Combined July and August 2019 Reading Wrap-up

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I was travelling at the end of July and I’d read so few books during July it hardly seemed like they warranted their own post anyway. In August, I found my groove again and started making up for it. I’m still behind on my GoodReads 2019 challenge but I’m not too bothered about that. 

Past Month’s Reading:

July:

Covers of books I read in July

 

    1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (MG fantasy – 5 stars – not intending to review)
    2. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (YA historical fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    3. The Nowhere Emporium by Ross McKenzie (MG historical fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    4. Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman (YA urban fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak (children’s/humour – 4 stars – not intending to review)

August: 

  1. Covers of some of the books I read in August 
    1. Mother Tongue by Juliue Mayhew (YA historical fiction – 3 stars – review)
    2. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden (MG urban fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
    3. Cleaning House by Jeanne G’Fellers (queer fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (contemporary fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. Women of Wasps and War by Madeleine D’Este (fantasy – 4.5 stars – review)
    6. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (MG fantasy – 2 stars – not intending to review)
    7. The Women In Black by Madeleine St John (historical fiction – 4 stars – review)

Covers of some of the books I read in August

It wasn’t until I started writing this post that I realised I had read three books by authors called Madeleine in a row. Ha. 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. For the last few months, this has been sadly abandoned, but I have a script ready to go to get back into it in September. 

You can check out the channel here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

For July:

the novel Good Omens

For August: 

the novel The Women in Black

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

Currently Reading:

Physical book: No physical book at the moment.

Ebook: I am reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This has a folky, fairytale air to it that I am enjoying.

Audio book: I have started The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee but I’ve listened to less than an hour at time of writing. I’m not sure if Monty’s going to grow on me at his point. 

Planning to read next:

I have You Must Be Layla By Yassmin Abdel-Magied from the library. It has mixed reviews but will the second book by an Australian WOC for my Australian Women Writers Challenge (and the diversity challenge I set myself within the main one). 

What are you reading? 🙂

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June 2019 Reading Wrap-up

This is a bit of a sparse post compared to  previous monthly wrap-ups. I was doing a musical, then I got sick, and work has been busy. So not only did I not get much reading done, but I also didn’t do much of anything else (Youtube, #bookstagram…)

Past Month’s Reading:

A bit of a slow reading month this month for a  variety of reasons, most of which can be summed up under the umbrella of “life got in the way”. Still, five books is better than no books.

    1. The Diviners by Libba Bray (YA historical fantasy/horror – 4 stars – review)
    2. The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder (playscript/comedy – unrated – not intending to review)
    3. Get the Girl Out by Lucy Bloom (memoir – 4 stars – review)
    4. A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle (romance – 3.5 stars – review)
    5. Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla (YA contemporary – 2.5 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. Sadly, I didn’t post a single video this month! I really need to get back to that! (I do have two in progress, so you can expect better things come July!)

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Erm… and again, nothing to see here! I posted one photo to Insta all month and it wasn’t bookish.

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

Currently Reading:

Physical book: I am part of the way through The Women In Black by Madeleine St John. This book is considered a bit of a modern classic in Australia, and I am enjoying it so far.

Ebook: I am reading an ARC of Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew, a YA novel set around the  Beslan School Siege in 2004. I have a feeling this one is going to be herat-rending.

Audio book: I am well on the way to finishing Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, the second in the Diviners series.

Planning to read next:

I’m honestly not sure! Mother Tongue is the last of my ARCs that are due before I got to America in a couple of weeks. Guess I’ll see where the mood takes me!

What are you reading? 🙂

May 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Does anyone else feel like May dragged on forever or was that just me? With everything I had going on, you’d think it would have sped past, but I feel like that actually made it slower.

Past Month’s Reading:

That being said, I managed another 8 books this month! At this rate, I am slightly behind my goal of 100 books in 2019, but I will come pretty darn close!

