Welcome to my March reading wrap-up:
Total Books Read this month: 17
4 were Library Books, 7 were E-books and 6 were from my physical TBR pile
I discovered 9 ‘new for me’ authors.
8 of the I books read were written (or in the case of one edited) by Australian authors
Best Book and highly recommended of the month: I was blessed to read two wonderful books this month – as far apart as you could imagine being a historical romance and contemporary fiction, but both sucked me on page one and did not let me go until the last page. Both left me wanting more and a little disappointed that there were no more pages, which is a bit incredible seeing as one of them is almost 600 pages in length and all my close bookie friends know that I avoid doorstoppers as a rule. So without further ado my best book for March is THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth. My highly recommended read is THE KINDNESS OF YOUR NATURE by Linda Olsson.
Least Favourite Book(s): As usual I must explain that I say ‘least favourite’ because my lowest ‘score’ is still means it is very readable, but I found it a bit of struggle to stay focused and finish. Two were a struggle to finish this month and these were a travel memoir about Belgium – A TALL MAN IN LOW LAND by Harry Pearson, and a historical novel set in WWII Slovakia – KATARINA by Kathryn Winter.
General Summary: Once again a very eclectic range of books and genre this month covering everything from children to teens; and then romance to non-fiction. Actually read 3 non-fiction books this month: a collection of poetry, a travel memoir and a personal look at a childhood robbed of innocence.
My 8 Australian authors this month were Lily Malone, Katherine Howell, Kate Forsyth, Loretta Hill, Notti Thistledore, Judy McKerr and Fiona Higgins. Lindy Cameron edited 10 Australian authors in her non-fiction book of short stories. 4 of the Australian authors mentioned I read for the first time. 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 9 new for me authors this month were my 4 new Aussie authors: Lily Malone, Notti Thistledore, Judy McKerr and Fiona Higgins who are all on my read again list. Then the other newbies were Kathryn Winter and Harry Pearson who I probably wouldn’t rush out and read again; and then Kris Kennedy, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and Linda Olsson who I would happily read again.
I am doing 7 year-long reading challenges this year – some are from Yahoo book discussion groups I belong to, others are from Goodreads book discussion groups and then I usually set myself a personal challenge – this year that personal challenge is to read at least one book set in a country/or town that I will be visiting in June and I have already completed this one.
- Trip to Europe Personal Challenge (12 out of 12) – Completed
- On The Porch Swing 2013 Reading Challenge (1 out of 9)
- Reading Cove 2013 Potluck Challenge (3 out of 12)
- Australian Women Writers Challenge (20 out of 10) – Completed my 10, but am continuing on to see how many Australian female authors I can read this year.
- Goodreads 2013 Literary Exploration (14 out of 36)
- Goodreads: Aussie Readers – Annual Aussie Authors Challenge (3 out of 12)
- Mystery Reader Café 2012 Reading Challenge (0 out of 4)
So without further ado – here is the list of books that I read during March:
A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down
The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth – Historical Romance
The Kindness of Your Nature by Linda Olsson – General Fiction
B = Really Good Read
A Nomadic Witch by Debora Geary – Paranormal
Web of Deceit by Katherine Howell – Mystery
The Girl in the Hard Hat by Loretta Hill – Romance
A Frightful Recipe by Notti Thistledore – Paranormal/Children’s
Sheets and Ladders by Notti Thistledore – Paranormal/Children’s
Pastors’ Wives: A Novel by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen – Women’s Fiction/Christian
iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility edited by Allie Esiri & Rachel Kelly – Non-Fiction
Changeless by Gail Carriger – Paranormal/Mystery
The Mother’s Group by Fiona Higgins – Women’s Fiction
C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable
His Brand of Beautiful by Lily Malone – Romance
The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy – Historical Romance
And now I want to live by Judy McKerr – Non-Fiction
Meaner than Fiction by Lindy Cameron – Non-Fiction
D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish
A Tall man in Low Land by Harry Pearson – Non-Fiction
Katarina by Kathryn Winter – Historical/Children’s
So onward to April – Whoo Hoo!! What book goodies will I discover in April?