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March 2021 Reading List

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March was an intense month – I started a new job and went from doing 7 hours a week to full time. I was also trying to keep up my training, my reading and my study. It was a good, solid, busy month. One in which I also became an Aunt twice. 🙂

Poems

Series

Short story collections

Standalones – Novels

Standalones – Novellas

Standalones – Short stories

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… until it’s gone

You never realise how much you miss something until it’s gone. And today, that thing is chapters…

I’ve been reading the first few Discworld novels lately. And for a series of books that I love, it’s taking me quite a while to finish each story. I kept wondering why and then I realised… no chapters!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Pratchett’s different style and lack of conformity. It’s what makes his stories so damn good. But it makes it hard to find a logical stopping point when I am reading. Which means that I start to stress that I’ve been reading for too long. After all, I find ig really easy to justify “just one more chapter”. It’s a little less fluid to say just ten more pages…

I also tend to find that the lack of chapters means that I don’t use Discworld stories as my rewards. I tend to let myself read a chapter, then get back into study or housework until I reach a certain point… and repeat. A bit hard to do when there is no dang chapter. So I normally grab one of my other books…

So basically. I love Terry Pratchett’s tales. But I kind of miss chapters. And I didn’t quite realise how important they were to me until they were gone…

December 2017

December 2017

Christmas is about working way too much, reading every moment I get and missing my family. This is the second Christmas that I haven’t been with them, and the first time that I’ve been in the same country as them… It’s been nice though, lots of money, lots of free time, which basically for me just means lots more books.

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Changes and Incompletion

Reading Speed

This month I haven’t really completed many of my reading challenges. I didn’t complete my semester of study. And I probably have a whole list of other things that haven’t been completed. And at some point a few weeks ago, this was a huge issue. But, now… not so much. I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that things have been changing pretty drastically for me and it’s time to sit back and rethink.

Things are always changing, but after moving into our own home, it feels like things have changed far quicker. I’ve suddenly begun to feel like an adult, which has been a long time coming. And I just feel responsible for other people and more than my own actions now. I’m still a kid at heart and in love with watching Disney movie reruns, but now I am aware of the fact that I have a job and bills to pay…

Which, mostly has meant that in the last month I have stressed about my future, worked my butt off (since we’re short staffed), and not read anywhere near as many books as I would have liked…

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Reading, Reading, Reading

Reading

The end of September and my first month of participating in reading challenges has come to a close. And it’s been a really fun experience! I have this incredibly frustrating habit of picking up one series, reading a book or two and then switching to another… by completing reading challenges, I’m able to find an excuse to read books that are part of a series that I may have put down a year ago.

I’m never quite sure whether my inability to stick to one series (or even one book at a time) is just a product of my own jumpy mentality, or whether it’s due to the hyperactivity of the internet and our current ideas. I’m the same with TV series, study, really anything. I tend to jump from one aspect to another without even blinking. Hence the fact that I have, to date, started (and not finished) sixty-nine book series. And I’m in the middle of thirty TV shows.

Needless to say, I have a little bit of a problem with jumping from fascination to fascination. Which is where the reading challenges come in. There are a lot of books and series that I want to finish, and it’s kind of hard to decide which one to read next. Sometimes I am in a really specific mood, and the decision comes easily. At others, I find it impossible to choose between one thing and another. Maybe this is my problem – there is so much that I enjoy and love, and it is impossible to decide which things to pursue.

I’m not really sure why other people like to do reading challenges. Maybe they’re like me and just have too much to read. Maybe they would like to read more and require a goal (I normally have to stop myself from reading). And maybe they just like the communities that you become part of by immersing themselves in such a community. It certainly was not my first aim when I decided to partake in reading challenges, but it was a great side-benefit.

And now that I have completed all of the September challenges that I signed up for, I am going to get started on my October ones. Certainly looking forward to it!

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Nope, Nope, Nope

So, this week’s been real fun… I’ve been sick. For the whole week. But not the so-sick-you-just-sleep sick. Or the can-soldier-on sick. No, it was the I-feel-fine-oh-no-I-don’t sick. And the nausea. The nausea has been super fun.

Although, on a positive note.. I have managed to finish off a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. And I got to get some great puppy cuddles throughout the week as well. Nothing better than curling up with my fur babies to make me feel better when I just want to go cuddle the porcelain.

I’ve also been able to do a little editing on Aishe’s Arrival, which is something that I really need to develop some discipline with. After all, if I want to be a writer, I actually need to get my work up to a standard that I’m ready to share…

But mostly, this week has been sick, sick, sick. Which has been accompanied by Sex and the City (cliche much?) and a restless revolving through of numerous books. I’ve actually reduced it down to only reading three at this very moment! I’m sure that that will change in the next hour though…

The only other thing of note is that I have started playing around a little with the format of my website. Because, well, why not?

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May 2017

May 2017

I started off the month doing night work and catching bettongs out at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary, and with work and the end of the semester – it didn’t get any easier or quieter. So I spent most of this month rereading some of my favourite stories and authors. It made it a lot easier to put the book down when I actually had to get things done!

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April 2017

april-2017

This month all of my assignments seem to be due… so it’s been a little more difficult to read lots of intense novels. That’s why most of the reviews for this month are short stories that were a wonderful, quick and easy journey into another world. That, and a lot of Tamora Pierce, since I tend to read these books every time the world feels a little overwhelming.

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