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February Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 15
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 13
Male/Female Authors: 1/16
Kindle Books: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 2
Favourite Book(s): The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence, No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume, The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan, Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee, Vardaesia by Lynette Noni.
Least Favourite Books: Man Out Of Time by Stephanie Bishop
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 14

February was another good reading month for me – both in terms of numbers and also how much I enjoyed the books I read. I rated my 2nd and 3rd book 10/10 for the year (No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani & Vardaesia by Lynette Noni) and 4 others I rated 9/10. Which honestly might be a record for me! It’s not often I would have 3 books rated 10/10 in the second month of the year!

In February the Stella Prize Longlist was announced and I decided that I would try and read as many of the titles as I possibly could. I’ve attempted to read the shortlist before a couple of years ago but this is the first time I’ve tried to tackle the longlist. I’d already read one before it was announced – The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper, which I really liked. With the help of my local library I was able to access another five titles really quickly, of which I’ve read 4 – Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee, The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo, Man Out Of Time by Stephanie Bishop and Bluebottle by Belinda Castles. I have Too Much Lip by Melissa Lushenko on my TBR bookcase and another 2 books, Little Gods by Jenny Ackland and The Erratics by Vickie Laveau-Harvie on request through my library. That leaves 3 others I think, which my local library system doesn’t appear to have. Watch all those 3 make the shortlist, haha.

After getting off to a bit of a slow start in my Australian Women Writers Challenge in January, I bounced back in February by reading a whopping 13 books that qualify towards the challenge. I actually read 14 by Australian women in February but one was a re-read that I reviewed for the challenge years ago. Considering I put it upon myself to read 80 books for this challenge this year, I’m going to have to keep up the pace! March so far does not have too many books by Australian women authors on it but I’ll have more Stella books to read and there’s always a few late arrivals and last minute additions, so it’ll be one of those months where I just see where the pile takes me.

Here’s the March TBR pile………

I’ve already read 2 – Four Dead Queens and The Glovemaker, reviews of which will be up next week. I really enjoyed Peggy Frew’s last book, Hope Farm (which I actually read in a previous attempt to read a Stella shortlist) so I’m looking forward to Islands. There’s a few I don’t know too much about, that were surprises – Gingerbread has a beautiful gold foil cover and sounds interesting. And The Glad Shout is a hardback, which you don’t see too many of these days. My eldest got a kick out of seeing Hunter arrive in the mail, because that’s his name. Fiona Lowe’s new novel will count towards my AWWC. I don’t know much (ie anything) about The Artist but it’s another one with a cool cover.

So, this is somewhat of a small pile. I thought there was a lot more, but quite a few of the books I received for review during February were actually April titles, so they get to hang around and wait for the next TBR. So that gives me some room to add in a few things, like another couple of Stella books, and also this:

This is a mother of a book, at 830p in large paperback form. That cover though! I couldn’t resist buying this at the bookstore yesterday. I’m hopelessly behind with Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series and the fact that this is almost a thousand freaking pages is intimidating and makes it hard to squeeze in but look, we’ll see how we go. I really want to read it – that cover is absolutely stunning (the photo does not do it justice) and I’ve been hearing lots of good things.

What’s on your pile for March? Let me know!

 

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November Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 11*
Fiction: 10
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 5
Male/Female Authors: 2/9 (I’ve counted a title written under a male pseudonym in my female tally)
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The Lost Man by Jane Harper, Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, The Summer Of Secrets by Barbara Hannay & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.
Least Favourite Books: Milkman by Anna Burns. Honestly it might be the worst title I’ve read all year.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

* – Goodreads counts one DNF title towards my tally, which makes this month’s effort 11 books but in reality I DNF’d it after 30 odd pages so it’s more like only 10 books read for the month.

So. November was an interesting month…..

