Month in Review

Reading in April

Total books read this month:  10

New to me authors:

Thea Harrison
Eva Jordan
Liz Byrski

Breaking it Down

Audiobooks   1
Review   4
From the TBR shelves  5

8 of them are contemporary fiction. 1 is historical fiction and 1 is fantasy/paranormal.

Reading Challenge Update:

We are at the one third mark in the year. I am keeping up with the audiobook and Modern Mrs Darcy challenge, but the library challenge is behind and I didn’t even read one library book this month.  Just keeping abreast of the audiobook challenge.

Top Book for April

This one was about older women, a book club where there was real discussion about real books. It was thought provoking and I grew to love the characters.

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Looking forward to reading in May

Main Reading Goal for May

Last month I wanted to pick a big book to read. Well I did the minimum and have earmarked Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. For May each week I want to read some of it.

Incoming Books from April


Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss or Author

Audio Books Purchased

Linking with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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Month in Review – March Reading


Total books read this month:  11

New to me authors:

Elizabeth Von Arnim
Phaedra Patrick
Tracey Garvis Graves

Authors From

Australia  2
USA  5
Canada 1
Ireland 1
England 2

Reading Challenge Update:

I think I am doing quite well, 8 out of 30 audiobooks is a good place to be. I have the Modern Mrs Darcy challenge well in hand, I was good with library books but slipped up on a few because they needed to be returned before I made space to read them.

Reading Club Update:

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer was the book for Books With Heart

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim was the MMD book club read

Top Books for March…

This ended up more difficult to choose than I thought as I most of the books  really spoke to me this month.  By a small margin these are my top loves!

Looking forward to reading in April …

A Look Back at Goals for March

Well I didn’t complete all my goals for March. I had 7 books to read for review – I read 4. I’ll read the other 3 sometime later.

I did read the online book club books I was going to read.

I was going to start an ongoing long book ( I have two to choose from) but didn’t do that.

Main Reading Goal for April…

So one main goal – choose which long book I am going to read and put in some time each week reading it!

Incoming Books for March….


Library Books

I did get a few but they went back unread!

From NetGalley or Edelweiss


Audio Books

Purchased from Audible


Linking up with Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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February Reading in Review

So February turned out to be a better month than I expected reading wise – a short month but I still read a good number. And The Moon Sister was over 20 hours long!

Total books read this month: 15

New to me authors:

Karen Harper
Fiona Lowe  *
Anne Youngson
Sandi Docker
Eithne Shortall
Esther Campion *
Meredith Appleyard

*Authors I’d read again

Reading Club Update:

I read Meet Me at the Museum which is a Modern Mrs Darcy book club read for February. It is an epistolary novel and I liked it. The discussion of the book brought out more about the book for me and hearing Anne Youngson being interviewed was an added bonus.

I read The House of Second Chances I read for the Books with Heart Facebook group. Really enjoyed it.

I didn’t read the Rachel Johns’ book club book because it was a DNF for me and didn’t want to give any more time to it.

Top Book for February

I had two books I gave five stars and they are both keepers

Looking forward to reading in March

These are two books I have for review I’ll read in March. I have never read either of these two authors, but if its a library or books well I am hopeful!

Main Reading Goals for March

  • read the 7 books I have for review
  • keep up and read for book clubs online I belong to
  • start a long ongoing book that I’ll read over a few months – haven’t decided which one yet.

Incoming Books for February…

Books Purchased

Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased

I am linking up with Nicole and Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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January Reading Month in Review

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Total books read this month: 13.

New to me authors:

Genevieve Graham
Sarah McCoy
Laura Trentham
Sonja Yoerg
Sofia Lundberg

Reading Challenge Update:

Started well. 4 audiobooks in one month is good for me and gives me a good beginning.

Reading Club Update:

I joined the Modern Mrs Darcy book club again. I am a little out of my league there, the members tend to be a little more of literary readers than I am. But I will persevere as the books themselves are within my reading range.

I didn’t read the Books With Heart book because the theme of sickness in the book was just too much for me. And I listened in to Rachael Johns discussion of her book which I had read towards the latter part of 2018 but was the book for January discussion.

Outside Reading Highlights

What can I say, January has gone by so quickly. Summer in our part of the world. Last night I slept with a fan going all night. First time ever! I read online that putting a bowl of iced water in front of the fan can help. May just try that. Or a cold “hot water bottle”. I am not so sure about that!

I joined a tai chi class which is proving enjoyable. I was going to go to beginners’ yoga but found a really good yoga class that is online for older women and while it was a cost, it is very economical as if I went to class once a week after 10-15 weeks I would have paid the same. This way I get to do it every day. Most likely better for me. I also found a DVD in my cupboard for stretching and that proved good too. Ah January is a good place to start new habits!

