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September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 15
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 10
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 
4/13
Kindle Books: 17
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The highest I rated a book this month was 4 stars – those books were A Doctor In Africa by Dr Andrew Browning, Against A Wall by Cate C. Wells, The Torrent by Dinuka McKenzie, Strange Love by Ann Aguirre, The Couple At No. 9 by Claire Douglas & The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin.
Least Favourite Books: Priest by Sierra Simone, which was a DNF, Moon Blooded Breeding Clinic by C.M. Nascosta and Poly by Paul Dalgarno. All of those got 1-star.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 2.

I actually read way more books in September than I thought I would, considering most of the 17 I did read were read whilst I was on holiday. I’ve only finished three (and had one DNF) in the 2 weeks I’ve been back and most of that is because I got so behind with uni classes and assignments whilst away that I’ve been spending all my spare time catching up on those and also because my parents arrived not even two days after we got back from holiday and stayed for a week for my youngest’s birthday and so I didn’t get any reading done while they were here.

I did a lot of other things in September other than reading – the holiday was great, we stayed in a really lovely place with a wonderful view, which I’ll pop in here during one of the (many) sunrises I saw because it gets light much earlier up there:

We went to three theme parks: Sea World (great, really liked it), Movie World (awful, wouldn’t go there with someone else’s money) and Wet N Wild (fabulous, best of the three especially for the kids). Movie World was a waste of time, by the time we got there we attended one show (which was great) but then when we went to go check out rides, the queues were already as much as 110 minutes and 222 minutes! Half the rides were closed, there was no way I was spending close to 4hrs in a damn queue for one ride. When we went to Wet N Wild, it was a Saturday, it was 25*C (about 80*F) and the most the kids had to wait for a ride was about 20 minutes. By about 3:30-4pm it had started to thin out and the kids were just getting off a ride and going straight back down it again, there were no lines. We stayed until they kicked everyone out at 5 and I think the kids would’ve stayed there twice as long! If (when) we go again, we’ll just go to Wet N Wild more than once and skip Movie World all together. Reading the comments on the MW Facebook page, it seems our experience is the norm, not the exception which is disappointing.

My youngest and I also got tickets to the AFL Grand Final at the MCG in Melbourne (for the Americans, it’s this sport’s equivalent of the Super Bowl). The less said about the actual result the better, because our team got slaughtered but we still actually had a huge amount of fun despite that. It was great to experience a Grand Final in person – it’s notoriously hard to get tickets, only about 35,000 of the 100,000 seats are allocated to the paid members of the two competing teams and those two teams have a combined membership base of about 127,000. We were category 2 so not guaranteed of getting a seat – we went into a ballot and I think it was random after the guaranteed member seats were allocated. I never thought I’d get the opportunity to see one live – so that’s ticked off the bucket list, even if my team didn’t actually put in much of a performance during the game, unfortunately. The pre-match entertainment, which was Robbie Williams, was excellent and I’m actually not a huge Robbie Williams fan. I love Let Me Entertain You, which he opened with but he was just great all round. Everyone always talks about how good he is live in concert and I see it for sure.

Challenge check in!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 38/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 6/12

My 22 in 2022: 8/22

I only read three books that count towards my challenges in September – one for my Historical Fiction Challenge, which I have really exceeded my expectations on and also one for the Read Non Fiction Challenge, which completes the commitment I chose. I also counted one towards the Aussie Author Challenge (but I only remembered to do that now, to be honest I’ve probably completed this 2-3x over, I just keep forgetting to allocate books read to it).

Now for the October TBR pile – if some of it looks a little familiar, it’s basically because half of it is my September TBR pile that I didn’t get to! So hoping to knock them over this month – this week is half semester break from university so I am aiming to spend it reading! I do have one essay that I have to submit today and then…reading, for the rest of the week!

I hope you all had a great month of reading in September! Let me know if you’ve read anything from my pile here.

