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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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April Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 15
Fiction: 15
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 6
Male/Female Authors: 14.5/0.5 (one book was co-written by a female/male pairing)
Kindle Books: 5
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth, The Place On Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta, Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane, Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley and The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
Least Favourite Books: Didn’t rate anything below a 3/5 on Goodreads this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

I’m just going to take a minute to be freaked out that we are a third of the way through this year. It feels so weird to be saying that.

April was a bit of a mixed month. I didn’t get to read as much as I would’ve liked due to some circumstances beyond my control. I had to go interstate alone at the beginning of the month – first time I’ve been away from my kids for years and actually ended up being the longest time I’ve ever spent away from them (4 nights haha). It was both good and bad – I got to spend some time with my family, including my brother and my nieces, who I only really get to see maybe once a year and haven’t seen for ages, but it was for very sad reasons, the passing of my grandmother. Also my kids and I got a chance to miss each other, which we don’t often get to do and I think that feeling is kind of important too. I didn’t get a lot of reading done and actually one of the few books I did manage to read, I can’t count because it was a beta read.

The overall number might not have been as high as I’d like, but April was a good reading month! Lots of books that I really enjoyed. If I had to pick one, it would be The Place On Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta. I love this core group of friends she has created so much and I’ve read through them in year 11 of high school, their early 20s and now their mid 20s. They keep coming back to each other and I am here for it.

Challenge check in! I completed 8 books that qualify for challenges this month and all of them were for the Australian Women Writers Challenge, which is one of just two challenges that I am doing this year. The other is the Reading Women Podcast Challenge and oops, I have fallen down a bit there! I’ve completed 8/26 of the prompts so I need to make a bit more of an effort there. And for the Australian Women Writers Challenge I have read 32/80 books which has me well on track so far.

Here is my May TBR:

Not too overwhelming a pile, which should leave some room for other books too. I’m pretty excited about the Paige Toon – I read my first book by her last year and really loved it. I also am looking forward to The Beekeeper Of Aleppo which I think should be very interesting.

From my April TBR pile, I finished all of the books except one, so I may roll that unfinished one (The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See) into this pile.

I am almost 10 reviews behind, so I really need to get to sorting that out!

I hope you all had a great reading month for April – if you’ve read something from my May TBR pile, drop me a comment and let me know if you enjoyed it!

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March Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 14
Fiction: 13
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 2
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 3/11
Kindle Books: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 2
Favourite Book(s): Deadly Politics by LynDee Walker
Least Favourite Books: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

*dusts off blog*

So it’s been a while! This is my first post since the 14th of March! I am super behind with writing reviews and stuff like that. My parents arrived on the 18th of March for what was supposed to be a two week visit with us (they live interstate, about 14hrs drive away) but for unfortunate reasons, they had to leave early a little over halfway into their stay and rush home for a family emergency. My family also went away for a couple of days, to Phillip Island which has been on my Wishlist for soooo many years, so that adds up to basically not a lot of reading in the month of March. In fact I’m actually surprised the total was still 14 books. I thought I’d struggle to get to double figures. I must’ve got quite a lot done in the first half of the month.

I actually read every book on my March TBR, which almost never happens – including the monster The Priory Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which was nearly 900p and which I buddy read with Theresa Smith Writes. I think it’s been a while since I read something so huge!

Moving on to April! It’s been weird here, until the last couple of days or so, it’s still been very warm, temps in the high 20s and it didn’t feel like summer had left. Now it’s grey and overcast and feels more like winter than autumn but it’s not going to last – temps are back up into the high 20s by the end of the week. It’s good reading weather at the moment, I spent yesterday on the couch under a blanket with a book.

Here’s my April TBR:

Because I got done with my whole March pile pretty early, I’ve actually already read a couple of these, so reviews for A Life Of Her Own, The Gift Of Life and The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone will be up in the coming week or so.

Hope you all had a great reading month for March! If you’ve read anything from my April TBR let me know….or mention something you’re excited about reading this month.

