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.Quote from the Hosts of #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
We are all different and lead different lives, so it stands to reason all of our posts are different too. I love reading my so-host’s posts and seeing how they have treated the monthly challenge.
I’ve reached my reading challenge target of 105 books for the year!
What’s on my bookshelf?
So far in this monthly challenge, I’ve written about the ‘Most…’ books 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.
Last month I talked about library books and having a due date to read them by, which helped me prioritise what to read next.
This month it’s all about Children’s Books – and maybe some Christmas presents are in the bag for some lucky grandchildren – luckily they don’t read my blog (yet).
I’ve chosen these Children’s Books to share, mainly as I’ve bought them for my grandchildren who range in age from 9mths to 3yrs. They all love being read to and enjoy books immensely already, which makes my heart sing! I’ve included links to these in Goodreads.
I too have written a Children’s Book, just for my family, Dottie and the Wombat, and I’ve done courses in writing picture books – I can assure you it’s not as easy as it seems.
Here are some of my recent purchases when I was in the city and able to go shopping!
Bluey (an Australian TV show based on a family of heeler dogs) is a huge hit with our grandchildren (and the adults too if we’re being honest). I have to say this episode was one of my all time favourites. I think mainly because of the music used, which of course you don’t get in a book, but the sentiment is there. I’ve bought this for Christmas for one of my grandchildren.
Based on the hit ABC KIDS TV show! It’s sleepytime at the Heeler house. Come on a dream-filled adventure with Bingo and Bluey. From Joe Brumm, the creator of the award-winning Bluey TV series.Source
Somebody’s Land – by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy
I saw this being talked about on TV the other day so when I was in a bookshop I asked about it. It’s a great little read about our country’s origins.
An accessible picture book for young children that introduces First Nations history and the term ‘terra nullius’ to a general audience, from Australian of the Year, community leader and anti-racism advocate Adam Goodes and political adviser and former journalist Ellie Laing, with artwork by Barkindji illustrator David Hardy.Source: Goodreads
Bluey: Christmas Swim – Joe Brumm
You can’t have too many Bluey books, I just have to make sure they don’t already have them! Good thing I had their mother along to help lead me in the right direction.
It’s Christmas Day and it’s the perfect weather for a family swim! Bartlebee is Bluey’s new toy, how will he cope with his first Heeler Christmas?Goodreads
Cricket I Just Love it – by Alister Nicholson, illustrated by Tom Jellett
The Mathematician heard about this one and while we were in the shops at the big smoke, I was able to buy one for each of the family. It appealed to the Mathematician’s love of cricket and as it’s written by a sports broadcaster, it seems to be spot on!
From classic catches to backyard matches, this is a joyful and heartfelt celebration of all things cricket, written by a much-loved ABC sports broadcaster.
Cricket, I just love it! It really is the best.
Batting, bowling, fielding, Twenty20 or a test.
I watch it or I listen and of course I always play.
Cricket is my favourite part of every single day.
For any kid who’s ever hit a six over the back fence or dreamed of making a century at the MCG, here is a love song to Australia’s most iconic summer sport.
What have I read during November?
We’ve finally finished Charlotte Bronte’s Villette with my online bookclub ladies. Here’s my review on Goodreads:
I don’t know what I think having just finished reading Villette. It was hard to read at times, too wordy, frustrating, annoying and I’ll admit that for most of the book I detested Lucy Snowe, but towards the end I found myself coming around. The ending was like the rest of the book and although it annoyed me not to have a defined ending, it was a perfect ending for Charlotte to write. It summed up the whole story very well. Our book club has read the book in sections, discussing each section before moving on – I don’t think I could have persevered if it had been done any other way.
- The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman – I have since finished this and thoroughly enjoyed it – 5*
- Well Hello by Leigh Sales and Annabel Crab – this is a great one to have on the go, it is easy just to pick it up and read bits and pieces. Always makes me smile.
- The Professor – Charlotte Bronte (our online bookclub has decided to read ALL the Bronte’s works of art, now that we’ve read so many, we figure we may as well continue them – we’ve only got this one and Shirley to go.
- Notes from an Exhibition – Patrick Gale (since finished 3*)
- Case Histories – Kate Atkinson (Jackson Brodie #1) finished now, enjoyed it and rated 4*
- One Good Turn– Kate Atkinson (Jackson Brodie #2)
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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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 of 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 co-hosts here:
Some other posts for #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge can be found here:
- Thistles and Kiwis
- Jen’s reviews on her blog Next Phase in Fitness and Life
- Natalie the Explorer (also linking to Natalie’s #weekendcoffeeshare)
- Carol Reading Ladies
- Joanne’s Slices of Life
- Travels with Ali
- Lydia’s Where the Wild things Were
- Julie’s Eat Live Play
- Deb The Widow Badass Blog
- Bernie’s post
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