What Are You Reading Then?

I thought it would be fun to answer the question posed by Rory of “A Guy Called Bloke” about books.

What’s on my shelves?

How large is your shelved book collection?

For the past few months almost all my books have been packed away awaiting a decision about where we can put our books as both Naomi and I have quite a lot. Don’t ask me how many. I’ve never counted them and even though I have culled a few of David’s books that I would never read and a few of mine there are still several boxes.

Do you actually have a shelved collection of hard copy books or a digital collection only or both?

At my previous two homes we had many bookshelves. We had freestanding bookshelves in the passage in the house in Geeveston as well as shelves in an alcove in what used to be our spare bedroom until I moved into it after David passed away. The timber and fittings from those shelves was brought from our previous house in Hallett Cove SA where we also had a wall of books. I do have a growing collection of digital books on my Kindle and I have a few books from Audible which I listen to on the computer. However, although I’m happy to store my fiction books digitally I really prefer my non fiction as hard copy. My Kindle is a basic one and I can’t see coloured illustrations and it is a bit small to appreciate the detail in photos. My only bookcase at present has my doll books on it and I hope to find space in the house for my books about crafts, railways, ships etc. The cook books live in the pantry.

Are you willing to show an image of your collection in the shelves?

That’s why I decided to do this challenge :-).



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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