During the months of Autumn Australia holds various events throughout the country…
1. Labor Day March in some states
Choose a book whose lead characters are workers in construction, office, health, police force or teachers. Please mention their occupation when you post your list.
S M Barnett – A Policeman’s Lot is not a happy one : the Kempson’s of Nottingham and Tea Tree Gully
This is a book (52 pages) that may take some tracking down which contains [some of] the story of my g-g-g-grandfather. Discovered on www.rootschat.com (Reply #82) while tracking down some of the history of (the infamous?) Henry Kempson who arrived Port Adelaide on Febuary 6th, 1840 on the Rajasthan.
2. St Patrick’s Day 17th March
Choose a book with a GREEN COVER OR is set in Ireland/has Irish characters
3. Melbourne’s Moomba Festival March
Read a book with any kind of happy, fun activity in it: singing, dancing, sporting activities, movies under the stars, water activities…
Robbie McEwen – One Way Road: The Autobiography of Three Time Tour de France Green Jersey Winner Robbie McEwen
Robbie McEwen is one of the most successful road cyclists of the last 20 years, having achieved the rare distinction of winning over 100 professional races, including multiple stages in the prestigious Tour de France and Tour of Italy. At the Tour de France, he has taken the coveted green jersey three times. He spent his teen years winning just about every possible title for his age group at BMX, before discovering road cycling at 18. McEwen soon established himself as one of the foremost road sprinters of his generation. He took his first ever stage win at the Tour de France in the celebrated final stage of the race in 1999, on the Champs Elyseés. But it was between 2002 and 2007 that he had claim to being the fastest sprinter in the world. McEwen is renowned for being a forthright character, a favorite among fans, and respected by his competitors. Few cyclists have ever approached the sport in such a detailed way, and few have been as competitive. He now rides for Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team, still competing at the very highest level.
A must read for any cycling fan.
4. Canberra Day Second Monday in March
The city’s name comes from the local Aboriginal word Kanbarra, meaning “meeting place,” in the old Ngunnawal language – Read a book written by or about local indigenous people
5. April Fools’ Day
Choose a book in the humour category
6. Easter – April
Read a book which has chocolate, religion, hot cross buns, or family fun included
7. ANZAC Day 25th April
Choose War or Military Fiction tying in to our Aussie Diggers
8. The Captain Cook 1770 Festival May
Read an Historical Fiction novel set around our early settlement days
9. The Whaleshark Festival May
Find a book with any of our beautiful sea creatures in it
10. Colours of Autumn
Choose a book which has the words, red, gold, brown, orange or yellow in the title OR whose cover is primarily one of those colours
John Scalzi – Redshirt **Winter Reading Challenge – 2015**
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.
Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
(Media: eBook, audiobook)
Redshirts was the ALTERNATE Sword & Laser read for July 2013
** 11, 12 & 13 – Read 3 books from your TBR list for these.
And just for fun, why not let the Randomiser select the books for you – please note this is optional.