February 2020 Reading Wrap-up

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So far in 2020, reading has been hard work, which is never fun! I’ve downgraded my GoodReads reading challenge from 75 to 50 because of my slow start. I’ve dropped off blog hops and am pretty much sticking to reviews and these monthly wrap-up posts. This is by no means a permanent change, but it’s all I have the energy for at the moment. I’ll come back to other things when I come back to them.

Sadly, that does mean I’m mostly missing out  on visiting your blogs as well. Just finding the time is a challenge. 

Having said that, when I sat down to write this post, I realised I did actually get through 8 books in February! It certainly didn’t feel like that. I finished two audio books that I’d been listening to for a very long time, so that felt pretty satisfying.  

I haven’t always had the energy to review them, so below some links will go to reviews here on the blog and others will go to GoodReads where I wrote some notes. And some don’t have a review at all yet. 

Past Month’s Reading:

  1. The Shadow Palace by Celine Jeanjean (The Viper and the Urchin #6) (steampunk – 3.5 stars – review)

  2. The Thornthwaite Inheritance by Gareth P. Jones (middle-grade – gothic/contemporary/mystery – 4 stars – GoodReads thoughts)
  3. Greehaelen by L. A. Webster (Chronicles of Algarth #1) (fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  4. Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (the Diviners #3) (historical fantasy – 3 stars – GoodReads thoughts)
  5. Heroines: An Anthology of Short Fiction and Poetry edited by Sarah Nicholson and Caitlin White (speculative fiction anthology – 3 stars – not intending to review)
  6. The Thornthwaite Betrayal by Gareth P. Jones (middle-grade – gothic/contemporary/mystery – 5 stars – GoodReads thoughts
  7.  Circe by Madeleine Miller (historical fantasy/retelling – 4 stars – review forthcoming)

No, that’s not a mistake in my graphics – I did read The Thornthwaite Inheritance twice. It and its sequel were my favourites this month. 

Booktube:

wrote a script for a new BookTube video but never filmed it. Maybe in March? Or maybe I’m just going to give up this whole vlogging thing…

Favourite Bookish Photo:

I was so proud of my #6amAusWriters friends for their February releases! It took me a while to get good shot of Greenhaelen by Lyn Webster in among my neighbour’s flowers, but when gardens and nature are so central to the book, it absolutely had to be that way. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton. Apparently I’ve only been reading this for two weeks, which is slow, but not as slow as I thought! It’s about a school shooting and the subsequent operation to get the children out safely while there’s still a gunman in the building. It should be totally my cup of tea but something is holding me back. 

Ebook: That Night In Paris by Sandy Barker. Another member of the #6amAusWriters team! Everybody is publishing books this year! I need to get my butt into gear. I have only just started this but I think it will be light and fun and romantic, which is what I’m looking for. 

Audio book: The Lost Letter by Mimi Matthews. After enjoying Matthew’s Victorian Christmas romance, A Holiday by Gaslight, I decided to snap this one up when I saw it on Audible. 

Planning to read next:

I’ve had a sneaky look at There She Goes by Lynne Shelby and a romance set in “theatreland” sounds exactly my kind of thing. The opening chapter with an awkward audition was so relatable. So yes, this will be next. 

What are you reading? 🙂

 

January 2020 Reading Wrap-up

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January was definitely a slow month. With bushfires and smoke haze and heat waves (oh my!), it was hard to really relax. I only read four books, and usually January is a month where I speed through seven or eight.

Past Month’s Reading:

  1. It Sounded Better In My Head by NIna Kenwood (YA contemporary – 3.5 stars – review)

  2. Don’t Read The Comments by Eric Smith (YA contemporary – 5 stars – review)
  3. Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (thriller – 2.5 stars – review)
  4. The Beginning (Blackbirch #1) by K. M> Allan (YA urban fantasy – 4 stars – review

Booktube:

The same listlessness that has affected my reading has also affected my desire to make videos. I do have a script mostly written, though, talking about It Sounded Better In My Head and The Beginning.

You can check out the channel whole here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

the book cover for "Don't Read The Comments" displayed on a tablet

Don’t Read The Comments was definitely my favourite book this month, and I wanted to celebrate its release in any way I could.. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross. This book is beautiful but I’ve put it aside for a bit until I’m feeling a bit less reading slumpy. It’s so my kind of thing so I don’t want to force myself through it when I’m not in the mood. 

Ebook: The Shadow Palace by Celine Jeanjean. This is the sixth book in the Viper and the Urchin series… I’ve got to admit I’m not enjoying it quite as much as previous ones.

Audio book: Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. I’m working through this very slowly. This is a long book. I kind of feel like some of the plot threads aren’t entirely necessary. But at the same time, the ones that are pivotal are so good.

Planning to read next:

Honestly, at this point I have absolutely no idea. I’ll have to see what takes my fancy.

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? 🙂