2015 Book Giveaway – Winner’s Announced!

The multiple giveaways for the 2015 book clear-out have come to a close and the winners have been drawn! There were 405 entries in all, and I thank you all for entering.

Congratulations to:

Lea Z.

Irma J.

Sydney Y.

Amanda S.


Dylan S.

Elizabeth F.

As a matter of interest, we had two winners from America, two from Australia, one from England, one from Slovenia, one from Indonesia!

The winners have been notified and they have already eagerly responded which is excellent! Most books have been sent out, with the last lot picked today to be parceled up and sent out tomorrow. I hope they all arrive safely and soon, but please keep in mind that post coming from Australia can sometimes take up to six weeks.

I’m sure I’ll run more giveaways in the near future :) If anyone has any suggestions for which books I should giveaway, feel free to offer suggestions!

Thank you all to those who entered!

2015 Book Giveaway – Part Two

I’m cleaning out my shelves. This means I’m giving away books! Some books may have been read before, some may be dusty. I’ll be running a few of these so keep your eyes open~


The image includes:

  • Fated by Benedict Jacka
  • The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Wall by William Sutcliffe
  • The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  • Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
  • Edge of Infinity by Jonathan Strahan
  • Bitterseeds by Ian Tregillis

There shall be two winners, both who get to select two books each from the pile above. First winner gets first choice, then the second winner gets to choose! Once the raffle is over I’ll contact the winners within 24 hours. They then have 48 hours to respond – if I don’t hear back, I’ll redraw.

The winners shall have to be willing to share a postal address with me (obviously) and the giveaway is open world-wide.

Please click below for the rafflecopter giveaway – unfortunately it doesn’t seem they can be embedded in wordpress sites:

Click here to enter!

Any questions, leave a comment below!

Books to Read in 2015

As my ‘Books to Read in 2014‘ post was such a failure, most of 2015 shall be spent trying to catch up on that list! But here are a few suggestions for reading challenges you can do, with links below to where they’re from.

I’ll try to follow them as well, but mainly I’ll be trying to clear lists of books I already had from years before.

Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge

Again, I’ll be aiming to read 150 books over on Goodreads. Graphic novels, short stories etc aren’t included – this is only for novels.


Bit by Bit

This’ll tie into other challenges, but a few books on my to-read pile are so massive or daunting that I’ve been putting off reading them for far too long. so now, even if I only read 2% or something a day, I swear that this year I’ll get through a few of them!

  • Let the Land Speak by Jackie French (reason: 400+ pages, non-fiction)
  • The Mists of Avalon (Avalon #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley (reason: 1000+ pages, author-behaving-badly)
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (reason: 900+ pages)
  • Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable by Chambers (reason: 1500+ pages, non-fiction)

(Only four books so far, gotta keep it manageable! I doubt I’ll even manage these to be honest.) 

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

There are 24 tasks in the Read Harder Challenge (or roughly two per month). You can tackle them in any order, make any changes, do them all in a month or spread them out over the year. Make the challenge yours!

  • A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
  • A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
  • A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
  • A book published by an indie press
  • A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
  • A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
  • A book that takes place in Asia
  • A book by an author from Africa
  • A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
  • A microhistory
  • A YA novel
  • A sci-fi novel
  • A romance novel
  • A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
  • A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
  • An audiobook
  • A collection of poetry
  • A book that someone else has recommended to you
  • A book that was originally published in another language
  • A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
  • A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realise that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
  • A book published before 1850
  • A book published this year
  • A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

The ABC challenge

I couldn’t find an original link to this one, only various people doing it. Pretty simple – read a book that has a title starting with A, then B, then C… and so on! I may just do this one, as it seems an easy way to get through books I’ve already listed.

A – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
B – Besieged (The Outcast Chronicles #1) by Rowena Cory Daniells
C – Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) by Kate Elliot OR Cordelia’s Honor (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold
D – Daggerspell (Deverry #1) by Katharine Kerr OR Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye
E – The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde
F – Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #6) by Juliet Marillier
G – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn OR Geist (Book of the Order #1) by Philippa Ballantine
H – Heart of the Mirage (Mirage Makers #1) by Glenda Larke
I – The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker #1) by Karen Miller
J – Jubilee Manor (Landry Park #2) by Bethany Hagen
K – Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
L – Libriomancer (#1 Magic Ex Libris) by Jim C. Hines
M – Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
N – Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
O – Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy #1) by Margaret Atwood
P – Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Q – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
R – Range of Ghosts (#1 Eternal Sky) by Elizabeth Bear
S – Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
T – A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
U – Untold (#2 The Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan
V – The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box #1) by Mark Gatiss
W – For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
X – I tried, but it just seems impossible to find a worthy book that begins with x. I’ll keep searching, or I’ll use this as a free space. 
Y – The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy #2) by Margaret Atwood
Z – Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Speculating on SpecFic‘s Sequel Challenge

Over on Speculating on SpecFic I saw the very awesome idea to assist with getting caught up on series that you’re currently part way through. The way it works is:

  • 1 point for Book Two of a series;
  • 2 points for Book Three of a series; and
  • 3 points for any additional books in longer series.

What a brilliant idea! I’ll certainly be trying this one out for size. No idea how many points I should aim for though? Seems from my above ABC list I’m starting too many new series rather than finishing off ones already started!

