Welcome to my January reading wrap-up:
Total Books Read this month: 21
6 were Library Books, 10 were E-books and 5 were from my physical TBR pile
I discovered 11 ‘new for me’ authors.
5 of the books read were written by Australian authors
Best Book(s) of the month: I did very well for great reads this month – 4 really top reads. It really is hard to single one out to say is the best, but if I had to chose only one then my best book this month would be THE BOOK OF SUMMERS by Emylia Hall – but only by a whisker. LOVE VIRTUALLY by Daniel Glattaeur; SPARE CHANGE by Bette Lee Crosby and THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh are all highly recommended.
Least Favourite Book(s): I say least favourite because my lowest ‘score’ is still very readable. Only one book got an average score, and that was a non-fiction book UP THE RHINE AND DOWN THE DANUBE by Derek R Brown.
General Summary: A very eclectic range of books and genre this month – everything from young children, teens, young adults and beyond, even read a graphic book. When I was in my teens these were called comic books – that is uncool to say now apparently, unless you star in ‘Big Bang Theory’. Having time off work, and a public holiday gave me the ability to carve up extra reading time.
My 5 Australian authors this month were Jackie French, Ilsa Evans, Frances Watts, Tara Moss, and Wayne Macauley – Wayne also being a new for me author. 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 may have been born elsewhere.
Finally, the 11 new for me authors this month were Daniel Glattaeur, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Katy Evan, Robert Elmer, Frances Watts, Emylia Hall, Patricia Bracewell, Ethel Barker, Wayne Macauley, Riannon Ellis and Derek R Brown – all of them, except the last one, I would happily read again.
So without further ado – here is my list of books read:
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
Love Virtually by Daniel Glattaeur – General Fiction
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby – Mystery
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – General Fiction
The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall – Women’s Fiction
B = Really Good Read
January Kills Me by Katy Evan – Mystery
Fires of Winter by Johanna Lindsey – Historical/Romance
Phredde & the ghostly underpants by Jackie French – Paranormal/Children’s
Drip Dry by Ilsa Evans – Women’s Fiction
Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr – Romance
Escape to Murray River by Robert Elmer – Historical/YA
The Secret of the Swords by Frances Watts – Historical/Children’s
Following the Wrong God Home by Catherine Lim – General Fiction
Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell – Historical
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – Children’s
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
The Adventures of Tintin by Herge – Adventure (Graphic Book)
The Skeleton Key by Tara Moss – Paranormal/Mystery/YA
For the Love of Pete: An Orphan Train Story by Ethel Barker – Historical /YA
The Cook by Wayne Macauley – General Fiction
Confessions of Vampire’s Girlfriend by Katie Macalister – Paranormal/YA
Bonded in Brazil by Riannon Ellis – Romance
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
Up the Rhine and Down the Danube by Derek R Brown – Non-fiction
So onward to February, a short month with only 28 reading days!!!
Whoo Hoo!! What book goodies will I discover in February?