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.

i’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews  & Reading Reality


Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads


For Review (print)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)



For Review (Electronic)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)


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.

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.

i’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews  & Reading Reality


Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)



For Review (Electronic)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)



Acquired by other means



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz




So Netflix Australia added Seasons 1-10 of The Big Bang Theory last week, guess what we’ve been doing…it even lured my kids from their bedrooms (after midday of course – it is the school holidays), turning the bingewatch into a family event, which happily didn’t require us to leave the house, or spend money… I call that a win!

Sigh, I will miss this show!


What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…


The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth



New Posts


Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Review: The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl

Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Review: The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

Weekend Cooking: Cozy Culinary Mysteries



What I’m Reading This Week

Undertaker Nina Sherwood is full of good advice. For example, never wear lip gloss when you’re scattering ashes. Nina is your average 30-year-old with a steady job, a nice home – and dead bodies in her basement. As an undertaker, she often prefers the company of the dead to the living – they’re obliging, good listeners and take secrets to the grave.

Nina is on a one-woman mission to persuade her peers that passing on is just another part of life. But the residents of Primrose Hill are adamant that a funeral parlour is the last thing they need… and they will stop at nothing to close down her dearly beloved shop.

When Nina’s ‘big break’ funeral turns out to be a prank, it seems like it’s the final nail in the coffin for her new business. That is, until a (tall, dark and) mysterious investor shows up out of the blue, and she decides to take a leap of faith.

Because, after all, it’s her funeral…

The perfect antidote to all books about weddings, this book will make you laugh until you cry, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley’s Bridesmaids, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Good Place.



Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Survivors.

1953, the South of France. The fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances.

Eloïse Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm near Arles in the Camargue. She idolises her older brother, André, and when he leaves to become an Intelligence Officer working for the CIA in Paris to help protect France, she soon follows him. Having exchanged the strict confines of her father’s farm for a life of freedom in Paris, her world comes alive. 

But everything changes when André is injured – a direct result of Eloise’s actions. Unable to work, André returns to his father’s farm, but Eloïse’s sense of guilt and responsibility for his injuries sets her on the trail of the person who attempted to kill him.

Eloïse finds her hometown in a state of unrest and conflict. Those who are angry at the construction of the American airbase nearby, with its lethal nuclear armaments, confront those who support it, and anger flares into violence, stirred up by Soviet agents. Throughout all this unrest, Eloïse is still relentlessly hunting down the man who betrayed her brother and his country, and she is learning to look at those she loves and at herself with different eyes. She no longer knows who she can trust. Who is working for Soviet Intelligence and who is not? And what side do her own family lie on?




It’s the summer of 1982. The Man from Snowy River is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.

In a seaside suburb of NSW, housewife Theresa Howard takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.

After finding herself in a desperate situation, 26-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.

Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive shark sightings, bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt. They will find solace and companionship in their friendship circle, and learn that love takes many forms.


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Six Degrees of Separation #6degrees

Hosted by Kate at Books Are My favourite and Best, the Six Degrees of Separation meme asks you to start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up!

This month’s starting point is Maurice Sendak’s childhood classic Where The Wild Things Are. It’s possible that I first read this, or it was read to me, as a child but my first clear introduction to the book was while I was studying children’s literature as part of my education degree. I know I read it often while teaching, and to my children when they were little. It’s still on the bookshelf in the room my teenage boys share.


While an ocean appears in Max’s bedroom to take to where the wild things are, in the adult novel, A Lifetime of Impossible Days by Tabitha Bird, an ocean grows in Super Gumboots Willa’s backyard to help her to escape the ‘wild thing’ that is her father.

Super Gumboots Willa is her own superhero, so too is Elsa in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She is Sorry by Fredrik Backman. This heartfelt story shares seven year old Elsa’s quest to deliver letters of apology on behalf of her late grandmother.

Atonement by Ian McEwan shares similar themes of regret, grief, and forgiveness after thirteen year old Briony mistakenly ruins a young man’s life. To be honest I found the book, which I read many years ago, tedious, but I did enjoy the movie (starring Keira Knightly).

There are several points of similarity between Briony and eleven year old Flavia de Luce, the main character in Alan Bradley’s series, which begins with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Both, for example, are British, precocious, and lonely, however while Briony falsely accused someone of a crime, eleven year old Flavia de Luce, with a fascination for chemistry, sets out to solve a crime of which her father has been falsely accused.

Food links the title of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie to The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. On her ninth birthday, Rose Edelstein discovers she has a magical gift that is also a curse, she can taste the emotions of those who have prepared the food she eats.

Like Rose, twelve year old prodigy Paloma, in the Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery feels it is prudent to hide her thoughts. Her intelligence is both a blessing and a curse, it alienates her from her family and schoolmates to such an extent that Paloma is planning to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday, until she finds friendship with Mr. Kakuro and Renee.

So there you have it, some of you may also have noticed that the six books I have chosen are also linked, each features a child narrator


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Stuff on Sunday: In case you missed it…Reviewed June 2019


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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!

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”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?



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.

i’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews  & Reading Reality


Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)


For Review (Electronic)
(My thanks to the respective publishers)



Six Degrees of Separation


Hosted by Kate at Books Are My favourite and Best, the Six Degrees of Separation meme asks you to start at the same place as other readers, add six books, and see where you end up!


