Mt TBR report: January 2015



It never quite feels like the summer holidays unless I have my nose stuck in a book. Despite the unseasonably cool, wet weather (or perhaps because of it), I did well with keeping my summer tradition. In fact, it has been a few years since I managed to read so many books in the month of January. I’m pleased to see 2015 getting off to such an enthusiastic start. If only my acquisitions hadn’t got off to an equally enthusiastic start!

Mt TBR status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2015: 202
Mt TBR @ 31 January 2015: 209

Books read

1. Illuminations by Gillian Polack. Review forthcoming

2. Ngunnawal Plant Use by the ACT Government. A field guide to native plants and the uses to which they were put by the Indigenous Ngunnawal people. Highly recommended for locals with an interest in natural history. The production values are excellent, making it the prettiest and most accessible field guide I own.

3. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce. Review forthcoming.

4. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Reviewed here.

5. The Art of Mindful Walking by Adam Ford. A strange mix of memoir, guide book and meditation on the divine written by an Anglican priest who lectures on Buddhism and Hinduism. It doesn’t pull off the mix quite as well as Corvus by Esther Woolfson but remains a pleasant read.

6. Nightmare in Steam by Lexi Ostrow. Reviewed here.

7. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Review forthcoming.

Books acquired

Ngunnawal Plant Use
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Jump: Twinmaker #1 by Sean Williams
Watcher’s Web by Patty Jansen
Cold Comfort and Other Tales by David McDonald
Saga, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Nightmare in Steam by Lexi Ostrow
The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint
Conan the Barbarian Omnibus by Robert E Howard

Online Reading

Finding Spring by Becca Lusher. A standalone piece that utilises characters from Becca’s novel Unbound and Free. Short and sweet, the birds particularly made me smile.

Spoils of the Spoiled Ch 3 & 4 by Pia Foxhall. For those who haven’t been following along, this is original fantasy m/m erotica and not suitable for all audiences. The characters start to come to a better understanding of each other in more ways than one. I was a little disappointed that this was the last of what has been written so far, especially now that Gwyn and Augus are starting to forge a bond (but no pressure, Pia. I have plenty of more of your work to catch up on).