29 11, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – November-Dec 2016 – author spotlight: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Summer has finally arrived here – very late indeed. We’ve had buckets of rain, and highly unusual temperature fluctuations that have seen us lighting the woodfire stove at least twice this November, which is totally weird for November. We’ve also had some weird action in bookclub: I’ve extended the reading period for this month’s book [...]

25 10, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – October 2016 Discussion post: SUMMER SKIN (Kirsty Eagar)

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When I first bumped up against Jess Gordon, I wasn’t sure I liked her. Or Mitch Crawford, Jess’s opposite number in Kirsty Eagar’s SUMMER SKIN. Both Jess and Mitch seemed abrupt, crass, careless of themselves and sometimes the people around them. But they were trying – that’s what brought me back to them, again [...]

26 09, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 discussion post: A SMALL MADNESS

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Right, it’s time to get into the meat and potatoes of Dianne Touchell’s A SMALL MADNESS. I’ve been looking forward to this discussion, as the book raises a whole heap of issues with its plot and characters, as well as with its form, and I’m very interested to hear other peoples’ opinions on it. First [...]

5 09, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – September 2016 title selection, August Hiatus results

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Welcome to Spring here on my side of the world!  It’s time for flowers to bloom, baby chicks to hatch, sunny skies, and…er…hayfever. So while I’m sniffing and nose-blowing at my place, here’s something to take us on to a new era in bookclub. Our August hiatus is over. The competition we ran, asking for [...]

8 08, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – July 2016 discussion post: RUBY MOONLIGHT (Ali Cobby Eckermann)

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How’s it going, folks? Are you keeping up with your bookclub reading? This month’s book discussion has been dragged out into August. But never fear – I’ve had some new ideas for spicing up bookclub (which I’ll share more in the next post) and everyone will get a chance to join in! So what did [...]

15 07, 2016

State of Anticipation – July 2016

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I’m putting this stuff down fast, before it slips away… What I’m writing: I’m putting the finishing touches on my story for the newly announced #LoveOzYA anthology, which will be released by HarperCollins in May 2017 – it’s nice to finally be allowed to talk about it!  The story is actually finished, but I’m adding [...]

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