2016… that’s a wrap!!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu: what an epic 2016 season!!!

This was the year Read3r’z Re-Vu celebrated their 7th successful year!! In reflecting and celebrating the network’s achievements, Read3r’z Re-Vu hosted their Black and White party in April with special guest authors: Will Kostakis (author of The First Third and The Sidekicks) and Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom). An epic night of reminiscence and new memories. The sessions got better and better as we had even more authors join our sessions as special guests this season – special thanks to authors Maria Lewis (author of Who’s Afraid?), Mitchell Hogan (author of Crucible of the Souls), Melina Marchetta (author of Looking for Alibrandi, Saving Francesca, Finnikin of the Rock and On the Jelicoe Road), Shivaun Plozza (author of Frankie), Helen Thurloe (author of Promising Azra), Tamar Chnorkian (author of The Diet Starts on Monday), Tara Eglington (author of How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You and My Bestfriend is a Goddess) and Kirsty Eagar (author of Summer Skin). Your time in joining us and sharing your experience with us is greatly appreciated and we cherish the friendships we formed and hope to keep in touch with you.

When Read3r’z Re-Vu were not hosting sessions, the network was busy leaving their mark on the history books from attending enlightening Publisher events that get us photographed on their publications to attending exclusive blogger night and book launch events. We also had the pleasure of hosting high tea with some great authors – international author Maria V. Snyder (author of the Poison Study series) who, while touring Australia from The U.S, spent exclusive time with us and Australian Authors Fiona Wood (author of Cloudwish and Wildlife) and Alison Goodman (author of Eon, Eona and Lady Helen and The Dark Days Club). It was such an amazing and unique experience for Read3r’z Re-Vu to have this quality time with our favourite authors.

October was yet another memorable month – having hosted our very first, impromptu Read3r’z Re-Vu Mini Conference in the Sydney CBD. In light of the sudden cancellation of the Book Expo, The Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee reached out to bloggers, readers and authors from far and wide who travelled in for the Expo to come together for a Conference. It was a day of epic proportions. Many thanks to Pantera Press Publishers who brought Wanda Wiltshire (author of the Betrothed Series) and Baz Michael Radburn (author of Blackwater Moon and Taylor Bridges Series) to join us as special guests for our panel. Also special thanks to Queenie Chan (author of Fabled Kingdom) and Cathy A. Wilson and Cathy T. Wilson (authors of the Lions and Lilies Series) who also joined us as special guests. We also held a segment about Bloggers VS Vloggers which was enlightening and played some fun games for light entertainment. In light of this mini conference’s success, Read3r’z Re-Vu are planning to host a conference towards the end of 2017. The conference was followed by an epic Q&A with panel of talented authors from Cohesion Press at Galaxy Bookshop.

Having launched our blog in February, followed by growing social media platforms, the network reached out to many readers, bloggers and publishing houses across Australia and around the world – making new friendships that no doubt will last a lifetime. With it, the network also continued their selfless charity work by sending donations to troubled areas around the world to assist with immediate relief as well as donating gifts to the K-Mart wishing tree for disadvantaged children. The network continues to grow and the committee continue to work together to bring members exciting sessions and events that keeps everyone passionate about reading. 2017 proves to be an epic year ahead with epic themes and special guest authors lined up for the sessions as well as book publisher show cases, book launches and bookstore crawls planned for the first 2 months of the year!!! community charity work projects are also on the cards and the committee are working on potentially hosting a conference towards the end of the year.

With all the fun events Read3r’z Re-Vu took part in, there was always time to pick up a great book to read.. here are some of the titles that really made it to our favourites this year!!! (in no order of preference)

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

Illuminae/Gemina by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Who’s Afraid by Maria Lewis

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

Small Things by Meg Treggonning

Mechanica: A beginners Guide by Lance Balchin

Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Yukarism (Manga) by China Shiomi

Fire Boy by Sami Shah

Nona and Me by Clare Atkins

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Valentine by Jodi McAlister

Black Jade by Kylie Chan

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling (screenplay)

From a fantastic year of 2016 to an even bigger year of 2017, Read3r’z Re-Vu would love to thank all members and followers for a great season and we wish you all the best for the new year ahead!!! May it be a great one filled with awesome new reads, happiness and accomplishments.. make it count and make it yours…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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The Read3r’z Blog

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Read3r’z Re-Vu is a network of readers that launched in April 2009. Founded by Annie McCann, their humble beginnings commenced in Borders, Parramatta and has continued successfully ever since. Hosting sessions once a month, the group meets to discuss what they love most – books!!! What’s most unique about this network is the structure, rather than analysing a prescribed text, the session is allocated a theme so members are free to choose their own titles for review that correspond to the theme. Over the years, the network expanded and many new friendships were formed. The dynamics of the group is so diverse from age, gender, faith, culture and even location!!!

The network have also formed alliances with major book retailers and publishing houses that have supported the group with hosting sessions. One of the most exciting experiences as avid readers is the unique privilege of having authors join as special guests at their events. Read3r’z Re-Vu have formed friendships with Kate Forsyth, Greg Barron, Banafsheh Serov, Juliet M. Sampson, Gabrielle Tozer, Will Kostakis, Sarah Ayoub, Wanda Wiltshire, Frances Watts, Justin Sheedy, David M. Henley, Lauren Dawes, Kylie Chan, Queenie Chan, Isobelle Carmody and Kylie Fornasier. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting season ahead with many more guest authors to join Read3r’z Re-Vu.

As a dedicated team, The Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee (Annie McCann, Meredith Thomas, NJ Hu and Crystal Oros) continue to work tirelessly to deliver insightful sessions to their members and to add to the excitement, organise special events that include the annual favourites: Bookstore Crawl and Athletics Carnival BBQ. The Bookstore Crawl is a day dedicated to visit all the bookstores in Sydney on foot. It’s a fun day for all members to grab excellent book bargains and enjoy the ambience of some fine bookstores in Sydney. The Athletics Carnival BBQ is a day to get out and enjoy a great feed and some vitamin D. Prize winning athletics activities take place at our favourite park.

We have always supported authors by reviewing our reads on Goodreads.com however this year as part of a new project, we have created our first blog!! This is a Read3r’z Re-Vu Committee run project where we will endeavour to blog our reads to endorse wide reading. We hope you will enjoy our blogs!!

Read3r’z Re-Vu always welcome avid readers who wish to join us.

Find us on Facebook or Twitter – @Read3rZ
email: read3rz_re-vu@hotmail.com

Til we meet again.. Happy Readings!!
-Annie
(Founder)

Professional Reader