    1. P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
    2. The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    3. Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb (YA paranornal – 3 stars – review)
    4. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (YA historical fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    6. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger (YA fantasy – 3 stars – not planning to review)
    7. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty (MG fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    8. The Red Labyrinth by Meredith Tate (YA dystopia/fantasy – 4 stars – review)
    9. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale (magical realism – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Hey look, I used a prop! This was a beautiful, bittersweet book. I’ve read a few dud historical fantasies this year so I was really glad to find one that worked for me.

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

Currently Reading:

Physical book: I have just started Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee. I am prepared to have a lot of feels over this one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment, though I have a few upcoming ARCs that I’ll be starting soon. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through The Diviners by Libba Bray, which involves the paranormal and an string of occult/ritual murders, and it’s set in 1920s New York City. It’s great!

Planning to read next:

I’m going to pick up Get The Girls Out by Lucy Bloom. I’ve been to one of Lucy Bloom’s talks and she is very inspiring, so I’m looking forward to reading her memoir.

What are you reading? 🙂

April 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Past Month’s Reading:

Another decent reading month with a total of 8 books read!

    1. Hive by A. J. Betts (YA dystopia – 3 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)
    2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4.5 stars – review) (read March, reviewed April)
    3. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4 stars – review)
    5. The Steam Engines of Oz by Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Erik Hendrix and illustrations by Yannis Roumboulias (fantasy graphic novel – 3 stars – not intending to review)
    6. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (thriller – 4 stars – review)
    7. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (YA historical fantasy – 3.5 stars – review)
    8. The Winter Freak Show by Daniel Parsons (MG historical fantasy – 2 stars – not intending to review)
    9. The Doll Maker by Celine Jeanjean (steampunk – 5 stars – review)
    10. P Is For Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones (YA contemporary – 3 stars – review forthcoming)

 

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. I only got one video posted this month, though I intend to get a bit more on top of it in the coming weeks. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

So this is more about the book I’m writing than any that I read during the month, but I didn’t do any book posts! I’m really pleased with where my Camp NaNoWriMo project took me, though. The MS is now at 60000 words and I love the direction it’s taking!

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

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Nothing at the moment.

Ebook: I am reading an ARC of Lucid by Kristy Fairlamb, which came out last week. I usually don’t pick up ARCs after their release date but I follow Kristy on Twitter and the book was Read Now on NetGalley and here we are. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through Enchantée by Gita Trelease. I don’t mind it but I think it’s going to take me a while to get through. 

Planning to read next:

I’m going to pick up The Things That Will Not Stand by Michael Gerard Bauer and get back into my Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Notables challenge. This sounds like an interesting one and it’s quite short, so I hope I will get through it quite quickly. 

What are you reading? 🙂

March 2019 Reading Wrap-up

Past Month’s Reading:

Nine books this month! It’s a bit of a record. And given that I was in a bit of a rough place for a couple of weeks, I’m actually surprised the total is that high. 

This month I began a challenge to read as many books on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2019 Notables list, and I read four of them this month. 

    1. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)
    2. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (YA paranormal/thriller – 4 stars – review) (read February, reviewed March)
    3. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (YA fantasy – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. Bird Box by Josh Malerman (horror – 2.5 stars – review
    5. A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston (YA fantasy – 3.5 stars – did not review) 
    6. Between Us by Clare Atkins (YA contemporary – 5 stars – review)
    7. Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (YA thriller – 3 stars – review)
    8. Catching Teller Crow by Ambellin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (YA magical realism – 2.5 stars – review)
    9. Hive by A. J. Betts (YA dystopia – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
    10. The Dying Flame by R. L. Sanderson (YA fantasy – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
    11. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (YA sci-fi/romance – 4.5 stars – review forthcoming)

Booktube:

I have a BookTube Channel where I talk about Australian books. Here are the videos I posted this month.

Favourite Bookish Photo:

These are the first four books I read for the CBCA2019 Challenge. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough. I have only just started this YA contemporary but I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: I only just finished A Thousand Pieces of You this morning so I haven’t had a chance to start anything else.