Top Book for January

Hard to choose – so many good reads this month. However I did get caught up in this one so will choose it and I enjoyed the narrator Lisa Flanagan

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Looking forward to reading in February

This month there are some unknowns to read – review books of authors I haven’t read before and the same with the library books, although I look forward to Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson from the library.

Main Reading Goals for February

In January I had two books I stopped and DNF. So for February I’d like to stop reading any book that doesn’t work for me.

Incoming Books during January…


Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books


This will be the last time I host a link up for the end of month review. I’d like to thank you all for supporting this and joining in. I really appreciated it. From February onwards I am going to link up to Nicole’s link up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction – which I know some of you do already. See you over there!

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November Reading month in Review

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Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month: 12.

Four of these are library books.
Three are audiobooks.
Two are review books.
Two are books I bought in 2018.

Where do the authors come from?

Five authors from the USA
Three authors from Britain
One from Ireland
One from New Zealand  ( Who – well that’s Nalini Singh of course!)
Two from Australia

New to me authors:

Tricia Stringer
Fiona Palmer
Carmel Harrington

Reading Challenge Update:

I am nearing finishes with most, I think I will make my audiobook goal, even though I thought I wouldn’t. I may not read a banned book so that will mean I don’t finish the Anne Bogel one, but that’s okay.

Reading Club Update:

I read Brothers and Sisters by Fiona Palmer for one online book club and really enjoyed it, the listen on audio was the way to go and the discussion on Facebook with Books with Heart was interesting.

I read Table for Eight by Tricia Stringer and that will be for next month along with Liane Moriarty’s latest book, Nine Strangers Waiting.

Outside Reading Highlights

I had installed a bookcase in my lounge room, and I love the fact I can now keep all my books in one place. I did cull some as I put them on their new home. I love the cupboards underneath which will hide stuff!!

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Top Book for November…

Have you read this Irish author? I hadn’t up until this month but I loved the story and the exploration of homelessness, which is so prevalent in everyone’s country these days. At first the cover didn’t really wow me, but once I’d read the book – perfection!

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Looking forward to reading in December …


 Reading/Blogging Goals for December…

  • See how many of my reading challenges I can finish or near finish.
  • Decide if I will host a reading challenge for 2019 … or not.
  • Think about what challenges I might take part in for 2019.
  • Decide on my first book to read for 2019.

Last month I wanted to get 3 to 4 rereads accomplished. I read two and as they were rather solid reads I count that as good enough!

Incoming Books during November


Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books


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Reading Month in Review for October

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Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month:  17

And all worth reading!

New to me authors:

Emily Madden
Veronica Henry
Louise Miller
Karen Schaler
Fleur Beale
Joanna Nell

Reading Challenge Update:

No challenges completed this month, although have furthered along my audio book challenge, but to complete would need to listen to 5 more. Maybe, maybe not.

To complete other challenges will need to read:

  • a book into a movie
  • non fiction hobby book (underway)
  • book to improve life      (underway)
  • a reread
  • a book with more than 500 pages
  • a banned book
  • a travelogue

Reading Club Update:

I read The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden for the Rachael Johns’ online book club, and… missed the live Facebook discussion but saw part of it later and some of the discussion. Mixed my days up, but… I  not that worried. November’s book is to be Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. I don’t have a copy and looks like the library one might be a long way away!

I enjoyed The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Village by Joanna Nell and the guided discussion and comments into it from Joanna Nell added to it. The Books With Heart online book club run by Hachette Australia has not announced the November book which to my mind is too slow!

Outside Reading Highlights

I always love our October book fair run by the local Lions’ clubs, an excellent way to give and buy books! I must do a post soon on the books I bought.

I got my vegie garden up and running, potatoes and pumpkins are up and so are the beans and just beginning to beat the snails. I have my tomatoes in two pots under shelter still.

In the last days of October I worked some more on my bookshelf quilt and have to decided to “thread paint” (free motion quilt) on the names of authors I love. So that when I look at it, it makes me remember authors who have given me many happy reading hours. I will have some childhood ones, some I’ve loved for a long time, and some I have “found” in the last ten years.

I have put two of those on from the last ten years as a trial and found I liked it, it will take quite awhile to get them all on but while I do it I remember the many happy hours of reading these authors gave me.

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Top Books for October

Main Reading Goals for November

This month I want to fit in some rereads. Books I know I love and have forgotten. My aim is about 3 – 4. Incoming library books might interfere with that!

Incoming Books during October


Library Books

From NetGalley or Edelweiss

Audio Books Purchased with Credits.


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Month in Reading Review – September 2018


For me September was about keeping an eye on the reading challenges I had set myself, so I am interested to see how I went and how much further I have to advance!

