April and May 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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Where’d you go, Emily?” I hear you ask. “I thought you had plans to enliven this blog again!”

Okay, maybe no one is asking that, but I’ll answer anyway. My stated plans to enliven this blog were rather dashed just after Easter when we noticed wet carpet in our living room. Long story short, while the issue could have been fixed (in our humble opinions), we ended up in the very stressful situation of having to find a new rental property instead, in a very short space of time. Let’s just say I don’t have much time for property management after this experience.

Fortunately, we have had very good luck and we are now somewhat settled in a new place, though the living room is still virtually uninhabitable due to being populated by full moving boxes.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think coming into June, I have finally blasted the reading slump I was in, and I’ll be reading a lot more going forward. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past couple of months.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping by Dave Rudden (sci-fi/short stories – 4 stars)
  2. Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker YA sci-fi/romance – 5 stars)
  3. The Mortal Word (the Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  4. The Secret Chapter (the Invisible Library #6) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (fantasy – 4 stars)

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. Jurassic Journey Readathon TBR

BOOKSTAGRAM:

That heading has always said “favourite bookish photo” in the past, but recently I’ve been branching out into Reels rather than photos. So now this section can be for either and I’ll post whatever type of content I’ve enjoyed most during the month.

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

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Nothing right now.

Ebook: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. My book club has chosen this as our next read and I am enjoying it thoroughly, though I’m only about 50 pages in so far.

Audio book: I am finally reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and I wish I had listened to Six of Crows as well, as I think I would have enjoyed it more that way. Each POV character has their own voice actor and it really adds to the experience. Having said that, I’m almost at the 70% mark and feeling rather confused about Kaz’s big plan.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

After Waking Romeo became my first five star read of the year, I immediately grabbed In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker from the library. I’m planning to read this one over the weekend and I hope it’s as good as its successor!

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/April 2020 Reading Wrap-up

What a weird month March was! I read one whole book and DNFed a bunch. I just wasn’t in the mood. Things were changing so rapidly and I just didn’t have the space for books. I was more interested in spending time on Facebook checking in on friends and trying to get work-from-home arrangements all sorted.

Fortunately, I feel like April has calmed down a little. I know this comes from a place of privilege, but now that shut-down has reached the point of “Don’t go out except for essentials” and there is actually a list of what those are, I feel like I know what I’m doing, rather than balancing on a knife-edge, waiting for more news.

Since I only read one book in the whole of March, I’ve rolled that month in with this month’s wrap-up. As usual, I have not always written a review, but I’ll link to GoodReads if I expressed more than a sentence or two of thoughts there.

Past Month’s Reading

  1. The True Colour of the Sea by Robert Drewe (short stories/literary fiction – 2 stars – GoodReads)
  2.  Scythe (Arc of Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman (YA dystopia – 3.5 stars – review)
  3. Troll Hunter: Witch For Hire by P A. Mason (fantasy – 4 stars – not intending to review)
  4. The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews (historical romance – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  5. That Night In Paris (Holiday Romance #2) by Sandy Barker (romance – 3.5 stars – review)
  6. Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley (YA contemporary – 5 stars – review)
  7. The Damsel Gauntlet by P. A. Mason (fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  8. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (contemporary romance – 3 stars – mini review
  9. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA sci-fi – 4 stars – review)
  10. There she Goes by Lynne Shelby (contemporary romance – 3 stars – mini-review)
  11. Cookies and Curses by Rosie Pease (cozy mystery/paranormal – 3.5 stars stars – mini review)

Interesting how many of these were romances of one form or another. I have no idea where to find it now but I was reading an article a few weeks ago about how sales of romance always go up in times of crisis, and how romance books basically kept the publishing industry afloat during WW2.  I think we all need a guaranteed happy ending or two to get us through these strange times. 

Booktube

I have an announcement on that front. After several months of sporadic posting, I have finally decided to let my Booktube channel die. It was started on a bit of a whim and it was fun for a while. But I wasn’t really invested in it and putting together videos takes a lot more work than blogging. So I’m just going to keep this as my little corner of the bookish Internets. 

