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October Reading Wrap Up

Haven’t done one of these for ages – so, without further ado, welcome to my October 2016 reading wrap-up

Total Books Read: 15

Physical books: 5

E-books: 10

New for me Authors: 7

Australian Authors: 5

Best Book of the month:

I read three ‘A’ books this month. I give ‘A’s to books that, regardless of genre, 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 of course, it should go without saying that I utterly recommend that you read it. If I give a high score to a book it means that it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. Someone else may turn their nose up at giving an ‘A’ to a light and fluffy romance, but if it is the best example of a light and fluffy romance then it is just as worthy of an ‘A’ than a dreary angst ridden book that wins some great literary award. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. So this month I had 3 top reads. These were – The Fairytale Curse by Marina Finlayson (YA Fantasy), The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns (Women’s Fiction) and Spell Booked by Joyce & Jim Lavene (Cosy Mystery). However, I can only have one ‘Best’ book and this month it goes to THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS by Rachael Johns – see review here.

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, there were two that fitted this description, so Longbourn by Jo Baker and The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes are going to share the dubious honour of being my least favourite books this month. Please remember that this is just my personal opinion and you may find that they may very well be perfect for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Science Fiction, Dystopian, and General Fiction (not sure where to put it). Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The majority of authors read were female – however three males do feature and they are Ashley Capes, Scott Cramer and Jim Lavene. I don’t deliberately set out to not read male authors – in fact male authors are in my top 10 of the year reading list every year.

The Australian authors I read this month were Marina Finlayson, Ashley Capes and Racheal Treasure (they are all new authors for me as well) along with Rachael Johns, Ilsa Evans and Sharon Robards. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 12 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were three of my Australians Marina Finlayson, Ashley Capes and Racheal Treasure, along with husband and wife team Joyce & Jim Lavene, Nancy Volkers, Scott Cramer, Jill Thames and Jo Baker. I would happily read most of these new authors again – not sure about Ashley Capes and Jo Baker – but never say never.

The Reading List:

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I actually read during October? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A (5 stars) = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

The Fairytale Curse by Marina Finlayson – YA Fantasy

The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns – Women’s Fiction

Spell Booked by Joyce & Jim Lavene – Cosy Paranormal Mystery

B (4 stars) = Really Good Read

The Scottish Ferry Tale by Nancy Volkers – Romance

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer – YA Dystopian Science Fiction

Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister – Women’s Fiction

C (3 stars) = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

The Rouseabout by Racheal Treasure – Romance

September by Rosamunde Pilcher – General Fiction

Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance by MC Beaton – Cosy Mystery

Each Way Bet by Ilsa Evans – Women’s Fiction

Murder in Half Moon Bay by Nancy Jill Thames – Cosy Mystery

Playing with Fire by Sharon Robards – Historical

Raindrops on Roses by Millenia Black – Romance

D (2 stars) = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

Longbourn by Jo Baker – Historical

The Fairy Wren by Ashley Capes – General Fiction

So onward to November – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month?

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October Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my October reading wrap-up

Total Books Read: 18

Physical books: 3

E-books: 15

New for me Authors: 12

Australian Authors: 4

Best Book(s) of the month: I only had one ‘A’ book this month. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that, regardless of genre, 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 of course, it should go without saying, I utterly recommend you read it. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. Someone else may turn their nose up at giving 5 stars to a light and fluffy romance, but if it is the best example of a light and fluffy romance then it is just as worthy of a 5 star score than a dreary angst ridden book that wins some great literary award. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. So this month it was PALACE OF TEARS by Julian Leatherdale, and I think unless something comes along that blows it out of the water – this will probably be my book of the year!

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 there were two books that fitted into this category – The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks and Touch not the Cat by Mary Stewart. Of these Touch not the Cat has won the dubious honour of being my least favourite book of the month. This is just my personal opinion and you may find that it may very well be perfect for you, and The Secret Chord is getting rave reviews elsewhere at the moment.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years), General Fiction (not sure where to put it) and non-fiction. Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The Australian authors I read this month were Steven Herrick, Julian Leatherdale (they are both new authors for me as well) along with Geraldine Brooks and Kate Forsyth. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 12 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were two of my Australians Steven Herrick and Julian Leatherdale, along with J.A. Lang, Lowell H. Press, Rose Pressey, Sarah M Barton, Yangsze Choo, Ita Ryan, Aya Ling, Vaseem Khan, J. A. Whiting and Leslie Leigh. I would happily read all of these new authors again.

