It has been a while since I have written a blog post here on this blog. In the main part it was because I decided that I didn’t want to write book reviews on a blog anymore. I guess in part it was down to lack of reach. Perhaps people aren’t reading blog posts as much as they did when I first started blogging. I know that I don’t read as many blogs as I used to.

However, I have changed my mind and decided to reinstate this blog and my love of reading by sharing my thoughts even if it ends up as more of a personal diary for myself in terms of reading books.

I thought a good place to start would be to state my enthusiasm for this reading challenge. I have hoarded books as a result of this challenge. I think it is why in recent years, I have read more books by women, not only Australian ones. But I have made a change this year (although this isn’t the right post to share that thought).

As it stands I have read four books by Australian women.

Book 1 – Go: A Memoir about Binge drinking, Self hatred and finding Happiness by Jessica Bell

At this challenge’s inception many years ago, I started off by reading a book by Bell. This was a highly moving read.

Books 2 & 3 – The Dry & Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Both of these books were audio books from the local library. Audio books are something that I have really embraced over the past year as a result of the various lockdowns due to covid 19. Now I can say that I have read all of Jane Harper’s books and enjoyed them all. Hopefully one day, I will be able to see the film version of The Dry.

Book 4 – High Sobriety by Jill Stark

This book has been on my radar for a long time as I have read a fair few books fondly referred to as ‘quit lit’. I found Stark’s book highly enjoyable. Found it very quaint as she affectionately refers to herself as a ‘Scotralian’. Born in Scotland, but she now calls Australia home.

I’ve read some great books so far this year and hope to add to it as the year goes on.

Let the reading continue.

Are you a fan of audio books?

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