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MariettaSG

MariettaSG

Joined August 2016

Catharsis is my standard for a great book; the ones that make me weep, laugh uncontrollably, or leave me pondering life and meaning are the best.
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Montana 1948: A Novel by Larry Watson
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Carpentaria: A Novel by Alexis Wright
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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, Constance Borde, Sheila Malovany-Chevallier
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Holy Bible: Zondervan Today's New International Version, Study Bible by Zondervan Publishing House, Kenneth L. Barker, John Henry Stek
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen McManus
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Not a bad YA as YA's go, certainly one I'm sure many 13-15 year olds would enjoy. I tech this age group and therefore read these kind of texts sometimes, not literature but good enough.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Only just a pick for its solid narrative. It wasn't a page turner but certainly an interesting historical fiction. I loved the feeling of place that characters had as I understand this experience. I read it slowly, one chapter at a time as though they were short stories without losing the arc. I wouldn't call it literature but certainly a worthwhile read. A TBR completed.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi

I‘m really enjoying the flipping from the story of one sister‘s line to the other. It does take a bit of getting used to with each chapter, as a migrant who at times feels divided about where my place and people are this appeals to me. Also I love how the story is structured around Maame having two daughters by different men ; although traditionally the men have/own/determine the wives this is not the emphasis in this text.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Really enjoying this, I like the two families from the two original sisters and how the story flips between the two and down through the generations. I do need to check the family tree each chapter but am enjoying it. No pearls of wisdom yet but a solid narrative through the strong idea of family and the cover is so aesthetic.

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The point that summed this book up for me is when he is considering how he might retrieve the alcohol from the glass that his own blood has spilled into. Desperate for a drink.

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Mehso-so

Well it's titled Diary of an oxygen thief for a reason. Seemed like a pretty sound perspective from an immature egotistical alcoholic, ie. very unreliable narrator. Wouldn't spend money buying this, glad I loaned it from the library. As useless as staring into the bottom of a pint glass.

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"We are not punished for our sins, we are punished by them." Possibly first and last sensible thing said in this book and it's on page 25.

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Not loving this so far but always a believer in people change so will persist.
Have to say straight up Hurt people do not always hurt people!!! Not an excuse imo, reason maybe, but no excuse.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Did not pass my 10 page test. Characters were too straightforward, plot slow, nothing grabbed me. Not enough time in life to read everything on my TBR therefore have to be choosy.

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A very different perspective on domestic violence and its impact. Remember reading this as a teen and not quite getting the end or getting it but not wanting to. Thought provoking about powerlessness.

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One rant I do want to make is about the story Shell. So many poems or stories emphasise how dreadfully draining and difficult motherhood is and as a mother I do not disagree. In so many ways it is the hardest and most complex thing I have done and do each day but...at one and the same time being a mother is deeply, creatively meaningful.

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Jacki Kay has marvellously created many different voices in this collection of short stories. Why don‘t you stop talking was terrifyingly shocking, the awkwardness in Timing, funy The Oldest Woman in Scotland & A guid Scot‘s Death are probably my favourites, memorable Out of Hand, the clever Physics and Chemistry and the beautifully moving expression of death in In between talking about the Elephant. Well worth reading.

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Good Night, Mr. Tom | Michelle Magorian
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Moving and deep in such a gentle manner. A fabulous book that presents males as feeling, sensitive and tender. Truly beautiful story about gruff old countryman Mr Tom who takes in the bruised and battered boy, Londoner, Willie during WWII and patiently provides him with care, love and a home. Has very little to do with the war, much to do with a father-son style relationship. Alan e of funny and poignant moments. Every child should read this book.

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The White Girl | Tony Birch
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Recommend for year 9, it is very informative on the Australian constitution, the Aboriginal Protection Act, exemptions, the Stolen Generation, travel permits, mission life, plus more. It presents strong resilient Indigenous female and male characters. It also does not encourage an “us and them” mentality but presents all types of characters - Indigenous and non-indigenous in different lights. It is hopeful and looks forward to a better Australia.

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Fun short play about a recent University graduate directing a play version of Mozart‘s Opera Cosi Fan Tutte at an institute for the mentally ill during the early 70s. Not as dramatic a climax as I expected but meaning ful nonetheless. I will certainly take my social work friends to a staging if there is one locally.

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Old and a little dated in some respects, but if you can look beyond that, and consider the main message that life is about cooperating and collaborating with others for the greater good, then this will be an enjoyable read full of common sense.

Libby1 I grew up in Chicago, and our planetarium is named after Adler. 3mo
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Smile | Raina Telgemeier
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Great quick read that certainly appeals to 12yo‘s who have headgear or braces 😬 😀. Lovely story about puberty and choosing to be yourself rather than trying to be someone else in order to please others.

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Presented as a conversation between a philosopher and a youth that explores Adler‘s psychology which to me appeared very common sense and resonated with with my attempts at parenting. For example explaining to children the futility of comparing themselves as they can never be the other person, rather to focus on what they can offer “contribute”. I am going to buy a copy as I believe I could read this each year and learn more. More Adler to read.❤️

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Read this because I am going to take children to see the theatre production. Another reasonable children's novel by Morpurgo.

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The The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Excellent novel that deals with the long, wide reaching and arduous aftermath that shakes a community when a member is raped. Terrible but well handled truth.