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January Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 21
Fiction: 20
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 10
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 9
Male/Female Authors: 1/20
Kindle Books: 4
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Least Favourite Books: Nothing rated below a 3 this month
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 8

I feel as though January brought back my reading mojo after a pretty quiet November and December. There’s something about January that just feels like reading time. Last January I had a good reading month too, something about kids being on holidays, lazy warm summer days, I don’t know. I always feel like January is a good ‘reset’.

First month of the year also resulted in the first 10/10 rating for 2019 – Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it. It’s such an amazing book in ways I cannot describe properly without ruining things but go ahead and check it out. Also I didn’t rate anything below a 3/5 on Goodreads and for such a high total of books, that’s a pretty damn good month. I’m using this spreadsheet to track my reading and it’s working out really well. I like being able to see at a glance via the pie charts what my percentages of ARCS/bought/library books are or how many books by POC I’ve read. It also helps keep my Reading Women Challenge organised as well, as I can see immediately which prompts I’ve ticked off, as there’s a tab for that.

Challenge update – I’m currently doing 2 challenges for this year: the Reading Women Challenge and the Australian Women Writers Challenge. In January I finished 8 books that counted towards a challenge and I think it was an even split. 4 for the RWC and 4 for the AWWC. I’m going to have to pick the pace up for the AWWC because I think I signed up to read/review 80 books for it this year and so far, that is not the sort of pace that is going to get me there!

Moving onto February. Here’s my TBR pile and it’s a bit of a whopper:

So there are 12 books on this pile but I’ve actually already read 2 of them (the reviews will be posted this month). I am more excited (and scared) than I can say about Vardaesia by Lynette Noni. I’m so ready to find out how this ends but I know there’s probably likely that everyone I love will not make it to the end alive. Also What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume! Jenna is so amazing and this is her debut novel and I can’t wait to get to know Maisie and learn her story. Also The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan takes us back to Cormac Reilly and I am totally here for it. The rest look like a good mix to keep things from getting too similar as well.

I also have a few other books I have an interest in reading this February – some for my RWC of course and I also bought 2 books today actually. One is the 2x winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards: No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, which won both the non-fiction title and the overall literary award. The amazing thing is that Boochani has been on Manus Island since 2013 and wrote the book basically by text message in Farsi. He was given special dispensation to enter the awards as he’s not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, which is a requirement. I have actually been curious about this for a while (I follow him, or whoever tweets for him on Twitter) and the announcement of these awards was enough for me to head out and pick myself up a copy. I also picked up Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi which I have seen lots of people praising highly.

Hopefully February is as successful a reading month as January.

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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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July Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 17
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 3
Library Books: 2
Books On My TBR List: 3
Books in a Series: 7
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 1/16
Kindle Books: 5
Books I Owned or Bought: 6
Favourite Book(s): I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara, Fortune’s Son by Jennifer Scoullar, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter, The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart.
Least Favourite Books: Nothing. I didn’t rate anything below a 3/5 on goodreads this month.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

Hey July – you were pretty great in terms of reading! I got quite a bit of reading done during the month. Some things helped with that. It was school holidays for the first two weeks here and the weather was a bit grim for probably half of that and quite often I just got up, got my kids breakfast, made myself a cup of tea and went back to bed with a book while it poured with rain outside. Also my husband couldn’t drive or really go anywhere as he recovered from his operation and so we spent a lot of time during the month just at home and that meant reading time.

It gave me the chance to tackle a couple of non-fiction titles that have been on my TBR for a while – I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara and What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both were really intriguing reads and I’m glad that I was finally able to make some time for them. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but when I read a good one it always makes me want to put a little more on my reading piles.

But that will probably not be happening this month – as you can see, the August pile is well, massive! The bottom one is also 4 books in 1 so that makes quite a lot of books to get through for this month, but they all look really good. I’m doing a blog tour for The Botanist’s Daughter by Kayte Nunn, my review will be up on the 10th. I’ve been a big fan of Caroline Overington’s previous novels, so I’m looking forward to this one. I’ve also read the first book in the 4-in-1, which all central around a small town and the closure of a cotton mill and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to the next three.

I hope July was just as good a reading month for you as it was for me. If you’ve read anything on my August pile feel free to let me know, or share your favourite read from July. Wish me luck as I dive into this huge pile and hopefully I find just as many 5-star reads this month as I did in July. Or maybe even more.