A holiday season book –  The Wishing Tree
A number in the title  – Three Gold Coins 
A classic   – Persuasion
Last book added to my TBR – By Invitation Only Dorothea Benton Frank
Children’s Book  Emily of New Moon  L. M. Montgomery
Randomly chosen from TBR – Flirting With Pete  Barbara Delinsky
Audiobooks – 3
Library books – 7

So for the last three months of the year I still have some challenges I’d like to advance a little more.  I have finished the library challenge although of course I am still reading from the library!

Books Read

Number of Books Read in September: 16

The Wishing Tree   Emily March    Contemporary romance   Kindle
Three Gold Coins   Josephine Moon Mainstream fiction  – Hardback
Rush     Lisa Paton    Mainstream southern fiction  – Hardback
Crimes Against a Book Club  Kathy Cooperman Mainstream fiction – audiobook
Season of Wonder   RaeAnne Thayne  Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Persuasion   Jane Austen   Classic.   – audiobook
Flirting with Pete   Barbara Delinksy  – Mainstream Fiction – Paperback from my bookshelf
Fool Me Forever   Ainslie Paton   – Contemporary Romance – Kindle
An American Marriage   Tayari Jones – Fiction – Hardback.
The Desert Nurse   Pamela Hart  Historical fiction – Trade Paperback
By Invitation Only  Dorothea Benton Frank   Mainstream Fiction.   Hardback
Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane  JoAnn Ross   Contemporary Romance – Kindle
Leverage in Death.  J . D. Robb. Narrated Susan Eriksen – Suspense – Audiobook
Scandal Above Stairs   Jennifer Ashley   Cozy Mystery – Paperback
Emily of New Moon  L.M.Montgomery   Children’s Fiction – Paperback
How to Walk Away.  Katherine Center Mainstream Fiction – Hardback

New to me authors

Lisa Paton
Cathy Cooperman
Tayari Jones

Favourite September book

Ah, so many good books in this month. In the end I have chosen this book for my favourite but so many close runner ups!

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What I am looking forward to reading in October

Now that’s a bit of a hard question, obviously my own bookshelf is groaning with books I want to read and some are also on the way and then of course the library will tell me a book is ready to pick up. But … let’s see.  The first two are on my bookshelf, the Cathy Lamb is for review from Kensington. The anticipation for each book fills me with delight.

Incoming books

Bought – paperbacks

Kindle Books

I bought The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt because his Okay for Now might just be my top favourite children’s book.

From the Library

This was the month of the feast from the library. So many of my reserved books came in! Looking at them now I see I have finished with them all and they have been returned! The pressure of other readers waiting!

From Edelweiss or NetGalley

That one without a title is American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt.


Audiobooks bought.



This month I also joined two Australian book  clubs online on Facebook.  One is Rachael Johns Online Book Club  (Australian author) and also Hachette Australia’s Books with Heart Book Club. Each read one book a month and talk about it. Australian books of course, but I decided that I’d enjoy reading many of them, as they are mostly women’s fiction genre so I think it will be an excellent fit for me. The New Zealand population of 5 million is too small for such things!  I know! I know! Many cities in the world have double, triple and more of that! You can see why when we travel for the first time we are a little over awed!

The October read for Books with Heart is about a 79 year old woman. And that will cover a reading challenge topic for me as well. I’ve bought this one as too many reserves on it at the library!book cover

Rachael John’s club read is reading in October …    I’ve bought this one as well and its on its way from Booktopia. (An Australian site) as I couldn’t find it in my local bookshop. Again too many reserves on it at the library, which is good!

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So that’s a wrap for September, I count it as a very good month.  As we slide into October – I saw a blogger calling this Owntober which is a good reminder to read our own books! And I hope to read some more of them. But… there is the local book fair mid October where there will be cheap books. Hmm I’ll limit myself I think. Maybe ten at the most! Have I read last year’s haul, I need to look at that, maybe I haven’t even read one! Ouch.


So what was your reading month like?  Last month I had a book giveaway – I have contacted the winner but haven’t heard back, but I do believe she has been away so I’ll wait awhile longer to give her time to check her email. More news on that next time.

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Month in Review – August Reading Link Up

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Welcome in to looking back at the reading accomplished and books explored during August. I look forward to seeing what many of you have been reading.

This month I chose to read only books I really wanted to read , no pressure of review books. I read slowly and just enjoyed! Really all reading should be like that, so I must remember that. As well no new authors this month, just my favourites.

BitmojiAs a celebration for August I am giving away one book from the Book Depository. One reader who links up with this post will randomly be chosen at the end of August. Thanks to all of you for joining in over the months.

