What will you be reading for an hour today?



Today is the day for Australian Reading Hour

On Thursday September 19 2019, Australians are encouraged to rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading, by picking up a book and reading for one hour.

Libraries, booksellers and schools all around Australia are holding events for people of all ages. You can join a reading flash mob, enjoy literary inspired mocktails, or take your children to special storytime session.

Of course, you can also simply spend an hour reading on your comfiest couch at home or on a towel at the beach guilt free..after all this is a government sponsored initiative..which is practically a law!

What will you be reading for an hour today?

I’m reading….Where The Light Enters by Sara Donati, which is 687 pages long, so I might need more than hour.

Stuff on Sunday: BookCollectorz for Book Collectors


I probably tried close to, if not more than, a dozen book catalogue software/app options in my first few years as a book blogger. At the time, I was specifically in need of a catalogue which I could access offline via an app (because mobile internet access was prohibitively expensive and public wifi wasn’t a thing) and that could also handle a large database. It was a tedious process, none of the PC software I trialed was particularly useful, (though they would allow me to print a txt document which at one time I did on a dozen or more pages, and keep in my bag), and all of the apps eventually crashed after the database reached a listing of about 1500, sometimes far less. I gave up eventually.



Then I finally stumbled upon BookCollectorz, one of a suite of cataloguing apps developed in The Netherlands. They had just released a companion app for their desktop software and I decided it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. They offered a free trial, and because I could populate the database with a CVS file, I could import a file from my Goodreads account, and immediately test the limits of the app database. I was thrilled to find it worked, and within days I’d bought it all (At the time, the desktop software was required to populate the app database, though that’s no longer the case). I’ll admit that It took a few months to build and customise the catalogue. Initially I’d opted to add not only all the books & ebooks I owned, but also those I had read, and wanted to read. Eventually however I decided to use it just to track ownership of my my own collection, and my wishlist. Books I have read (that I don’t own) are recorded on Goodreads.


These days I actually use the app (CLZ Books) almost exclusively on my iPad, though I have Book Collector (the software) installed on my desktop, which offers several additional features that aren’t available via the app. I regularly sync the catalogue across my various devices, which includes my iPhone, so I always have access to it, online or off. If you don’t have the room on your device to install the catalogue, Collectorz also offers a cloud based only option, Book Connect. I have all three because I purchased BookCollectorz when it was a single product, and as such was ‘grandfathered’ in to the newer individual subscription model. At the moment this means I only need to pay for the annual Book Collector service plan.



Adding a new book to the catalogue is generally a fairly simple process.

You can opt to ‘Add by Searching Online’ which allows you to search the database by a manually entered ISBN, or by using your devices camera (or a handheld scanner peripheral for a desktop) to scan and capture the ISBN via the barcode, or by Author/Title. You then select the book, and add it either to your collection, or your wishlist.

If the book is not found in the database, you can ‘Add Manually’, entering the details to a blank form to create an entry. I run across this occasionally, particularly with very early ARC’s, however the good news is that the information is submitted to the central database, so if any user of the software has created an entry, it will automatically be found for the next user.



Once you’ve added a book to your catalogue, you can then edit it. Many of the book details will already be filled in, provided by the online database, but you can modify every field, to change, or to complete the information. However, the main reason to edit your book entries, is to add information that is specific, or important to you.

My setup is pretty simple, along with the basic information (page count, series, blurb, genre etc) I record the physical location of the book (eg. Shelf, Kindle, iPad etc), and the source I obtained it from (eg. Netgalley, publisher, gift, Book Depository etc). However there are plenty of other generated fields you can populate, and you have the option to create your own.



Your catalogue is searchable by author or title. You can also sort by any field, including, but not limited to series, genre, publisher, format and location.

Once my catalogue was established, I found it to be a simple thing to keep it updated. I try to add books as soon as I get them, or at least try not to let them stack up. I have a routine where I add books (in whatever format) to my goodreads shelf, then Collectorz, and then for ARC’s to the review schedule I list on my blog, and then to my calendar.

