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Joined March 2016

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Murder at Queen's Landing | Andrea Penrose
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December reads

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December book haul

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November book haul

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November reads

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Lumberjanes Vol. 18 | Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh
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Books I got in October

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October reads

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September book haul

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Managed some September reading

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After Story | Larissa Behrendt
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Still buying books

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August reads. Still struggling to read much but I did get through some

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Spider-Woman: Bad Blood | Karla Pacheco
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Forgot to say I actually managed some reading in July

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Spider-Woman: Bad Blood | Karla Pacheco
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Lumberjanes Vol. 12: Jackalope Springs Eternal | Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen, Noelle Stephenson
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Haven‘t read anything in 2 months but I did get a lot of books in June

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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Just finished. Highly recommend

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Started a new audiobook

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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Morning poetry

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Read some books

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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Oops

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Dropbear | Evelyn Araluen
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Weekend poetry

CarolynM I read a rave review for this just a day or two ago. It seems like a strange title for the sort of book it appears to be. I'm intrigued, especially as I was just talking about dropbears with @Reggie 10mo
Reggie It must be a sign @CarolynM 🐨 10mo
Gillyreads @CarolynM originally the title was going to be Dropbear Poetics but they changed it before it was released 10mo
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Currently reading: Fathoms by Rebecca Giggs.
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Part of my extremely unlikely attempt to read the Stella longlist before the shortlist announcement next week.

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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One of the best contemporary romances I‘ve ever read. Incredibly detailed and complex character growth, emotional and relational development and just so so many feels.

CarolynM I just love the way Alexis Hall writes. I'm looking forward to the sequel and the 3rd book "the same world" 10mo
Gillyreads @CarolynM yes me too! 10mo
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I read White Tears Brown Scars a few years ago and it was one of those reading experiences where everything is just clicking into place and you‘re madly underlining everything and kind of feel like your brain is exploding but in a good way. It really helped me with a lot of things I was trying to figure out about how white supremacy and the patriarchy sit together but just didn‘t have the experience or knowledge to understand properly.

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Mouthful of Birds | Samanta Schweblin
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Had some wild vivid dreams after reading this collection. Also woke up in the middle of the night and thought of the perfect way to describe how reading made me feel, which obviously I now cannot the remember. The best I‘ve got is: unsettled, a little confused and in awe.

I read this book for both Reading Women and The Story Graph Translation Challenge for book by a South American Author in Translation.

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this is my books that have previously been long listed for the Stella Prize and I own but haven‘t read corner of shame.
If anyone is on StoryGraph and into reading Stella books I have a public list of all previously longlisted titles
Also let me know your user name and I‘ll follow you 😊

https://app.thestorygraph.com/tags/570fba18-65fa-4feb-be89-0268d59f59d7

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Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas
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Sure the book buying ban is going well....

Mitch That‘s my kind of ban! 🤣 11mo
Tamra 😂 11mo
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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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February wrap up. Had really great reads this month, highly rate all of these (except the Bridgerton ones - they‘re very average)

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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I am so blown away by the skill of Terese Marie Mailhot, to craft such a short book out of so very much. The writing is remarkable. I genuinely don‘t think I have the words to explain how this book ripped me open. Roxanne Gay said " these essays are too intimate, too absorbing, too beautifully written, but never ever too much. What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined, testament."

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I really enjoy anthologies such as this one, that show you the diverse range of experiences people have within a common group. This book explores the experiences of young muslims growing in Australia over past decades and the ways various moments impacted the kind of racism they faced.

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Currently reading all these short stories and anthologies

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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Got tagged in Instagram to do #SixBooksSixCountries from my #TBRPile so thought I‘d share here too

Finland ~ The Summer Book by Tove Jasson
Sri Lanka ~ Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa
England ~ NW by Zadie Smith
Turkey ~ Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (also part set in Oxford but still counts?)
Manus Island(PNG)/ but really stateless ~ No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
Australia ~ Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

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Footprints on the Moon | Lorraine Marwood
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In this lovely verse novel Sharnie starts high school as America draws close to the moon landing and the Vietnam war drags on. The story intersects these global events in history with Sharnie navigating changing relationships, both family and her school friendships and the poetry is a gentle vehicle to touch on important issues such as bullying and grief.
Full review: https://www.gillyreads.com/review-footprints-on-the-moon-by-lorraine-marwood/

