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Librarybelle
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I‘m surprised I‘m the first one to review this - it came out in 2019! Set in #Australia, this is a dual timeline double mystery, with similar situations and some trigger warnings (see below). Abby finds an injured teen in the bushlands, which triggers some horrific memories for her. This is the stage for the slow reveal of the past and present, involving abduction, violence, and what it means to forgive. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ⬆️⬆️⬆️ I listened to this and had some trouble in the beginning identifying which storyline was being discussed - I think I would have followed along a lot better with print. It‘s a slow burn novel, with also a bit of romance. I liked it and would read more by Romer. TW: child abduction, violence towards children, abuse 4d
Librarybelle It‘s terrible to say this is my first for #ReadingOceania2024 ! @BarbaraBB 4d
Librarybelle #BBRC #Adult #OnceBittenTwiceShy - so many of these characters are grappling with their past and are afraid of falling into the same patterns, making the same mistakes, or even reliving the same nightmares. @LibrarianRyan 4d
BarbaraBB I only read one too so far 😱 3d
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I know we have a lot of great books to choose from, thanks to the participants! 3d
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Singout
Pickpick

A brilliant Australian novel about Vietnam-born Ky, the bridge between her parents and their new country, who when she is a young adult learns that her gifted brother has been brutally murdered. There is a thread of murder mystery here, with flashbacks to Ky‘s adolescence, but far more about immigration and mistrust of police, culture and race, teen friendships across class borders, and family struggles.
#ReadingOceania2024 #Australia

Librarybelle Great review! 1w
BarbaraBB Sounds so good! 1w
Singout Interesting parallels with Book of Goose regarding teen friendship between girls of different classes. 1w
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jenniferw88
The Survivors | Jane Harper
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Librarybelle I need to read this one! 3w
5feet.of.fury So good! 3w
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Hooked_on_books
Kastom: Arts of Vanuatu | Crispin Howarth
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Kastom looks at art from #Vanuatu as collected for the National Gallery of Australia. I found the art and materials used (often, tree ferns) quite interesting and found there to be a whimsy to much of the art.

#ReadingOceania2024

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Hooked_on_books
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In 1978, LA cop Bryan Vila went to #Micronesia as it was transitioning to independence to train the local police forces. This could have been a testosterone-fueled meathead of a book, but Vila clearly approached each of the 12 cultures with respect. There are also some quite funny moments. Highly recommend. Also works for #Palau and #MarshallIslands

#ReadingOceania2024

Librarybelle Love the quote! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle Me too! And it really exemplifies the book and his attitudes. He was such a good choice for this role, to get the policing of these new countries off on the right foot. Really respectful guy. 1mo
Librarybelle So good to know! 1mo
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Hooked_on_books
Tales of the Tikongs | Epeli Hau'ofa
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This slim book of short stories focuses on how outside pressures like development, religion, and more put stress on and encourage the alteration of island cultures. It‘s told with sly good humor. I read this slowly and think it might get a bit repetitive if read at a quicker pace.

#ReadingOceania2024 #PapuaNewGuinea

Librarybelle I see other reviews comment on the repetition. Good advice on reading slowly! 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
squirrelbrain Was it fiction or NF? How did it compare to We Are the Ocean? 2mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain We Are the Ocean is far better. This one is fiction and the last story, about the guy who is trying to do good work but hamstrung by what the aid organization wants to give him, is in both books. Several of the other stories have that same sly humor. 2mo
squirrelbrain Ah, yes, I recall that story! 😃 2mo
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Daisey
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I‘m enjoying and intrigued by this book that mixes New Zealand history with personal memoir.

I listened to quite a bit of it today while walking with Luthien. She‘s got a new tracking collar so she can spend more time off leash, and she very much enjoyed it today.

#FoodAndLit #NewZealand #ReadingOceania2024 #nonfiction #memoir #audiobook #audiowalk #DogsOfLitsy

Texreader I‘m glad you‘re liking it too 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 2mo
lynneamch She's adorable! 2mo
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UwannaPublishme Awww! 2mo
jitteryjane724 I'm going to New Zealand next month and now I really want to read this 2mo
Catsandbooks Aw sweet pup! ❤️🇳🇿 2mo
LeeRHarry I really enjoyed this when I read it years ago. 2mo
Daisey @lynneamch @UwannaPublishme @Catsandbooks Thanks! She is pretty adorable! 2mo
Daisey @Texreader @Librarybelle @jitteryjane724 @LeeRHarry I‘m finding it very interesting! 2mo
Daisey I finished this today and agree with many reviews I‘ve seen. It‘s interesting, but although I understand the reason for her own family history, it doesn‘t fit well as it is included. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Science writer Gabrielle Walker reveals #Antarctica, from the human history/present to the animals to the science being done on land, underwater and from space. This was a totally fascinating book sprinkled with good humor (as well as some harrowing happenings) that I absolutely loved. So glad I finally got to it!

#ReadingOceania2024 #ReadYourEbooks (14)

Librarybelle Sounds wonderful! 2mo
CBee Sounds great 😊 2mo
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Currey
Mister Pip | Lloyd Jones
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#readingoceania2024 #Papuanewguinea A story about the inspiration of teachers and their ability to open horizons through the love of a good book, in this case Great Expectations. However, set in the middle of an horrific and brutal civil war. Moving read.

Librarybelle Nice photo! 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. Can‘t remember the setting in Papua New Guinea or I would have saved it for the challenge 😀 2mo
Currey @BarbaraBB Yes, the author never actually mentions the name Papua New Guinea but he does names the towns, the cooper mines, and the civil war 2mo
BarbaraBB Clever choice!! 2mo
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KristiAhlers
Freelove | Sia Figiel
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I read this one for #ReadingOceania2024 for #Samoa. This is a coming of age love story and it's both lyrical and challenging to read and understand. Still, you will get so much culture and understanding of the people through their language. #bookspin @librarybelle @BarbaraBB @thearomaofbooks

Librarybelle I love books that really connect you with the setting and the culture! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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