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#LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge: Wrap up

BINGO!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!! BINGO!!!

Wow! Can’t believe I made it 😀

My deepest thanks to The YA Room for running this challenge! I’ve actually made a little dent on my TBR 😉 And I’ve had such a good reading month to end the year with! #LoveOzYA has so much to offer our teens (& teen-in-hearts such as myself); tackling critical life issues, establishing identity, and sometimes, saving the world too :p

Below images are from my insta feed as I read for the challenge

 

Written by 2 or more Aussie authors: Puberty Blues by Kathe Lette & Gabrielle Carey -read 2/12 (my blurb)
Set in your state (NSW): Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle -read 7/12 (I’ve not post a review yet but gosh, my favourite to date!)
Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award: One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn -read 20/12
Strong Friendship Element: Swarm (Zeroes #2) by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan -read 30/12
A Book you’d like to see Adapted: The Road to Winterby Mark Smith read 8/12
Part of a series: Vulpi (Thyla #1) by Kate Gordon -read 26/12
Written by an Indigenous Author: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina read 10/12
Set in the Past: Me and Rory Macbeath by Richard Beasley read 14/12
Mental Health Rep: The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier -read 29/12
Male Protagonist: The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett read 11/12
Young (Under 25) Author: Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle -read 28/12
Marginalised Protagonist: Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah read 18/12
Free Space: Thyla (Thyla #1) by Kate Gordon -read 24/12
Set in a Small Town: Brown Skin Blue by Belinda Jeffrey -read 27/12
Debut Novel: Fury by Shirley Marr read 15/12
Includes an Indigenous Character: Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne -read 22/12
Set After High School: The Convent by Maureen MacCarthy read 19/12
Published by a Small Press: Esme’s Wishes by Elizabeth Foster -read 31/12
A Book You Related To: Laurinda by Alice Pung read 17/12 (Most INTENSE read EVA!)
#OwnVoices: Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim -read 28/12
Aussie Spec Fic: Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres -read 26/12
2017 Release: Draekora by Lynette Noni read 6/12
Queer Romance: The Flywheel by Erin Gough -read 29/12
Self Published: It Came from the Deep by Maria Lewis read 18/12
Set in the City: Frankie by Shivoun Plozza -read 27/12

“Bingo!” – #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge

BINGO!!!

Woo hoo! I’m so excited 😀

I have planned a book for each square (25 in total) but I am playing another challenge at the same time so it all depends on what book is picked for me to read. Hence, I’ve actually read 12 books out of the 25 BUT it’s all over the place and only got my first Bingo! now.

The orange stars on the Bingo sheet below noted squares I’ve read and the red line is my Bingo!

Written by 2 or more Aussie authors: Puberty Blues by Kathe Lette & Gabrielle Carey -read 2/12 (my blurb)
Set in your state (NSW): Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle -read 7/12 (I’ve not post a review yet but gosh, my favourite to date!)
Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award: One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn
Strong Friendship Element: Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan
A Book you’d like to see Adapted: The Road to Winterby Mark Smith read 8/12
Part of a series: Vulpi by Kate Gordon
Written by an Indigenous Author: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina read 10/12
Set in the Past: Me and Rory Macbeath by Richard Beasley read 14/12
Mental Health Rep: The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
Male Protagonist: The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett read 11/12
Young (Under 25) Author: Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
Marginalised Protagonist: Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah read 18/12
Free Space: Thyla by Kate Gordon
Set in a Small Town: Brown Skin Blue by Belinda Jeffrey
Debut Novel: Fury by Shirley Marr read 15/12
Includes an Indigenous Character: Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne
Set After High School: The Convent by Maureen MacCarthy read 19/12
Published by a Small Press: Esme’s Wishes by Elizabeth Foster
A Book You Related To: Laurinda by Alice Pung read 17/12 (Most INTENSE read EVA!)
#OwnVoices: Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
Aussie Spec Fic: Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
2017 Release: Draekora by Lynette Noni read 6/12
Queer Romance: The Flywheel by Erin Gough
Self Published: It Came from the Deep by Maria Lewis read 18/12
Set in the City: Frankie by Shivoun Plozza

How are you all going with your #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge?

