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Sue

Joined March 2016

A room without books is like a body without a soul .... You can find me at doddyaboutbooks.com 🇦🇺
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Dyschronia | Jennifer Mills
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Folks, I‘ve put some helpful lists up on the blog for #aussiesrule2019 - doddyaboutbooks.com 😊

Also this book is delightful and you should check it out.

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A Long Way from No Go | Tjanara Goreng Goreng
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Izai.Amorim That‘s really distressing. I didn‘t know about it. 2mo
Sue @Izai.Amorim Very distressing! It‘s not something I‘ve seen widely discussed in the mainstream. Owning that fact and talking about it would make it impossible for the government to treat the Indigenous people the way that they do. Much easier to ignore the generations of systematic abuse and trauma and the effects. Both criminal and heart breaking. 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Sue I found the fact they have similar symptoms as children of alcoholics very shocking. The suggestion of mixing Western psychotherapy and their own spiritual healing rituals very good. We can only hope that people in power will see the light someday... 2mo
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The Wife Drought | Annabel Crabb
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The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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This one smacked me in the feels.

A wonderful story about family, friendship, grief and loss.

#stellaprize2019 #aussiesrule2019

CarolynM On my list🙂 3mo
Sue @CarolynM it‘s so good 💜 3mo
Joanne1 I‘ve just started this one and it got it hooks in to me from the get go. 2mo
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Oops, my hand slipped.

Now I just need to get a handle on my Library holds so I can read them. #firstworldproblems

Also @Litsy small issue with the author‘s name here? 👆

kgriffith Thanks, I‘ll make a note — I haven‘t tried editing a manual db entry yet so am not sure who can/if I can, but it‘ll be good to find out! 4mo
Sue No worries, thank you @kgriffith ! 4mo
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Re the recently released Ghostbusters reboot.

#aussiesrule2019

Weaponxgirl I loved that movie! And I was horrified by what jones went through on Twitter in particular 4mo
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🙌🙌🙌

#aussiesrule2019

If you‘re playing along, this would be a good one for the book about gender prompt.

cathysaid 😂😂👏😂😂 4mo
Jeg Just love this book.❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Wraith | Alex Smithers
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Readergrrl Love this!!! 4mo
Patchshank 😂😂😂 I think most of us feel like that. Then we read the news and think oh God..it's not a fever dream 😵 4mo
Karkar 🤣🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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Wraith | Alex Smithers
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My library holds are out of control ....😬

Emilymdxn Yes sister outsider! 4mo
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This book is excellent. 🙏🏼

ReadosaurusText @Sue Agreed! I loved how brave Brittney Cooper was in her willingness to share her experiences so candidly. 5mo
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It‘s Black History Month in the US. What are you planning on reading?

Weaponxgirl I‘ve read 2 in that stack and enjoyed and I‘m planning to read this one this month too. 😊 5mo
readordierachel The Jemisin and Drayden are on my list too! 5mo
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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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This is my Swiss Army Rec for the #24in48 42 hour challenge.

This is such an important book, I think every Australian, everyone who belongs to a culture that has colonised another, and every one living on colonised land should read it.

#alwaywasalwayswillbe

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Rissreads One of my favourites! ❤️💛🖤 5mo
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Hours late for my #24in48 shelfie, but who cares. It‘s just after 6 am Sunday and I‘m ready to pick up and keep on with the tagged book, which I‘m really enjoying.

sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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The Disasters () | M. K. England
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Who is ready for the #24in48? I am! I can‘t wait to stuck into my stack!

Gennic Omg I love Host Club! 5mo
GatheringBooks oooh! am thinking of joining!!! 5mo
hermyknee The Disasters is such a fun book! 5mo
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Sue @GatheringBooks Do it! It‘s not too late and it‘s a heap of fun! 5mo
GatheringBooks @Sue i just joined!!! wheeeeee!!! 🧚🏼‍♀️📚😍 5mo
Sue @GatheringBooks woohoo! Have fun! 5mo
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Hey folks! I‘m part of the Aussie Emergency Contact blog tour - you can check out my post here: http://doddyaboutbooks.com/2019/01/19/blogtour-emergency-contact-by-mary-h-k-cho...

