My Christmas Wishlist

 

I never receive books as gifts, probably because everyone in my life thinks I already have too many, but that doesn’t stop me creating a wishlist every year. These 10 books are currently my most wanted (in paperback) titles.

{links to Goodreads}

 

 

 

 

All gifts gratefully received 😉

 

It’s Love Your Bookshop Day!

 

Love Your Bookshop Day 2022 (#LYBD2022) is an annual celebration of everything local bookshops do from fostering expert staff and curating fabulous ranges to creating events programs to celebrate authors, readers, and the books they cherish. 

Head to your local bookshop to find that perfect gift for a friend, for the latest bestseller, or to browse aimlessly to see what sparks joy. 

Get involved by sharing and tagging your bookshop love #loveyourbookshopday #LYBD2022 across your socials: 

Twitter @BooksellersAu

Facebook @LoveYourBookshop 

Instagram @loveyourbookshopday

 


Unfortunately there isn’t a bookstore in my town, the closest is The Sitting Wombat, an independent bookshop south of me in a town I don’t often have reason to travel to, but the owner is lovely and supports local author events.

 

It’s generally more convenient to order from Booktopia which is an online Australian bookstore, and for which I am an affiliate.

During the month of October, Explore Booktoberfest™ and discover the most exciting new and upcoming books! From Jane Harper’s latest atmospheric mystery, to Grace Tame’s must-read memoir and so much more. Plus, get a look behind the scenes of these must-reads with interviews, podcasts and more! Order any book featured in Booktoberfest and be in for a chance to win a years worth of books. Click the image below to learn more.

 

When You Love Books…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To learn more about all of these books

CLICK HERE to access the Goodreads shelf

The End of the Year 2021 Wrap Up


 

Thank you to all of you of my visitors this past year, particularly to those that took the time to leave a comment, or like, a post! Your support is appreciated.

Blog Statistics: In 2021

Total Posts: 264

Followers: 4,586

Most popular review in 2021: The Husbands by Chandler Baker

 

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Reading statistics: In 2020…

Total books read: 171

Pages read: approx 62k

Average Book Length: 362 pages

All but two were books provided for review. You can see a list, linked to my reviews, on the 2021  Review Schedule page 

 

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Challenge results: In 2021…

2021 Goodreads Challenge

Challenge Incomplete: 171/200

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Nonfiction Reader Challenge

Challenge Completed: 12/12

 

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Australian Women Writers Challenge

Challenge completed: 85/50

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Aussie Author Challenge 

Challenge completed: 24/24

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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Challenge incomplete: 21/25

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Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

Challenge complete: 60/25

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What’s in a Name Challenge?

Challenge complete: 6/6

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Books in Translation Reading Challenge 

Challenge incomplete: 2/4

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It’s a bit of a mixed result, hopefully I can do better in 2022!

In 2021…My Life in Books

 

Just something I put together for fun.
Consider yourself tagged, feel free to tag others.

Complete the prompts using titles from the books you have read in 2021

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2021 was the year of: The Long Game by Simon Rowell

In 2021 I wanted to be: Grace Under Pressure by Tori Haschka

In 2021 I was: Still by Matt Nable

In 2021 I gained: Bad Habits by Sarah Evans

In 2021 I lost: The Safe Place by LA Larkin

In 2021 I loved: A Home Like Ours by Fiona Lowe

In 2021 I hated: The Way it is Now by Garry Disher

In 2021 I learned: All We Have is Now by Kaneana May

In 2021 I was surprised by: Stranger Times by C.K. McDonnell

In 2021 I went to: Other People’s Houses by Kelli Hawkins

In 2021 I missed out on: You & Me On Vacation by Emily Henry

In 2021 my family were: The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

In 2022 I hope: Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray

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If you decide to give it a try, please leave your link in the comments. I’d appreciate a link back to Book’d Out and you are welcome to download and use the tag header

Last year: In 2020…My life in books

Books make the best gifts: Bionic Book Subscription 

 

We all know books make the best gifts, whether it’s to family or friends, or to ourselves. This Christmas it’s easier than ever to treat yourself or a loved one with the Australian service, Bionic Book Subscription.

