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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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My Summer Reading List

As you read this, my little family and I are travelling 14hrs north of our home to spend 3 weeks over Christmas and New Year with my family. We chose to drive rather than fly as flights are not as cheap as they once were and now that we have two kids + my mother works a lot, it’s cheaper than flying up there and hiring a car. This allows us to be a little more generous with the luggage we pack too, so I’m taking a few print books as well as all of the stuff I’ve recently loaded onto my iPad. I thought I’d do a post about some of the books I’m looking forward to reading during my holiday!

 

Grass Is Greener

The Grass Is Greener, by Loretta Hill. I loooove Loretta Hill! Starting with The Girl In Steel-Capped Boots (still my fave) I’ve read probably 5 or so of her books and loved them all. She chooses such interesting locations and jobs for her characters and when I saw this one, I was super excited. I know it’ll be one of the first ones that I read.

Beside Myself

A long time ago, I can’t even recall how long actually, I began reading Ann Morgan’s blog A Year Of Reading The World where she aimed to read a book from every country in the world. I found her journey fascinating as she navigated some of the more difficult locations. That journey became her first book and this is her first novel. I’m really looking forward to reading this and it’s kind of exciting to see someone whose blog I have been following for a long time is now a published author.

River House

The River House, by Janita Cunnington. I requested this on a whim from NetGalley because of the lovely cover and just after, was asked to take part in a blog tour so sometimes things just work out. It’s set in Australia, beginning in the 1940’s and continuing through the decades, following a family. I quite like sweeping family sagas so this looks like it’s going to be right up my alley.

Things We Keep

The Things We Keep, by Sally Hepworth. Doing another blog tour for this one too. I read Sally Hepworth’s first novel, The Secrets Of Midwives and really loved it so I jumped at the chance to read this one. It’s about a 38yo woman who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

For The Most Beautiful

For The Most Beautiful, by Emily Hauser. This doesn’t actually get pubbed until late January, well after I will return from holidays but I’m so intrigued that I think I’m going to be reading it well before that. It’s a ‘hidden tale of Troy’, from the time of the Trojan war focusing on women and I’m super excited about it. Super, super historical fiction.

Desert Flame

Desert Flame, by Janine Grey. This one arrived on my doorstep last week and so it’s being snuck into my suitcase. It’s a rural romance (obviously, with that cover!) but it’s set in outback NSW among the opal fields which I think sounds fun!

Stone Castles

Stone Castles, by Trish Morey. I recently read Cherry Season by Trish Morey and really enjoyed it. I’ve had this one on my iPad (nabbed it from iBooks a little while ago) so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it over the holidays.

Apart from the ones I’ve listed here, there are others that I have on my iPad, either via Kindle or iBooks that I might read, depending on my mood. I’ll also raid my Nan’s collection – she buys books, reads them once and then passes them on to my mother. I will probably find something in there I’ve been dying to read and not gotten around to. I go through everything she has bought since my last visit and mark inside the covers of ones I want with my name, so after my mother gets around to reading it, she remembers to pass it onto me. Ones I already own or don’t grab me she passes onto other friends and family after she’s done with them. Neither of them are interested in keeping books so I tend to benefit from that! In return I keep Nan up to date with new releases and what’s coming out so that she doesn’t miss any books by authors she likes. She has a tendency to forget what she’s already read, especially when publishers reprint with new covers so she tends to rely on me to keep track of what she’s already bought and read over the years!

What are you looking forward to reading over the summer break (or winter, if you’re in the northern hemisphere!)?

 

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