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The Amazing Read

Welcome to the twitter reading group for 2012.  We call it the twitter reading group, but you may be having your reading discussion face to face.  Please join us in discussing your reading.  You might post pictures for Flickr, write a comment on this blog, or your own blog.  Don’t forget to add the tag #NYR12.

January is The Amazing Read – to tie in with Australia’s summer reading program.

What is your most amazing read?  Is it action packed (perhaps Matthew Reilly), is it real life adventure (like Between a rock and a hard place), is it world news, is it reading Harry Potter, a Harlequin romance or your favourite recipe book?

Your amazing read may take the form of a big fat work, like those written by Neal Stephenson and Brent Weeks, or it may be about scientific discovery (like New Scientist), or reading about someone whose life is different to yours.  Your amazing read may be reading about fashions you would not wear, or homes which are nothing like yours (or might be about how to renovate your home).  Your amazing read may be an escape or a discovery.

Your amazing read may keep you reading “just one more chapter”, or “one more page” or following one more link on the internet – keeping you up far later than you had planned.

Your amazing read may also be about how you are reading (game, book, e-book reader, tablet, scroll…) what language you are reading in, who you are reading with or to, or even where you are reading (back yard, bed, park, train, bushland, on a boat…)

It may also be about how much you can read in a particular time – are you a binge reader?

When you are reading your amazing read, you might like to tweet using the hashtag #NYR12 so that other people can have a conversation with you about your amazing read.  Following this hashtag will also let you find out about other people’s amazing reading.

There will also be a live twitter discussion on January 31st, starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (and lasting until about 10.00pm Western Standard Time).  Use the tag #NYR12 as you discuss your Amazing read.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. merl permalink
    January 4, 2012 2:13 am

    I have just finished reading the “Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon. It was great to catch up with James Fraser once again. I am waiting eagerly for the next instalment of the Cross stich series having been reading this for the last 20 years.

  2. saoghalbeag permalink
    January 8, 2012 2:10 am

    Just finished “Nabeel’s Song” – the story of the Poet of Baghdad, and it was amazing! Totally challenged my Aussie ignorance about Iraq, refugees etc etc. Not often that I put a book down and feel desperate to know more – he recently returned to Baghdad and ran in the elections and there are some articles online giving his perspective on the process, vote rigging etc. His story is so different from what we usually hear from Iraq – and his insight into the power of words is brilliant. There’s also a documentary so I’m going to be chasing that up!

    • January 29, 2012 10:11 pm

      I like the sound of this book, I love a book that leaves you wanting to know more about the context and increases our basic knowledge of other cultures.

  3. Karl Mueller permalink
    January 11, 2012 3:43 am

    Growing up in Germany I was more familiar with Goethe, Schiller and Bertolt Brecht, etc. so now I am reading The Cosmic Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. Although English is not my first language I love his style of writing and I am fascinated by the story. He died the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. I guess I am behind in the times but I don`t mind.

  4. January 12, 2012 7:39 pm

    I’ve started posting my reading on my blog – reviewing works in 140 characters – It’s been pretty eclectic so far this year – but am loving ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ at the moment.

  5. bookyy permalink
    January 21, 2012 6:57 am

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  6. Lynda B permalink
    January 23, 2012 11:25 pm

    Love2read -what a pleasant find today: must tell my book reading group about you. I’m not a great reader (too many other things to do in this life) but have outdone myself in the previous four weeks with consuming and digesting 5 books!! Empty Promises; Falling Leaves; Affection; The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest; The Concubine’s Children and am currently half way through Change of Heart. Enjoyed each and every one – some have been sitting on my bookshelf for eons waiting to be read. One, Affection by Ian Townsend was my book reading groups December read. Now it was definitely not one that I would have chosen, but was probably one of the best written novels I’ve read in many a moon! It’s fiction but also about the plague that hit Townsville early in the last century. Not only a great read but also very educational from a historical point of view: good characterisation, plus plenty of wit and humour thrown in for good measure.

  7. January 29, 2012 9:59 pm

    I just finished reading Geraldine Brooks ‘Caleb’s Crossing’ and review it in my blog ‘Word by Word’ here I also feature a beautiful woodblock print by the artist Annie Bissett of the two boys Caleb and Joel, the first Native Americans to attend Harvard College.

  8. Jo Schenkel permalink
    February 3, 2012 2:33 pm

    Karl, with a German father who loved to read, a few of my favourite authors are Herman Hesse and Knut Hamsun. I know the latter was Norwegian but titles by these two gentlemen helped develop a love affair with books which have been translated into English.
    I admit to being a binge reader when on holidays and read mostly children’s lit during the school terms. Got off to a good start on the school blog trying to add my reviews but, sadly, that seems to have fallen by the wayside.

  9. January 28, 2013 9:23 am

    I am always searching online for posts that can benefit me.


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