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August Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 21
Fiction: 18
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 8
Books On My TBR List: 7
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 11
Male/Female Authors: 
2/19
Kindle Books: 6
Books I Owned or Bought: 5
Favourite Book(s): The Happiest Little Town by Barbara Hannay, The Keepers Of The Lighthouse by Kaye Debbie, Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson, Love On The Brain by Ali Hazelwood and Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Least Favourite Books: The Life Changing Magic of A Little Bit Of Mess by Kerri Sackville
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 4

Another month over! 2022 is disappearing so fast, it honestly won’t be long until I’m writing up my wrap up for the entire year. August was another decent reading month, both in terms of quantity and quality. I think the cold, miserable and wet winter has definitely kept my reading numbers high. It’s raining as I write this and although my kids have a day off school today, there’s nothing we can do except stay inside, keep warm and read. On the positive though, two days until our holiday!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 37/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 5/12

My 22 in 2022: 8/22

Almost zero progress made in challenges this month. I’m probably going to have to go back and retrospectively add some authors to my Aussie Author challenge because I keep forgetting to do that. I could probably have added 2-3 this month (ok let’s go do that).

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 37/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 8/12

My 22 in 2022: 8/22

Excellent. That looks better. Although how alarming is my 22 in 2022 Challenge looking?! Whoops. I was looking at what I have left to read on that the other day and they’re all monsters of over 500p which honestly, wasn’t clever of me. I’ll be happy to hit halfway on that now – probably some of those will make it into my 23 in 2023 Challenge but I’m definitely going to have to remember not to make them all so huge.

My September TBR review titles. Kept it small this month as I’ll be away for the first 2 weeks (I’ll be reading but I’m not taking any physical books with me, so I won’t get to these until I return). I’ve accumulated a nice little haul via my online library borrowing apps to pick from whilst I’m on holiday and I do hope to post a few reviews.

I hope you all had a great reading month for August and have some titles you are looking forward to for September.

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June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 18
Fiction: 17
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 3
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 
6/12
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): The Last Summer by Karen Swan, The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Coast by Eleanor Limprecht, Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, The Making Of Her by Bernadette Jiwa, Circe by Madeline Miller, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman,
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3/5 this month!
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 7

I feel like June definitely gave me my reading mojo back! May was such a sad reading month and I had my final two essays due in the first 9 days of June and I got them submitted without too much drama. I did write one of them in basically a day (it was only 1000 words) and then edited and subbed it on the morning of the day it was due but the other one (which was 2500 words) I had already written a draft of and I spent about 3 days editing that one. It’s worth 50% of my grade and without it I was sitting on 47.5/50 so I wanted to do as well as I could on it. My marks actually get uploaded today so fingers crossed!

Not only did I read quite a bit in June but I read a lot of really really good books! I rated one 5/5 (A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman), I had 6 that I rated 4.5/5 and a further 7 that were 4/5 and the lowest I rated a book this month was 3/5 which was amazing. I was talking to my husband and my friend Theresa about this streak and no one’s sure if part of it was just me being so glad to be reading again and enjoying reading and being able to choose books that I knew I’d enjoy but whatever. I’ll take it.

Challenge check in time!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 2/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 32/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 5/12

My 22 in 2022: 8/22

I made some improvement in my 22 in 2022 Challenge in June! I really tried to prioritise that one a bit – I read 3 books towards it and all of them were excellent! Hopefully I can read a couple more in July and get myself to that halfway point in the challenge.

Onto the July TBR!

These are the books I have received from publishers that have July release dates – it’s not likely I will get through them all so I am intending to hopefully read about half this month and save some for another time. I do know that the Kate Forsyth book will probably be the first one I pick up because I do really love all of her novels. I’ve also heard some pretty good things about The Brightest Star by Emma Harcourt so I’ll try to get to that one as well. Sixty-Seven Days sounds amazing and is also one of the choices for the Rachael Johns Online Book Club (for which I am an admin). I’ve only read one Karin Slaughter before but I really loved it so I think I’ll definitely have that one quite high on my list as well. Apart from that though, I’m not sure what else might make it into my reading this month.

I hadn’t bought any books for some time so I did have a little splurge recently – I ordered all of these and some of them will definitely be picked up in July.

I am excited about all of these obviously as I bought them but I think Elektra, Mad About You and You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty are the three I am most hoping to read in July.

Also…one more book intended for reading in July:

The new Netflix adaptation of Persuasion drops this month and I definitely want to do a re-read. The past 2 months I have read one of my new clothbound hardcover classics and both of those were books I had no read. I have read Persuasion (a couple of times actually, but not for over a decade) and it’s long overdue.