I absolutely love this book, the characters are great and Choi explores some really interesting concepts. Of course there‘s a more in depth review on the blog 😬 .

shelf-devoted Really keen to read this one! 5mo
Sue @shelf-devoted It‘s so good! 5mo
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The Disasters () | M. K. England
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This was a cover buy and I‘m absolutely loving it!

readordierachel That tag line is good, too 👍🏽 5mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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I‘ve been listening to this one and really enjoying it. Just to demonstrate how small Brisbane is - I mentioned the work colleague that I sit next to that I was reading it - she knows the author as their kids are at school together.

#aussiesrule2019

JennyM Indeed it is...scarily so sometimes. For some reason I thought he worked at Avid - but I think that was Craig Silvey a few years ago. 5mo
Sue @JennyM So many authors work at Avid! (You may have been thinking of Trent Jamieson) And I‘ve recently seen Bri Lee popping up on their social media accounts. And Krissy Kneen of course. 5mo
JennyM @Sue makes you realise how much talent we have in Brissie 👏🏼 5mo
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Hazel first suspected her mother was a murderer at the age of 9. This book follows Hazel‘s journey as a terrified daughter who managed to escape her mother‘s influence and go to the police, through the court cases and their relationship in her mother‘s old age. A real kicker of a story!

#Aussiesrule2019

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After the Lights Go Out | Lili Wilkinson
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Happy New Year! I‘m about to start my second book of 2019. How are you folks spending your New Year‘s Day?

CarolynM Happy New Year 🎉 I'm watching the Big Bash and reading 6mo
Dragon Happy New Year 🥳 6mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 🎉 6mo
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LeeRHarry Happy New Year - air con and reading 😊 6mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 6mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 6mo
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Aussie Rules | Jill Shalvis
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Hi folks, I‘ve just posted on the blog the new set of prompts for the Aussies Rule 2019 challenge.

Check it out here bit.ly/2SnoCTi

#aussiesrule2019

Just tagging a few of you who might be interested!

@GatheringBooks @Lauredhel @MandaChittles @CarolynM @ReadingDownUnder @JennyM

ReadingDownUnder Wow! I‘m using this weekend to decide my reading challenges. I‘ll see what I can do with this one! It will be a challenge for me as I‘m still firmly ensconced in my American tastes. But it will be a good way to expand my world. Lianne Moriarty started that for me in 2018! 🙂 6mo
Sue I hope you decide to play along @ReadingDownUnder. There are so many AWESOME Aussie books and authors but our market swallows them in favour of the US and UK hits. Plus the Aussie names our publishers mostly get behind are white and straight. It makes me cranky. 6mo
GatheringBooks aussie authors are the best! :) love the picturebook makers most of all! shaun tan will always be a personal favourite. will check the link out. we are doing a #WomenReadWomen2019 theme though, so this means I could only read female aussie authors/illustrators. 6mo
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Sue @GatheringBooks Shaun Tan is amazing. Fortunately we have plenty of female authors and illustrators 😊 6mo
JennyM Thanks so much for this @Sue. We do have so many great authors and I loved this challenge last year - it really pushed me to read outside my usual picks. 😘 6mo
CarolynM I failed so spectacularly at the reading challenges I started this year I resolved not to do them in future. But I might take some cues from your challenge during the year🙂 6mo
Lauredhel Cool! Just a heads up that a lot of us disabled people find "differently abled" to be a hideously twee euphemism. "Disabled" or "with a disability" are fine. (And despite the institutional push for 'person-first' language by nondisabled 'experts', there is a pretty strong move toward identity-first language in the disabled community.) 6mo
Sue Thanks @Lauredhel , I‘ll fix that! 6mo
Lauredhel @Sue cheers :) 6mo
Izai.Amorim Happy new year! It must already be 2019 over there! 🍾 6mo
Sue Happy new year @Izai.Amorim ! 2019 is 5 hours old right now 🎉 Best wishes! 6mo
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This book is a gripping, if sad read. Cuskelly dives into the events and personalities that lead up to the brutal murders of three people by their neighbour. Cuskelly‘s approach is mostly balanced, and she interviews many family members of the victims and friends of the perpetrator in order to get a measure of the people involved, and the town it happened in. I highly recommend this one!

