A new year of reading is ahead of us!
We are all thrilled with how our ‘challenge’ has been accepted, thanks to everyone who has joined in since we started back in August 2021.
My reading challenge for 2022 is set and I’m keen to read some good books again this year.
Who are we?
Co-hosts – Sue, Donna and Jo – are all different and we all lead very different lives, so it stands to reason all of our WOYBS posts are different too.
I always enjoy reading their posts and seeing how they have treated the monthly challenge, picking up new titles to add to my ever growing list of books I want to read. We don’t discuss what we’re writing about beforehand, just in case you were wondering, so it’s always a surprise!
Reading is the winner
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. We’ve now added a linkup so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted for the month.
So what’s on my bookshelf?
I asked for, and received, quite a few books for my birthday in December and then a few weeks later at Christmas. Others I asked for but didn’t get, I have ordered for myself, usually in ebook format but a few are actual real books.
So what did I get? Here’s a selection:
- Still Life by Sarah Winman – just starting this one now! With beautiful prose, extraordinary tenderness, and bursts of humor and light, Still Life is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable individuals who come together to make a family, and a richly drawn celebration of beauty and love in all its forms.
- Love Stories by Trent Dalton – I love the premise of this book and the image of Trent Dalton sitting on a street corner asking people to tell him a love story. It’s a compilation of the stories he collected. A heartfelt, deep, funny, wise and tingly tribute to the greatest thing we will never understand and the only thing we will ever really need: love
- The Comfort Book by Matt Haig – I read it this in ebook format last year and decided I needed the hard copy! For anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement.
- The Nightingale by Kirstin Hannah – this has been recommended by many, so I’m keen to read it! I’ve enjoyed the other books I’ve read by Kirstin Hannah. A heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
- Three Sisters by Heather Morris – the breathtaking conclusion to The Tattooist of Auschwitz trilogy.
- Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar – In the darkness of night, magic awaits…The Nutcracker for adults – it sounds fascinating!
For some reason, I have put off starting the books I really want to read and instead I’ve read some easy to digest books; library books that have to be returned by a certain date; things I’ve had sitting on my kindle for ages but not got around to reading – you get the picture??
And as a result I’ve been left a bit dissatisfied, stretched too thin with more than one book on the go at a time. Reading something I’ve not really wanted to be reading – so I’m changing that as of NOW!
The Harriet Blue series by Candice Fox (and James Patterson)
I’ve said it before, I find it hard to get into audio books and find myself resenting the time it takes to listen to them, if I’m not driving or walking that is. I find it hard just to sit and listen as I would just sit and read – isn’t it strange? But this hasn’t stopped my enjoyment of the Detective Harriet Blue series and I now would rather listen to these than read them – I’m even confusing myself!
- Never, Never ✅
- Fifty, Fifty ✅
- Liar, Liar – listening now
- Hush, Hush
What has made these audio books more enjoyable has been a good narrator in Federay Holmes. I love her reading to me and think I’ll now listen to the remaining 2 books in the series rather than ‘reading’ them. She has a fabulous voice and just gets Harriet Blue perfectly. They are fast paced crime thrillers, set in Australia, and I’ve really enjoyed discovering Candice Fox as an (Aussie) author over the past few months.
Still Life by Sarah Winman
I’m now about halfway through this book and I’m absolutely loving it! I know Sue really enjoyed this recently, so I’ve been looking forward to getting into it.
I feel like I’m being transported to a different world as I read this book – it’s just what I needed!
I often need a good book to get stuck into, one that sucks me in, transports me to a different world and makes me want to hurry up and slow down at the same time, at the thought of finishing it – does that made sense?Tweet
I think I’ve found it in Still Life.
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
If you’ve been following along, you know that in our on-line bookclub we’ve slowly worked our way through the works of the Bronte sisters – Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Agnes Gray, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Professor, Villette and finally Shirley. I say finally because I’m almost Bronte-d out, but I have to say Shirley has some spunk to it that Charlotte hasn’t shown in her previous novels and I’m actually enjoying it far more than I thought I would. I’ve not had to resort to listening to it read at speed 1.3 times faster than normal, as I did with some of the others 🙂 and that’s saying something!
Other books I’ve enjoyed this month
- The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
- Dear Life by Alice Munro
- The Golden Girls Getaway by Judy Leigh
My previous editions of WOYBS from 2021
Since we started this monthly challenge, back in August 2021, I wrote about the ‘Most…’ books this year (in 2021) and enjoyed sharing my thoughts and breaking down my favourite reads.
In my 2nd WOYBS post (September 2021) I talked about reading Vs listening to books and included some of my 5 star ratings.
In October I talked about library books (October 2021) and having a due date to read them by, which helped me prioritise what to read next.
In November 2021 it was all about Children’s Books with a few examples of books I have bought for my grandchildren for Christmas.
Last month (December 2021) I talked about some Aussie Christmas Books, my top 3 books for 2021 and a general update.
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: Linkup below, 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 contributor’s badge on their blog, website or social media.
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series! If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback. We now have a linkup – so all your posts can be added directly!
Don’t forget to tell me about the book(s) you’re reading at the moment!
You can read more from my stunning co-hosts here:
We’re all in this together, sharing our love of reading 🙂
Happy reading to you.
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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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