I’m probably being a little ambitious for July but I figure I should while I have the time! It’s super cold and miserable at the moment, even when it’s sunny it’s freezing. And it’s predicted to rain most of next week – excellent reading weather.

I hope you all had a great reading June. Feel free to leave me any recommendations if you’ve read something on either of my piles.

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May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 6
Fiction: 6
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 1
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 5
Male/Female Authors: 
4/2
Kindle Books: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): Book Lovers by Emily Henry & The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Least Favourite Books: The Wisteria Society Of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 3

I write this update on the first day of official winter here in Australia and it’s arrived via a “polar vortex” which let me tell you, is as cold and miserable as it sounds. Perfect reading weather actually.

Not much can really be said about the month of May to be honest! I think that is my lowest reading total for a month since I began doing these wrap ups. Probably since I even began this blog. I read just 6 books and 2 of them were mandatory reading for one of my classes, so really I only read 4 books of my own choice! It was however, a decent reading month – I had 2x 4.5 star reads and 3×4 star reads. Only one book really disappointed me as a read, which was unfortunate.

In terms of reasons for my low reading month? Well there’s probably two or three. May was moving towards a lot of assignments needing to be researched and prepped (I currently am part way through writing my final 2 essays, which are due over the next week and a half), I lost a week to headaches and well, my whole family got covid also. My eldest son picked it up at school, my husband and I got sick (I was about the sickest I think I’ve ever been for around 24 hours but not too bad after that) and our younger son tested positive on the day the rest of us officially finished our 7-day isolation. Covid gave me a lot of body aches and headaches and just general feelings of exhaustion and brain fog. I could not be bothered picking up a book for the most part and then that week being sick put me behind in my essays so I’ve had to devote as much time to those as possible, to catch up and make sure I can get everything submitted on time.

However! Once that’s done, I think I have like a 2.5 month break until the next semester begins and I do plan to catch up on a lot of reading.

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 2/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 25/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 6/12

My 22 in 2022: 5/22

Yikes. I’m going to have to do some work here! Falling behind in a lot of these.

Onto the June TBR!

The mailman was busy delivering books to me in May! Quite excited about some of these…..especially the new Maya Linnell, as I have really enjoyed her previous books in this series featuring sisters. The new Ellie O’Neill should be fun (and it is a read for the Rachael Johns’ Online Book Club) and I think my blogger friend Theresa really liked The Dance Tree and I always am interested in books she enjoyed because I enjoy them too.

Speaking of Theresa (from Theresa Smith Writes), in May we buddy read The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, which we both owned (same clothbound classics version) and had never read and we both loved it. I haven’t bothered to write a review for it, because I feel there’s plenty of reviews out there for that one, but we enjoyed the experience a lot so we are going to be doing it again! This time we are reading…..

Building my Penguin clothbound hardcover classics has been a task I’ve begun to undertake this year. And along with that, comes actually reading them (an entirely different thing) but I’m excited to read my second title this year. I’ve never read any Virginia Woolf before. So it’s also another author to be ticking off my list.

I hope you all had a wonderful reading month for May and if you’re excited about anything for June, be sure to let me know!

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April Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 15
Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 2
Library Books: 9
Books On My TBR List: 2
Books in a Series: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 
1/14
Kindle Books: 10
Books I Owned or Bought: 2
Favourite Book(s): Honor by Thrity Umrigar
Least Favourite Books: Taken By The Dragon King by Amelia Shaw, Sister Stardust by Jane Green & A Caravan Like A Canary by Sasha Wasley
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 5

April was a really weird reading month. It started off really well and I also had close to 2 weeks break in the middle of it that I thought would be amazing to get some reading done. Except it didn’t really pan out that way. From the 12th until the 30th, I completed only three books. One of them was nearly 700 pages but after that I ended up being crippled with headaches for about 10 days and they completely sapped me of my desire to read. I only finished two books after the 15th, both of which were very easy reads and I disappointingly, did not get through much at all of my TBR pile from last month. So I’ve just had to set all that aside and start fresh this month and hope that things are better!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 2/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 22/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 6/12

My 22 in 2022: 5/22

Have definitely slowed down in some of the challenges I’m taking part in! I keep forgetting about my 22 in 2022 challenge – really need to look towards that shelf when I’m searching for something to read! I’ve been borrowing a lot of books from my library (and to be honest, returning a lot of them unread) because I just don’t really know what I feel like. Or I do know what I feel like but I don’t have any of those unread books on my shelf! I have been in a big romance mood and I don’t have any romance reads unread on my shelves because I tend to read those right away. I’ve preordered my most anticipated book of 2022, Book Lovers by Emily Henry and that arrives this week so I am super excited about that!

