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Mt TBR, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books, Words Are My Matter, Ursula Le Guin, Year of the Orphan, Daniel Findley, Ms Marvel, G. Willow Wilson, Queens of Geek, Jen Wilde, Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire, Nimona, Noelle Stevenson, The Year's Best Asutralian Fantasy and Horror, Liz Grzyb, Talie Helene

It’s official: the Hugo Awards have broken my Mt TBR. The voting packet arrived this month and I am suddenly drowning in books. There’s still some that came in the voting packet that I haven’t yet recorded on my TBR. Nevertheless, I’m quite delighted. In addition to the things listed below, I also made my way through the material provided for the Best Fan Writer and Best Short Story categories. Since they’re not exactly books, it’s hard to know how to capture them in my records.

Mt TBR Status ) Books Read ) Books Acquired ) Online Reading )

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April was already a great month for my reading, but it was nice to have Dewey’s readathon to give it an extra boost. Mt TBR has increased a little with the release of the shortlists for the Hugos and the Ditmars. However, the award shortlists also mean I’m not having any trouble meeting my new year’s resolution to get to the library more often.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 327
Mt TBR @ 31 March 2017: 307
Mt TBR @ 30 April 2017: 306

Books Read ) Books Acquired ) Online Reading )

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Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon took place on Sunday, Australian time. For those who have somehow managed to miss my incessant posting about it, the event is basically a chance for book geeks across the world to get together and read as much as possible. It is also held in honour of its founder, a book blogger who went by the name Dewey, who passed away several years ago. I participated in my very first read-a-thon in April 2011 and haven’t looked back since.

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The next read-a-thon will be taking place on 21-22 October 2017. Don’t forget to mark it on your calendar. It has a great sense of community that keeps me coming back. I do hope you’ll join us next October.

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Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon takes place this weekend and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m hoping it will help me put a dint in Mt TBR and my reading for the Hugo Awards. But I know I need all the help I can get. Therefore I’m planning to follow it up by participating in round 19 of Bout of Books.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.– From the Bout of Books team

Being a low-pressure challenge, Bout of Books lets me set my own goals. As with last few times, I’m aiming to get through a minimum of three books. I’m not entirely sure yet what I’ll end up going with, but there’s plenty to pick from. At the moment, I’m leaning towards Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek and S.C. Flynn’s Children of the Different. And there’s still reading to be done for the Hugos and the Ditmars.

If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to sign up!

What’s on your TBR pile this week?

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March was the first full calendar month where I didn’t have any reading to do for the Aurealis Awards. My reading rate subsequently took a plunge, but I remain happy, especially since there were a lot of good books this month. And things are likely to pick up again, now that the shortlists for the Hugo Awards have been released.

One of my personal reading challenges this year was to make at least one trip to the library per month. This month I managed two trips, picking up Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Chaos Choreography and Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 327
Mt TBR @ 28 February 2017: 309
Mt TBR @ 31 March 2017: 307

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And done

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This morning I finished my last book for Aurealis judging. It has been an amazing experience and there have been some great books. But I admit I'm looking forward to moving on to new things.
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2017 got off to an epic start. With the deadline for Aurealis judging breathing down my neck, I’ve been tearing through the books faster than I’ve been acquiring them. At the rate I’m going, I should have no trouble making it to 100 books by the end of the year. In fact, I’m thinking of revising the goal upward, since I’m already a third of the way there and it’s only February.

My personal reading goals also included one trip to the library a month. I went and picked up Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire, but haven’t yet had a chance to read it. I’ve still got a couple of weeks before it’s due back, though.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 327
Mt TBR @ 31 January 2016: 307

Books Read ) Books Acquired ) Online Reading )

What have you read this month?

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I'm trying a bit of a different style of blogging here, so I hope you'll bear with me. It may end up being a bit scattered.




The teabag holder above was a recent gift from a friend. Despite rumours to the contrary, I still use teabags fairly frequently and (unbeknown to my friend) had lost my tag in my tea at least twice in the preceding 24 hours. The fellow above was one is a set of four, each a little different and all very useful.




