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June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 13
Fiction: 11
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 7
Male/Female Authors: 2/11
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): The Forgotten Letters Of Esther Durrant by Kayte Nunn, A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty and The Ex by Nicola Moriarty
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3/5 this month!
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 7

June was the quietest reading month of the year for me and I can’t really put my finger on why. I was really struggling at times to find the motivation to sit down and pick up a book. I did manage to finish 13 books and it was a very good reading month – 3 of those were 4.5/5 reads and another 6 were 4/5 star reads! So whilst it was low in quantity it was pretty high in quality, which is great. I’m also pretty happy that I managed to read a few TBR ‘dinosaurs’ – A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty and Black Rock, White City by A.S. Patric, which have been on my shelf for about 3 years!

My June TBR pile was pretty large…….I didn’t get to 2 of them, nor did I get to the one I didn’t complete from May’s TBR pile! This month my pile is pretty small.

There’s just 7 books here. I went pretty easy on the requests because…..I’m on holiday! For the first 2 weeks of July I’m away visiting my parents up north and I knew that would have a big impact on what I could accomplish because I did not bring any print books away with me. 2 kids + me = enough crap already to pack! I did however, stock up on some eBooks and request a few things from NetGalley to read while I’m here. And my nan buys a lot of books so there’s a lot floating around up here to choose from, should I need it. However I have enough unread books on my iPad to probably last me 2-3 years! So I should be able to still find plenty to read while I’m here.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be here. Happy reading!

 

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May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 19
Fiction: 16
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 5/14
Kindle Books: 2
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): The Island Of Sea Women by Lisa See
Least Favourite Books: 
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 6

May was a really solid reading month! A lot of really enjoyable books, not a huge amount of brilliant standouts but just really decent reads. I read 19 books but 3 of them were cookbooks. I own about a dozen cookbooks that I bought (or won), glanced at and then promptly ignored. So recently I’ve started going through them, trying to find a few new ‘staple’ dinners. I’m getting a little bored of the things I’ve been eating regularly for the last little while and I’m also trying to change up my eating habits a bit with less reliance on processed foods and including more fresh and from-scratch stuff. Also trying to eat a few more vegetarian meals as well. I have managed to find a few interesting looking meals to try (or to get my personal chef aka the husband to try). My eating habits are changing a lot, I’ve noticed. What I’m interested in eating is changing. I remember throughout my 20s, it was difficult to resist the lure of fast food and stuff like that. Well into my 30s, it couldn’t interest me any less. If I go out to eat, it’s to a local cafe – there are so many good ones! After all, we can’t buy houses anymore because we are a nation addicted to smashed avo.

If you remember May’s TBR, it was a relatively small pile but unfortunately, I didn’t finish it! I didn’t get to The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley and I can’t even blame the size of it because I did finally read Fire And Blood by George R.R. Martin to coincide with the Game of Thrones TV show finishing up. I quite enjoyed Fire And Blood although it’s not for casual fans. It’s written in the way of a non-fiction text within the world of A Song Of Ice And Fire, set a few hundred years before the events that start A Game Of Thrones. It’s very interesting but it’s also very dense in places too. I’m planning a lazy re-read of the books from ASoIaF at some stage and I just really hope he finishes the series. I want to see what his vision is for the conclusion.

This month……well, here’s the TBR pile:

It’s pretty big – however, I’ve actually already read five of these, given my pile was much smaller last month, which enabled me to get a bit of a head start on June. That’s the Lucinda Riley sitting there beside it, which I hope to fit in this month, given I have gotten that early jump! I’m excited for lots of these books, especially some great Australian female authors here, some of whom are my favourites! New Wendy James, Nicola Moriarty, Kayte Nunn and Sarah Barrie. I’ve read Armando Lucas Correa before so I’m quite looking forward to that. Recursion looks interesting too. Of the ones I’ve read – there’s some pretty good ones in there, reviews will be coming pretty soon for Love Song, The Cinema At Starlight Creek, A Good Enough Mother, Wildflower Ridge and Little Stones. I’m still quite behind on writing reviews, which is something I have on my priority list for the next week or two. I also plan to do a post on the cookbooks I’ve been reading at some stage and how I’m going to be changing how I eat a bit and hopefully maybe post some results, be they successes or failures, of dishes we’ve tried. I’m also going to be adding to the cookbook tally this month as I still have quite a few to choose from still on my shelf and I’m always looking out for new ones. I find cookbooks (and cooking shows) very soothing. Sometimes my husband and I talk about getting rid of Foxtel (our rip-off cable-equivalent provider) but two of the reasons we don’t are the live sports and the cooking channel.

I hope everyone had a great reading month of May! If you’ve read something from my June TBR pile then be sure to let me know in the comments.

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December and 2018 Yearly Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 10
Fiction: 9
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 5
Male/Female Authors: 1/9
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): The Wicked King by Holly Black, Becoming by Michelle Obama
Least Favourite Books: Nothing rated below a 3 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

December was quiet – I kind of suspected it would be after my November wrap up. I had felt it winding down toward the end of the year, I wasn’t picking up as many books, or even feeling the urge to do so. I had Christmas and end of year school stuff to prepare for and I think I just appreciated not feeling pressured to get things read and reviewed. I read quite a few things this month just because I wanted to, books that been on my shelves for years. It’s made me reassess the way I read and think about making some changes for 2019. But honestly? That’s not the first time I’ve said that and books still sit on my shelf unread for years so *shrug* We’ll see how I go!