Onto the May TBR!

I’ve gone a bit random this month! The bottom three are review copies from the respective publishers and I only picked three from the ones I had been sent as I didn’t want to create too large a pile. The three on top are books I’ve bought or been gifted (the top one was a gift from my husband for my birthday as one of my new projects is collecting Penguin Clothbound Classic versions). I also have heard really amazing things about The Wisteria Society Of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton and I actually picked up not just that one but the next book as well. The Van Gogh book I nabbed after seeing it on Amazon (it keeps showing me Van Gogh things because I searched for a book one time haha) because after visiting the Van Gogh exhibit at the Lume here in Melbourne, I’ve been really interested in learning more about him and his works and this one is supposed to be like a complete works. I don’t plan to “read” this as such, just dip in and out of it occasionally. And The Picture of Dorian Gray I am buddy reading with my friend Theresa from Theresa Smith Writes.

Hope you all had a fun reading month for April! If you’ve read Dorian Gray be sure to let me know. It’s been a while since I delved into a classic, although a lot of people do claim this as a favourite one and I’m looking forward to it.

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February Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 23
Fiction: 18
Non-Fiction: 5
Library Books: 7
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 10
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 15
Male/Female Authors: 
3.5/19.5 (one was written by a M/F pairing)
Kindle Books: 9
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar, Snowy Mountains Cattleman by Alissa Callen, Wild Dogs by Michael Trant
Least Favourite Books: Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall, The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Seigemund-Broka
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 2

February was another surprisingly good reading month but I think that’s partially because I read quite a few short books and 3 collections of poetry as well. I also listened to my first audiobook of the year – I had intended to try and listen to one audiobook a month but I ended up cancelling my Audible subscription at the beginning of the year and switching it to Kindle Unlimited for a trial instead, to see which I would get the most value out of. I listened to a book I purchased with one of my final credits before cancelling the sub and that was Living Planet by David Attenborough, which is a book I also read in print in January as well. It’s a very comprehensive look at different environments on the earth and how they have evolved, both plant and animal and how those species have adapted over time, to thrive within their environments. I really enjoy listening to David Attenborough and sometimes with stuff like that, it’s a good way to further reinforce the ideas. I do still have a couple of other audiobooks unread in my library and now that I’ve sort of got the feel for it again, I think I’ll be starting another one.

So overall I finished 23 books, to bring my total for the year to 49. I do expect the pace to slow down a bit now, because I have some other things I’m starting this month (although reading is actually a part of that too, but it’s a different type of reading).

Although it may not seem like it, I did actually do things in February other than reading! My family came to stay for 2 weeks for my birthday, which was a big one and we did quite a few things while they were here, the best of which was going to the Vincent Van Gogh experience @ The Lume in Melbourne, which was amazing. I’ve never been a huge art person, I have never studied it, don’t know a lot about it and I only honestly knew a few Van Gogh paintings but I absolutely LOVED it. It was so, so good. I did not realise how prolific Van Gogh was as an artist and how short a time he was really most active in. And although I knew he has issues (cutting ones own ear off does kind of signal that) I didn’t know how bad they were either. The exhibition was truly awesome, very enjoyable and a great way to experience art, better than crowding around with 100 other people to stare at a painting although it would be nice to also see one in person. I also really enjoyed the soundtrack put together to go with the presentation and have been listening to a bit of that. If you ever get a chance to check something like that out in your city, I highly recommend it.

And now – challenge check in!

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 1/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 10/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 2/12

My 22 in 2022: 3/22

Progress was made. Particularly in my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – I read 8 books towards that challenge in February! Quite chuffed with that.

Here’s the March TBR pile and um, it’s kind of huge…..

