2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

To celebrate Australia Day (on January 26th) and Australian authors, a fantastic group of authors, bloggers, booksellers and publishers have joined together to give away dozens of books by Aussie authors in the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out blog.


GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away two books by Australian authors: Fine Wine and a Midlife Crisis by Tara Freeman – an honest, irreverent memoir about turning 40, and (a very gently read ARC of) Leap by Myfanwy Jones – a moving novel about love, loss and life. Open to Australia residents only this time.

[Edited: And this is what I love about the Australia Day Hop…I just found Christy Collins’ wonderful new blog — thanks to the hop — that just happens to have a great review of Leap. Click here to check out her review.]









Enter via the short ‘n sweet Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Then check out all of the fantastic giveaways in this year’s Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop.

CLICK HERE for the Rafflecopter Giveaway Entry Form (Australia residents only)

Good luck and Happy Australia Day!!!!

(INT=giveaway open worldwide AUS=giveaway for Australian residents only)

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)

World Book Reviews: Laurinda by Alice Pung

22603951 I was excited to read this book after winning a copy through Goodreads, but did not expect it to become one of the best books I’ve read this year.

A fascinating account of a young girl’s experience in a fictional Australian private girls school, Alice Pung’s Laurinda is impossible to put down. It has such a unique story line, that of a Vietnamese immigrant on scholarship, and a clever ending that perfectly wraps up this multi-faceted account of her first year at the prestigious school. It also gives readers a glimpse of living in suburbs of Sydney that many people, even locals, may not know.

Laurinda touches upon familiar themes for a book about high school aged children — boys, mean girls, family life, status, class, authority — but does so in a contemporary way. We see and feel things, quite clearly, from the viewpoint of the smart, no-nonsense protagonist, Lucy and root for her all the way.

Highly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Title: Laurinda
Author: Alice Pung
ISBN: 978-1863956925
Availabie at Amazon and Boomerang Books

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