November 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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Hello from Florence, Italy! Despite travelling since November 14, I have managed to read 3 books so far on this trip! Turns out train travel is good like that.

PAST MONTHS’ READING HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly (historical fiction – 3 stars – review)
  2. The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall (dystopia/adventure/literary fiction – 2 stars – review)
  3. The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  4. The Dragon Healer by Tiani Davids (YA fantasy – 3.5 stars – review forthcoming))
  5. High Tide by Pip Russell-Brown (contemporary fiction – 4 stars)

I’m skipping the usual Booktube and Bookstagram sections on this post. To be honest, I haven’t been terribly active on either, especially Booktube. That’s something I don’t think I’ll get back to until 2023, and I’m okay with that!

CURRENTLY READING:

I am actually completely inbetween books at the moment, having finished the only one I had on the go earlier this evening. I am not sued to having nothing for this section!

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

I’m doing the Reindeer Readathon this month (despite travel!) so it will be something from my TBR for that. I’m leaning towards A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher. You know how I love any book that combines baking and magic.

What are you reading? 🙂

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October 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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The eagle-eyed among you will have seen that I started reviewing again this month! Some of the busy-ness I’ve had going on for the past few months has finally settled down, letting me get back to fun things I’ve had to ignore for a while.

PAST MONTHS’ READING HIGHLIGHTS:

Five book covers in a row - the Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle, The House in the Woods by Yvette Fielding, Witchnapped in Westerham by Dionne Lester, The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.

  1. A Remarkable Woman by Jules van Mil (historical fiction – 3 stars – review) (read June, reviewed October)
  2. Malice by Pintup Dunn (YA sci-fi/romance – 3.5 stars – review) (read September, reviewed October)
  3. The Coming of the Fairies by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (non-fiction – unrated)
  4. The House in the Woods by Yvette Fielding (MG horror – 2 stars)
  5. Witchnapped in Westerham by Dionne Lester (urban fantasy/cozy mystery – 2 stars – review)
  6. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie (mystery/adventure – 3 stars)
  7. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (YA fantasy/romance – 3.5 stars – review)

I’m skipping the usual Booktube and Bookstagram sections on this post. To be honest, I haven’t been terribly active on either, especially Booktube. That’s something I don’t think I’ll get back to until 2023, and I’m okay with that!

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman. The background is made to look like dark blue suede, with the title and decorations in the corners like silver filigree.

Physical book: Nothing at the moment.

Ebook: The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman. This is the eighth and final book in the Invisible Library series. I’ve enjoyed this series enough to want to see it through, though I have to admit the first three books were the strongest. Still, it’s good to complete a series (within a year, no less!) and tick it off the list!

Audio book: The Eighth Wonder by Tania Farrelly. This is a historical fiction that I am enjoying, though now that I am not driving for an hour every day due a commitment wrapping up, I have to admit that my inclination to listen to the last few hours has been low. I’ll endeavour to finish it soon, though, before it returned itself on the library app!

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PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

The cover of The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. The title is laid over an abstract patch of colours, possibly a scarf crumpled up in a pile. It is hard to tell exactly what the image is.

I’ll be finishing The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. I started this as an audio book but I have now got the paperback out from the library to finish it, as I was getting a bit bored with the audio version.

Hopefully, I’ll manage that before I head off travelling in mid-November. For the next little while, it’ll be e-books only. It’ll be good to clear my Kindle backlog a bit!

What are you reading? 🙂

July-September 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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I’ve got to be honest, when I opened up A Keyboard and an Open Mind to check how long it had been since my last post, I was surprised it had only been three months. In those three months, I’ve been in rehearsals for a production of HMS Pinafore, had COVID, had another non-COVID bad cold thing, finished booking a trip to Europe, and managed to continue at my day job despite our team being rather depleted at the moment (long story).

Often it’s felt like I haven’t been reading much, but in those three months, I’ve read another nineteen books, bringing my total for the year to forty-one. These nineteen books have all been three or four star reads – nothing terrible but also nothing really stand-out. I’m hoping for a five-star read soon!

I’ll just post the highlights below, but you can see the full list on my GoodReads 2022 Challenge Page.

PAST MONTHS’ READING HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss (historical fiction – 4 stars)
  2. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (historical fantasy – 4 stars)
  3. All Systems Red by Martha Wells (sci-fi – 4 stars)
  4. This Is Not a Ghost Story by Andrea Portes (YA horror – 3.5 stars)
  5. Malice by Pintip Dunn (YA sci-fi – 3.5 stars)

In the interests of not fiddling around with this post forever, I’m skipping the usual Booktube and Bookstagram sections! To be honest, I haven’t been terribly active on either, especially Booktube. That’s something I don’t think I’ll get back to until 2023, and I’m okay with that!