Founded during lockdown to benefit readers (and authors), the Bionic Book Subscription service is the brainchild of Melbourne digital designer, Nick McKay. The name ‘Bionic’ comes from the service being ‘half human, half machine’ in that it combines an algorithm designed to learn your reading preferences, with the expertise of a curator who hand picks a book to suit your tastes.

Subscribing to the Bionic Book Subscription service begins with an easy to navigate multiple choice questionnaire that query’s your preferences of the types of books you might like to read.

Then you’ll be asked to choose your subscription plan: one book per month or one book every two months.

It’s really that simple!

It’s a thrill to anticipate the arrival of the mystery book, and you likely won’t have long to wait, as books are sent out on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. McKay has such faith in the Bionic Book Subscription service  that If you don’t like a book you’re sent, or if you’ve already read it, you can simply exchange it (free return shipping is included), or get a refund.

I was delighted to receive my first ‘bionic’ book, courtesy of Nick and the Bionic Book Subscription. It is definitely something I would read, and not something I already own, that’s an impressive feat given my groaning shelves.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

I really like the personalised, collaborative approach the service takes to ensure your subscription continues to deliver books that suit your tastes. Each time you receive a book, you are asked to complete another short questionnaire to indicate your satisfaction with the selection. These answers are then merged with with the results of prior questionnaires to refine the algorithm the curator then draws on to choose your next book.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, you can treat yourself to a Bionic Book Subscription, or you can purchase a subscription as a gift for a family member or friend, and arrange for the welcome email to be scheduled to be sent on Christmas Day. The service is great value, at just $29.95 per month for one book delivered every month, or $29.95 every two months for one book delivered every two months, including delivery (within Australia). Prepaid subscriptions are also available at lower monthly rates, and you can cancel or suspend the service at any time.

I’m pleased to note that the Bionic Book Subscription service makes an effort to minimise their impact on the environment by using a carbon neutral delivery service, 100% compostable, reusable padded mailer bags from Hero Packaging, and prints all letters on 100% recycled paper.

My next book is due soon, and I’ve already decided I’m going to put it under the Christmas tree so that I have a surprise gift to open.

Visit  Bionic Book Subscription 

to learn more

and subscribe today.

 

 

NB I received a three month subscription to trial the service but was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

Bookshelf Bounty

 

Every third Sunday of the month I share my Bookshelf Bounty – what’s been added to my TBR tile recently for review from publishers, purchases or gifts.

This month I’m linking up with Mailbox Monday

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review 

(My thanks to the respective publishers)

 



 

 

Australia Reads 2021

Australian Reading Hour 

September 14th 2021


Australia Reads is on a mission to get more people reading more books, more often. Research shows that reading books can be a great way to improve your cognitive abilities, relax your body and lower your heart rate, and enhance how happy you are with life.    

This year’s theme is #StoriesThatMatter

It’s about sparking passionate conversations exploring how the stories that matter to us, in the books we read and write and discuss, help shape our sense of identity, belonging and wellbeing – as individuals and as a nation.

There are various online events happening for children, teens and adults…click here to learn more.

I’m looking forward to the Zoom Australia Reads event being hosted by the Northern Beaches Readers Festival with guest authors Chris Hammer, Cassie Hamer, Maya Linnell, Tabitha Bird, Monique Mulligan and Sandie Docker. It’s on Tue 14 Sep 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (UTC+10), it’s free and you can register HERE

You can also participate via social media by either sharing an Australian book that matters to you, or an Australian book you are currently reading. Use the tags @AustralianReadingHour #StoriesThatMatter @australiareads #australiareads #Morebooksmoreoften #Australianreadinghour


Bookshelf Bounty

 

Every third Sunday of the month I share my Bookshelf Bounty – what’s been added to my TBR tile recently for review from publishers, purchases or gifts.

This month I’m linking up with Mailbox Monday

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review 

(My thanks to the respective publishers)

 



 

Bookshelf Bounty

Every third Sunday of the month I share my Bookshelf Bounty – what’s been added to my TBR tile recently for review from publishers, purchases or gifts.

This month I’m linking up with Mailbox Monday

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review 

(My thanks to the respective publishers)

 



 

 

Won

 

Thanks Reinvented Reader

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