vegemite sandwich 😜 8mo
RamsFan1963 @Cinfhen Don't!!! It tastes like gack!! Vile nasty stuff, I couldn't keep it down 8mo
Centique @Cinfhen @RamsFan1963 the secret is to spread it super thin. Like 1/3rd of a teaspoon, maybe even less, its just scraped on barely. It mixes in with the butter. Great when you add cheese on top and then melt it! We all laugh when we see Americans slathering it on 🤢 (edited) 8mo
BarbaraBB Great song! Is vegemite similar to marmite, @Centique ? 8mo
RamsFan1963 @Centique That was my mistake, way too much it was overpowering!! Its not the worst thing I've ever eaten, that would be durian fruit from the Philippines. Oh. My. God!! What a nightmare that was!! 8mo
Centique @BarbaraBB yes! Almost exactly the same although I prefer vegemite. 8mo
Centique @RamsFan1963 I‘ve heard that about durian. Haven‘t tried it yet though 😬 I think maybe I should avoid it 😂😂 8mo
RamsFan1963 @Centique I would if I was you. The texture is creamy but it tastes like $#!+ in your mouth and smells like rotting flesh. 8mo
Cinfhen Ha @RamsFan1963 I‘ve heard it‘s NASTY!!! But now @Centique has given us an insider‘s tip 👍🏻 (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen Ugh!!! Is Vegemite the equivalent of American Spam??? 8mo
RamsFan1963 @Cinfhen Hey don't knock spam!! Spam, ramen noodles and neon orange Kraft mac & cheese got me through college 8mo
Cinfhen The 3 food groups of college and beer! 8mo
rwmg I ❤ durian 8mo
RamsFan1963 @rwmg Really?! I admire you then sir, you have a cast iron stomach and a nose of steel. 8mo
BarbaraBB Spam is meat in a tin isn‘t it? That sounds even less attractive than durian 😂 8mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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How many have you tried? (Or need explained if you don‘t hail from Australia?)

FlowerFairy I‘ve tried, and love, Tim Tams 💜 8mo
CouronneDhiver Vegemite is awful. Lol 8mo
Oblomov26 All of them and vegemite is wonderful 8mo
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GripLitGrl I've only tried vegemite & i am not a fan 😝 8mo
sisilia I‘ve tried all and omg I really miss choc mud cake 😍 8mo
AsYouWish I haven‘t tried any of them but I have heard that Tim Tams are amazing and would love to try them someday!!! (edited) 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CouronneDhiver, so awful you commented twice 😂 I love Vegemite! 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @FlowerFairy, there are so many variations now 🤩 I‘m always glad when someone buys a packet and leaves it on the workroom table... then I get to try the flavours I wouldn‘t buy 😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @sisilia, ahhh! The supermarket mud cake 😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Oblomov26, yessss! Vegemite forever! 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @GripLitGrl, did you do it right?! Whenever I see YouTube videos of people trying it - it‘s always way too much - it‘s not Nutella and should never be licked off a spoon (edited) 8mo
AlaMich Tim Tams!!❤️ 8mo
Susanita Tim Tams yum! Vegemite bleh. 8mo
LeahBergen Tim Tams! ❤️❤️ 8mo
CarolynM When my daughter was in the US last year I got a phone call asking me to send Tim Tams and Mint Slice (she took a tube of vegemite with her 😂) 8mo
LaraS My Aussie cousin introduced me to Tim Tam Slams...my life has never been the same. 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM, I always forget to pack Vegemite when I travel and I‘m sad about it every time. My grandpa is awesome tho and comes to the airport with a Vegemite and cheese sandwich for me 😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LaraS ... I‘m probably living my life wrong but I‘ve never done a tim tam slam 😅🥺 8mo
Lindy What about Iced Vovos? We can get Tim Tams and Vegemite here in Edmonton but no Iced Vovo biscuits. 😕 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Lindy, ooooh! I haven‘t seen them for awhile... I‘ll have a look next time I‘m in the supermarket 8mo
Lindy @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I don‘t know why I like them so much. Memories of Brisbane, I guess. 8mo
Centique Oh my gosh - you have to do a Tim Tam Slam they‘re the best chocolate experience of all time! 😍 PS I love vegemite very thinly spread. When we were kids (nz) we‘d have white bread sandwiches with vegemite and chips crushed in there - the best! Damn my healthy adult eating 😂😂 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Centique, I will, I will... next time a packet appears on the work table, I‘ll rustle up a hot chocolate! (edited) 8mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Centique, yay! I‘m glad you like Vegemite! And know about chip sandwiches 🤩😂 haven‘t had one in years. Sometimes you need a dose of salt and that would definitely deliver... (and white bread gets a bad wrap but I feel like it‘s actually fine? Even supermarket bread has come a long way in quality since the 90s) 8mo
Centique We do a Tim Tam slam with tea - unless you don‘t like tea, then maybe try coffee? Might be crazy sweet with hot chocolate. 😬 8mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Mehso-so

