September 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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September was one of those months where I felt like I hadn’t read that much, and that read was a struggle, but actually I finished six books, which is a little above my average. The readathon I’ve signed up for in October has me aiming for 13, but six to nine is my usual.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

A row of book covers. From left to right: The Performance by Claire Thomas, Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell, Seat 7a by Sebastian Fitzek, Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell, Elsa Goody, Bushranger by Darry Fraser, Chained by Memory by Celine Jeanjean.
  1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston (YA contemporary/retelling – 4 stars – review) (read August, reviewed September)
  2. The Court of Miracles (YA historical fantasy/retelling – 3 stars – review) (read August, reviewed September)
  3. The Performance (literary fiction – 3 stars – review)
  4. Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #3) (YA fantasy – 3 stars – not reviewed)
  5. Seat 7a by Sebastian Fitzek (translated thriller – 2 stars – not reviewed)
  6. Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #4) (YA fantasy – 3 stars – not reviewed)
  7. Elsa Goody, Bushranger by Darry Fraser (historical fantasy – 2 stars – review)
  8. Chained by Memory by Celine Jeanjean (Razor’s Edge Chronicles #6) (urban fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. Whodunitathon TBR Part 1 – The Setting and the Crime

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

As far as bookish photos go, this is not one of my best, but it’s the best of the ones I posted this month. Featured is a pile of new books I picked up, which had been recommended to me as ones to read if I want to get into horror (which I do) but am also a wimp (which I am).

 a hand hiding up a pile of three books against a white wall. From top to bottom the books are Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland and Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie book cover. It is mostly plain green, with a small picture of a large coastal home and the title and author in plan black text.

Physical book: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Starting off Whodunitathon with an actual whodunit.

Ebook: Return of the Dwarf King by Charley Case, Martha Carr and Michael Anderle. I bought this on a whim after seeing it somewhere and while it’s not what I expected, I’m giving it chance to get me hooked.

Audio book: I bought the WhisperSync audio companion for Return of the Dwarf King, which means I can swap between audio and ebook without losing my place.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix was recommended to me as a horror book that someone wimpy could still be into. I’ve got pretty high expectations so I hope it lives up to them!

What are you reading? 🙂

August 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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With eleven books finished this month, this is not only a 2021 record, but the most I’ve read in one month in a really long time! Could it be the new lockdown having something to do with it? I certainly have more free time than I did this time last month. And I’m walking each day, giving me more time for audio books. Not that any of this would make me wish our new slew of COVID cases on anyone just for more reading time!

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Five book covers side by side: This will be funny someday by Katie Henry, I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, They Dry by Jane Harper, Sadie by Courtney SUmmers and Happy Days by Samuel Beckett.
  1. Hidden By Jade (Razor’s Edge Chronicles #5) by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 3 stars – review) (read July, reviewed August)
  2. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia (contemporary/magical realism– 4 stars – review) (read July, reviewed August)
  3. This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry (contemporary YA – 4 stars – review)
  4. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara (non-fiction/true crime – 3 stars – review)
  5. The Dry by Jane Harper (crime/thriller – 4 stars – review)
  6. Sadie by Courtney Summers (YA crime/thriller – 3 stars – review)
  7. Happy Days by Samuel Beckett (play script – unrated – not intending to review)
  8. Where Shadows Rise (Sanctuary #1) by Amy Laurens (YA fantasy – 3 stars – review)
  9. Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond (children’s – 4 stars – not intending to review)
  10. Shadowblack (Spellsilnger #2) by Sebastien de Castell (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
  11. Ferryman (Ferryman #1) by Claire McFall (YA fantasy/romance – 2.5 stars – review forthcoming)
  12. The Court of Miracles (A Court of Miracles #1) by Kester Grant (YA historical/retelling – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
  13. Geekerella by Ashley Poston (YA contemporary/retelling – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
Six book covers side by side. Left to right they are: Where Shadows Rise by Amy Laurens, Paddington Helps Out by Michael Bond, Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell, Ferryman by Claire McFall, The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant and Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. Royal Readathon TBR
  2. Royal Readathon Mid-Month Update
  3. Royal Readathon Wrap-Up