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Well hello there!

#aussiesrule2018

JennyM Looking forward to your thoughts on this one, Sue 6mo
Sue @JennyM I really enjoyed it. It‘s very sad, but a pretty balanced and in depth view of this terrible event. 6mo
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Half-Resurrection Blues | Daniel José Older
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This is the most unbelievable thing I‘ve read for a long time. What sort of heathen does this?

CarolynM 😱😱😱 6mo
laurenbescoby Who puts milk in peppermint tea as well?? 😱 6mo
Cathythoughts There are sweets called “ milky mints” .... but milk in peppermint tea ???!!! 😱 6mo
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Oryx No no no 6mo
TrishB Nope....just nope....I don‘t agree with milk in Earl Grey either....but people do that too 😁 (edited) 6mo
ju.ca.no 😨😨 who actually does that😱 6mo
saresmoore Bahaha! Gross. 6mo
TheBookDream Unless it‘s a latte or you‘re going for a straight up London Fog kind of deal, NO (edited) 6mo
OrangeMooseReads Ewww that just sounds yucky 6mo
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Eggshell Skull | Bri Lee
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😡😡😡

MrsMalaprop This book keeps popping up on my radar. Reckon I need to read it. 7mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I enjoyed ( if that‘s the right word) it. Well worth a read I think. 7mo
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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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What do these three books have in common? They are all post apocalyptic fiction by First Nations authors.(And they are all awesome!)

LeeRHarry I really want to read Moon of the Crusted Snow and being Aussie Terra Nullius is on the list too 🇦🇺 7mo
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The Life to Come | Michelle De Kretser
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Me: I really must concentrate on reading the books on my shelf.

Also me: borrows and reserves a bunch of library books.

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Hestapleton Me all day every day. 7mo
Joanne1 This is me too. Working at two different libraries doesn‘t help!! 7mo
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve done one of these. I read a lot of awesome books in November and really enjoyed the tagged one! I‘m happy my authors of colour stat is up this month.

kspenmoll Awesome! 🙌🏻🎉 7mo
Joanne1 Impressive!! 7mo
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Undying (An Unearthed Novel) | Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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Time for this roller coaster ride!

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Untitled | Unknown
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My 200th book for the year is not in the Litsy data base. @Litsy could you please assist?

Melanin Garden is a passionate, no holds barred collection of poems about politics, gender and social commentary.. Anisa Nandaula is a slam poetry champion and I can hear her voice coming off the pages. Highly recommend!

#aussiesrule2018

Cinfhen Sounds wonderful 7mo
Litsy You can add a new record to the Litsy database using our Add a Book to Litsy page here: https://www.librarything.com/litsy_addbook_manual.php 7mo
Sue @Litsy awesome thank you! 7mo
Sue Here it is 7mo
Joanne1 Wow, 200 books. I can only dream of getting through that many. 7mo
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The Brightsiders | Jen Wilde
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Congratulations to @Lauredhel for being the first person ever to finish the Aussies Rule Reading Challenge 2018!

There‘s a little prize pack on it‘s way to you - thank you for participating!

If you‘re participating in #aussiesrule2018 make sure you let me know when you finish!

GatheringBooks i love australian authors!! sounds like an awesome reading challenge. 7mo
Lauredhel :D 7mo
Lauredhel Oh, it's the new Jen Wilde! Which is on my TBR! 7mo
Sue @Lauredhel 😊 I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
Sue @GatheringBooks I‘ve posted about it a bit this year on my blog which is doddyaboutbooks.com you can find the challenge list as well as a bunch of suggestions. I‘ll be running another challenge for 2019 if you want to play along. 😊 🇦🇺 7mo
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Weekend reading plans! Can‘t wait!