Struggled through Sunburned Country. I had just finished Sully. Library Books. Both Book Club reads that weren't for me. Way to much Real Life.
Favorite things this month 5th Gender and Unmarriageable.📚
#mymonthinbooks #may #stats

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 💖📚💖 9mo
GlassAsDiamonds Had to google Sunburned Country - it had about four names I think (I know it as Down Under 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😂). Why the struggle? It‘s one of my favourites but I know people who have hated it with a passion (and my Australian grandfather was mortified because he thought it was too negative...). What‘s the gardening one? 9mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GlassAsDiamonds I'm not sure. Too many facts at first. I just couldn't seem to get interested. I did like part in Victoria.I think part of the problem it was a busy month. Very little time to set in read. I just couldn't settle in. 9mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GlassAsDiamonds Backyard was Gardening one. It had funny moments; especially since I know a few crazy obsessive gardening types. It wasn't a hold your attention stay up all night read. I kept setting aside when something new came in. Finally finished last few Chapters. 9mo
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steph_phanie
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Started my 5th book of 2019 this morning! Really excited for this one after our recent trip down under!

#nowreading #booklover #whatareyoureading #currentread #bookworm #billbryson #australia #travel #inasunburnedcountry #travelwriting #booknerd #kangaroos #paperback

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LibLib
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Mehso-so

Over meh book. Loved learning about Australia but this book is now 20 years old so a bit out of date. At least it‘s now off my TBR shelf! 🇦🇺 #reading #firstbookof2019 #tbr #ilovelearning

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LibLib
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I saw a similar story on Facebook and thought it was something cute, funny and made up as there was no reference of where it came from....THEN I stumbled across this while reading! Such a funny story which I‘m happy to say is true and definitely teaches you a valuable lesson: Work as early as you can. 😄😝😬 #truestory

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cinann
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Some of the blue books on my tbr, along with my blue blanket.

#31bookpics @howjessreads
#litsyclassics @Sarah83

Reecaspieces Nice stack 1y
cinann @Reecaspieces Thank you 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Visit #Australia with any American travel writer, or cozy up with a book by an Aussie author (you can even bring the kids). Feeling hungry? A recipe from an Australian cookbook should do the trick!

#AugustisaTrip @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still need to read !! 1y
vkois88 👍👍👍 1y
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captainpunchmerica
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#riotgrams Day 4 - Travels and Adventures! I love this book and since it‘s about Australia it felt like Egg the shark should get a cameo

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Craftylikefox
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1. I have only been on a plane once when I was 29. I enjoy traveling by car just because I love checking everything out. I would love some day to take a ride on a train.
2. I have never really traveled at all in my life. Any place I have really been has been in New England. I enjoy my yearly Salem, MA trip. I would love to see our National Parks.
3. Nope, I can‘t afford to yet. I have plans to go down to Salem and see friends ☺️
#trivialthursday

GarthRanzz We‘re going to try and hit Rocky Mountain National Park and add a stamp to our Park‘s passport that we started last year. 2y
Craftylikefox @GarthRanzz that‘s so awesome!!! I am jealous. I hope you can do it and have an amazing time ☺️ 2y
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Morr_Books
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I enjoy the mix of travelogue, anecdotes and history in Bill Bryson's writing. This book on Australia was most enjoyable and very funny at times. However, you may not think so if you are from Canberra, love cricket, and own/work at the hotel where Bryson stated that he would "sooner have bowel surgery in the woods with a stick" than ever stay there again. ? Can't wait to visit Australia someday.

Traci1 If you haven't already read it, I highly recommend his A Walk in the Woods (especially the audiobook). One of the funniest books ever. 2y
kamoorephoto This is my FAVORITE Bill Bryson book! 2y
Morr_Books @Traci1 that one was my first Bryson. I love it when an author can make travel writing so enjoyable and educational. His sarcastic humor is the best! 2y
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Howseldomtheydo
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Hughmc
Pickpick

Great book!

Foxyfictionista Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Hughmc Thanks!! 2y
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Hughmc

Loved this book. Must read for anyone planning a trip ‘down under‘.

