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What’s on your bookshelf during August?

August 20, 2021
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Welcome to our inaugural #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge! My friends Debbie Harris, Jo Tracey and Donna Connolly have joined with me and each month we will be sharing books that we have enjoyed during the month. I wrote a post about it last month so you can find out more HERE. Don’t forget to copy the #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge contributor badge at the end of the post.


I saw this scrolling through Facebook and totally agree…..


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah has my vote as my favourite book of the month. I’ve read two of her other books The Great Alone and The Four Winds. Below is the reivew I wrote on Goodreads about The Nightingale.

If you don’t read any other book this year you must read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I have read several of her books and with each one I am amazed at her writing skill. The reader is drawn into the story and you are there! I was there with Isabelle, I was there with Vianne. I was left speechless, emotional and shocked but it was so worth it.

I even had to go for a run with only a chapter to go to gather my thoughts.

The story set in France in WW2 is a tribute to all those women and men who fought to save their fellow citizens. Isabelle, determined, feisty and headstrong is the heroine. Both she and Vianne like many during that time, experienced more trauma than one person should in a lifetime. I am not articulate in this review but this is a must read. I was in tears at the end but can’t wait to re-read it. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.


Sue’s bookshelf: read

Heading Over the Hill
The Nightingale
The Perfect Life
Woman to Woman
The Family Gift
People We Meet on Vacation
The Things We Keep
Jane Eyre
Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray
The Honey Queen

Sue Loncaric’s favorite books »


What: What’s On Your Bookshelf (#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge).
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere).
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge so that we can find you and include your link in our posts.

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Sharing what’s on their bookshelf this month

Take a moment to link through to see what my co-hosts and others have written……

Deb from Deb’s World
Jo from AndAnways
Donna from Retirement Reflections

Now over to you – will you join us?

Deb, Donna, Jo and I hope that you will join us in this new series! If you have any questions just ask us. You can also link to any, or all of our posts, with a pingback, that way we get to see your posts quicker!

Don’t forget to tell me about the book(s) you’re reading at the moment!

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  • Reply Debbie Harris August 20, 2021 at 07:16

    Yahoo, we’ve launched our little book challenge Sue, how exciting! I love your review of The Nightingale and I have just got it to read next! I’ve enjoyed the other books by Kristin Hannah and look forward to this one. I have also read a few Cathy Kelly books lately, they seem to be an easy read for these times! Love being involved in this with you, Jo and Donna 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:26

      Hi Deb, I’m so happy to be doing this challenge with you, Jo and Donna. I loved your post and we do have similar tastes in books. The Nightingale was ‘heavy reading’ but I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it. xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey August 20, 2021 at 07:21

    Yay, we’ve launched! Heading Over The Hill and people We meet On Vacation are on my TBR…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:27

      Hey Jo, I’m excited that we have launched and I’m really looking forward to our new monthly challenge and seeing the books everyone is reading and sharing. xx

  • Reply Retirement Reflections August 20, 2021 at 07:33

    Hi, Sue – I’m super excited about this book sharing adventure and greatly look forward to recommendations from others. Thank you for sharing your list. I LOVED ‘The Nightingale’. ‘The Paris Library’ is also high on my TBR list. I ‘m off to check out your other book recommendations!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:28

      Hi Donna! I’m so excited that we have started this and thanks for the idea via your What’s On Your Plate Blogging Challenge? xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 20, 2021 at 08:42

    I’m struggling with The Labyrith – it’s not the book’s fault, my focus is shot. I did read Sheets last night to check it was appropriate for my youngest. Quite sweet. Linking this review as it has a scene IDENTICAL to the airport chaos in Kabul. I am dismayed that we have learnt nothing for what happened in Vietnam. So sad. https://debs-

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:31

      Hi Lydia! Lovely to have you join us and share your reading. I’ve not heard of either of these books. The monthly challenge will be great for us all to share what we are reading – what we like and what perhaps didn’t hit the mark. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones August 20, 2021 at 08:56

    Congrats on the launch of WOYB Sue. I’ve only read two of the books that you’ve read recently. I enjoyed the Paris library. Any title with Paris and library in the tile gets me in immediately and it didn’t disappoint. I agree with all you say about the Nightingale. I gave it 5 stars and have read it and listened in audio. I love Kristin Hannah. I’ve just finished Where the Crawdads Sing. I loved it and am about to start listening to the audio book. It reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird even though it’s nothing like it

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:16

      Hi Jen, now that you have written the comparison, I can see how Crawdads reminds you of To Kill a Mockingbird. I actually think I felt that when I was reading Crawdads and TKAMB is one of my favourite books. I enjoyed the Paris Library too and I think you wrote about The Last Bookshop in London which I’ve just downloaded. Thanks for joining us at #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge and happy reading!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan August 20, 2021 at 09:50

