What’s on your Bookshelf #3 -Library books


It’s lovely to have you back for another month of the What’s On Your Bookshelf Challenge, #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge, hosted by SueDonnaJo and yours truly.

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
Goodreads 18 Oct 2021
Goodreads as at 18 Oct 2021

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.

Library books
To be read pile waiting patiently

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.

Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer
Treasure & Dirt by Chris Hammer

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.

But Wait, There’s (Even) More!

To show our appreciation to all participants, contributors are welcome to display a badge on their blog, website or social media.

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!

You can read more from my co-hosts here: Jo , Sue and Donna

Some other posts for #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge can be found here:

We’re all in this together 🙂

Deb xx

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66 Replies to “What’s on your Bookshelf #3 -Library books”

  1. Villette is growing on me now too…finally. I’ve never been able to get onto the Liane Moriarty bandwagon, but I think that’s just me. I tried Nine Perfect Strangers and didn’t finish it, so didn’t bother with the latest. I too, though, have Annabel and Leigh’s book on the reserve list at the library.

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    1. It will be good to compare notes on Villette and see where we’re all up to! I didn’t enjoy Nine Perfect Strangers at all but apparently the TV adaptation is pretty good from all accounts (I’ve not seen it myself).

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  2. Hi, Debbie – It costs $1 each time for you to reserve a library book online?! While that’s a low fee, our library book reserving and borrowing system is completely free (unless your book is overdue, and during the main months of the pandemic even that fee was waved). I will now be even more grateful when I reserve my next book from our local library.
    I read The Great Alone and really enjoyed it. Although I did think that The Nightingale was even better.
    I’ve also read some of Liane Moriarty’s early works but I haven’t read her more recent works.
    BTW- Your number of books read in The Goodreads Reading Challenge is VERY impressive! 😀

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    1. Yes it’s $1 each time which can add up when I get busy reserving late at night 🙂 Lucky you having a free system. I have also heard the Nightingale is an excellent book so will read that next. I’m well on track to reach my challenge for the year! I do love reading and the winter months were very quiet with nowhere to go, except my sunroom to read….

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  3. Hi Deb, posting my contribution here. I am on vacation, heading home to Pennsylvania tomorrow and arriving Saturday. For whatever reason I could not add the badge, but it is okay. Next time. Thanks for the reading update. I like Kristin Hannah, and that book may be my next read. Have had a lot of time to visit and write on this vacation, which was the main idea, so the books I brought along to read are packed in the car, unopened. But, I don’t feel guilty.

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  4. Hi Deb, I don’t belong to a library but really need to join as I would like to borrow audio books and e-books. You’ve a great selection this month. Some I have read but most I haven’t so more for my Reading List. Villette is growing on me because of our discussions I think. Re my book reading challenge I certainly over-estimated mine so won’t be reaching my target. Still I’ve read some amazing books this year so its really still a win/win. Good for you reaching your target soon. Thanks for co-hosting #whatsonyourbookshelf and look forward to next month’s edition. xx

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    1. Hi Sue, I agree that Villette is more manageable because of our chats, otherwise I may not have continued reading it! You’ve had a great year of reading and I’ve enjoyed following your reviews on Goodreads, and getting ideas from you.


  5. You’ve read more books than I have. My target is 120 and it’s been the same for the last couple of years. I used to read more but cut back as I felt I was reading TOO much. Of course now it’s a little the opposite and I’m watching TV at night instead of reading….

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  6. Deb I loved Gone by Midnight. I’ve become a big fan of Candice Fox. I also really loved the Great Alone and picked it as my best book of 2020. Treasure and Dirt is on my list as a must read. I’m in awe of the number of books you’ve read this year. I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped. I love reading books from the library. Like you I love the process of ordering online and collecting. Our library has never charged for reservations, as it would add up over time.
    Here’s my #what’sonyourbookshelfpost https://nextphaseinfitness.com.au/book-corner-october-2021/

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    1. Isn’t it funny how we find new authors and get stuck into them Jen? I’m really enjoying the Candice Fox books, especially The Chase and her Crimson lake Series. It does seem I’m the only one who is paying for the reservations, I wonder why that is so? I finished Treasure & Dirt – a great read! Thanks for joining in.


  7. I have just finished 138 Dates (terrible) and A lonely girl is a dangerous thing (I don’t know what I think of it – literally finished it today) and about to start No Name (Wilkie Collins) for bookclub, which I’m excited about. Also reading Jane Gardam’s short stories The Sidmouth Letters but only read one so far.

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  8. Another great review Debbie. I’ve read the first Chris Hammer, Silver and really enjoyed it. I need to read the other two. His latest sounds good. I’m not a fan of Liane Moriarty and I think that book is coming up in our book club soon. Will definitely add Candace Fox to my lists of authors. Now to get to work mine.

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    1. Thanks Natalie, it’s great to have you join us and I enjoyed your post.
      Gone by Midnight is the 3rd and final in Candice Fox’s Crimson Lake series and was a great series 🙂


  9. I enjoyed Apples Never Fall; but thought it could have been a bit shorter and faster paced. I’m surprised you get charged to put a hold on books; here it’s free (thankfully as I requested SO SO SO many books while homeschooling my boys I often had a BOX to pick up).

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  10. I love the library and I love the Libby app! A great reminder of this fabulous resource for readers (and listeners). Thank you for the book recommendations! I’ve read one of the books you featured (The Great Alone) and will be going to the library for the rest.



  11. I love the library and I love the Libby app! A great reminder of this fabulous resource for readers (and listeners). Thank you for the book recommendations! I’ve read one of the books you featured (The Great Alone) and will be going to the library for the rest.



  12. My, goodness! You are a prolific reader. Makes me look like a slacker. 😉 Our interlibrary loan system is free, and like Donna I am oh so grateful for this. My library is small with a limited selection, but interlibrary loan opens up the world of story and ideas for me.

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    1. Yes I’m quite pleased with my book count Sanch, but it’s only really for my benefit to keep track of them all – it’s not a competition! We will be going live with our book posts this coming Friday 19/11/21. Hope you can join us.


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