**Summer Reading Challenge – 2013/2014**

**Summer Reading Challenge – 2013/2014** (01-Dec-2013 – 28-Feb-2014)
The Aussie Readers group on **Summer Reading Challenge – 2013/2014**;

Summer is here (even though we’ve had no spring in much of Australia!) and we have a new challenge to work our way through. So put your thinking caps on and make yourselves a list, ready to start our newest challenge on December 1st:)


1. Celebrate Summer in Australia
choose a book by an Aussie author with a summery cover OR relating to summer in the title OR set in the summer months from the Aussie Readers Bookshelf for this one!


2. It’s Valentine’s Day on the 14th February
challenge yourself to choose a romance! (as long as there’s a hint of romance in the air, your interpretation is fine!) Variations of Romance

Being a reader who does not generally read romance, I have gone with the second Temeraire novel; it’s tenuous, but Temeraire has his first romance in the Chinese court, courting an Imperial dragon named Mei.

Jade Naomi Novik – Throne of Jade (Temeraire #2)
When Britain intercepted a French ship and its precious cargo–an unhatched dragon’s egg–Capt. Will Laurence of HMS Reliant unexpectedly became master and commander of the noble dragon he named Temeraire. As new recruits in Britain’s Aerial Corps, man and dragon soon proved their mettle in daring combat against Bonaparte’s invading forces.
Now China has discovered that its rare gift, intended for Napoleon, has fallen into British hands–and an angry Chinese delegation vows to reclaim the remarkable beast. But Laurence refuses to cooperate. Facing the gallows for his defiance, Laurence has no choice but to accompany Temeraire back to the Far East–a long voyage fraught with peril, intrigue, and the untold terrors of the deep. Yet once the pair reaches the court of the Chinese emperor, even more shocking discoveries and darker dangers await.


3. Choose a book which is being released in either December 2013, or January/February 2014


4. The Literature Map is very popular, so give it another go this challenge
Type in the name of a favourite author, choose the author closest to him/her and select one of their books to read.

Joe Abercrombie > Peter V. Brett

PaintedMan Peter V. Brett – The Painted Man (Demon Cycle, #1)
Alt Title: The Warded Man
Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark….
Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day’s ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook. As dusk falls upon Arlen’s world, a strange mist rises from the ground; a mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings – demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons – materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn.
When Arlen’s life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, that truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path.
In the small town of Cutter’s Hollow, Leesha’s perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge.
Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night.
Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

(Media: Audibook)

5. With Christmas on the way (once again!), choose a Christmas Themed book, whatever the hemisphere!

Nightmare Tim Burton – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
Meet Jack Skellington. He’s in charge of making Halloweenland the coolest creepy place around. But when Jack suddenly grows bored with tricks and treats, he goes searching for new ways to celebrate…and he finds them in Christmas Town! Christmas, Jack decides, is just what Halloweenland — and the world — needs! He sets out to take over the role of Santa. But can anything good come of a tall and lanky skeleton dressed up as everyone’s favorite jolly old elf?
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the Walt Disney Company’s most successful franchises, with a huge cult following and a loyal and growing fan base. This beautiful reissue of the book first released in 1993 is a surefire Halloween, Christmas, and year-round hit!

6. We have schoolies, school holidays and family holidays over the summer months, so choose a Young Adult book with children/teens/families as the characters…

Curtsies Gail Carriger – Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2)
Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.
Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

When will the audiobook release?
Probably around the same time, sometimes it take Audible and other providers a little longer to upload the digital file. They are generally cagey in telling anyone HOW long.

(Media: deadtree )

7. The biggest party of the year, the Mardi Gras is on again in February
choose a book with a gay (LGBT) character or author for this one

I didn’t get to this book during the 2012/13 challenge so I am re-listing it here;
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.

8. Australia Day is on January 26th
choose a book either by an Aussie Author, or anything relating to our special day.


9. Your choice of your favourite genre right here!
Whether it be thriller, sci-fi, fantasy or anything in between, make it one you can devour:)

Steam Terry Pratchett – Raising Steam (Discworld, #40)
To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork – a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.
Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work – as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital… but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse…
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails…
(Media: audiobook)

VERDICT: ★★★★★

10. Choose a Book which has been made into a Movie
There are many, many books out there, including The Book Thief’s movie coming to the big screen very soon!

Time to do a re-read of;
Ender Orson Scott Card – Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet #1)
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
(Media: dead tree, audiobook)


11. December – Reduce your TBR!

While we are still celebrating the 50th;
11Doctors Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 stories
by Eoin Colfer , Michael Scott , Marcus Sedgwick , Philip Reeve , Patrick Ness , Richelle Mead , Malorie Blackman , Alex Scarrow , Charlie Higson , Derek Landy , Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Nicholas Briggs, Frazer Hines, Marcus Sedgwick, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Pegg, Malorie Blackman
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Anthology is the perfect collection of adventures for Doctor Who fans. This audio edition is the culmination of a year-long series of ebooks to celebrate fifty years of Doctor Who.
Eleven Doctors, eleven stories, eleven unique interpretations of the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and his time-travelling adventures.
(Media: dead tree, audiobook)

12. January – Reduce your TBR!


13. February – Reduce your TBR!
His Majesty’s Dragon was the alternate Sword & Laser read for December 2013

HisMajestysDragon Naomi Novik – His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1)
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

(Media: ebook)

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