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September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 19
Fiction: 18
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 4
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 13
Male/Female Authors: 3/16
Kindle Books: 10
Audiobooks: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 9
Favourite Book(s): The Housemate by Sarah Bailey, The Last Bookshop In London by Madeline Martin, Dark Rise by C.S. Pacat, The Happiest Man On Earth by Eddie Jaku.
Least Favourite Books: The Highland Fling by Meaghan Quinn
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 10

September was much like August, really. We stayed in lockdown. I supervised remote learning for my kids and read a lot of books. I had my first vaccination and my second one is scheduled and apparently when the population gets to 80% fully vaccinated, that’s when pretty much most of the restrictions will ease and life will go back to normal.

I read a lot of book books and I bought a lot of books! I can’t seem to help myself at the moment – I suppose because reading is one of the few things I can do at the moment, I’ve just been buying a lot of books, both in print and in eBook varieties.

I read quite a few eBooks this month – just over half, which is definitely a high number for me. I bought a couple and read a few from my library. The library is a great resource for when I’m looking for something shorter – a lot of the books I have at the moment on my shelf are long or feel like they’ll be a significant emotional investment so sometimes I search out something shorter or lighter-feeling. I’ve also been making use of my library’s delivery service and am expecting 4 books delivered Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 76/50 {technically complete!}

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/6

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 27/25 {technically complete!}

Still need another non-fiction title to go to technically complete that challenge.

Onto the October TBR pile:

These 3 are my publisher ARCs for the month or October. It’s a really small pile – I definitely know I was expecting more, they just haven’t turned up. The mail has really been struggling lately, with a large part of the population under stay at home orders, online shopping has exploded. That coupled with a portion of the workforce in isolation for covid exposure has meant delayed shipping and stuff has been taking 2-3x as long to reach me. And of these 3, I’ve read one and am a third of the way through another, so technically I only have one full book here to read!

That leaves me quite a bit more freedom in the rest of my reading this month – I have lots of choices, I’ve still got a significant amount of books unread from recent hauls, I have library books, I will probably buy a few more books! It feels very freeing to have such a small pile (I also have plenty of books I never got to from previous piles that I still intend to read, maybe I could pick 1-2 of those to read).

Hope you all had a lovely September!

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July Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 24
Fiction: 23
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 12
Books On My TBR List: 5
Books in a Series: 6
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 15
Male/Female Authors: 3/21 (one of the authors included under ‘male’ here uses both they/them and he/him)
Kindle Books: 10
Audiobooks: 0
Books I Owned or Bought: 4
Favourite Book(s): Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Always The Last To Know by Kristan Higgins, Toxic by Richard Flanagan
Least Favourite Books: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 13

July became my best reading month so far for the year.

I think there were a few reasons – firstly, my kids were on school holidays for the first part of the month and my husband had a week off in July too and I always get more reading done in the holidays. Slower, lazier mornings (I often try and read in bed for an hour, the time we’d normally be doing lunches/getting kids off to school) and then Melbourne went back into lockdown (version 5.0) for 12 days. So kids were back to remote learning and in some ways, it’s actually quite similar to being on school holidays! Our mornings start later (one day I had to wake my oldest at 8:45am for his Zoom check in call!) and I was just consuming a lot of books. I read pretty much all my review books in the first third of the month and as you can see, then I moved onto library books, reading 12 of those in July both from Borrow Box in eBook version and also print books. I actually went to the library the day the lockdown was announced (I was out before the decision was made) and grabbed a few extra books as I thought that there was every chance a lockdown was imminent.

We are out of lockdown now, which is nice. I had to go and order new glasses as these ones (which I’ve only had for 8-9 months) are just not working for me. The lenses are fine, it’s the frames. They keep loosening and one of the arms was rubbing behind my ear and creating a raw, open wound. I went and had them adjusted just before the lockdown and within days, they were too loose again. The frames were sliding down my face as well and although they tightened them again just five days ago, I can already feel that the same side is already coming loose again and hurting the top of my ear. So I just ordered some new frames and got lighter ones which hopefully will help. It’s annoying though as I’ve had these long enough that they aren’t under warranty but not long enough to warrant even testing for a new prescription! Definitely money I didn’t anticipate spending though.

My parents were supposed to come and visit for 2 weeks in August but due to Sydney’s corona outbreak, that’s not on the cards any longer as the border is closed to the entire state. I have my oldest son’s 13th birthday midway through this month – can’t believe I’m going to be the mother of a teenager. It’s actually a little scary! August is big birthday month in our family, there’s a lot going on.