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CherryPie
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🎈There's a weather balloon reference in one of Mark Frost's Twin Peaks books.
📚 Steinbeck or Bryson.
🍔 Lettuce wrapped burgers!
📖 Kim Gordon memoir, maybe. It all runs together.

#weekendchat @CSeydel

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Oryx
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An actual warm day! Bill Bryson makes me laugh out loud.

jhod Doesn't look like that down here! 😔 2y
AmyG That looks lovely. We just got 6 in of snow. :( 2y
TrishB Lovely 💕 2y
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Zelma Gotta love Bill Bryson! He‘s currently getting me out a reading slump. 2y
Kaye Green grass and blue sky ! Looks great. 2y
Oryx @Zelma he's so funny. I really like the audio versions, the narrator really makes me smile with his delivery 2y
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Leah
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Day 15 of #riotgrams - hot books.

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Bkwrm7
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1. My Little Pony
2. I don't read a lot of non-fiction so I'm counting Bill Bryson's travelogues as memoirs. I still remember listening to In a Sunburned Country when I was in high school with my family on vacation and laughing so hard.
3. Chocolate ice cream. Other ice cream is fine.
4. Extra reading time while recovering from minor knee surgery at the end of the month.

#friyayintro

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GinEyre22
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emtobiasz
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I'm so pleased with this #secretsantagoespostal package! @GlassAsDiamonds thank you so much! I'm excited for Phryne and the Valentes (they've been on my list!), keen to hear more about Australia from Bill Bryson, and amazed that you found a YA one I've never heard of! The bookmark and ornament and tote are so great too, plus the Sherlock journal-- what a lovely bunch of stuff!

emtobiasz Thanks also to the organizers @Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe ! 2y
MrBook Wow! 😳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻 2y
JenlovesJT47 Phryne is the best!!! 🤗 2y
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LeahBergen 😍😍 2y
GlassAsDiamonds I‘m so glad you liked them! I was a little worried I may have just sent all the things I love!!! 😊😊😊😊 2y
GlassAsDiamonds @GondorGirl me too!! It took me a little while to get into it but by the end I was so impressed at the original concept and really enjoyed it! 😊 2y
Avanders 😍😍 2y
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GinEyre22
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TheJOMOreader
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Bought this 15 years ago when I was bound and determined to study abroad in Australia. That never worked out, but we‘re leaving next month for a sunburned country vacation, so I‘m finally getting around to reading it!

annalibris I hope you like it. It‘s one of my all-time favorites, and so funny! 2y
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GinEyre22
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#uncannyoctober Day 2: Non fiction about a country I want to visit

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Howseldomtheydo
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Cberbs
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My first exposure to Bill Bryson. I‘m reading this in the van each day while waiting for my oldest to be dismissed from school

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Lcsmcat
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Marchpane
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A pic of the overgrown backyard at dusk. You can just make out a thunderstorm rolling in and the colony of bats hanging out in the gum tree.

#ThisIsNotAmerica #SeptemBowie

LeahBergen Bats in a gum tree? I love it! 2y
Marchpane @LeahBergen they also like the mango tree (not pictured) 😂 2y
LeahBergen I've read about gum trees but have never seen one! 2y
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Cathythoughts So beautiful 2y
RealLifeReading How beautiful! 2y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous! 🌳🦇 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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AmandaL
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Pickpick

This was a fantastic travel book packed with lots of interesting bits and funny anecdotes. It talks history, science, architecture, culture. It's narrated by the author. The more I listened, the more I liked it, and the more I wanted to visit Australia. I'll definitely be reading more of Bryson's books. #audiobook 🇦🇺 🐨

Centique I've read 5 Brysons and they're all good so far. Must read this one, we pop across to Australia almost every year to see friends and family. 2y
AmandaL @Centique That's good to hear. I hope you like this one too! 2y
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jenlbean
Pickpick

Awesome. Half travel guide, half middle aged man rambling about random but fascinating facts and opinions.

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jenlbean
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This book is so great! Every page is packed with fascinating facts and a humor that is irreverent and relatable. I love it!

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AmandaL
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I started this #audiobook a few weeks ago and wasn't sure what to think. Now I'm solidly entertained, and I want to visit Australia. #currentlyreading #currentlylistening

8leagueboot This made me laugh so hard in traffic!! Still my all time favorite audiobook experience. 3y
AmandaL @8leagueboot Awesome! 3y
Debiw781 His books are always entertaining 3y
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AmandaL @Debiw781 This is my first by him. 3y
Debiw781 @AmandaL Glad you're enjoying it! 😊 3y
Booksnchill Just finished this myself- very fun listen! 3y
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jenlbean
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Trying a different genre of book. I need something funny and light after The Wise Man's Fear.