In terms of reading, it was, I think, easily my worst in terms of numbers for 2018. I’m not quite sure why I struggled so much this month….or well I am, in some ways. Firstly, the first book I tried to read this month was the Man Booker winner, Milkman by Anna Burns. And wow, it’s the first book I’ve actually officially DNF’d this year. The way it was written – I just couldn’t get into it at all. And it gave me a bit of a hangover, I was really reluctant to pick something else up and the book I did finally choose wasn’t a good choice for me. I’m not sure if it’s heading towards that end of the year and getting fatigued, but I spent many more days not reading than actually reading this month. In fact I wiped out pretty much all my November TBR pile – I think I only read one of them. And I didn’t like it much. The rest of them…..when I investigated further, 3 of them were sequels or connected to other books, which I hadn’t read. And I decided instead to just find things that interested me. I read Lethal White by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling, which had been one of my goals and it was sooo good. I might’ve only read 10 books this month, but 4 of them were 5-star reads for sure. I went to see Jane Harper at an event at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville, in Melbourne’s west, which was a fantastic event. Jane Harper is a star. Her two Aaron Falk books are great (the first one, The Dry is to be a movie with Eric Bana playing the lead, which is pretty impressive) but her third book, The Lost Man is fantastic. Absolutely brilliant.

I also picked up a couple of books that had been on my TBR pile for a long time – in the case of A Discovery Of Witches it’s been about 6 years! I also got around to finally reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, the third in the Graceling trilogy. I’d read and loved the first two books last year and I’d started Bitterblue twice only to put it down after less than a dozen pages and move onto something else instead. But I picked it up and was finally able to give it the attention it deserved.

Given this month’s effort, my December pile is deliberately modest:

I’ve actually already read 2 of these but I still have reviews to write for them, hopefully both will be up later this week.

Last week I had the entire week off blogging – in fact I don’t even think I looked at my blog once. Sometimes I just need to take that little break and refresh myself a bit or the whole idea of sitting down and writing blog posts becomes a bit overwhelming. It worked really well and now hopefully I can finish out the year on a positive note!

Happy reading!

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October Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 16
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 2
Books in a Series: 0
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 15
Male/Female Authors: 3.5/13.5
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 1
Favourite Book(s): The Girl On The Page by John Purcell, Lost Without You by Rachael Johns.
Least Favourite Books: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

October was a solid reading month. It sort of feels like some of these books were a long time ago but at the same time, October just seem to fly by in the blink of an eye. I don’t like how fast this year is going, I feel as though it should still be about June but instead it’s 60 days until the end of the year.

I got through 17 books this month which would be close to what I would call my “average”. I only rated 2 books five stars with almost everything else getting a 3 or a 4 so it was a pretty decent month. I have been back into my local library, utilising it in order to complete my goal to read the Man Booker Shortlist and I read half of it in October. I’ve posted 2 reviews already with another to come tomorrow. They are sort of my “Friday specials” at the moment. I have two more books here from the list (including the winner) and I’m still waiting on the final one to come in.

You might notice I read only 1 eBook this month, which is quite unusual for me. However it’s probably going to be my highest total for a few months because in October my iPad died. Like, fully died. Just one day it was working perfectly fine and the next day it was giving me the dead battery screen, even though it had been plugged in all night. I gave it a hard reboot and it did start up with 100% battery but as soon as I put my code in, it died again. Dead battery screen. Repeat x a million. Now it won’t even hard boot. It’s four years old and has only had what I would describe as light to medium use. I mainly use it for reading at night or watching stuff in bed for an hour or two. I do have a kindle somewhere but it’s 8 years old (it does still actually work though, so credit to it for that I guess) and it’s super slow and I find it hinders my natural reading speed which is a bit annoying. I don’t think I’ll be using it much. I do intend to replace the iPad, just not right away. Have got Xmas and stuff to get through first and I’m still undecided about what model I want to get. I suppose it’s all going to depend on how much I actually want to spend. Sigh.

Onto November. I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or whatever, but my pile is undeniably little (for me) this month. These are my books for review:

One of these (the bottom one) is a series book and I don’t really like reading a book in a series if I’ve not read the others. I’ve got it in the pile but I’ll just see how I go. I’m not sure if it’s the sort of series where they work okay as stand alone or if lots of things build over each instalment. Hopefully the small pile will give me some time to finish these:

These are some chunky books. I’ve had Tower Of Dawn since it was released and I did start it way back in May before we moved house. I only got 140p in though because I find Chaol really annoying and this entire book basically revolves around him and his pity party of one. I do want to read it before Kingdom Of Ash though. And I want to get to Lethal White to find out what Cormoran and Robin are up to now that she’s {redacted}.

