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.

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. 😉

September Goal-Setting Goodness

9 09 2011

Since I’m trying to get back into the swing of this project regularly, it’s time to set a few goals for the remainder of this month. Here’s what I’ll be focusing on:

004. Frame and display one or more of my photographs at home [more info]
I bought some frames from IKEA recently for exactly this purpose, now to figure out what images to put in them…

031. Re-register for the Validation process [more info]
I really, really need to do this – my window of opportunity is closing fast. Difficult to focus on work when I’m trying to care for the baby.

048. Read 50 books (19/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]
Two goals that are going relatively well! I tend to read for 30min a day while I’m feeding Rowan in the evenings, so it’s a matter of finishing the three books I’m currently reading (two of which are child-related, not science fiction :P).

071. Paint a feature wall [more info]
This will be revised to decorating a feature wall (using the frames from goal.004 above)

092. Share a month’s worth of reflections on life’s little things [more info]
See previous entry for more information about this, I’m not sure how I’ll post this. End of  the month? Weekly?

101(b) Reassess every six months for outdated/irrelevant goals (0/6)
I’ve kind of failed at this goal so far, we’re more than halfway in (almost a year to go!) and I haven’t revised the list once. I think it’s needed now though, I see at least five unattainable goals (ie, overseas travel) that I can’t see happening within the next twelve months, so I might revise these to something still challenging, yet soemthing I actually have a chance at completing.

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.


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!


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. 😉

Reading List

5 08 2011

048. Read 50 books (18/50) [more info]
049. Read 10 books that aren’t from the sci-fi or fantasy genres (6/10) [more info]

I’ve been getting more time to read here and there after settling into life with a baby, though now it’s generally during a feed or after Rowan’s gone to sleep at night. It doesn’t really help that the books that I choose to read are quite long (it took me nearly three months to finish the book I started soon after his birth!!). My highlight has been Deadline, book 2 in the ‘Newsflesh’ series – I read the first novel Feed over Christmas (nothing says Christmas like a zombie apocalypse..!).

Here’s what I have been reading since April (full list available on the Books & Recipes tab under the title graphic)

14. Hypnobirthing; The Mongan Method (06/04/11)
15. Selling Out – Justina Robson (10/04/11)
16. Breastfeeding – Sheila Kitzinger (15/04/11)
17. Going Under – Justina Robson (30/06/11)
18. Deadline – Mira Grant (12/07/11)

19. 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die (currently reading)
20. Makers – Cory Doctorow (currently reading)