What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Joanne at Portobellobookblog @portybelle



Whohoo time for another book blogger to take part in What’s On Your BookShelf ? Today it’s Joanne’s turn, she blogs over at https://portobellobookblog.com/  and I would highly recommended you check out Joanne’s blog if you haven’t already. So without further ado shall we have a nosy around Joanne’s bookcases?

Hi Joanne How many bookcases do you have?

We had a big clear out a couple of years back when we rearranged and redecorated our bedroom. We got rid of two huge bookcases. Despite this, I reckon there are at least eight bookcases I around the house – and I may just have ordered another this evening. But to be fair, it’s to replace a very cheap one! 

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Oh dear, I’m frightened to count! I just had a wander round and at a rough guess, I’d say there ae around 500 books on the book cases. And if the piles of books beside the bed and in my wardrobe are to be counted too, you can probably add another 50 at least!

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I’d say mine consist mostly of contemporary fiction although there are a lot of political, spy or war related thrillers which my husband likes.


Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I have quite a few coming up I am very keen to read but there are others I’m committed to first. Not that I don’t want to read the ones I’m committed to or I wouldn’t have agreed to review them. I am really looking forward to reading The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott and Dead Stock by Rachel Ward.

Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

There are a lot I haven’t read but one which has been there a while is South by Ernest Shackleton. I think he is a fascinating man and loved the tv miniseries about his epic adventure starring Kenneth Branagh. Quite like Shackleton whisky but that’s another story entirely! One day, I’ll get around to reading the book.


Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Miranda Dickenson’s The Day We Meet Again, Cecelia Ahern’s Postscript and Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars.

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

Oh that’s a really hard and quite cruel question actually! I think I’d choose Sebastian Faulks Birdsong which is what I usually say is my favourite book if pushed. I think it is a vivid evocation of the horrors of the First World War with a beautiful, passionate love story at its heart. Difficult to mix the two but I think the author manages it with this novel. I read it at a time when I was researching my family history including a great uncle who died in the First World War and a lot of the places where I know he was fighting are settings in this book. I had also been to visit the area so could easily imagine where the characters were.


Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

I’d like to invite Patrick Gale as I absolutely adore his books. I’d love to have a chat with him as I’ve heard him a couple of times at book festival events and even got to meet him last year at the Edinburgh book festival. He is fascinating to listen to.

About Joanne


I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

Blog – https://www.portobellobookblog.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/portobellobookblog/

Twitter and Instagram – @portybelle

My thanks to Joanne for taking part in What’s on your bookshelf ? and for the photos from her personal collection.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com

Thank you 

9 thoughts on “What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Joanne at Portobellobookblog @portybelle

  1. Joanne - Portobello Book Blog

    I’d forgotten about this, thanks so much for featuring my bookshelves. Pleased to say that I added all the books I said wanted to add to the shelves (and have read them!) and only have one still to go from the ones I was desperate to read. Still desperate to read it but I’m now taking part in the blogtour next month so hanging on a bit longer.

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