Murmur by Will Eaves is this months selection as the springboard for Six Degrees of Separation. What I know of Alan Turing is largely gleaned from ‘The Imitation Game’ (starring Benedict Cumberbatch), and I wouldn’t be averse to learning more about him, but honestly this is not something I will ever read, reviews give me the impression that its terribly pretentious

Of the previous winners of the Wellcome Prize, I found The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot fascinating. I read it as a member of an informal bookclub, and it was one of the first books I reviewed on Goodreads.

Speaking of immortality, I really enjoy reading urban fantasy, and the immortal Atticus O’Sullivan, along with his faithful Irish Wolfhound companion, Oberon, who features in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne is one of my favourites. Beginning with Hounded, the series ended last year with book 9, Scourged.

From an Irish Druid with a dog, to an Irish cop (with no dog) brings us to Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty, book five of his gritty crime series set in Ireland during ‘The Troubles’ featuring Guarda Sean Duffy. In this instance, Duffy is investigating the death of a journalist in the grounds of Carrickfergus Castle.


Duffy enjoys a whisky now and then, which leads me to Whisky and Charlie by Annabel Smith (one of the original hosts of this meme). First published in Australia as ‘Whisky, Charlie, Foxtrot’ in 2012, Whiskey and Charlie is a moving and poignant novel, the story of identical twin brothers, Charlie and William (aka Whiskey) Ferns.

Newly published, The Place on Dalhousie is authored by another Australian writer, Melina Marchetta. It’s an adult contemporary fiction novel that loosely follows up on her popular young adults novels, Saving Francesca and The Piper’s Son, though it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone. It begins when Rosie and Jimmy meet during a flood.

To bring the chain to a close, I decided to go with Deeper Water by Jessie Cole in which a flood also has life changing repercussions for the main character, Mema, a young woman awakening to the possibilities of love and life.


Since I hadn’t read the first book in the chain, I also decided that the rest should draw on books I had read.


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Stuff on Sundays: Managing Memes


Book blogging memes are a fixture of our community, (though the term ‘meme’ is more popularly applied to the graphic images I’m sure you are all familiar with).

Memes are hosted on a regular weekly or monthly basis, but generally participants can opt in, or out, at anytime. Some memes have specific rules, others are more lax, but they almost all require some level of reciprocity, in that your post should link to the host, and you should visit others who are taking part. There are memes who have a hundred or more regular participants, some who have just a few. Numbers often rise and fall over time.

People tend to participate in memes for any number of reasons. I choose to participate for two main reasons:

#1 – it introduces me to, and helps me maintain connections with, other book bloggers

#2– they provide a loose framework for my blogging schedule

Every Monday I participate in three weekly memes, though I combine them into one post, in part because my Monday is Sunday in the US, and they share a similar theme.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Hosted By Kathryn @ Book Date

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone.

You can learn more here @ The Book Date

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

You can learn more at Caffeinated Reviewer

The Sunday Salon

The Salon has recently been revived by Nance at The Readerbuzz and is open to anyone who’d like to discuss books on a Sunday (or, frankly, any other day of the week). Bloggers are welcome to discuss what you’re reading here, or link to relevant blog posts, or comment on one another’s posts.

You can learn more here at Nance at the Readerbuzz

I also participate in three memes on a regular basis

On the 1st Sunday of the month I participate in a monthly meme Six Degrees of Separation, hosted by booksaremyfavouriteandbest where, on the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.

You can learn more here Booksaremyfavouriteandbest


On the 2nd Sunday of the month I participate in Weekend Cooking, a weekly meme hosted by BethFishReads. Weekend Cooking is a chance to share the food love. Beth posts every Saturday morning , and you are welcome to share any post related to the theme of food, this might be a cookbook review, or a novel in which food plays a part, or even just some favorite food-related quotes.

You can learn more at BethFishReads


I’ve posted Bookshelf Bounty every 3rd Sunday of the month for several years, but now I link it with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

You can learn more at Tyngas Reviews


There is one other meme I participate in only sporadically. NonFiction Friday is hosted by DoingDeweyDecimal and is specifically for linking reviews of nonfiction books. They can be posted any time during the week, but when I have a nonfiction book review, I deliberately schedule the post on a Friday. Unfortunately participation seems to have dropped quite a lot, but I have always appreciated it because I enjoy nonfiction and this meme has allowed me to explore what’s out there, and I do check in weekly and browse those links that have been posted. Perhaps you’ll consider linking up your next nonfiction review.

You can learn more at


Though not everyone has the inclination, or time to take part, I think participation in memes is mostly beneficial to the book bloggers as it encourages connection and community. even among bloggers who have disparate tastes in books. It has other benefits too, in that memes can help boost blog stats, and fill gaps in your blog schedule when you are stuck, or under pressure.

There are several book bloggers who host meme directory’s. Some are more up to date or comprehensive than others. Here are links to a few:

Bookshelf Fantasies

The Reading Life

Perspective of a Writer

What do you think about memes?

What do you like about those that you participate in regularly?

Are there any memes you would recommend?

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