The Reading List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during October? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A (5 stars) = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

Palace of Tears by Julian Leatherdale – General Fiction

B (4 stars) = Really Good Read

Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J.A. Lang – Mystery

Melody and Murder by Leslie Leigh – Mystery

Never Forgotten by Terri Reid – Paranormal Mystery

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – Contemporary

Princesses Don’t get fat by Aya Ling – Fantasy

Killer Summer by Sarah M Barton – Mystery/short stories

The Drowned Kingdom by Kate Forsyth – YA Fantasy

The Cat on the wall by Deborah Ellis – Contemporary YA

IT Can Be Dangerous by Ita Ryan – Mystery

The Sweet Dreams Bake Shop by J A Whiting – Mystery

C (3 stars) = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press – YA Fantasy

How to Date a Werewolf by Rose Pressey – Paranormal Romance

Bratwurst and bicycles by Steven Herrick – Non-Fiction

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan – Mystery

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo – Historical

D (2 stars) = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks – Historical

Touch not the Cat by Mary Stewart – Mystery

So onward to November – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month?

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August Reading Wrap Up

August Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my August reading wrap-up – I didn’t read as much and only managed a couple of blog reviews this month as our daughter got married mid-August and I was gladly acting as innkeeper and tour guide to various friends and family who came to town to join the celebrations.

The total of books I read in August was: 8

Of these: I read 2 Library Books, 4 E-books and 2 were from my physical TBR pile

Then: Out of the books I read, I discovered 3 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).

And: this month only 1 of the books I read was written by an Australian author.

Best Book of the month: I only had one ‘A’ book in August. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that, regardless of genre, 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 of course, it should go without saying, I utterly recommend you read it. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. Someone else may turn their nose up at giving 5 stars to a light and fluffy romance, but if it is the best example of a light and fluffy romance then it is just as worthy of 5 stars than a dreary angst ridden book that wins some great literary award. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. So this month it was a contemporary romance – CURVE MY HEART by Sarah Gai – a book that I really needed in the frenetic social events surrounding our daughter’s wedding and was the perfect book for the time and place.

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 it was a historical novel about Queen Anne of England A WANT OF KINDNESS by Joanne Limburg that won the dubious honour of being my least favourite book of the month. This is just my personal opinion and you may find that it may very well be perfect for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years), Dystopian and Science Fiction. Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The Australian author I read in August was Sarah Gai. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 3 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were Dinah Jefferies, Joanne Limburg and Elizabeth Perona. With the exception of Joanne Limburg I would happily read all of these new authors again.

Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:

Looking at another of my favourite genres –chick/hens lit. Hens lit is also referred to as granny lit, matron lit and lady lit. Whatever the term used they are books that are aimed at the older women in our society – they deal with the gritty subjects of hot flushes, widowhood, empty nest syndrome and sexual needs. Stuff that needs to be talked about in a humorous way that older women can relate too.

Despite being one of the biggest selling genres many female readers turn their noses up at these descriptors and think they are derogatory terms. I say poppycock – I use the term, I am a woman, I am not going to insult myself, don’t think they are offensive, and I love it – so there!

Australian comedienne, Wendy Harmer, explains:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/books/putting-the-chick-into-lit/2005/08/11/1123353432397.html

Matron lit:

http://www.timegoesby.net/weblog/2005/09/matron_lit.html

Finally Cindy Roesel from Chick Lit Central says that we are all chicks regardless of whether we are 18 or 108:

http://www.chicklitcentral.com/2013/07/never-too-old-to-be-chick.html

You know, I think she could just be right – I’m a Chick and proud of it!!!

