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.


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)


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


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.


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.


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? 🙂

November 2020 Reading Wrap-up

November was a much better reading month than the past couple, I’m glad to say.


Cosi by Louis Nowra, Ripper by Angela Slatter, Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque, Breaking the Surface by RebeccaLangham, Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
  1. Cosi by Louis Nowra (play script – 3 stars – not intending to review)

  2. Ripper by Angela Slatter (historical fantasy – 4 stars – review)

  3. Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque (non-fiction – 5 stars – not intending to review)

  4. Breaking the Surface (Outsiders Project #2) by Rebecca Langham (sci-fi/LGBTI – 4 stars – review)

  5. Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket (MG humour – 3 stars – not intending to review)

  6. A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson (YA contemporary/mystery- 4 stars – review)

  7. Doing Time (Time Police #1) by Jodi Taylor (YA sci-fi – 3 stars – not intending to review)

  8. The Lefthanded Booksellers of London (YA historical fantasy – 2 stars – not intending to review)

A Pocketful of Eyes by Lili Wilkinson, Doing Time by Jodi Taylor, The Left-handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix


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. #AusReads #Musicalathon November TBR


The book “The Binding” by Bridget Collins sits on a wooden table at an angle. There is a latte in a tall glass next to it. .

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


Physical book: The Binding by Bridget Collins. I’m reading this for one of my book clubs. It’s a slow burn, definitely. And there are a few world-building things that are bothering me. But other than that, I’m enjoying it.

Ebook: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. At this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to see this through. The worldbuilding is incredibly flimsy and the main character is kind of awful… but some reviewers and friends whose bookish opinions I respect a lot say it is surprisingly touching and fun, so I’m trying to give it a chance.

Audio book: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. This was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases and so far it’s living up to expectations. Steve West is also one of the narrators and I loved his performances of the Strange the Dreamer books; it’s really great to be hearing his voice again.


I’m really looking forward to Hollowpox (Nevermoor #3) by Jessica Townsend! Even if the Hollowpox is a mysterious illness affecting Wunimals. I wonder if that aspect of the plot was part of the reason for delaying the original early-2020 release. Anyway, I need to read three more books to complete my 2020 Australian Women Writers Challenge and this is definitely high on the list.

What are you reading? 🙂

Combined November-December 2019 Reading Wrap-up

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In the last two months of 2019, I took an unintended blogging hiatus, from both this blog and my writing blog. I was around here a little bit, but I was so tired trying to get everything wrapped up before the end of the year that I totally fell of the  bandwagon with blog hops and readathons.

Australia is rather on fire, especially on the east coast, at the moment and there are a number of emergencies unfolding in areas surrounding where I live. Fortunately we’re safe for the moment, apart from terrible smoke haze blowing in every night and making it hard to breathe.

It’s hard to stay positive when so many lives (human and otherwise) are under threat and it seems like governments don’t want to do anything to bolster resources, but I’m finding good things to focus on. That includes more books and hanging out in the book blogging community, and I plan to do more of that going into 2020.

So without further ado, read and reviewed in Novemer and December 2019:

November Reading:

    1. Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin (YA fantasy – 4 stars – review) (read October, reviewed November)
    2. The Antics of Evangeline by Madeleine D’Este (YA steampunk – 4 stars – review) (read October, reviewed November)
    3. A Christmas Wish and a Strawberry Kiss and the Cozy Kettle by Liz Eeles (contemporary romance – 2.5 stars – review)
    4. When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (children’s/poetry – 5 stars – no review)
    5. Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh (short stories/satire – 4 stars – review)
    6. The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke (memoir – 4 stars – review)
    7. The Flower and the Serpent by Madeleine D’Este (YA horror – 3 stars – review)

December reading:

    1. Curses and Candy Canes by multiple authors (anthology/fantasy – 3 stars – not intending to review)
    2. A Holiday by Gaslight by Mimi Matthews (historical romance – 4 stars – review)
    3. Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (non fiction – unrated – review)
    4. Beneath the Surface by Rebecca Langham (queer sci-fi – 3 stars – review)

A couple of slow months, as I said, but there you have it.


I have a Booktube account where I talk about Australian books. I’m trying to get more consistent with it, and while I didn’t post  much during my off-period, I did post a NaNoWriMo update. But then I dropped out of NaNo, so that was the end of that. There’ll be more this year, though!

You can check out the channel whole here

Favourite Bookish Photo:

I was so pleased when all five of the Talon Saga books were on the shelf at my library at the same time! Unfortunately, I ended up not enjoying the first book so I didn’t read any further, but they do make a very attractive set. You can see all my bookish photos (plus some RL as well) on my Instagram.

Currently Reading:

Physical book: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. I read her Firebird trilogy in 2019 and snapped the three books in this Constellations trilogy up when I saw them at the library. I haven’t been completely grabbed by this yet, but I want to see where it goes.

Ebook: None on the go at the moment. But I’m getting a new Kindle soon! Probably.

Audio book: Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray. I actually started reading the book because I felt the audio book would be too long, but I missed all of January LaVoy’s amazing voices way too much! I’ll be seeing this series through to the end on audio, even if it takes me forever!

Planning to read next:

I really want to read It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood. It sounds delightful! I actually sneakily read the first chapter when I first received this in a pre-Christmas book swap, but I made myself wait until I wasn’t already in the middle of a bunch of other books.

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? 🙂