[Rewind] August 2016

17:16 Cilla P 4 Comments

It is that time in the academic year where I think of doing any writing that's unrelated to my coursework and instantly feel guilty. In fact, I'd interrupted the writing of this blog post twice to go work on an assignment. When I'm not thinking of assignments, I'm trying to not ruminate about the crazy learning curve that is my placement. "You're doing your master, you don't have a life," said one of my lecturers. I suspect she's right.

But anyway! 

I did manage to have a bit of a life last month. I went to the Melbourne Writers' Festival for the first time (shocking, considering I've lived here for a while). I attended multiple sessions - Writing Family with Angela Flournoy and Tracy K Smith; YA Superstars with Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan; and Goenawan Mohamad: On Indonesia, among others - and I learned so much! 

Also, I got Rainbow Rowell's and Lev Grossman's signatures and managed a quick chat. Lev thought Melbourne would be a lot like Sydney (nope), and that the food is even better than in New York (yay Melbourne!). All in all, it was an absolute blast!

New to My Shelves

I feel like I've been reading a lot lately, but in reality I've only been making my way through The Invasion of the Tearling. It's a looong audiobook, unsurprisingly, and I'm constantly torn between cringing from the brutality and being sucked in by the plotline. I'm going to be in serious need of fluffy stories after this.

Timekeeper was brought to my attention via Twitter, and I was intrigued enough by the premise to download it from Edelweiss. I've been reading it here and there; so far so good! As for Cocaine Blues, I'm contemplating joining Ely's Mystery-a-thon and Miss Fisher's Mysteries is a series that's been on my to-watch/to-read list for a while. 


Other Things on the Blog

  • This one is not on the blog, but I submitted another piece to The Regal Fox last month: Blind.
  • August saw Nori's Book Blogger Creativity Project take off. I was part of Team Periwinkle, and we came up with Match Made in the Pages. Click here to see the premise of the project and here for the bookish match I made!
  • I discussed the advantages of sticking to a book budget.

Challenges Progress

  • Goodreads challenge: 33/30 books
  • Discussion challenge: 7/24 discussion posts
  • Diverse Reads challenge: 6 books
  • #RockMyTBR challenge: 11 books
  • Backlist Books challenge: 11 books
  • Around the World challenge. 
  • Commenting 365 challenge: 51/365 comments

Around the Blogosphere

How was your August? 
Link me to a post you've written last month that you're proud of!
I'm looking for a light, happy book for my next read. Any recommendations? 


  1. It’s awesome that you got some time to go to the Writer’s Festival. I love the photos. I’m currently working on my master’s degree, and school keeps me crazy busy.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thank you, AJ! The festival was a lot of fun. :D Good luck with your master's - I hope you get some downtime soon!

  2. Sounds like you had a fantastic time at the Melbourne Writer's Festival - glad you were able to take a little break! For a light, easy read, I recommend P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. It's perfect for that type of read!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Thanks, Nicole! It was a brilliant day. Ooh I shall have a look into P.S. I Like You. Thanks for the rec! :D


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