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in the Spellslinger series. These were the only two I had on hand when I took this photo, but I now have the rest of the series and I can’t wait to dive into book three.

a white hand holds up Spellslinger and Shadowblack by Sebastian de Castell. Spellslinger is on the bottom, it has a white and red spine with black text. Shadowblack is the same but in blue.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of The Performance by Claire Thomas.

Physical book: nothing at the moment.

Ebook: I have just started The Performance by Claire Thomas for book club. It’s technically the August book but our catch-up is not until September 5 so I have plenty of time!

Audio book: I’ve started tentatively dipping my toe into the horror genre, despite being a wimp most of the time. Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes was recommended for people of my scaredy-cat level, so I have started listening to it.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’m keen to get started on Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell, the third Spellslinger book. I’m also planning to spend September reading some more books and other resources relating to self-publishing so those are definitely high on the list.

What are you reading? 🙂

July 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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A switch flicked within me this month. Suddenly book reviewing hasn’t felt like such a burden, and I’ve actually reviewed (or am intending to review) every book I read this month, rather than just the ARCs or challenge books I was required to. I got back into audio books and listened to two (and a half), after not being in the mood for months! I filmed a new booktube video and I have a TBR planned for an August readathon. It feels nice to have this mojo back! I’m definitely going to make the most of it while it lasts.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Murderland by Pamela Murray, Devolution by Max Brooks, Dead Man’s Switch by Tara Moss, Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia, Hidden by Jade by Celine Jeanjean.
  1. An Unforeseen Demise (Trouble Down Under #1) by P. A. Mason (urban fantasy/cozy mystery– 4 stars – review) (read June, reviewed July)
  2. Murderland (Manchester Murders #1) by Pamela Murray (crime fiction/thriller – 3 stars – review)
  3. Devolution by Max Brooks (survival horror – 4 stars – review)
  4. Dead Man’s Switch by Tara Moss (historical crime fiction – 4 stars – review)
  5. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (historical fiction/mythology retelling – 2.5 stars – review)
  6. Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts by Kate Racculia (mystery/paranormal – 3.5 stars – review forthcoming)
  7. Hidden By Jade by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. May-July 2021 #AusReads Wrap-up

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

This is a combined reading/writing photo. My writing group and I had a weekend away during July, and I took this pile of books on crystal healing and witchcraft with me. I needed to some world-building for the urban fantasy I’m writing. Sitting in front of the fire over the weekend, I managed to flesh out my magical system AND write a chunk of the chapter where my main character brews her first potion!

A pile of books siting on a wooden chest. they are all on the topics of witchcraft and crystal healing. There are unpainted bricks in the background.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of I'll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara.

Physical book: Nothing on the go at the moment.

Ebook: This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry. I am really enjoying this so far! Main character, Isabel, is coming out her shell, but she’s still got a long way to go. I’m rooting for her!

Audio book: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara. I am about halfway through this and while it’s fascinating journalism, the fact that the narrative jumps back and forth in time means I am starting to lose track of some names and dates.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’m honestly not sure, though it will be something from my Royal Readathon TBR, which is taking place this month. Maybe Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

