All The Books I Can Read

1 girl….2 many books!

May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 22
Fiction: 21
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 1/21
Kindle Books: 0
Audiobooks: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): Six Of Crows {re-read} & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The 99th Koala by Kailas Wild, Act Like It by Lucy Parker {re-read but listened to on audio this time}
Least Favourite Books: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 9

May was a really nice reading month. Got through quite a lot of books – I think because even though it wasn’t winter yet, May felt like winter. It was pretty cold, few rainy days, just had those winter vibes. I did a lot of reading.

As I write this, Melbourne is back in lockdown – we had a 7 day “circuit breaker” lockdown announced last week and it’s supposed to end in 3 days but I’m not 100% confident it will. We’re heading back into a danger time for the virus, the vaccination roll out has been slow here and hotel quarantine is still an issue. Lockdown doesn’t bother me (to be honest it’s not hugely different for me) but I’m in a privileged position to be able to say that. There are others where these conditions impact on them hugely and for their sake, I hope this is kept under control and we come out the other side soon. But if nothing else, lockdown does give me lots of opportunity to read and that’s a good thing, because my June reading pile is huge.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 40/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 4/6

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 16/25

Well, I’m cranking my way through the Australian Women Writers Challenge – I could easily get to the target I set myself by the end of June. I did slow down a bit on the other challenges, adding only 1 to my total for the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge and none for my non-fiction challenge. However I’m in a comfortable position with both of those and have several in my June pile that will fit for the Historical challenge. I have one book out from the library that will contribute to my non-fiction challenge as well. As some of you might notice, I wiped out the fourth challenge I had intended to participate in, because I hadn’t read anything that contributed after five months and given it’s a challenge that contains 30-ish prompts, let’s just agree it was never going to happen! Maybe next year, because it is a challenge I enjoy. It’s just that because the prompts change, sometimes they fit and sometimes they just don’t work for me.

The June pile is reminiscent of the huge April pile I had.

So yeah, there’s 12 books on this pile but the bottom one is 1000p which is almost like 3 books in one! I knew that if I was going to be able to get through this, I’d have to start early so, I have actually read some of these already.

I also still have all my library books because even though they were due back, the library renewed them all due to the lockdown which works in my favour! Now I just need to fit them in, amongst all the books in this pile here. And also think about books I’ve bought recently (I just bought another one, because a store was offering free postage to people with a Victorian postcode while they were in lockdown).

If you’ve read anything on my June pile, be sure to let me know. I could do with a way to prioritise things!


May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 9
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 2/18
Kindle Books: 11
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Hidden Victims by LynDee Walker & Something To Talk About by Rachael Johns
Least Favourite Books: Jacinda Ardern by Michelle Duff
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 9

May followed in April’s footsteps for pretty much everything. My kids “learned from home” for the entire month, although it’s been announced that they will both return to school next week, on June 9th. I’m in two minds about them going back. I’m happy for it to happen, because I think there’s probably only so far they can progress at home in this way, doing the tasks they are set in each day without interacting with their teacher and their fellow students. They are happy to return, so that’s good. Their school is large, so it will run four separate timetables to prevent a lot of students (there’s about 2000) pouring in and out of the gates at once, plus parents etc. Thankfully both of mine have the same beginning and end times. They’ll start and finish a little later than normal.

I ventured out a few times to run errands and was surprised by the sheer volume of people out and about – and how much I didn’t like it. I had to go to a local shopping centre to get something my kids needed for school and it was incredibly crowded, despite only department stores, supermarkets and take away food places being open. No one was respectful of your personal space either – normally shopping is something I enjoy but honestly? I couldn’t wait to get out of there. And get home.

In terms of reading, I read 20 books in May, which was down a bit on the two previous months but considering one of those books was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which took me a long time by my standards, I still feel I got a lot done! I also struggled at times with my mood – I knew what I wanted to read, finding it was a different story. I found that I had little desire for anything that felt too heavy or with a depressing subject matter, particularly in the second half of the month. I began borrowing a lot of books from my local library electronically so that I could read the lighter, contemporary romance-style books that I was really craving. And you can see that my library count is much higher than in recent months.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 34/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/12 {technically complete, upgraded the challenge to the top level and trying for all 12}

Reading Women Challenge: 11/26

Progress made in all challenges this month!

Here’s my June TBR pile:

The six lying horizontally are books received by review from the publisher. I am part of a blog tour for Sticks And Stones and my review will be up on the 6th of June. Quite a few of the other books look like they fit the bill of the sort of books that I’ve been wanting to read lately.

The two on the side upright are the 2 books I purchased for myself in May. After finishing Wolf Hall, I had to pick up the next book in the trilogy. I was going to buy both of them, but the third book, The Mirror And The Light was a ginormous hardback which did not match either of my others. The two I have don’t match anyway, because one is large format and one is small. I’m going to have to either wait for the third to be released in paperback (which means waiting) or suck it up and buy it as a hardback I guess. #readerproblems I also bought The Year The Maps Changed by Danielle Binks. Danielle is also a book blogger (these days she wears many hats: agent, book blogger, author, editor, youth fiction advocate) that I have known almost since I began my own book blogging journey. I’m looking forward to reading her book – and also hoping that my older son might read it too.

The weather is starting to change here….this week is going to feel well and truly like winter. I’m not a cold-weather person but I have to admit, if we are to keep staying inside, then winter is probably a good time to do it. It’s good reading weather.

I hope you all had a great May. Next time I do one of these, the dumpster fire that is 2020 will be half over!