Category Archives: books of the year

2017: The Charts and a Goals Update

Last year’s reading as seen through charts My absolute favourite book blog thing to do each year is reflecting on my year’s reading through a series of charts. Because I can more than because it is meaningful. The first chart … Continue reading

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2017: The Favourites as Reading Bingo

I first reflected on a year’s reading via the Reading Bingo scorecard for 2016 and have decided to do it again this year. Mostly because it sneakily allows me to have more than the usual 10 or 12 books in … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian McKinty, Bill Crider, books of the year, Christopher Brrookmyre, David Casarett, Denise Mina, Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Gianrico Carofiglio, Hans Olav Lahlum, Holly Throsby (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Karin Alvtegen, Kati Hiekkapelto, Leif G.W. Persson, Liane Moriarty (Aus), Mark Brandi (Aus), Megan Norris (Aus), Michael Robotham (Aus), Sarah Ward, Shamini Flint, Sue Grafton, Sulari Gentill (Aus), Vaseem Khan, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | 16 Comments

2017: Bookish Goals

Last year I did reasonably well with my reading goals and generally found they provided a good, if loose, structure to my reading and buying habits. I’m going to follow a similar path for 2017 while trying to work on … Continue reading

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2016: The charts

I realised a couple of months ago that I have 10 years worth of reading data in one place or another. So I spent a little time over a rainy weekend splicing it all together in a single spreadsheet so that I … Continue reading

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2016: The Favourites as Reading Bingo

One of my favourite bloggers is once again challenging people to play Reading Bingo and another blogging pal has already played the game. Feeling a little left out I thought I would see how many of the 25 squares I could … Continue reading

Posted in Agatha Christie, Amanda Ortlepp (Aus), books of the year, David Owen (Aus), Denise Mina, Doug Johnstone, E.M. Channon, Elly Griffiths, Emily Arsenault, Emily Maguire (Aus), Emma Viskic (Aus), Hans Olav Lahlum, Helen Garner (Aus), Hideo Yokoyama, Jane Harper (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Karin Fossum, Larry D. Sweazy, Lou Berney, Melina Marchetta (Aus), Mickey Spillane, Olga Lorenzo (Aus), Ruth Rendell, Shamini Flint, Sulari Gentill (Aus) | 13 Comments

2016: Bookish goals in retrospect

Back in January I set some goals for my reading year and before I think about 2017’s plans I want to draw a line in the sand under this year’s goals. Read 25 books written by Australian women writers and … Continue reading

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2016 – Crimes of the Century

As a way to ensure I read some older crime books in addition to the contemporary ones I generally prefer, I set myself a personal challenge this year to participate in the Crimes of the Century meme at least 6 … Continue reading

Posted in A.E. Martin (Aus), Arthur Upfield, books of the year, Crimes of the Century, Dorothy L. Sayers, E.M. Channon, Margaret Millar, memes and challenges, Michael Gilbert, Mickey Spillane, Pat Flower (Aus), R. Austin Freeman | 15 Comments

2016: The Bookish Goals

Those of you who have been with me for a while will know I haven’t done too well with my bookish goals for the last couple of years (2014 and 2015) but that hasn’t stopped me from having some new … Continue reading

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2015: The good, the bad and the dog walkers

As seems to be almost mandatory among book bloggers I’m wrapping up last year’s reading by reflecting on what the year threw at me, book wise. I should tell you this list is a bit haphazard because my memory for … Continue reading

Posted in Ausma Zehanat Khan, Bernard Keane (Aus), books of the year, Cath Staincliffe, Derek B. Miller, J.M. Peace (Aus), Jorn Lier Horst, K.T. Medina, Malla Nunn (Aus), Patricia Carlon (Aus), Paula Hawkins, Philippe Georget, Sulari Gentill (Aus) | 19 Comments

2015…Deja Vu All Over Again

It’s a little disheartening to sit down to write the last blog post for the year and realise you already wrote it. This time last year. Alas 2015 – at least the second half of it – has been even … Continue reading

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