BookHermit This is on my library pile. Looks intriguing. 7mo
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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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Current mood. 😂😂😂

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Preservation | Jock Serong
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I‘ve started reading this one, and rather than the 1st person POV chapters being named for the character, there is a symbol at the beginning of the chapter and at the bottom of each page to let you know who is speaking.

#aussiesrule2018

anwade88 Interesting! 7mo
Libby1 🤔 Interesting! Is it difficult to follow? 7mo
ericarobynreads That‘s awesome!! 7mo
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Sue @Libby1 Not at all. The 1st person POV chapters are interspersed with a 3rd person POV of an officer who mis trying to find out what has happened, so it‘s well flagged. (edited) 7mo
Izai.Amorim How will that work on a kindle? You can have images but not as elegant as in print. Greetings, Sue. Long time no see... 7mo
Sue Good question @Izai.Amorim ! (I don‘t know the answer though) Nice to see you! How is your new book coming along? 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Sue Thanks. The book is draining all my energy and free time. Trying to finish by the end of the year. It‘s a family saga covering one century 1889-1989. I‘ve reached 1971 so I‘m almost there. The problem is, it‘s about my own family so it‘s not always easy. I‘m more comfortable writing funny stuff and this story is definitely not funny. But I had to get it out of my system... 7mo
Sue Wow @Izai.Amorim , what a challenge you‘ve given yourself. Good luck with it, and I hope you feel better for it. 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Sue Thanks! 👍👍 7mo
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The Power Of Hope | Kon Karapanagiotidis
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UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Lauredhel Yes...and disabled people as "leaners", which is uncomfortably close to "useless eaters". 7mo
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Best Foot Forward | Adam Hills
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Are you looking at the challenges you have left to complete or the year and freaking out? I know I am! I‘ve just posted a prompt mash up for the #aussiesrule2018 challenge to help you out with some suggestions! You can find it here bit.ly/2yRlebw

thegreensofa So I‘m not the only one freaking out! 🤪 (that really is my face right now lol!) 8mo
Sue @thegreensofa Definitely not just you! How is it November??? 8mo
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😂😂😂

BookNAround That is hilarious! 8mo
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My hand slipped rather a lot at the book store this morning. What are you reading this weekend?

#aussiesrule2018

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Attention Aussie and particularly Brissie Littens!

I‘ve been working with the local office of Amnesty International to put together a book club! This book will be out first one, and we will be meeting on Nov 10 at @avidreader at 2 pm to have a chat about it. I have a Facebook page called Amnesty Bookclub - Qld if you would like to check it out.

GlassAsDiamonds If you had enough participants, would you be interested in Litsy Buddy reads for people unable to get to QLD? 8mo
GlassAsDiamonds Having tech issues with this comment 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Would you be interesting in adding a Litsy Buddy read on for people interested but unable to get to QLD? 8mo
GlassAsDiamonds Argh!!!! Third time: Litsy Buddy read.... would you consider one for those of us unable to get to QLD?? 8mo
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Sue @GlassAsDiamonds Definitely! I‘m planning on posting the topics that we talk about on the Facebook page, but I‘m happy to chat here as well 😊 (edited) 8mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Sue oh and look, all three posted...🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ My Facebook page is a constant war of keeping the colleagues from the crazy family... Litsy is so much nicer!!! 😂😂😂 8mo
Sue @GlassAsDiamonds I do understand - I created a new Facebook profile. I can‘t deal with my family on social media and the final straw was my 50 yr old cousin setting up a Facebook event for his father‘s funeral. 😳 8mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Sue that‘s not a bad idea!!! I‘ve woken up to dozens of incensed messages (outside FB!!) from friends after an uncle went off on an unhinged anti-cat rant on a post of mine about my rescue cats 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️. “At least it‘s nominally less offensive than his politics” didn‘t really work! 8mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I‘m pretty happy that it‘s half way through October and still cold enough to be wearing long pants! It‘s a wet and cold weekend here, and I‘m reading this and putting together some comprehension questions for one of my staff members to hopefully help her do her job properly!

