Aussie Books for Mothers Day

 

Looking for a gift this Mother’s Day, May 12th 2019?

There are some wonderful books from Australian women writers available, here is just a small sample from which you can choose…

(click on the cover to learn more via Goodreads)

For the new mother:

For the busy mother:

For the other mother:

For the grandmother:

For mother’s with daughters:

For mother’s with sons:

For the houseproud mother:

For the romantic at heart mother:

For the nosy mother:

For the starstruck mother:

For the activist mother:

For the nostalgic mother:

 

What will you be buying your mother this Mothers Day?

 

 

Stuff on Sundays: 2019 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

Best Novel

• The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

• Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

• Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

• Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

• Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)

• Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Series

• The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)

• The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor.com Publishing/Orbit)

• Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

• The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)

• The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)

• Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

• The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)

• Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)

• The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)

• Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

• The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)

• Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)

See more Hugo Award Finalists

Who would you vote for?

Stuff on Sundays: Book to TV adaptions to binge watch

I watch a rather obscene amount of TV, often with a book in my hand. Here is what I’ve binge watched lately.

{Click on the description to view the book in goodreads or click on the Image for more information about the TV series}

Coroner

Based on M.R. Hall’s series, The Coroner, featuring coroner Jenny Cooper.

 

A Discovery of Witches

Based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness.

 

The Shannara Chronicles

Based on the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks

 

You

An adaption of the You series by Caroline Kepnes

 

Big Little Lies

Inspired by Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Big Little Lies

 

What I’m looking forward to watching later this year…

 

The Witcher

Inspired by the Andrzej Sapkowski series, The Witcher, which also spawned the popular video game

 

Good Omens

Based on Terry Prachett’s book, Good Omens

 

What’s your favourite book to TV adaption? 

How long will it take you to read your TBR pile?

 

Here is an exercise in hilarity from Read it Forward. A calculator that tells you how long it will take for you to finish your TBR pile!

I used my Goodreads Want to Read shelf (though it’s not comprehensive), and an average of 200 books a year to discover it will take me 13 years and two months to get through my current TBR list. Of course that list continues to grow each day.

How long it will take you to finish your TBR list?

Australian Indie Book Awards 2019

The winner of the Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Book Awards for 2019 has been announced.

The 2019 Book of the Year is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 

 

The individual category winners are:

FICTION WINNER:
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Picador Australia)

NON-FICTION WINNER:
The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia)

DEBUT FICTION WINNER:

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

ILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION WINNER:
Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Travel)

CHILDREN’S WINNER:
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)

YOUNG ADULT WINNER:

A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

The Indies are considered the forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Since the Awards inception in 2008, the Indies have a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Previous winners include: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Dry by Jane Harper; The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood; The Bush by Don Watson; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; All That I Am by Anna Funder; The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; and Breath by Tim Winton.

 

Have your read Boy Swallows Universe?

What did you think? Feel free to link to your review in the comments.

ABIA Longlist 2019

The Australian Publishers Association is excited to announce the longlist for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The longlist introduces the titles, publishers and authors in contention for a coveted 2019 ABIA.

Voted for by the ABIA Academy — a group of more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives — have selected books published in 2018 across 12 categories.  

A shortlist will be released on Thursday April 11, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Thursday 2 May.

For the complete longlist, visit the official ABIAs website abiawards.com.au  

General Fiction Book of the Year

• Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)

• Scrublands, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Lost Man, Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)

• The Nowhere Child, Christian White (Affirm Press)

• The Other Wife, Michael Robotham (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Hachette Australia)

• The Rúin, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing, Echo Publishing)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

• A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press, Peter Bishop Books)

• Blakwork, Alison Whittaker (Magabala Books, Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation)

• Deep Time Dreaming, Billy Griffiths (Black Inc. Books, Black Inc.)

• Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Dr Anita Heiss (ed.) (Black Inc Books, Black Inc.)

• The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robert Hillman (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

• The Geography of Friendship, Sally Piper (The University of Queensland Press, UQP)

• The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean, Edited by Peter Burness (UNSW Press, published in association with the Australian War Memorial, NewSouth)

• Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean, Joy McCann (UNSW Press, NewSouth)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

• Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Nowhere Child,  Christian White (Affirm Press, -)

• Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• One Hundred Years of Dirt, Rick Morton (Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne University Press)

• Teacher, Gabbie Stroud (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Rúin,  Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing, Echo Publishing)

What’s your pick for the winner?

Win 1 of 10 double passes to see Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn

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I have a special treat today, a chance for you to win 1 of 10 double passes to see the Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn.

Opening in cinemas Australia wide on February 11th, Brooklyn is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín.

The film follows Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a bright future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her homesickness she falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian-American who opens her eyes to her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Eilis back to Ireland, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Watch the official trailer

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

1 of 10 in season double passes to see Brooklyn

valid for any regular screening of the film across Australia while it is in cinemas

courtesy KabukuPR

And the winners are

Diane V, Katy E, Benjamin T, Gloria B, Diane C,

Shannon, Kate W, Ross S, Marlene P, Rosemarie D

Entries close Tuesday Feb 9th 2016, winners will be notified via email.

*Open to Australian residents aged 16 and over only*

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It’s the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the  Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

To celebrate Australia Day on the 26th January and the accompanying long weekend I am giving you the chance to win a book by an Australian author!

After you have entered my giveaway, make sure you follow the linky at the bottom of this post for more chances to win from over 30 hosts!

