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August Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 22
Fiction: 19
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 6
Books On My TBR List: 12
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 3/19
Kindle Books: 10
Books I Owned or Bought: 0
Favourite Book(s): The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannah, The Secret Life Of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland, The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy, A Nanny Called Alice by Barbara Hannay and The Bush Telegraph by Fiona McArthur.
Least Favourite Books: I Give My Marriage A Year by Holly Wainwright
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 16

August was a mixed reading month! In the first 10 days, I had read 11 books. But in the 11 days after that, I read only 3. My husband went in for surgery on the 11th and remained in hospital for that 11 days and I found a lot of it quite stressful and I couldn’t really relax enough to read. The day he had the operation, it ended up lasting over 8 hours when for some reason, I thought that it would be much shorter. It wasn’t a very serious operation as such (other than all operations are serious and carry with them inherent risks, etc) but it was a very precise one with a plastic surgery and reconstruction component that ended up taking about 6 hours after the orthopaedic component. Because there was a huge risk of infection, his hospital stay had to be lengthy so he could be closely monitored and to avoid having to go back if anything did happen. Thankfully his recovery has been textbook, he’s been home for about 10 days now but I’ve had less time than normal to read because he’s not really able to do anything. He’s in a full leg brace and on crutches although his mobility is improving every day. So I did still read a lot of books for August, but mostly because I read so many in the first third of the month! Also a lot of the books I read were quite short – I’d say probably more than half a dozen were under 200p and there was probably almost nothing over 400.

We are still in Stage 4 lockdown here. Only allowed out for essential items like food/medical supplies and we can’t travel more than 5km from home for them. To be honest I pretty much haven’t gone anywhere. I arranged for some groceries to be delivered and I’ve made one trip to a supermarket for bread and milk. The weather has been slowly improving (today is the first day of spring here in Australia!) but we’ve also had some last kicks of winter too and it’s been all too easy to stay inside. We have about 2 weeks left of this Stage 4 implementation and the numbers have really been falling steadily although they will be cautious in lifting restrictions, I’m sure. They don’t want things to escalate and get out of control again and I’m 100% supportive of that even though it’s inconvenient and I know I’m coming from the lucky position of no one in my household having lost their job. There are many other people doing it a lot tougher.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 64/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 7/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 14/26

I’ve fallen slightly behind on the bottom two challenges, I only read one book towards the Reading Women Challenge in August and nothing towards the Non-fiction challenge. I think that was largely because I was seeking a certain type of read in August and those types of reads don’t count towards those challenges. I did however, read 15 books that count towards The Australian Women Writers Challenge which means I’ve achieved my goal of 50 books read in 2020 although I’ll continue to count the books I read that qualify. I did deliberately pick a low number for that in terms of what I knew I’d read because I knew the other two challenges would be “more” of a challenge and require more time devoted to finding books that qualified. I’m going to need to read 3 books a month that count to finish the RWC and another five books in 4 months to complete the Read Non-Fic.

Here’s my September TBR pile and it’s a bit of a tower!

The pile on the left are ARCs for the month and the one on the right, The Thorn Birds is for the Rachael Johns Online Book Club September read. The club has almost 3000 members and there’s a dedicated book each month that we read and then there’s a discussion at the end of the month. Usually we choose a newer book but I think one of the choices was pushed back in publication because of covid so we ended up with a free month and there was a vote and this retro title won. I’ve never read The Thorn Birds although I have owned this copy for a few years and have intended to read it for ages. It’s a very large book though and as you can see, I have a lot to read throughout the month so my plan is to break it down into chunks and devote each weekend to reading a certain amount of the book.

Hope your July was productive and/or enjoyable! If you’ve read anything on my TBR pile, feel free to let me know – likewise if you see something you’d like to read. Stay safe everyone 🙂

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August Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 16
Fiction: 12
Non-Fiction: 4
Library Books: 5
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 1
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 11
Male/Female Authors: 1/15
Kindle Books: 2
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
Least Favourite Books: The Most Difficult Thing by Charlotte Philby
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 11

August was both a success and a fail, reading wise! In terms of numbers, I’m pretty happy with how many books I managed to read throughout the month. My parents were visiting for two weeks, which coincided with my oldest son’s 11th birthday and so I didn’t really do a lot of reading while they were here, just a couple of afternoons when the weather was a bit crap. So to read 16 books for the month, check off quite a lot towards challenges and also explore 11 new authors was, I feel, a really good reading month. I had 1 book that I didn’t really love but mostly it was a solid reading month with lots of 4 star books.

I was less successful in getting through my August TBR pile. Of the 10 books, I still have 4 I haven’t read, nor have I read the 3 I didn’t get to from July’s pile! So there’s quite a lot of books building up there…..oops. They’ll all go onto my Not Right Now TBR pile to hopefully dig out in some quieter months. I did quite a bit of reading from my local library this month, with 5 books and I still have a couple checked out to read, all of which are to help me with my Reading Women Podcast Challenge, which I made good progress on.

Here is the September TBR pile:

Am I the only one weirded out by the fact that I’m writing September? This year has just gone so ridiculously fast. My kids are nearly on school holidays again (they only have three weeks to go) and it feels like we just came back from the previous set of school holidays. Anyway, this is what I’ll be (hopefully) reading this month.

I’m really excited and also quite sad about The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan. He died earlier this year and although this book is complete, there’s a note at the beginning of it that addresses that he was critically ill when he was editing and that it’s probably not perfect.

The only book not received from the publishers here is The Chain by Adrian McGinty, which I bought myself recently. I have heard so many amazing things about it and the story surrounding its writing/publishing is really quite interesting.

Those are not all of my plans for the month. I also have the library books I mentioned before – 3 of them, all of which are for prompts in my Reading Women Podcast Challenge. If I can get those ticked off, I will definitely be on the home stretch for that challenge with a few months left to complete some of the more difficult prompts, like read a play (I don’t like reading plays) and read a book translated before 1945 which I’ve been having a lot of difficulty with.

And then of course there’s these……

I read the first book, The Seven Sisters last week and although I definitely won’t read all of these in September, I do hope to read perhaps 2 of them. The bottom one is book 2, which was sent by the publisher a few years ago, which is why it’s a different format to all the rest, although at least the covers match.

Later this month my youngest son turns 8 and we are also going away, just for four days, back to Phillip Island. We went in March for the first time and loved it so much that we had to go back. It’s just such a beautiful place, amazing scenery and beaches, lots of lovely cafes and the like as well. We plan to visit the penguins of course but nothing else – just relax and hopefully get some good weather but Phillip Island can be wonderfully moody too. So I am thinking about what book to take for that and I think either one of the Lucinda Riley’s or the Andrew McGahan would be perfect. A big chunky book.

What I’m reading at the moment: err, nothing. I finished my last August book on Saturday and it’s time to choose something new. I’m not sure what I’ll pick actually. Maybe The Breeding Season.

Hope you all had a great reading month for August!

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