Wednesday, September 1, 2010

RTW - Best book of the month

I read some really good books this month (and a few were duds, at least for me, haha):

August reading looked like this (in the order I read them):
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Fire - Kristin Cashore
The Summer of Skinny Dipping - Amanda Howells
And the Everything Unravelled - Jennifer Sturman  My Review
Siren - Tricia Rayburn
Swerve - Phillip Gwyne
Joel and Kat Set the Story Straight - Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow  My Review
Raw Blue - Kirsty Eagar  My Review
Beatle Meets Destiny - Gabrielle Williams  My Review
How Not To Be Popular - Jennifer Ziegler
The Naughty List - Suzanne Young
The Hand That First held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
Winter Longing - Tricia Mills
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (re-read)
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Caleb and Kate - Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Saltwater Vampires - Kirsty Eagar

Four of the above books weren't really my thing (and get one or two stars from me)...

Only one adult fiction this month (my YA TBR pile is huge right now) but Maggie O'Farrell's book was stunning as I expected it to be :)

The rest of them were great reads. Including two paranormals - which I don't normally read. (Penguin Australia sent me Siren and after reading Kirsty Eagar's debut, I had to read her newly released vampire thriller - and, it rocks :).

My fave read of the month?

Two have entered my favourite books of all time list. Yay! Both are Australian - you can probably guess if you've been around here a while.

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar - because it just resonated with me so deeply and made me ache and feel all kinds of emotions. And it's also inspired me to go deeper in my own writing and not be afraid to pour my heart and soul onto the page. Also, the dialogue, hey? And it's just a stunning, mesmerising book. I love it so much. Sigh...


Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams - which is so completely awesome that just thinking about it blows my mind. It's a cult classic and I wish I could shout out from the rooftops and tell the world to read this book.

What was the best book you read this month?

Oh - and sorry for the post overload - but so many awards to announce and then RTW... :) And, had to do this while it's still Wednesday here, haha (It's 11pm). Just had a lovely Thai feast with our extended family (an early Father's Day) and am about to settle back into reading (Jarvis 24 - whoo hoo!) so, good night all :)


Oh - and you can join in in Road Trip Wednesday by linking up with YA Highway - and check out everyone else's favourite reads this month.


  1. OMG, Nomes. Looking at your list and knowing there are others out there who read as much as you do, I feel like such a reading loser. I'm STILL reading Graceling. It's been probably two weeks and I'm not even half way done. I just have too much on my plate right now and reading is the last thing I can get to. It makes me so damn sad to know that there is all this great literature out there that I'm just dying to devour and I can't get to it. Maybe things will change when my girls start Pre-K and when I've finished my ms, and finished Beta reading and my girls start sleeping through the night already so I'm not always feeling like a sleep deprived zombie...and...and...oh geesh. I'm going to go have a good hard cry now. :-)

  2. heheheh Mel - I know the busy feeling :) I think i read to procrastinate. And, I dont watch TV - we dont have extra channels here and I dont follow ANY shows right now... :(

    And, I dont sleep much - so you can knock over a YA book in one night if you're not sleeping, haha.

    I know the zombie feeling - my kids all sleep - so, mate, I feel for you.


  3. Wow, you read so many books this month! *feels like a slacker*

  4. Oh-so-many books..
    ..while college killed me slowly here :(

    I really wanna read Raw Blue. Kind awaiting for my copy of Saltwater Vampires, still..

  5. I think we both have ink stains on our noses this month. SO MANY BOOKS! I always love your recs. Putting these on my library hold list now!

  6. Yaaay for giant reading lists. :) I haven't read either of your faves, but Beatle Meets Destiny sounds really cool. Might have to add that to my giant to-read list ;)

  7. I added the Beatle book to my paperbackswap wish list immediately. Loved it.
    Raw Blue has been on my list for weeks.
    thanks as always for sharing!!

  8. Oh my gosh, you guys read so many books for August! I though I did well with my measly four lol
    I'm going to have to check out your two faves.

  9. I tagged you in a meme, but NO pressure

  10. Your blog is beautiful, by the way, and your August reading list is impressive. I thought I did well last month! I haven't read either of your picks, but they both look wonderful. I just started reading STOLEN by Lucy Christopher, which takes place in Australia. Have you read it?

  11. Beatle Meets Destiny is really THAT good, eh? Hmmm, Nomes, I think my modest budget will be cursing you by the end of the week for that. Good work reading all those books, by the way - you're a machine!! :D

  12. Wowowow!! I thought I was a fast reader!

    And I have to say I MUST check out Raw Blue now!

  13. I'm totally going to grab RAW BLUE now. Awesome list and I'm glad you're drawing attention to the fab Aussie fiction!

  14. Ah, I want Raw Blue too! I thought I had read a lot for August with my 7 books, but reading your list gives me goosebumps. Beta reads do count though, right?

  15. I am so impressed by your reading list. I'm going to have to add Beatle Meets Destiny to my TBR!

  16. Well, I know your review sold me on Beatle Meets Destiny. I just hope I can make it through my huge TBR pile and get to it soon. Looks like I need to check out Raw Blue next. Love your recommendations and your very impressive reading list.

  17. I have an award for you at my blog. :)

  18. I need to get my hands on Beatle Meets Destiny!!


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