GR Aussie Book Bingo Challenge – Post #2

One of my challenges for 2020 was the GR Aussie Book Bingo. Every fortnight on a Wednesday I will aim to post which square I’m crossing off of the GR Aussie Book Bingo card.

There are 4 levels to the challenge:

  • Shelf: (10 books – 2 rows)
  • Bookcase (15 books – 3 rows)
  • Library (20 books – 4 rows)
  • To Infinity and Beyond ( 25 books – 5 rows)

Obviously, I’m aiming towards infinity.

I got a little behind in my posting for this one, so I’ll cross off three squares today.



I’m crossing off the Non-fiction square with Bowraville by Dan Box a true crime/memoir, the 400+ pages square with The Pearl Theif by Fiona McIntosh, which has a huge 500 pages and Set in Another Country with Bound by Silence by Suzanne Cass which is set in Hawaii.

I will endeavor to post on time next time, which should be in two Wednesday’s time.

Screenshot_20200130_091042 IMG_20200206_190147Bound by Silence

Book Bingo 2020 Round 1: Themes of Crime and Justice

FB_IMG_1576969010534This is the first post for Book Bingo 2020 hosted by Theresa Smith Writes & Mrs B’s Book Reviews & The Book Muse



This round I am crossing off the square Themes of Crime and Justice and I am using the book Dead Again by Sandi Wallace. 

This is a great crime novel and is book 2 in the Rural Crime Files, Franklin and Harvey series, it can be read as a standalone, but for best enjoyment, I would read book 1 first. Read my review for Dead Again here.



GR Aussie Book Bingo Challenge #1

One of my challenges for 2020 was the GR Aussie Book Bingo. Every fortnight on a wednesday I will aim to post which square I’m crossing off of the GR Aussie Book Bingo card.

There are 4 levels to the challenge:

  • Shelf: (10 books – 2 rows)
  • Bookcase (15 books – 3 rows)
  • Library (20 books – 4 rows)
  • To Infinity and Beyond ( 25 books – 5 rows)

Obviously I’m aiming towards infinity.

Screenshot_20200107_220846This week it is the square Rated 4+ by a friend

I’m going with Rania Battany’s novel Fleeting Moments which was rated 5 stars by HappyValley BooksRead as well as Helen Sibbrit and Nas Dean  as well as 4 stars by Mrs B’s Book Reviews

My review was published last week and can be read here

Until next time, happy reading.

Book Bingo 2020 – The BIG Reveal & a roundup of my 2019 Book Bingo posts

The new 2020 Book Bingo card is here for those interested in joining in in 2020 check out the links below for more information and like these blogs to follow along.


via #BookBingo2020 – The BIG Reveal – Theresa Smith Writes

& Book Bingo 2020: Launch Day – Mrs B’s Book Reviews

& Book Bingo 2020 Intro – The Book Muse


Now I thought I’d roundup all my 2019 Book Bingo posts


Round 1 – A book set in an exotic location – Daughter of the Sky by Michelle Diener

Round 2 – Novel less  than 150 pages – The Purple Hills by Alissa Callen

Round 3 – A book with a red cover & Written by an author I’ve never read – The Christmas Wish by Beth Prentice & Valor by Karrie Roman

Round 4 – Written by an Australian Male & Memoir about a non-famous person  – Ridgeview Station by Michael Trant & Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Round 5 – Book set in the Australian outback – Sunshine by Kim Kelly

Round 6 – Themes of Fantasy – Arkanae by Lynette Noni

Round 7 – Book by an author with the same initials as you – Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein

Round 8 – Themes of Inequality – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Round 9 – Novel that has 500 pages or more – The Chocolate Maker’s Wife by Karen Brooks

Round 10 – A fictional novel about a woman from history – Esther by Jessica North

Round 11 – Romance – The Soccer Player and the Single Mom by Kyra Jacobs

Round 12 – Crime – The Dare by Carol Wyer

Round 13 – Historical – The Postmistress by Alison Stuart

Round 14 – Book set in the Australian Mountains – Cllimbing Fear by Leisl Leighton