The Reading List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during August? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A (5 stars) = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

Curve my Heart by Sarah Gai – Contemporary Romance

B (4 stars) = Really Good Read

Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery – Historical

Lost Night by Jayne Castle – Science Fiction

The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies – Historical

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith – Cosy Mystery

The Heir by Kiera Cass – YA Romance Dystopian

C (3 stars) = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

Murder on the Bucket List by Elizabeth Perona – Cosy Mystery

D (2 stars) = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

A Want of Kindness: A Novel of Queen Anne by Joanne Limburg – Historical

So onward to September – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month?

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July Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my July reading wrap-up:

The total of books I read in July was: 13

Of these: I didn’t read any Library Books, 8 were E-books and 5 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: 4 of the books read were written by Australian authors.

Best Book of the month: I had 3 ‘A’ books in July. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that, regardless of genre, 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 of course, it should go without saying, I utterly recommend you read it. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to. Someone else may turn their nose up at giving 5 stars to a light and fluffy romance, but if it is the best example of a light and fluffy romance then it is just as worthy of 5 stars than a dreary angst ridden book that wins some great literary award. If I give a high score to a book it means it is a top example of whatever genre it belongs to.

The two genres that made it into my top 3 were a Contemporary Romance, a Paranormal Romance and a Classic Children’s Fantasy. The books were Only We Know by Victoria Purman, The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge and The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter. Both were books I read from beginning to end without pause. Both were excellent examples of their respective genres. However I can only pick one, so my book of the month for July was THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE by Elizabeth Goudge. It is a story I have read over, and over, and over again since I was around 12 – it is timeless and I never, ever tire of it.

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. I only struggled with two books this month The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory and Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery by Lynn Florkiewicz. Actually I really, really struggled with Lord James Harrington and it came very close to being a ‘Did Not Finish’, so this is why it has won the dubious honour of being my least favourite book of the month. This is just my personal opinion and you may find that it may very well be perfect for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, children’s, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years), Dystopian and Science Fiction. Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The 4 Australian authors for July was one of the new-for-me authors Vicki Tyley; along with Kate Forsyth, Victoria Purman and Rinelle Grey. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 7 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month was my Aussie author Vicki Tyley; along with Heather Blake, Antonia Honeywell, Amy Engel, Kristen Painter, Ovidia Yu and Lynn Florkiewicz. With the exception of Lynn Florkiewicz I would happily read all of these new authors again.

Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:

Looking at one of my favourite genre – Young Adult – which lends itself to so many sub-genres:

What’s behind the boom in dystopian fiction for young readers?

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/06/14/fresh-hell-2

Reading list of Science Fiction recommended for Young Adults

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/science-fiction-for-young-adults.html

And when they are not struggling with a new world order, or whizzing around in out space – Young Adults are falling in love and solving mysteries:

Romance – http://www.epicreads.com/blog/30-contemporary-ya-romance-reads/

Mystery – http://www.cozy-mystery.com/agatha-awards-best-children-young-adult.html

The List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during July? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A (5 stars) = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

Only We Know by Victoria Purman – Contemporary Romance

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge – Children’s Fantasy

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter – Paranormal Romance

B (4 stars) = Really Good Read

It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake – Paranormal Mystery

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Fantasy

Thin Blood by Vicki Tyley – Contemporary Mystery

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel – YA Science Fiction/Dystopian

The Beast of Blackmoor Bog by Kate Forsyth – Children’s Fantasy

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu – Cosy Mystery

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell – YA Science Fiction/Dystopian

Waking the Dragon by Rinelle Grey – Fantasy Romance

C (3 stars) = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

No ‘C’ reads for me this month

D (2 stars) = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory – Historical

Lord James Harrington and the Winter Mystery by Lynn Florkiewicz – Mystery

So onward to August – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month? My daughter is getting married mid-month and there will be an intensive week and a half of catching up with friends and relatives which will seriously impact on my reading!

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May/June Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my May/June reading wrap-up, I took a little break from my blog but the stats never stop:

The total of books I read in May was: 12

The total of books I read in June was: 20

Of these: 3 were Library Books, 20 were E-books and 9 were from my physical TBR pile

Then: Out of the books I read I discovered 20 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).

