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On Organisation…..

So today is my birthday. It’s not a milestone birthday, although it’s quite close to one (in 2 years I can describe myself as turning “the new 30”) and I’ve really noticed that my attitude toward ‘things’ has changed quite a bit over the past….well almost 2 years I think. We had to move house and both my husband and I well, we’ve had trouble letting go of things. That move was when I got rid of my baby stuff and my youngest kid was 6!

When I was in my 20s, I enjoyed hoarding books. I wanted to build this huge collection and look, part of me still does. It would be my dream to have a house big enough to truly have the book collection of my dreams – a dedicated space to it with huge shelves where nothing was double stacked and everything was a dust-free dream reading space, where I’d always know where the book I wanted was and no matter how many more books I acquired, there was always room for them.

But this is reality and the simple fact is, my house isn’t big enough for that – and it won’t ever be. In fact as my kids get older and do their own thing, my houses will eventually decrease in size and so that means….not keeping things. I’ve really begun to notice again, after culling books to move, how cluttered my shelves were looking. I’m not a neat freak but I have a point that I get to where things bother me and right now, the bookshelves are bothering me.

We have six bookshelves in this house, each one for a different thing….I decided to start with the biggest one and I made myself look at it objectively and think about books that I wouldn’t miss if they were gone.

This bookcase is amazing – it holds so many books! I wish I’d bought a couple more of them – there are 3 other bookcases beside this one, 2 IKEA ones and another smaller one. This one was primarily a bookcase I turned into just being for books by Australian women writers – I had so many of them! As you can see it was pretty crammed full, in fact I had not realised that one of the shelves was being held up entirely by books crammed onto the books on the shelf below it. I had to pull everything off the shelf and reaffix the studs. I made myself really think hard about whether not I was going to ever want to read a particular book again – if I didn’t think I would, it went into the cull pile.

I have access to such a large amount of books these days – print copies from publishers, eBook copies from publishers, my local library, sales on amazon and iBooks, as well as print copies I buy myself. There is very little time to re-read anymore and I’m hanging onto a lot of books for the sake of it…..when really, I could find them new homes.

This is the after. It honestly doesn’t look like much room has been created – and I still have to organise it and reshelve everything alphabetically, because I just cleared things out and pushed books back. But in case it looks like I didn’t get a lot off this shelf….here’s the pile of books to cull:

So this is from just that one shelf – next for me is to go through the piles of books I’d begun stacking up on the floor in-between this bookcase and the one next to it and then I’ll move onto the others, 2 of which are full of books I’ve already read and 1 of which is books I describe as “long term TBR” aka books I think I want to read but who knows when I will.

Just because I’m moving these books on, doesn’t mean I didn’t like them all. In fact, I enjoyed a lot of them! It’s just they’re books I cannot see myself needing re-read or needing on my shelf for years to come. And I feel as though they could find homes elsewhere although I have to research best places I can donate most of these. And in the future I plan to donate books more regularly, rather than leave it years and end up with stacks upon stacks.

I’ve gotten to a place in my life where I am just….over clutter and mess. I honestly wish that I could move my collection solely to eBooks, because then I could have many thousands and it wouldn’t matter. And I do have a huge amount of eBooks but ultimately, I cannot let print books go, I just love the experience of reading an actual paper copy book too much! And it’s not just books – I’ve been culling clothes, letting go of things that I’ve been holding onto for years in case they fit again or because I “might” wear it again someday. I’ve been culling my kids’ stuff as well – chucking toys they don’t play with and are too old for, books that they’ve outgrown, shoes, clothes, etc. I’m about to tackle my craft stuff as well….I often describe myself as going through fads where I throw myself wholeheartedly into something that requires I buy a lot of shit and then a few months later I am bored with it. It just means stuff piles up around my house and I keep moving it around, trying to find spots for it in a house that has very little in the way of practical storage. I won’t say that I’m a minimalist, or even moving towards that, but I’m definitely getting to a stage where I appreciate less clutter, and a more tidy, organised house. And books are going to be a part of that too – I could never get rid of them completely, but I am going to be a little pickier about what gets a permanent home on my shelf.

 

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March Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 24
Fiction: 24
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 7
Books in a Series: 10
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 13
Male/Female Authors: 3/21
Kindle Books: 10
Books I Owned or Bought: 9
Favourite Book(s): Promise Of Hunter’s Ridge by Sarah Barrie, Romancing The Duke by Tessa Dare, Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Least Favourite Books: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

March was a surprisingly good reading month that seemed to come out of no where. I knew I’d churned my way through quite a few books but even I was surprised by the total I managed. Plenty of those books I really enjoyed as well.

