Ventureadlaxre means a relaxing adventure, specifically as the word ‘venture. (n) A risky or daring journey or undertaking: “pioneering ventures into little-known waters” shapes its beginning, and has the added bonus of ‘read’ within.

This site shall be a mix of writing advice, competitions, squee and book discussion posts, book reviews, lists of just about anything (but probably mostly books), and maybe a recipe or two thrown in. This site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox, and looks pretty atrocious in IE. Apologies for that.

This blog is run by Katharine, an Australian who reviews for a handful of publishers, and hopes to someday publish something of her own. She also posts her reviews on her personal Goodreads and Amazon accounts, and is currently rated in the top 20 reviewers in Australia. Recently Goodreads announced they had hit 20 million accounts and 50 million reviews, and that Katharine was ‘in the top 1% of reviewers’.

Katharine is also a judge in the Australian Aurealis Awards (convening Fantasy novels in 2014 and 2013, having judged anthologies/collections in both 2011 and 2012), one of eight judges for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (for 2013-2014), and since 2015 has been one half of the coordinator of judges, as well as one of the first judges for the Sara Douglass Book Series Award.

In other awards news, Katharine tries to both nominate and vote in the Hugo awards, Ditmars, Tin Ducks, and anything else possible.

In 2015, Katharine was shortlisted for a Ditmar award in two categories, was shortlisted again in 2016, and has also reached ‘Top Reviewer’ status on NetGalley, which means many publishers have chosen her reviews to feature on their page (and she got a tiny badge to show for it!).


Recently she has become intern to Alisa at 12th Planet Press and is currently acting Manager during Alisa’s maternity leave. She is also managing editor of the Deadlines imprint.

During 2012, Katharine read 129 novels. In 2013 she read 133. In 2014 she managed 153 and in 2015, reached an even 150. In 2016, who knows!


All books reviewed on Ventureadlaxre are purchased by me, borrowed, or received from authors/publishers in exchange for an honest review. I do not receive any compensation, monetary or otherwise, for anything I post here. If I link to a particular store to buy a particular book, I do not receive any money through this clicking.

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