It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.


I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and received lots of bookish goodness! True to form not a single book made it into my Christmas stocking so I treated myself at the AllBooks4Less sale and expect a generous delivery this week sometime.

It has been a frantic week here, the children were thrilled to open their presents Christmas morning, before we joined our best friends for  Christmas lunch at their place. The lazy afternoon culminated in a frenzy of packing for a whirlwind trip to visit family. We spent Boxing Day with my parents, staying with them overnight before the three hour drive to join  my cousins in the city for lunch. After a lovely day with them we drove the two hours to my inlaws to spend the night night and next day with them, before making the long, long trek back home again. Yesterday we celebrated my youngest son’s 7th birthday with an afternoon spent at the beach swimming and playing soccer and tonight we will head to the river to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks.


Unsurprisingly I had very little chance to read and I’m behind in posting reviews but I hope to have some time to catch up this week.

Since it is the last day of the year I am going to take the opportunity to post a bit of a wrap up of 2012 so bear with me….


I have read 287 books in 2012, according to Goodreads that is around 89, 172 pages (give or take a few thousand for the ebooks with no page numbers listed)

I completed all the challenges I chose to participate in for 2012 – click on the challenge name for the list of titles

Eclectic Reader Challenge: 12/12 – Compeleted

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 109 /100 – Completed

Aussie Author Challenge: 12/12 – Completed

Crusin Through the Cozies Challenge 7/7 – Completed


WordPress helpfully compiled some blog stats for me:

In 2012, there were 448 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,022 posts.

This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2012

The posts that got the most views were

Thank you to my most enthusiastic commenter’s:

laurelrainsnow ; The Australian Bookshelf ; Stephanie at Read in a Single Sitting ; Mystica ; Teddyree

I received visitors from 162 countries, most visitors came from Australia. The United States & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

I hope you continue to visit me through 2013 – I look forward to sharing another fabulous year with you!

What I Read Last Week

Man Drought by Rachael Johns

Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield

Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson

Fifty Bales of Hay by Rachael Treasure

Posts this week

(click the titles to read my reviews)

The Harp in the South by Ruth Park ★★

Merry Christmas to You!

Secret Santa and Christmas Card Exchange

Inheritance by Kate Loveday ★★

What I Am Reading Today

When a different kind of justice is needed – swift, effective, and personal – a new type of avenger must take action. Vengeance features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today’s brightest rising talents. The heroes in these stories include a cop who’s seen too much, a woman who has been pushed too far, or just an ordinary person doing what the law will not. Some call them vigilantes, others claim they are just another brand of criminal. Edited and with an introduction by Lee Child, these stories reveal the shocking consequences when men and women take the law into their own hands.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

From the author of The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots comes another funny and deliciously romantic tale of a woman in a man’s world. Wendy Hopkins arrives in the Pilbara to search for the father who abandoned her at birth. Getting mixed up in construction site politics at the Iron Ore wharf just out of town was not high on her ‘to do’ list. But when she takes a job as their new Safety Manager she becomes the most hated person in the area. Nicknamed ‘The Sergeant’, she is the butt of every joke and the prime target of notorious womanizer, Gavin Jones. Giving up is not an option, though. For, as it turns out, only Wendy can save these workers from the coming storm, find a man who wants to stay buried and … put a bad boy firmly in his place.

Skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood… But this is no fairy story… In a small town in Germany a boy is accused of murdering a beautiful girl. But does a “wicked queen” lurk in their midst? On a September evening eleven years ago, two 17-year-old girls vanished without a trace from the tiny village of Altenhain, just outside Frankfurt. In a trial based on circumstantial evidence 20-year-old Tobias Sartorius was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his childhood friend Laura and his beautiful girlfriend Stefanie – otherwise known as Snow White. After serving his sentence, Tobias returns home. His presence in the little German village stirs up the events of the past. Events that the locals would prefer to remain hidden. When the Sartorius family is subjected to a number of attacks, Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff and DS Oliver von Bodenstein are tasked with monitoring the tense atmosphere in the tight-knit community. As the village inhabitants close ranks it becomes apparent the disappearance of Snow White and her friend was far more complex than imagined. Then history starts to repeat itself in a disastrous manner when another pretty girl goes missing. The police are thrown into a race against time. Will they be able to save her, or is she destined to die?

