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? 🙂

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? 🙂

July 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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I’ve made a decision regarding my official montly TBR lists. I’ve decided to get rid of them and just stick to reading wrap-ups such as this one. Lately I just haven’t been doing well at sticking to it, which has led to me feeling guilty about what I am reading. And that’s just silly. So from now on, I’m just going to be reading what I’m  in the mood for.

Past Month’s Reading:

July felt like a very slow reading month as I spent the first three weeks trying to get through one title (which I am still to finish). In the end, I did get through four titles, which is not too bad but I feel like there could have been more.

Here is what I read and reviewed in July:

  • I Had Such Friends by Meg Gatland-Veness (YA contemporary – 2 stars – review) (read June, reviewed July)
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (YA sci-fi – 3 stars – review) (read June, reviewed July)
  • A Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel (adult historical fiction/mystery – 2 stars – review)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (YA contemporary – 4 stars – review)
  • The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison (middle-grade fantasy – 3 stars – review)
  • Alive! by Loren D. Estleman (adult crime fiction – 3 stars – review forthcoming).

Currently reading:

Physical book: Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey. This is my first book by Lackey and it looks like it will be fun and enjoyable.

Ebook: Not reading any ebooks at the moment.

Audio book: I have returned to Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. It’s not my favourite but as it was an Audible pick, I plan on seeing it through. I’m at about the 40% mark at the moment. 

Planning to read next:

I will probably pick up Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Baked Beans: an Odd-ysey by Hunter Davies. I haven’t read any non-fiction in a while and this feels like a fun one.

How is your reading going?