Welcome to another year of #WOYBS!
Here we are starting a whole new year of reading – isn’t it a wonderful feeling, not knowing what books you’ll discover, what you’ll like or dislike and how books will impact on your life in 2023? The world is your oyster so to speak!
What’s On Your Bookshelf Challenge (WOYBS) #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
Holiday Reading – particularly summer holidays
For my first WOYBS post for the year, and with most of Australia in summer holiday mode, (even us who are retired get to go on holidays), I decided to ask the question –
What does holiday reading mean to you?
To some, the idea of a “beach read” fits the dictionary definition: “A book you can take on holiday, which is good enough to keep you engaged but not so serious it will spoil your holiday.”Google Search
and another search found this
holiday reading noun BRITISH
material that is read or is suitable for reading on holiday, in particular works of fiction that are entertaining rather than intellectually stimulating.Search
As I’m retired, it can feel like most of the year is spent in holiday mode :), but I do try to mix up my reading with light fiction and more intellectually stimulating books. I’m in two bookclubs and thoroughly enjoy the honest and enthusiastic discussions that ensue when reading books I may not necessarily have chosen to read myself, or books I haven’t overly enjoyed. I learn something new each time I read or listen to a book and even more so from talking to my fellow bookclubbers.
What do you think the term holiday reads mean? And what would you suggest as a perfect holiday read?
I’m not sure which books I’ve read lately would fall into the ‘holiday read’ category – but maybe the Tea Gardens by Fiona McIntosh and Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy (it was a Christmas gift from the Mathematician), both fit the bill.
There’s nothing at all wrong with ‘holiday reads’ by the way, they certainly have their place and I love reading a variety of books whether they’re classed as holiday reads or not.
What have I enjoyed reading?
I’ve had time to read some fabulous books over summer and here are a few of my recent favourites.
- The Tilt by Chris Hammer (a birthday gift) 5* – one of his best so far in my opinion.
- The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell 5* – a great read after my favourite Hamnet a few years ago!
- The Secret History of Christmas by Bill Bryson – we listened to this while on a road trip for Christmas with family and it was so interesting and entertaining! Audible and read by Bill 5*
- Outback by Patricia Wolf – (#1 in DS Walker series) Kindle 4*
- The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson Library book 5*
Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can save the World was a very interesting book, recommended by my sister last year some time. I ended up listening to it and have to say Tyson Yunkaporta has the most melodious voice to listen to and at times I was m ore mesmerised by his reading than what he was actually saying!! I enjoyed it and gave it 4* but I must admit to feeling out of my depth at times.
Most of all it’s about a very special way of thinking, of learning to see from a native perspective, one that is spiritually and physically tied to the earth around us, and how it can save our world.
End of 2022 reads
Last month I talked about my books of 2022 ‘with the most’ and I really appreciated all your thoughts and comments. Some of the books I finished in late December deserve to be included in this post, especially the ones listed in the previous paragraphs.
What I’m reading at the moment
- Hidden in Snow by Viveca Sten (The Are Murders #1) Kindle
- Still Waters by Viveca Sten (a new series for me the Sandhamn Murders #1) Kindle
- The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock (Audible)
- The Ruth Galloway series by Elly Griffiths – so far I’ve read #1 & #2 (library books)
You want to know what I did last summer??
During a lull in blogging over summer I’ve taken time to update a few things on my blog. I have updated my Books menu with pages for each of my annual reading challenges. I use Goodreads to keep track of my reading and often get good recommendations from friends.
I take the time to update these lists each month with what I’ve read, how many stars I rate them and what format I read it on.
The main formats I read are: paperbacks, Kindle, library books, BorrowBox (free library app for ebooks and audio books) and Audible. I am spending far less money on books than ever before, preferring to use the various free library options instead.
If you’re interested in looking at the lists of what I’ve read over the years, here are the links:
- What did I read in 2022?
- What did I read in 2021?
- What did I read in 2020?
- What did I read in 2019?
- What did I read in 2018?
- What did I read in 2017?
- What did I read in 2016?
- What did I read in 2014-2015?
And…I took the plunge and started going through and deleting posts and photos from when I started blogging in 2012. I decided up[on reading some of my posts that they were surplus to requirements, badly written, out of date and many photos were just plane crappy!! So far I’ve deleted over 100 posts and made more room in my media library as a result of getting ride of unwanted photos. It’s all a bit time consuming and I have a long way to go as I’m only up to 2015, but I feel like it’s a start!
Where do you read?
Lately it’s been so hot I’ve taken to spending afternoons in the hammock – with a good book!
Let me know where you read – by the pool, in the pool, in the bath……
What’s on Your Bookshelf link party
We all love reading and share different tastes in books so we’ll probably have something, between us all, that you’ll discover and could lead to a new author or genre!
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. Do you do that too?
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 🙂https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js…
Guidelines for WOYBS:
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere). Next linkup: Friday 17 February 2023
Beginning January 2023. Third Thursday, 2 pm (PST)/Third Friday, 8 am (AEST).
- January 19/20
- February 16/17
- March 16/17
- April 20/21
- May 18/19
- June 15/16
- July 20/21
- Aug 18/19
- Sept 14/15
- Oct 19/20
- Nov 16/17
- Dec 14/15
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Linkup, 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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