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AmyJ
Mehso-so

Bill's dry wit as he explores Australia will make you want to immediately plan a trip to Australia and at the same time get your affairs in order in case you don't make it back. If you like travel books, this is a great read. If you're not, it's probably one of the better ones out there.

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julesG
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Nearly 8 hours ago, @BarbaraTheBibliophage tagged me for #bookcolortag and wanted to see some yellow. Tricky colour, as you can see.

I grabbed two children's books to add to my sorry stack.

Now who could I tag?
@Martta @Amy-Laura @thegirlwiththelibrarybag - I'd like to see some light-blue.

Off to get coffee.

Martta Thanks! This seems so much fun! 😊 I'm going to do this tonight. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! Yellow is tough and you have more than I do!! 💛💛 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I'm away from my bookshelf for most of this month... I'll try and remember when I'm home 😅😁 3y
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julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag How can you be away from a bookshelf? It sounds awful, like torture. It's winter, down under, perfect time to read. 😉😀 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, I've changed hemispheres- and moved into summer! (Plus the bookshops in London are amazing!) 3y
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag You're telling me now!!! I was in London until last week! You're right about the bookshops, I loved browsing. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @julesG, did you buy many? I stumbled across a book fair yesterday and bought a first edition famous five and Paddington Bear 😍😁 3y
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I only bought what I could carry home, so only 6 books. But I bought 4 mugs, too; and tea. 😉 Where was the book fair? 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag 6 books is quite respectable! I've bought a small canister of tea, 5 tote bags and 2 magnets 😊 it was in Berkhamsted which we passed through (for morning tea) on our way to Oxford! 3y
julesG @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Well, I also bought yarn, a knitting basket and I think I emptied half of the shelves of the Paperchase store at King's Cross. I bought stickers and notepads and such. Then there was Neal's Yard Remedies at Neal's Yard (Seven Dials) and don't get me started at tote bags. Going to the UK is dangerous for my back. 😉 Will try to keep Berkhamsted in mind when travelling to Oxford the next time. It looks rurally cozy. 3y
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LouBeth
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I'm usually not very good about sticking to a monthly TBR list but since half of these are library books I'm really gonna try. #AugustLibrary17

howjessreads I've read 4 of 'em and loved them all! Great selection! 3y
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kuhkuhbird
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Panpan

The author's verbosity ruined everything. Between the constant 'fun-facts' and his annoying curmudgeon-esque humor, Bryson sucked out any redeeming qualities this book could have had. Talk about #readharder challenge.

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Can it be winter already!? 🔥🔥🔥 #WTForecast #melting

zsuzsanna_reads Let's trade! Horrid weather in the UK... 3y
vivastory 😂 3y
Books_Wine_Repeat @zsuzsanna_reads I'll take it, i don't even care what it is. 3y
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Lea
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Pickpick

This was an entertaining read. Despite being a few decades old, the scenery and people are still there. Some things are out dated but it made me want to hop a plane and go visit. Despite all the things that can kill you.

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GlassAsDiamonds
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"You see, Australia is an interesting place. It truly is. And that really is all I'm saying."

I love this book. I re-read it when I'm not feeling too homesick but want to remember all the good (& some of the not so good) bits of being at home. It's one of the best potted history's of Australia & manages to capture a lot of our spirit, even the bits we occasionally forget ourselves. Well, well worth the read, especially for the armchair traveler.

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UnabridgedTomes
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One more reason to love Publix: they just started carrying my favorite Australian cookie! Tag line: irresistible chocolatey happiness in a biscuit.

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GlassAsDiamonds
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Every once and a while, often when I've just been there and am not too homesick, I re-read this and laugh at us in our entirety. Tonight it's that we named the Gibson Desert after a companion of Ernest Giles called Alfred Gibson who got lost and disappeared there.... odd people we are Down Under!!! 😂😂😜

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kuhkuhbird
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"There you have cricket." I'd always wondered... thanks Bill! #tmyk #booksinthewild #bookriot #readharder

lycomayflower 😆 Love Bill Bryson! 3y
kuhkuhbird @lycomayflower This is my first. I look like a nut job laughing my way through this book. Such fun. Almost makes me want to go to Australia. 3y
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