Blackberry season has begun. My in-laws presented me with a large container from their bushes. They disappeared at an alarming rate--Sahaquiel and I vanquished the last of them this evening, aided by copious amounts of vanilla ice cream. The blackberries are a little tart this early in the season, but that's just the way I like them.

The weather has been hot. Not Perth hot (also known as face-of-the-sun hot), but unpleasant. It usually cools down here at night, but not lately. Everyone has been walking around like zombies. It's particularly cruel, since most people returned to work this week after the Christmas break.




Speaking of work, it was back to writing reviews this week, and wow, do I feel rusty. It took me a bit longer than usual to write up the first one for the year. It's so easy to forget that reviews have their own style and conventions that I need time to remember. I'm hoping the next one will be a little easier. (I'll find out tomorrow)




I got my email to say I can get started with my nominations for the Hugo Awards. I've got a few thoughts about what I'm going to nominate and my usual grumbles about the domination of the field by the US and the UK. But before I can start on that, I really need to get the last of the reading for the Aurealis Awards done first.
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If you’ve been following me for even a short time, you probably know I’m a sucker for a reading challenge. Many of the ones in which I participate are seasonal or only run for a short time. However, I usually sign up for a couple of year-long challenges, just to keep things interesting.

2016 Challenge Wrap-ups ) 2017 Challenges )

What about you? What reading goals and challenges are you participating in this year?

 

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Earl Grey Editing, Mt TBR, books and tea, tea and books, A Shattered Empire, Mitchell Hogan, Special, Georgia Blain, Black, Fleur Ferris, Yellow, Gemina, Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, The Road to Winter, Mark Smith, The Map of Bones, Francesca HaigHappy New Year! 2016 was a rough year for many, so I hope 2017 has been kind to you so far. My holiday was lovely and I was glad to spend some time with my family. I also manged to get plenty of reading done, which was a great way to see out the year.

Speaking of which, it’s time for me to take a good look at my reading stats for the year.

2016 reading stats

2016 was a record-breaking year for my reading. I managed a personal best 117 books. My previous best was 103 books in 2009. Being a judge for the Aurealis Awards was a good motivator. It also skewed my stats.

I don’t consider YA to be a genre so much as a market. So, taking that out of the equation, my most read genre was fantasy. No surprises there. Romance was my next most popular, with sci-fi a hairsbreadth behind.

Around 75% of the books I read in 2016 were written by women. I read 8 books written by authors of unknown, non-binary or multiple genders, which is about half the amount I read last year.

49% of the books I read in 2016 were written by Australian authors. This is up significantly on 34% in 2015. Judging the Aurealis Awards was surely a factor.

2015 was the first year I started tracking the diversity of the authors I’ve read. 22% of the books I read that year were from authors I consider diverse. It improved slightly to 25% this year, but it’s clear I still need to make some effort in this area.

E-books made up 53% of the books I read in 2016, which is about on par with 2015. In previous years, e-books were at best a third of what I read. This indicates to me there has been a permanent change in my reading habits.

58 of the books I read were published in 2016. The average age of the books I read was 2.71 years. The average tenure on Mt TBR was 162 days. Last year it was 104 days, so I must be getting through a bit of the older stuff. My mean rating (out of 5) was 3.2, which is down a little on last year but suggests I’m still probably being a bit generous with my ratings… or sensible enough to ditch books that aren’t working for me.

These numbers probably don’t mean much to anyone else, but I have such fun keeping track of them throughout the year. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort. I’ll report on the results of that challenge next week.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 244
Mt TBR @ 31 December 2016: 327

Books Read

99. Glass Slipper Scandal by Tansy Rayner Roberts. Read for Aurealis. In the fairytale kingdom of Charming, a rookie reporter and a new palace guard cross paths as the kingdom attempts to marry off troublesome twin princes.

100.A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan. Read for Aurealis. The final book of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence. When the powerful rulers of two empires clash, Caladan must master his talents and find a way to prevent further bloodshed.