I will be drawing TWO winners via Random.org

One winner will be drawn from those who indicate they live in Australia and one winner will be drawn from those who indicate they live outside of Australia

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 27th 2016. The winners will be announced (and contacted via email) the following week

You can choose a print book from **BookDepository.com to the value of $15AUD (You MUST qualify for the BookDepository free shipping)

or an ebook from Amazon.com to the value of $10 US

or an ebook from Amazon.au to the value of $10 AUD

Your chosen title must be written by an Australian author

Here are some suggested titles to browse

{click the cover image for more details from Goodreads}

 

and there are plenty more! Feel free to browse my Australian Reading page

Congratulations Hannah D (Aus) and Penny T (Int)

Then hop around the blogs of the other Australian’s celebrating with me!

*AUS = only Australian resident may enter; INT = accepts entries from outside of Australia*

 

1. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out (INT) 2. NicoleFlockton.com (INT)
3.Helene Young – Love in the heart of danger. (AUS) 4. The Bookshelf Gargoyle (INT)
5.Kim Kelly – Australian Author (INT) 6. readingwritingandriesling (INT)
7. Booklover Book Reviews (INT) 8. The Never Ending Bookshelf (INT)
9. Rachael Johns News (AUS) 10. Christy Collins (AUS)
11. Kylie Kaden (AUS) 12. Kirsty Eagar – Summer Skin (AUS)
13. Bedazzled by Books (INT) 14. Duffy the Writer (AUS)
15. Kathryn’s Inbox (INT) 16. Sara Foster (AUS)
17. A&U: Things Made From Letters (AUS) 18. CathrynHein.com (AUS)
19.  Lily Malone (INT) 20. Amanda Ortlepp (AUS)
21. Lisa Walker (AUS) 22. Carpe Librum (AUS)
23. Orange Pekoe Reviews (INT) 24. Writer with Wanderlust (AUS)
25. Books by Greg Barron (INT) 26. CarolynsWriting (AUS)
27. Elisabeth Storrs’ Triclinium (INT) 28. D.B. Tait (INT)
29. The Callahan Split (AUS) 30. Lost in a Good Book (AUS)
31. Jennifer Collin – Australian author (AUS) 32. Lizzy Chandler (INT)
33. Australian Women Writers Challenge (INT) 34. Wendy J Dunn (INT)
35. Jenn J McLeod (AUS) 36. Jennifer Scoullar (AUS)

Sign Up for the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Looking for the entry page ? Click HERE

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Aussie book bloggers ( & authors, booksellers & publishers)  are invited to sign up to participate in the  2015 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop from Jan 24th to Jan 27th!

Blog hops are a great way to promote your blog and connect with new and old bloggers and readers. This is the fourth year I have hosted this hop and it has proved very popular, promoting Australian bloggers, authors and books to readers all over the world.

How it works:

1. Posting
* Your post should be published as close to midday AEDT on Sunday January 24th, 2015 as possible. It MUST be live before midnight on Sunday January 24th, 2015 or your name will be removed from the hosts list.
* You can schedule your post ahead of time with most blog hosts. This link shows how in WordPress.com, http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/schedule-a-post/ This links shows how in Blogger http://www.wikihow.com/Schedule-a-Post-on-Blogger
* Your post should clearly link back to my post at Book’d Out so your readers can visit the other participants in the hop list. Here is the link you need: https://bookdout.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/its-the-2016-australia-day-book-giveaway-blog-hop/
* Your post should also include the blog hop image – download or copy the image from my blog and paste it into your post. You can also add it to your sidebar

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2. Entries
* You can collect entries via comments, google forms or Rafflecopter etc and choose a winner by any method you like eg random.org
* Please keep extra entry options (eg following your blog/twitter/facebook accounts) to a minimum.
* Entries should close at Midnight on Wednesday January 27th and winners should be announced within 7 days.

3. Prizes
* You can offer your blog visitors the chance to win a book, (ebook or print), book gift certificate (for online or bricks & mortar store) or even a (very gently used) book from your own collection or similar.
* Any book (whether in print or electronic format) offered, must be written by an Australian author
* You may offer as many prizes as you like
* You may offer your prize to Australian residents only, or worldwide or both. Please make it clear in your post who is eligible to enter.

To celebrate Australia Day, this blog hop accepts sign ups from  Australian residents (& ex-pats) only. You will receive a reminder to post via email on January 22nd/23rd.

Add your blog details to the sign up form

SIGN UPS CLOSED

Names will be added to the list below after sign up (please allow for a 48 hour delay). Last day to sign up is midnight January 23rd, 2016.

Please pass the word amongst your friends and let’s make this another great Australian bookish event!

Questions? Contact bookd.out@gmail.com

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It’s the end of the year as we know it….

 

Looking back at 2015…

Total Books Read: 221 (approx 74749 pages)

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Total Books Reviewed: 209

Challenge Results:

* Goodreads Challenge: 221/252

* Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015: 11/12

* Aussie Author Challenge 2014: 12/12

* Australian Women Writers Challenge:  78/50

* Around the World in 12 Books Challenge: 12/12

Total number of posts published in 2015 at Book’d Out: 294

Total number of Book’d Out followers as of 31/12/15: 4078

Number of blog views over the year:  approx 64,000

Unfortunately illness from mid October through to December has impacted both my reading and blog stats in 2015…but onwards and upwards!

Wishing you a joyous 2016!

 

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