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MariettaSG

MariettaSG

Joined August 2016

Catharsis is my standard for a great book; the ones that make me weep, laugh uncontrollably, or leave me pondering life and meaning are the best.
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Carpentaria: A Novel by Alexis Wright
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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
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Holy Bible: Zondervan Today's New International Version, Study Bible by Zondervan Publishing House, Kenneth L. Barker, John Henry Stek
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Presented as a conversation between a philosopher and a youth that explores Adler‘s psychology which to me appeared very common sense and resonated with with my attempts at parenting. For example explaining to children the futility of comparing themselves as they can never be the other person, rather to focus on what they can offer “contribute”. I am going to buy a copy as I believe I could read this each year and learn more. More Adler to read.❤️

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Read this because I am going to take children to see the theatre production. Another reasonable children's novel by Morpurgo.

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The The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Excellent novel that deals with the long, wide reaching and arduous aftermath that shakes a community when a member is raped. Terrible but well handled truth.

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So Much to Tell You | John Marsden
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As I read this I began to realise that I had read it before and remembered that I was disappointed the first time, most likely as a teenager. I was not as disappointed this time but can understand how my teenage self wanted to know more about the redevelopment of Marina‘s relationship with her father. I distinctly remember be annoyed at the relegation of her name and continue to feel that it should have not been given. That‘s all.

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Mehso-so

Straightforward guide on all the usual things you'd expect in a self help book - having a purpose, EQ over IQ, presentation skills, stress management, self image etc. etc. You don't need to read ever word and could easily use it to dip in and out of when you or friends are in need of some strategies.

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A great read if you are interested in social and cultural change. Debunked a lot of the cliches used in the media, politics or economics such as what “the market” thinks - the market doesn‘t think anything, it is a place where people trade, people think- also what “GDP” measures which doesn‘t include a huge part of voluntary services or general behaviours that are never nor can be financially measured. Want change? Make change based decisions!

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

'There are some men, especially of the simpler kind, that prefer their wives to be plain rather than handsome, as that sort buckles down to the work and complains less, and there is not great chance of their running off with another man, as what other man would go to the bother of stealing them?' 😂

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Convicted for a murder for which she has no memory Grace Marks' life story is told as she is interviewed 15+ years later by Dr Jordan, an early style of psychiatrist. The balance of humour and intrigue is wonderful as Atwood entertains through the candid, intelligent, yet self contained narrative voice of Grace as she comments on human nature, the medical profession, class and gender. Not to forget the historical importance of quilts.

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

"I am afraid he was very much indulged, not least by himself. For if the world treats you well, Sir, you come to believe you deserve it."
The essence of privilege?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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What is the collective noun for Doctors? Could it be... should it be... a murder of doctors?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Wise for her age.

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I tend to agree about religious fanaticism and alcohol but then wonder why either has such intense affect on some people...what is the predisposing cause?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

"People dressed in a certain kind of clothing are never wrong. Also they never fart.” ? hilarious but also painfully true.

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Genuine Fraud | E. Lockhart
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Not as good as We Were Liars, the obviously unreliable narration reduced the drama and mystery. Also the reverse order of events eventually annoyed me and I read the novel from ch1 to ch 19. It was a much better text in order.

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Found | Fleur Ferris
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Suddenly Beth's father goes missing in her small country town...is she who she thinks he is? Is she who she thinks she is? Entertaining read for your average 13-15 year olds. Quite action packed, not too deep.

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Too Afraid to Cry | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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Well known poet and author Ali Cobby Eckerman's moving and troubling story of her journey to find her place and people. Interspersed with poems that provide strong emotion, this text gives a straightforward account of how complicated life has been made to be for the Aboriginal people of Australia who were stolen. 😢 and 😀

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The Ghost's Child | Sonya Hartnett
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Read this again for work. It is such a wonderful book that challenges superficiality straight on. It is a beautifully written telling of a beautiful story that has a beautiful meaning. So rich with discussion of life, love, beauty, loss, self discovery...so mnay truths that are explored tenderly in this novel.

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Quick, easy, cute YA read that reminded me of The Fault in our Stars. Romantic fun, creative designs with some clever quirks but all in all very easy reading, I would recommend this to a reluctant teenage reader, it should hook them if they like romance.

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The Sidekicks | Will Kostakis
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I didn't actually read the whole book as I didn't feel I needed to, it is a quality YA novel and I would recommend it to teenagers. I didn't want to give it a bailed mark as I bailed not because of the quality but because as a secondary school English teacher I felt that by 130+ pages I could make enough of a judgement. Will recently spoke to the students where i work and he is entertaining as is his book.

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Having lived in Tasmania for many years, this novel, of course resonated with me and made me smile when it spoke of places that I am deeply familiar with. The actions of my neighbour, a WWII veteran who would get drunk, sing and piss on his lemon bush makes a lot more sense now. Also I've heard criticism of Darky ending up being Dorry's nephew but this is so possible, everyone is connected in Tassie.

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All that war, all that pain, all that loss - amounting to nothing.

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A day to die.
Collective death.
Prompted me to wonder whether humans have gone to war in an attempt to give death more meaning rather than getting old and fading away one night.....

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Night | Elie Wiesel

Poignant.

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"Who he was he had no idea..." I get the sense that Dorry will never have an idea. Will that be the point of the book? It does seem to question existence and meaning quite regularly. I am enjoying this novel but not finding it as poignant as perhaps it was meant to be.