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 56/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 5/6

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 24/25

Tracking along – progress made on all 3 challenges this month and now 2 of them only require one more book each to be ‘completed’ although I will continue to read titles that count towards them. The AWWC I only need to read 4 more books to hit my goal there, which should probably happen this month.

Onto the TBR pile!

Once again, quite a small pile this month. Which is good as I’ve purchased a lot of books recently and I still have quite a few checked out from the library so I have lots of options.

I’ve been watching quite a bit of the Olympics and really quite enjoying it so I don’t anticipate my August getting off to quite the same reading start as my July did. I love watching the swimming and also like the gymnastics, diving, some of the athletics and the equestrian (showjumping). I can watch other bits and pieces too, such as soccer and hockey when Australia is playing.

The book I’m most excited about from this pile is Once Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy – I read her previous release and it was my favourite book of that year. I also hope to read Rule Of Wolves this month, after reading King Of Scars last month. I have also had people I know tell me they’ve enjoyed (or are enjoying currently) 138 Dates and She Who Became The Sun.

I might have to do a post on all the books I’ve bought recently as well, because it’s a lot and I’m going to need some help choosing which ones to read first!

Hope you all had a lovely July – if you’ve read anything on my TBR pile here (or want to!), please do let me know.

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June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 20
Fiction: 19
Non-Fiction: 1
Library Books: 9
Books On My TBR List: 6
Books in a Series: 5
Authors I’d Never Read Before: 12
Male/Female Authors: 3/16 (plus one m/f anthology)
Kindle Books: 9
Audiobooks: 1
Books I Owned or Bought: 3
Favourite Book(s): The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn, Someone I Used To Know by Paige Toon, The House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune, You And Me On Vacation by Emily Henry.
Least Favourite Books: Talk Bookish To Me by Kate Bromley
Books That Qualify For Challenges: 9

Very happy with the reading stats for June – it felt like a very well rounded month. After reading 0 eBooks last month, I read a whopping 9 this month, almost 50% of my monthly total. I also listened to one audiobook, so ended up reading 10 books in print.

We came out of our 14 day lockdown but now quite a lot of the rest of the country are currently experiencing their own lockdowns after various outbreaks, so it feels quite unusual for us to have quite a bit of freedom whilst many others are undergoing restrictions. It’s currently school holidays, we are almost through the first week. Later after this post goes up, I’m taking my kids for a walk along the beach and through some Botanical Gardens because there’s supposed to be some pretty gross weather coming over the weekend – plenty of rain and about 11 degrees so we’re going to get some sun while we still can! We have plans for some other days next week as well and my husband is having a week off work. We also have quite a large amount of television to catch up on (we record a lot of things and watch later, as my husband works several nights a week) so I guess this coming weekend will give us plenty of opportunity to do that!

Challenge check in!

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 45/50

Read Non Fiction Challenge: 4/6

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 23/25

I made quite a lot of progress on my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge this month – 7 of the books I read contributed towards the challenge! I also read 5 that count towards my Australian Women Writers Challenge and for both of those I’m 2 books and 5 books off my goal respectively and probably should reach both in July. I also still only have 1 book to read for my Read Non Fiction challenge to achieve my goal there – I actually thought I’d read one that would fit in July but it was published last year, not this year, so I’m on the hunt for something else!

Onto the July TBR pile!

I’m taking part in three publisher blog tours this month, for The Missing Girl by Kerry McGinnis, The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly and Catch Us The Foxes by Nicola West. I’m also really keen for The Wattle Seed Inn by Leonie Kelsall because I loved her first novel. There’s a few on this pile that were surprise arrivals which is always fun. And I’ve heard some amazing things about Felix Ever After so that’s definitely one I’m really excited to read.

I also have some library books to get through – The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (I loved her Medoran Chronicles), Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah so hopefully I can find some time for those this month as well.

If you’ve read anything on my pile be sure to let me know so I can prioritise! Happy reading.

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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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Top 10 Tuesday 1st June

Hello everyone and welcome to another Top 10 Tuesday! Hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, it features a different bookish related theme each week. I skipped last week but this is a freebie week so we can choose anything we like or revisit a past topic. I thought I’d do a post that might help keep me accountable.

The 10 Books I Bought Most Recently That Are Still Unread

I buy a lot of books. Sometimes I buy them and read them right away. But a lot of the time…..I don’t. I also get a lot of books for review and there’s only so much time in the day. These are 10 books I’ve bought because I really want to read them but for reasons, haven’t yet. Hopefully I can come back and check this post later in the year and check them off!

