Saturday, August 01, 2020

Reading Reflections: July 2020

July felt like a very slow reading month for me. I am not sure why. I think it is partially as a result of us going back into lockdown and I just felt unsettled. Who knows. Maybe August will be better. Maybe not.

Here's what I did read

The Goldminer's Sister by Alison Stuart 5/5 (Australian Author)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as you can see from my review here. Only my second 5/5 read for the year.

Something to Talk About by Rachael Johns 4.5/5 (Australlian Author)

Rachael Johns is one of my go to authors. Even when I wasn't reading I would read her books. This is the follow up book to Talk of the Town, set in a small town in country Western Australia.

Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer 3.5/5 (Australian Author)

Two families decide to go on a roughing it holiday to get away from their normal lives, but this may lead to lots of secrets being revealed.

Miss Graham's Cold War Cook Book by Celia Rees 4.5/5

I read this for a blog tour and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it as it was a very unusual book from the setting to the events in the book. You can read my review (and see a recipe for a Beesting cake) here.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 4.5/5

I feel like I am cheating a bit by counting this as a book read, but the reality is that it is not dissimilar to listening to an audiobook. Listening to Taika Waititi and his celebrity friends perform this book is nothing less than pure delight. This is also yet another opportunity to share the first video. If you haven't yet watched this, treat yourself because it is a delight.

I am linking my post up to the Monthly Wrap up which is hosted at Feed Your Fiction Addiction


  1. Is Fiona Palmer a mystery writer? I am trying to get a few books by Australian writers and some are just not availble here. I like a good mystery,

    1. No, she's more a rural romance/women's fiction.

      Have a look at Mysteries in Paradise for lots and lots of mystery reviews

      Or take a look at the Australian Women Writers website. Every month or so there is a crime roundup

    2. Thank you, that's helpful to me!

  2. Seems like you had an enjoyable reading month. The Hemsworth boys sure have nice smiles ... I've seen some of that reading!

  3. Very good reading month in terms of quality!

  4. I hope the lockdown eases up for you again soon, Marg. It looks like you read some good books in July. I am anxious to read Miss Graham's Cold War Cook Book and am glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to watch the video when I have a little more time. It sounds like fun!

    Have a great week, Marg. Take care and stay safe.

  5. The Goldminer's Sister looks really good, will have to check that one out. Hope you find some good reads this week/month!

  6. Hope August is better and your area gets a chance to ease up on lockdown. Our numbers in early July were definitely alarming but I think this past week, at least in my city, it's been a bit better. Here's hoping at least our books keep us entertained!



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