I’ve survived the coldest month of the year without adding on the dreaded winter weight! Although I think my asthma being managed has helped a lot, along with all the cardio training I’ve been doing at boxercise.
As some of you might have noticed, I’ve had a massive month (with one more review due on Wednesday!) with tours which will continue through to about mid-September. So let’s see how much I’ve got done this month.
Wow! Just WOW!
8 reviews, 3 discussions style posts and a cover reveal. I’ve also read 9 books and I’ve still got 6 day’s left of the month when I’m writing this up. Which means I can probably squeeze in a 10th book!
Now on to the fun stuff!
I actually had 4 books I rated as 5 stars this month. So in the spirit of fairness (I mean, how much can I plug The Time for Alexander before it get’s weird?) I think I have to go with….I Will Follow Him.
This one came up on my radar right when I needed something warm and tropical. It also reminded a a bit of Veronica Mars and get me into that girl power detective mode right in time for a 4th season to be released. OK so maybe I need to find time to re-watch season’s 1-3 first because I’m that kind of person.
But seriously, this was great fun to read and exactly what you want when you’re stuck in miserable cold weather or sitting on a beach. If you haven’t already, I think you should pick up a copy!
My Least Fav
I gave this one 4 stars, but compared to the other’s this month is just lost out. If it had have been in another month Reclaimed by her Rebel Knight wouldn’t be sitting here.
Even as I’m writing this I kind of want to scrap this section this month because I don’t think any of them deserve to be rated as “bad” when this one just didn’t quite suit my feelings this month.
Now I know you haven’t actually had a chance to read this review yet. So make sure you come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought of this one compared to the rest!
What’s coming up
Well another crazy month for starters! For instance, this week alone I have 3 reviews and a publication day announcement scheduled. Then next week and for the rest of the month I already have 2 reviews a week scheduled.
So if I decide to write and share any of my discussion ideas with you this month I’d just be adding to that.
I’m also kind of hoping you’ll understand why Tamora Pierce needs to wait at least another month? I promise I will come back to her series review for the Circle Universe. Between study and all these tours I just don’t have time for it at the moment which I really hate.
My 2019 goals
Well I’ve continued to keep the weight off, I’m feeling stronger than ever. My chiro even said she can feel the difference and the stability in my muscles when she adjusts me. This has to do with it being a tinsy tiny little bit harder to adjust me because my core muscles have gotten stronger. Which is awesome by the way!
I’m now 22 books ahead of schedule thanks to my massive reading month. Even with managing to keep up with all my studies and getting a scholarship application together.
My boss can’t understand how I do everything I do, and sometimes neither can I!
I’m going to be jetting off to Vietnam for 2 weeks on Saturday so I’m hoping to get some good R&R in over that time. I’ve got 3 books I’m taking with me (the Kindle is coming as well but I actually want to read at least 2 of these and they’re physical copies so they tend to get left to last sometimes) so I’ll have something to read on the beach that won’t run out of battery. If I’m a bit quiet on the socials over this period it’s because I’m having an amazing time on the beach working on my tan.
We have officially reached winter. That means lots of teas, hot chocolates (dairy and soy free for me) and fireside nights with lazy mornings in bed on the weekends. In a way I love this weather coz we get to have the fire going and just chill and not do anything.
But then on the other hand my asthma flares up, you lose motivation to exercise and overall just want to hibernate through to warmer weather. I know my hometown of Melbourne doesn’t quite get as cold as some other cities out there. But we’re the second coldest state in Australia and I go around in a ski jacket pretty much from May through to October.
I think the Baobab Beach Retreat got a bit of a head start here since it’s coming into winter and I got to read about sunshine, beaches, lovely weather and a relaxing holiday while I’m stuck in weather that’s just getting colder and colder.
Not to mention I’m due for a holiday soon. Like a proper relax on the beach kind of holiday. So this one really took me away from my current cold climate and I loved that.
My Least Fav
I really didn’t need to think about this one. I just really didn’t enjoy The Bastard!
The blurb had such great promise that I requested it off Netgalley. Got approved and then it all just kind of fell apart.
I felt kind of like I’d been lied to and I hated it. All the promise of the suspense, the sexual tension. And then….nothing when I read it….
It just didn’t do it for me, sorry.
Whats coming up
Well I have more Rach Random Resources tours coming in July. I’m HOPING I can finally get the rest of the Circle Universe reviews out for you. Just depends on how productive I am getting those reviews written and artwork created.
I’ve also got a few discussion posts I’m preparing alongside another book series that I’ve read, written reviews for and have artwork ready to go. So you never know. I might give you those before the Circle Universe ones!