Planning to read next:

I’m planning to start the ARC of Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine. I loved the first two books in the Stillhouse Lake series so I can only hope that this one is just as good.

I’m also intending to read Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray, because I definitely want to continue the Firebird series.

What are you reading? 🙂

February 2019 Reading Wrap-up

For the shortest month of the year, I sure felt like February was dragging on a bit! Still, I think I have hit my reading/blogging/reviewing stride again and I feel more up-to-date with my reading related goals (even if GoodReads tells me I am 4 books behind on my 2019 challenge). 

Past Month’s Reading:

managed to read six books this month!

    1. The Slave City by Celine Jeanjean (YA steampunk – 4 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)
    2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read January, reviewed February)
    3. In Another Life by C. C. Hunter (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    4. Finding Aurora by Rebecca Langham (fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    5. The Zigzag Effect by Lili Wilkinson (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)
    6. Second Star by J. M. Sullivan (YA sci-fi – 2.5 stars – review
    7. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    8. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (YA paranormal thriller – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

Favourite Bookish Photo:

A view of the spines of 4 library books
I told myself I was just going into the library to use the bathroom. But we all knew that was a lie. In my defence, An Enchantment of Ravens is totally on my TBR, which counts for something, right?! You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Booktube: 

I also started a Booktube channel this month! My plan is to talk about Australian books on it. Here are the videos I posted:

Currently Reading:

Physical book: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe.  I picked this up because of the circus setting. I am staying for the magical realism. I’m not far enough in yet to form an opinion.

Ebook: The Dying Flame by R. L. Sanderson. This is on a bit of a hold while I read my library books. 

Audio book:  Bird Box by Josh Malerman. Everybody’s watched the movie but since I don’t have Netflix, and also since I deal with horror better in books than on screen, I decided to read the book.


Planning to read next:

I have both ARCs and library books at the moment, so who knows? Though there is a good chance it will be An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. 

What are you reading? 🙂

January 2019 Reading Wrap-up

And the first month of 2019 is finished already!

Past Month’s Reading:

It’s felt a bit slow but still six books accounted for. 

    1. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire (fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    2. The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean (re-read – steampunk – 5 stars – 2015 review)
    3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (fantasy – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
    4. The Black Orchid by Celine Jeanjean (re-read – steampunk – 4 stars – 2016 review)
    5. The Slave City by Celine Jeanjean (steampunk – X stars – review forthcoming)

I‘m a little bit behind on my reviews but I am hoping to get more into the swing of things this month. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:


I put this one together for the release of The Slave City, which is the third book in Celine Jeanjean’s The Viper and the Urchin series, which comes out today! You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book:  Nothing on the go right now.

Ebook: At time of writing, I haven’t started anything new since finishing Slave City. 

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. I was glad to be able to follow up 


Planning to read next:

I’m leaning towards In Another Life by C. C. Hunter, which is a YA contemporary and I’m hoping a bit of a thriller. There is a mystery involved at the least. I think I need something different after all the fantasy. 

What are you reading? 🙂

December 2018 Reading Wrap-up

Happy new year, everyone!

I had wanted to get this post up in 2018 but I ran out of days. I managed to persuade myself that year-ends are social constructs and arbitrary anyway, so it doesn’t matter. The world keeps turning. Ha. 

Past Month’s Reading:

I still managed six books in December, depite end-of-year busy-ness. Here they are.
 

    1. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious #1) (YA thriller – 4 stars – review)
    2. The Midnight Watch by David Dyer (historical fiction – 4 stars – review)
    3. Olmec Obituary by L. J. M. Owen (Elizabeth Pimms #1) (mystery – 3 stars – review)
    4. Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder (drama – 3.5 stars – review)
    5. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #2) (MG fantasy – 3 stars – review)
    6. The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review)

Favourite Bookish Photo:

Most of my photos in December were Christmas-related rather than bookish, but I thought this one turned out quite well. You can see all my bookish photos on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book:  Nothing on the go right now. 

