February and March 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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The last few months have been an interesting exercise. As I mentioned in my January wrap-up, my only goal for the year was to make reading more intentional. To read for pleasure and not make it a numbers game.

I’ve been doing pretty well on this front, but as it stands we’re a quarter through the year and I’ve only read 10 books. If I continue at that rate, that’s only 40 books for the year, compared with the 70+ I’ve read for the past several. Even as I tell myself this is totally fine, there’s still a part of me hoping that once daylight savings finishes this weekend, I’ll be more functional and I’ll be able to read faster.

Anyway. I’ll keep working on that. The other thing I’m hoping April might bring is more motivation to write reviews and enliven this blog a bit. In the meantime, here are the seven books I’ve read since my last wrap-up.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. Fireborne by Rosaria Munda (YA fantasy – 4 stars)
  2. The Voyage of the Basilisk (Memoirs of Lady Trent #3) by Marie Brennan (fantasy – 3 stars)
  3. A Users’s Guide to Make-Believe by Jane Alexander (thriller/sci-fi – 2.5 stars)
  4. Doctor Who: Tales of Terror by various authors (sci-fi/short stories – 2.5 stars)
  5. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (crime – 3 stars)
  6. The Lost Plot (the Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  7. Come Join Us by the Fire: Season 2 by various authors (horror/short stories – 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. February Royal Readathon Wrap-up

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

To be honest, over February and March, my Instagram has been taken up by posts about my own writing rather than books I’ve been reading. So I’ll leave you with the cover reveal for my latest release, Enchanted Sleep, which you can buy here.

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

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This is my first ever buddy read! The book is very well written but taking up a hell of a lot of my time! We’re nearly halfway through and things are starting to blow up in the Gentlemen Bastards’ faces. I can only imagine it’s going to get even worse as we go on.

Ebook: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. I started this for one of my book clubs and I’m enjoying it but it’s not my usual type of read, so it’s taking me a while.

Audio book: Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly is downloaded on my phone though I haven’t actually started it yet. I’ve had this author on my radar for a while now and I’m very much looking forward to her fairytale retellings!

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’ve had Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd out from the library for literal months (yay for rolling renewals!) and I’m keen to finally start it. I read this author’s The Madman’s Daughter trilogy back around 2016 and I’m interested to see whether my tastes have changed and how this holds up in comparison.

What are you reading? πŸ™‚

January 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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Happy new year, everyone! Due to life stuff and reading slump stuff, I am just edging back into things like blogging and booktubing now as we enter February.

My only reading goal this year is to be more intentional with my reading. I realised last year how much store I put in reaching my GoodReads goal, so this year I’ve set it to five. I’m halfway through my fifth book now, as I knew I would be, and I love the feeling of no pressure. Yes, I’m still likely to read over 75 books over the course of the year, but I’m not going to worry about it.

Without further ado, here’s what got me started for the year:

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. No Limited by Ellie Marney (YA contemporary/crime – 3 stars)
  2. The Burning Page (The Invisible Library #3) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 4 stars)
  3. The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 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. Cozathon 2021 – Update
  2. Royal Readathon Feb 22 TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

Dragons are my favourite mythical creatures. Between what I own and what I had from the library at the start of the month, I had a pretty awesome stack of dragon books!

A pile of books with their spines facing out. From top to bottom they are: 
Here there be Dragons by James A. Owen, Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan, Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, Ochre Dragon by V. E. Patton, Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria and Highfire by Eoin Colfer.

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

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. I’m a bit torn on this one because I’m pretty sure the author is doing something clever, but the clever thing he’s doing is actually what’s making the book fall flat for me. My favourite character is a badger who was only in three chapters. XD

Ebook: None at the moment.

Audio book: A User’s Guide to Make Believe by Jane Alexander. This is one of those near-future “has technology gone too far?” thrillers, though I have to admit my main reason for starting it is that it’s read by Kristen Atherton, who narrates the Invisible Library audio books. While I’m waiting for the next book in that series to be available, I decided to try this one.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I have two Doctor anthologies out from the library at the moment, and I think I’m going to for the horror collection, Tales of Terror. I read a Doctor Who Christmas short story collection last year and absolutely loved it. I felt so nostalgic! So even though these ones will be spooky, maybe even scary, I’m hoping for more of the same!