  1. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #1)

Okay so I held off buying this for a long time because I was so behind on the Grishaverse. But the show on Netflix really motivated me to finish both Shadow & Bone finally, and also re-read Six Of Crows and finally read Crooked Kingdom. After I finished all those, I immediately bought this and the next book on the list (which I’m sure you’ll know what it is) and I’m very keen to get to these. I’m actually kind of glad I can read them together.

2. Rule Of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (King Of Scars #2)

Of course it’s this one! I bought them together (the books are different sizes, which annoys me as in Australia, rather than hardback, our first release is a larger paperback, then the smaller format comes out generally 6-12 months later, so KoS is small, this one is large). But I’m really looking forward to these two. I want to see what is next for Nikolai.

3. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I saw a promo post for this book on instagram and it just looked so stunning. Plus I really loved Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller (still have to read Circe) and this seems to have really similar vibes/if you like that you’ll like this type of thing. That cover though. It really is just beautiful.

4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

I bought this for a specific reason but haven’t had to read it yet but I’ve read a couple other Kristin Hannah books and really enjoyed them so I’m quite keen to read this. I haven’t actually read probably her 2 most well known books (including the one made into a TV series) so I have quite a bit of work to do, backlist wise there.

5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I’ve heard such amazing things about this! About Brit Bennet in general actually, because I wouldn’t mind getting The Mothers as well. I have to make time for this one in my near future.

6. Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

I hate this cover so much – the other one is so beautiful but this one was the one I could buy here in Australia but every time I look at it I’m just….ugh. But I adore this series, I’ve loved all the books so far and I really want to read this one. I felt like Bitterblue had a lot that was really unresolved.

7. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

I bought this one a little while ago and haven’t read it yet! I’ve heard some pretty good things from different parts of the internet and I’m really keen to read it as I’ve never really read anything based on West African folklore before.

8. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I actually might need to buy the rest of this series before I read this because I’ve discovered that I really just like being able to roll from one to the next – but I’ve had this a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. Seems to be generally very well received though, so maybe I’ll start it and see if I like it enough to pick up the others (next day delivery for the win).

9. Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Thomas Cromwell #2)

Well it took me over 10 years to finally read Wolf Hall. I really enjoyed it though and went out and bought this not long after. Hopefully it takes me less than 10 years to finally read it!

10. All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

I bought this, Trent Dalton’s second book, after his first, Boy Swallows Universe was very well received and won a slew of Australian literary awards. I really like the cover (which I’ve included on a previous TTT list for covers with nature on them, I think). But I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet!

Which of these should I read first? Any ideas?!

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What Have You Read? The Dymocks Top 101 Books For 2020

So every year Australian bookstore chain Dymocks hold a vote for our favourite books. It’s an eclectic mix generally, of new releases and old faves. There’s always something surprising in there and I always like seeing what I’ve read, what I’d like to read, what I hadn’t maybe thought about reading until now. You can get a printable or eCopy to tick off yours here.

So obviously I ticked the ones I’ve read which is 56 of the 101 – look, I did “cheat” a little bit. I ticked The Rosie trilogy even though I’ve only read 2/3, The Six of Crow duology even though I’ve only read 1/2 and the Nevermoor series even though I’ve so far only read 1. The ones with a green dot beside them are ones I want to read some day and the ones with a purple dot beside them are books I already own or have in my possession but I have not yet read. You can click on it for a bigger version in order to see what those are better.

I think the thing that surprised me the most was that The Book Thief was equal number 1. Not that it isn’t a wonderful book – it definitely is. I am surprised that it was so high as sometimes a lot of people vote for the books that are freshest in their mind that they loved. Obviously The Book Thief has made a really lasting impression on a lot of Australian readers who continue to vote for it, year after year or lots of new people are still finding it to read. I absolutely adored Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine so I’m thrilled to see it so high. Boy Swallows Universe was only published last year I think, so it’s obviously made a powerful impression on a lot of people. It won a swag of literary awards as well – I had borrowed it from the library but had to return it before I had a chance to read it. I do intend to still read it – I’ve seen a lovely hardcover copy that I might purchase at some stage. The author’s next book, All Our Shimmering Skies will be out later this year and I’m expecting that to be big.

