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How every theme connected to Matthew Reilly

December 15, 2018

With the themes for each month, the aim was that someone could fit favourite titles in most categories.  We wanted people to be able to either tweet about new reading they had done, or join the discussion with some old favourites.  We also wanted people to be able to discuss any kind of reading. Have a look at the what is reading post to see the range of reading which could be included  as well as watching and playing.  Below is a list of the 2018 themes with a brief explanation about how titles by Matthew Reilly (for example) can fit each of these themes.

This photograph is for those who have read Ice Station
Macquarie Island, 1955. Elephant seal bull

January – #firstread What was the first Matthew Reilly title you read?

February – #wildread Matthew Reilly titles have wild elements, including wild driving, and some amazing wild animals

March – #redread Matthew Reilly titles have a lot of blood (yes even Jason Chaser hover car racer has some injuries) and people ‘seeing red’

April – #wellread Matthew Reilly titles may provide a sense of wellness upon completion as well as gratitude that life is not always so eventful

May – #localread these titles may be a local read as there are detailed descriptions of many different places around the world including central Australia, Paris and part of Egypt.

June – #technoread technology is often crucial including robots, sunglasses, prosthetic arms, watches (there is often a countdown) and aircraft.

July – #classicread Matthew Reilly titles are modern classics

August – #urbanread These novels often have some action in urban areas – this may involve theft, as well as attempts to kill or kidnap.

September–#reelread Matthew Reilly titles are yet to be filmed although there is a test film for Contest

October– #secretread Some people may read their Matthew Riley titles in secret (no need to do this), and there are secrets within the novels which can lead to much of the action (need I mention dragons)

November- #crimeread Matthew Riley novels often have crimes as key elements, some of these are government to government crimes, or crimes within governments, crimes within tournaments, as well as lots of conspiracies

December – #chilloutread some of these novels have snow and so have chilly locations (including Ice Station, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves) however, the sheer amount of action in these can make them titles to chill out while you read them.

#darkread

December 14, 2018

In October 2015 we turned the lights off and read in the dark, just in time for Halloween. We discovered the gothic (and returned to that in 2018 with Gothic Novel Jam), fantasy, horror, Batman (the Dark Knight), the night sky, anxiety, depression, characters in black, dark spaces and creatures underground…. and there was Game of Thrones, again.

The Twitter discussion itself also featured chocolate, fruitcake, brownies and a black burger. But it wasn’t just books that featured, there was also classical music for Halloween, and a cross over into heavy metal cookbooks. Lots of people enjoyed sharing their dark fix during that discussion.

"Sharing Silent Moments"

Celebrations and commemorations!

December 13, 2018

Over the years we’ve commemorated some really big anniversaries including the Centenary of the First World War with #warread, including specifically ANZAC Day, four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare with #bardread (2016), and eight hundred years since the signing of the Magna Carta with #legalread (2015). Though not a landmark year, we also marked Human Rights Day in 2014.

For these “real world” events many books, films, and television shows featured in the discussions, mostly focused on non-fiction and biographical representations of these events along with opportunities to discover fictional interpretations of them as well. And the backdrop of events such as these and other key important events and issues has given many writers the opportunity to educate as well as share their fictional tales. And on a lighter note, Star Wars Day (May the 4th); the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein and birth of Emily Bronte; and the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter (yes, it has been that long already!) have also been featured and celebrated here.

North Terrace, Armistice Day crowd

We are revisiting some other popular posts including. . .#furread

December 12, 2018

One month we read, watched and played with animals. We used the tag #furread, but also saw birds, reptiles, insects, fish and lots of other types of living creatures. There are so many amazing reads featuring animals and we had a great time talking and Tweeting about them.

Children’s books are a great starting point, but the options are almost endless with many films featuring animals whether real, imagined or fictional.  There are animal heroes and comedians, military animals, and other working animals, as well as the people who work with then, or heal them.

We can’t ignore paranormal reading either, with werewolves and other shapeshifters, and don’t forget the selkies.

Animals also feature in microscience titles such as Cod, exploring these subjects in much loving detail.

Rats feature in many works such as Rats of Nimh, Ratatouille,  and with the character Death of Rats in many Terry Pratchett novels, and other animals are the focus of different mythologies.

Animals are participants in sports, but there are also issues of animal welfare.

There are imagined, hybridised (Island of Dr Moreau), and recreated animals (Jurassic Park) Synthetic Animals/Extinct Animals(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep).

There is much to read about endangered animals as well.

Games also involve animals (Fleece lightning, World of Warcraft).

Plus, there is also also animal husbandry and recipes involving animals.

What are your favourites for  #furread?

Puma

#crimeread

December 12, 2018

There have been lots of bodies in our libraries over the years: one in three new books published in English every year falls into the crime fiction category. True crime is also increasingly popular. So, from very neat murders through to ghastly and gory tales, crime writing takes up a large amount of shelf space in bookstores and in libraries. There are early and modern classics. Book by men and women. Crime stories focused on the detective, the forensic professional, the lawyer, the accidental sleuth and more.

Crime writing offers windows into the worlds of the worst types of criminals. These tales also let us travel – across time and around the world – we can work hard to solve the crime or we can sit back and let our heroes and heroines being offenders to account for what they have done. What are your favourite crime related reads? Any films or games? What are the blogs, Twitter streams or magazines you read for #crimeread? What about podcasts?

reading murder

Our most popular post. . .

December 11, 2018

Our most popular post over the last few years with over 66,000 views was for #indigiread on 2 May 2013 and was titled Top Ten Indigenous-authored Children’s Books which was written by Anita Heiss – you can go and read it here. They are still ten amazing reads. Make sure you go and read Anita’s blog as she continues to include great information about Indigenous authors. This blog itself has had over 150,000 views, so as you can see Anita’s post was especially popular.

But it hasn’t just been about the blog – every month we’ve also had a Twitter chat, and many people from around the world have participated in those conversations. Posts such as Anita’s have enabled readers to get involved in discussions that have a particular local relevance to specific locations and countries, but are just as relevant and important to the wider global community as well.

Aboriginal Flag - Invasion Day Rally and March, Parliament House, George St, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 070126

Photograph of Aboriginal Flag, by David Jackmanson

We’re counting down. . .

December 11, 2018

After many years of reading, watching, playing and tweeting, we will run our final Twitter Reading Group this coming Tuesday, 16 December. We’re counting down with some of our favourite blogs. This is our first ever blog, from back in January 2013 (and if you want to see two earlier versions of this reading group look at #readit2011 where you could scare up a good book and the National Year of Reading which started with the amazing read).

Clocks We hope you can join us over the next few days as we remember, recap and reTweet some of the terrific suggestions made by Twitter Reading Group members.