Here are the books that I’ve been sent so far for review in April. Apologies for the poor lighting I took this quite early in the morning and as we’ve recently changed our clocks back and the winter sun is coming, the morning sun comes in across my desk. Very excited for the new Sara Foster and also Twist by Kylie Scott, the second in her Dive Bar series. Actually I’m even quoted on the back cover of Twist – so that was amazing to see!

As well as review books, I have a few books I’ve bought myself recently in the last month or so that I’d really like to read soon……

Starting obviously with The Hate U Give because the amount of talk that book is generating is insane and I absolutely cannot wait to read it! I only managed to buy it on Friday of last week and I’ve been busy all weekend so I think it’s probably going to be the first book I pick up this week!

Hope you all had a fab reading month. If there’s anything you’ve read that I have listed here or anything that you want to read, let me know in the comments.

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On Having Good Intentions…..

These are things I have about lots of things. I have good intentions about housework….I’ll devise a schedule and stick to it. My house will be super spotless. I love how it looks when it’s clean, when I’ve just finished making a huge effort but it lasts so little time I get disheartened and think why exhaust myself when cyclone children sweep through and turn it upside down? On eating – less carbs, chocolate and coke. More vegetables and lean proteins. On exercise – I will get out and go for that walk/run/etc today and not just laze on the couch eating the aforementioned carbs and chocolate.

And about reading. There are so many books I want to read, for many different reasons. Obviously there are books that I want to read because I like the way the blurb sounds, because I’ve heard good things about them. But often there are books that I feel that I should read, also for many different reasons. Because they’ve been deemed to be historically important, because they examine important themes, because they address diversity, equality, etc. There’s only so much time we have to do things and so I can’t really read every single book that I want to, it’s just not possible.

Prize longlists make up rather a large portion of books that I have good intentions about. Every time a list gets announced, I think yes I am going to read this longlist this year for sure. And then, time. Time is a problem so I think ok, I’ll just read the shortlist then. And so often my good intentions come to nothing. Last year I think was probably the best I managed in terms of lists, I read almost all of the Stella Prize shortlist. I participated in a few discussions on twitter on several of the books and found them very interesting. I figure if I managed that last year when I was barely blogging and all that, surely I can do a bit this year too?

Wednesday was International Women’s Day and the Bailey Prize announced it’s longlist. Every year I curiously read the longlists to see how many books I’ve already read (generally I’m rather astonished if I find one). Here’s this year’s list:

Stay With Me, Ayobami Adebayo
The Power, Naomi Alderman
Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths, Emma Flint
The Mare, Mary Gaitskill
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant
The Lesser Bohemians, Eimear McBride
Midwinter, Fiona Melrose
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan
The Woman Next Door, Yewande Omotoso
The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill
The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
Barkskins, Annie Proulx
First Love, Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, Madeleine Thien
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

Unsurprisingly this year it’s a 0 on books I’ve read. I actually am unfamiliar with quite a few of them but I’ve had intentions to read several others. I’ve read three authors listed in the past – Margaret Atwood, Annie Proulx and Rose Tremain and if I were to attack this longlist, I’d probably start with the books by those three authors.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the entire longlist in my local library’s catalogue. They’re a pretty good library, four branches and offer a good selection but obviously it’s not inexhaustive. I wanted to see how much of an issue it would be to source the 16 books here. The first one, a search of the author returned zero results so I struck out there. The second search returned a book for Naomi Alderman but not the one listed here, a previous book published several years ago. As I expected, Hag-Seed returned a result but it was currently checked out. When I searched for Little Death I got a hit on the eBook and also the audiobook but the library didn’t have a hard copy. There was one copy of The Mare by Mary Gaitskill but it was checked out and not due back for a month. A search for Linda Grant revealed a few of her earlier books but not The Dark Circle. I finally hit paydirt with The Lesser Bohemians by Eimer McBride which the library has and it was checked in. It was also located at my closest branch – I was about to place a hold so I could go and pick it up when I realised it was an audiobook and that wasn’t a format I wanted. There was no hard copy for that one either. Midwinter by Fiona Melrose also only returned an audiobook option. Nothing for The Sport Of Kings, nothing for The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso, nothing for The Essex Serpent, but surely there’d be a hard copy of Barkskins? Yes! There was. But it was checked out. Nothing for Gwendoline Riley, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien exists but was also checked out. On the last book…..I finally found not only a hard copy in the system but that it was also available at a local branch.

