Sunday, June 09, 2013

Sunday Salon: May Reading Reflections

Whilst I have been struggling on the blogging front over the last couple of months, I was taking some comfort that my reading was still going strongly. May was the month where that no longer the case. So what have I been doing instead of reading and blogging? Playing stupid Facebook games! After months of playing only Songpop, this month I got totally addicted to playing Candy Crush and Farmhouse Heroes Saga. I also played another game for a few weeks but I have since stopped that one!

Now I realise that 14 books for a month is a pretty respectable total, but over the last 6 months or so I have been reading more than 20 a month so this is quite a significant reduction for me.

Here's what I read:

A Lady By Midnight by Tessa Dare 4/5
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4.5/5
A Taste for it by Monica McInerney 4/5 (audiobook)
On Rue Tatin by Susan Loomis 4/5
Venetia by Georgette Heyer 4/5 (audiobook - 3rd listen this year)
Like No Other Lover by Julie Anne Long 3.5/5
Seduction by M J Rose 3/5
Life on Pittwater by Susan Duncan 4/5
Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany 4/5
Paper Towns by John Green 3.5/5 (Audiobook)
A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon 4/5
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 4/5
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein 4.5/5
Fables: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham 4/5
The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey 4 (audiobook)

Challenge Update

Aussie Author Challenge - The Rosie Project, The Amber Amulet

Australian Women Writers Challenge - A Taster for It, Mateship with Birds

Currently Reading

Taking a Chance by Deborah Burrows, The Newcomer by Robyn Carr and listening to Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Up Next

Kitty's War by Janet Butler.


  1. 14 Books is definitely a good number - I'm like what am I doing that I barely got in two last month! ha. Hope you'll read lots of great books in June!

    1. I guess as long as you are doing fulfilling stuff and not just wasting time it is okay!

  2. I understand - those FB games can be time vacuums! I used to play Garden of Time, but gave it up when I realized how much time I was wasting.

    1. Carrie, that is one that I was playing and gave up on last year!

  3. 14 books a month is amazing! I wish I could read that many :)

    've gotten addicted to quite a few games on my phone. Luckily, it seems to just be a phase where I'll play non-stop for a month or two and then go completely off it.

  4. fb games are incredible time wasters but they do offer a bit of R and R from stress to get your mind numb so you can read things w/out being distracted afterwards...haha

    14 books is not to be sneezed at. I have Mateship with Birds on hold at the Library as well as the Gabaldon one also. The Birds one sounds fascinating but if it's a story about Kookaburras why do they have a Magpie on the cover?

  5. You should read a book titled, The Facebook Diet. It's right up your alley. :-)
    Happy June reading!

  6. Considering that you still read 2-3x more books in a month than I do, I don't think 14 books can qualify as a slump. :) As for facebook games, I do find they're a nice way to unwind, but I only let myself play one at a time--otherwise I would have no more time left! If I install a new one, I make myself stop playing the old one.

  7. Hey, maybe you just needed a bit of time out - don't be so hard on yourself! (I love computer games but dare not start any more FB ones - apart from the game of scrabble I have with my sister who lives overseas - as I know I'd never stop!)

  8. That's still an awesome total - I only average 8-10! I do understand about Candy Crush though, it is very addictive! I have disabled purchases to stop me from playing - but not helping much! Glad you enjoyed The Rosie Project and Kitchen!

  9. I don't play the games - but don't read nearly as much as you! Enjoy!

  10. 14 books is a great total but I understand that it's not on par with all that you've been reading in previous months. Those FB games are addicting! I hope you're able to get a lot read this month!

  11. I've avoided Facebook games so far but I play a lot of Words With Friends!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. When I get hooked on a game, I don't read as much. But you seem to have gotten to some good books regardless.

  13. You're on a reading roll despite the Facebook games! Last might my husband had me see Rabbit-Proof Fence, the 2002 Aussie film which I never saw. Wow it's powerful. I'll look for the book. cheers