Round 15 – Themes of science fiction – Mercenary Royal by Shona Husk

Round 16 – Book set on the Australian coast – Urchin’s Bluff by Eliza Bennetts

Round 17 – Book with a place in the title – Singapore Sapphire by A.M Stuart

Round 18 – Written by an Australian woman – Spoilt For Love by Monique Mulligan

Round 19 – Book written by an Australian woman more than 10 years ago – Master of Ransome by Lucy Walker

Round 20 – Themes of culture – The Kabul Peace House by Mark Isaacs

Round 21 – Literary – Wearing Paper Dresses by Anne Brinsden

Round 22 – Prize winning novel – Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

Round 23 – Nonfiction book about an event – Hiroshima by John Hersey

Round 24 – Comedy & Beloved Classic – Fatal Break by Beth Prentice & The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum

Round 25 – Written by an author over the age of 65 – The Last Paradise by Di Morrissey

Round 26 – Written by an author under the age 35 & Themes of Justice – Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend & Dark Heart by Tony Park

Wow what a bingo card this was, there were a few that were very hard to fill. Luckily next years looks much easier. I hope you will join me in next years Book Bingo challenge.




Book Bingo Round 26 – double & final entry

Well, I made it! The final round of Book Bingo 2019. Today I’m crossing off the last 2 square left on the bingo card.

First is Author under the age of 35, this was hard once again, because no one wants to list their age, but I have it under good authority that Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend fits this square. I enjoyed this second book about Morrigan Crow, not quite as much as book one, I found the treatment of Morrigan by her teachers and fellow student to be a little too over the top in its nastiness and it made me extremely angry on her behalf. The second half of the novel I found more enjoyable than the first. I can’t wait for the next episode when hopefully Morrigan can come into her own as a Wundersmith.

And lastly a book with Themes of Justice, the one I wanted to use I realised I had already used for themes of inequality, (damn). I guess I could have used any of the crime books really, but I am going with an audiobook I’m nearly finished called Dark Heart by Tony Park. This revolves around the terrible war crimes committed in Rwanda (a place I’m visiting next year, hence my interest) and the search for 3 men in a photograph with the aim to prosecute them and bring them to justice. It has other themes, murder for hire, animal poaching, animal trafficking, all running adjacent to the horrific events in 1995. I don’t particularly like any of the characters in the story, but I am invested in finding out if these men are found and bought to justice.

And so ends this years Book Bingo Challenge thanks to Theresa Smith Writes, Mrs B’s Book Reviews and The Book Muse for running this challenge. I look forward to 2020s Book Bingo Challenge.

All of my past book bingo posts can be found by searching my home page.

Book Bingo Round 24: Double entry


Well we are getting to the pointy end of the bingo car, I think (I hope) there are two more rounds to go, the next one will have to be a double also.

This round I’ve crossed of squares Comedy and Beloved Classic.  

I found a beautifully illustrated edition of The Wizard of Oz on my shelf that was given to me when I was around 9-Years-old. I love the movie and was looking forward to rereading the book. Unfortunately, maybe because I am now an adult, this didn’t quite meet my expectations. It is definitely written aimed at children and at times I found it overly simplistic, I’m sure however, when my niece or nephew are older, they will love it. It was nice to revisit, but it is the movie and not the book that I love.

For comedy, I chose Beth Prentice’s latest book in the Aloha Lagoon series, Fatal Break, which gave me plenty of laughs when I read it earlier this year. My review can be read here.

Until next fortnight, happy reading x


Book Bingo Round 23

Today’s square is Nonfiction book about an event, I didn’t have a lot of choice, but found one on my bookshelf which appears to have been a school text for my neice when she was in high-school. A pretty harrowing event, the book I picked is Hiroshima by John Hersey.

I really knew nothing about this event other than it happened, thousands upon thousands died, were injured and suffered for the rest of their lives as well as their progenies lives.

John Hersey tells 6 peoples stories, from moments before the bomb to the end of their life. It was a horrific event and the aftermath was pretty for none of them, though many worked hard to help others for the rest of their working life. They all suffered terrible illnesses as a result of the bomb.

It puts things into perspective and makes you pray to whatever entity you believe in, that this never happens again.

The way the Japanese military and governing people as well as the Americans covered this event up, swept it under the carpet and gave the people affected no support or recompense for many years is just disgusting.

The Japanese people, the everyday people who this affected definitely are strong and resilient people.