What are you reading? 🙂

June 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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We’re halfway through the year! Australia is currently in a weird situation, with various Local Government Areas in various states of lockdown, and my own state dealing with its first mask mandate, in spite of no current community transmission. Everything feels like it’s in a state of flux, but in amidst all of that, the books are still there for us.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Butter Witch by Tess Lake, Marked By Azurite by Celine Jeanjean, Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell, Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill, Music and Mirrors by Celine Jeanjean, An Unforeseen Demise by P. A. Mason.
  1. The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review) (read May, reviewed June)
  2. Sky on Fire by Jessy Greyson (YA dystopian– 3.5 stars – review) (read May, reviewed June)
  3. Butter Witch by Tess Lake (urban fantasy/cozy mystery – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  4. Marked by Azurite (Razor’s Edge Chronicles #3) by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  5. Spellslinger by Sebastian de Castell (YA fantasy – 4 stars – not intending to review)
  6. Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill (fantasy/magical realism – 3 stars – review)
  7. Music and Mirrors by Celine Jeanjean (historical fiction/retelling – 4 stars – review)
  8. An Unforeseen Demise (Trouble Down Under #1) by P. A. Mason (urban fantasy/cozy mystery– 4 stars – review forthcoming)

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. April Wrap-up and May TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

Despite good intentions, I actually didn’t post any bookish photos on Instagram in June. They were all related to my writing, but I don’t think that should stop me from sharing one here, should it? The snippets I’ve been sharing have all been from my current urban fantasy project, Lucy Williams Is A Witch. This line is spoken by Lucy’s mentor, Grace, when she shows Lucy her potion book for the first time.

Two leather-bound books stand next to each other. the one on the left is a cream colour while the one on the right is brown. Next to the books are two small jars full of coloured liquid, one red, one blue. They have cork stoppers. There is an out-of-focus fire and fireplace in the background. The text reads "It's the most important recipe book in my collection" in curly font. Emily Wrayburn 2021 is in plain font in the top left corner. ⁠

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

I don’t actually have anything on the go at the moment. I finished An Unforeseen Demise earlier today and am yet to start anything. I’ve been doing pretty well at keeping to just one book at a time, and I haven’t been in the mood for audio books, so nothing there either.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I will soon be starting Ariadne by Jennifer Saint for book club. It’s been on my radar for a while, but I admit the book club factor is the only reason I’m getting onto it this soon. I honesty have no idea what to expect from it or whether I will like it. I guess we’ll see!

What are you reading? 🙂

May 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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Despite feeling like Six of Crows took forever to get through, I actually had a really great reading month in May, with a total of seven books. That being said, I didn’t rate any of them above 3.5 stars, but that’s not to say that I didn’t find them enjoyable and engaging.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte, Un-cook Yourself by Nat’s What I Reckon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  1. Lifted By Water by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 3 stars –review) (read April, reviewed May)
  2. Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow (MG fantasy – 4 stars – review (read April, reviewed May)
  3. The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte (YA dystopia/fantasy – 2 stars – review)
  4. Uncook Yourself by Nat’s What I Reckon (memoir/self-help – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  6. Down Among The Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan MacGuire (fantasy/magical realism – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  7. Underneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan MacGuire (fantasy/magical realism – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  8. Sky on Fire by Jesse Greyson (YA dystopia – 3.5 stars – review forthcoming)
  9. The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review forthcoming)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire, Sky on Fire by Jesse GReyson, The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. April Wrap-up and May TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

I struggled with Six of Crows a bit, and I have to admit it didn’t quite live up to the hype for me. But it was good to discuss thoughts with other readers in the comments on this photo. That’s why I love the bookish communities on various social media platforms so much.

A black and white photo of a hand holding up a Kindle. The cover of Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows is displayed on the screen.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. A friend loaned this to me months ago, and I’m finally sitting down with it. I think it’s going to be a fun, quirky YA fantasy.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: Butter Witch by Tess Lake. While the title is a bit unfortunate (the events of the story involve a butter sculpting competition), so far this is quite entertaining. A friend and I spotted it together and both bought it. We’re planning to read it this week and then get together to talk about it.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’ve got Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill out from the library. I’m hoping I will be charmed by this one. I’m not sure whether there are actual fairies involved or whether it’s more the suggestion of them, but either way, I’m here for Irish folklore in the modern day.