So I expect November to have a low-ish total for books read but hopefully I’ve finally managed to get through some of these books that I’ve had and wanted to read and haven’t been able to squeeze in. Until now!

Happy reading!

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September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 19
Fiction: 19
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 1
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 11
Male/Female Authors: 2/17
Kindle Books: 4
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, The Killing Of Louisa by Janet Lee, Dressing The Dearloves by Kelly Doust.
Least Favourite Books: Roommating by Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase, Echoes Of The Past by TJ Hamilton.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

See ya, September! Feels like I barely registered your existence which is weird, because we did things in September. It was my youngest son’s 7th birthday and my mother was here for a week to spend it with him and we did plenty of thing while she was here, including a trip to the zoo, where she’s never been before. It’s also been school holidays the past week but that’s been a bit of a bust so far unfortunately because my husband has worked 6 days of the past 8 or 9. I also have to fill the rest of the time with boring things like dental appointments, eye appointments and haircuts before the boys go back to school.

Still managed 19 books for September which I’m really happy with because I didn’t read much at all when my mum was here. It was a pretty good reading month – 3 books were 5-star reads for me and I had a bunch of 4s too. Lots of keepers.

The October arrivals were steady and this is going to be a big month……

Look at all the goodness!

And apart from these, I also have two purchases I made recently that I really want to read – Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and Lethal White by ‘Robert Galbraith’. Plus I once again decided to try and read the Man Booker shortlist (seriously, why do I do this?) and so I requested the lot from my library. Three of the titles have come in – The Long Take by Robin Robertson, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and Milkman by Anna Burns. I don’t know when the winner is announced but guaranteed it’ll be before I probably read any of them! I don’t know anything about them, I just decided on a whim one day to request them all. We’ll see how that goes!

Hope you all had a fantastic reading month of September. If you’ve read anything from my October pile (or the Man Booker shortlist, lol) then please let me know!

 

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August Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 22
Fiction: 22
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 13
Male/Female Authors: 2/20
Kindle Books: 7
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington, The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, On The Same Page by Penelope Janu.
Least Favourite Books: More Than A Promise by Lauren K. McKellar, Spirits, Stilettos & A Silver Bustier by Deanna Chase and Divine & Dateless by Tara West.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

And so spring is here! Not that Melbourne has gotten the memo yet (it’s always a bit slow) but technically, winter is now over. And I won’t be sorry to see it gone to be honest. This has felt like a cold and miserable winter, although as you can tell that weather is good for reading. August saw me rack up 22 books read with a nice mix of library requests, ebooks and ARCs. I read the entire To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy thanks to the movie of the same name dropping on Netflix that month! I read the first book first, then watched the movie, then read the other two books in the same day. What a cute trilogy it is! I actually do hope they make the other 2 movies. I think they’ll work. The Netflix adaptation is one of the best I’ve seen of a book in a while and Netflix is doing a great job of bringing back the rom com. There are so many YA books I’d love to see adapted (and adult books too) that I think would make fantastic rom com type movies. We’ve had Netflix for about a year I think but it’s probably only in the last month or two that we’ve really actually started browsing through it properly and creating lists of things to watch. My husband and I watched The Staircase which was so good and now we are watching The Fall thanks to a recommendation from a friend of ours. If you have something you think we should definitely watch, let me know!

Back to books! The September arrivals were steady and here is my TBR pile for the month:

Some of these were surprises, others were requests. One was a request that I was still surprised to get – Kate Morton’s The Clockmaker’s Daughter and I think that one might be my first read of the month. Kate Morton writes such beautiful stories and they’re always pretty solid, size wise so I think I’ll get started on that one soon. I’m also super keen for We Three Heroes by Lynette Noni because I adore her Medoran Chronicles and it’s going to be so much fun to get to know Jordan, Bear and DC a little more without looking through Alex’s eyes. The Wolf Hour is set in Africa, which I love, about an Australian researcher working in Uganda who is kidnapped by rebel soldiers. This sounds amazing and also terrifying. Also Melissa Lucashekno is a very well respected author who has been listed for many prestigious prizes and I’m excited to finally read something by her. And there’s another 4-in-1 romance bind up this month too, Echo Springs which deals with police officers in a small town on the edge of the outback.