Favourite Bookish Photo:

March: 

I’m probably a little bit biased with this one, as I’m currently in (online) rehearsals for a musical adaptation of The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones. But seriously, these books were such fun. If you enjoy The Addams Family and A Series of Unfortunate Events and quirky British humour, then you will love these books! 

April: 

We might be going into the colder months here but we are lucky enough to still get beautiful sunny days even when it’s chilly. This photo was taken on a Saturday morning when I  sat outside on my sun lounge and read for a couple of hours. I read Aurora Rising just in time for the sequel, which came out a couple of days ago. 

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

Currently Reading: 

Physical book: Ochre Dragon by V. E. Patton. I’m finally reading this! This is by one of my dear writer friends, and also it has dragons so how has it taken me this long? Also I love that one of the characters is a woman over 50! How often do you see that in fantasy?

Ebook: No ebook at the moment. 

Audio book: The King of Crows by Libba Bray, book four in the Diviners series. This is… three big road trips at the moment? Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying it, it’s just,… taking a while to literally get anywhere. 

Planning to Read Next: 

I’m not completely sure yet but I suspect it might be Oasis by Katya de Becerra. I won a signed copy recently and i can’t wait to get started. I’ve heard such good things about it and it sounds fascinating! I just hope it lives up to expectations. 

What have you been reading lately? 🙂

(Slightly Belated) May 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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Between having a helluva lot going on this month, and also hitting a reading slump, May wasn’t much better than April in terms of reading (and at least in April I had the excuse of travelling and parental visits). It took me three weeks to read one YA fantasy! Whaaat! I got there in the end, but I did it by reading books I felt like, not necessarily those that I had in my plans. Oh well! These things happen sometimes.

Past Month’s Reading:

Here’s my May-June TBR:

So… yeah, that’s it.

The  things I read and reviewed were:

  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (classics – 3 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (crime – 4.5 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
  • Galax-Arena by Gillian Rubinstein (SFF/children’s fiction – 2 stars – review) (read April, reviewed May)
  • Lessons in Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder by Corinne Grant (memoir – 4 stars – review)
  • Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (YA/SFF – 2.5 stars – review at GoodReads)
  • The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel (historical mystery – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner (children’s fiction/fantasy – 2 stars – not planning to review).

Currently reading:

Physical book: Purple Threads by Jeanine Leane. This is an Australian Women Writers Challenge book and while I haven’t read much so far, I am enjoying the strong women characters.

Ebook: Bookworm – A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan. I am enjoying this when I am familiar with the books she talks about, but for every one I know, there are two or three I don’t. Having someone talk at length about children’s books you have no connection to is not that enjoyable for me. So this is a bit of a mixed bag so far.

Audio book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I am really enjoying this. I just wish The Dragon didn’t call Agnieszka an idiot quite so much. It ruins the chemistry for me a bit. 

Planning to read next:

As much as I would like to concentrate on crossing some more of the above TBR, I just want a good old YA book right now, and I have Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo out from the library, along with its sequel, Hunting  Prince Dracula, which will fit the bill perfectly.

How is your reading going?

April 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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This has been a very quiet reading month, since I had so much else going on. I was in Nepal for two weeks, and while I had grand intentions of reading many, many books on the plane, that totally didn’t happen. Then my parents were visiting. And  I was reading The Bone Season so slowly! I finally gave up on that.

Past Month’s Reading:

I have once again managed to tick off 6 of the 8 books I nominated for my bimonthly TBR list. Treason, Treason! and Scapegallows will carry over into the next two months.

Here’s my March-April TBR:

The  things I read were:

I also DNFed The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I had really wanted to try to push through with this one, since I had bought a physical copy, but when I decided not to continue, a weight lifted off my shoulders.

As you can see, I’m a little behind on my reviewing at the moment, due to travel, family commitments, etc. But I’ve got a couple scheduled now, so I’m finding my groove again.

Currently reading:

Physical book: As I finished Galax-Arena only today, I haven’t started a new physical book yet. 

Audio book: Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood. It’s a cozy mystery set in Melbourne and I am enjoying it so far.

Planning to read next:

I will probably pick up Lessons in Letting Go: Confessions of a Hoarder by Corinne Grant next, seeing as I have it from the library.  I’ll also post my full planned TBR for the next two months tomorrow.

How is your reading going?