October Reading Wrap Up
Welcome to my October reading wrap-up:
The total of books I read in October was: 10
Of these: 1 was a Library Book, 7 were E-books and 2 were from my physical TBR pile
Then: Out of the books I read I discovered 7 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).
And: 8 of the books read were written by Australian authors.
Best Book of the month:
Once again I was lucky enough to read a couple of ‘A’ books this month. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that are complete page turners for me, that have me reading late into the night, suck me straight into the story and leaves me wanting more at the end; and I utterly recommend it. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. FRONTIER RESISTANCE by Leonie Rogers (YA Science Fiction) along with FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Ilsa Evans (Cosy Mystery) were both top reads for me this month and are wonderful examples of their different genres. However my book of the month this month is FRONTIER RESISTANCE by Leonie Rogers for a few reasons firstly the edge of the seat adventure she takes you on, secondly the excellent world she has created and finally the Star Cats who have wormed their way into my heart.
Least Favourite Book(s):
I say ‘least favourite’ because my lowest ‘score’ still means it is very readable, but for one reason or another I found it a bit of struggle to stay focused and finish. This month the two books I really struggled with were The Brewer’s Tale by Karen Brooks and After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson. While they have received glowing reviews elsewhere, they just weren’t for me at this time – however, this is just my personal opinion and you may find that they may very well be right for you.
Being an eclectic reader I read many different genres. This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Women’s Fiction, Historical and General Fiction. Some of the books were a blend of two or more genre and amazingly none of the books this month had a paranormal element!
My 8 Australian authors for October were 5 of the new-for-me authors Sandra Antonelli, Ellie O’Neill, Karen Brooks, Jenni Boyd and Madeleine St John; along with Leonie Rogers, Ilsa Evans and Helen Brown. Just to clarify an Australian author is defined by me as either an Australian born author no matter where they live and write in the world now, or an author who currently lives and writes in Australia even though they October have been born elsewhere.
Finally, the 7 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were my Aussie authors Sandra Antonelli, Ellie O’Neill, Karen Brooks, Jenni Boyd and Madeleine St John; along with Kristine Scarrow and Catriona McPherson. Other than Catriona McPherson and Karen Brooks I would happily read all of these new authors again.
Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:
I have only got two links this month and they both refer to a subject that had the online blogging/reviewing world all atwitter. In an article published by The Guardian newspaper an author proudly wrote that she was so upset over a negative review she received for an upcoming book that she actually traced the reviewer to her home address and visited it along with phoning her on her personal phone number. That the author crossed over a line from being upset to being a stalker is patently obvious, but was she a victim to the reviewer, and if so did this justify her behaviour? Well no I don’t think she was a ‘victim’ and her behaviour and the extremes she went to in order to track down the reviewer sent shivers down my spine and the spines of every reviewer that read the article. When an author publishes a book I understand they have put their heart and soul into it, many describe it as giving birth to a child – and is certainly loved as much as one, but when it is released into the public arena they cannot make people like it, any more than a mother can make people love your child – you just assume everyone will. But every author is going to have someone who doesn’t like their precious baby. If you go to any online review site and look at any book and there will be reviews that range from ‘why did this person bother’ to ‘this is the greatest book ever’ accept the good reviews as your right – and ignore the bad ones – unless there is constructive criticism that you can take note of. That this author did what she did – and then shouted it joyously from the roof tops put a lot of fear into book reviewer hearts – some even did a total ban on writing reviews last weekend. Reviewers can be your friends – they promote your books, even a bad review would encourage some people read it just to see if it is all true As a reviewer I try to be totally fair in my reviews, but in the end it is only my opinion, and it is about the book not the author – and even if I think the book is only average, in my review I always try to have a positive point somewhere. If I can’t find that positive – and there have been a few – then there will be no review, and because anything less than an average (my D or two stars) usually hasn’t been finished neither I do I post reviews on books not finished.
Anyhow here are the two blog links which explain what happened – both of which give a link to the original article that started the brouhaha – make up your own mind:
I have made many wonderful online friends with authors I have read and reviewed, and I have never ever been threatened by an author, neither have any of my wonderful author friends pressed me to give them a favourable review because I’m their friend – Nice ones won’t. I find the delete button for unsavoury responses to be the ultimate weapon – this gives me power.
So let’s get onto what this post is about – here is the list of books that I read during October (each group is in the order I read them):
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
Frontier Resistance by Leonie Rogers – YA Science Fiction
Forbidden Fruit by Ilsa Evans – Mystery
B = Really Good Read
Throwaway Girl by Kristine Scarrow – YA General Fiction
Tumbledown Manor by Helen Brown – Women’s Fiction
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
Driving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli – Romance
Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill – Fantasy
Natalia by Jenni Boyd – Historical
The Essence of the Thing by Madeleine St John – Women’s Fiction
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
The Brewer’s Tale by Karen Brooks – Historical
After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson – Historical Mystery
So onward to November –Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month? Possibly one or two Christmas themed books will start to sneak in!!