There’s a few books on this list that I have on my shelves at home, that I’ve actually mentioned recently in terms of potentially using this time of self-isolation etc, to finally get around to reading them. One is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara which I probably bought in 2015 or 2016, so that’s been kicking around on the shelves for a while now. It’s intimidating though, especially because a lot of people have mentioned that the content is emotionally quite traumatic and…well, are things not traumatic enough right now? I also purchased All The Light We Cannot See at the beginning of the year after having wanted to read it for a long time as well and maybe I need to finally read Lion: A Long Way Home so that I can watch the movie I recorded on my satellite tv harddrive about four years ago. I also borrowed The Dutch House from my local library before it closed.

I don’t always pay a lot of attention to lists etc but I know some people enjoy having a bit of direction in reading, when it can feel overwhelming trying to choose something. In fact I know someone who used to collect lists just like this one and then make her way through them until she’d read everything on it. And at the moment, I kind of understand being directionless – I have books to read, plenty of them, but I can’t always make a decision about what to read next! Things like this can give a bit of focus if needed or suggest books that you might not have thought of or been aware of. It can be a good way to find new reads that people are talking about. And there’s a little something for everyone here – classics, popular fiction, non fiction, YA, autobiographies, historical fiction, sci-fi/fantasy etc.

How many have you read? Is there something that you should think should be there and isn’t? Let me know!

 

 

 

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Top 10 Tuesday 29th January

Welcome back to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. It features a different bookish theme each week and this week we are talking……

The Top 10 Recent Additions To My TBR List

1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Sent to me by a fabulous fellow blogger. Fun fact – we own a lot of Barbara Kingsolver novels but I’ve never actually read her before. Maybe I shall start with this one and work my way backwards through them all! This sounds really good so I’m thinking I might start this next.

2. Not Bad People by Brandy Scott. Sent to me by the publisher (Harper Collins AUS). This is recommended for fans of Liane Moriarty (which I am) and Robyn Harding (who I don’t know). It’s about three women who have been friends for decades whose innocent act may have caused a terrible tragedy.

3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. The final in the Infernal Devices series. I’m actually enjoying this series quite a lot – it’s full of drama in Clare’s style but it’s…….less annoying drama. And it’s only 3 books long which is perfect. Stretching TMI out to 6 books made it feel like a bit of a slog and the constant back and forth with Jace and Clary was exhausting. This feels much better.

4. The Map Of Salt And Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. This is a dual timeline narrative – a modern day refugee from Syria and a medieval adventurer who is apprenticed to a renown mapmaker. I find this interesting because in the modern day timeline, the family move from New York back to Syria to be closer to their family after the death of the husband/father. I am curious what that might be like as an experience, whereas generally I am reading about the journey being leaving a war torn country for somewhere considered safer.

5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. Okay seriously, this cover. And the picture doesn’t do it justice because it’s gold foil in reality and it’s amazing. I’m barely even sure what it’s about but I’ve been hearing amazing things about this everywhere and so I’ve decided that I have to read it. Obviously.

6. The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. Added this on a bit of a whim. I like the cover and I’m looking for some more fantasy to read. Meddling gods, blood sacrifices, fun and games, right?

7. Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane. It’s Mhairi McFarlane. Enough said.

8. Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Okay, so many years ago I read the first book in this trilogy, Shadow And Bone. And I never got around to finishing it. I really do need to do some catching up in this universe (likewise I’ve read Six Of Crows but not Crooked Kingdom). Although to be honest I probably have to go back and read the first one again too, before this.

9. The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. I’m really looking forward to this. All of Sally’s books are amazing.

10. One In A Million by Lindsey Kelk. I’ve read quite a lot of Kelk’s books but somehow this one kind of eluded me when it came out. I picked it up recently in an iBooks sale. See how I go.

Now let’s see how many of these I actually read in the coming months!

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Books On My TBR I Really Should’ve Read By Now……{Part 1}

It’s the eternal problem of a book addict, right? The ever growing TBR pile that threatens to overtake every room in the house. We moved house about 6 months ago and in the master bedroom is a weird little recess in one of the walls that at first glance, I wasn’t sure what to do with. It actually didn’t look wide enough to fit a dresser or a bookcase but upon moving in, I discovered that it perfectly fit one of my IKEA bookcases. Moving had given me the perfect chance to reorganise and reassess my book collection. I culled several hundred books, gave another 80 or so to the teenage daughter of friends and packed some away in crates to store in the garage. I decided that the bookcase in the bedroom would be a ~TBR~ bookcase of books I hadn’t read yet but really wanted to soon. Books I should’ve gotten to much earlier than this.

