This month has been a bit stressful – I went back to uni in addition to balancing two jobs, and I had a death in the family. However, I still managed to get through 26 books. I posted 20 times, which is the same as February! I would have done better, but I dropped off a little bit at the end of the month…. I’m still trying to catch up!
This month’s most popular blog posts were Books for When You Need to Laugh or Cry – Top Ten Tuesday and Maestra (everyone is intrigued by an erotic thriller!). My blog has been getting a lot of views which is really exciting – Booktopia has been sharing my posts on their Twitter feed, and my blog was linked to from the Berkelouw Books Rose Bay Instagram account.
I have read A LOT of Australian authors this month, not least due to my determination to read the entire Stella Prize longlist. Not long now until the winner is announced (20th April). Maybe I should set my sights on the Miles Franklin longlist for this month – I’ve already read four of the nine books! I was really excited to see Leap by Myfanwy Jones on there – I really loved the story!
I borrowed most of my books this month – it’s been fantastic cutting down on my purchasing; I’ve saved a lot of money (and space)! This month I really must try and focus on cutting down the TBR. Some older titles will have to be moved to the top of the pile.
The 2016 Dymocks101 was announced a short while ago! There isn’t too much crossover with last year, which is a BONUS! I have read 73 of the titles. I was intrigued that there was so much non-fiction added to the list – I’ll have to get reading! Though I’ll probably skip Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Superfoods…..
My favourites from this month are still ages away from publication – The Fireman by Joe Hill along with And I Darken by Kiersten White. I will post reviews in June, when they’re due out! It was also AMAZING to reread The Eyre Affair, and to keep going with the Obernewtyn series. A Court of Mist and Fury completely blew its prequel out of the water.
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
Summer Skin – Kirsty Eagar (Australian author)
The Women’s Pages – Debra Adelaide (Australian author)
The World Without Us – Mireille Juchau (Australian author)
A Few Days in the Country And Other Stories – Elizabeth Harrower (Australian author)
Hope Farm – Peggy Frew (Australian author)
The Natural Way of Things – Charlotte Wood (Australian author)
A Short History of Richard Kline – Amanda Lohrey (Australian author)
Anchor Point – Alice Robinson (Australian author)
Panthers and the Museum of Fire – Jen Craig (Australian author)
Six Bedrooms – Tegan Bennett Daylight (Australian author)
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k – Sarah Knight
Sister Heart – Sally Morgan (Australian author)
A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
Leap – Myfanwy Jones (Australian author)
MARTians – Blythe Woolston
The Fireman – Joe Hill
Invasion of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo
The Book That Made Me – Edited by Judith Ridge (Australian author)
The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
Ashling – Isobelle Carmody (Australian author)
Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford
And I Darken – Kiersten White
Knights of the Borrowed Dark – Dave Rudden
What did you read this month? What were your highlights?