We are all thrilled with how our challenge is going, thanks to everyone who has joined in. If you’re into reading feel free to join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately.
The simple purpose of this challenge is to share our love of reading.Hosts of #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
I’m almost at my target of 105 books for the year! Not many to go now, I think I’ll make it 🙂
What’s on my bookshelf?
In this monthly challenge, so far I’ve written about the ‘Most…’ books so far this year and enjoyed sharing my thoughts and breaking down my favourite reads so far this year.
In my 2nd WOYBS post I talked about reading Vs listening to books and included some of my 5 star ratings.
This month I’m talking about library books and having a due date to read them by, has made me prioritise what I read next.
Library Books lead the way
This month my reading has been determined by library books. Recently I’ve discovered the joy of reserving books through the local library, it’s easy to do through the website and costs me $1 each time. I get the books within a few days, as long as they’re available, and it means I can manage to finish a particular series quickly. I always have a list of books I want to read and so I go through my list and add them to my queue. Sometimes I get ebooks but generally it’s a paperback.
I took this photo of some of my recent to be read pile – some are library books with a due date (although it’s easy enough to renew them online, I try to finish them in the time frame) and some of them I’ve bought. It’s quite a good mix of genres too – fiction and non-fiction.
I’ve since finished Liane Moriarty’s Apples Never Fall rating it 3*. I enjoyed it more then her recent books but it wasn’t quite as good as her earlier works, in my opinion. The reviews have been a bit of a mix.
One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton was our local bookclub book for the month and while it was an enjoyable read in some ways, it was lacking in other ways. I gave it 4* but the other members of our bookclub weren’t so generous.
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox was a great read getting 5*. She’s become one of my favourite Aussie authors in recent months. This was the final book in her Crimson Lake series.
I’ve not got to these ones, but will do so in the coming weeks:
- The Invisible Life of Us by Kate Jones and Mandy Hose, this is based on two friends who bonded over twins with additional needs. They went on to start a very entertaining and informative podcast called Too Peas in a Podcast. They make me laugh and cry with their true stories of life in their busy households.
- False Witness by Karin Slaughter
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, which has been highly recommended by quite a few friends.
- I also ordered a signed copy of Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb’s book Well Hello, and it’s since arrived, adding to my pile! I love listening to their podcast Chat 3 Looks 10.
What am I currently reading?
I’m still working m y way through Charlotte Bronte’s Villette with my online bookclub ladies. It’s hard work at times but it’s growing on me! I’ve discovered it’s better if I listen to the audiobook while walking or driving.
I’m also reading Chris Hammer’s Treasure & Dirt which is gripping, a thriller set in the opal fields of Australia. I borrowed this as an ebook from the free library app Libby, it’s the first time I’ve used this app and it’s worked well.
A superb standalone thriller from the acclaimed and award-winning author of the international bestsellers Scrublands, Silver and Trust. (Goodreads)
Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere).
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the special hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.
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She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.Annie Dillard
Now it’s over to you, will you join in?
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this new(ish) series! If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!
Don’t forget to tell me about the book(s) you’re reading at the moment!
Some other posts for #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge can be found here:
- Michele’s reads
- Carol’s Joyful review
- Natalie’s recent reads
- Jen’s Corner
- Thistles and Kiwis
- Travels with Ali
- Deb V’s everyday watercolours
- Laurie’s post
- Joanne – Slices of Life
We’re all in this together 🙂
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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