Wednesday 1 November 2017

AusReadingMonth is Here!

Welcome one and all to the fifth year of #AusReadingMonth.

Each year I promise to be more organised, but each year November sneaks up on me and I'm suddenly scrambling to get posts written.

One of the changes this year will be a weekly challenge (to be posted every Wednesday).

Week 1 starts with the Q&A below plus some brief getting to know you stuff.
If Q&A's are not your thing, but you'd like to flag your intentions to join in #AusReadingMonth, then please add your URL link below to whatever 'joining in' post you'd prefer to write.

Who are you? And where in the world are you?

My name is Bronwyn and I've been blogging for 8 years.
In 2015 I joined the editorial team at the Australian Women Writers Challenge. My first role was to edit the History, Memoir, Biography page, but I recently became the editor for the General Non-Fiction page.

I live in an inner city suburb of Sydney, but have lived most of life in country NSW.

To keep life even more interesting, I'm also preparing for my very first photographic exhibition this month.
If things suddenly go quiet here in the middle of November, you'll know why!

I love reading books set in my own country & hope to infect the rest of the world with this love.
My blog is full of Australian book suggestions and reviews (as is the AWWC blog linked above) - please feel free to explore both 'til your heart's content.

What are your reading goals for this year's #AusReadingMonth?

I'm starting with The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough.

It will be a reread for me that began when I spotted a readalong with Naomi & Sarah last month for The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery.
I can't read one without the other.
My desire to compare and contrast and ponder the controversy once again was simply too strong.
I declared my intentions and found that a few others were also keen to readalong.

The Ladies of Missalonghi is set in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, thereby ticking off the NSW square on my BINGO card.

My next read will be The Commandant by Jessica Anderson, an historical fiction set in the convict settlement of Moreton Bay, QLD.

After that I will have to search out a book set in the ACT/Canberra area (or written by a Canberra based author - Marion Halligan or Cold Light by Frank Moorhouse perhaps?) to complete my first row on the BINGO card below.

Read one square, one row or two, or go the whole hog and read nine Aussie books this month.
For more details about the BINGO card challenge see my earlier post here.

Aussie Q&A

1. Tell us about the Australian books you've loved and read so far.

2. When you think of Australia, what are the first five things that pop into your mind?

3. Have you ever visited Australia? Or thought about it? 
What are the pro's and con's about travelling to/in Australia for you?
What are/were your impressions? 

4. If you have been or plan to visit, where will you be heading first?
If you already live in this big, beautiful land, tell us a little about where you are, what you love (or not) about it and where you like to holiday (or would like to visit) in Australia.

5. Do you have a favourite Australian author/s or book/s?
Tell us about him/her/it.

6. Which Aussie books are on your TBR pile/wishlist?

7. Which book/s do you hope to read for #AusReadingMonth?

8. It came to my attention recently (when I posted a snake photo on Instagram) that our overseas friends view Australia as a land full of big, bad, deadly animals.
Can you name five of them?
What about five of our cuter more unique creatures?
(For the locals, which five animals from each category have you had an up close and personal with)?

9. Can you name our current Prime Minister (plus four more from memory)? 
No googling allowed!

10. Did you know that Australians have a weird thing for BIG statues of bizarre animals and things?
Can you name five of them?


  1. I'm Liz from Adventures in Reading, Writing and Working from Home, based in Birmingham, UK, and I'm going to be reading "The Ladies of Missalonghi". I'm very much enjoying the few pages I've read so far, learning about their world and the strange little town they live in. I've read a fair bit of Australian literature over the years but this is the first time I've managed to join in with AusReadingMonth so I'm very excited to be able to take part!

    1. The town of Byron is fictional, but every time I read the book I imagine it's one of the little villages on the train line in the Blue Mountains - somewhere like Blackheath or Mount Vic or Bullaburra or Lawson.

      Delighted to have you reading along - use twitter #missyreadalong

  2. Kicking off this challenge with bingo space QLD!

    1. I really thought you'd be using an Astley for QLD, but nice way to combine #AusReadingMonth & #NonFicNov :-)

  3. Hi Brona, I've linked the Matthew Flinders book. I hope to add another book at least to my TBR as well as A Murder Unmentioned. Thanks for doing this every year. It's great!

    1. I've now ordered My Love Must Wait - thanks for tipping my wish over into desire :-D
      Your post with links to Australian books is fabulous - so I'll add a link here to take people to it straight away - Carol's terrific book list

    2. I do hope you enjoy it & thanks for adding my book list!

  4. Australian short stories? Short review! :)

  5. CF at its best! Bar owner McMurdo has the best quote:
    "I'm not entering into a debate with you, my friend.
    Look around. This is a pub.
    This is not a democracy (pg 170)

  6. Cloudstreet was an absolute delight!
    I listened to the book on the tran...and at times
    laughed out loud! Australian literature at its best!

  7. I'm reading in on a blustery chilly Frisian island!
    But the beach pavilionhas a heated terrace with my winter gloves on
    ...I enjoy a Heineken and my next Australian book!

    1. Your Frisian photos were fabulous - I've posted a couple of book pics on Insta & twitter to show you a little bit of country town NSW.

  8. Oh I hope this is an annual! My reading is pretty much planned this month. I have Aussie friends so I'd dearly love to have done this with you. Next year?

    Lisa @

  9. Finished reading P. Carey's Booker Prize Winner 2000
    about the Australian 'Robin Hood', Ned Kelly.

  10. This was an 'extra' read not on the bingo card!
    E. Ormsby is a Melbourne-based author who
    tells us about all things vice...on the 'Dark Web'.
    Great reporting!

  11. The Grief Hole....definitely out of my comfort zone...but I was
    very impressed! K. Warren is a rising star!

  12. So as you blogpost stated " It touched me in ways that I'm still finding hard to catch and define."
    So did this book. I knew nothing about Tasmania....I even had to look for it on the map!
    Now I want to read more about the indigenous people of Australia. This is why #AusReadingMonth is my favorite challenge of the year....I just keep discovering new things! Thanks Brona for hosting....despite many thing going on in your life!

  13. Quick read in the train....
    but honestly, I've read better books about
    rural Australia.

    1. I tried to spend some time today catching up on blog posts for AusReadingMonth & nonficnov, but I only got 2 done before I had to head off to my next thing.

      Now that my exhibition has gone off smoothly & successfully tonight, I'm hoping that life will return to some kind of normal again for awhile.

      Thanks for your continued enthusiasm & interaction despite my intermmitant attention xo

    2. ...I thunder on.....!

  14. I started this book 'My Place" in the train...never looked
    out the window b/c this story was very touching.
    It engaged and entertained me....that is what good books do!

  15. I have been saving review of Thea Astley's book 'Boat Load of Home Folk'
    for the last days of the challenge! She is an amazing writer.
    I am trying to read ALL her novels in chronological order...and
    experience how Astley's writing just gets better and better. #MustRead
    Australian Women Writers #AWW

  16. I went ‘the whole hog’ !! BINGO COMPLETED!!

    If you’re felt a little touched by the sun (in the middle of Winter!)and decided
    …the Whole Hog was for me!
    I Read NINE books (+) this November from all of the 8 states and territories
    …plus one freebie. It was a great reading month and I had so much fun.
    Brona, were a great hostess!


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