The Stella Prize also announced their shortlist, which consists of:

Between A Wolf And A Dog by Georgia Blain
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Poum And Alexandre by Catherine de Saint Phalle
An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire
The Museum Of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor

I’ve actually read one of these! An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire, which I thought was amazing. I’ve read quite a few of Emily’s books now and loved them all. I’ve also read Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke just this week actually and I really want to read The Hate Race. I’m familiar with Between A Wolf And A Dog and I know the author passed away quite recently, as has Cory Taylor. The other two I’m not familiar with other than having heard them announced as part of the longlist but I looked them up and I really want to read Poum and Alexandre. My local library had copies of 3 books from this list on their catalogue, two of which were available to be borrowed and one that was checked out with a few holds placed on it as well. Unfortunately for me, Poum and Alexandre was not one of the books they had.

So sometimes the best of intentions go astray because of availability. I can’t really afford to buy entire longlists or shortlists – or if I can, it’s hard to do knowing that by the time some of them arrive the winner will be announced anyway and maybe I should just read that? Sometimes I choose a few books that interested me – last year I bought half of the Stella shortlist (I’d already read one other and I skipped a book that wasn’t really my sort of thing) but it’s a big undertaking to attempt to read an entire longlist of 16 or so books, as is the case with the Baileys Prize. It’s a goal I’d like to achieve one day though.

Classics are another area where I also have good intentions that sometimes (ok, often) fail to pan out. In fact I just recently noticed that the Classics Challenge I joined five years ago  now wraps up this year. I committed myself to read 50 classics in five years and I have…….not done that. In fact, the challenge ends today. This challenge seemed doable when I started it but five years are up now and I’ve read 10 books off the list and reviewed 7 of them.

That’s pretty poor. I chose the list! I picked books I really want to read, plenty of which I own, sitting on my shelves, waiting to be picked up. They’re there. Accessible. I have no excuse really other than the fact that I’m distracted by new, shiny books. I think I also forgot this challenge even existed for about three years of it. I’m just going to leave it there as an open-ended challenge and hope that I knock a couple off each year. As poor as my progress was in this challenge, it was still progress and those 10 books are probably 10 more than I would’ve read had I not signed up for this.

This year the Australian Women Writers Challenge, which I have participated in every year of its being, has a strong focus on classics and I challenged myself to read 3. I didn’t want to go too crazy, knowing my average track record with classics. I have yet to really decide what those classics are going to be, although I did pick myself up a copy of The Thorn Birds with the intention of counting it. Is it old enough? It’s certainly iconic. I also have My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin and The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower on my shelves so it would make sense to finally tackle those.

Let’s hope that my good intentions pan out – perhaps small goals are the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prioritising My Reads: What To Read Next? iBooks Edition Pt1

I’m a fan of  a freebie. Who isn’t? You don’t get much for free in this world these days but a bit of an exception to that is iBooks. They have a handy-dandy chart of top ranking free books. Now, these are always going to be a mixed bag. Lots are self-published, picked out as freebies by the author for a bit of promotion. Often they’re the first book in a series, hoping that the freebie first book will suck you in to buying all the rest. This is a tactic that has worked on me quite a bit, I must say. But there’s also a lot of traditionally published freebies and cheapies. Especially around this time of year, where there are lots of summer reading promos, books ranging from 0.99c – $4.99. I’m a big buyer of discounted books on iBooks. In fact quite often I’ll load up a promo of 10 or so books that are priced at $5 and under and buy them all.

Which means I end up with a lot of books on my iPad. That’s okay, it’s pretty well established that I’m a book hoarder. Paperback and eBook form. But sometimes it means that I can’t really decide what it is that I want to read. I’m confronted by too much choice. Or I can’t remember anything about a book after I’ve clicked buy and it just sits there forever because I can’t remember what it is or what it’s about and I’m too lazy to go and look it up on Goodreads. I thought as a bit of fun I’d investigate my iBooks library, pick out some books and create a reference post to help me remember what they are and get me to read them. Because I know I’ve got some interesting things on here, some good books that I picked up because I’d heard good things about them or knew of them but hadn’t gotten around to reading them or buying them in paperback form. So….let’s see what we have.

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Cast In Shadow (Book #1 Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara.

