Our season of heat, humidity and bushfires is finally here, and we want to celebrate making it through winter, enjoying the magnificent new growth in spring, and while getting ready for the New Year and 2013, enjoying the Summer sunshine and beautiful beaches!
LAY BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY A WONDERFUL SUMMER OF READING
1. Celebrate Australia! Choose a book from one of our many Aussie authors for this one.
John Birmingham – Weapons Of Choice (Axis Of Time, #1)
The impossible has spawned the unthinkable. A military experiment in the year 2021 has thrust an American-led multinational armada back to 1942, right into the middle of the U.S. naval task force speeding toward Midway Atoll—and what was to be the most spectacular U.S. triumph of the entire war.
Thousands died in the chaos, but the ripples had only begun. For these veterans of Pearl Harbor—led by Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, and Spruance—have never seen a helicopter, or a satellite link, or a nuclear weapon. And they’ve never encountered an African American colonel or a British naval commander who was a woman and half-Pakistani. While they embrace the armada’s awesome firepower, they may find the twenty-first century sailors themselves far from acceptable.
Initial jubilation at news the Allies would win the war is quickly doused by the chilling realization that the time travelers themselves—by their very presence—have rendered history null and void. Celebration turns to dread when the possibility arises that other elements of the twenty-first century task force may have also made the trip—and might now be aiding Yamamoto and the Japanese.
What happens next is anybody’s guess—and everybody’s nightmare. . . .
2. Lighten the load! We will continue to chip away at our TBR shelves… Choose at least one book from your TBR list.
This is more like a TBF (to Be Finished) as it has been sitting with a bookmark stuck in it for over 12 months.
Billy Connolly – Journey to the Edge of the World: Adventures in the Arctic Wilderness
In the summer of 2008 Billy Connolly set sail on a 10-week journey from ocean to ocean: from the Atlantic to the Pacific, by way of the North West Passage—a fabled route deep within the Arctic Circle that has thwarted explorers and fortune-hunters for centuries. For Cook, Drake, and countless other adventurers, the North West Passage has been an alluring but impossible journey, a trial of unparallelled physical and mental strength, a haunting and fascinating wilderness. Now the Arctic is melting at a rate of 36,000 square miles a year and the journey is finally possible. For the first time, if they are quick, travelers can sail freely, if precariously, from Newfoundland right round to Vancouver. By plane, rail, road, and boat, along coastlines and across sweeping landscapes that represent the final Northern frontier of the inhabited world for both man and beast, Billy’s adventure embraces a memorable mix of bizarre encounters, Hemingway-esque characters, incredible wildlife, forgotten languages, big game hunting, and all night carousing under the midnight sun. And he takes readers with him. He learns how to be a bear whisperer, pans for gold with prospectors, learns how to square dance, kayaks through ice floes between fishing trips, runs bare-assed into a sweat lodge, and attempts the finer complexities of the Inuit language. He jams with fiddlers, kisses a cod, goes hunting for Bigfoot, and invokes the spirit of the ancients while iceberg-harvesting. Billy goes searching for the beauty of ordinariness and bumps into all manner of weird and wonderful people along the way. With his infectious enthusiasm and idiosyncratic humor, this is more than just an informative and entertaining travel guide, it is also equally hilarious and poignant time spent with a truly unique citizen of the world.
3. Food! We all love food, and the summer fare is yummy! Choose a book relating to summery foods, salads, barbeques, pavlova, recipes, anything where summery foods might be a topic or even the title!
Cathy Savage & Craig Lewis – Australian Bush Cooking
From roasts to rissoles, salads to savouries and dampers to deserts, Australian Bush Cooking will help bring a tempting new twist to your camp cooking whether its on an open fire, on a gas cooker or in your caravan or camper’s kitchen. The easy and tempting recipes have all been planned for simplicity as well as good eating, using basic ingredients that are readily available Australia- wide – and all road tested by the authors in the great outdoors. Now in full colour, many of the recipes are illustrated as are many of the techniques and equipment the authors use whilst out on the road. Australian Bush Cooking also goes further than your usual recipe book with details on the different types of bush cooking gear, advice on menu planning and hints on building the right type of cooking fire. There’s even sage advice on the fading art of how to brew up a great cup of billy tea!
(Media: Deadtree Edn.3)
4. Choose a book with a word related to SUMMER in the title (e.g. summer, heat, beach, holidays etc., I‘m sure you can think of many examples) OR a book that the story is set during summer.
5. Australia Day is on the 26th January so find something relating to the First Fleet, a National Day, family bbqs and get togethers, even Anzac biscuits…anything relating to our special day.
6. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is held in February. It’s one of the largest festivals in the world and is a major draw card for Australian tourism. So choose a book with a gay character or written by a gay author.
Ellen Kushner – Swordspoint (Riverside Series #1)
In the highly stratified world of Kushner’s nameless old city, the aristocrats living in fine mansions on the Hill settle their differences by sending to the thieves’ den of Riverside for swordsmen who will fight to the death for a point of someone else’s honor.
Young Lord Michael Godwin is so taken by these romantic figures that he studies the art himself until challenged by the best of them.
Master of the Sword, Richard St. Vier is picky in his contracts and precise in his killing but he nevertheless becomes embroiled in the nobility’s political, social and sexual intrigues. When his lover Alec is kidnapped by Lord Horn, St. Vier must take drastic action. (Media: Audibook)
From the Neil Gaiman Presents selection on Audible.
VERDICT: didn’t get a chance to listen to this, now in the Summer 2013/14 challenge list.
7. Christmas is almost upon us, and we will be hearing continual Christmas Carols from now on. Find a book about Christmas, but make sure there’s reference somewhere to Carols in the story!
A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry
This version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, masterfully narrated by Tim Curry, was available for a limited time last year, and now it’s back. This one-of-a-kind performance puts a unique spin on a treasured classic, and served as the inspiration for the exciting new line of Audible Signature Classics, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Elijah Wood, and Heart of Darkness with Kenneth Branagh. Tim Curry performs this timeless holiday story in a deliciously dark tone, returning it to its Dickensian roots with a vivid imagining of Victorian London and just the right touch of outrageous fun.
A Christmas Carol has constantly been in print since its original publication in 1849, and has been adapted for stage, television, film, and opera. It has often been credited with returning the jovial and festive atmosphere to the holiday season in Britain and North America, following the somber period that emerged during the Industrial Revolution.
The story opens on a bleak and cold Christmas Eve as Ebenezer Scrooge is closing up his office for the day. As the story progresses and Christmas morning approaches, Scrooge encounters the unforgettable characters that make this story a classic: Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and, of course, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
8. New Release…choose a book which is released between 1st December, 2012 and 28th February 2013…it doesn’t have to be by an Aussie author!
9. Have you checked out the excellent Literature Map website? Type in the name of a favourite author, choose the author closest to him/her and select one of their books to read.
10. It’s Valentine’s Day in February! Choose a book with a touch of Romance. But feel free to interpret ‘Romance’ however you want. Could be romance, love of family or friends, love of a cause, country or even God. As long as it’s a significant theme in the story it’s OK.:)
I was going for the love of Dwarves for Gold … does The Hobbit count? ;P
And finally, for all of you who have MASSIVE TBR lists, and those who’d like to re-read and never have time…..
11. Choose a fantasy, paranormal or horror book from your TBR list
Gail Carriger – Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5)
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire’s second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell’s acting troupe’s latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia’s enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
(Media: Audio Book, Paperback)
12. Choose a well-loved book, and re-read it, just because you can:) (if you don’t want to do a re-read, choose a non-fiction from your TBR list)