When I reading a blurb, or the preview of an ebook, there are a few topics that will make me put the book down. Mostly, they’re tropes, the kind that have been flogged to death and then resurrected and flogged some more, but the first two I just don’t like. Continue reading
I love movies almost as much as I love books, and sometimes more. Such as in the case of Mary Poppins, which, as a kid, I watched so often that I wore out the tape. So, here are my picks for Top Ten Tuesday’s best and worst movie adaptations. Continue reading
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday list was great because I had to go and find 10 debut books I wanted to read. Usually I’m so busy doing my chicken without a head impersonation that I don’t take the time to find out what’s happening in the bookish world.
While there are a lot of books coming out this year, most of them are urban fantasy and I’m a little overloaded on that genre. It also doesn’t help that I’m hideously picky about my reading matter, so my Top 10 is really a Top 9. Continue reading
For this round of Top Ten Tuesday, I’m breaking my list up into two sections. The first section is for this year’s writing-related goals and the second are my reading-related goals.
- I completed the first draft of my first book, Hero, just after Christmas, so I think it’s only fair if I have a completed manuscript by the end of 2013 (if not before).
- Comprehensively outline book two (working title, Skin) in the Jorn trilogy.
- A-little-more-than-roughly outline book three (working title, Native).
- Come up with an appropriate title for the series. I almost like The Jorn Chronicles, but only almost.
Here, you may note that a number of my goals include some of last week’s to-read list, as well as a few other challenges. This is not cheating, it’s just good common sense. Promise.
- Read 11 books by female Aussie authors for the 2013 Australian Women Writers Challenge.
- Read at least a book a week, and 60 within the year, for the Goodreads challenge.
- Read more books from outside of science fiction, fantasy and urban fantasy.
- Read all of the ebooks I’ve bought and not read (there are many).
- Read On Writing and Story.
- Reduce the number of books in my TBR pile by 10%, which, as of today, stands at 240. Here’s my hit list for 2013.
Anyone else want to commit to reading 10% of their TBR pile this year?
This year I’m participating in a few memes and the very first one is Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish (which is a great blog title!).
Aptly, the first Top Ten for the year is the Top 10 books I’m going to read this year. In this I’ve sprinkled some of the books I also have listed for the Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWWC) 2013. The AWWC is about raising the profile of female authors in Australia, because always seems as if the men win all the literary prizes.