And the yearly wrap up……

Total Books Read: 206
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 113
Male/Female Authors: 18.5/187.5
Kindle Books: 56
Library Reads: 16
5-Star Reads: 46
Most Prolific Reading Month: January & August – 22 books
Least Prolific Reading Month: December – 10 books

Overall I’m pretty satisfied with my reading. I’m down slightly from last year, where I read 212 books but it’s not enough for there to be a significant change I don’t think. I still read just a bit more than 50% new authors but my eBook consumption dropped quite a bit, down to 56 titles from 82 last year, which is quite a difference I think. I’m not sure why that is to be honest. Did I receive/buy more print copies this year? Did I use NetGalley a lot less? Maybe not check out sales as often? I did go 4-5 weeks without an iPad after my one died – actually I only read 1 eBook in each of the last 3 months of the year, so even since I picked up a new one earlier this month, I haven’t really used it for reading. I read 2 library books in the first 6 months of the year but in the last 6 months, I read 14. That corresponds I think, with moving house and living closer to one of the branches, which is across the road from a shopping centre we now frequent. It’s suddenly easier to request books and pick them up knowing I’m going to be there at some stage, most weeks. We are very lucky to have an excellent library here and I really should be using it more than I have been, in recent times. So often I’m surprised when I search the catalogue for a book that I don’t expect to be there, only to be proved wrong and often they have multiple copies.

My reading is still heavily skewered towards female authors. Not even 10% of my reading is from male authors this year. I average around 1-2 titles by a male author per month – my best was 3.5 this year in October. In May I didn’t read a single title by a male author. I get sent a lot of books by publishers, some of which I request and plenty that are unsolicited. I generally find the unsolicited ones have a higher chance of being by a male author, but mostly I get sent a lot of female authors. Which may represent my blog and reading dynamic or may reflect how much those titles are wanting to be promoted by their publishers. Out of the 206 books I read this year, 77 were also by Australian female authors, so they make up over a third of my reading. Add in the 20 odd books I read by men and then the remaining just over 100 are women from different countries around the world, probably predominantly British and American with a sprinkling of authors of colour.

Over the course of the year, I rated 46 books 5-stars on Goodreads (equal to a 9 or 10 on my blog). Off the top of my head I think I only rated three books 10/10 this year – The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton, The Ones You Trust by Caroline Overington and The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland. Which means 43 books were rated 9/10. My best month for 5-star reads was April, with 7 and both October and December only had 2 each.

Looking ahead to 2019, here’s my first TBR – these are review books and it’s a small pile because I have some other books I want to get to in January. I’ve signed up for 2 challenges, one of which will be relatively easy to me (the Australian Women Writers Challenge) but I’m also doing the Reading Women Challenge and that requires some planning and acquiring books from the library etc. So I want to knock a few titles from that one off during the month – I already have quite a few options and there’s a great Goodreads group with heaps of selections and recommendations which is going to make it much easier to choose what titles to tick off which categories.

I’ve already read The Wicked King – there was no way I wasn’t reading that as soon as it lobbed into my mailbox! But I’ll probably skim it again when I’m ready to write the review next week. I’m part of a publisher blog tour for Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi and that’s a title that I can also use for the Reading Women challenge as well, if I choose. Flight Risk was one I requested, a story that is loosely based on the disappearance of MH370, something that has fascinated me. I’m an avid watcher of Air Crash Investigation and I love the way they piece together what happens in a crash. How in this day an age, a plane could just……vanish is incredible. The other 2 are unsolicited. So if I get to them, I do….if not, I’m not really going to worry too much about it. I have made some progress with my Mortal Instruments reading and I aim to finish the “original 6” by reading the last book about Clary and Jace and also start the Infernal Devices series.

Reading Goals!

I hope you all had a great 2018 and that 2019 brings amazing books to read and enjoy.

 

 

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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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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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January Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 22
Fiction: 22
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 1/21
Kindle Books: 8
Books I Owned or Bought: 11
Favourite Book(s): Cake At Midnight by Jessie L Star, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman & The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.
Least Favourite Books: Smokin’ Hot by Lucia Jordan
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

So January, you were alright!

I got through 22 books this month – helped along no doubt by summer holidays and no school for the duration of it (well until the 30th anyway). Lazy mornings laying in bed or reading late at night with no consequence. But it was also helped along by a lot of pretty good books. Surprisingly I had a lot of arrivals in January – I had no idea that it was such a busy time for new releases. Some I’ve managed to knock over already, so look for some reviews coming in the next few days.

In my November reading wrap up, I shared a summer reading list I’d created for myself which had 9 books on it. I’ve read 4 of them, moved two to the ‘Later’ pile and still have 3 left. Two of those I’m moving to my February TBR pile, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.  The remaining book I think I’ll keep for my March TBR pile. In January I alternated books I’d purchased myself with review copies from publishers and I found that worked really well for maintaining my enthusiasm. Hopefully I can continue this in February. Here’s the TBR pile I’ve created for the month:

The bottom three are review titles, the top four are books I’ve purchased. Also I’m restricting myself to a maximum of just three NetGalley titles each month to keep me from going nuts and requesting far more than I can actually read, which tends to overwhelm me and make me lazy. So I have to just pick the three titles I want to read the most! I’m taking some time to think about it and make sure that I haven’t squandered my picks!

Already 2018 is off to a good start reading wise for me, hope you all experienced the same! Feel free to share fave reads from the month or if you’ve read anything on my TBR, let me know your thoughts.

 

 

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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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