November started off pretty stressful and I ended up behind schedule with scheduling my reviews. I still am to be honest!
I have all of my December reviews and posts written. But I haven’t scheduled any of them… You’d think me being so super organised would mean I’d be on top of this right?
But check out what I managed to get out in my final month of my Diploma (I passed by the way! Yay!)! And let’s just say the next 3 months are going to be crazy! They are already overbooked!
I really enjoyed A Christmas Kiss and everything involved in it. Livvie and Zander were so cute and faced some challenges before ultimately getting together.
Even when I predicted some stuff, Eliza still surprised me with how they unfolded. I mean.
How often do you have an author give you what you were expecting. But not in the way you were expecting. Yet in a way that’s probably better than what you were expecting?
My Least Fav
The choice to pick A Forgiven Friend has nothing to do with the writing in this book. And everything to do with it just not being the type of book for me.
Turns out I’m not really a fan of friendship books where the point of view changes between the friends.
The writing was really well done throughout this book even with some very minor discrepancies between the two characters (this naturally happens when there’s two authors) so I honestly think it’ll be a great read for people who like this style.
It’s just not for me.
I have a couple of posts coming and 6 reviews coming in December. I’ll be ending my reviews for the year with one I definitely think you should tune in for (that’ll be happening on Dec 23rd) and will then take some time to reflect on the year and ahead onto the new year.
My 2019 goals
I’ve read way more books than initially intended, you’ll see this final number at the end of the year. Or you can go check out my Goodreads Reading Challenge progress!
I’ve read all my books for my Aussie Author Challenge with the final review coming out on Dec 23rd! That same one I told you to check in for.
Ok. So I failed at getting this properly up and going. But I’ve put it on my schedule for next yr. Hopefully then I’ll be back on track!
And instead of losing weight I’ve put weight on. But I’ve increased how much I’m working out from twice a week at the gym to three times a week and I’m just taking up running. I’ve got the C25K (Couch to 5km) app so I can slowly get up to running 5km. Fingers crossed I see some progress before heading to Perth in the new year!
October has been a very stressful month for me. Not only have I spent a lot of it sick with that damned cough that won’t leave me alone (I’ve been on anti-biotics for 2 weeks), I’ve also been busy trying to finish off my Diploma.
I have 3 more assessments to write and submit, although I have 2 that haven’t been signed off yet as complete. But fingers crossed by November 22 I’ll be 100% signed off and complete with a new qualification!
I purposely took a quiet month to focus on my Diploma. And November is much of the same because I won’t be 100% done until December.
As much as I love Christmas (to the point that my partner jumps between me and Christmas decorations to stop me buying any more) I feel like Zapata takes the cake this month.
As a debut author, I was expecting Harper’s novel to be average. I’m not saying the story would be bad. But from my experience, debut author’s writing and editing needs some improvements.
Instead I was knocked out of the park.
I’m even wanting to buy a physical copy so my partner can read this as well because I think it might just be what he needs to tip from YA to Adult novels. I’m not saying that YA books are bad. But he’s 38 and hasn’t read Adult books yet when I know there are so many he’d like!
My Least Fav
Without a doubt Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is my least favourite this month. I actually read this in January/February but saved it until I needed to fill in a week in case I fell behind my reading schedule.
I mentioned it in the review. But I honestly don’t understand how this won so many awards!
It was a great book in terms of highlighting the importance of recognising and not victimising mental health victims. But it missed the mark since they never tell you what she’s suffering from which just makes it worst.
I’ve seen so many assumptions of what she’s suffering from. From schizophrenia to Asperger’s. Problem is.
It’s just caused more arguments and leaves people frustrated and divided when this book should have united us.
Not a whole lot this coming month.
I have a few reviews and I managed to squeeze in a couple extra. But I won’t be doing anything extra. I need to focus on my Diploma and pass.
I really don’t wanna have to redo either of these last two units next yr!
My 2019 Goals
Now that we’re 10 month’s in here’s how I’m doing with my goals!
I’ve surpassed my initial and edited reading goals. I honestly didn’t think I’d read this much this yr!
I’ve finished 2 out of 3 books for the Aussie Author Challenge and figured out I have a few different male Aussie authors in my TBR pile. So some time before the end of the yr I’m going to read and review one of them! And it’s not going to be a Matthew Rielly book even though I have more than 10 of his books on my bookshelf. Confession. They are my partners and I’m not in the mood for one of his books. They are a bit too YA for my normal tastes.
I kinda got a start on my series review. And since I’ve been studying these haven’t done so well but I’ve scheduled to pick this up again with a bunch of already written reviews for series next yr. I’ll update you on this at the start of 2020.
Well I guess in a way I’ve made progress. Being off sick for like 2 months isn’t really helping. I’m hoping that two weeks of antibiotics will let me get back into exercise coz I REALLY miss it! Fingers crossed I get there by Christmas!
After having a great time off in Vietnam last month, I spent a good chunk of this month off work sick. And I don’t meant the sick where I could relax and read. I mean I type where I was stuck on the couch barely able to put two words together. So I watched A LOT of TV!
I also had my birthday this month. My family kindly bought me the Outlander series so I can read those and compare the books to the show.