101.Black by Fleur Ferris. Read for Aurealis. Contemporary YA. Ebony Marshall is rumoured to be cursed. Three of her best friends have died over the years and she does her best to keep everyone else at arm’s length. The arrival of a new boy in her small town makes that difficult and soon disturbs old secrets.

102.Special by Georgia Blain. Read for Aurealis. Dystopian YA in which corporations have replaced nations. The rich are genetically designed, while the poor must hope to win a yearly lotto to have a child genetically designed. Fern Marlow is one such child. However, something seems to have gone wrong with this year’s Lotto Girls and Fern must go on the run.

103.The Other Side of Summer by Emily Gale. Read for Aurealis. Contemporary YA. After losing her brother in a bombing, Summer’s family move from London to Melbourne as they try to leave their grief behind. But Summer is unwilling to leave behind her brother’s guitar and soon realises the guitar is no ordinary instrument.

104.The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig. Read for Aurealis. The second inThe Fire Sermon series. A post-apocalyptic YA set after a nuclear disaster. Twin births are the norm with one, the Alpha, being fully able-bodied, and the Omega displaying a mutation or disability. The book explores oppression and sibling rivalry. Cass must confront the full extent of the atrocities perpetrated by her brother.

105.Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Read for Aurealis. The second inThe Illuminae Files. When a team of assassins arrive on jump stationHeimdall, it’s up to the station’s pampered daughter and the nephew of a crime lord to make sure everyone survives.

106.A World of Ash by Justin Woolley. Read for Aurealis. Last book of post-apocalyptic YAThe Territory. As zombies close in on the town of Alice, it’s up to Squid, Lynn and Nim to save the day.

107.A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell *. A lovely break from Aurealis reading. Regency romance. The new Earl of Channing is both Scottish and rumoured to be a pirate. However, Bess is not going to let his reputation scare her out of holding him accountable to his community duties.

108. Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell *. Regency romance. After being found trapped in a closet with notorious rake, the Earl of Erskine, Philippa Sanders’s reputation is in ruins. Only a quick marriage can salvage it and Philippa finds the earl surprisingly agreeable.

109.Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha *. Post-apocalyptic erotica. Thrown out of Eden for failing to live up to their strict moral standards, sheltered city girl Noelle won’t last long in the criminal sectors surrounding the glamorous city. Fortunately, she is rescued by Jasper, a lieutenant of the O’Kayne gang. Scorching hot erotica that positively depicts sex, bisexuality and polyamory. More please!

110.Yellow by Megan Jacobson. Read for Aurealis. Kirra’s friends bully her and her mother is an alcoholic. She promises a ghost she will find out who murdered him if he can turn her life around in exchange.

111.Drums and Power Lines by Rowena Evans. Read for Aurealis. After seeking to escape a bully, Ivan unexpectedly finds himself in a world disturbingly close to his own.

112.Argenterra by Donna Maree Hanson. Read for Aurealis. Two girls find themselves in another world filled with magic. While Aria fits right in, Sophy struggles to adjust.

113.A Toaster on Mars by Darrell Pitt. Read for Aurealis. A futuristic detective story in which a special agent gains a new partner he’s not too happy about. Told in a quirky style reminiscent of Douglas Adams.

114.The Troll’s Toll by Kirstie Olley. Read for Aurealis. A fairytale retelling of a princess who is given to a troll when her wastrel father can’t afford to pay the bridge toll.

115.Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks. Read for Aurealis. An alternate history steampunk with magic. When well-bred Emmeline is deported to Australia for theft, she struggles to keep her mechanical heart a secret.

116.The Road to Winter by Mark Smith. Read for Aurealis. Finn has learned to look after himself after a virus wipes out most of Australia’s population. However, things get complicated when a young woman arrives on his doorstep needing help.

