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Sep 03,2014

Hello and welcome to September! It is my great pleasure to introduce this month's 'Voice' - Annika Wilson! She's an 18 year old from Victoria, and she'll be sharing her reading passions with us over the next few weeks. - Inky

File 25426Hi guys! My name’s Annika, I’m on gap year from uni (I’ll be starting an undergraduate degree in textile design next year) and I guess you could call me an otaku (an avid collector or enthusiast, especially one who is obsessed with anime); I love watching cartoons and anime, I like learning the lyrics to Japanese songs, I make and wear my own costumes based on fictional characters, and I love reading. In fact, I usually carry a book around with me wherever I go.

Even though I’m quite the avid reader, my reading pool is not limited to just novels and other types of literature, but also extends to graphic novels as well as Japanese graphic novels which are called ‘manga’. Haven’t heard of manga before? Well don’t worry, because I’ll be writing on them in my posts, telling you guys about what it is, where to find it, some of my personal favourites, novel-to-graphic-novel adaptations and the pros and cons of reading graphic novels compared to novels.

First up, manga is the term for Japanese graphic novels. Some people compare them to comics because they are composed entirely of illustrations - either done by the author or by a separate illustrator. Manga usually tends to be totally in black and white, sometimes with a few coloured pages, and has a completely different style to comics. Both can be considered art, but manga relies on the use of line and shading, as it is all done in ink, while comics can be done in anything from paint to pastel to texta.

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Aug 29,2014

3 reasons to read Machine Wars by Michael Pryor: 

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1. Is it wrong that if the end of the world is going to look like this, I kinda wanna bring it on? Super-smart, killer robots made out of your everyday appliances. Michael Pryor makes annihilation look fun with a great mix of action and wit.

2. Because the world needs more heroes like Bram - a fourteen year old boy whose specialty is cartoon voices.

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Aug 26,2014

Hello, Inside a Dog Readers!

Last post already! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. For my last post, I am going to talk about a type of novel that seems to come up more and more - futuristic novels. By that, I don’t mean books of fancy machines and robots (although a lot of the time they are in the novel), but rather novels that are simply set in the future, maybe about a century or two from now.

These futuristic books include novels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Legend by Marie Lu, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and a novel that I am currently reading, The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. I think all these novels are very well written and deserve to be as popular as they are. The Hunger Games and Divergent are probably the two most celebrated Young Adult novels in the world at the moment! But all these novels have something in common, more than just being popular or set in the future.

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All these books involve a corruption of society. A change in the government. Violence- and a lot of it. Freedom is taken. The rulers of society are hated by our heroes, and a mutiny is rising. They are all set in the future, but it is a dark, sad future - a dystopia rather than a utopia.

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Aug 25,2014

I'm so excited to announce this year's shortlist of brilliant new books, as selected by your panel of teen judges: Lauren, Jacob, Lena, Vinhara, Claudia, and Angus.

And now it's your turn to be the judge - you choose which books will be this year's winners

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Aug 22,2014

1. I'm reading: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Raina's baaccccck! And I am in love. I don't have a sister (or a brother) but this makes me both want one....and not. That being said, I was an awesome (only) puppy.  If you loved Smile then be prepared to make some room in your heart for its companion because it will crawl in there.

2. I'm watching: Emma Approved

This week was the 70th (and last) episode of Emma Approved and I am finding it pretty hard not to howl in distress. Sure everyone seemed pretty happy at the end but what about me? Did you like the way they finished off the series?

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Aug 20,2014

Epic Reads (from Harper Collins US) is a regular font of informative and/or funny information.  Their video series Book Nerd Problems points out many of the conundrums of the humble book lover.

From people not getting your YA references the issues of eating while reading

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Aug 19,2014

In honour of the recent 20th International AIDS conference (held in Australia for the first time), I have asked some of my savvy friends to share their thoughts on sex, health and relationships. Today Caitlin Hennessy, a 24 year old from South Australia, provides a youth perspective on AIDS 2014 and the power of narrative.

The International AIDS Conference is a gathering of people working and volunteering in the field of HIV to present research, promote dialogue, collaborate and develop response strategies. The theme of AIDS 2014 was ‘Stepping up the Pace’, reflecting the need for increased momentum to prevent the spread of HIV.

I attended the conference as a volunteer with Youth Empowerment Against HIV (YEAH). I also attended the Youth Pre-Conference hosted by the Melbourne Youth Force. Together we created a Youth Action Plan, focusing on the themes of Treat, Reform, Educate and Love, that was presented to The Global Fund and the United Nations Population Fund. Please go to to read more about our goals.

The pre-conference was an excellent opportunity to form friendships with young HIV advocates from all over the world. We participated in workshops, spoke about the value of peer sexual health education and learned from guest speakers, including Professor Sheila Dinotshe Tlou (Director of the Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, UNAIDS) and the Honourable Michael Kirby (Justice of the High Court of Australia).                                                     

Melbourne Youth Force delegates were invited to contribute to a street art legacy project at Queen Victoria Markets. We designed stencils under the guidance of local artists Fred Fowler and Michael Fikaris then painted a mural, pictured below.

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During the conference, I was privileged to deliver a workshop to Victorian high-school students about the science of HIV, the need for safe sex using barrier methods such as condoms and dental dams, the global context of HIV and the stigma that people living with HIV face.

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Aug 18,2014

Hey again, Inside a Dog Readers!

The library is one of my favourite places to be, if not THE favourite place. I can spend hours in the library, and if you’re reading this, on this website, you're probably someone who can too. It’s a great place to just relax and find a few good books (or many).

Libraries are pretty much everything I want. They’re full of books, all different in size, shape, form, genre and whatnot - sci-fi, drama, action, romance, fantasy, horror, they have it all. What more could I ask for?

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Unfortunately, there are also people there. Sometimes I wish it would just be the many books and I, alone in the world, without me ever having to leave the library. But no.

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Aug 15,2014

File 248203 reasons to read We Were Liars by E Lockhart:

1. The marketing campaign (see the Tumblr here) had us all crazy intrigued before a page was even read. We also became completely smitten with all the beautiful images of seaside living. Lockhart's words are even more evocative.

2. The book holds a secret. A secret that hasn't been let out. A secret its readers have kept in. 

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Aug 13,2014

I know, I know, Harry Potter fans, mudblood is a bit of a dirty word. But it's also the title of an amazing new documentary about the many enthusiastic muggles who are claiming the game of Quidditch as their very own.

Yes. This is real.

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