29 09 2012

048. Read 50 books (33/50) [more info]

So I got one more book finished before my project’s end last night…

Fitting that it was the last in a trilogy (Blackout, by Mira Grant), so a suitable end to the day. I really enjoyed this series – I read the first book while pregnant with our son Rowan, the second when he was only a couple of months old (snoozing in my arms!) and the third when he was a toddler. Kind of bittersweet that it’s over now, but I don’t think there’s anywhere the characters could really go from there so it was a fitting end. 🙂

In regards to reading, I didn’t get to my goal of completing 50 books in 2.5 years. It seemed so do-able at the time, but then again my time was my own back then – no child to take care of and my work commitments weren’t too large. Pregnancy and birth changed all of this, and there were times I found myself reading a lot and other times I went months without barely reading much at all. I was talking to someone about this recently, that I could have made this goal “easier” by choosing to read shorter books… but I did not want to compromise on books I wanted to read (or re-read) simply because they seemed too long and therefore not going to get finished in time – ie, Coalescent by Stephen Baxter, which I’m re-reading at the moment but didn’t get finished before my project’s end. I love that series, and I’m looking forward to continue digesting it over the coming months.

With my next project (oh yes, I’m guessing that there will be one starting in the next year),  I will lower my expectations of time spent being able to read a little more and drop that total number from 50 to something like 30, for example. More do-able, I think.

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Non Sci-Fi Reads

6 07 2012

049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (10/10) [more info]

Finishing up on my current read, Organic Crops in Pots (by Deborah Schneebell-Morrell) marks the completion of ten books read since 2010 that aren’t science-fiction or fantasy related.

Sure, it doesn’t sound like much but considering I’ve only read 30 books in that time, 10 is quite a significant chunk of that! I don’t normally read much out of my favourite genres so this was a stretch in parts. Here is my list

02. Inconceivable – Ben Elton (finished 6/05/10)
06. An Inconceiveable Notion: Stories of Infertility & Childlessness – Justine Davies (finished 15/08/10)
09. The Nanny Returns – Emma McLaughlin & Nicole Kraus (finished 30/11/10)
14. Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (finished 06/04/11)
16. Breastfeeding – Sheila Kitzinger (finished 15/04/11)
19. 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
24. Baby-Led Weaning – Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett (finished 04/10/11)
25. The Wonder Weeks – Hetty van de Rijt & Frans Plooij (finished 13/09/11)
29. Diary of a First-Time Mum – Nicole Hall (finished 24/03/12)

30. Organic Crops in Pots – Deborah Schneebell-Morrell (finished 06/07/2012)

I discovered that I don’t like ‘chick lit’ (ie, fluff reading for women), but parenting books are okay. I discovered a couple of new authors I’d potentially read again, but on the whole realised why I prefer sci-fi novels… for the escapism!

Another goal ticked off the list!





Book: Diary of a First-Time Mum

24 03 2012

Image048. Read 50 books (29/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (9/10) [more info]

I’ve been reading this book for the past month in both short and long stints (it takes me time to actually finish a book these days, chasing after my mobile baby who is quickly becoming a toddler), and can say I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was looking through the parenting section at the library, which is conveniently placed next to the children’s section (sheer genius on the library’s part…!) and the title caught my eye, and secondly that it’s Australian – from a Melbourne point of view, which I could relate to even more.

Diary of a First Time Mumexplores pregnancy, birth and beyond and is truly an honest read. I’ll be truthful, I was literally laughing out loud in parts because it was exactly what I had been through (breastfeeding in particular), and nodding my head as I understood what it was like to have a baby who didn’t want to sleep or would rather destroy everything in the house rather than sit quietly with the contents of their toybox (for the record, real-world objects are more interesting to most babies I have discovered).

I’m going to recommend this book to anyone who has a young child of their own, and also to women who are pregnant – or are thinking about trying for a child – as its warts-and-all approach to parenthood is refreshing (especially the ‘On Reflection’ section that finishes each chapter). Sure, it might scare a few people who will scoff “our life will never be like that”. Oh yes… it will. 😉





New Read

29 10 2011

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Baby Led Weaning

3 09 2011

Another day, another read. This time, a book about starting solids with our son in the coming months. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it.

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Latest Reading Material

14 08 2011

I’ve just started reading a collection of Stephen Baxter’s ‘Xeelee’ novels, which I’m excited about because I’ve only read 1.5 of the four stories (the others aren’t available at my local library and out of print; they’re not in secondhand stores either). It’ll probably take a while to get through, considering the total length is close to 1000 pages. That’s one heavy book and not one to carry around in your bag!

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Review: Makers

8 08 2011

048. Read 50 books (19/50)

I finished reading Cory Doctorow’s Makers last night and while I enjoyed it, to be honest I’m ready to move onto something else. It had some good ideas as far as technology and consumerism is concerned, but overall it was quite a depressing read (particularly the last third of the book). Doctorow’s Little Brother was one of my literary highlights of 2010, so I had high hopes for Makers as well.

Still, it wouldn’t stop me from seeking out other books by this author, so it’s not a write-off completely. 😉