And: 7 of the books read were written by Australian authors.

Best Book of the month: The last two months have been good reading months for me – as far as quality went – I had 2 ‘A’ books. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that, regardless of genre, 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.

The two genres that made it into my top 2 were a Contemporary YA and a Historical book. The books were ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ by Jandy Nelson and ‘Letters from Sky’ by Jessica Brockmole. As well as both titles having the word sky in them (quite unintentional and only just noticed as I typed this) both of them were top of their respective genres so are both highly recommended as such. However, overall, my book of the month was THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson because the story is so well written that it just blew me away – it deals with death and recovery of those left behind as they learn not to feel guilty for being alive – and it does it well.

Least Favourite Book(s):

I say ‘least favourite’ because my lowest ‘score’ still means that I read the whole book, but for one reason or another I found it a bit of struggle to stay focused and finish. I only struggled with three books this month Dragon Actually by G.A. Aikin, I take you by Eliza Kennedy and Popeye Never Told You by Rodney Hall. Even though the style that Popeye Never Told You was written in drove me to distraction it is not my least favourite – came a close second though. My least favourite book of the month is I TAKE YOU by Eliza Kennedy – In fact it came very close to being a ‘Did Not Finish’. I could not relate in any way shape or form to the main character – her character was completely abhorrent to me and I could not reconcile to her lifestyle and why this type of lifestyle was considered normal – and even fun! This is just my personal opinion, and there some 4 and 5 star reviews out there and you may find that it may very well be perfect for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! The different genres covered over the last 2 months were Young Adult, children’s, Paranormal, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Mystery, Non-fiction, women’s Fiction, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years), Dystopian and Science Fiction. Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The 7 Australian authors were 3 of the new-for-me authors Aaron L. Speer, Brenda Cheers and Jenn J McLeod; along with Natalie Herzer, Kendall Talbot, Kate Forsyth and Margaret Lynette Sharp. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 20 ‘new-for-me’ authors I read were my three new Aussie authors Aaron L. Speer, Brenda Cheers and Jenn J McLeod; along with Jandy Nelson, Beth Revis, G.A. Aikin, Sarah MacLean, Jenny Wingfield, Jan Watson, Darynda Jones, Lisa Mondello, Lacey Weatherford, Jessica Brockmole, Rodney Hall, E.D. Baker, BB, Ellery Adams, Lauraine Snelling, Robert Beatty and Eliza Kennedy. With the exception of Rodney Hall and Eliza Kennedy I would happily read all of these new authors again.

Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:

27 obscure facts about Shakespeare

http://www.bustle.com/articles/90560-27-obscure-facts-every-real-shakespeare-fan-should-know-about-the-bard-and-his-works

14 expressions with crazy origins you never would have guessed

http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2015/14-expressions-with-crazy-origins-that-you-would-never-have-guessed/

The List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during May and June? Here is the list of books that I read (each group is in the order I read them):

A (5 stars) = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Contemporary YA

Letters from Sky by Jessica Brockmole – Historical

B (4 Stars) = Really Good Read

Across the Universe by Beth Revis – YA Science Fiction

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen – Historical Mystery

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean – Historical Romance

Prudence by Gail Carriger – Historical YA

Night Walker by Aaron L. Speer – Contemporary Paranormal

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield – Historical

Season of Shadow and Light by Jenn J McLeod – Women’s Fiction

All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello – Romance

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – YA Romance

The Trouble with Spells by Lacey Weatherford – YA Paranormal

The Hunt is On by Natalie Herzer – Fantasy Paranormal

The Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker – YA Fantasy

Unlocking the Spell by E.D. Baker – YA Fantasy

No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie – Paranormal Mystery

Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot – Romantic Suspense

Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams – Mystery

Sisters and Rivals by Margaret Lynette Sharp – Historical Romance

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty – Historical YA Horror

Wolves of the Witchwood by Kate Forsyth – Children’s Fantasy

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman – Contemporary

In Strange Worlds by Brenda Cheers – Science Fiction/Dystopian

C (3 stars) = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler – Contemporary

