Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

 

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sundays: Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2

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I’m excited that more than 50 readers have signed up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge so far this year, and several already have already gotten started and shared reviews.  The challenge asks participants to read 12 books over the year, each from a variety of different categories. These are:

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2.  A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3.  PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4.  A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

I encourage participants who aren’t sure what to select for each category to look for recommendations from other book bloggers who they read and follow, or browse lists such as Goodreads Listopia , Library Booklists, or whatever source is favoured, however I thought I might offer a few gleaned from my own browsing.

In Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 2 I offered selections for the categories of Retellings; A book set in a country starting with the letter S; and PI Crime.

I’m going to cover the next three categories today, and continue over the next month or so.

Click the cover for more information about each title.

 A novel published before you were born {books below published between 1920 & 1980}

Contemporary romance

Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)

  You can join the challenge at any time up until December 1st 2015. For more details CLICK HERE.

 

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Won/Downloaded or otherwise acquired

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

Bought/Downloaded/Won

Stuff on Sunday: My Christmas Wishlist

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Despite the myriad of books, in one form or another, that make it into my home which I am yet to read, there are still a dozen or so books that have been released during 2014 that I’d love to find under the tree this Christmas (in no particular order):

Mr Mercedes & Revival by Stephen King


The Martian by Andy Weir


What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

Into the Night Sky by Caroline Finnerty


Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox

 

What’s on your holiday wishlist?

Sign Up for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015

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In it’s fourth year, the aim of The Eclectic Reader Challenge is to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories.

Join in:

The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st 2015. Participants may join at any time up until December 1st 2015

  • Create a blog post committing to your participation in this challenge.

* If you don’t have a blog you are still welcome to sign up. You can create a shelf for the challenge at Goodreads or LibraryThing or a similar site Just include your name and a link to your shelf.

  • Select, read and review a book from each category listed below during the year for a total of 12 books. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

* You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. You may combine this challenge with others if you wish.

* Where a book is identified by more than one genre eg historical romance, it may only count for either the historical fiction or romantic fiction genres – not both.

* You can read your chosen titles in any order, at any pace, just complete the challenge by December 31st 2015 to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Categories

  1. Retellings (of fairytale, legends or myth)
  2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S (eg. Sweden, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Slovakia)
  3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)
  4. A novel published before you were born
  5. Contemporary romance
  6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)
  7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)
  8. Science Fiction set in space
  9. Sports (Fiction or Non fiction)
  10. Featuring diversity
  11. Epistolary Fiction (fiction written in the format of letters/emails/diary entries)
  12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure

If you need some ideas for what to read in the above categories I suggest you search Library Booklists or Listopia at Goodreads

Each time you read and review a book as part of this challenge, make sure you identify it by adding either a direct statement and /or the challenge image badge to the post. If you tweet use the tag #eclecticreader or @bookdout
Share your review with other challenge participants by posting your name/blog name and title of the book with a direct link to your review in the Linky.

Bookmark the Eclectic Reader Challenge Page for future reference

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Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

For Review (electronic)

 

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

For Review (ebook)

Bought, Won or otherwise acquired

Stuff On Sundays: The Most Well-Read Cities in Australia

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Bookworld, Australia’s biggest bookstore, has released the annual list of the most well-read cities in Australia for 2013-14, with some interesting results.

Canberra topped the list for the second year in a row, with Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, making the most movement from last year jumping from #7 to #2. New additions to the Top 10 list, which is compiled using sales data of over 500,000 Australian customers over the past year, include Newcastle and Sydney.

Australia’s most well-read cities, in the correct order, are:
1. Canberra – Queanbeyan
2. Melbourne
3. Geelong
4. Newcastle – Maitland
5. Brisbane
6. Toowoomba
7. Sunshine Coast
8. Sydney
9. Adelaide
10. Hobart

Some quick and interesting facts from our research:

* Canberra was again the literary capital of the year, as the only city to have 4 literary titles making the top 10, with Eyrie by Tim Winton topping the sales list.
* Perth and Darwin dropped out of the Top 10 to #13 and #17 respectively
* In a marked departure from last year’s trends, the only city still reading 50 Shades of Grey is Brisbane…
* The Sunshine Coast was the most interested in health and food books – with The Fast Diet and Make Peace with Your Plate the two bestselling books
* Toowoomba proves its family focus with the most kids book sales for any of the cities
* Newcastle-Maitland debuted onto the list at #4 with sales of Boganaire: The Rise and Fall of Nathan  Tinkler, about the Hunter Valley Region self-made billionaire, boosting their position
* Geelong moved up one position to #3 thanks to Hold the Line: My Story by Matthew Scarlett, local Geelong Cats superstar
* Save with Jamie was the number one book overall, appearing in the Top 10 for every city and topping the list in 5 cities
* A Game Of Thrones Box Set and The Fast Diet were the only other books to make it onto all lists The most popular kids book was Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8: Hard Luck, following by YA novel The Fault in our Stars.
* Canberra was also the most fond of eBooks, topping the list for eBook sales with Burial Rites and The Cuckoo’s Calling the most popular downloads
* Burial Rites was the clear superstar in ebooks, coming in as the most downloaded eBook ebook in 7 out of the 10 cities.

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The ranking was based on sales data from Bookworld in eBook and physical book format, from July 2013 – July 2014, on a per capita basis of Australian cities with a population of over 100,000. About Bookworld: Bookworld is Australia’s fastest growing online bookstore with over 500,000 existing customers. It offers books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs and gifts at low prices, giving Australians a viable local option to the major international companies. It offers free delivery on all orders, an Amazon Price Guarantee and is a local Australian company. Bookworld also owns the Angus & Robertson online store.

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Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

It’s that time of the month or near enough,  so here is what I have added to my shelves recently.

Click on the cover images to view at Goodreads

For Review (print)

 

 

 

For Review (ebook)

 

 

 

Bought or otherwise acquired (giveaways, gifts etc)

I picked up a handful of books from the school fete this year finding some real bargains including some almost brand new releases

 

A friend gave me these…

These I downloaded from the Australian iBookstore which offered a vast amount of freebies this month. Several I have read or own in print but I figure it doesn’t hurt to have an e-copy as well

 

A 15 book set of Roald Dahl’s stories

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There were over 30 Nora Roberts titles – here are just a few

Six  titles by Stephen King including…

Five by Dean Koontz including…

And a couple from Harlan Coben…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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