Actress Willow Carruthers is Australia’s favourite daughter. Now living the dream life in London, with an Oscar on her shelf and a rock-star husband, the beautiful Willow seems to have it all – wealth, fame and three perfect children.
Kitty Middlemist, Willow’s nanny, is used to flying under the radar.But a life-changing secret forces her to rethink her tactics. So when Willow suddenly falls from grace Kitty offers her the perfect place to hide – Middlemist Manor, the crumbling ancestral home of Kitty and her reclusive older brother, Merritt. Middlemist is the dream location for Willow’s new movie, a gorgeous costume drama that the actress hopes will restore her fortunes. But sparks fly as the house is taken over by a glamorous and demanding cast and crew, and the distinction between acting and real life becomes ever more blurred. From London to LA, Byron Bay to Sydney, is a lush, compelling story about passion, betrayal, forgiveness, and the price of fame.

While you are here…


Are you up for the challenge? Join the Eclectic Reader Challenge for 2013!

Last day to Enter…

Win 1 of 2 copies of Sex, Lies and Bonsai by Lisa Walker (Aust only)

Congratulations to:

Winners of  Where Have You Been? by Wendy James

Allison & Marlene

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be along to visit you shortly!

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brendat59
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:30:30

    Congratulations on a brilliant year Shelleyrae! It’s been wonderful to follow your blog, and the giveaways you have promoted have been great. I have even won a couple 🙂
    Happy New Year to you and your family, keep up the good work, and may 2013 be a healthy, safe and successful year for you as well 🙂 xx



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 02:32:37

      Thank you Brenda for your support of Book’d Out this year, and my best wishes to you and your family for a fabulous 2013!



  2. Laura Fabiani
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:30:45

    OMG you read almost 300 books in 2012!!! You are a reading machine. Okay, now I want to check out the site AllBooks4Less. Not that I need more books…



  3. brendat59
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:32:06

    By the way, I also went to the allbooks4less sale and ended up ordering 11 new titles for only $3 each!!! It’s finishing tonight…



  4. Susan May (@SusanMayWriter)
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:42:36

    Hi Shelley, Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. OMG, I love your blog. And I cannot believe that you read THAT many books. I manage about fifty a year. Although I am a film reviewer too so that chews up my time. This year I saw 133 films on screen. I’m going to keep an eye on your blog. It is truly one of the best, if not THE BEST I have seen. xxx Susan



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 01, 2013 @ 02:36:56

      Hi Susan, Thank you for such a lovely compliment – its great to end the year on such a high note!



  5. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 14:47:41

    Snow Must Die sounds like a fun one. I’m glad you had a nice Christmas, and hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year. Congrats on reading so many books this year!



  6. Denise Maclaren
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 16:36:40

    Wow, some good books there by the look of them. I’m flat out reading 100 a year, That’s less than 2 per week, and they say I’ve always got my nose in a book. I’d like to read “The Light between Oceans” It sounds quite my style.
    Have a great New Year.



  7. Daystarz Books
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 18:00:10

    Wow what an awesome year of reading Shelleyrae. I discovered your blog this year and continue to enjoy reading your posts and reviews. Also thanks for the awesome giveaway which like Brenda I’ve been lucky enough to win a few. Wishing you a great 2013



  8. Teddyree
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 18:42:15

    A manic but fun week, love the photo collage! Congrats on your challenges completed, you had an awesome year. I’m reading Man Drought this week and Garden of Stones will be up soon. Happy New Year and I’m looking forward to all the bloggy goodness on Book’d Out in 2013 🙂



  9. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:17:53

    Another great year – wishing you and your family a great new year Shelleyrae!



  10. Mystica
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 22:01:32

    Sounds very rushed and hectic but fun. Enjoy all your books and all the v ery best for 2013.



  11. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 23:26:47

    Wow, you really did have a fabulous year! And thanks for the mention as “enthusiastic” commenter.

    I love your collage of your Christmas moments….enjoy the New Year!




  12. Tanya Patrice
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 01:58:23

    Looks like a great year, and an awesome end to it with the fun holiday festivities! And ooh the books – Snow White Must Die – love the title!!!



  13. Stephanie
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 04:13:18

    It looks like you had a prolific reading and blogging year. I’m glad you and your family enjoyed your holidays, and your scrapbook page is beautiful. Happy New Year!



  14. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 11:22:45

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas and NY Shelleyrae. I didn’t get any books for Christmas either lol and I also went on a little spending splurge at Allbooks4less!



  15. Mari @Bookworm with a View
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 04:26:51

    Happy New Year! I’m so happy we connected and discovered each other’s blogs (late 2011/ early 2012?). I’m hoping to reengage a bit in 2013 since I’m mostly healthy but as I say this I’m busy packing for two weeks in Europe! It never stops 🙂

    I hope your health is stable/improving and that you continue to blog in 2013. I will visit more!



  16. Marg
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 07:03:56

    Congratulations on your fantastic year in 2012!

    I just read Girl in the Hard Hat while I was on holidays and thoroughly enjoyed it!



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