** November 2014 Challenge – Clean up your TBRs – Mixed Bag of Genres **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the November Challenge – Clean up your TBRs – Mixed Bag of Genres;

This month is the perfect opportunity to clean up that TBR list which consistently grows before our very eyes. Read as many books as you can from your TBR list but with a little difference. Most of us like a bit of variety in our reading material – very much like our random Spring weather – so let’s have a Mixed Bag of Genres.
For example, if you decide to read three (3) for the month from your TBR, make sure they are three (3) different genres:)

My Books: to-read

1. Science Fiction / Urban Fantasy
Steelhart Brandon Sanderson – Steelheart (Reckoners #1)
– There are no heroes. –
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★

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Brandon Sanderson - Mitosis Brandon Sanderson – Mitosis (Reckoners #1.5)
From Brandon Sanderson, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally best-selling Mistborn Trilogy, comes “Mitosis”, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: The Reckoners series. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back. Catch all the action before Firefight, the exciting sequel to Steelheart, hits Audible in January 2015.
(Media: )
VERDICT: ★★★.★

2. Travel / Autobiography
Void Joe Simpson – Touching The Void
Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson’s terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.
What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

(Media: Dead Tree)
VERDICT:

3.
ClassAct Maxine McKew – Class Act : Ending The Education Wars
It’s time for a ceasefire in the education wars
Through a series of conversations and case studies Maxine McKew documents the transformation that’s now underway in classrooms around Australia and examines the strategies that are helping to lift academic performance, particularly in some of Australia’s most challenged schools.
Class Act invites reflection on one of our most pressing national dilemmas—how we replicate success across a fragmented educational system and reverse the decline in student performance.
With its frank accounts of the joys and pitfalls of learning in the twenty-first century, Class Act will appeal to parents, teachers and policy-makers alike.

(Media: DeadTree) // also Spring Reading Challenge – 2014
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