Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Girl Defective - Aussie Author Challenge

Hi.  Me again.  Guess what ~ I'm talking about books!  You don't say......

Yesterday, in the Show Us Your Books link-up I quickly re-capped what I thought about this book, but let me tell you a little more about it (because that's what I'm supposed to do to help promote Aussie authors, and I'm such a rule follower).

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell - Why I read it...this description: "It’s about summer, and weirdness, and mystery, and music." 

Skylark is fifteen.  She has a mother who ran off to be a performance artist and an alcoholic father that owns a vinyl record store.  She has an amusing, intelligent, quirky younger brother named Seagull ("Gully").  They live in St. Kilda, the eccentric suburb of Melbourne.  St. Kilda is a mix of hipsters and prostitutes, musicians, tourists, and bohemians.  All of which make appearances in this book.  Sky has a free-spirit friend named Nancy, and she crushes on the brother of a dead girl.  No, I'm not going to say this was the greatest book I've ever read.  But, it was a perfectly enjoyable book with entertaining characters that was a quick and easy read. 4/5

I aimed to reach "Kangaroo" status with this challenge, and I'm fairly confident I'll do it! 
– Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you;
– At least 6 fiction and at least 2 non-fiction, and at least 2 titles first published in 2014 or 2015.
Female authors:
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - COMPLETED 11 April 2015 - 5/5
Frantic by Katherine Howell- COMPLETED 6 April 2015 - 3.5/5
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (published 2014) - COMPLETED 11 August 2015 - 4/5
Girl, Defective by Simonne Howell - COMPLETED 7 September 2015 - 4/5

Male authors:
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (published 2014) - COMPLETED 26 June 2015 - 1/5
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan - CUT
The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McGinty
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley (non-fiction) - COMPLETED 10 February 2015 - 4/5

Authors new to me:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley - COMPLETED 3 April 2015 - 3.5/5
Strange Places by Will Elliott (non-fiction) - COMPLETED 2 April 2015 - 2/5
All That I Am by Anna Funder - COMPLETED 28 March 2015 - 4/5
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher - COMPLETED 11 March 2015 - 5/5


  1. I'm the odd one in that I don't really like to read a lot of book summaries before I go reading the book - I requested this one from the library yesterday!

  2. You are almost done. I usually don't pay attention to where the authors are from but I do love when one is centered around where i am from.

  3. I love the description, sounds like a good book!

  4. no! not you. you never talk about books. :]

  5. Surprise--this sounds like a book I'd like. Which is so weird because we have absolutely nothing in common.

    I like light, easy reads for a weekend with no plans.

  6. You're kicking ass with this challenge!

    I may move this book up on my list a bit just because I feel like I'm going to need something a little lighter/more fun soon. I've been reading a lot of thrillers and/or books with heavy subject matter and I think my brain might need a break!

  7. That surely sounds like a book I enjoy as well!


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