** January – The Brand New Challenge **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the January – The Brand New Challenge;

Our challenge this month is themed around things that are “new” since it’s the start of a New Year! As you read this month, look at the list of tasks below and see how many you can complete! And as an add on, see how many Aussie authors you can incorporate into your list:)

Rules:
#1. You need to complete a minimum of three of the five categories listed below to finish this challenge. One read – one book for each category.
#2. List (and LINK) your choice of books for the challenge.
#3. Upon completion of a book, rate it and update your progress…
#4. Don’t forget our guidelines HERE

The Categories:
1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
2). Debut: Read a debut novel by any author.
3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
5). Reader’s Choice: Read any book of your choice.

1). Author: Read a book by an author who is new to you.
light and shadow Mark Colvin – Light and Shadow: Memoirs of a Spy’s Son [AUS]
Mark Colvin is a broadcasting legend. He is the voice of ABC Radio’s leading current affairs program PM; he was a founding broadcaster for the groundbreaking youth station Double J; he initiated The World Today program; and he’s one of the most popular and influential journalists in the twittersphere.
Mark has been covering local and global events for more than four decades. He has reported on wars, royal weddings and everything in between. In the midst of all this he discovered that his father was an MI6 spy.
Light and Shadow is the incredible story of a father waging a secret war against communism during the Cold War, while his son comes of age as a journalist during the tumultuous Whitlam and Fraser years and embarks on the risky career of a foreign correspondent.
Mark was witness to some of the most world-changing events, including the Iranian hostage crisis, the buildup to the first Gulf War in Iraq and the direct aftermath of the shocking genocide in Rwanda. But when he contracted a life-threatening illness while working in the field, his life changed forever.
Mark Colvin’s engrossing memoir takes you inside the coverage of major news events and gently navigates the complexity of his father’s double life.

(Media: audio book 🎧)
VERDICT:

3). New Release: Read a book which was recently published (within the past 6 months).
impudence Gail Carriger – Imprudence
Published July 19th 2016 by Orbit
London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?

(Media: dead tree, audio book 🎧)
Series: The Custard Protocol #2
VERDICT:

4). New Year, New Series!: Read the first book in a series or trilogy that is new to you.
missperegrine Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

(Media: dead tree)
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1
VERDICT:

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