2017 Challenges

aww2017-badgeI’m only setting myself a total goal of 60 books to be read for my Goodreads challenge in 2017, which will be half of what I’ve read this year, but with baby number two just arrived it is probably as much or more than I’ll be capable of.

The Australian Women Writers Challenge is all about promoting the wonderful works of our female Aussie authors.

I was going to set myself the goal of 12 AWW books for 2017, as that’s only one a month. But early in the year I think I might struggle to get even one book read a month. I really don’t know how I’m going to handle the two kiddlets and I’ll be returning to work earlier with Ethan than I did with Riley (we were renting the first time around, but we’re home ”owners” now and that costs quite a bit more per month – and there’ll be one more month to feed). So I decided to sign up to read 6 and any I read and review over that amount will be a bonus.

I have purchased a fair few #LoveOzYA books this year most of which are by lovely ladies I’ve seen speak, personally met or connected with online. #AWW2017 is an awesome reason to move them higher up my never-ending To Be Read list.

Top ten books I’m determined to devour over spring

TTTm3This week’s Top Ten set by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR. The Broke and the Bookish are up there in the Northern Hemisphere having fall (aka autumn), but I’m down here in the Southern and spring be springing. So here is my top ten books I’m determined to devour over spring.

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Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking

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Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

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Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Paradise Road (Paradise #2) by C.J. Duggan

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Batgirl: Year One (Batgirl) by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, Marcos Martin

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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

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Saga, Volume 1 (Saga: Collected Editions #1) by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

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The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore

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Chains of Water and Stone (Griever’s Mark #2) by Katherine Hurley

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to finish

TTTm3This week’s Top Ten set by THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH is Top Ten Ten Finished Series I Have YET to finish.

The NINE series I came up with are complete and I own all the books in them, I just haven’t read them all, YET!!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Animorphs by Katherine Applegate

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I know these aren’t real covers but I found them online and they cracked me up. If they cracked you up, we’re now BFF. I actually laughed out loud at the Pitbull cover, it was the first image that popped up. Oh Mr World Wide you never looked better.

The Circle of Talia by Dionne Lister

Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve read the hobbit and seen the LOTR movies, but I still NEED to read the books.

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

Rain Wilds Chronicles by Robin Hobb

The Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce

So many books, so little time!!!!!

My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors.

 I’ve managed to read more books this year than ever before, but I could only come up with 6 authors. So far in my entire life I’ve read about 300 books. Some of you out there read that number in a year. I got into this game late, which is a mistake I will not let my son make. I’ve read over 100 of those 300 books this year! So yes I’m not all that “well read”, but I’m working on it furiously. I didn’t read much when I was younger, I didn’t do well in school, I didn’t play many video games, I just didn’t have the attention span for any of it. I couldn’t sit still. I’d get home from school, eat some food while watching some cartons, then I’d go to my room, turn my stereo up as loud as it would go and dance around my room until I was tired enough to sleep. You’ll still find me doing this on the weekends when I need to de-stress, my two year old son thinks it’s fantastic and joins in.

Ok so I got off topic there, but sometimes I feel more than a little unknowledgeable. But I guess we’ve all different in this community and we all bring something different to the table. Even though I can’t come up with the content for each weeks Top Ten every time, I still love reading all your Top Ten’s and finding new books to add to my ever growing TBR.

So without further ado here is my list.

Leigh Hutton(1) Leigh Hutton. I’d buy any of Leigh’s books regardless what it was about. I think Leigh is an awesome woman and have really enjoyed reading her Girl Power filled YA books.22031265

Rick Riordan

(2) Rick Riordan. Totally buy anything if it’s Percy Jackson related. I have actually got two of his adult books but haven’t got around to reading them yet.12127810
Lee Child

(3) Lee child. So far the only work I’ve come across of Child’s is his Jack Reacher series which I love. I’d be willing to give another series a go if Child ever runs out of Reacher content. The series is 24 books strong, but Reacher is getting on in years – so who knows.

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J.K. Rowling

(4) J.K. Rowling. Totally buy anything if it’s Harry Potter related. If she was to come up with another YA/MG world I would give it ago. I haven’t read any of her adult books, yet!22842001

Amanda Hocking

(5) Amanda Hocking. I have really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Amanda and If I haven’t read it, It is sitting on my self to be read.

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(6) LOCAL! I’m a proud Novocastrian (person from Newcastle). See we’re so special they have a name for us :-P. localsRecently I decided to start finding books by people from or living in Newie, Lake Mac, Hunter Valley and the central coast and buying their books. Obviously I’m only going to buy the ones that appeal to me, ones that I want to read.

These are the ones I’ve purchased so far. Trinity Doyle / Kaz Delaney / Lizzie Wilcock / Susan Whelan I have more on my list that I want to buy, but sadly I need to eat.

Last Ten Books That Came into My Possession

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the last ten books that came into my possession. My list is in order of newest to oldest.

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(1) Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan / TBR / I won a signed paperback from Trudi & Hachette Australia.

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(2) The Soul Thief (Angel of Death Series #1) by Majanka Verstraete / TBR / review copy eBook.

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(3) I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore / Read <I didn’t do a proper review for it, just a quickie on Goodreads where I gave it five stars> / purchased eBook.

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(4) Starfire (2015) #1 by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti & Emanuela Lupacchino / Read <My Review> five stars / purchased eComic.

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(5) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare / TBR / purchased eBook.

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(6) Jillaroo (Jillaroo #1) by Rachael Treasure / TBR / purchased paperback.

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(7) Troll Mountain: The Complete Novel by Matthew Reilly / TBR / purchased eBook.

The next three I won through the Australian Women’s Writer Challenge’s celebrative Australian Voices in Print Tour competition in collaboration with Simon & Schuster and Harlequin.

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(8) Deadly Obsession (Lexie Rogers #2) by Karen M. Davis / TBR.

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(9) Heart of the Country by Tricia Stringer / TBR.

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(10) Season of Shadow and Light (The Seasons Quartet) by Jenn J. McLeod / TBR.

For someone who never wins anything I’ve done really well this year 🙂 a 10 comic book bundle from Diamond Distributors in April. The Australian Voices in Print Tour in May. And Thief’s Magic in June – I’m walking on sunshine (whoa oh), I’m walking on sunshine (whoa oh), and don’t it feel good (HEY!) Alright now – So I’d say that’s all my good luck gone for the next 28 years haha.