Ebook: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. This is an ARC and the official release is January 15. I’ve heard good things about it from people who’ve already read it and it sounds like something I’ll really enjoy. Here’s to getting the year off to a good start!

Audio book: I am about a third of the way through Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This is a lot longer than the audio books I usually listen to, so I’ll be working through this one for a while, I think.

Planning to read next:

I am planning to re-read The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean and its sequel in preparation for the release of the third book in the series at the end of the month. Then I plan to make some headway through my ARCs. 

What are you reading? 🙂

#AWW2018 Australian Women Writers Challenge 2018 Wrap-Up

The Australian Women Writers Challenge has been running since 2012, with the aim of combating the gender bias prevalent in the Australian publishing industry.

I have been participating since 2016 and this year bumped up my goal from 12 to 20. As in past years, I also included a sub-goal of reading two books by Indigenous women and two by LGBTQI* women. I succeeded on all fronts this year. Below is the list of titles I read, along with links to the reviews.

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  1. Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (YA contemporary – 4 stars)
  2. False Awakening by Cassandra Page (Urban fantasy – 3 stars)
  3. The Hospital by the River by Catherine Hamlin (autobiography/memoir – 4 stars)
  4. Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn (YA fanasy – 3 stars)
  5. Call Me Sasha by Geena Leigh (autobiography/memoir – 3 stars)
  6. A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester (historical fiction – 4 stars)
  7. Galax-Arena by Gillian Rubinstein (MG sci-fi – 2 stars
  8. Lessons in Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder by Corinne Grant (autobiography/memoir – 4 stars)
  9. I Had Such Friends by Meg Gatland-Veness (YA contemporary – 2 stars)
  10. All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney (Circus Hearts #1) (YA contemporary – 5 stars)
  11. Unearthed by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman (Unearthed #1) (YA sci-fi – 3 stars)
  12. White Night by Ellie Marney (YA contemporary – 4.5 stars)
  13. Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (MG fantasy – 4 stars)
  14. All Fall Down by Ellie Marney (Circus Hearts #2) (YA contemporary – 4 stars)
  15. Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman (Sci-fi – 4 stars)
  16. Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby Eckermann (historical  fiction/verse novel – 2 stars)
  17. All Aces by Ellie Marney (Circus Hearts #3) (YA contemporary – 3 stars)
  18. Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Cookie Cutter Superhero ‘Verse #2) (Sci-fi – 3 stars)
  19. Olmec Obituary by L. J. M. Owen (Dr Elizabeth Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth #1)
  20. Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder (contemporary drama – 4 stars)
  21. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Nevermoor #2) (MG fantasy – 3 stars)

November 2018 Reading Wrap-up

Past Month’s Reading

This has been a month of light and easy reads. Most of the month was taken up with uni work, so I didn’t read as much as I might have, but still got a few good titles in there. 

Here’s what I reviewed and read:

Favourite Bookish Photo: 

I didn’t post many photos this month, but this one of my haul of books by Canberra authors picked up at the library was my favourite. You can see all my bookish photos on my Instagram

Currently Reading:

Physical book: 

Truly Devious by Marueen Johnson. This is the first in a YA thriller series and while I think it suffers a bit for being protracted into a series rather than being one tightly-written volume, I have got more into it in the second half.  I will probably finish this tonight.

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. This has taken me quite a while to get through but I am on the downhill run with it. While I still love the characters and world, I feel this one is longer  than it needed to be.

Audio book: .

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer. This reminds me a little of the Station Eleven audio book in terms of narration and style. While it took me a while to get into,  I am now interested enough that I am putting it on every time I am driving alone. A good one for historical fiction fans, or those interested in a lesser-known aspect of the Titanic disaster.

Planning to read next:

.I have Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder from the library, and this will be my final Australian Women Writer’s Challenge title for the year. After that, it’s a case of deciding whether to read library books, Christmas books, or some ARCs that I’m excited about.

What are you reading? 🙂