What are you reading? 🙂

April 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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March was definitely an improvement on January and February in terms of reading, even if things did slow down in the second half of the month. I finished seven books, so nearly twice as many as I have in past two months. This included two audio books. I’ve finally acknowledged that the one I was stuck on was not working for me, and I’m going to get a physical copy from the library to continue.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Four book covers for the following: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold, Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper and Amulet #2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi, Lifted by Water by Celine Jeanjean
  1. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (YA contemporary/Own Voices – 2 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)

  2. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)
  3. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold (dark fantasy – 4 stars – not intending to review
  4. Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel/fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  5. Amulet #2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel/fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  6. Lifted By Water by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 3 stars –review forthcoming)
  7. Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (fantasy/classic – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  8. The Ghost Writer by Ross Mueller (play script – no star rating – not intending to review)
  9. Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend (MG fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
  10. Jane In Love by Rachel Givney (historical/contemporary fiction – 4 stars – review)
The book covers of the following: Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, The Ghost Writer by Ross Mueller, Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend, Jane in Love by Rachel Givney

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. March Trope-ical Readathon Wrao-up
  2. My New Personal Reading Challenge

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

I enjoyed Jane In Love so much that I ended up alternating between the audio book and paperback in order to focus on it more and read it faster. While I could take or leave the love story, I was really invested in the outcome.

A paperback of the novel Jane In Love by Rachel Givney. On top of it, at an angle, sits a grey phone with the audiobook of the same book open on the play screen.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte. This isn’t really doing it for me but I bought it with birthday money so I feel determined to get all the way through it.

Ebook: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This was our April book club pick (and given how most of us are going, it will probably just cover May, too 😂) and I was a bit apprehensive because there’s just So. Much. Hype. surrounding this series. I’m about 20% of the way in and haven’t been wowed, but I’m still getting to the main crux of the story so it’s got plenty of time to impress me yet.

Audio book: Nothing at the moment.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’m not really sure. I’ve been flitting between a few different books lately and I want to try to settle and finish those. The first will probably be Vigil by Angela Slatter, an Australian urban fantasy set in Brisbane. After that, I’ll probably try for Mud and Glass by Laura E. Goodin. I’ve also got a few library books I’ll have to fit in there somewhere.

What are you reading? 🙂

March 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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March was definitely an improvement on January and February in terms of reading, even if things did slow down in the second half of the month. I finished seven books, so nearly twice as many as I have in past two months. This included two audio books. I’ve finally acknowledged that the one I was stuck on was not working for me, and I’m going to get a physical copy from the library to continue.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Book covers: the Girl in the Sunflower Dress by Katie Montinaro, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, the Christmas Hirelings by E. M. Braddon and Bound in Silver by Celine Jeanjean
  1. Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault (historical fantasy/retelling – 4 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)

  2. Touched By Magic by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 3 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)

  3. The Girl in the Sunflower Dress by Katie Montinaro (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review)

  4. Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

  5. The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (classic – 4 stars – not intending to review)

  6. Bound By Silver by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 4 stars – review)

  7. The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (MG historical fiction/magical realism– 4 stars – review)

  8. The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)

  9. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (YA contemporary/Own Voices – 2 stars – review forthcoming)

Book covers: The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor, The horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis and Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. March 2021 Trope-ical Readathon TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

We attended the local tri-annual book fair in March and while I didn’t find some of the recent YA books I was hoping for, there were plenty of classics that I’d been trying to track down.

A pile of 9 books. Vigil by Angela Slatter is on the bottom, followed by five Paddington Bear boks and three volumes of Mary Stewart’s Merlin Chronicles.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. I thought this was YA, but it’s actually adult. But I only started it on the bus to work today and have already read 100 pages, so it’s going to be a very quick read and I expect I’ll finish it over the Easter weekend.

Ebook: No ebooks on the go right now.

Audio book: I am continuing through the Chronicles of Narnia and am currently listening to Prince Caspian.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I am absolutely determined to read Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend this month! It’s been too long already! I can’t wait to dive into Nevermoor again! I just hope there will be more Jupiter North this time around!

