Welcome to another month of WOYBS!
I’m enjoying my reading challenge for 2022 and so far I’ve managed to read 52 books towards my goal of 100. Yes I read a lot and I read fast – it’s not a competition or a race, I just happen to enjoy reading and
have make time to do so.
It’s one treat I gift to myself every day!Debbie
Last month we joined with the Friendly Friday Challenge where we talked about our favourite travel books. If you missed that post you can read it here.
So what have I enjoyed reading recently?
Just a few of my recent books – such a wide variety (again) but I rated them all 4 or 5 stars (apart from one book which got 3 stars – still a good read).
A stand out so far this year
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
Enter the world of Charlie’s four unlikely friends, discover their story and their most important life lessons. The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse have been shared millions of times online – perhaps you’ve seen them? They’ve also been recreated by children in schools and hung on hospital walls. They sometimes even appear on lamp posts and on cafe and bookshop windows. Perhaps you saw the boy and mole on the Comic Relief T-shirt, Love Wins?
Here, you will find them together in this book of Charlie’s most-loved drawings, adventuring into the Wild and exploring the thoughts and feelings that unite us all.
This was a simple but oh so charming little story with gorgeous text and drawings. I was given it for Mother’s Day and I adore it. One of those very special books that can be read at anytime and will always improve your mood. Loved it – 5 stars from me. Have you read it?
What am I currently reading?
I always have a few books on the go at once but they are all so different and tend to balance out my reading nicely!
- To Love a Sunburnt Country (#4 in The Matilda Saga) by Jackie French. I wrote about the first in this YA series a few months ago, A Waltz for Matilda which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve since read #2 The Girl from Snowy River and #3 The Road To Gundagai and will slowly work my way through all 9 books in the series. I’ve been borrowing these from the local library, either in paperback of ebook. They are so detailed and interesting and suitable for all ages, not just Young Adults.
- Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko – I’ve literally just started this book for my local Bookclub, but although I’ll be away when the discussion is on I still want to read it.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – our online bookclub has moved onto Jane Austen ‘s novels, starting with Persuasion and now P & P which I’m really getting into. I thought I’d read it before but maybe I’ve seen lots of shows about it so it just feels like I have. Anyway we’re reading it in sections and discussing as we go, even if I had read it before there’s so much more to understand and get into by reading it again like this. Plus our zoom cooking sessions 🙂
- Go Tell the Bees that I am Gone by Diana Gabaldon. I haven’t read any Outlander books for so long I’m actually having trouble getting back into this. And also it’s massively huge book. I first borrowed it as an ebook from the library but despite renewing it twice I still hadn’t managed to make much of a dent in it. So I’ve now got it to listen to via Audible but have to admit I haven’t listened to it since downloading it. I do enjoy the series but just have to get back into it – it’s taking a while for that to happen.
Recently we were fortunate to have three wonderful Australian authors give an intimate and informal talk at our local Artists on Parade studio. It was a fabulous afternoon learning some of the behind the scenes things that happen, how ideas make books, how they write and their various processes. It was very entertaining, interesting and loads of fun!
Chris Hammer (Scrublands, Silver, Trust, Treasure & Dirt); Sulari Gentill (Rowland Sinclair Mystery series, Hero Trilogy, Crossing the Lines and soon to be released Woman in the Library) and Daniel O’Malley (Stiletto, The Rook and soon to be released Blitz).
How lucky were we to have this opportunity?? I also took along some books to be signed and bought Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook, which I recently finished and thoroughly enjoyed!
Reading opens doors to new worlds
If you’re into reading, please feel free to join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately. We’ve added a linkup (at the end of my post) so you can add your posts directly there and see what others have posted about for the month as well.
Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.Rainer Maria Rilke
Will you join us?
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series. I left it so late to write this post I didn’t think I’d ever get it done, but I managed to pull it all together. You’d think I’d be more organised as it’s a post I write every month, but hey ho life sometimes gets in the way!
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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