Abailliekaras I‘m enjoying this at the moment! A little concerned that it‘s a 10 day retreat and we‘re still on day 1, but love her eye for characters and dialogue. 8mo
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The Brightsiders | Jen Wilde
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I‘m struggling to settle this morning. Hopefully this beautiful book by Jen Wilde will help.

#aussiesrule2018

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Black Ice Matter | Gina Cole
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Dr Anita Heiss shared this great list of Maori ad Pasifika authors - read brown !

https://www.anzliterature.com/feature/arent-reading-brown/

Lindy Thanks for linking. The list includes authors I‘m familiar with (Ihimaera, Grace, Cole, Wendt) or already on my TBR (Meredith, Morris) and so many more that are new to me that I‘d like to explore. 9mo
Sue No worries @Lindy ! My knowledge of Maori and Pasifika authors is woeful (Tu is the only book on this list I am familiar with) and I‘m always happy to share diverse authors and books. 9mo
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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
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🙌 💜

jpmcwisemorgan Love this. 9mo
angrylilasian YES. I‘m doing everything I can to raise my son to be kind and empathetic and respectful. 9mo
LauraJ 🙌🏼 9mo
Reggie 💥 love it. 9mo
Jeg Yes yes yes.❤️❤️ 9mo
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Hey folks, I‘ve got another #aussiesrule2018 post on the blog. This week is about Aussies of colour born in Australia who are not of Aboriginal descent.

Check it out here bit.ly/2Qze2bf

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Redemption Point | Candice Fox
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Hi folks! I‘ve just popped up another #aussiesrule2018 post on the blog, talking about prompt 24 - Books shortlisted for the Ned Kellys, Stella‘s and Miles Franklin awards. Lots of TBR fodder for you!

bit.ly/2Ob7zSB

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ooo! Thanks! Aussie lit is my jam! 9mo
Sue My pleasure @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - you will find links to other goodies if you check out the #aussiesrule2018 tag 😊 9mo
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Beauty Queens | Libba Bray
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This book is so great with a no holds barred intersectional feminist message. Listen to the audio if you get the chance - it‘s read by the author and she is amazing!

Hollie This one is so much fun. I loved it! 9mo
Dogearedcopy I listened to this on the recommendation of @BethFishReads and then immediately re-listened to it with the family on a Spring Break road trip a couple of years ago! Definitely agree that the audio is the way to go on this one 👍 9mo
BethFishReads Yay yay yay yay. Sooooooooooo brilliant 9mo
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Dancing Home | Paul Collis
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Hey folks, I‘ve just popped up a new Aussies Rule Challenge post on the blog. This week is about winners of the David Unaipon Award. 🖤💛❤️ You can find the post here bit.ly/2NYeazD
#aussiesrule2018

LeeRHarry Thanks for that, I had no idea who it was on the $50 note. Go Dees! 😊 10mo
Sue @LeeRHarry My pleasure! 10mo
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I should not start reading this tonight ....

(thanks for the lightning fast delivery @avidreader !)

meghan2714 I need and want this book!!😍sounds amazing 10mo
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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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A little reminder folks, Terra Nullius is FINALLY coming out in the US this week. Do yourself a favour and get your hands on it!

trazo Very cool nail polish! 💅 10mo
BookNAround I read this a couple of months ago and thought it was really good. Initially I thought it was a story I already knew but then everything got turned on its head in an amazing way. (edited) 10mo
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Always Another Country | Sisonke Msimang
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Picked this up from my favourite indie @avidreader . It looks really interesting!

CarolynM I read an article about her in yesterday's newspaper. Interesting woman. 10mo
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