Review: Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey

Puberty Blues by Kathy Lette & Gabrielle Carey

Written twenty years ago, Puberty Blues is the bestselling account of growing up in the 1970s that took Australia by storm and spawned an eponymous cult movie. It also marked the starting point of Kathy Lette’s writing career, which sees her now as an author at the forefront of her field.

Puberty Blues is about top chicks and surfie spunks and the kids who don’t quite make the cut: it recreates with fascinating honesty a world where only the gang and the surf count. It’s a hilarious and horrifying account of the way many teenagers live and some of them die. Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey’s insightful novel is as painfully true today as it ever was.

My Blurb (3.5 / 5 stars)

Ok, wow, now I get all the controversy surrounding this book! I still don’t know whether to cry or laugh…

Cry because it’s saddened me, as an older woman, to hear these young teens (starting at 13 when they still haven’t had their periods yet) giving in to sex just cuz it’s what the boys wanted. And sorry but those boys sound like such losers! Gorgeous maybe but err all the girls did was what the boys wanted to do; I wanted to scream!!

Laugh because well, weren’t we all boy crazy at that age? I didn’t get to any of the shenanigans these girls got up to but then again, my life was very sheltered and I did go to a private Catholic girls school where most girls in my class are rather intelligent so yea… but I did remember the slathering baby oil to sunbath; ah, those were the days.

This book was set in the 70s so please do take that into consideration when reading. If you are a parent, be prepared for a fully open & honest conversation with your teens. If you are a teen, please please please have a chat with a trusted adult especially with your questions.

Really, these girls were just dreaming of romance and why shouldn’t they? We dream of romance at any and every age; I still do 😉 I am, however, thoroughly GLAD (capitals required to stress my feelings) with the ending. You go, girls!

 

Plans for #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge

Well I just cannot resist a challenge! Despite my failures in completing them ha ha ha

Still I own quite a number of un-read #LoveOzYA books so I thought this will at least kick start me to shift some off my TBR 🙂

I love just love this gorgeous Bingo grid by Read At Midnight 😻 Do join in the challenge, here’s the original post: #LoveOzYA Month

So, I’ve spent heaps of time considering my plan of attack. I’ll share my planned books below and if you’ve read any of those and loved them, please do let me know so I’ll bump them up!

I’ll also be posting the books by row of tasks on instagram, so follow me to check their covers out: @babemuffin

Written by 2 or more Aussie authors: Puberty Blues by Kathe Lette & Gabrielle Carey
Set in your state (NSW): Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle
Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award: One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn
Strong Friendship Element: Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan
A Book you’d like to see Adapted: The Road to Winterby Mark Smith
Part of a series: Vulpi by Kate Gordon
Written by an Indigenous Author: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Set in the Past: Me and Rory Macbeath by Richard Beasley
Mental Health Rep: The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier
Male Protagonist: The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
Young (Under 25) Author: Breathing Under Water by Sophie Hardcastle
Marginalised Protagonist: Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Free Space: Thyla by Kate Gordon
Set in a Small Town: Brown Skin Blue by Belinda Jeffrey
Debut Novel: Fury by Shirley Marr
Includes an Indigenous Character: Deadly, Unna? by Phillip Gwynne
Set After High School: The Convent by Maureen MacCarthy
Published by a Small Press: Esme’s Wishes by Elizabeth Foster
A Book You Related To: Laurinda by Alice Pung
#OwnVoices: Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim
Aussie Spec Fic: Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres
2017 Release: Draekora by Lynette Noni
Queer Romance: The Flywheel by Erin Gough
Self Published: It Came from the Deep by Maria Lewis
Set in the City: Frankie by Shivoun Plozza

Now, I have to admit that I guessed the fits of some of these books (eg. ‘a book you related to’, etc) so if you spot anything that definitely won’t fit, please DOOOO tell me! I’d very much appreciate it 🙂

I’ve dug up Draekora and that’s what I’d start with this coming Friday, woot! Can’t wait, I’ve really enjoyed the first 2 books & found them to be absolutely fun reads. I’ll catch you next week when I post my progress with this challenge (if any ;p)