This one was a freebie I got recently….might’ve been the book of the week or something that iBooks chooses. I know someone who adores this series and has always talked about it. I have to admit, it’s not from a genre I read a lot of and to get started is a big investment – if I love this, the series is already up to #14 or something. This is both good and bad. If I like it then yay! there are lots more. And I love me a good reading binge. But if I like it then I need to shell out quite a bit of money at once in order to have said binge.

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A Girl In Time by John Birmingham.

John Birmingham is a long-standing Aussie author. He’s written books like He Died With A Felafel In His Hand, which was turned into a movie starring Noah Taylor in 2001, the Axis of Time series (of which I annoyingly own 2&3) and the Dave Hooper books. He’s also super funny and I follow him on twitter. I believe that this is a foray into self-publishing and it was only recently released. When a prolific author turns to self-publishing, I get curious. So I’d really like to give this a go and see what it’s like.

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Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore.

Bought for around $4.99 because hey I know this book! It’s one of those ones I saw around a lot a few years ago and the third in the series, Bitterblue was super popular on my twitter and blog feed there for a while. But I’d never gotten around to reading it. So I figured here was a chance to pick it up and be able to give it a go at some stage.

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Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch.

About the same as above. I think both of these were like a “first in a YA series” promotion type thing. Recently my local shopping centre got a proper bookstore again after a couple of years of not having one. I was in there with my kids not long after they opened, getting them to pick a book each and ended up browsing the YA shelves. I was torn between a couple of books and this was one of them. I ended up picking something else to buy but it was only days later that I was able to buy the eBook version of this one.

seven-sistersThe Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters #1) by Lucinda Riley.

Pretty sure this was a freebie pick of the week. Earlier this year I think it was or maybe last year, I received the second book in this series for review but didn’t end up reading it as I hadn’t read this first book. The series sounded pretty interesting though and it obviously stuck in my mind so when I saw this I decided to grab it so that I could read both books. Of course, that’s easier said than done. The second book is a brick and Goodreads informs me that this one weighs in at over 600p as well. Used to be I loved a good brick – more bang for the buck. But I do admit that these days, sometimes I gravitate towards reads that I know I can knock over quickly – I think this started when I had kids. A book that you could knock over while the baby was sleeping was invaluable. Still, it’s on my radar.

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Ross Poldark (Poldark #1) by Winston Graham.

Pretty sure this was a freebie. I’ve heard some really good things about this series – actually my mother used to read them years ago. I think there was a bit of a resurgence in popularity to coincide with a BBC television series that aired last year. I’ve never seen the BBC do a bad job of any adaptation. Actually, having re-read the description of this I really want to read it. Maybe I’ll read it next. In brief, Ross Poldark returns to England after the American War of Independence to find his father has died and his fiancee Elizabeth has assumed he died and is now engaged to his cousin. There’s some stuff about mines as well. Sign me up. This is a series that stretches to about 12 books (each focusing on a different person I think) so could be another long haul read.

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Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren.

Freebie. I’ve heard a lot about these books but I’ve just never gotten around to reading them. I’m not even sure if they’re my sort of thing but I feel like freebies give you the freedom to try anything, even things that you aren’t sure if you’ll like. I download lots of different books that aren’t the normal sort of books I gravitate to, just to see. Sometimes I find a real gem and it’s a good way to spread my reading wings a little bit.

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker.

Finally another stand alone book! Most of what I’ve picked out here seems to be a first in a series book. This is an interesting looking thriller/mystery about a girl who was attacked and then given a drug to make her forget her memory. This has a massive impact on not only her but also her parents as well. I’d forgotten this book was even on here. I really need to organise my iBooks collection in some way.

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An Ember In The Ashes (An Ember In The Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

Pretty sure this came as a recommendation from an author friend of mine and it seems solidly popular with my Goodreads friend list too. Seems be a sort of Rome-type of world, a slave and a soldier. I’m not sure it’s breaking much new ground but not everything needs to. It’s got enough good press for me to want to give it a try.

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Disruption (Disruption #1) by Jessica Shirvington

I don’t know much about this one but it kind of reminds me of the Matched trilogy from the description, which states that what if a microchip could identify your perfect match? A world where “M-Bands” have become mandatory, they promised an improvement on the smart phone and now control everything. Doesn’t sound too bad.

Okay going to have end this here and maybe call it part 1 because I still have a lot of unexplored titles in my library! Hopefully though, this investigation has dug up a few that I will actually get around to reading in the coming months because they all sound good.