So, lots to be super keen for here and I am sure September is going to be just as good a reading month! If you’ve read anything here from my stack, let me know your thoughts!

Happy reading 🙂

 

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May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 15
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 9
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 2
Male/Female Authors: 0/15** – 2 books are by “Robert Galbraith” but we all know that’s really J.K Rowling so I’m not counting them as books read by a male author.
Kindle Books: 5
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): On The Right Track by Penelope Janu, The Art Of Friendship by Lisa Ireland, Staying: A Memoir by Jessie Cole, At The Stroke Of Midnight and In Bed With The Beast by Tara Sivec.
Least Favourite Books: Nothing really rates a mention this month!
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

Hello, I’m back! It feels like forever since I sat down and wrote a blog post but it’s really only been about a week I suppose. Which is actually quite a long time for me to go without visiting this little space. But I’ve been suuuuper busy packing to move, actually moving and then unpacking. There’s still quite a bit to go, there’s a few carloads of junk still at the old place which we need to sort out this week and I also need to arrange my bookshelves and reshelve my books. But apart from that, we are pretty much done with the move and it’s been great so far. Except when we moved in on a Saturday and had no gas connection until Monday (it was supposed to be done Friday) which meant no heating, no hot water and no stovetop for 2 days. And it’s been lovely and cold in Melbourne, so yeah, that was fun. Watching TV at night time under 2 quilts because the house was about 10 degrees! But everything is all sorted now.

May was still a pretty decent reading month, despite everything that went on. I managed 15 books. I don’t think I read a book after the 26th May, just had far too much to do. And my books were all in massive piles anyway. Thankfully I was super organised with my blog tour post for the wonderful Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. I got that read early and my review scheduled so it was all ready to go to kick off the tour on the 1st June. If you haven’t checked that review out (and there’s an Aussie only giveaway of a signed copy!) then definitely go have a look over here.

And so it is June. Here’s my pile of books:

 

It’s quite large, isn’t it? I am not sure if I’ll make it through all of them this month but I’ll try! I’m particularly looking forward to The Kiss Quotient, I’ve heard quite a few good things about that one. I’ve never read Lauren Weisberger…..I’m not sure if you need to have read anything else by her before reading this, they seem to inhabit the same world. Will have to investigate. The Book Ninja should be good too. Basically lots of good books here, fingers crossed my unpacking and sorting demands let me get through a good number of them!

Thursday of this week I am off to see Lisa Ireland and Sally Hepworth at a local event, which should be amazing. I would count both among my favourite authors and I’ve been lucky enough to meet Lisa on several occasions as well. One good thing about pulling all my books out was that I was able to set aside the ones I wanted to take with me to get signed, as I found them all when I was transporting them to the new house.

Hope you all had a wonderful reading month in May. If you’ve read anything on my June pile, or you intend to, feel free to let me know 🙂

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March Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 20
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 10
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 10
Male/Female Authors: 1/19
Kindle Books: 5
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): Hero At The Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, The Shape Of Water by Guillermo del Torro & Daniel Kraus, Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer.
Least Favourite Books: Kiss Of The Dragon by Alisa Woods, Mrs by Caitlin Macy and Inked by Anne Marsh.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

March was another good reading month – less books at the top of my scale but not too many that I didn’t enjoy. I think I rated most things I read in March around a 4/5. I got through 7 out of the 8 review books I had on my TBR pile for the month – the only one I didn’t make it to was Kill The Angel which is the 2nd book in a series. I haven’t read the first (although I do own it on iBooks) but I just didn’t have time for the both of them. I found time to read around 7 or so books from my own shelves, some new purchases and ones I’ve owned for a while.

April already looks like a busy month – lots of books have arrived and as per usual, here is my pile:

Ok, it’s not quite as bad as it looks – I’ve actually already read three from this pile for reviews to go up this week – I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, Birthright by Fiona Lowe and The Fortress by S.A. Jones. I’m pretty keen for the new Nicola Moriarty, because I really like her books and The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart is being quite heavily promoted so hopefully I enjoy that one! Don’t know a lot about all the rest, although Killer Intent has some big wraps on it.