My 2019 Goals Update
Thanks to spending the first week of June in bed sick and basically not eating for a week (I promise I wasn’t hungry, I ate whenever I was hungry which just happened to be once a day for breakfast!) I lost 2kgs (YAY!) and even better. I’ve KEPT it off since getting better and eating normally again!
On another note. This one isn’t really a goal but I’m getting some kicks out of it. It turns out I’m following in my dads footsteps and going grey before I hit 30. Now all I gotta do is figure out how to dye my hair grey in a way that doesn’t look weird and gets me through the shitty “I’m trying to go grey but only in random hairs here and there” phase. I’m all for ageing gracefully and I’d be fighting a losing battle with the grey, so I might as well embrace it!
O also, I’m like 15 books ahead of my Goodreads book challenge but woefully behind on my Aussie Author challenge. I really need to pull out some of my Aussie author’s from my TBR pile.
I hope your June has been great and you’ll see me with new reviews over the next two days! That’s right! I’m kicking off the new financial year (yea in Australia our financial year starts July 1st, weird I know) with two reviews in a row!
May has absolutely FLOWN by and I feel like I’ve achieved pretty much nothing. I’ve only read 5 books (although Outlander was a mammoth sized book and I’m halfway through another pretty big one…) and have barely made a dent in my assignments while fighting off a bad cold.
Pretty sure my body is rebelling and is forcing me to sleep and rest tomorrow but I’ll have to wait and see.
I feel like I’ve gone on about this series a fair bit. But I’m just loving it! And I’m LOVING the fact that I’m getting spoiled with free copies in exchange for an honest review!
What more could a history, fantasy, romance loving bookworm want?
But seriously, go check out my review of Son of the Moon and the rest of the series!
Tuscan Enchantment is only the third book I can truly say I didn’t enjoy that Rach Random Resources offered on tour. Which was such a shame because I really do love historical sites, reading them described in different ways and learning something new about somewhere I want to go.
And the worst part is, if this book was set historically I think it could’ve been great because it sounded like the author’s natural writing style is best suited to that genre.
What’s coming up
The next few months are pretty much entirely tours. And since Rach Random Resources is my main source of tours, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of her stuff coming up!
She almost always picks great books and authors to promote though so I’m sure you’ll love the ones we have coming up!
I’m also going to need to spend probably the first half of June smashing out two assignments (well I guess it’s three but the third one is a reflection so doesn’t take quite as much effort) before getting a couple of weeks to chill out before the next unit starts. And I have already found a cool looking new wine bar that I reckon my partner and I could enjoy.
It even has craft beer and ribs for him. I mean, how else was I going to convince a beer lover to come to a swanky looking wine bar with me? O and coz it’s not too far from a bus stop we wont’t even need to compete for parking in an area that is awful to find parking in! Even for my parking goddess skills.
No joke, I can ALWAYS find a park, even when it’s Christmas mad shopping times. It’s weird but I love my super power!
My 2019 Goals Update
Short answer. There is none other than I’m now up to 38 books read for the year.
Also, I keep coming up with ideas for great discussion posts or series posts but then have no time to write them!! I promise one day I’l l get there!
And that’s a wrap for another month! I’ll see you on Monday for my first review for June!
I thought it’d calm down after rushing to complete one unit and then doing the assessments for 2 others before 1st April so my qualification can stay up to date. But nope!
If anything I feel like April has been even worse what with my finishing off one unit (2x assessments) and starting the next one where I’ve had to do all the hard work (and incredibly boring elearns) for that assessment. Speaking of, I’m writing this as I SHOULD be writing up a report for my boss so I can finalise this assessment over the weekend since she goes on leave for a month next week and this is due in line 2 weeks! EEK!
I don’t think I can do a fav book this month…. I just loved (almost) all of them in different ways! I had a good month having so many positive reviews!
My Lease Fav
So I feel like this one is a little obvious given it was really the only one I gave a negative review to.
I loved how Brooklyn was going until the main character decided to cheat on her husband. I just don’t understand that and I don’t see how it added value or anything to the story.
It just made it end on a really bad note as far as I’m concerned.
What’s coming up
So as you might have noticed I’ve dropped off my series reviews (sorry, time just hasn’t been on my side this month) so I’m HOPING I can start those up again late next month. Otherwise I’ll get those up and running again for June.
I also have the Shift series reviews scheduled to be finished this month, otherwise who knows when they’d go up and I think Zoe deserves some credit for her writing and providing me ARCs of them to read and review!
My 2019 Goals Update
Well I guess the easiest to talk about is my weight. Still not budging but at least I can attribute this to muscle gain since I not only FEEL stronger. But I’ve also been able to increase my weights across the board which is awesome!
For example, last night I was doing dead lifts (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) with 30kgs (half my body weight!) and 20kg bench presses (2x 1min rounds with about 10ish reps per round) when 4 months ago I was lucky do do 8kgs for both!