Amiable I had the same reaction to this book as you are. 11mo
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Super easy to read memoir that has plenty of Anh's humour. A great book all teens should read if they have no personal experience or understanding of refugees. Loved it.

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Taboo | Kim Scott
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Read the first ten pages in the bookstore and was hooked. I love to read texts by Aboriginal Australians. Scott writes beautifully, also he alternates in style and it grabs my attention, something about it! I just love it.

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Mehso-so

A straightforward text on creating and developing thinking in the classroom.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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How much can a human heart break? To suffer the trauma of the holocaust at fifteen...speechless. Weeping is appropriate. We must never be silent. "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - most important message!

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Enjoyed this almost as much as To the Lighthouse but nothing matches The Waves. The absurdity of Mrs Dalloway living her life, worrying about flowers, guests and her party whilst others are grappling with suicide or the struggles of a less wealthy life really would help a study on privelege and first world problems. The various feminities and their stories was equally fascinating.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Great book that all teenagers should read, not literary but real and meaningful. #blacklivesmatter

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Woolf writes so beautifully.

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Best Australian Poems 2016 | Sarah Holland-Batt
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Great poem! Fun about being a writer. Made me smile.

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Sums up The Circle. How many of us are putting our heads and this of others in the guillotine or encouraging our young to do so? 🤔 🤭

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The Circle | Dave Eggers

It is disturbing to observe that all the active villains in The Circle are female: Mae is presented as the sexual predator, the stalker, the one without a conscience, Annie the person who got her into all this with the shady racist, classist and criminal ancestry, the located criminal is a woman who killed her own children but the controllers behind it all who never admit any responsibility are, you guessed it: male. Eggers: was this intentional?

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The Circle | Dave Eggers

Not so funny anymore when the centralised power of The Circle goes so far as to hound people to death. Is it really any surprise that both depression and anxiety have increased parallel to the internet explosion?

ephemeralwaltz Not at all. It's such a real and tought subject.. 14mo
ephemeralwaltz Tough* 14mo
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The Circle | Dave Eggers

Kind of happy down here in Australia that Amazon not doing business because of the GST, slowing down the possibility of a single centralised internet monopoly like The Circle. 😀 A while back I got rid of FB, another step in reducing the power and influence of single internet entities and so much more time to read. 😊

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Far out! The questioning by the police as though Khalil “shot himself”!!!Makes me sick to the stomach!☹️

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The Circle | Dave Eggers

Read another 100+ pages, super easy reading. In respect to reviews of this being a 1984 ripoff you have to admit that it highlights how horrified Orwell would be in our current willingness to give total control to others via our online presence. Funny but poignant anecdotes about the stupidity and mediocrity of many social media interactions, litsy not excluded. 😲

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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The blurb on the back warns you that there is a sinister truth behind the enormous internet company 'The Circle'. Pretty everything the Circle tells Mae is lies but does the author have to insult the reader's intelligence by being so obvious about it? More YA than adult I'd say. Going to encourage a 13yo to read this and see what they believe. Still going to read til the end.

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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I love how at the end of the novel Milkman comes to the realisation that family connection, community, connection to place and ancestry is deep, significant and sacrificial.

ephemeralwaltz This is such an amazing novel. Everything a novel should be! 14mo
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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It was good, the book blurb is enough, want a good fast read? Read this, not much more to be said.

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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Only Morrison! No other writer makes me want to roar with laughter and weep over the human condition with such energy and at precisely the same time. Callous as I am I laughed, but from my experience she will get the opposite out of me by the end of this novel.

MariettaSG Warning: it does contain the "n" word, please understand who the author is when reading this. 1y
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Ransom | David Malouf
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Twenty pages and bailed, maybe it was the use of present tense or the sense that this was a retelling. Either way there is not enough time in life to read books that do not capture me by the twentieth page. 😕

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Best Australian Poems 2016 | Sarah Holland-Batt
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MariettaSG Claw the membrane- what a line. 1y
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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How much do you value your memories? Knowledge? Experiences? Freedom of choice? Recently having visited an ageing relative in dementia care made the questions raised in this text achingly meaningful. A great novel for 12-14 yo class learning, questions raised are invaluable. Utopia, dystopia and totalitarianism are all presented in this text. The ambiguity of the ending as well as "mindless" decisions would pose difficulty for your average

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A fascinating novel about the Chinese Revolution, the terrible famine and the “Great Leap Forward”, initially quite mild the plot becomes increasingly as dark, as weird and as confrontational as what the intellectuals in “re-education” experienced. Not for the faint hearted as the extremes of hunger push humans to their limits. The concept of authorship is tackled. The reader is challenged to consider what they would do under such conditions.

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So similar to Solzhenitsyn‘s The First Circle, I cannot remember the character but the Scholar in this text is similar to the one in TFC who does not allow the punishments to touch his core, he does not allow it to affect his soul nor crush his spirit. The concept of a spirit, a core that each one of us has, that no matter what happens to us it cannot be crushed, not even altered, resonates with me.

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This last line encapsulates the book for me, what humans face when their basic need to eat is not met, when their time does not allow pursuit of their personal truth, their passion.

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“ “If you don‘t plot the fields and smelt steel, that‘s alright,” the Child said. “And if you decide to flee, that‘s okay, too. In other districts, there are people who have been awarded real bullets.” “
Oh the humour!!! 3 pages in.
So clever!
Could be a comparative text for 1984, Stasiland,...