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January Reading Wrap Up

on February 1, 2021

Total Books Read: 13
Fiction: 9
Non-Fiction: 4
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 1/11 (and one author identifies as non-binary)
Kindle Books: 2
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu, A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3/5 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 6

For the last few years, January has been one of my more prolific reading months. My kids are on holidays all month long so there’s opportunity for a lot of mornings lazing in bed reading rather than having to get up and get their lunches, get them ready for school, etc. However this year my parents, who I haven’t seen in 12 months due to it-that-shall-not-be-named, made a decision to come down and see us once the protocols changed on interstate visits, so they arrived on the 20th January and stayed until the 31st. I only finished 2 books while they were here and I’ve been listening to an audiobook at night but I’m not quite finished it yet, so it will be included in next month’s count.

Of the books I did read, it was a solid and quite well-rounded start to the year though. A good mix of fiction and non-fiction, books by authors of colour and featuring characters of the same as well as a book by an author who identifies as non-binary and also featuring a character who identifies that way as well. I listened to one audiobook, which was brilliant. David Attenborough is a worldwide treasure and I will hear no different! His voice is soothing, it was wonderful listening to him narrate his book even if the subject matter was a little alarming.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 5/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 0/6

Reading Women Challenge: 0/28

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 3/25

All in all a good start to the challenges for this year although……I would’ve liked to get a book or two for the Reading Women Challenge checked off actually. But because a third of the month was pretty much out, I am a bit behind there already so I’m going to have to try and prioritise that for this month. I also read several non-fiction books, however none of them actually count for my non-fiction reading challenge! But that’s okay, I have plenty of time to find ones that do.

In other news…..there’ll be a post about these quite soon….

While my parents were here, we did take the opportunity to do a few things – we went to Port Campbell (about 2.5 hours away) and visited the 12 Apostles (of which there are not 12). Both my kids loved Port Campbell – there’s a bay there that they went swimming in and kid #1 was happy to go out as far as he can as there’s really little in the way of waves, and also jump off the pier. Kid #2 is less adventurous and was happier to play in the shallows closer to the shore. When we got home, we were already googling places where we could stay for a weekend down there, so we’ll probably do that in the future.

We also went to St Kilda, because my dad had wanted to go there for years and drove around the Esplanade to Brighton, had a bit of a look down there. I’d never been down that way in over a decade of living here, so it was a bit of fun. We had a look at the Brighton bathing boxes (which, if they do come up for sale, which is rare, sell for $200-400k).

Also currently in all sorts of locations around Melbourne at the moment are these little things called Uoo-Uoo (pronounced “you-you”) which are some sort of fundraiser/awareness thing for the Royal Children’s Hospital. There are 100 of them, each decorated differently by local artists and you can download an app to find them and check them all off a list. We happened to come across this one at St Kilda and I might dedicate a day or two to hunting some more down in the future.

And now for the February TBR!

Not going to lie, I honestly don’t know a whole lot about most of these! A few of them arrived while my folks were here and I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and have a look at them! I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Lee Christine book, I didn’t know she had one coming out so soon and it’s probably a follow on/spin off from her last book, Charlotte Pass, which I loved. I’m also doing a blog tour for The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez (author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul) and my date for posting is the 5th of February, so that will probably be the first book I read from this stack! So if you have read any of these, or have heard good things, be sure to let me know so I can decide which ones I must get to soon.

 


2 responses to “January Reading Wrap Up

  1. Still in love with your bookshelves…

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