And then there’s my own books…..I haven’t actually singled many out yet but I definitely want to get read Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which I bought two weeks ago now and still have not read! I need the right time to sit down and open it when I don’t have anything going on. I thought that might be the Easter weekend but unfortunately it hasn’t panned out that way! There are two weeks of school holidays ahead of us now, so I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to get to it while they’re happening. Some other books on my shelf I wouldn’t mind finally finding the time to read include Tower Of Dawn (still), Crooked Kingdom (still), In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black which I bought ages ago and has been nominated for or won a slew of awards or The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed which I bought on the strength of the recommendation of the seller at The Younger Son bookshop. I won’t find time for all of those….but I’d like to at least get to one or two of them.

It is school holidays after all so we will have to do some other things too….Child #2 has requested the movies, but to see something that was actually out a long time ago…he doesn’t realise things don’t stick around at the movies like they do on Netflix etc. So I’ll see if he actually just wants to see that particular movie or if he’s keen to see something that is actually showing. I want to go to the wildlife sanctuary again one day and I’m sure there’ll be a trip to Timezone, maybe some visits to our fave cafe and perhaps even a drive down the coast. All Child #1 wants to do is play Fortnite or whatever it is on the PS4 but hopefully the lure of some playdates and a sleepover at his sister’s place will get him out of the study!

Hope you all had fabulous reading month’s for March and a lovely Easter, if you celebrate it. Feel free to tell me something fabulous you read or a book you’re looking forward to in April, in the comments.

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February Reading Wrap up

Total Books Read: 18
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 7
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 10
Male/Female Authors: 2/16
Kindle Books: 3
Books I Owned or Bought: 8
Favourite Book(s): Graevale by Lynette Noni, The Three Of Us by Kim Lock, White Night by Ellie Marney, The Break by Katherena Vermette and The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.
Least Favourite Books: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and Off Limits by Clare Connelly.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

Begin as you mean to go on and all that. February was another awesome reading month – 18 titles read, 5 of which earned a 5-star rating and 10 of which were 4-stars. I read so many good books, including two sort of read-a-longs with Tien’s Blurb (Graevale and Nevernight), which was super fun.

February continued my vow to mix review books with books of my own although I have to admit, the books of my own that I read were mostly ones I’d bought that month – I didn’t really make any inroads into my enormous TBR pile…..so, whoops. I also found a few new good series’ to get into and for most of them, the wait now commences for the next book.

Here’s a look at my pre-March, March TBR pile. It’s mostly the review books I plan to read for the month because I haven’t decided what books of my own I’ll be mixing into that yet. Although I have started reading my first book for March and that’s one that I bought myself but it’s on my iPad so I can’t actually include it. It’s Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman and it is amazing.

The March-TBR so far…..

To be honest I’m pretty excited about all of these. Mrs has a bit of a buzz around it and I’ve heard some really good things about Let Me Lie which makes it pretty intriguing. Likewise Before I Let You Go. The top 3 titles are from Wakefield Press, a small independent book publisher in Adelaide, South Australia who recently got in touch with me. I am very keen for Surrogate because I’m pretty fascinated with that topic. The other 2 are a series and they sound fun. I don’t know much about Kill The Angel but apparently it’s #2 in a series so might have to track down #1 before I tackle this one. And High Country Hero is loosely linked to another Holly Ford novel I read about a character I’m already familiar with and I’m very keen to see him get his story.

How was your February? Any standout reads that you can recommend? And if you’ve already tackled something on my TBR pile, be sure to let me know!

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December Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 18*
Fiction: 18
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 7
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 1/17
Kindle Books: 10
Books I Owned or Bought: 11
Favourite Book(s): The Burden Of Lies by Richard Beasley, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning, It Felt Like A Kiss by Sarra Manning, It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane, Unsticky by Sarra Manning and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
Least Favourite Books: The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers, Going Down by Elise Sax and Man Candy by Elise Sax
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 5

* = It’s the 30th December and that’s my current total. Due to timing I’m putting this round up a little earlier than usual and it’s possible I could finish another book before the end of the 31st. If so I’ll include it in my 2017 total in my yearly wrap up, posted tomorrow.