I really like Book Collectorz (and just to be clear this not a sponsored post), and when I asked I don’t hesitate to recommend it. It’s main benefit for me (as an admitted book hoarder) is to keep track of my book collection (which numbers around 7000), I can pull up the details and know if I have a print or ebook version, and where to find it. Being able to access the catalogue offline on my iPhone also means I avoid accidentally buying duplicates when out shopping. My parents and kids also have access to my Book Connect account, and use it as a reference…there is no point in them buying a book I already own which they can borrow, and vice versa, and I can even easily make a note that the book is on loan, and who to, when I eagerly press great reads on friends. Essentially I am my own happy librarian.

If you are interested in Book Collectorz, it’s available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. I strongly suggest you browse the website to learn more, and take advantage of the free trial, though if you have a question, I’m happy to try and answer if for you.

Do you use Book Collectorz or another cataloguing software or method? Feel free to recommend your favourite system in the comments.

Stuff on Sunday: New Releases On My Wishlist for the Second Half of 2019


I know it’s Sunday, but this post is inspired by the week’s topic on  Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl , so credit where credit is due.



It may be a cliche, but it’s almost inconceivable to me that we are half way through the year already. Returning to blogging has added a structure to my days that I’ve been lacking, and time seems to be moving faster now that I’m working to schedules and deadlines again.

Anyway, I was inspired by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic to take a look at the upcoming new releases for the rest of the year.

This isn’t an exhaustive list (obviously), it’s a bit of a mixed bag including contemporary romance, non-fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction. I didn’t think too deeply about what I chose to include in this post, though I tried to pick up a few from each month. None of the books are currently on my review schedule , though I have requested a few (but have yet to be approved). I’ve ordered the books by month of release rather than any particular level of desirability.

Let me know what’s on your wishlist!

Click on the cover to learn more about the book on Goodreads

”If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.” The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman July 9th by Berkley

”Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies” Things You Save In a Fire by Katherine Center August 13th from St. Martins Press

”The remarkable, improbable story of a small, makeshift library in the Syrian town of Darayya” Syria’s Secret Library by Mike Thomson August 20th from Public Affairs

”A darkly funny and sexy novel that blows the lid off the medical profession and life inside a hospital by a young doctor” Going Under by Sonia Henry September 17th from Allen & Unwin

”Jess Brightwell and his friends must come together as never before, to forge a new future for the Great Library” Sword & Pen {The Great Library #5} by Rachel Caine September 19th from Alison Busby

”They will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.” The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes October 18th from Pamela Dorman Books

“books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell” The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith October 1st from Ace Books

“Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts.” Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks November 19th from St. Martins Press

“Who will find the girls first? And will they get there in time?” Now You See Them {Stephens & Mephisto #5} by Elly Griffiths December 3rd from HMH

”All she has to do is kill a stranger” The Kill Club by Wendy Heard December 17th from Mira


Which of these will you be adding to your wishlist?



Aussie Books for Mothers Day


Looking for a gift this Mother’s Day, May 12th 2019?

There are some wonderful books from Australian women writers available, here is just a small sample from which you can choose…

(click on the cover to learn more via Goodreads)

For the new mother:

For the busy mother:

For the other mother:

For the grandmother:

For mother’s with daughters:

For mother’s with sons:

For the houseproud mother:

For the romantic at heart mother:

For the nosy mother:

For the starstruck mother:

For the activist mother:

For the nostalgic mother:


What will you be buying your mother this Mothers Day?



Stuff on Sundays: 2019 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

Best Novel

• The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

• Record of a Spaceborn Few, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

• Revenant Gun, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

• Space Opera, by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

• Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Macmillan)

• Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Best Series

• The Centenal Cycle, by Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)

• The Laundry Files, by Charles Stross (most recently Tor.com Publishing/Orbit)

• Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)

• The October Daye Series, by Seanan McGuire (most recently DAW)

• The Universe of Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard (most recently Subterranean Press)

• Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

• The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform / Gollancz)

• Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)

• The Cruel Prince, by Holly Black (Little, Brown / Hot Key Books)

• Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)

• The Invasion, by Peadar O’Guilin (David Fickling Books / Scholastic)

• Tess of the Road, by Rachel Hartman (Random House / Penguin Teen)

See more Hugo Award Finalists

Who would you vote for?

Stuff on Sundays: Book to TV adaptions to binge watch

I watch a rather obscene amount of TV, often with a book in my hand. Here is what I’ve binge watched lately.

