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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?



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.

the last #rwpchat discussion for 2018 is #chillread – join us

December 1, 2018

This month the theme is #chilloutread.

Will you be shivering or chilling with Ice station by Matthew Reilly, Ice Station Zebra by Alistair MacLean or Chasing the light by Jesse Blackadder? You may also want to explore the history of the Antarctic with information about Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott and their expeditions.

Will you be reading books which make chills go up your spine, or watching or reading tales of crime that makes your blood run cold or is true crime more your style? Do you chill with Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Karin Alvtegen and their characters in cold climates? Or are you seeking to chill out and relax? This could be a time to try reading some comics, or is reading about romance more your #chilloutread?

Perhaps ice-cream and gelato recipes will your #chilloutread, or will you be making cocktails, reading about craft beer, or even making it.

Hobbies can help us chill, so you may want to explore knitting, crochet, or cycling (or you could be knitting and crocheting while watching the Tour de France). Will you be playing winter sports in the chill to keep warm, or summer sports to chill out?

Do games help you chill? Does World of Warcraft help (with the chilly home world of the Dwarves and Gnomes), or do you chill with crossword or jigsaw puzzles, or would you rather scrabble or other board games?

What music helps you chill out? Or do you want the speakers to freeze so you have silence?

We also should include Frozen, The snow queen, and the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. If you want sadder reading try, The little match girl and the Happy prince, and of course, “Winter is coming”. The Hobbit and The Lord of the rings are also titles to watch or read or play.

Where’s your favourite place to chill out whilst you’re reading?

book bench

(c) Elliott Brown/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

What will be your favourite #chilloutread this month? Don’t forget …while you are reading, playing or watching, you might like to tweet about it using #chilloutread #rwpchat so that other people can have a conversation with you about it. You can add to the discussion on Pinterest too. You might like to post your photographs to Instagram or Flickr and use #chilloutread #rwpchat so others can share in your reading, watching and playing.

There will be a Twitter discussion on 18 December starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST. Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #chilloutread and #rwpchat as you discuss your reading, watching and playing, so others can join in the conversation too.

join the #crimeread discussion today for #rwpchat

November 27, 2018

There will be a twitter discussion today 27 November starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 8am – 10.30am, GMT. Note: This is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #crimeread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #crimeread, so others can join in the conversation too.


Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

This month’s theme is #crimeread

Crime fiction is the world’s most popular genre. True crime also takes up a large amount of shelf space in bookstores and in libraries.

There are early crime fiction texts (Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Fergus Hume,). There are classics where men wear (or should wear) trench coats (James M Cain, Raymond Chandler, Peter Corris, Dashiell Hammett). There are classic puzzles written by women (Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, P D James, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L Sayers). Women, too, have produced some of the best-known forensic procedurals (Patricia Cornwell, Gabrielle Lord, Kathy Reichs) while legal procedurals continue to be bestsellers (Sydney Bauer, John Grisham, Scott Turow). Crime fiction offers windows into the worlds of the worst types of criminals (James Ellroy, Thomas Harris, Mo Hayder). Crime fiction also lets you explore Australia (Shane Maloney, Peter Temple, Arthur Upfield) and travel the world (Ian Fleming, Patricia Highsmith, Matthew Reilly).

True crime offers just as much variety. There are books on terrible events (Columbine), well-known victims (Anita Cobby), controversial verdicts (O J Simpson), miscarriages of justice (Lindy Chamberlain and Steven Avery) as well as epic overviews of criminal activity that can be classified by time period, by place, or by type of crime.

What are your favourite crime related reads? Any films or games? What are the blogs, twitter streams or magazines you read for #crimeread? Are there any apps which form part of your #crimeread environment?


You can add your pins to this board on Pinterest (once you follow it and we add you as a pinner) for #crimeread too. Please use #rwpchat in the text of items which you pin.