117.Heart Hunter by K.S. Nikakis. Read for Aurealis. Fleet is a young hunter in a clan struggling to survive as winter takes a more permanent grip over their lands. When she makes an enemy of the clan’s new oracle, Fleet finds herself sent out into the wilderness to achieve an impossible task that could help the clan survive.

Books Acquired

Time Catcher by Cheree Peters
Threader by Rebekah Turner
The Price of Magic by K.J. Taylor
Fire Boy by Sami Shah
Duplicity by Talitha Kalago
Demon Hunters 4: Premonition by Avril Sabine
Rosie’s Rangers 1: Justice by Avril Sabine
Rosie’s Rangers 2: Vengeance by Avril Sabine
Realms of the Fae 2: Marked by the Wild Hunt by Avril Sabine
Plea of the Damned 3: Forgive me Jena by Avril Sabine
Wanted: A Gentleman by K.J. Charles
Dreaming in the Dark edited by Jack Dann
Redemption by Lara Morgan
Angel Blood by K.S. Nikakis
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
The Ocean of the Dead by Andrew McGahan
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Goldenhand by Garth Nix
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Musketeers in Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts
A Pirate for Christmas by Anna Campbell
Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell
Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
Who’s Afraid Too? by Maria Lewis
Beyond Control by Kit Rocha
Beyond Denial by Kit Rocha
Beyond Painby Kit Rocha
Beyond Temptation by Kit Rocha
Beyond Jealousyby Kit Rocha
Beyond Solitudeby Kit Rocha
Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha
Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha
Beyond Innocence by Kit Rocha
Closed Doorby Kit Rocha
Blank Canvasby Kit Rocha
Beyond Ruinby Kit Rocha
Beyond Ecstasy by Kit Rocha
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Bitten by Amanda Pillar
The Hopes of Kings by Steve Reilly
A Private Miscellany by K.J. Charles

Online Reading

Nominal by Unpretty. Bruce Wayne gets creative with spreadsheets in order to manage his depression. Hilarious and sweet, even if I don’t think depression works that way.

What have you read this month?

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman, A Tangle of Gold, Jaclyn Moriarty, Book of Lies, Teri Terry, The Bone Queen, Alison Croggon, Allegiance, Confused, Wanda Wiltshire, TBR, books and tea, tea and books, Earl Grey Editing

November has been… an interesting month. I got off to a roaring start but eye strain slowed me down significantly and I continue to be slow to recover. So I’m pleased that I still managed to finish a reasonable number of books.

As expected, my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats continue to slip. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. I finished October at 45% and November puts me at 44%. With all the Aurealis reading I have to get through, it’s unlikely to improve before the year ends.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort.

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What have you read this month?

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Oh boy. October was a pretty good month for reading. It also involved a flood of acquisitions: some Aurealis entries, some gifts, some acquisitions from Conflux, some loans and some just because I had to have them. So usual story (well, except for the gifts), just slightly higher numbers.

My #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats continue to slip. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. I finished September at 48%. October takes me down to 45%. With all the Aurealis reading I have to get through, it’s unlikely to improve before the year ends.

The positive news is that I managed to hit my Goodreads Challenge target of 90 books and I look set to hit my personal goal of 100 books before the year ends.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort.

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Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon took place on Sunday, Australian time. For those who have somehow managed to miss my incessant posting about it, the event is basically a chance for book geeks across the world to get together and read as much as possible. It is also held in honour of its founder, a book blogger who went by the name Dewey, who passed away several years ago. I participated in my very first read-a-thon in April 2011 and haven’t looked back since.

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I finished with two books read and one DNF knocked off Mt TBR. Not as much progress as I’d like, but nevertheless I’m satisfied.

Before I sign off, there’s one more important thing I need to do.

The winner is…

The winner of the Books and Beverages mini challenge is Jerrika H! I’ve contacted Jerrika regarding her prize.

Thank you again to everyone who participated.

Also, a big thank-you to Andi of Estella’s Revenge and Heather of Capricious Reader for all the hard work they put into organising and running the event. Truly, these ladies are amazing. Wrangling thousands of readers is a huge task. Yet, Andi and Heather kept everything going smoothly.

