Wrap Up – January 2019

Welcome to my first ever Wrap Up post!

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.

My Fav

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!

Click here to read the review.

My Least Fav

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.

Click here to read the review.

My Something Different

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.

Click here to read the review.

What’s coming up?

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.

My 2019

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.

My goals

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. To roll out my Series Reviews again, this time focusing on Tamora Pierce’s two worlds
  4. 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

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • Tempests and Slaughter
    • Tortall: A Spy’s Guide
    • Tortall and other worlds
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon’s:
    • 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
  • Gail Honeyman’s:
    • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (I got this from Bad Santa at work in 2018)
  • J.K. Rowling
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

Books being released this year

  • Tamora Pierce’s:
    • The Exiles Gift
    • An untitled Maura of Dunlath novel
  • Mollie Blake’s:
    • An Unconventional Affair Book 2: A Risk Worth Sharing
  • Adriana Gavazonni’s:
    • The first book from an untitled spin off series from Hidden Motives which I believe she said comes out in March
  • Sean Heary’s:
    • 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!

Bookworms Unite at ClunesBookTown

Hi All;

Today I got to enjoy my first experience with Clunes Book Town Festival 2018. I gota say, it was better than I was expecting! Especially for only $10 entry!

I haven’t been to Clunes since I was 14 and I spent 8 weeks living there as part of a school camp designed to try and make us grow up and prepare us for living on our own. I’m sure this worked for some people, but not for everyone! I was kinda a hit and miss success for this program and my time at Clunes had both good and bad memories. However it was great to be back there and remember the good times I had here.

Now I should probably mention that I kinda dragged my partner along with me so I would have someone to talk to while I was there. But he’s not a reader, so the poor guy got to sit on the curb while I poured through stall after stall searching for my goldmine trophies. Which given my limited budget had to be pretty special.

We arrived into Clunes coming over a picturesque little bridge with willows overhanging the river. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this side however there’s a picture of the other side of the bridge for you below, hopefully that gives you an idea of how pretty this spot of the town is. Not that I remembered this from my time here 13 years ago.

Bridge into the town

We found a park in the first street we came across and made our way to the entrance to the main street of Clunes where the festival was set up in. As we made our way inside we were given a guidebook and I was immediately starstruck by all the book stalls and all the books piled up for sale. I pretty much immediately turned to my partner and said “and this is why my parents put me on a leash when I was a kid, so they wouldn’t loose me in amongst all the books”. To try and help me acclimate to all the books I found myself surrounded by we headed to the bakery I remember for having amazing rabbit pies. Unfortunately my dad’s request for a few went unsatisfied as it turns out they don’t make them anymore. Which immediately put me off having lunch there since I couldn’t get my customary rabbit and steak pie 🙁

However we got ourselves settled in with a hot chocolate for me and a cappuccino for my partner to plan out what we (me) wanted to do that day and what I wanted to try and achieve. This resulted on my inability to make a decision being shown yet again, so I settled on just walking up and down until I felt that I had seen everything I wanted to.

My first stop was with an author I hadn’t heard of before, C.E. Sundstrom and he told me a little bit about his books. It wasn’t enough to draw me in then and there however I couldn’t stop thinking about what he’d said about his books for the rest of the day. So much so that I HAD to see him again before I left for the day to grab a copy of his first book “Awakenings”. I will review this in the coming month and I look forward to finding out about the 2 women this series follows as I read it.

After speaking to Sundstrom I continued diving into the piles of books available in each stall and somehow managed to get a copy of Gone with the Wind for $2 and Wilbur Smith’s newest book, Pharoh for $5. Gone with the Wind I found in some tiny little stall at the very back of the classics pile and was pleasantly surprised when the woman running the stall only asked for $2, I was prepared to pay up to $5 for this one given it was second hand and a little worn. Whereas Pharoh REALLY surprised me for it’s price given it only came out last year and I paid $20 for it on my Kindle at the time it came out. But I needed a copy to go with the rest of the book series on my bookshelf.

Some of the books I bought

At this stage I decided to let me partner control the speed of what we were doing by finding some food for lunch. And boy did he find a winner! Not only did he find a traditional Vietnamese food stall for him to get an amazing pork bun roll, but he also found a paella stall for me. Unfortunately people were a little too eager for the paella and so they started selling it before it was actually ready, but let’s not focus on the food since we’re here to focus on the books!

The paella on offer for lunch

I was able to dive through all types of books to find the ones that really stood out for me. So if you’re thinking you’d like to go and see what they have to offer know that they have fiction, non-fiction, historical encyclopedia’s, books and novels as well as a range of kinds books and cookbooks among other themes.

After being allowed to trawl through some more books I decided it was time to treat my partner who’d had to drive me 2 hours there to ignore him and then drive me 2 hours home. So we went to the pub which we’d discovered earlier in the morning had an amazing beer garden, and we hung out there for a bit before we went on a Historical Tour of Clunes. This tour although not about books was pretty cool and I’ve got some pictures for you had some pretty cool facts about Clunes that made it really interesting. I’ve put a couple of photo’s below for you but to see the full range check out my Facebook page wher they are all uploaded for you to see.

The beer garden of the Clunes pub

If you’re interested in hearing more about the festival just comment your questions and I will happily answer them for you!

The Journey Begins

Hi, and welcome to my blog Proud Book Reviews!

I’m an Aussie woman from Melbourne who loves to read. Like I REALLY love to read.

Only problem is I don’t have a lot of money to spend on new books. So instead, I signed up to email notifications for sales, cheap and free books. Over the past yr I’ve bought over 300 books that caught my attention this way and my goal is to work my way through all of these new books reading each one without remembering what each book is about.

While all of these books have been purchased for my Kindle I also have a great book collection and my ultimate dream is to have an library with ladders on runners and a window lounge chair where I can curl up and read in the sunlight (or what little we get here in winter) whenever I want.

This blog is going to be focused on reviews on these books, however they will be focusing on more of a recap of how I felt reading the book at certain points or overall. So, if you haven’t read the books be prepared for spoilers! Some of these reviews will be on some of the books I read previously but have stood out whereas others will be completed right after finishing a book.

My ultimate goal with this blog is to keep track of what I’ve read so if I can’t pick a new book or want to re-read a book I’ve read before but can’t remember the name I can refer back to these notes, thoughts and feelings. However, I hope these can help you discover new aspects of books you haven’t discovered yet or stimulate conversations you haven’t yet had about these books.

All of my reviews will be my own opinion, but I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree with anything that I write. Thank-you, and I hope you enjoy reading my reviews.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing

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