What are you reading? 🙂

February 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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February was another slow reading month and I was lucky to get through four books. I went through a two week reading slump where I DNFed a few things and didn’t feel like reading anything. Fortunately, I feel that I have pulled out of that now. GoodReads is telling me I’m four books behind schedule on my goal (75 books for the year) but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to catch up in March.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell (YA fairy tale retelling/fantasy – 3 stars – review) (read December 2020, reviewed February 2021)

  2. A Wild Winter Song by Gregory Maguire (magical realism/historical fantasy – 2.5 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)

  3. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed (YA contemporary/historical – 4 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)

  4. Hard Time (Time Police #2) by Jodi Taylor (YA sci-fi- 3 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)

  5. Axiom’s End (Noumena #1) by Lindsay Ellis (sci-fi – 4 stars – review)

  6. Everless by Sara Holland (YA fantasy – 3 stars – reread, no review)

  7. Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault (historical fantasy/retelling – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

  8. Touched By Magic by Celine Jeanjean (urban fantasy – 3 stars – review forthcoming)

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. March 2021 Trope-ical Readathon TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

This was the library haul I ended up with very early on in the year. Usually I have a decent amount of self-restraint when I go to the library but it failed me a few times in a row .

Teo books standing side-by-side. They are The Binding by Bridget Collins and sligthly taller, The Betrayals, also by Bridget Collins.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: I have started Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta as my first Trope-ical Readathon book. The prompt is a book written pre-2000; it was published in 1992.

Ebook: I am a couple of chapters into my ARC of The Girl in the Sunflower Dress by Katie Montinaro. I met Katie on a self-publishing course last year and we connected on social media afterwards. I was excited to get a copy of her debut and give her that support.

Audio book: I will soon be starting The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. This is under 4 hours long and I’m using it for the audio book for Trope-ical Readathon.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

In the interests of keeping the reading slump at bay, I am planning to keep reading fairly light books. I’ve been meaning to read Geekerella by Ashley Poston for a while, so I think that will be my next read.

What are you reading? 🙂

January 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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January has been a bit slow for reading and even slower for reviewing. I never really felt settled into a new 2021 routine before I took a week’s holiday to go visit my parents. I feel like I’m finding my groove now but I do think it’s a bit rude that my GoodReads challenge is already saying I’m two books beh

So without further ado:

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. A Wild Winter Song by Gregory Maguire (magical realism/historical fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)

  2. The Rising Rooks by Celine Jeanjean (fantasy/steampunk – 5 stars – review)

  3. Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed (YA contemporary/historical – 4 stars – review forthcoming

  4. Hard Time by Jodi Taylor (YA sci-fi- 3 stars – review forthcoming)

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. How I nearly completed a readathon for once in 2020 – #AusReads and #Musicalathon Wrap-up
  2. December Library Haul – What I’ll be reading over the holidays

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

This was the library haul I ended up with very early on in the year. Usually I have a decent amount of self-restraint when I go to the library but it failed me a few times in a row .

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: I have returned to Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis. I am really enjoying this, but I can understand why some people would find it slow or tedious.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: While in theory I have an audio book in progress, it’s very much on hold at the moment as I really haven’t been in the mood for audio books.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I think next will be Everless and Evermore by Sara Holland. I gave Everless five stars when I read it as an ARC a few years ago, but I never got around to reading the sequel. So I may just skim Everless and then dive into Evermore properly. Or I might get totally sucked in. I can’t remember much so I probably will. Hopefully I enjoy it just as much the second time around!