This post has taken me a lot longer to write than I anticipated because I kept getting distracted trawling through Goodreads, looking at books in the series I’ve featured here, trying to find out if the Poldark tv series aired here, looking at what specials iBooks is running at the moment and re-reading several bits from books in my eLibrary that I liked. Also I checked a few times if new installments of series I’m up to date on are out yet. None of them were. Now I’m going to go and crash out on the couch with one of the books I’ve picked out to highlight in this post….I just have to decide which one!

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2013 End Of Year Book Survey

Book Survey 2013For the last couple of years I have been taking Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner‘s End of Year Bookish Survey. It’s always a lot of fun and you can surf around plenty of blogs and see what other people were enjoying and pick up at least a hundred new books for your TBR. Because we all need more of those!

So let’s get into it.

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

I am going to break this down a little because I read a lot of books in 2013 and it’s pretty much impossible to choose just one.

Best Contemporary:  The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. What is not to love about this book? It’s so funny but yet beautifully heartwarming and serious underneath as Don, a Professor with some Asperger’s tendencies undertakes The Wife Project, to find the woman he will marry.

Best Young Adult: The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I resisted reading these for so long and I finally caved this year and I became obsessed. Basically everything can be summed up by saying: Rose. Dimitri.

Best Literary: The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan. I think that this book is pretty well not a surprise to most fans of Australian novels. Flanagan is well known and his exploration of life on the Thai-Burma railway and love and loss is beautifully written. This book will win prizes.

Best Non-fiction: The People Smuggler, by Robin De Crespigny. Can someone give this book to Tony Abbott? Please?

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Hmmm. Okay I know I’m kind of out here alone, but I’m going to say Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I was so excited to read this book, it was pumped up so much but I have to say, I didn’t really enjoy it anywhere near as much as I thought I would. There’s no denying it’s clever but I found myself getting bored in more than one scenario and it was repetitive.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

Probably the Vampire Academy books. I really did not expect to fall in love with them that much.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley and Hate Is Such A Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’ll go with the Fever series, by Karen Marie Moning, given I’ve already said VA a couple times now.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Danielle Hawkins, author of Dinner At Rose’s and Chocolate Cake For Breakfast

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

On The Trail of Genghis Khan, by Tim Cope. I really don’t read a lot of non-fiction, memoir etc but I really enjoyed this one.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

Dangerous Girls, by Abigail Haas

9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?

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The Wild Girl, by Kate Forsyth

11. Most memorable character in 2013?

Professor Don Tillman from The Rosie Project. Or Jericho Barrons from the Fever series. Orrrr….. Agnes Magnúsdóttir from Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan and The Whole Of My World, by Nicole Hayes

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

Hate Is Such A Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

I never write down quotes I like. Oops.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

The longest is definitely Command Authority by Tom Clancy at a pretty whopping 752p. The shortest was Chained by Ruthie Knox (40p), which was just part of a book really. So the shortest complete book was No Money Down by Julie Moffett at 90p.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.)

The end of The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead. Also Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts and Dark Horse by Honey Brown.

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)

Romance: Nicola and Rob in The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley, Rose and Dimitri in the Vampire Academy books,

Friendships: Bill and Sticks/Lucas in The First Third by Will Kostakis,

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

I read pretty widely but probably contemporary romance

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Good Lord, where do I start? Dimitri Belikov, Rob McMorran from The Firebird, Jericho Barrons, Shehadie Goldsmith (let’s ignore the fact that he’s 18, shall we?).

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

Going to go with something I haven’t already said – Roll With It by Nick Place

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Chocolate Cake For Breakfast by Danielle Hawkins

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

Um, I cry in pretty much everything. It would probably be quicker if I listed books that didn’t make me cry. But the one that surprised me the most when I cried was Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I also did some serious sobbing in Paper Chains by Nicola Moriarty.

27. Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

Often I see a few books that get plenty of love overseas but not so much around the Aussie blogs/sites like The Circle by Dave Eggers. I think Me & Rory Macbeath definitely needs more love and I’d love to see books like Life In Outer Space and Hate Is Such A Strong Word do well overseas.

I always enjoy doing these, it makes me go back and really examine the books I’ve read including ones that I read so long ago that I’ve almost forgotten them or it feels like much longer ago that I read them! I obviously found quite a few books in 2013 that I really loved because there’s several I mention many times! I hope my reading in 2014 brings about just as many wonderful books.

 

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