OK, reading goal. I’m up to 33 books read which is like half my goal! I might need to consider upping that goal lol! Am I feeling behind on my study because I read 11 books this month?
And time for me to move on and get my assignment report ready for my boss! Otherwise I can’t go to my boxercise class tomorrow and I want to go!!
O wow! We’re a quarter of the way through the year and my summer weather has officially started to break and turn colder. And yes I’ve turned my electric blanket on a few times this month to warm up my bed before getting in!
How am I going to cope in winter?!
So this month it was a little bit more difficult to judge, but I think it needs to go to Trust the Wolf!
I really enjoyed this one and even ended up grabbing copies of the prequel (Bearly Married – you can get this free too if you sign up for her newsletter!) and the sequel (Truth or Bear I got as and ARC) to read during March.
So look out for those reviews coming in the next few months! I had to spread them out a bit due to other commitments but I am trying to bring them to you as quickly as possible!
My Least Fav
I want to preface this with the fact that I tried this genre for the first time, and I don’t think it’s for me. So please don’t hold this against the book coz it was actually really well written!
As I said, I don’t think Tom Stone: Day of the Deadis my jam. But I didn’t know that crime isn’t really my thing until reading this.
But please remember that it was well written, and I don’t think I had any major problems with the story itself.
It’s just the genre isn’t something that I found I was really looking forward to reading. And I don’t wana give the book a bad rep just coz it turns out I’m not a fan of that genre.
What’s coming up
I gotta say, I have had a KILLER month reading wise! I read a total of 8 books this month and I’ve started my 9th. But coz I wana get on top of my assignments before I start the next subject (I’m doing one after the other back to back with no break until mid year) I may have to dial back on the reading.
That means my Tamora Pierce series review is on a slight pause (unless by some miracle I get everything I want to get done by Monday morning!) so I can get a chance to write the next few. Sorry guys!
My 2019 Goals Update
Well my reading goal seems to be getting smashed. I’ve already read 22 books which puts me at 6-7 books ahead of schedule according to Goodreads. Let’s watch that dwindle as I take breaks to get assignments done!
I haven’t read any new Aussie Authors yet, so I will need to dig one out of my TBR pile I have yet to make any dent into. Damn you authors coming to me with interesting books!
Jokes, like actually jokes! But where are my Aussie authors?! Don’t any of you want me to read and review your books? I do it for free!
Finally, my weight! Well I think I managed to loose ALMOST 1kg….I have been exercising more, eating less etc so I hope it’s finally doing something. Coz I really wana be bikini ready by the time I go back to Vietnam in June/July.
Well that is me done for March. See you in April with another review fresh off the bat tomorrow!!
Welcome back to another Wrap Up of another month. And yes I plan to keep these coming!
I have read 6 of the 8 books that got reviews this month while a friend of mine featured as a guest reviewer for Denise Drew’s children’s books. Of the 6 I reviewed, I yet again had another month of none of my TBR pile made it.
Unfortunately this month I had a few books that I just did not enjoy. Some of these I probably should have just DNF because i struggled so bad to finish them.
The main reason for this came down to the idea of being forced to go technology free. I don’t really use social media to the same degree as is displayed in this story. But I still use my phone, laptops, TV etc on an almost constant basis.
So to read about someone having to go cold turkey from technology with no warning whatsoever was pretty interesting.
One of my favourite things about travelling, is the break from a lot of technology. But to not even be able to Google something when you get home, and learning to like it?
That’s amazing. And I hope I still have the capacity to enjoy being technology free to this level. At times.
My Least Fav
I’m sure this one comes as no surprise to anyone who read this review. I know we all have our own tastes as to what we enjoy reading.
But I struggle to understand how anyone would enjoy this one. Having sentences span more than a page just seems to be overkill that no one could like.
I mean, the blurb made it out to be a fantasy story. Which I love.
But this was just a guy getting high to the point where he thinks he’s talking to his cat.
Really not my cup of tea.
What’s Coming Up
So next month I will be returning to my normal posting schedule of my regular Monday reviews, and I’m hoping to have my series reviews starting up again on Friday’s.
You may also see a few more discussion posts coming out because I have a few idea’s I want to explore, share and discuss with you further. When you see these come up please comment because I want to know what you think!
My 2019 Goals Update
Well I haven’t made much progress on any of my goals, other than having read 8 books this month.
I haven’t managed to budge my weight at all. Although I seem to be making good progress on my overall fitness and strength. So that’s good! I even managed to lose a little bit around my waist even though my numbers haven’t changed.
I’ve also set up a few of my series reviews ready to go in March for your reading pleasure.
So this month I somehow managed to cram in 8 book reviews, of which none. That’s right! NONE came from my TBR pile.
