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 […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: December Round-up & Challenge Winner

The final round-up of book reviews for 2014’s Around the World reading challenge shows a gallop to the finish line, especially by Aloi of Guiltless Reading who linked up an impressive 23 reviews! Congratulations to everyone for participating and achieving your goals! Previous round-ups can be found here:

January February March April May June/July […]

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: October & November Round-up

We’re coming to the end of the year and the end of this challenge, which seemed like a good time to do a quick overview of how people are going – especially as, in case you’ve forgotten, there is the added incentive that every participant who completes the challenge (at their nominated level or […]

The First Page ~ Us by David Nicholls

I reviewed this book recently, having received it from the publisher for a TLC Book Tour, and found the first page to be just wonderful. Kinda sad, but the way it’s told, the way it captures the protagonist’s voice and personality so well, so quickly, and for all the questions it immediately raised, it’s great […]

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 […]

Celebrating Miles Franklin

Today (14th October) is Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin‘s 135th birthday, which I learnt thanks to Google’s main search page. (There’s a name they have for those special occasion designs but I can’t remember what it is.) Better known as Miles Franklin, she is best known for her classic 1901 novel, My Brilliant Career. […]

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 […]