December was a fantastic reading month. 18 books finished and it didn’t even feel like I read a lot or was trying to cram books in. I completed my first proper audiobook and really enjoyed it – in fact it was one of my favourite reads of this month (You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning). From there I’ve started to binge on her books and I dare say I’ll be reading a few more in January! I feel as though December was a really good reading month – 6x 5-star reads, a bunch of 4s. No 1s which is always good!

Summer holidays have started here and my kids are on a 5-6 week break from school. I’ve ticked two books off my summer reading list that I created for myself and featured in my last wrap up – Six Of Crows by Leigh Barduo and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Both were really good and it feels like as I tick books off, I just end up adding books as now I have to get Ng’s first book! I still have plenty left to read from that list and I’ve also got a lot of really exciting January releases to read, some reviews of which will be up on the blog as early as next Tuesday.

As mentioned, tomorrow I’ll be posting my yearly reading wrap up to have a better look at some of my statistics overall and getting ready for 2018. I’m going to be thinking about challenges over this weekend and whether or not I want to sign up for any of them. I always like a challenge or two to add to my reading but it feels like I’ve done the same ones a lot (and one of them isn’t really a ‘challenge’ so to speak as it covers a huge portion of my reading that I don’t have to actually attempt to do). However I did find a pretty interesting one on Instagram so I might just do that one. My 2018 blog planner is ready to go and I’ve already got quite a few things penciled in. But 2018 just might be my year of winging it.

Hope your reading December was a successful one – did Santa bring you any books?

 

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November Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 14
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 2
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 0/14
Kindle Books: 6
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The Last Girl by Nadia Murad
Least Favourite Books: Snowed by Pamela Burford
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 2

To be honest, I’m pleasantly surprised that I completed 14 books for November because it feels like I spent the entire month basically sick. I ended up with bronchitis, another sinus infection, enough sinus headaches from that and hay fever to drive up shares in painkillers and for the first time in 35 years, I was diagnosed with a type of asthma, triggered mostly by my allergies. It means I now have a genuine “asthma plan” with my doctor, an inhaler, a bunch of things to look out for and a paranoia about the weird sound that happens when I breathe. It honestly feels like the last 3 months have just been a never ending cycle of getting sick with various different things, or differing versions of what is basically the same thing and I’m so over it. Please let this be the end!

I think the reading month reflected my general outlook or perhaps my health affected my reading because it was a pretty ‘meh’ month in terms of memorable or fantastic reads. I read a lot of okay books – books that were fine, didn’t annoy me, books that I was easily able to finish. But I only read one what I’d call one spectacular book, which was The Last Girl by Nadia Murad, the story of a Yazidi girl kidnapped to become an ISIS sex slave. It details her simple life before IS invaded her village, her experience after they take her and how she escaped and managed to reunite with several members of her fractured family. It was truly harrowing and inspiring and I learned a lot from it. Apart from that one, there were a few good books, solid 3.5/4 stars.

My kids have just 2.5 weeks left of school before their summer break and I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! I’m looking forward to the break to be honest, hoping for some good summer weather in order to be able to go do a few things. We aren’t going away for this Christmas but I’m actually hoping to do a weekend or two away. There’s a couple of places I’ve been wanting to go for years and I’d love to tick some off over this break. We plan to take them swimming at the local pool 2-3x a week as their swimming lessons actually break for some of the holidays but we want to keep them in the water. We did this last year and noticed a huge difference when they resumed lessons in mid to late January. We go early, before it’s busy and basically have an entire pool to ourselves. My oldest is up to swimming laps and I’d love to see him have a crack at the big pool too. See how far he gets.

I also created a summer reading list. I admit that my success with created reading lists is 50/50 at best but I like the idea of them. It’s a good go to for the times I feel a bit lost on what to read and there’s a good mix in this one so I feel as though I could possibly have some success with it. Here’s the list I have so far….

It’s a big stack! But I have a few months and I’m hoping keeping them nice and visible on my bedside table will encourage me to pick them up, especially on mornings when the school run is no longer a thing. I don’t often read in bed anymore, but that’s what summer holidays are for!

Hope you all had a fabulous reading November! If you’ve created a summer reading list or if you’ve read anything on mine, let me know in the comments.

 

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