Of these 8 books I had a bit of a mixed reaction to them so I thought I’d let you know which one’s were my favs verses my least favs and why when I look back at these books. Because obviously I read in advance of posting so some of these I read like 2 months ago almost.
This one was a little bit of a surprise for me because I signed up for this tour in October. So I’d completely forgotten about it until I triple checked Rach Random Resources website for all the tour’s I’d signed up for and their dates in mid-December.
Thankfully I remembered pretty quickly once I started reading it that it was the time travel book I’d signed up for.
Reading the book I was really enjoying it, and because I like to know how much more of the book I have to enjoy (or suffer in some cases) I kept checking how much I had left. Only to realise that I wasn’t going to get all my answers in this book.
Lucky for me Jennifer has signed the second book up for a tour in April. So come the 15th of April you will be able to find out what I thought of the second book!
So this one is my least fav because there were more things with this one that I didn’t like compared to a couple of the others.
Unless you know Australia well you probably wouldn’t even notice these things. But because I’m Aussie and I’d like to think (I’m more than likely deluding myself) I know my country fairly well. I just couldn’t stop researching maps trying to figure out where the hell this was set!
That and all the little things about Aussie culture (especially outback culture) that just didn’t feel right made this really difficult for me at times.
Don’t get me wrong, the story was quite good. The romance was there etc. I just don’t think I’d go back and read this again compared to the other books I reviewed this month.
This was the first review I did from BookGlow and I quite enjoyed it!
Not only was it funny to read, but it’s something unlike anything I’ve read in the past.
It felt much more biographical (I’m not really a fan of biographies) than most of my books and it put a spin on our view of history and religion in a way that didn’t feel fantastical compared to Charlie Ludlow’s The Things We Learn When We’re Dead.
So I have a few things coming up in February. I actually realised today when I was preparing to write this up that I’ve actually read and written all the reviews for February!
This is even more surprising since there will be another 8 reviews next month! Granted, two of them are a special guest appearance to review a couple of children’s books. Now, these are a once off (the children’s book part), so if you’ve got kids, or have friends or family with kids you might be interested in these reviews.
Also, I am fully booked up until mid-April with reviews with a mix of Rach Random Resources, BookGlow, author requests and my own TBR pile. And I’m working about 4-5 weeks in advance at the moment. Which is good because it means I don’t have as much pressure given the study I need to do this yr.
My 2019 Goals Update
Finally! Last thing to leave you with for today!
Of the goals I set for myself for 2019 I have really only made progress on my Goodreads challenge to read 65 books.
So far I have read 6 books since January 1st and according to Goodreads I am 2 books ahead of schedule.
Hopefully during February I can try and make some progress on my other goals. So I will see you on Friday with my first review for February, Made to Break your Heart by Richard Fellinger brought to me by BookGlow.
I thought I’d do a special post (slightly delayed compared to many other bloggers, but I was busy getting this new site up and running for you!) to tell you about some things I’m looking forward to this year. And a few goals I have for myself as well as a little bit about what I’ve got planned for this year.
To read 65 books over the course of this year minimum (I’m not counting the reviews coming out in January and February that I actually read in 2018), this is my Goodreads Challenge so feel free to keep track of my progress
I have signed up for another challenge from Booklover Book Reviews called the Aussie Author Challenge where I’ve chosen to do the Wallaby Challenge
To roll out my Series Reviews again, this time focusing on Tamora Pierce’s two worlds
To lose 6kgs and stay below 56kgs! I feel like when I tip over that number, I start looking fat, which has everything to do with how short I am!
Plans for 2019
I’m going to return to my Monday reviews, and Friday Series Reviews after a hectic January and February finishes up. So come March it will calm down a little bit.
I’m studying a bit this year to update and improve my qualifications for work (the first part has already given me all the material I need to work through! Eek!). So, if I do need to pull back on the reviews a little later in the year, that’s why.
I’m also going to be trialling a few new things (like this) so I really look forward to hearing what you do and don’t like about what I do. If I like it you will keep seeing it.
Books I want to read this year that are already available
Tempests and Slaughter
Tortall: A Spy’s Guide
Tortall and other worlds
I would list them but there’s too many! I didn’t realise all her books are from the same world so I want to read all the one’s I haven’t read yet
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (I got this from Bad Santa at work in 2018)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
Books being released this year
The Exiles Gift
An untitled Maura of Dunlath novel
An Unconventional Affair Book 2: A Risk Worth Sharing
The first book from an untitled spin off series from Hidden Motives which I believe she said comes out in March
An untitled sequel to The Concordat which I believe he said would be coming out in July
I hope you’re looking forward to some of those books as well this year. If you know of any other books you think I’d like, feel free to comment below so I can check them out. You might even see some of them reviewed later in the year!