Books Read in August   11

Sold on a Monday   Kristina Morris   5 stars
Best Beach Ever   Wendy Wax     5 stars
How to Keep a Secret   Sarah Morgan 5 stars
The Sugarhouse Blues   Mariah Stewart 4 stars    Audiobook
Her Royal Spyness Rhys Bowen  4 stars     Audiobook
A Royal Pain   Rhys Bowen  4 stars      Audiobook
Before and Again   Barbara Delinksy   4 stars
Good Luck With That   Kristan Higgins   5 stars
Between you and Me  Susan Wiggs 5 stars
A Different Kind of Normal  Cathy Lamb 5 stars
If Books Could Kill   Kate Carlisle  4 stars

Top Books for August

It was difficult to choose, as I thoroughly enjoyed everything I read this month.

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Looking forward to reading in September

I intend reading some books to work towards completing some reading challenges as well as some review books. Persuasion is for a reading challenge and I have long wanted to try the Emily series since I was informed by Katherine over at I Wish I lived in a Library (and wouldn’t we all) at how good this series is.


Incoming Books


Paperback Books Purchased… that last one is a hardback of Middlemarch – a goal for next year!

Kindle Book Purchased

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Borrowed from the Library

Books from Edelweiss and NetGalley

Books Purchased with Credits from Audible


So how was your month?

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Month in Review – July

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Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month: 16

Books Read

The Stars are Fire     Anita Shreve  – audio
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters   Susan Mallery
Indigo Lake   Jodi Thomas
The Forever Summer    Jamie Brenner  – audio
The Dress in the Window  Sofia Grant
Until You Loved Me   Brenda Novak
We Never Asked for Wings  Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anne of the Island   L.M.Montgomery –  audio
Until it Fades   K. A. Tucker   – audio
Sawbones    Melissa Lenhardt
Any Dream Will Do     Debbie Macomber
Bring on the Blessings   Beverly Jenkins
Dragon Springs Rd  Janie Chang
Fatal Affair   Marie Force
Seeing Red   Sandra Brown
The Bookshop at Water’s End   Patti Callahan Henry – audio

Book Formats:
Paperback Three
E-Book Eight
Audiobook Five
From TBR shelf One
Review Books Seven
From my New Shelf    Two

Genres Read

Contemporary Romance Three
Crime/Suspense Two
Fantasy Zero
Mainstream Fiction Seven
Historical Fiction Four

New to me authors.
Melissa Lenhardt
Beverly Jenkins
Jamie Brenner
Sofia Grant
Janie Chang

Top Books for July.

Honestly so many of them were so good! Here are my 5 star reads!  All three of them audiobooks!!
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Looking Forward to reading in August…

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Incoming Books.
Won from Books with Heart on Twitter – thank you Hachette Australia

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E Books Purchased:

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Books coming from NetGalley or Edelweiss

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Audible Books purchased with credits

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So how did your reading month pan out?

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Month in Review – June

Welcome in, do join me by sharing your link to your look back at this month. I’m looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone has been up to.  The link will be open for you to share your post whenever you post over the next few days.  Do visit each others’ posts.

Total books read this month: 14
14 books is a little light for me, however it did take me almost a week to read Silver Silence as I read it slowly and needed to concentrate on every word! I haven’t quite finished the last on my list – The Tulip Sisters, but by the time June ends I’ll be there I do believe

Books Read:
Serenity Harbor   RayAnne Thayne
Soon    Morris Gleitzman
Saving Grace   Jane Green
The Garden of Small Beginnings Abi Waxman
A Stardance Summer  Emily March
One Wrong Turn  Deanna Lyn Sletton
Come Sundown   Nora Roberts
The Beach at Painter’s Cove   Shelley Noble
Silver Silence  Nalini Singh
The Almost Sisters    Joshilyn Jackson
Indian Summer    Marcia Willett
Anne of Avonlea    L. M. Montgomery – audiobook
Goodnight from London  Jennifer Robson  – audiobook
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters    Susan Mallery

Book Formats:
Paperback Four
E-Book Eight
Audiobook Two
From TBR shelf Two
Review Books Eight
From my New Shelf    Two

Genres Read

Contemporary Romance Four
Crime/Suspense One
Fantasy One
Mainstream Fiction Five
Historical Fiction Three

New to me authors.
Abi Waxman
Jennifer Robson

Top Book for June

I enjoyed all my reads, however Silver Silence was my favourite. It was my most anticipated read for June and it certainly delivered. I also have a signed book which makes it a little more special. I just loved the whole bear clan and Valentin and Silver. Its a series and a book that just whisks me away from my own world, and as I emerge from it I feel I have been there.
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This is Nalini being interviewed on TV here in New Zealand about her new book.

Looking Forward to Reading in July…

Well I always look forward with anticipation to a new Fatal book by Marie Force, and her new one comes out on the 25th of July, I have made time in my calendar as well to read it. This will be an auto-buy for me!
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Incoming Books.
Books purchased:

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Won on Goodreads: 

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Books from Publishers:

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Audio Books with Audible credits

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So how did your reading month pan out?