Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's Monday

Meme hosted here:

I finished Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox on Saturday. Loved  it.

It's set in the same Southland as Knox's Dreamhunter/Dreamquake duo, but there are major differences. It's full of magic and wonder, though; two of my favourite things.

I'm still working through An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris. But very slowly. There's something in it that I'm not connecting with.

However, I'm planning to start the New Year on Wednesday with The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

What are you reading?

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The 2014 TBR reading challenge list

I finally pulled this together. I've cleared part of a bookshelf so all the books could hang out, keep each other company.

The list is, from left:

Eye of the Dragon by Stephen King
A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson
Nefertiti (non-fiction) by Joyce Tydesley
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher
Galileo's Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
A Song of Ice and Fire bk 3- A Storm of Swords by G R R Martin
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint
The Children's Book by A S Byatt
The Looking Glass War by Frank Beddor.

I'm starting with Eye of the Dragon in January, and then working through month by monh in the order they're in the bookcase. :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Your mission ....


I've been going through the challenges for 2014 posted on and as always, everything is the most tempting.

For now, I've narrowed it down to two, so I don't get too distracted by the shinies - lol.

First up is this challenges hosted at - the TBR Pile Challenge. It has structure, and montly posts, and it's exactly what I'm looking for. I just need to make a TBR list :-)

Next is this one hosted by It's a challenge to read women writers, which is something I want to try and do more of.

Later in the year I'm planning on taking on RIP and Once Upon a Time, both of which are hosted here, if you're new.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

It's Monday - what are you reading?

Meme hosted here:

Right now, I'm reading Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox and An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.

Mortal Fire is set in the same universe as Knox's Dreamhunter/Dreamquake novels, but  about 40-50 years into the future. I'm only about two chapters in but it's promising.

An Officer and a Spy is based on the 19th century Dreyfus treason case in France. My reading has been a bit patchy of it, but if I get the chance to sit down and really get stuck in,  I'm expecting to get caught up in the story.

What are you reading?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A post

How's it hanging interwebz? How's every little thing? How FAST has 2013 gone? You know what, let's not talk about that.

Recently I started going back through my blog archives and looking at how much I used to blog in a year compared to now. I am an intermittent blogger at best. I have decided to try and change that.

One of the things I noticed from previous years was I had structure to hang posts on - things like the Weekly Geeks (Dewey

To be honest, I don't think I'm going to start doing reviews again. There are so many clever and insightful reviewers out there and I sit in my little corner playing with the laser dot and going OMG THIS WAS AWESOMEEEEEEE which isn't really helpful - lol.

I'm still going to be talking about books, and what I'm reading but not writing reviews. Probably. If that even makes sense.

Anyway, we were talking about structure and how I need to have something to hang blog posts upon.

So the plan is to hang them on the It's Monday What are You Reading meme hosted here: and to pick up on a few (a very few, I've met myself) reading challenges and post about those, say, once a week.

So, posting twice a week talking about books and reading, with a framework.

Hopefully, that way, I can get back into the swing of things.