The next read-a-thon will be taking place on 29-30 April 2016. Don’t forget to mark it on your calendar. It has a great sense of community that keeps me coming back. I do hope you’ll join us next April.

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Mt TBR hit 300 books last week. That’s far and away the highest it has ever been and it’s freaking me out a little. Fortunately, my very favourite reading challenge is on this weekend.

Dewey’s read-a-thon runs twice a year–in April and October. It runs for 24 hours, but participation for the full length is optional. Which is a good thing, because this round will be kicking off at 11 PM on Saturday 22 October for the east coast of Australia. As usual, I plan to be asleep by then, but will be up early to cram as much reading as possible into my waking hours.

It will be interesting to see just how much reading I’ll accomplish. In addition to reading, I also plan to do some cheering and will be hosting a mini-challenge for the first time (eeek!). Plus I have a friend coming over for a read-in. I’ve always done read-a-thons solo, so I’ll be interested to see how this changes the experience.

Of course, a read-a-thon requires books! I find myself reluctant to commit to a particular list this time, but here’s a few things I’m thinking about tackling:

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Surprising no one, there’s a ton of Australian YA speculative fiction involved.

If you need to tame your own Mt TBR or are looking to connect with a great community of book bloggers, it’s not too late to join! You can sign up, follow on Twitter, join the Goodreads group or any combination of the three. If you’ve already signed up, I’d love to hear about what you’ll be reading.

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September is right in the middle of Birthday Season, that time of year when just about everyone I know has a birthday. There has been much cake and not nearly enough reading. Mt TBR is wildly out of control, mostly thanks to an influx of books for the Aurealis Awards. On one glorious morning, I had a box of eight (!) books arrive from Text Publishing (you can see them in the photo above).

My #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats continue to slip. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. I finished August at 50%. September takes me down to 48%.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort.

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What have you read this month?

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Earl Grey Editing, Mt TBR, books and tea, A Map of Bones, Francesca Haig, The Night Circus, Eric Morgenstern, The OTher Side of Summer, Emily Gale, Special, Georgia Blain, Tellow, Megan Jacobson, Black, Fleur Ferris, Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey, The Expanse, Drums and Power Lines, Rowena Evans, A Shattered Empire, Michell Hogan, Mouse Guard, David Petersen

I did a decent amount of reading this month, but just couldn’t keep up with the onslaught of books that came in this month. Most of these acquisitions came as Aurealis entries, but there were a few review books and I also couldn’t resist a few other bits and pieces. Mt TBR is definitely at a record new height.

Much to my surprise, my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats have only slipped slightly. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. I finished July at 51% and the end of August has me at 50%.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 244
Mt TBR @ 31 July 2016: 256
Mt TBR @ 31 August 2016: 270

Books Read ) Books Acquired ) Online Reading )

What have you read this month?

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Round 17 of Bout of Books wrapped up on Sunday, so it’s time for me to check in with my progress!

In my sign-up post, I mentioned my goal was to get through a minimum of three books. For a while there, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I started out with Peter S. Beagle’s Summerlong. While short, the book has the golden-honey pace of the season for which it’s named and never really grabbed me. Wednesday was wrapping up by the time I finished.

I moved on to A Town Called Dust by Jason Woolley. It was another book that didn’t really grab me. If I hadn’t received a reminder from the library that it was due back soon, I probably would have dawdled with it until the end of the week.

But I did manage a third book. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 arrived at my house just this week (with two of its friends). It’s a comic by David Petersen about anthropomorphic mice. In a world where humans don’t exist, mice have intelligence, culture and medieval technology. They live in hidden cities that are isolated from each other. It is up to the Mouse Guard to ensure the ways between these cities are safe. Don’t be fooled by the cute mice and the bright colours–the story is pretty dark. There’s a role-playing game based on the comics. My gaming group is starting a campaign this weekend, so in preparation I blasted through the entire volume in a little over an hour on Saturday afternoon.