Though I did make an excellent decision of letting go a few series. The first book can be good and the second book utterly dull sometimes – and you know what, that’s okay. The first book was enjoyable and I should be able to let it go after that, regardless of how many are in the series.

 PopSugar’s Reading Challenge 2015


Books to Read in 2014

I’m almost counting down the days until I won’t be book judging anymore – even if that makes it sound like I despise it. I really don’t, it’s been amazing! I am however, looking forward to reading books of my own choosing and books I haven’t had time for.

Like many book lovers, I have a stack of books I’ve had for far too long that I really need to get around to reading. I highly doubt I’ll get to these in 2014 – all in all, 74 books are listed below. 36 books were listed in my previous post of books I’m anticipating already for 2014. And I hope to judge Aurealis again.

Hopefully listing them here, as well as participating in a few book challenges, will help clear some of my piles of books to read!

Expanding Genres 2014

Pick a book from that genre and read it within that month. Hopefully a book from below.

January: Historical Fiction

February: Fantasy

March: Science Fiction

April: Fairytale or Fable retelling

May: Classic

June: Non-fiction

July: Steampunk/Cyberpunk

August: Modern retelling of a Classic

September: Mystery/Crime

October: Horror

November: Contemporary

December: Dystopian


As seen on Random House – full credit to them! Reading Bingo!




Book Recommendations


  • A Madness of Angels (#1 Matthew Swift) by Kate Griffin
  • Midnight Riot (#1 Peter Grant) by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Patient Zero (Joe Ledger #1) by Jonathan Maberry


  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque


  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki


  • A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey
  • Bad Debts (Jack Irish #1) by Peter Temple
  • Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd


  • The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto


2012/2013 Books

Books I really wanted to read during 2012/2013 that I still haven’t got to,

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon (#1 Crescent Moon Kingdoms) by Saladin Ahmed
  • Untold (#2 The Lynburn Legacy) by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Steelheart (#1 Reckoners) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Inheritance (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo
  • Seer of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters #5) by Juliet Marillier
  • Flame of Sevenwaters (Sevenwaters, #6) by Juliet Marillier
  • Debris (The Veiled Worlds #1) by Jo Anderton
  • The Alchemist of Souls (Night’s Masque #1) by Anne Lyle
  • Besieged (The Outcast Chronicles #1) by Rowena Cory Daniells
  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • Outcast by Adrienne Kress
  • A Matter of Magic (Mairelon #1-2) by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Declaration (The Declaration #1) by Gemma Malley
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Way We Fall (Fallen World #1) by Megan Crewe
  • The Assassin’s Curse (The Assassin’s Curse #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Geist (Book of the Order #1) by Philippa Ballantine
  • Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1) by Philippa Ballantine
  • The Lives of Tao (Tao #1) by Wesley Chu
  • Cracked (Soul Eater #1) by Eliza Crewe
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
  • Cold Magic (Spiritwalker #1) by Kate Elliot
  • The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde
  • The Archived (The Archived #1) by Victoria Schwab

And as a bonus, a list I made back in March 2013 of books I’d noticed people mentioning during the Hugos that I thought I should try out, that I still haven’t managed to:

  • Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • The Quantum Thief (#1 The Jean le Flambeur Series) by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
  • The Killing Moon (#1 Dreamblood) by N.K. Jemisin
  • Prince of Thorns (#1 The Broken Empire) by Mark Lawrence
  • Libriomancer (#1 Magic Ex Libris) by Jim C. Hines
  • Nexus (#1 Nexus) by Ramez Naam
  • Range of Ghosts (#1 Eternal Sky) by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Rook (#1 The Checquy Files) by Daniel O’Maley
  • Stray Souls (#1 Magicals Anonymous) by Kate Griffin


Unread Bookshelf Books

Really need to read what I already own, before buying too many more books… From before my above 2012/2013 that I’ve ignored for even longer.

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) Cordelia's Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #1) The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1) The Map of Time (Trilogía Victoriana, #1) Zoo City

The Gun Seller Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Shantaram Mao's Last Dancer

Sabriel (The Old Kingdom Trilogy, #1) Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner, #1) Walking The Tree The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1) A Town Like Alice

City of Dreams & Nightmare (City of a Hundred Rows, #1) The Bookman (The Bookman Histories, #1) Swordspoint (Riverside, #1) Battle Royale The Song of Achilles

Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1) Daggerspell (Deverry, #1) The Vesuvius Club (Lucifer Box, #1)

The Reading Hour

The Reading Hour is an annual celebration being held this Saturday 24 August.

The aim is to spread the simple message to ‘share a book with your child ten minutes a day, an hour a week, and give them the gift of reading.’ It was started as part of The National Year of Reading in an effort to combat Australia’s low literacy rates.

There are hundreds of celebrations happening in businesses and homes around the country and wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could get everyone to join in and help us spread the word. There will be a fun interactive children’s ebook which can be downloaded for FREE all day Saturday as part of the national celebrations.

Love2Read raises the status and visibility of reading and literacy nationwide, promotes the benefits of reading and storytelling as critical life skills and catalysts for well-being, and unifies the national literacy network working toward Australia becoming a nation of readers. http://www.love2read.org.au