What are you reading? πŸ™‚

November 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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Ugh… November. I’ve got to admit this was not a fun month. I wasn’t even going to do a wrap-up post, because until yesterday, it looked like I was only going to have finished two books in the whole month. Fortunately a short book and an engaging audio book meant that I was able to bump that to four.

I know I should try not to make reading a numbers game but… I totally make it a numbers game. My reviewing has definitely taken a hit this month as well, with only one posted. Maybe there will be an uptick there soon… I don’t know. Not making any promises, particularly not as we hurdle towards the end of the year.

Anyway, onto the fun stuff.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

The covers of four books: Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran. The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan. And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness and The Invisible LIbrary by Genevieve Cogran.
  1. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (YA horror – 3.5 stars – review) (read October, reviewed November)
  2. Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran (non-fiction –5 stars – not intending to review)
  3. The Tropic of Serpents (Lady Trent #2) by Marie Brennan (fantasy – 2.5 stars – not intending to review)
  4. And The Ocean Was Our Sky (fantasy/retelling – 3.5 stars – not intending to review)
  5. The Invisible Library (fantasy – 3.5 stars – not intending to review)

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. Cozathon 2021 – TBR

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

Because I’ve been stuck in the reading slump so long, I keep getting books out from the library that I hope will fix it. I didn’t mean to pick up only red and black ones on my most recent trip, but it made for a good photo op.

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

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy World by Jonathan Barnes,, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman,, Foz Meadows and Kate Heartfield. These five novellas take Shakespeare’s characters and expand on their stories. I’m only part way through the first one so far but I’m loving the direction it’s taking.

Ebook: None at the moment.

Audio book: The Masked City by Genevieve Cognan. This is the second book in the Invisible Library series and I enjoyed the first one enough to download the second one as soon as I finished. Kristin Atherton is a spectacular narrator and she completelhy immerses me in this world. I’m not surprised I got through the audio book where I had previously DNFed the first book in physical form.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’ll be picking up Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. While I haven’t been reading much contemporary YA lately, I realised when i picked this up at the library that it actually has a whole bunch of my favourite tropes. I hope it does a good job of them!

What are you reading? πŸ™‚

October 2021 Reading Wrap-up

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I’m usually not already a week into the following month when I write these wrap-ups. The problem is that while October is fine, the start of November has been a bit of a mess. But let’s focus on October, where I read seven books and had a great time participating in the Whodunitathon. I have to admit that I have lost my reviewing mojo somewhat in the last couple of weeks, and am only reviewing books that are part of my Australian Women Writers Challenge. While it would be nice to think I might get around to the others at some point, that seems unlikely.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

A row of seven book covers for the books listed below in the blog post.
  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (thriller/mystery – 4 stars – not reviewed)
  2. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (historical fantasy – 4 stars – not reviewed)
  3. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (thriller/horror – 4 stars – review)
  4. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark (historical fantasy – 4 stars – not reviewed)
  5. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (YA thriller – 4 stars – not reviewed)
  6. Skalsinger by L. A. Webster (fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  7. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland (YA horror – 3.5 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 2 – The Investigation and the Resolution

FAVOURITE BOOKISH PHOTO:

L. A. Webster is a writer friend of mine and I was very pleased to read her new release in advance! In the first book in the series, the main character is literally a gardener and her powers are based in nature. While the main character in this second story has quite a different skill, nature still plays a large part and I felt the need to go and sit outside to read it.

A white hand holding up a Kindle. It displays a book cover of Skalsinger by L. A. Webster showing a young woman in front of a cliff and churning ocean. There is lightning in the sky. There is green grass and trees behind the Kindle..

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

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran. The text is in black and white and large on a yellow background. There is an emoji-style image of a Kindle with a magnifying glass/search icon hovering over it.

Physical book: Nothing at the moment.

Ebook: Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran. As a self-published author, this is a must-read and to be honest, I’m a bit mad that it’s taken me so long. I’m reading the Kindle version and highlighting the hell out of it.

Audio book: The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan. This is book two in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, which follows Isabella Camherst, natural historian, on her quest to study dragons whilst wrangling with expectations in a quasi-nineteenth century English society.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I have absolutely no idea! I am in theory doing another readathon this month but none of the books on my TBR for that are appealing to me right now. I think it will probably be something short and light. Maybe some short stories.

What are you reading? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‚) 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? πŸ™‚