I’m not sure if you can tell, but I took the plunge and got my grey hair situation fixed. By dying it greyer!
Let’s just say my partner wasn’t impressed. He wanted me to hide them. I quite like it though, what do you think? Can you even tell in the photo?
(Please excuse the shitty jumper and trackies, it’s still cold and since I’ve been studying so much I’ve been staying comfortable.)
I’ve had the quietest month in some time review wise. I’ve been pretty busy with study and I didn’t want to stress myself out so I put myself on a ban for new tours the involve reviews. I just couldn’t sign up for more and stay sane while trying to get back to healthy.
OMG this is a hard one! My two 5 star ratings are so very different… I guess I go with the one I could see there being more of? And could imagine what the sequel would be like?
Which is A Different Time by Michael K. Hill brought to me by The Write Reads Ultimate Book Tour.
I loved reading this was literally finished it in one night. I was also immediately fan girling with David and a few others over how it ended.
Clue, you’ll need tissues ready!
I really do think you should read this if you’re even remotely a fan of romance.
But I really also want to give a shout out to Rewrite the Stars which I had the publisher reach out to ask if I wanted to read it. It totally doesn’t do anything that I expected and I think it broke a few tropes. So I hope you hop on over and check that out too!
My Least Fav
I need to preface this with the fact that Babe Driven isn’t actually that bad. There’s just less depth, thought and overall brain engagement compared to the others.
If I was voting on which was my least favourite easy read, this definitely wouldn’t be the one sitting here right now.
But it really was just that, I great easy read that fed you little bits of info at a time without it being overly complex.
OK. So October. I’ve got a few reviews scheduled. And that’s about it…
I’m going to have a crazy month trying to finish off 5 assessments for two units and starting the last unit for my Diploma. (OMG I’m getting so close!) As I’m writing this I’m taking a break from preparing a webinar presentation using software I’ve never used before. Lets just say it has been trying experience and I’m super nervous for how the trial will go on Monday.
Also, I’m stressing coz my footy team is in the Grand Final and I dunno if they are going to win… I’ll add a bonus pic at the end IF we win… Fingers crossed!
My 2019 Goals
I’ll start with the positive. I’m only 11 books away from my increased reading goal of 85 books this year. So I feel like I’m on track to smash that out of the park as well. And I’ve realised I have a few Aussie male author’s books on my Kindle that I haven’t read yet. So I’ve got some options to be able to finish the Aussie Author Challenge.
The series reviews don’t like they will get finished this yr… I’ll see how I go for next yr lol!
And let’s just say that I’m back to the start for my weight goal… I mean… I haven’t weighed myself recently. Coz why would you when you’ve spent the last month sick and unable to exercise, then it’s your birthday so there’s lots of food and alcohol involved?
I spent the first two weeks of this month over in Vietnam, pretty much not reading. I’d planned on reading 3 books while I was away and succeeded in reading only 1/4 of one book. I’d normally say that constitutes a slump but I was having too much fun at the beach, out sight seeing etc and hanging out with my partner and friends to care.
I mean why would you want to read when you could be doing this? (Yes I did need to share because I had such a good time!)
But that has left me a little stressed going into September since I’m now behind schedule. Luckily the authors I’m working with were ok with me pushing reviews for their books to October so I won’t be rushing and forcing reviews.
I still had quite a few reviews go live this month, luckily I tend to work 3-4 weeks in advance so there was no issue with these ones being ready to go. Even while I was away.
See? I still managed 9 reviews!
When You Were Minewas the only book this month to get a 5 star rating. So that made picking my fav easy!
I just loved how Lisa pushed the boundaries of what a family can look like. I loved that it shows there’s no one way a family should be together.
It also showed the effects of drugs, alcohol and fame. Not just the impact to those directly involved in that. But also to those around them and those that are related to them.
There really is so much to love about this book. And the writing just executes it perfectly!
My Least Fav
Although Give me a Dream was a good story. Overall, it just had more things I didn’t like compared to the other books this month.
It was the little things that irked me and made it feel a little more stilted than it needed to be. Even though it was still a good story, it just wasn’t quite on the same level when it came to ease of reading compared to the others.
September is going to be a lot quieter. I’ve already mentioned that I’ve pushed out two reviews to October. Over the month I’m now scheduled to do 5 reviews, 1 discussion and 1 promo post.
At the time I’m writing this for you I’ve still got 3 of the 5 books to review to read 😐
It’s going to be a mad dash by looks of it to get those read and ready before they need to go live…. Not to mention get a start on Octobers books…
My 2019 goals
You’d think going on holiday’s would make you put on weight wouldn’t you? I mean, you’re drinking (do you know how much carbs and sugar are in alcohol?!), eating whenever and whatever you want and typically exercising less.
Yet in Vietnam the food is so fresh, you’re drinking giant ice blocks in the beer and doing so much walking I actually lost 500g! It’s not much but given I wasn’t actively trying I’m pretty impressed! I doubt I’ve kept it off though since I got sick on my second last day there and have spent most of my first week back either wishing I was in bed, or in bed sick.
I’ve also mentioned I’ve made like no progress in the way of reading books. I really do mean that… I’m now getting less far ahead due to not reading hahahaha but hopefully September will be better.
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!!