Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shelleyrae from Book'd Out

Today please welcome Shelleyrae, who blogs at Book'd Out.


What's the meaning behind the name of your book blog?

There wasn't any specific meaning when I chose it, I just wanted something with 'book' in the title - it turned out to be prophetic though - I am often booked out months in advance!

How long have you been blogging?

Three years, it doesn't seem as if it could possibly have been that long though.

Tell us a bit about your book blog. What makes it unique?

I read a a lot, around 250 books a year so I post around 5 book reviews a week, sometimes more, rarely less. Around half of the books I read and review are by Australian authors as I am an avid supporter of the Australian Women Writers Challenge and Australian authors in general. Book'd Out also hosts the annual Eclectic Reader Challenge.

What genres do you write about most, and why?

Most of what I choose to read and review is for adults and I prefer contemporary fiction. I consider myself an eclectic reader, but I tend to read a lot of general fiction, crime fiction and its various subgenres and women's fiction/chicklit. I also enjoy Urban Fantasy and the odd non fiction title. I'm willing to read anything that piques my interest though.

What's your earliest memory of reading?

My earliest memories probably involve the fortnightly visits by the mobile library. The big green bus would park just a few meters away from our house and I would spend hours in there. I was always reluctant to see it leave.

What was the first book you read over and over, or the book you've reread the most?

I rarely re-read books, though I know I read Are You There God, It's Me Margaret and Forever by Judy Blume more than once as a pre-teen.

What's your favorite place to read?

I'll read anywhere, though most often I am curled up in the corner of the lounge. 

Do you have any reading accessories you can't do without?

My Kindle Touch and my iPad - I read on both and love being able to take my books with me where ever I go.

Finish the sentence: My bookshelves are...


My TBR pile is...

out of control!

What's a book that's changed your life?

Every book changes my life in some way -I think every book has something to teach us.

To DNF or not to DNF?

I DNF maybe a handful of books a year - it's never an easy choice to make and I always feel irrationally guilty.

How about non-book related hobbies? What do you do when you don't feel like reading?

I watch a lot of TV... from drama's to documentary's to trashy reality shows.

What's your favorite book to movie adaptation?

I love the Anne of Green Gables mini series, I watch it whenever it's on.

What are 3 of your must-read blogs?

Giraffe Days
Kittlings Books
Alpha Reader 

What is your reading personality? (via quiz at http://www.bookbrowse.com/quiz/)

Your responses showed you fitting into three different personalities:

Involved Reader: You don't just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half the fun of reading is the thrill of the chase - discovering new books and authors, and discussing your finds with others.
Exacting Reader: You love books but you rarely have as much time to read as you'd like - so you're very particular about the books you choose.
Eclectic Reader: You read for entertainment but also to expand your mind. You're open to new ideas and new writers, and are not wedded to a particular genre or limited range of authors. 


Thank you for joining us today, Shelleyrae! Remember to check out Shelleyrae's blog, Book'd Out, and leave a comment or question.


  1. Thanks for having me!

  2. Nice to read more about you, Shelleyrae. I'm surprised that someone who reads so much has a unmanageable to-read pile, but who am I kidding? I'm not much behind and have a large TBR myself. :-)

    1. LOL Judith, how can you doubt it - trust me, my to read pile and unread piles grows faster than I can read :)

  3. Book'd Out is an awesome blob- love reading Shelleyrae's reviews-keep up the great work!

    1. That is so sweet of you Kerri, thank you!

  4. This is such a wonderful resource for book bloggers. I've been a fan of Book'd Out for a few years now, and am so glad others love them too.

    Cynthia @ The Things You Can Read

    I'm following via email

  5. An eclectic reader of contemporary fiction - no wonder I enjoy your reviews so much - we have very similar tastes. Congratulations on three years & thanks for your considered reviews. I'm off to check out your recommended blogs now :)

  6. Congratulations to Shelleyrae and all the other wonderful book bloggers and reviewers who do so much to promote reading and literature.

  7. I'm so surprised to hear you watch a lot of TV - the only reason I can read two or three books a week is if I don't watch any telly!! It's always fun getting a glimpse into other bloggers' lives like this, and thanks for the shout-out, Shelleyrae! And I think we have the same "reading personality"!

  8. Lovely interview. Where on earth do you find the time for TV with five books a week!

  9. Congratulations - the quiz told me I'm equally split between all four.

  10. Congratulations Shelleyrae, great interview!

  11. Thanks for joining us Shelleyrae! I love that you said that all books affect you in some way! And, love your description of your bookshelves!!


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