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Fantasy

Troublesome Creek by Jan Watson – Historical

First Grave on the Right by by Darynda Jones – Paranormal Mystery

The Little Grey Men by BB – Children’s Fantasy

Ruby by Lauraine Snelling – Historical

D (2 stars) = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

Dragon Actually by G.A. Aikin – Fantasy/Romance

Popeye Never Told You: Childhood Memories of the War by Rodney Hall – Non-Fiction

I take you by Eliza Kennedy – Chick Lit

So onward to July – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month? I wonder if I will start to catch up on my reviews!

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April Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my April reading wrap-up, even though I am SO far behind in my reviews it is not funny, they are a work in progress at the moment:

The total of books I read in April was: 11

Of these: 4 were Library Books, 3 were E-books and 4 were from my physical TBR pile

Then: Out of the books I read I discovered 4 ‘new for me’ authors (i.e. the first time I have read their work).

And: 6 of the books read were written by Australian authors.

Best Book of the month: May was another good reading month for me – as far as quality went. I actually had three ‘A’ reads this month. I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that, regardless of genre, 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.

The genres that made it into my top 3 were two Women’s Fiction and a YA Dystopian books. The books were ‘The Chocolate Promise’ by Josephine Moon, ‘Pandora Jones: Reckoning’ by Barry Jonesberg and ‘An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding’ by Christina Jones. All three are top of their respective genre and are all highly recommended as such – but overall my book of the month was PANDORA JONES: RECKONING by Barry Jonesberg because I have been hanging out for this book as it is the final of a YA Dystopian trilogy, and as such I expected so much from it, author Barry Jonesberg did not let me down.

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. I only struggled with one book this month so my least favourite was Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey.

Having said this, the book has received glowing reviews elsewhere, but it just wasn’t for me at this point of time – this is just my personal opinion and you may find that it may very well be perfect for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Mystery, Dystopian, Women’s Fiction, Magic Realism, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years) and non-fiction. Many of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The 6 Australian authors for April were 2 of the new-for-me authors James Bradly and Carly Lane; along with Sarah Gai, Josephine Moon, Meredith Resce and Barry Jonesberg. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 4 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were my two Aussie authors James Bradly and Carly Lane; along with Christina Jones and Anna Lyndsey and I would happily read all of these new authors again.

Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:

I thought I would share a few of my ‘Bookie’ links with you this month. Where I go to get inspired to read – my sources of information

FANTASTIC FICTION is a wonderful source – having information on over 30,000 authors and 350,000 books. There are also list about new authors, new books, books coming soon, most Popular and top authors. A favourite of mine are the countries list (want to read a book set in Eritrea or Montserrat – they’re on the list) the years list (need an author who was born or died in 1943 – it’s on the list) and the awards (which includes a list of most awarded books). The site is just information and there is no forum or chit chat – but you will spend hours wandering through it.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

GOODREADS is the place to go if you want to talk about books with other people. Not only will you find reviews about books – you can make friends, discover which of your friends are already there and if you like chatting books then you will find a group to suit just about every reading scenario you would like. Within the groups are reading related games, reading challenges (oh be still my beating heart) and there are even some giveaways and lists of books. You like dragons – search Listopia and there will be dragon book suggestions coming out of your ears!!! It is free to join and you can track your books on your own set of shelves – and there is an Apple application so you can tell at a glance what books you already own so there is no double ups when you’re in a book shop. I belong to a few groups and I am kept very busy reading and discussing books and off topic subjects.

https://www.goodreads.com/

MYSTERIES – if you like reading mysteries the ‘Stop You’re Killing Me’ is my favourite go to page. There is a list of authors each with a chronological list of their books which covers both their series and stand-alones. There are also indexes to help you find characters who live in particular countries (a PI from Mexico maybe) or by occupations (an investigator who is a dancer – or an Interior decorator maybe) there is even an area to search for elderly people or Amish; historical era (Ancient Egyptian mystery anyone?) as well as type of mystery – cosy, hard boiled, vampire, physiological Triller. This site will certainly fill up your notebook with new suggestions to follow up on.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/