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Moreno-Garcia is an insta-buy author for me. Her books are all very different and I don’t always enjoy them but I love reading her takes on the horror genre mixed with aspects of her Mexican heritage.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: The Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall. This is an Australian near-future thriller and it’s quite slow, but I’m interested to see where it goes.

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PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

It will likely be Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova. I’ve had this on my shelf for a long time, and it fit one of the prompts for October’s Whodunitathon perfectly!

What are you reading? 🙂

June 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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Ooof, it is nice to feel like I’m back into regular reading patterns again. It’s only taken… six months. Even with it taking me a week to get through one novel in June, I still had a total of seven. While I am still trying not to treat reading as a numbers game, it’s still nice to feel like I’m back to my old self.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

The covers of Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero, The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie, A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

  1. Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (horror – 2.5 stars)
  2. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (mystery – 4 stars)
  3. A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (fantasy/retelling – 3 stars)
  4. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo (fantasy – 4 stars)
  5. The Eleventh Doctor Tales by various authors (sci-fi/media tie-in – 4 stars)
  6. House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig (YA fantasy – 4 stars)
  7. A Remarkable Woman by Jules van Mil (historical fiction – 3 stars)
The covers of The Eleventh Doctor Tales by various authors, A House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig and A Remarkable Woman by Jules van Mil.

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. Jurassic Journey Readathon TBR

BOOKSTAGRAM:

That heading has always said “favourite bookish photo” in the past, but recently I’ve been branching out into Reels rather than photos. So now this section can be for either and I’ll post whatever type of content I’ve enjoyed most during the month.

A stack of books, from bottom to top:
Goblin by Josh Malerman
the Gulp by Alan Baxter
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

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

CURRENTLY READING:

The cover of The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss.  A white woman in a red coat with the collar turned up looks over at a river. the Eiffel Tower is visible in the background.

Physical book: By the time I’m writing this, we’re already a week into July and I’ve finished two more books. However, I’m planning to start The Ghosts of Paris by Tara Moss today. I really enjoyed the first Billie Walker book and I’m keen to dive into this one.

Ebook: Nothing at the moment.

Audio book: Nothing at the moment.

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PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

The cover of The Ruby's Curse by Alex Kingston. It has a Doctor Who logo at the top, and the title is laid over an image of the character River Song in profile, with a coat collar pulled up around her chin.

I only went to the library the other afternoon to use the bathroom, but when I walked past The Ruby’s Curse by Alex Kingston and Jane Raynor on one of the display shelves, I simply couldn’t resist. I’ve been feeling very nostalgic for Doctor Who lately and reading quite a lot of the books. This is such a beautiful hardcover. I keep just picking it up. I hope the content lives up to expectations!

What are you reading? 🙂

April and May 2022 Reading Wrap-up

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Where’d you go, Emily?” I hear you ask. “I thought you had plans to enliven this blog again!”

Okay, maybe no one is asking that, but I’ll answer anyway. My stated plans to enliven this blog were rather dashed just after Easter when we noticed wet carpet in our living room. Long story short, while the issue could have been fixed (in our humble opinions), we ended up in the very stressful situation of having to find a new rental property instead, in a very short space of time. Let’s just say I don’t have much time for property management after this experience.

Fortunately, we have had very good luck and we are now somewhat settled in a new place, though the living room is still virtually uninhabitable due to being populated by full moving boxes.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think coming into June, I have finally blasted the reading slump I was in, and I’ll be reading a lot more going forward. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to over the past couple of months.

PAST MONTH’S READING:

  1. Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping by Dave Rudden (sci-fi/short stories – 4 stars)
  2. Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker YA sci-fi/romance – 5 stars)
  3. The Mortal Word (the Invisible Library #5) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  4. The Secret Chapter (the Invisible Library #6) by Genevieve Cogman (fantasy – 3 stars)
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (fantasy – 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. Jurassic Journey Readathon TBR

BOOKSTAGRAM:

That heading has always said “favourite bookish photo” in the past, but recently I’ve been branching out into Reels rather than photos. So now this section can be for either and I’ll post whatever type of content I’ve enjoyed most during the month.

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

CURRENTLY READING:

Physical book: Nothing right now.

Ebook: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. My book club has chosen this as our next read and I am enjoying it thoroughly, though I’m only about 50 pages in so far.

Audio book: I am finally reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and I wish I had listened to Six of Crows as well, as I think I would have enjoyed it more that way. Each POV character has their own voice actor and it really adds to the experience. Having said that, I’m almost at the 70% mark and feeling rather confused about Kaz’s big plan.

PLANNING TO READ NEXT:

After Waking Romeo became my first five star read of the year, I immediately grabbed In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker from the library. I’m planning to read this one over the weekend and I hope it’s as good as its successor!

What are you reading? 🙂

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? 🙂

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? 🙂

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? 🙂

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? 🙂

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? 🙂