Because the pandemic reared its ugly head, I’ve been trying to be more chill about life. Typically, I have all my reading planned out for the whole year, placing books into specific categories and hitting a daily goal of reading 75 pages. After lock down, I’ve practically tossed my spreadsheet out. I’ve joined numerous buddy reads, picked up several new library books that struck me just right, and now I’ve randomly decided to join Brona’s AusReading Month. I’ve never done it before, but Bill @ Australian Legend wrote about it, and I guess I’ve got a wild hair for all things in e-groups.
Over the month of November, I plan to/have read the following Australian/Australian-set titles:
- Hearing Maud: A Journey for a Voice by Jessica White
- Unconventional Means: The Dream Down Under by Anne Richardson Williams, with Aboriginal traditional stories as told by Lorraine Mafi-Williams
- Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
- The Silence by Susan Allott
There’s a mini bingo card Brona created that readers can use, but seeing as how I don’t know what the initialisms on it mean, I’m going to stick to simply reading four books. I mostly find out about Australian books through Bill, like Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood. I received a number of recommendations from Margot @ Lectito back when she was still blogging, including Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell.
Other than that, not a ton happened this week. Here are some food pics that make me happy:
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
My review of Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson dissuaded a number of you from purchasing this book, or running out to get it as soon as possible. While I appreciate that the authors enjoyed working as a team on this one, it’s okay for readers to hold off.
Folks seemed to like what Larger than Death by Lynne Murray is selling, though! Please be sure to support this author and grab her book. It runs $2.99 on all the regular e-book purchasing sites.
The last book of #ReadingValdemar 2020, Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey, was like a heaping of Oliver Twist with ethereal beings that appear in horse bodies, which means I’ll likely be reading Oliver Twist soon.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Hearing Maud is a memoir by deaf Australian author Jessica White, who finds something in herself when she reads about Maud, the deaf daughter of famous 19th-20th century Australian author Rosa Campbell Praed. Review on Tuesday.
Unconventional Means by Anne Richardson Williams is about an American woman who read Australian fiction after her father died when she was a teen, and it affected her so deeply that she had a lifelong dream to go “down under.” The memoir is part travelogue, part dream description, and explores Australia from an outsider’s perspective. Review Thursday.