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What’s On Your Bookshelf in August?

August 20, 2022

It’s time for another What’s On your Bookshelf? post and I’m running late. I’ve been busy preparing to move house and last week it happened. We are still surrounded by boxes and settling in but we are happy with our decision. Of course preparing to sell a home and purchase a new one is very time consuming but I still managed time to read.

I’ve written before about Reading and it’s health benefits, especially our mental health. The soothing and relaxing experience we feel when we read an old ‘favourite’ or escape into a new adventure or story. So even though we have been packing, cleaning, unpacking, cleaning I’ve managed to read some lovely books during the last month.

What’s been on my Bookshelf?

I have been mostly reading Australian authors which I’m recommending in this month’s post. I rated them mostly 4 & 5 stars for different reasons.

Sarah Docker, Inga Simpson, Sophie Green & Jessica Anderson


Midlife, Menopause & Beyond

I recently interviewed Rachel Lankester from Magnificent Midlife for an upcoming episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast. Rachel’s book ‘Magnificent Midlife: Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause & Beyond is an easy to read, yet informative book which women – pre and post menopause should read.

Book Club

Our Book Club meetings have been on hold as one our members is enjoying a lovely holiday catching up with her gorgeous granddaughter in the U.K. However, we have been tasked with our next Jane Austen book – Mansfield Park. Usually, we read each book in stages and have a Book Club meeting to discuss the set chapters. With Debbie away, we are reading the whole book and discussing when she returns from holidays.

One thing I’ve learned reading the classics with my Book Club is I greatly value the discussions whilst still reading the book. I always learn some new perspective or understand more about the author on a deeper level. I’m looking forward to our next meeting to hear everyone’s thoughts.

Personally, I loved the book and will write my review in next month’s post.

First Impressions: A Novel about Old Books, Unexpected Love & Jane Austen

This was a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend this book especially if you love Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield.  Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books


Sue’s 2022 book montage

The Wattle Island Book Club
The Mother
Deadly Intent
Tirra Lirra by the River
A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting
Book Lovers
Sense and Sensibility
The Woman in the Library
Insidious Intent
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Magpie Murders
Pride and Prejudice
Telling Tales
Thin Air
Cold Earth
The Long Call
Blue Lightning
The Moth Catcher
The Goldfinch
Linda's Midlife Crisis

Sue Loncaric’s favorite books »

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  • Reply Joanne Tracey August 20, 2022 at 10:22

    I’m yet to read any of Sandi Docker’s books & really must as she chairs the writing group I occasionally join. Looking forward to reading Sophie Green’s new one & am grateful to you for the recommendation of First Impressions.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2022 at 10:16

      Hi Jo, I really enjoy her books. Easy to read and poignant story lines. I’m so pleased you enjoyed First Impressions, I loved it. x

  • Reply Erica/Erika August 20, 2022 at 10:52

    Hi Sue, You remind me how reading books is always a great respite, it does not matter how busy the day. An eclectic and interesting choice of books. Thank you for sharing and happy reading. xx 💕

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2022 at 10:17

      Hi Erica, yes I find great comfort in getting lost in a book especially when I’m feeling stressed. xx

  • Reply Janine August 20, 2022 at 16:13

    You have done well to read so many books whilst organising your move. I heard Sophie Green interviewed recently about her new book which sounds appealing. Congratulations on your move and I hope you soon feel settled in

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2022 at 10:18

      Hi Janine, it was my escape with all that was going on. Mike and I paced ourselves with packing, moving and unpacking but it was still an exhausting experience. I’ve enjoyed all of Sophie Green’s books and I think you will enjoy her latest. Take care xx

  • Reply Debbie September 6, 2022 at 14:09

    Oh I haven’t heard of Sandie Docker so will definitely check her out! I will also get First Impressions and look forward to Sophie Green’s new book. Thanks for the suggestions Sue, I always enjoy your recommendations.

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