30 01, 2017

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Dec-Jan 2017 discussion post – INBETWEEN DAYS (Vikki Wakefield)

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I’d originally planned to send out this discussion post on Jan 28, but given the tumultuous events in America over the weekend I opted to delay going live until today. It didn’t seem quite right to be promoting bookclub chats when people in the US were being herded off airplanes like cattle, and to be [...]

18 01, 2017

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Dec-Jan author interview: Vikki Wakefield (InBetween Days)

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Hello! I’m back, after a long stretch away, camping with the family. I find getting to the beach refreshing, like I can finally stretch my arms after being cocooned for a long time. I also find completely abandoning all tech and social media (letting my phone die, no pics, no reception, no charging capability, [...]

22 12, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – thanks! and December-January 2016/7 title selection

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Team, we’ve made it to the end of the year. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a very large, Christmas-wrapped thank you to all the authors who have participated in bookclub this year. Authors are usually pretty busy people, but everyone I’ve contacted during the course of 2016 has been unfailingly generous of [...]

6 12, 2016

#LoveOzYAbookclub – Nov/Dec 2016 discussion post: GEMINA (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

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I’m often reluctant to schedule Big Books for bookclub. I’m sure you know what I mean by Big Books – novels that are so heavily promoted and frequently talked about that additional introduction seems unnecessary. It seems almost a shame to give these books extra attention because they already have such huge buzz, and there [...]

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 [...]

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