Welcome to another month of WOYBS!
It’s been great to have you join us for another month, and year, of our What’s On Your Bookshelf Challenge (WOYBS), #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge. This is our final linkup for 2022 and I look forward to reading your posts.
Last month I talked about what makes a book a good book, one that you can’t put down and I really appreciated all your thoughts and comments.
What are my Most… books for the year?
Back in August 2021 my first post for this new series was all about the Most book….you can read it here: WOYBS so I thought it fitting to end the year with an updated version and share my favourite books from 2022.
📚 Most compelling series: The Matilda Saga by Jackie French – The story of our country, and a love song to our land, told by the strong women who forged a nation. A series of 9 books which I’ve mentioned quite a few times during the year – all very enjoyable and I was sad to finish the final one in September.
📚 Most worthy of a mention: Philly Barker Investigates – Joanne Tracey’s latest(yes our very own co-host Jo) – a cosy crime that had me hooked from the start!
I loved Jo’s latest book, Philly Barker Investigates. It was a great mix of cosy crime, a budding romance and friendship, all set in a quaint village in an antique shop. I was given an advance copy of this book to read and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jo is a very clever author creating interesting characters, relatable locations and a few twisty bends that keep the reader guessing and makes the book unputdownable.
I have enjoyed all Jo’s books in the past and this one didn’t disappoint at all. Highly recommended and I can’t wait to read what Philly does next.
📚 Most heartbreaking (but uplifting): Love Stories by Trent Dalton
I loved everything about this book and especially the way he went about writing it: Trent Dalton, Australia’s best-loved writer, goes out into the world and asks a simple, direct question: ‘Can you please tell me a love story?’
📚 Most scary: Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes – only because it was all true! Such a harrowing story of his young life, how he survived to adulthood I do not know. He read the audio book which I feel gave it more gravitas and made it far more real than if I’d just read it myself. Jimmy Barnes is a Scottish born Australian rock singer with a real history!
📚 Most inspiring: The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley
My review: This was a book I NEEDED to read at the moment. I’ve had a few bad starts lately, but this book, recommended by a good friend (thanks Jo) made up for them all. It was fresh, feel-good, kind, hopeful, and a pure delight which I just couldn’t put down. You know sometimes you read a book at just the right time and everything clicks? This was it, great timing thanks Iona and co! The way Clare wrote about inter generational friendships, the feelings of Iona when she was made redundant (I related to so much because that was me too) and the fact that we all deserve…a Triumphant Second Act. Love, love, love this book!!!!
Thanks heaps @cpooleywriter, I’m now a massive fan
📚 Most fun: The Banksia House Breakout by James Roxburgh and Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club books, The Bullet that Missed – interestingly these books both cover older people doing amazing things.
📚 Most surprising: After Story by Larissa Behrendt – this one stayed with me long after I’d read it so that’s why I’ve listed it.
When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England’s most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past.
Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance of Jasmine’s older sister devastated their tight-knit community. This tragedy returns to haunt Jasmine and Della when another child mysteriously goes missing on Hampstead Heath. As Jasmine immerses herself in the world of her literary idols – including Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf – Della is inspired to rediscover the wisdom of her own culture and storytelling. But sometimes the stories that are not told can become too great to bear.
Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between. We can be ready to listen, but are we ready to hear?
📚 Most Historical : I discovered an Australian author Tea Cooper via NetGalley this year and despite giving her latest The Butterfly Collector only 3 stars I have since gone on to read just about everything else she’s written and have really enjoyed them for the Australian history and the subjects she writes about. The Cartographer’s Secret and The Naturalist’s Daughter are two I really enjoyed reading.
📚 Most intriguing: Her Majesty The Queen Investigates The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett – this is a series Her Majesty The Queen Investigates and they’re light and fun to read, and I mention them mainly because I read the second one A Three Dog Problem just as the Queen passed away and it was quite bittersweet. There is a third book in the series which I’m still to read, Murder Most Royal. It won’t be the same now that the Queen has passed away!
Most Classic: Having worked our way through the Bronte sisters and now we’ve almost finished all of Jane Austen’s novels I’m proud to say I have a much better understanding of these classics than ever before. Our online bookclub read them slowly and discuss them along the way, so I feel like I get ‘inside’ them rather than just read them. Does that make sense?? It’s been a great experience and we’re continuing on into 2023 with a set of other classics ahead of us.
What have I read lately?
As I’ve been home with Covid during the month I’ve read a lot of books and managed to finish many that I’d been working my way through slowly. A great feeling of accomplishment.
What I’m reading at the moment
Will you join us?
If you’re into reading, please join us, even if it’s just to leave a comment with what you’ve been reading lately, I always enjoy seeing what books are being read. 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.
Sue, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this fun series. I love making notes of new books to read as I go through everyone’s posts each month.
You can read more from my stunning co-hosts here:
Sue from Women Living Well After 50
Donna from Retirement Reflections
Jo from And Anyways
We’re all in this together, sharing our love of reading 🙂
I’ll leave you with this fun image for those of you who love reading and yoga!
Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). Next linkup: Friday 20 January 2023
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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