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Goodreads saved my sanity!

I haven’t read a printed book (dead-tree variety) in over a year. I’m a new convert to ebooks and eaudio but I’ve jumped in with both feet.

I came to ebooks through necessity rather than choice. I quite unexpectantly found myself in hospital having a baby six weeks early. I had a few complications and after 10 days I was discharged but without my baby and unable to drive. What does one do? Head to mum’s for some looking after until bubs is strong enough to come home.

As a librarian, my life is reading. My passion is for fiction. Here I was staying in TV Land not Bookville. All I was armed with was an iPad and a library card!

Overdrive is my new best friend. I ended up having over a year off work and only being paid for a quarter so my relationship with my old friends (Dead-Tree sellers) bitterly needed to come to an end.

While Overdrive, Amazon and Audible were fulfilling my appetite for fiction, I no longer had anyone with which to share my reading. I hadn’t realised how much of my day used to be dedicated to discussing reading.

Having a new baby can be isolating – more than I was prepared to encounter. I tried to look for a local bookclub but it is difficult to fit anything around baby’s sleep patterns (I use pattern figuratively!) and I mainly read Young Adult fiction because of work. Not too many (any) daytime YA book groups around. That is why Goodreads saved my sanity.

We use Goodreads at work with the students. It is a fantastic way to breech the divide that makes solitary reading a social activity. I knew all the theory about why it was good for the students and their connectedness to their peers – why did it take me so long.

After starting a new, anonymous Goodreads account, I joined a variety of online book clubs. I’ve been enjoying book of the month chats, buddy reads, challenges, scavenger hunts (my favourite) and I’ve been connecting with some fabulous people. I’ve chatted with authors and reviewed their books. I’ve won competitions and accessed ARCs. I’ve loved having recommendations made for me and meeting some new Goodreads friends.

Goodreads saved my sanity because I’m able to connect with other book lovers and feel involved without having to leave my baby (who is now an adventurist toddler).

Feel free to come and share your reading with me on Goodreads. There should be a link via the Goodreads widget.

Happy reading 🙂


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I am really behind with my reviews, posts and reading.

We finally moved back into our house last weekend after being away for ten months. I haven’t been able to find my laptop and my husband can’t find his charger so we are dependant on the iPad for connectivity.

I’m not a fan of using the iPad to post because I can’t format it well or paste from Goodreads.

It is a sort of long weekend here in Melbourne with the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. This means that I am unlikely to catch up or finish unpacking for at least another week.

Coming soon will be reviews for:
Touch – a great YA novel about family, friendships and family curses.
BZRK reloaded
A Feast for Crows – most frustrating George R R Martin novel so far!
Magic Bites and Magic Burns – I need to review these properly
Dream Student – an audiobook
The Reckless Engineer – I’m about half way through this mystery. I’m eager to see if any of my predictions are right. I’d forgotten how much a love mysteries!

I think that is all I have been reading that I haven’t reviewed.

Happy reading 🙂

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Monthly wrap up: August

Well my August aims weren’t really very specific which makes me feel as though I didn’t achieve much this month.

1. I threw together a bit of an ‘about’ page but it really isn’t great.

2. I started a Goodreads page but I can’t really classify it as ‘up and running’.

3. The TBR shelf is still pretty much a non-existent mess – I need help!

4. I haven’t written and uploaded reviews of all the books I read this month let alone this year!

5. I just spent the morning looking for audiobooks – they are so expensive and the library’s ecollection is 80% crime – not what I want to listen to before bed.

6. I have done a couple of challenges but I want to do some from other blogs not just TDP.

7. I’m really enjoying the collection of blogs I’m following. Feel free to recommend more or a way to better follow blogs from a range of hosts.

I read and reviewed:


For The Birds


The False Prince

The Bookstore

These Broken Stars

Memory’s Wake

Kiera’s Quest

It is so hard to pick a favourite this month so I have two. The best audiobook of the month is Once by Morris Gleitzman. My favourite ebook by a slim margin is Memory’s Wake by Selina Fenech.

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Updated: Help it’s Friday! A new to-do list.

Following up on Friday’s post Help it’s Friday! A new to-do list..

So far so good! It is Monday and I have already completed:
1. Write a review for Once by Morris Gleitzman

3. Finish reading Kiera’s Quest.

4. Finish listening to The False Prince and write a review.

This just leaves the following to finish by the end of the week:

2. Finish my review of Metatropolis
3. Write a tasteful review of Kiera’s Quest (I didn’t like it)
5. Finish reading Memory’s Wake by Thursday (review due the following Tuesday)
6. Download the next lot of R4R books: All Our Yesterdays, BZRK reloaded, Into the Dark
As always, 7. Organise my To Be Read shelves!!!

So far so good! I think I might stick with the Friday To-Do list idea for at least a month and see how it goes.

Happy reading 🙂

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August aims

Month two of Fictitious1 is time to get everything in order. Now that the barebones are in place, there needs to be some structure.

I’m a great list maker. I find that there is something almost cathartic about crossing items off a list. I also thought that if I post my monthly aims here for you all to see, I might be more motivated to complete them.

1. Finally create an ‘about’ page
2. Get the Fictitious1 Goodreads page up and running
3. This is the big one – organise my ‘to read’ shelf
4. Write and upload some reviews of books I’ve read this year
5. Find some more audiobook to review
6. Participate in some daily or weekly challenges
7. Find some great blogs to follow

Recommend me some interesting blogs to follow!

What tips and tricks do you use to get motivated and/or stay organised?

Anything you think I should add to the list?

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July wrap-up

July has been a busy and successful inaugural month for Fictitious1.

In July, the blog was established; books were read and reviewed; a Twitter account was established; and you, the beautiful readers, were found!

In July, Fictitious1 read:

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder
The Closet (Summerset Tales #1) by Jac Wright
Earthbound (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike
Deadly Nightshade (Martha’s Vineyard Mystery #1)
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

What have you read in July 2013?

Do you have any feedback on our first month? Fictitious1 would love to hear from you!

Happy Reading 🙂

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