{Click on the description to view the book in goodreads or click on the Image for more information about the TV series}


Based on M.R. Hall’s series, The Coroner, featuring coroner Jenny Cooper.


A Discovery of Witches

Based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness.


The Shannara Chronicles

Based on the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks



An adaption of the You series by Caroline Kepnes


Big Little Lies

Inspired by Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Big Little Lies


What I’m looking forward to watching later this year…


The Witcher

Inspired by the Andrzej Sapkowski series, The Witcher, which also spawned the popular video game


Good Omens

Based on Terry Prachett’s book, Good Omens


What’s your favourite book to TV adaption? 

How long will it take you to read your TBR pile?


Here is an exercise in hilarity from Read it Forward. A calculator that tells you how long it will take for you to finish your TBR pile!

I used my Goodreads Want to Read shelf (though it’s not comprehensive), and an average of 200 books a year to discover it will take me 13 years and two months to get through my current TBR list. Of course that list continues to grow each day.

How long it will take you to finish your TBR list?

Australian Indie Book Awards 2019

The winner of the Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Book Awards for 2019 has been announced.

The 2019 Book of the Year is Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton 


The individual category winners are:

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Picador Australia)

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House Australia)


Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Australia)

Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton (Hardie Grant Travel)

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin)


A Song Only I Can Hear by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

The Indies are considered the forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Since the Awards inception in 2008, the Indies have a well-deserved reputation for picking the best of the best in Australian writing. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Previous winners include: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Dry by Jane Harper; The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood; The Bush by Don Watson; The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan; The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; All That I Am by Anna Funder; The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; and Breath by Tim Winton.


Have your read Boy Swallows Universe?

What did you think? Feel free to link to your review in the comments.

ABIA Longlist 2019

The Australian Publishers Association is excited to announce the longlist for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The longlist introduces the titles, publishers and authors in contention for a coveted 2019 ABIA.

Voted for by the ABIA Academy — a group of more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives — have selected books published in 2018 across 12 categories.  

A shortlist will be released on Thursday April 11, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Thursday 2 May.

For the complete longlist, visit the official ABIAs website abiawards.com.au  

General Fiction Book of the Year

• Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)

• Scrublands, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Lost Man, Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)

• The Nowhere Child, Christian White (Affirm Press)

• The Other Wife, Michael Robotham (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Hachette Australia)

• The Rúin, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing, Echo Publishing)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

• A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura Press, Peter Bishop Books)

• Blakwork, Alison Whittaker (Magabala Books, Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation)

• Deep Time Dreaming, Billy Griffiths (Black Inc. Books, Black Inc.)

• Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Dr Anita Heiss (ed.) (Black Inc Books, Black Inc.)

• The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, Robert Hillman (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

• The Geography of Friendship, Sally Piper (The University of Queensland Press, UQP)

• The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean, Edited by Peter Burness (UNSW Press, published in association with the Australian War Memorial, NewSouth)

• Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean, Joy McCann (UNSW Press, NewSouth)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

• Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Nowhere Child,  Christian White (Affirm Press, -)

• Eggshell Skull, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• One Hundred Years of Dirt, Rick Morton (Melbourne University Publishing, Melbourne University Press)

• Teacher, Gabbie Stroud (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

• The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Holly Ringland (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)

• The Rúin,  Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

• The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Echo Publishing, Echo Publishing)

What’s your pick for the winner?

Win 1 of 10 double passes to see Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn


I have a special treat today, a chance for you to win 1 of 10 double passes to see the Oscar nominated film, Brooklyn.

Opening in cinemas Australia wide on February 11th, Brooklyn is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín.

The film follows Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a bright future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her homesickness she falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian-American who opens her eyes to her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Eilis back to Ireland, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Watch the official trailer


1 of 10 in season double passes to see Brooklyn

valid for any regular screening of the film across Australia while it is in cinemas

courtesy KabukuPR

And the winners are

Diane V, Katy E, Benjamin T, Gloria B, Diane C,

Shannon, Kate W, Ross S, Marlene P, Rosemarie D

Entries close Tuesday Feb 9th 2016, winners will be notified via email.

*Open to Australian residents aged 16 and over only*

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