Very big pile – to be honest, I’m not at all confident that I’ll get through this in March. I did try get a head start but due to not feeling like I could read much in the last days of Feb due to headaches, I didn’t read as many of these before the beginning of March as I would’ve liked. I’ve read 3 of these, the 3 shortest books probably! There’s still a lot here to read and some of them are quite chunky. So to be honest, I’m probably going to have to prioritise here and add a few to my “later” shelf.

Hope you all had a great reading February and if you’ve read anything on my March pile, be sure to let me know.

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January Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 26
Fiction: 20
Non-Fiction: 6
Library Books: 13
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 8
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 19
Male/Female Authors: 
6
Kindle Books: 12
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): Daughter Of The River Country by Dianne O’Brien
Least Favourite Books: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller and Queen of Lost Stars by Kathryn Le Veque
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 4

Welcome to 2022! The first month has been and gone already and it’s a bit insane. My children went back to school for a new school year beginning yesterday and I had my first day alone in what feels like a very, very long time! It was quite wonderful.

January was an excellent reading month and there’s a couple of reasons for that. Firstly, the weather was pretty horrid throughout most of January – it either rained a lot or it was 34*C. It seemed like there was really no in between. It wasn’t great weather to be doing anything, which was a bit disappointing given it was school holidays but we did manage a trip to the zoo, some catch ups with family and one or two other things. But there was a lot of time at home when it was either raining or ridiculously hot and all we could do was close up the house and put the air con on. And that meant a lot of reading time.

I finished 26 books in January to start the year, which is not a pace I’ll maintain so I’ll take the good start! There was only one 4.5 star read listed above but I had 16 4-star reads so overall, it was a really great reading month. I read a large variety of books, quite a bit of non-fiction, the split was pretty equal between books read on my device and books read in print and 50% of the books I read were from my local library, either borrowed in print or read in eBook version using Borrow Box.

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 1/6 

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 2/15

Aussie Author Challenge: 1/12

My 22 in 2022: 1/22

So far, good progress has been made.

Onto February. The pile this month is…..daunting.

February is going to be quite a busy month for me, it’s a milestone birthday month (let’s just say it’s the new 30) and my parents are coming for 2 weeks and I always end up getting a lot less reading done when they’re here! So I have made a bit of a headstart on this pile already, reviews of some of these to come pretty soon but I wish I’d been able to get to a few more. Too many books, not enough time! I also have loads of library books currently checked out and some of them I’m really keen to get to but something is going to have to give, I won’t be able to fit everything in.

I hope you all had a good start to the new year. If you’ve read anything from my February pile (or would like to!) let me know.

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October Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 19
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 4/16
Kindle Books: 6
Audiobooks: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.
Least Favourite Books: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (this was a DNF for me)
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 10

Guys, as I write this we are out of lockdown and they do not expect to ever have to implement them again!

October was a good reading month – actually better than I expected. It felt like I started to drop off reading in the month, get a bit of reading fatigue and as we moved towards lockdown lifting, I had less interest in reading. I haven’t really done much since lockdown officially lifted though. I picked up the glasses I ordered way back in July, we had some family members over for dinner and our first catch up and we’ve been to get ice cream and go for a walk along the beach. So far I’ve avoided major shopping centres as I know what they’re like post-lockdown and it’s bedlam but I need to go this week as I need to grab some birthday presents for things that happened whilst in lockdown and also, begin Christmas shopping and that last bit terrifies me.

I bought a lot of books in October. It was National Love Your Bookshop Day here in Australia on October 9th and although we couldn’t go out to visit any bookshops, I ordered from a few that I have frequented in the past (and one new one). So some of those books will be on my radar for November as well. I also did multiple other orders during the month, I really need to stop ordering new books until I’ve had some time to read more of the ones I’ve purchased recently. The good thing is I don’t have a huge amount of publisher review copies either because it’s a quiet month or they’re lost in the post. The postage system here has been……somewhat challenging, the past little while. Everything is taking forever!

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 86/50 {technically complete!}

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 6/6 {complete!}

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 30/25 {technically complete!}

All my challenges are now complete, which is nice. I will continue to try and read a couple more books that count towards the Read Non Fiction Challenge and I know I’ll add quite a few more to The Australian Women Writers Challenge and probably around 5 or so more to the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. It’ll also be time to start thinking about what challenges I might like to sign up for in 2022.

