Sunday, 30 November 2014

AusReading Month Wrap-Up

I've thoroughly enjoyed my month of Aussie books, especially since I combined AusReading Month with Non-Fiction November.
It was a great incentive to finish some of those Australian history books lying by my bed!

I've tried to not let hosting AusReading Month take over my life, as I want to read Australian books during November, not blog all the time!

My blog is meant to help me focus my reading and keep a track of what I like & don't like and why.

But I found that I did end up blogging for large parts of every day (at the expense of reading time).

I love blogging & I love reading, but I feel that I need to balance the two a little better. I know I can get a little obsessive when I find something I love doing and feel passionate about it. The trick I have to learn is moderation!

In the meantime, it's time to wrap up AusReading Month.

What did I read?

I completed 12 books - 3 non-fiction, 4 fiction, 3 picture books & 2 children's books.

I got to Number 35 in Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers (only 65 to go!) and I'm a 1/4 of the way through The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower (very, very disturbing!)

What was my favourite Aussie read this month?

Fiction - Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
Non-Fiction - Sydney by Delia Falconer
Children's - The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett

Happy Surprise?

My first Rowland Sinclair mystery - a real gem - can't wait to read the rest.

Disappointment?

That I didn't even pick up The Biggest Estate on Earth. I really want to read this, but I don't seem to make any time for it.

What's next?

To work on my Aussie author alphabet list, so I have few completed drafts before going on holidays in the New Year!
To join in Heavenali's Willa Cather reading week 7th-14th Dec.
To survive the Christmas madness at work.
Put up the Christmas tree.

Plans for next year's AusReading Month?

To have a few weekly questions/ surveys for participants to join in (with the aim of still keeping it about reading time not blogging time).
Organise a State by State reading challenge.

That's it!
That's all folks.
It's a wrap for another year.

Thank you one and all for visiting, reading, reviewing, commenting & tweeting.
Your enthusiasm & interest keeps me going.

Mr Linky will stay live for another few days if you have any more review posts to add.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for doing this again, and for taking so much time and trouble. Though time got away from me and I only read two books I have been inspired. I plan to read more by Katherine Susannah Prichard and Henry Handel Richardson, and I have books by Rosa Praed and Helen Simpson lined up too.

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    1. Yes, I'd be happy to read more Richardson too.

      Prichard is on my TBR list.
      The main thing is we're spreading the word about great Australian reads :-)

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  2. I look forward to AusReadingMonth 2015! Nevil Shute, Ruth Park.....next year? Thanks for all the work, blogging and enthusiasm voor Aussie books!

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    1. Perhaps you could try a Patrick White to also help out with your Nobel challenge?

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  3. Although I didn't have quite as much time as I would have liked, I enjoyed the focus on Australian literature. Thanks for organizing the event!

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  4. You did incredible! I'm so glad you hosted this. I found myself looking for more Aussie books to read.

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