It’s actually not full, because I’ve kind of been pretty picky about what goes in here (I have another TBR bookcase with less urgent titles in it). I also included all my classic books here, simply because they fit. Some of them I’ve read, some of them I haven’t. I thought for fun (and accountability) I’d pick out some books that are at the top of my pile. That way when I do finally get around to reading them, I can see how long it actually took me from the time of posting this. Because I know myself well enough to understand that it’s still going to be a while!

  1. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. First cab off the rank and actually I think this might be a good contender to actually get read in 2019. Recently I decided to take part in the Reading Women Challenge, hosted by the Reading Women Podcast. One of the ‘bonus’ categories is read a title by Jhumpa Lahiri – so that’ll be quite easy to accomplish!
  2. Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove. I bought this when it first came out so in 2013 sometime. It’s about the Armenian genocide, which is something I know little about and it seemed interesting. I think I actually read a few pages of this a couple of years ago and never went on with it.
  3. Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant. I’ve never read Sarah Dunant before but I know a few people who really like her books. I bought this one after seeing her at the Melbourne Writers Festival in the session detailed in this post back in 2013. All I know is that it’s about the Borgias. Actually I just went and read the synopsis of this and it sounds really good. Why on earth haven’t I read it yet?
  4. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was sent this (unsolicited) for review last year but I never got around to it. Wasn’t sure it was really my sort of thing but I’ve actually heard a lot of good things about it, so it earned its place on this shelf. I also have the sequel, Grey Sister which I picked up either free or cheap on iBooks.
  5. The Girl That Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. Okay so this one has been on the old TBR a while. In fact the original reason I hadn’t read it was because I’d loved the first two so much, and Stieg Larsson had died, so I just wasn’t really ready to let the series go. Since then there’s been two (I think?) more books released written by someone else maybe cobbled together from notes from the unfinished manuscript for the first one and then solely completed by the new person for the one after. I don’t know if I want to read the others but I still intend to read this one at some stage.
  6. Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Another I bought when it first came out. I have actually read What Happened already but somehow this one hasn’t been taken down off the shelf yet. I really like her writing and I find her quite personable. I’m aware that she’s one of the most polarising figures in recent times but – I’m a fan.
  7. Wars Of The Roses 1, 2 & 3 by Conn Iggulden. I was actually sent these for review over a period of three years and haven’t yet read any of them. I like the idea and I haven’t read a lot from this era (which probably makes me on my own there). I’m pretty sure there’s at least a 4th book too but I don’t have that.
  8. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. How have I still not read this yet? I don’t know. I rated both Illuminae and Gemina 10/10 and reports seem to suggest this one is just as good. I think it’s just probably the size that daunts me and wanting time where I can sit down and power through it, rather than have to put it down and pick it up all the time.
  9. City Of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. The third book in the Passage trilogy. The problem is it’s been so long since I read the first two that my memory is patchy. Don’t know whether to put them all aside and reread the trilogy as a whole or just suck it up and read this and hope it all comes back to me….
  10. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. A book I just ‘had to have’ when it came out. This actually creeps me the heck out – the idea of knowing the date of your death. I want to read it but at the same time, I’m a bit weird about death books at the moment.
  11. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The Rose And The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Lumping these in together because they’re all second books in trilogies or duos where I’ve read the first book, own the second books and haven’t gotten around to reading them yet!
  12. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I won this in a giveaway quite a few years ago and I’ve heard such good things about this (and it’s the first book in a series too).
  13. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. People keep telling me this is equal parts amazing and traumatising. It’s a big investment, the sort of book where I want to have the time to take with it.
  14. The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth. I really like Kate Forsyth’s books and this is the only one published in recent times that I haven’t read yet. I’ve owned it a couple of years and I keep putting it on holiday and challenge TBR’s but not getting around to it. Maybe I can make it fit my Reading Women Challenge in 2019.
  15. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I’ve tried to read this twice. And both times I didn’t get past page 35. I’ve heard that the beginning is challenging and that once you’re past that, it’s amazing. It certainly is a very highly praised book and it’s a Man Booker winner after all with a TV adaptation. So it sits and waits for me to try it 3rd time lucky.

Look, I could keep going but probably have to cap it somewhere. These are the books that sit highest on my current priority list as far as my TBR goes. My review list is quite small this month, only 7 on it so I’m going to try my hardest to cross something off this list in the month of December. It’s all about the baby steps!

Next week I might do a Part 2 featuring my other TBR bookcase!

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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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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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