Here’s my November publisher review pile:

One of these I’ve already read, Outback Secrets by Rachael Johns, which was excellent as always. I’m really keen for the new Hannah Kent book as well as the Annie Seaton and I’m glad that the Tania Blanchard finally turned up (it was posted about 2 months ago!). I’m curious about the Minette Walters – I’ve never read her before but I’ve heard a lot of good things and I think I’ve watched at least 2 TV adaptations of her books without realising they were based on her books! I don’t know much about the Michael Connelly book, I’ve read 1-2 books in the Harry Bosch series and I’m unfamiliar with the other detective (this is some sort of crossover or something?) and I’m unsure of just how necessary it is to have read all the previous books. If you know, let me know!

I hope you all had a good reading October!

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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!

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January Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 13
Fiction: 9
Non-Fiction: 4
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 4
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 1/11 (and one author identifies as non-binary)
Kindle Books: 2
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Starting From Scratch by Penelope Janu, A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough
Least Favourite Books: Nothing below a 3/5 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 6

For the last few years, January has been one of my more prolific reading months. My kids are on holidays all month long so there’s opportunity for a lot of mornings lazing in bed reading rather than having to get up and get their lunches, get them ready for school, etc. However this year my parents, who I haven’t seen in 12 months due to it-that-shall-not-be-named, made a decision to come down and see us once the protocols changed on interstate visits, so they arrived on the 20th January and stayed until the 31st. I only finished 2 books while they were here and I’ve been listening to an audiobook at night but I’m not quite finished it yet, so it will be included in next month’s count.

Of the books I did read, it was a solid and quite well-rounded start to the year though. A good mix of fiction and non-fiction, books by authors of colour and featuring characters of the same as well as a book by an author who identifies as non-binary and also featuring a character who identifies that way as well. I listened to one audiobook, which was brilliant. David Attenborough is a worldwide treasure and I will hear no different! His voice is soothing, it was wonderful listening to him narrate his book even if the subject matter was a little alarming.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 5/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 0/6

Reading Women Challenge: 0/28

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 3/25

All in all a good start to the challenges for this year although……I would’ve liked to get a book or two for the Reading Women Challenge checked off actually. But because a third of the month was pretty much out, I am a bit behind there already so I’m going to have to try and prioritise that for this month. I also read several non-fiction books, however none of them actually count for my non-fiction reading challenge! But that’s okay, I have plenty of time to find ones that do.

In other news…..there’ll be a post about these quite soon….

While my parents were here, we did take the opportunity to do a few things – we went to Port Campbell (about 2.5 hours away) and visited the 12 Apostles (of which there are not 12). Both my kids loved Port Campbell – there’s a bay there that they went swimming in and kid #1 was happy to go out as far as he can as there’s really little in the way of waves, and also jump off the pier. Kid #2 is less adventurous and was happier to play in the shallows closer to the shore. When we got home, we were already googling places where we could stay for a weekend down there, so we’ll probably do that in the future.

We also went to St Kilda, because my dad had wanted to go there for years and drove around the Esplanade to Brighton, had a bit of a look down there. I’d never been down that way in over a decade of living here, so it was a bit of fun. We had a look at the Brighton bathing boxes (which, if they do come up for sale, which is rare, sell for $200-400k).

Also currently in all sorts of locations around Melbourne at the moment are these little things called Uoo-Uoo (pronounced “you-you”) which are some sort of fundraiser/awareness thing for the Royal Children’s Hospital. There are 100 of them, each decorated differently by local artists and you can download an app to find them and check them all off a list. We happened to come across this one at St Kilda and I might dedicate a day or two to hunting some more down in the future.

And now for the February TBR!

Not going to lie, I honestly don’t know a whole lot about most of these! A few of them arrived while my folks were here and I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and have a look at them! I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Lee Christine book, I didn’t know she had one coming out so soon and it’s probably a follow on/spin off from her last book, Charlotte Pass, which I loved. I’m also doing a blog tour for The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez (author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul) and my date for posting is the 5th of February, so that will probably be the first book I read from this stack! So if you have read any of these, or have heard good things, be sure to let me know so I can decide which ones I must get to soon.

 

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