authors, reading

What’s on my reading list this year

Last month I posted about my Goodreads Challenge for the year, a mere 30 books (and I’m already behind, at just 3 so far!). Having such a low number really means that I will need to be a bit more choosy when it comes to what I’m reading. It means I will be more inclined to set things aside if they aren’t capturing me, and it means doing a little planning.

I’m usually the kind of gal who grabs books willy nilly, and I’m definitely guilty of only reading a fraction of the books that I purchase. In an ideal world, I will read them all one day, but time is short and getting shorter.

So, what do I HAVE to read this year?

Naturally, my text books: The Essentials of Family Therapy, and The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Now that we’ve got the academic things out of the way, I MUST read The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig. I loved the first two books in the series and am very excited to read the third. Miriam Black is a fantastic character and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to this time around.

I also have got to get my hands on a copy of The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater. The Raven Boys was my first ever Stiefvater book and I just adore her wonderful way with words. Really looking forward to reading book 2.

I’d also love to read Cress, book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles by Melissa Meyer. I liked the first two, after not really expecting to, and she’s definitely an author whose work I’ll be following.

It’s nice to know there are  a few series that I’m keen to follow on with, though now I’m a bit sad that I’m not branching out or have any new authors whose work I want to line up. I’m going to have to go on the hunt.

You can help me here – I’ve recently been reminded that I love a good serial killer book. Not specifically police oriented stuff, but you know, people, serial killers, figuring out who it is stuff. I’d like to read some more of this type of book, with a futuristic earth setting if anyone knows who writes that kind of stuff. I’m planning on finally writing Saving Tomorrow next year, and I need some inspiration.

Delaney’s story has been four years in the making already and once I’m clear of study I want to give another shot. The main thing that has been holding me back is that futuristic writing needs a different kind of world building to fantasy, or even things set on other planets, and I know that I have to bring the city to life in order to make the most of this story.

So, suggestions welcome! Cities, action, murder, killers, grey areas, futuristic earth. Gimme gimme gimme.

Thanks 😉

Also, if there is anything that you think I should desperately be reading, let me know. I’m totally open to finding some new authors to adore, though my reading habits are often dictated by the rather small size of my book budget. I’ve got a few books lined up for the near future from some writer friends, but you can never have too many books, right?


Goodreads reading challenge 2014

I’ve been signing up for this challenge for the last 3 years – and managed to top my goal every year. It’s great to have a target in mind, and when you need do nothing more than update your goodreads to track it (which I do, anyway) there is really no reason not to.*

The first year I opted for 75 books, but dropped back to 50 the last two due to study, and the decision not to finish crappy books. I’ve done a lot more beginning and setting aside in these last two years than ever before, and you know what? I feel heaps better for it. When I look back on what I read last year, most of it was pretty good.

This year I am dropping my goal number even lower – down to 35. With the increased study load, I know it will be a lot harder to find time to read for pleasure, but it’s a good way to make sure I am reading quality books, not snacking on crap. I’m starting the year off right, and have chosen The Scorpio Races as my first book. It’s been on my kindle for the better part of a year, and I have been saving it for the right time.

The time is now 🙂

I fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater’s writing in June last year when I read The Raven Boys. Oh how I loved that book. I’m not the biggest fan of YA, but this really captured me. So I know I’m going to enjoy The Scorpio Races.

I don’t have anything beyond that lined up, so if you have suggestions for relatively inexpensive e-books, I’d love to hear them.

*My only issue with Goodreads is that I can’t count the books I read to give my writer friends feedback on until they are published, and sometimes that’s not the same year I read it. Also, I can’t include the books I read as an intern for Entangled. Between the two of those things, that’s probably an extra 20 books a year. So, while 35 *might* seem low, there is a lot of behind the scenes reading going on ;-)**

**let’s not even think about all the academic stuff I’ll be reading!! Trying not to dwell on that until the papers actually start lol.


ABC Indie Fiction Reading Challenge.

The lovely Anna has put up a new reading challenge for 2011, and I’ve decided to take part!

My history with indie publishing is a bit shaky, in that I’ve read a lot of really bad self-published books. I know there are plenty of good ones out there though, and I’m hoping that this challenge will help expose me to some of those excellent indie authors, and it will mean I make good use of my Kindle (when it arrives anyways, which is not for a few weeks yet, as well as giving me a good idea of how it’s done, seeing as I am planning on indie publishing Mocha Nihilism next year.

So, if you are an indie author who thinks I should check out their stuff, let me know! And if you have some fav indie authors, then feel free to make suggestions.

How to play:

The goal is to read 24 indie longer-length pieces of fiction in a year, according to the following guidelines:

  1. Each story must be written by a different author, and the first letters of the authors’ surnames must make up the entire alphabet (ie, one author whose surname begins with A, one with B, one with C….)
  2. You do not need to read in alphabetical order.
  3. Re-reads, ebooks, ongoing serials — any long-length fiction counts. For serials, you must read the entire backlog.
    What doesn’t count: individual short stories.
  4. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.
  5. No need to list your stories in advance. You may select as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
  6. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
  7. Challenge begins January 1st through December, 2011. Webfiction started before the 1st do not count.
  8. Sign up by leaving a comment below with the direct link to your post where your progress will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other readers can find this fun challenge.
  9. You don’t need to review your books, although it’s strongly encouraged.

I’ll be setting up a page soon to keep track of how I’m doing. I think it’s going to be fun filling up my list and exposing myself to some new writers. I have been devouring books lately, and want to continue the trend!


What’s in a name 2

So, I’ve never done a reading challenge before but came across this one while I was randomly hopping through blogs this morning.

I’ve been rather slack on the reading front recently, and I thought to myself hey, why not accept the challenge and read some new books! I’m hoping it’ll prompt me to do a little more reading, and whats more reading outside of the things I might normally get out from the library. Something new.

It’s called What’s in a name 2 and here are the rules:

*This is a challenge that anyone can join, no matter what types of books they like to read. You should be able to find books from any genre that will work.

*Dates: January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009

*The Challenge: Choose one book from each of the following categories.

1. A book with a “profession” in its title. Examples might include: The Book Thief, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Historian

2. A book with a “time of day” in its title. Examples might include: Twilight, Four Past Midnight, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. A book with a “relative” in its title. Examples might include: Eight Cousins, My Father’s Dragon, The Daughter of Time

4. A book with a “body part” in its title. Examples might include: The Bluest Eye, Bag of Bones, The Heart of Darkness

5. A book with a “building” in its title. Examples might include: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Little House on the Prairie, The Looming Tower

6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title. Examples might include: Insomnia, Coma, The Plague
So, I have no idea what books I might read for it just yet! If anyone has read a good book which fits one of the categories leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