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Footprints on the Moon | Lorraine Marwood
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A line of poetry can really just rip you open

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It‘s my tbr bookshelf 😬

AmyG Ha. Looks about right. 11mo
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Born Into This | Adam Thompson
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In total only managed an hour but I read 5 incredible short stories and 16 amazing poems as little breaks in between moving stuff so I‘m pretty happy #24in48

PurpleyPumpkin Good for you for making the time to read!👏🏽 11mo
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Born Into This | Adam Thompson
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My goal for #24in48 is now to make it to an hour of reading 😅

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Born Into This | Adam Thompson
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Switching to short stories for a bit #24in48

CarolynM I picked up a copy of this last week. Looks good🙂 11mo
Gillyreads @CarolynM I‘ve read three stories so far, it‘s excellent 11mo
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Snuck in a few minutes over breakfast, but now it‘s back to moving. I usually do #24in48 in my own timezone but I‘ve decided to do the offical one this year. Mostly because I‘ve only managed 24 minutes so far 😅

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Managed a few minutes of poetry before bed #24in48

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Untitled | Unknown
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Have not managed any reading but I have managed to move a bunch of books to our new place #24in48

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Concrete Rose | Angie Thomas
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@24in48 is my absolute favourite readathon so I‘ve signed up even though we are also moving this weekend.
Pretty sure I won‘t manage but I‘m going to give it a go with this tbr 😅 #24in48

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Girl of the Southern Sea | Michelle Kadarusman
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My review of this beautiful book is up on my blog. I really enjoyed this book, and especially loved Nia. I‘ll be recommending this to my littlest sister as well as anyone with kids in Primary school.

https://www.gillyreads.com/review-girl-of-the-southern-sea-by-michelle-kad/

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The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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Pleased my January haul hasn‘t actually added anything to my tbr. It is my goal for the year to always read books the month I buy them so it at least stops growing.

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Day Break | Amy McQuire
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It‘s Invasion Day.
For those of us that are settlers here, please pay attention to what Indigenous people are saying. It is not acceptable to ignore it. It‘s not acceptable to celebrate stolen land and genocide.

From Day Break by Amy McQuire and Matt Chun.

MrsMalaprop #alwayswasalwayswillbe Aboriginal land ❤️🖤💛 12mo
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The Tunnels Below | Nadine Wild-Palmer
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The Tunnels Below by Nadine Wild-Palmer is an imaginative and unique adventure story.
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It is honestly such a creative story, I recommend for kids ages approx 10+ or if you‘re an adult like me who enjoys kids books.

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The Swan Book | Alexis Wright
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Made a stop off this morning to spend some of my Christmas vouchers.
Alexis Wright is my favourite author, but initially I read most of her work through the library, so I‘m working on adding her backlist to my shelves.

LeeRHarry I‘ve never read anything by this author - where would you suggest I start? Thanks 😊 12mo
Gillyreads @LeeRHarry sorry missed your question before! I‘d probably start with this one. My favourite is Carpentaria but it‘s a massive book that a lot of people struggle to get through. She has also written some excellent articles that you could find on google. 12mo
LeeRHarry @Gillyreads thanks - will add it to the list for Aussie April😊 12mo
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Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi‘s follow up book after the incredible debut that was Homegoing, absolutely blew me away. The scope is incredibly ambitious, but Gyasi clearly has the skill to pull off such an exceptional piece of storytelling. 

This book is a must-read. Heart wrenching, impactful and the kind of incredible writing that lingers in your thoughts long after the final page.

vivastory I couldn't agree more. I loved this one, even more so than her debut. I really like the edition you posted! 12mo
Gillyreads @vivastory yeah it looks awesome. It‘s the edition available in Australia, I think it‘s the UK design though. We often get those instead of the US. 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence Do you have to read Homegoing beforehand? 12mo
Gillyreads @LiteraryinLititz no it‘s a separate story. 12mo
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Day Break | Amy McQuire
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My preorder of Day Break arrived today. It is beautiful. Cant say it better than Dr Bond.