Brona is a very observant person and noticed that my Australia/Oceania bar on the right side of the blog has not moved. She let me know about AusReadingMonth in November to try to fix that.
She starts out with some very hard questions.
1. Tell us about the Australian books you’ve loved and read so far.
I’ve read these two books. I think that’s about it in the last year or two.
2. When you think of Australia, what are the first five things that pop into your mind?
Opera house, barrier reef, great white sharks, desert, Aboriginal art
3. Have you ever visited Australia? Or thought about it?
What are the pros and cons about travelling to/in Australia for you?
What are/were your impressions?
I haven’t seriously thought about it. It is so far away.
4. If you have been or plan to visit, where will you be heading first?
If you already live in this big, beautiful land, tell us a little about where you are, what you love (or not) about it and where you like to holiday (or would like to visit) in Australia.
If I visited I would probably stick to the cities and beaches.
5. Do you have a favourite Australian author/s or book/s?
Tell us about him/her/it.
I don’t really. Obviously I need some help.
6. Which Aussie books are on your TBR pile/wishlist?
There are sequels to the two books I’ve read. I could start there.
7. Which book/s do you hope to read for #AusReadingMonth?
Am I Black Enough For You? by Anita Heiss
“I’m Aboriginal. I’m just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be.
What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal – however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don’t ask her to camp in the desert.
After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too ‘fair-skinned’ to be an Australian Aboriginal. Such accusations led to Anita’s involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue.”
The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina
“Ember Crow is missing. To find her friend, Ashala Wolf must control her increasingly erratic and dangerous Sleepwalking ability and leave the Firstwood. But Ashala doesn’t realise that Ember is harbouring terrible secrets and is trying to shield the Tribe and all Illegals from a devastating new threat – her own past.”
8. It came to my attention recently (when I posted a snake photo on Instagram) that our overseas friends view Australia as a land full of big, bad, deadly animals.
Can you name five of them?
What about five of our cuter more unique creatures?
(For the locals, which five animals from each category have you had an up close and personal with)?
Um, the humans?
The Princess Bride wouldn’t lie to me, right? Sorry Brona. I’m American. I’ve got no room to talk.
Sharks, spiders, snakes of all kinds of poisonousness – scary ones
Koala bears, cockatoos, kangaroos, sheep – not so scary
9. Can you name our current Prime Minister (plus four more from memory)?
No googling allowed!
Nope, but I know that one went missing and was never found. (Thank you Bill Bryson for arming me with facts that I never knew I was going to need.)
10. Did you know that Australians have a weird thing for BIG statues of bizarre animals and things?
Can you name five of them?