Saturday 1 April 2017

Weekend Blog Hops - 1 April 2017
Do you visit every listed blog in the linky list when you are participating in a meme?
I do for this one since there are only a few; however, for others I simply don't have enough spare time to view them all. Most weeks I'll randomly select 10-12 to visit from those linked and will comment on any of those that aren't using Disqus (for which I refuse to sign up as it requires too much access to my personal info). 
Opening sentence:
My oar stabs the side of the Reliance.

From page 56:
I kick Jed in the leg, then twist onto my knees, go in and strike, my right hand fisted.
My Current Read
Storyland by Catherine McKinnon
An ambitious, remarkable and moving novel about who we are: our past, present and future, and our connection to this land.

In 1796, a young cabin boy, Will Martin, goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness. 

Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells in essence the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, in a style reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, McKinnon weaves together the stories of Will Martin together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality; Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit; Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only through the same land and water they inhabit over the decades, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property... 

Compelling, thrilling and ambitious, Storyland is our story, the story of Australia. 'The land is a book waiting to be read' as one of the characters says - and this novel tells us an unforgettable and unputdownable story of our history, our present and our future.

I finished this book twenty-four hours ago, and you can find my full review HERE.


  1. Yes, I love this protagonist's confidence and ferociousness. I don't even know who Jed is, but I'm certain her deserved it.

  2. I have been majorly lacking in time lately. My two big commitments are now over (whew!), so I'm hoping to get around more.

  3. I keep coming across this book and I'm getting more curious.

    My Friday 56 from The Shack

  4. When memes and reading challenges (since both are blog hops), have a LOT of participating blogs, it's hard to get to ALL of them. Memes and challenges with fewer participants are, of course, easier to manage. What stops me from visiting everyone, though, is that some bloggers just don't visit and comment back. So now I wait for fellow participants to visit my blog, and comment on my post, first. Then I will go and comment back on theirs. Time is just too precious to waste on blogs whose creators don't comment back.

    The book you're featuring here sounds SO fascinating!! I know next to NOTHING about Australia, so I'd really like to read it! Besides, I love the fact that the story spans centuries, and has very interesting characters! Thanks for contributing to my Goodreads shelves!!

    Thanks as well for stopping by and commenting on my BBH post!! Have an AWESOME weekend!! <3 <3 :) :)

  5. The Storyland cover is fab! I comment on everyone's blog for small memes like this one. On larger ones I concentrate on blogs who comment on my posts regularly, and then usually pick a few new ones to read, but not comment on. On medium sized linkies I try to at least click through on all of them, so they get a blog hit. :)

  6. I always reply to every blog link in the Book Blogger Hop...the list is manageable, and I love to see the answers. :)

    In the HUGE lists, I have actually gone to every blog. If I can't comment, I just take a peek.

    Nice answer, and have a great weekend, and Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  7. I also really love Book Blogger Hop's list because of how small it is (as of now, of course!).

    In larger lists, my clicking through all of the links really depends on my interest in the topic. I also have used the Random Clicking method from time to time :)

  8. The snippets make me wonder about whats's going on! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  9. Disqus is a bit of a challenge. I am not a fan either. I do try to comment on all the posts for the blog hop meme, but I cannot manage it for the larger memes. I just do the best I can.

    I hope you have a great week!

  10. You've left me curious for more! Have a great week ahead!

  11. Thanks to everyone who commented on my post this week. Sorry I didn't do individual responses - I'm running a bit behind - but I appreciate you all taking the time to stop by! :)

  12. I know what you mean Nick on the blog hop question, it is really hard to go too ever blog on a meme that you are on. I try my best thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop Nicki!