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June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 14
Fiction: 14
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 4
Books in a Series: 3
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 10
Male/Female Authors: 1/13
Kindle Books: 5
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan and The Nowhere Child by Christian White.
Least Favourite Books: One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

So June was a bit of a slow month, but I knew it would be. We moved into our new house on the 1st/2nd and spent a large portion of the month unpacking and sorting out the new house as well as dealing with the handover of the old house. Also my husband had some health issues come up which resulted in surgery being scheduled for the 29th June, which was something we were pretty consumed with in the latter part of the month. He’s still in hospital now, which is part of the reason why my June wrap up is being posted so late. His recovery will probably be a process, so I think July will be quiet as well.

But I did make my way through 14 books and some of them were very good reads. I finally got around to reading The Rúin and I know, I’m months behind pretty much everyone else but it definitely lived up to the hype. I really enjoyed it and I’m definitely looking forward to another Cormac Reilly book in the future. I also absolutely loved The Nowhere Child by Christian White which was amazing!

Because of my feeling that I won’t get a lot of reading time in July, my pile is small:

My first read will be A Month Of Sundays by Liz Byrski as I am part of a blog tour for that one – my post will be up on the 6th. I’m also doing a blog tour for The Desert Nurse as well. I’ve never read Karin Slaughter before but she’s one of those authors that I always see around so it will be good to finally try one of her books. I won Suicide Club in a give-away from the publisher and Second Sight is Aoife Clifford’s second novel and seems like an intriguing mystery/crime.

So that was my reading month of June! I hope to be able to post semi-regularly during July but it might be a little quiet depending on when my husband comes home and how he’s going to be. Fingers crossed I get to at least read through my TBR.

If you read something amazing in June, or if you’ve read something from my TBR here, feel free to let me know in the comments!

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April Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 21
Fiction: 21
Non-Fiction: 0
Library Books: 0
Books On My TBR List: 1
Books in a Series: 9
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 8
Male/Female Authors: 2/19
Kindle Books: 11
Books I Owned or Bought: 7
Favourite Book(s): The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland, Melt by Lisa Walker, Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty, Crazy In Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows, Bloodtree River by Sarah Barrie and Five Years From Now by Paige Toon.
Least Favourite Books: As She Fades by Abbi Glines.
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 0 – because this is the year of no challenges!

April, you were amazing! 21 books, a third of which I rated 5 stars on Goodreads. Most of my 5-star ratings on Goodreads equate to a 9/10 on my blog. I’m pretty stingy with my 10/10 ratings but this month, I gave The Lost Flowers Of Alice Hart an 10/10. I love that book so much. It’s absolutely stunning.

And so we are into the 5th month of the year now. I’m still not really okay with how fast it feels as though this year is flying by, it doesn’t feel as though we are well on the way to being halfway through 2018. I think the weather is helping with that too – in Melbourne we are still having days in the mid-20s*C which is incredible. It feels like the longest summer and although I’m sure it’s going to fade into a heck of a winter, I’m definitely enjoying this while it lasts.

I made it through all of the books in my April #tbr (included in my March Reading Wrap post, linked here) except one, which was The Opal Dragonfly by Julian Leatherdale. It’s a behemoth of a thing at 600p and I just couldn’t find the time to tackle it. I haven’t started Obsidian yet either, so I’ve kept both of those out for this month (although not included in my May #tbr) just in case. The arrivals for May have been a little crazy so my pile is a bit bigger than I expected. Here are the print books I’m aiming to read for May:

So many books to be excited about. Victoria Purman, Jenn J. McLeod and Lisa Ireland are three Aussie authors who always deliver – I visited Lisa at a signing on Saturday and got my copy of The Art Of Friendship personalised. I liked Kirsty Manning’s first book so I’m keen to see what her second one is like and The Book Of Colours sounds interesting as it’s set in the 1300s – not a time I’ve read much from! Lynette Noni’s book will be high priority too as I love her Medoran Chronicles series. And I have actually read one of these already – I seriously could not put down Five Years From Now which I found really interesting. Review of that will be up later this week.

I hope you all had a fab reading April….if you’ve read something on my pile or intend 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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