The List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during April? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

The Chocolate Promise by Josephine Moon – Women’s Fiction

An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding by Christina Jones – Women’s Fiction

Pandora Jones: Reckoning by Barry Jonesberg – YA Dystopian Science Fiction

B = Really Good Read

Green Valley by Meredith Resce – Historical Romance

Clade by James Bradly – Dystopian Science Fiction

Burnt by Carly Lane – Romance

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen – Historical Mystery

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg – Contemporary YA

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – Magic Realism

C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

Curve My Attitude by Sarah Gai – Romance

D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey – Memoir

So onward to May – Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month? I wonder if I will catch up on my reviews!

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March Reading Wrap Up

Welcome to my March reading wrap-up:

The total of books I read in March was: 11

Of these: 4 were Library Books, 4 were E-books and 3 were from my physical TBR pile

Then: Out of the books I read I discovered 5 ‘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: March was a good reading month for me – not so much in quantity but certainly in quality. I actually had four ‘A’ reads – I give ‘A’s (or 5 stars) to books that regardless of genre 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. The genres that made it into my top 4 were quite mixed and ranged from two edge of your seat Mystery/Thriller and YA Dystopian books contrasted nicely with two settle in with a glass of wine for a fun read Romance and Hens Lit. The books were Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell, The Last Place by Michael Adams, Road to Hope by Rachael Johns and last but by no means least Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie. All four are top of their respective genre and are all highly recommended as such – but overall my book of the month was THE LAST PLACE by Michael Adams because I expected so much from it being the final book in a YA Dystopian Trilogy and the author did not let me down.

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. I only struggled with a couple of books this month and my least favourite was Lost and Found by Brooke Davis

Having said this, both of the books have received glowing reviews elsewhere, they just weren’t for me at this point of time – and this is just my personal opinion and you may find that they may very well be right for you.

General Summary:

Because I am an eclectic reader I read many different genres, sometimes at the same time! This month the different genres covered were Young Adult, Romance, Hens Lit (chick lit but with older more mature women playing the starring roles), Mystery, Dystopian, Historical (set over 50 years ago), Contemporary Fiction (set in the last 50 years) and non-fiction. Some of the books were a blend of two or more genre.

The 8 Australian authors for March were 4 of the new-for-me authors Brooke Davis, Meredith Appleyard, Suzanna Clarke and Tammy Calder; along with Rachael Johns, Michael Hill, Katherine Howell and Colleen McCullough. 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 have been born elsewhere.

Finally, the 5 ‘new-for-me’ authors this month were my Aussie authors Brooke Davis, Meredith Appleyard, Suzanna Clarke and Tammy Calder; along with Celia Imrie and I would happily read all of these new authors again.

Interesting book related links that I’ve come across this month:

A question I frequently get asked is ‘Why do you like reading so much?’ And it is actually a hard question to answer because I don’t know – I just do. I can no more not read than I am not able to choose not to breathe. If push comes to shove I would possible admit that it is a form of escapism – relaxing, not work, diverting and distracts me from the sometimes awful reality of event around the planet I have no choice but to live on. I found a few web sites that focus on this subject:

Come on now, what more reasons do you need to pick that book up right now!

The List

So let’s get onto what this post is about – what did I read during March? Here is the list of books that I read during the last month (each group is in the order I read them):

A = Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down

Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell – Mystery

The Last Place by Michael Adams – YA Dystopian

Road to Hope by Rachael Johns – Rural Romance

Not Quite Nice by Celia Imrie – Hens Lit

B = Really Good Read

The Country Practice by Meredith Appleyard – Romance

The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough – Historical

Possessed: His Ghostly Game by Tammy Calder – Romance

C = Above Average – very readable and enjoyable

Paint by Jennifer Dance – Historical

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler – Contemporary

D = Average – it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish

Lost and Found by Brooke Davis – Contemporary Fiction

A House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke – Non-Fiction

So onward to April –Woo Hoo! I wonder what book goodies I will discover this month?

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