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So Much to Tell You | John Marsden
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As I read this I began to realise that I had read it before and remembered that I was disappointed the first time, most likely as a teenager. I was not as disappointed this time but can understand how my teenage self wanted to know more about the redevelopment of Marina‘s relationship with her father. I distinctly remember be annoyed at the relegation of her name and continue to feel that it should have not been given. That‘s all.

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Mehso-so

Straightforward guide on all the usual things you'd expect in a self help book - having a purpose, EQ over IQ, presentation skills, stress management, self image etc. etc. You don't need to read ever word and could easily use it to dip in and out of when you or friends are in need of some strategies.

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A great read if you are interested in social and cultural change. Debunked a lot of the cliches used in the media, politics or economics such as what “the market” thinks - the market doesn‘t think anything, it is a place where people trade, people think- also what “GDP” measures which doesn‘t include a huge part of voluntary services or general behaviours that are never nor can be financially measured. Want change? Make change based decisions!

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

'There are some men, especially of the simpler kind, that prefer their wives to be plain rather than handsome, as that sort buckles down to the work and complains less, and there is not great chance of their running off with another man, as what other man would go to the bother of stealing them?' 😂

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Convicted for a murder for which she has no memory Grace Marks' life story is told as she is interviewed 15+ years later by Dr Jordan, an early style of psychiatrist. The balance of humour and intrigue is wonderful as Atwood entertains through the candid, intelligent, yet self contained narrative voice of Grace as she comments on human nature, the medical profession, class and gender. Not to forget the historical importance of quilts.

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

"I am afraid he was very much indulged, not least by himself. For if the world treats you well, Sir, you come to believe you deserve it."
The essence of privilege?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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What is the collective noun for Doctors? Could it be... should it be... a murder of doctors?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Wise for her age.

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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I tend to agree about religious fanaticism and alcohol but then wonder why either has such intense affect on some people...what is the predisposing cause?

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood

"People dressed in a certain kind of clothing are never wrong. Also they never fart.” ? hilarious but also painfully true.

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Genuine Fraud | E. Lockhart
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Not as good as We Were Liars, the obviously unreliable narration reduced the drama and mystery. Also the reverse order of events eventually annoyed me and I read the novel from ch1 to ch 19. It was a much better text in order.

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Found | Fleur Ferris
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Suddenly Beth's father goes missing in her small country town...is she who she thinks he is? Is she who she thinks she is? Entertaining read for your average 13-15 year olds. Quite action packed, not too deep.

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Too Afraid to Cry | Ali Cobby Eckermann
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Well known poet and author Ali Cobby Eckerman's moving and troubling story of her journey to find her place and people. Interspersed with poems that provide strong emotion, this text gives a straightforward account of how complicated life has been made to be for the Aboriginal people of Australia who were stolen. 😢 and 😀

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The Ghost's Child | Sonya Hartnett
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Read this again for work. It is such a wonderful book that challenges superficiality straight on. It is a beautifully written telling of a beautiful story that has a beautiful meaning. So rich with discussion of life, love, beauty, loss, self discovery...so mnay truths that are explored tenderly in this novel.

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Quick, easy, cute YA read that reminded me of The Fault in our Stars. Romantic fun, creative designs with some clever quirks but all in all very easy reading, I would recommend this to a reluctant teenage reader, it should hook them if they like romance.

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The Sidekicks | Will Kostakis
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I didn't actually read the whole book as I didn't feel I needed to, it is a quality YA novel and I would recommend it to teenagers. I didn't want to give it a bailed mark as I bailed not because of the quality but because as a secondary school English teacher I felt that by 130+ pages I could make enough of a judgement. Will recently spoke to the students where i work and he is entertaining as is his book.

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Having lived in Tasmania for many years, this novel, of course resonated with me and made me smile when it spoke of places that I am deeply familiar with. The actions of my neighbour, a WWII veteran who would get drunk, sing and piss on his lemon bush makes a lot more sense now. Also I've heard criticism of Darky ending up being Dorry's nephew but this is so possible, everyone is connected in Tassie.

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All that war, all that pain, all that loss - amounting to nothing.

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A day to die.
Collective death.
Prompted me to wonder whether humans have gone to war in an attempt to give death more meaning rather than getting old and fading away one night.....

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Night | Elie Wiesel

Poignant.

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"Who he was he had no idea..." I get the sense that Dorry will never have an idea. Will that be the point of the book? It does seem to question existence and meaning quite regularly. I am enjoying this novel but not finding it as poignant as perhaps it was meant to be.

Amiable I had the same reaction to this book as you are. 1y
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Super easy to read memoir that has plenty of Anh's humour. A great book all teens should read if they have no personal experience or understanding of refugees. Loved it.

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Taboo | Kim Scott
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Read the first ten pages in the bookstore and was hooked. I love to read texts by Aboriginal Australians. Scott writes beautifully, also he alternates in style and it grabs my attention, something about it! I just love it.

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A straightforward text on creating and developing thinking in the classroom.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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How much can a human heart break? To suffer the trauma of the holocaust at fifteen...speechless. Weeping is appropriate. We must never be silent. "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - most important message!

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Enjoyed this almost as much as To the Lighthouse but nothing matches The Waves. The absurdity of Mrs Dalloway living her life, worrying about flowers, guests and her party whilst others are grappling with suicide or the struggles of a less wealthy life really would help a study on privelege and first world problems. The various feminities and their stories was equally fascinating.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Great book that all teenagers should read, not literary but real and meaningful. #blacklivesmatter

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Woolf writes so beautifully.

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Best Australian Poems 2016 | Sarah Holland-Batt
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Great poem! Fun about being a writer. Made me smile.