With my challenge goal met, I slacked off on Sunday–partly to meet some social commitments.

What about you? Did you join in Bout of Books last week? If so, how did you do? If not, what did you read over the week?

For those interested in the next Bout of Books, it will take place on 2-8 January 2017. For further details, keep an eye out here or head over to the Bout of Books blog.

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I might be going on a blogging hiatus next week, but there’s no way I am going to miss the latest round of Bout of Books. With the Aurealis Awards driving Mt TBR to record-breaking heights, I need all the help I can get!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Being a low-pressure challenge, Bout of Books lets me set my own goals. As with last time, I’m aiming to get through a minimum of three books. However, I’ve learned my lesson and will be steering clear of the chunksters! I have a ton of books I could pick from. IlluminaeThe Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and Book of Lies are all on the potential list. The latter is an Aurealis submission and there are a heap more of those I could tackle. I also plan on reading my e-ARC of Peter S. Beagle’s Summerlong.

If you’d like to join in, there’s still time to sign-up!

What’s on your TBR pile this week?

 

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July wasn’t my slowest month for reading this year, but it came close. I’ve been very unfocused, thanks to my competing reading schedules (Aurealis, Hugo, reviewing). I’ve started quite a few books but not managed to finish many. However, I’m still hanging in there, even if Mt TBR is getting a little out of control.

My #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks stats are holding steady, but just barely. My goal for the challenge was to make sure 60% of the books I read this year come from Mt TBR. I finished June at 51% and scraped in at the same by the end of last month. I’m pretty pleased with that, all things considered.

Books with an asterisk on the list below were part of my #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks effort.

Mt TBR Status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2016: 244
Mt TBR @ 30 June 2016: 252
Mt TBR @ 31 July 2016: 256

Books Read

58. Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur *. Reviewed here.

59. Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk *. The second in her series Whyborne and Griffin. Historical fantasy m/m romance. A high-born philologist with a talent for magic teams up with a private investigator to uncover the truth behind some mysterious occurrences at a remote coal mine. Fairly light reading, which was just what I needed.

60. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie *.  Reviewed here.

61. Winning Lord West by Anna Campbell *. Reviewed here.

62. Changeling’s Island by Dave Freer. Read for the Aurealis Awards. A YA novel about a teenage boy who gets shipped off to Flinders Island to stay with his grandmother.

63. A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. Review forthcoming.

64. Earth and Lunar Dreaming by C.M. Simpson. Read for the Aurealis Awards. A young girl blackmails a werewolf into helping her escape from danger aboard a spaceship.

DNF – The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. I’ll definitely be coming back to this one. However, attempting to read it in the week where Alton Stirling, Philando Castile and five police officers were shot in the US wasn’t doing my mental health any favours. There wasn’t time to finish the book before it had to be returned to the library.

Books Acquired

Earth and Lunar Dreaming by C.M. Simpson
Dragon Slayer Number 9 by Instisar Khanani
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
Confused by Wanda Wiltshire
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope
A World of Ash by Justin Woolley
Something Nice by Tiffany Reisz
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
At the Edge by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts

Online Reading

Wingborn Ch 11-20 by Becca Lusher. A Regency-style fantasy with giant eagles. The feathers hit the fan when Mhysra’s parents discover she’s enlisted in the Rift Riders without their permission.

What have you read this month?

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Earl Grey Editing, tea and books, The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth, Hear Me Roar, Liz Grzyb, Vigil, Angela Slatter, The Lyre Thief, Jennifer Fallon, Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie, mid-year best books

While 2016 has been a bit of a rough year for most, it has been rather kind to me so far. It afforded me the chance to attend Contact2016, as well as participate in voting for the Hugo Awards and judging the Aurealis Awards for the very first time. It has been challenging in the best of ways.

It has also been a particularly good year for reading. Now that it’s half over, it seems an excellent time to take stock of where I am.

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That’s it for me. How about you? What have been your favourite books of the year so far?

 

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