What are you reading? 🙂

December 2020 Reading Wrap-up

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December was not only a good reading month, but I managed to get back into reviewing regularly! Apparently having an accountability thread on Twitter can work wonders! I’ve still got two books to review, but those will be coming in the next few days. So without further ado:

PAST MONTH’S READING:

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles, Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Stranger Planet by Nathan W. Pyle, The Binding by Bridget Collins
  1. The Binding by Bridget Collins (fantasy – 4 stars – review)

  2. Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (comic – 5 stars – not intending to review)

  3. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (YA contemporary – 3 stars – review

  4. Stranger Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (comic – 5 stars – not intending to review)

  5. Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review

  6. The Iron Line by L. M. Merrington (historical fiction – 3.5 stars – review

  7. A Very Krampy Christmas (Gretchens [Mis]Adventures #8) by P. A. Mason (fantasy/humour – 4 stars – review

  8. She’s Having a Laugh, edited by George McInroe (creative non-fiction – 3 stars – review

  9. Universal Love: Stories by Alexander Weinstein (short stories/sci-fi – 4 stars – review forthcoming

  10. A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (fantasy/fairytale retelling – 3 stars – review forthcoming

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell, Universal Love: Stories by Alexander Weinstein, She’s Having A Laugh, edited George McInroe, A Very Krampy Christmas by P. A. Mason, The Iron Line by L. M. Merrington

BOOKTUBE:

I have a YouTube channel where I promote Australian books using the hashtag #AusReads, and also indulge my compulsion for signing up to readathons. Here are the latest videos:

  1. How I nearly completed a readathon for once in 2020 – #AusReads and #Musicalathon Wrap-up
  2. December Library Haul – What I’ll be reading over the holidays

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

Whoops, I didn’t post a single bookish photo throughout December. (In my defence, I spent the month feeling exhausted). Here’s one I just posted yesterday, an aesthetic for my circus fantasy, Facing the Music, which I’m hoping to finish writing this year.

a 3-by-3 grid with nine images. The images are as follows: 

top-left: a man in a red shirt tosses a hat in the air. 
top-centre: a couple kiss in the sunshine - in sillhouette
top-right: a woman plays the violin surrounded by golden magical swirls
middle-left: a long-distance shot of a circus ring with cast members parading around with lots of coloured lights. 
centre: a roll of tickets saying "Admit one" .
middle-right: a ticket booth with a circus tent in the background
bottom-left: a woman in a pink leotard hangs upsidedown from a trapeze. 
bottom-centre: four acrobats stacked in a pyramid. They are mostly doubled over backwards, but the person on top     is doing a handstand and has their legs in the splits. 
bottom-right: a woman twirling flaming torches. She is also on fire, but she is smiling. It's a bit magical.

You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of "A Wild Winter Swan" by Gregory Maguire. The background is grey paintstrokes. The title and author's name are at the top, above a hand holding a snow globe that depicts the New York City skyline.

Physical book: A Wild Winter Swan by Gregory Maguire. I’m reading this for the Swell Publications book club, but I have to be honest, I’m not really into it. It’s a bit too literary/magical realism for my tastes.

The cover of "The Rising Rooks" by Celine Jeanjean. An armoured, mechanical hand sticks out of a hole surrounded by cogs and clockwork on a blue background.

Ebook: The Rising Rooks by Celine Jeanjean. This is the last book in the Viper and the Urchin series and I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. This is an ARC and the book comes out on January 9, so I geuss I’d better get a wriggle on!

The cover of "Hench" by Natalie Zina Walshots. The title is in mint green all caps. A red sillhouette stands near a wall at the back of the image. Her shadow is taller than her and also wears a cape.

Audio book: Hench by Natalie Zina Walshots. This is a really interesting deconstruction of the superhero genre. While superheroes aren’t generally my cup of tea, this one was highly recommended by Seanan McGuire and so far I am liking it.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

The cover of "Plain Bad Heroines" by Emily M. Danforth. The title is white on a black background, the first two words in a plain font, the word "heroines" in a more gothic font. Around the edge are red line drawings of various flowers. It looks ominous.

I have a huge pile of library books all due back on January 16, so it’ll need to be one of those. I’m not 100% sure which yet, though Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth is fairly high up on the list.

What are you reading? 🙂