Australian Women Writers Challenge - 2016 Wrap-up

I have been participating in the Australian Women Writers Challenge for a few years now – I track my progress here – and it’s by far my favourite of all the challenges (yes, including the one I used to host!).

In 2016, I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 10 books by Australian […]

Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

To celebrate Australia Day and Australian books and authors, Shelleyrae of Book’d Out has organised the third annual Australia Day Giveaway Blog Hop. Australian book bloggers are invited to participate each year, to host a giveaway of an Aussie book.

This is my first time participating in this particular blog hop, and I’m very […]

2014: The Year in Review and My Top Ten

Books Read in 2014: 71 — including:

Books by Female Authors: 55 Books by Male Authors: 15 Adult Books: 50 (all genres) Children’s/YA Novels: 13 Picture Books (new/own): 8 Non-Fiction: 3 Memoirs: 1 Plays: 1 (but 2 different editions) Fantasy: 10 Science Fiction: 3 Speculative/Magical Realism: 5 Romance: 11 Classics: 1 Historical Fiction: 10

Total […]

The First Page ~ The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Last week we were all very excited to hear of Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker win with his recent novel – a book I’ve had on my shelf since watching the discussion about it on the ABC’s The Book Club in December 2013 (back when I wasn’t working and could stay up past 10pm […]

The First Page ~ The Opposite House

The First Page is a new spot here where I share those wonderful first pages of books that so grab me and make me want to read on. Today’s first page is from a book I haven’t read yet, The Opposite House, but the premise is awesome and the writing clear, richly detailed and fresh. […]

The First Page ~ The Orchard

So many times, I randomly pick up a book, new or old, turn to the first page and start reading to see if it can grab me enough that I’ll buy it. And quite often, it does, and I do. I’ve decided to start a new feature here on Giraffe Days, to share those engaging […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge - June & July Round-up

June was a quiet month for the Around the World reading challenge and I got a bit behind on posting; July was also a slower month so I’ve combined the two for this round-up. You can also check out previous round-ups:

January February March April May

Note: Reviewer links go to the reviewer’s blog […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge - February Round-up

Month the 2nd of 2014’s Around the World reading challenge has been an awesome one for this challenge! I’m so impressed – puts me to shame, as I failed to read any books for any challenges in February!

Participants covered all continents, yet again – including Antarctica! – and reviewed 4 books from […]