Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sunday Salon: January Reading Reflections

The end of each month seems to come around so quickly, and this month that is definitely true, I think partially because I was away for part of it. At least, it doesn't feel like I have been at work much and I am pretty sure my boss will be relieved when I put in three or four full weeks in a row!

Here's what I read in January:

Addition by Toni Jordan 4.5/5
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley 4.5/5
The Year of the Unexpected by Erica Bauermeister 3.5/5
Wookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook by Robin Davis 4/5
The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys 4/5
Fables 7: Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham 4/5
The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick 4.5/5
Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell 2.5/5
Free-Falling by Nicola Moriarty 4/5
The Lady Most Likely by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway 4/5
Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing - the extraordinary life of Alec Campbell by Jonathan King 4/5
Unforgettable by Elise K Ackers 4/5
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 4/5
One Little White Lie by Loretta Hill 4/5
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 4.5/5
The Captive Sun by Irena Karafilly 4/5
The Wanderer by Robyn Carr 4/5
Drawing Closer by Jenny Schwartz 3/5
The Wedding Shroud by Elisabeth Storrs 4.5/5
All He Ever Dreamed by Shannon Stacey 4/5
Portrait of a Scandal by Danielle Lisle 4/5
Mistaken Engagement by Jenny Schwartz 4/5
The One That Got Away by Kelly Hunter 4.5/5
The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry 4.5/5
The Fine Colour of Rust by P A O'Reilly 4.5/5
The House at Salvation Creek by Susan Duncan 4.5/5
How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox 4/5 (reread)
A Lady Never Lies by Juliana Gray 4/5

Whoops, this clearly shows I got a bit slack on the reviewing thing in the last half of the month!

I have been trying to figure out the best way to take keep my challenges up to date in these posts, so I think I am going to try a couple of different ways until I find something that works. For now, I will go with lists!

Australian Women Writer's Challenge - Just like last year, the AWW Challenge continues to be a large focus of my reading.

Addition, Free-Falling, Unforgettable, One Little White Lie, The Secret Keeper, Drawing Closer, The Wedding Shroud, Portrait of a Scandal, Mistaken Engagement, The One That Got Away, The Other Side of Us, The Fine Colour of Rust and The House at Salvation Creek.

Aussie Author Challenge - In order to complete the challenge I need to read some female authors but from now on all the authors I read for this challenge will be male.

Addition, Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing - the extraordinary life of Alec Campbell, Unforgettable, The House at Salvation Creek

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - I am only counting historical fiction written by Australian authors for this challenge this year.

The Secret Keeper

What's in a Name - Two categories down, four to go!

The Firebird (a book with fire in the title), Les Miserables (a book with in emotion in the title)

Sci-fi Experience - Must find the time to read the books I wanted to read for this challenge!

Wookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook

Currently Reading

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth. Night Music by Jojo Moyes (audiobook)

Up Next

The case of the man who died laughing : a Vish Puri mystery by Hall, Tarquin, Lifesaving for Beginners by Ciara Geraghty, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


  1. I'm always so impressed by how much you read each month! I'm glad you enjoyed The Secret Keeper!

    1. I did! Now we just have to wait for the next book!

  2. Wow Marg that is a really impressive list of books read. All the best for your reading challenges.

  3. Wow! That is an incredible start to the year!

  4. After reading your review of addition i got it from my library. I am looking forward to reading it!

  5. Wow, you got a lot of reading done. I've been doing so bad with my reading last year and this year too. Hopefully I can pick it up. Great way to start your year!

  6. You got a lot of reading done! Maybe I need to review less so I can read more!

    I hope you love Bitter Greens!

    1. Erm. I suspect you have it the right way around! lol

  7. WHAT?! You read ALL of those books in January? Impressive.. and so many great grades, too! Hope Feb is just as wonderful.