    Congratulations to you all. I have been very aware of your enthusiasm for the on-line reading and sharing thanks to your group and now you are sharing here too. I am a reader via listening these days. And it’s non-fiction and memoirs along with learning more about human behaviour that’s my interest. A couple of fiction titles are in their somewhere too! Look forward to catching up with you as you share. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:14

      Thanks Denyse! We are excited to be bringing this idea to everyone and non-fiction recommendations are always welcome. My cousin loves her audio books especially as her eyesight is not good.She was a librarian at the State Library in NSW so loves books. x

  • Reply Toni Pike August 20, 2021 at 10:07

    A lovely post, Sue – loved your stunning review for The Nightingale. I just read A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle, and currently a book of delightful poetry by Sally Cronin: Life Is A Mosaic. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:13

      Hi Toni, I adored The Nightingale. I’ve never been able to read poetry so I’m pleased you are enjoying Sally Cronin’s book. I will take a look at AGhost and His Gold. I’m loving hearing about new books for me to add to my list. Thanks for taking part in the #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge xx

  • Reply Deborah Cook August 20, 2021 at 11:01

    I can’t believe I’ve not read any books on your list Sue! I’ve heard of several of course. I don’t belong to any bookclubs and suspect I’m a lone reader or something. I like to do it at my own pace and according to my mood.

    I’ve linked up as I think this is a great initiative.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:11

      Hi Deb, I just wrote the same comment on our post! I’m only in the online group but I do love reading. I like a variety of genres but do like a good mystery/thriller. Kristin Hannah has become a favourite with her epic novels but I always feel I need to read something very lighthearted after her books. Thanks so much for joining us for the inaugural #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge and can’t wait to see what you will be reading over the next month.

  • Reply Donna Ambler August 20, 2021 at 12:17

    Recently finished Midnight Library, Love Objects and The Truth About Her. Currently reading Shuggie Bain and Small Great Things by Jodie Picoult

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 20, 2021 at 15:09

      I really liked the Midnight Library, Donna but I haven’t heard of the others. I do like Jodie Picoult as well and have read most of her books. Thanks for sharing what you’ve been reading and hope you join us again next month for #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge.

  • Reply Joanne August 20, 2021 at 23:28

    I just love Kristen Hannah and the Nightingale was one of my favorites of hers too. I also enjoyed the Midnight Library and thought the concept/storyline was so unique.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2021 at 04:28

      Hi Joanne, yes I agree about the Midnight Library and really enjoyed the idea. I also enjoyed The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah but now The Nightingale is my favourite for sure. Lovely to meet you. x

  • Reply suzanne August 21, 2021 at 07:18

    Sue, congratulations on a very successful launch of ‘what’s on your bookshelf.’ I see a couple of books here that interest me and will be downloading them this afternoon. I clicked on several of your Goodreads reviews and was very pleased to see that you didn’t rave about every book you read. I appreciate honest reviews!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 23, 2021 at 14:06

      Hi Suzanne! Lovely to hear from you! I have to admit I’m not very good at writing reviews but no, I won’t praise a book I haven’t enjoyed. I’m excited about working with Deb, Jo and Donna and sharing our love of books. xx

  • Reply Natalie August 21, 2021 at 09:09

    Hi Sue, Congrats on the launch of WOYBS challenge with Donna, Deb and Jo! It’s a fantastic idea. I read and enjoyed The Great Alone by K. Hannah. I’ll add The Nightingale to my TBR list. I’ve also read people We Meet On Vacation by E. Henry. Thank you for also linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 23, 2021 at 14:08

      Thanks, Natalie! I really enjoyed The Great Alone. I wasn’t that fussed on People We Meet On Vacation but that is what reading is all about. You enjoy some books and others not quite so much. x

  • Reply Kirstin August 23, 2021 at 05:13

    You ladies are amazing. I can barely get through one a month, let alone a handful. I need to figure out how to spend more time reading…lol.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 23, 2021 at 14:05

      Hi Kirstin, reading is a passion and I just love getting lost in a book. I also enjoy hearing about the books that others are reading as well. My list is ever-growing. xx

  • Reply Christine Blundell August 23, 2021 at 17:25

    Hi Sue, I love reading and how I become so much a part of their lives. I am very fortunate where I live as I have access to the library in our retirement village. We have an amazing array suited to all tastes. I love the Australian authors. I recently read one called Lost Pearl by Emily Madden. It is a family saga which begins at Pearl Harbour just before it was bombed and spans 3 generations. Looking forward to reading some of those recommended by others here. Christine

  • Reply Julie August 23, 2021 at 23:48

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about “The Nightingale” — it’s been on my TBR pile for a long time. I am also interested in “People We Meet on Vacation.” I will definitely participate in this challenge!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2021 at 09:29

      Hi Julie, it is such a beautifully written book. I was quite emotional when I finished it but would gladly read it again. x

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