Well it’s been another fabulous month of reading for me! How about you?
My reading challenge for 2022 is well under way and I must say I’ve enjoyed a wide range of books so far this year.
My mother saw this meme and said it reminded her of me and my reading habits 🙂 I think by now she knows what I’m like, and where my priorities lie, despite her best efforts at raising me differently!
Who are we?
Co-hosts – Sue, Donna, Jo and I are all different, leading very different lives, so it stands to reason all of our WOYBS posts are different too.
So what have I enjoyed reading recently?
- Still Life by Sarah Winman – 5* absolutely loved this book! I mentioned it in my post last month as I’d just started it and although it was a long book I couldn’t stop reading it! (A paperback given as a gift)
- The Nightingale by Kirstin Hannah – 5* this was highly recommended and it could have been a let down as I was expecting a lot – but I can assure you it more than delivered!! I’ve now passed it onto my husband to read. (A paperback given as a gift)
- The Angel of Waterloo by Jackie French – 4* (Borrowed ebook from library BorrowBox app)
- Anthony Horowitz’s The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death – very cleverly done and I’ve still got another in the series yet A Line to Kill. (borrowed ebooks from library BorrowBox app)
- The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle – by Sophie Green (borrowed from library) – this was delightful book about friendships and life in general. 4*
- Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar – 4* In the darkness of night, magic awaits…The Nutcracker for adults – it was fascinating! (Paperback given as a gift)
My review of Midnight in Everwood on Goodreads:
I actually enjoyed this book the more I got into it, although I have to agree with some reviewers that it did start off a bit slow and I wondered where it was going at times.
I will admit to not remembering the whole Nutcracker story from my childhood but it didn’t matter as I felt I had wandered into a fairytale for grownups. I loved the whimsical story, the friendships and the underlying sense of darkness and magic.
Maybe it was what I needed at the moment, an escape into a magical world.
Currently I’m reading
- Thursdays at Orange Blossom House by Sophie Green – paperback borrowed from the library
- Sex, Lies and Question Time by Kate Ellis (bookclub through the local library)
What I’ve been watching
Just for something different I thought I’d list a few of the shows I’ve been watching as well.
- Upload (Amazon Prime)
- Australian Survivor – on Channel 10
- 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown – the older episodes are still funny 🙂
- Escape to the Country (UK show) – I don’t even mind if they’re old episodes!
- Vera – on ABC or Iview
- Mates on a Mission – TV series on Channel 7
- Don’t look Up – Netflix movie
Before I go I thought I’d share a great idea
My daughter found a link last week which sounded so interesting! It’s all about Tanya Natalie, a bookshop owner in Sydney, who will put together a selection of second-hand books for you based on a personality quiz she gets you to do online.
So for $50 (including postage in Australia) Tanya Natalie will send you the 5-7 books she has chosen for you.
If you’d like to know what books she recommends for you but would prefer to buy them yourself, for $10 Tanya will send you the list of suggested titles so that you can source them at your local bookshop.
Then there’s The Bookplate’s ‘Book-quet Bundle’
A great gift idea is a book-quet, where you can do a little quiz about a friend or relative, and they will receive a gift wrapped selection of books based on your answers to the quiz, a bit different than just sending flowers!
How clever is that?
Yes I have signed up, done the quiz, paid my money and am now waiting to see what books she has chosen for me. I will write and tell you all about it next month!
Whichever way you look at it, 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 (at the end of my post) so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted for the month as well.
“A novel is a container for 80,000 to 90,000 words and you might see it as a jelly mould. You pour them all in and hope they’ll set.”Anthony Horowitz, The Sentence is Death
Will you join us?
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series!
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.
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. You can use the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
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