Book Blog Hop & Follow Friday

Hi! So glad you stopped by today!

I’ve had a very busy two weeks with my kids home on school holidays – but by taking them to the park everyday for an hour or two I actually got a lot of reading done since most books rarely take me longer than that to read, please take a look at the books I have reviewed this fortnight and please leave me a comment on one (or all) of them! Empty and meaningless comments are as welcome as thoughtful ones!

Reviews {click on the title to view)

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante ★★★★★

Diaries of an Urban Panther by Amanda Arista ★1/2

No Rest for the Dead by David Baldacci and  Various ★★★★

Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17) by Janet Evanovich ★★★

Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne ★★★★★

The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes ★★★1/2

Devil Without A Cause (Devil’s bargain #1} by Terri Garey ★★★

Original Sin (Sally Sin Adventure #1) by Beth McMullen ★★★★

Forgotten by Cat Patrick ★★★1/2

Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Olivia Lawson, Techno Shaman #1) by M Terry Green ★★★1/2

Half Inch by McCarty Griffin ★★★

One Summer by David Baldacci ★★★

Bob Moore: No Hero by Tom Andry ★★1/2

The Scavenger’s Daughter (A Tyler West Mystery #1) by Mike McIntyre ★★★★ + Giveaway!

I also read but have not yet reviewed:

Granville: A Mother’s Grief by June Ollernshaw ★★1/2

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner ★★★

I’m a Believer by Jessica Adams ★★★1/2

**Other Stuff**

Check out these cool paperback art frames HERE

Want to star in a classic like Jane Eyre or something a little more risque. Take a look at THIS POST

Visit The Talking Teacup blog to see my guest post where I share 10 books that have been on my TBR list for over a year

I hope you found something of interest to comment on in the posts above. I appreciate you taking the time!


Q. What do I do when I are not reading?

When I are not reading I are busy – actually I am always busy. I design and sell digital scrapbooking products online, I teach digital photography and photo editing 1 day a week, I am the program coordinator at my local photo club, I do the odd design freelance job, I have four kids between 5 and 15 to care for and a husband who I try not to ignore too much. I also have a great group of friends who I meet up with weekly. Even when I am reading I am usually doing something else – I am a multitasking marvel really LOL


Book Blogger Hop

How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?

I love my local library and since my budget is limited they are always my first port of call for a new book to read. I also haunt local thrift stores – the local Rotary Club has a book fair once a month and I never miss it.
BUT I also have a shameless lack of impulse control so packages regularly arrive from BookDepository or BetterWorldBooks and my ereader is crammed with Amazon purchases.
I’m Australian but I haven’t bought a book from an Australian bookseller  in three years. Not when I can get it for a half – or even a quarter of the price from O/S.

I’m looking forward to reading your answers. For every blog I visit through the hop I am going to leave a comment on a book review as well the hop post, I hope you will return the favour!

Thanks for stopping by!

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Leigh K Cunningham
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 17:58:52

    I still enjoy book shopping but it’s no longer the Saturday morning ritual it once was. It’s so much easier to order online and get it done instantly (and great when they turn up!). The Book Depository (free shipping!) and are my primary haunts these days. BUT, I really should read the pile I already have!

    Wish I could read as fast as you (and my husband) – I’m pretty slow (short attention span).



  2. kyanara
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 18:25:09


    stopping by from the blog hop.

    Have a wonderfull weekend
    Laced Little Muffin’s Reading Corner



  3. Sally
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 21:36:50

    Oooh, I’m always looking to improve my photography skills – I love capturing those odd, abandoned, strange places, but the result never quite matches the picture inside my head.



  4. Rebecca
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 21:37:57

    Thanks for stopping by. They just need to make the days longer. We all have to much to do. lol



  5. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 22:42:27

    I’ve never heard of Betterworld books…. i must check them out! I too steer clear of Australian booksellers because of the ridiculous prices they charge! I tend to stick to secondhand bookstores or online sellers. Have you used Fishpond before? I find their prices are pretty reasonable and it’s free shipping in Aus.

    Check out my FF @




    • shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
      Jul 16, 2011 @ 03:39:59

      Fishpond prices are still much pricier than overseas. BetterWorldBooks is a fav because they often have free worldwide postage and bargain bin sales. During the last one I got about 27 books for a little under $100, including some hard cover. Not only is the price good but they support a number of great projects when you make a purchase – so you get warm fuzzies as well 🙂



  6. Richard
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 22:49:23

    thanks for stopping by my blog!

    i’m following you by email 🙂



  7. Faye
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 00:19:26

    Hopping by from the Hop!

    Here’s My IMM



  8. Ann
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 01:02:18

    I stopped by from the blog hop



  9. bookgirl
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 01:27:34

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Bookgirl @ My Book Addiction



  10. Howard Shermen
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 05:11:27

    I’m seeing a pattern of book acquisition here. After all, there are just so many places to get books and so many different ways to read them.

    It’s hard to beat the library for price and selection but it’s even harder to beat the convenience of browsing BN or Amazon from a Nook or Kindle, hitting a button and reading the book you picked in about sixty seconds.

    As usual, my answer to this week’s Book Blogger Hop question is all over the map. Hop on over and read my multipart answer –

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor



  11. AlisonCanRead
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 08:58:47

    Hopping through. What digital photography/scrapbooking products do you recommend?
    My Hop



    • shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
      Jul 16, 2011 @ 12:18:48

      HI Alison
      It depends on what you want to do, and what style you like. There are so many choices. Basically any photo editing/graphic program will allow you to create digital scrapbook pages. I use Photoshop but there are plenty of other alternatives. I sell at Scrapbook-Elements – browse around the site – if you would like more info just let me know.



  12. Alexis
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 10:25:35

    Multitasking is life!

    I’ve never heard of betterworld books.



  13. Nicki J Markus
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 11:05:36

    Hey Shelleyrae.
    Just in response to your comment on my review of Penguin Lost, NetGalley did also have the first book, Death and the Penguin, available. So if you wanted to read both, just search there under Melville house and you should be able to request both if they are still listed. 😉



  14. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 17:13:39

    It’s kind of sad that us Aussie’s who are die-hard readers have mostly sent all our business overseas but that’s the way things are with the prices here! Not many people can justify $30 for one book when it’ll get you 3+ from Amazon or TBD! I love having those cheaper alternatives because there are so many books that I want to buy!



  15. Laura Ashlee
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 18:40:55

    Thank God for good libraries. I don’t know what I would do without mine. I always have tons of things checked out. I also have a huge book buying problem though. I can’t go a week without buying at least one book.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! And thanks for the advice about studying. I wish it were like reading. I hate math and that’s the part I need to study most.



  16. Lauren @Lauren Gets Literal
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 06:06:09

    I’m so terrible at scrapbooking, but I’ve been really thinking about trying to do a digital one!

    Thanks for following, I’m following you know too!



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