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? 🙂

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? 🙂

August 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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Past Month’s Reading:

I  felt rather slumpy this month, though seven titles, only two of which were audio, is not a bad effort for a month. Particularly considering I have been quite busy and reading time was hard to come by. I’m also a bit behind on my reviews! August seemed to drag on, there were times when I wasn’t well, and on top of that, I also had uni work and job applications pop up and take up a lot of time.

  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (dystopia – 4 stars – review) (read July, reviewed August)
  • Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel (historical mystery – 3 stars – review)
  • Legion by Brandon Sanderson (science fiction – 4 stars – review)
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (science fiction – 4 stars – review forthcoming)
  • Blackwing by Ed McDonald (fantasy – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
  • All the Little Bones by Ellie Marney (contemporary/crime/romance – 5 stars – review)
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (science fiction – 3 stars – review forthcoming)
  • Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson (science fiction – 3 stars – not planning to review)

Currently reading:

Physical book: As I just finished Skin Deep literally last night, I am currently not in the middle of anything.

Ebook: Ditto.

Audio book: I have just started Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, the third and final book in the Themis Files. I have really enjoyed the first two so I hope this last instalment lives up to them. 

Planning to read next:

Someone in a Facebook group I’m a part of suggested trying an anthology to stop feeling so slumpy. I have picked up Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy, which features 13 stories from the villain’s perspective by different popular YA authors. I’m  really excited to read this one.

How is your reading going?

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?

June 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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I didn’t get much read from my “official” TBR this month. I wasn’t really in the mood for a lot of it. As you can see, there are two DNFs on there, and only one finish. I’ve actually put the remaining books from this list back into my TBR Jar, and I’m going to construct a whole new TBR for July/August. I need to read what I’m in the mood for or I’m never going to read anything.

Past Month’s Reading:

Here’s my May-June TBR:

So… yeah, that’s it.

That doesn’t mean I wasn’t reading, though! Here’s what I read and reviewed:

  • The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel (historical/murder mystery – 4 stars – review) (read May, reviewed June)
  • Shine by Candy Gourlay (YA contemporary/magical realism – 4.5 stars – review)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (historical fantasy – 2.5 stars – review)
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (YA historical fiction – 3 stars – review)
  • A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel (historical/murder mystery – 4 stars – review)
  • The Hunt by Oscar de Muriel (historical short story – no rating – not planning to review)
  • Zombie Playlist by K. J. Chapman (zombie apocalypse – 3 stars – review)
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (YA sci-fi – 3 stars – review to come)
  • I Had Such Friends by Meg Gatland-Veness (YA contemporary – 2 stars – review to come)

Currently reading:

Physical book: She Be Damned by M. J. Tjia, a Victorian murder mystery led by a courtesan/actress/private detective. I picked this up because the sequel is currently a Read Now on NetGalley but I’m not sold yet. I’m also slowly making my way through All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

Ebook: Having literally just finished I Had Such Friends this morning, no ebook currently on the go.

Audio book: A Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel, book 3 in the Frey & McGray series. I’ve listened to less than an hour of it so far, and while it feels a bit different to the first two in the way it opens, I’m not passing too much judgement just yet.

Planning to read next:

As I said, I’ve got a new TBR for the next couple of months which I will post tomorrow, but I think Blackwing by Ed McDonald will be next.

How is your reading going?

(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?

March 2018 Reading Wrap-up

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First of all, just a quick note to say that as of today, A Keyboard and an Open Mind will be a bit quite until mid-April. I am heading to Nepal on Monday, returning to Australia on April 14. While I’m away, I’m going to have only the most basic of Internet access, so I won’t be scheduling any book reviews! I’ll see you on the other side!

Past Month’s Reading:

Here’s my March-April TBR:

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While I only ticked three books off my official list, I did power through ten books all together.

The  things I read and reviewed were:

  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (non-fiction/memoir/comic – 3 stars – not reviewed)
  • Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge (urban fantasy – 4 stars – review)
  • Deep Storm by Lincoln Child (sci-fi/thriller – 2 stars – not reviewed)
  • Daddy Darkest by Ellery Kane (thriller – 3.5 stars – review)
  • Call Me Sasha by Geena Leigh (memoir – 3 stars – review)
  • A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester (historical romance – 4 stars – review)
  • The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore (historical fiction – 5 stars – review)
  • The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (historical fiction – 3 stars – review)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (YA dystopia – 1 star – review)
  • Manhattan (Lovers and Liars #1) by Liz Meldon (erotic/fantasy – 3 stars – not reviewed)

Currently reading:

Physical book: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. This is not what I expected it to be but I’m hoping I’ll still enjoy it. It’s quite long but I have a four-hour train trip on Sunday, so I’m hoping to get through a decent amount of it then.

Audio book: I don’t have an audio book on the go right now. 

Planning to read next:

I am headed to Nepal on Monday! I have several ebooks earmarked for reading on the plane including Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Part of me wants to say that I’ll spend my 30 hours of plane travel (about 15 hours each way) powering through all  my books, the other  part of me knows I will totally spend probably a fair chunk of it watching movies or playing games on the in-flight system.

As I noted above, this blog will be quiet over the next couple of weeks, but I’ll hopefully be back into blogging as soon as I return.

How is your reading going?