Do you choose which book to read based on your mood? Even within the contemporary genre there is something for everyone…

If it is family drama and secrets that interest you try Hannah Richelle’s The Shadow Year or Fran Cusworth’s Sisters of Spicefield


“The Shadow Year is a page-turner with a chilling and unexpected mystery at its heart.” Jody Lee Newtown Review of Books: The Shadow Year

“Cusworth handles the provocative issues in Sisters of Spicefield with keen insight and compassion for their complex emotional nuances. Well written, this novel is thought provoking, topical and engaging.” Shelleyrae at Book’d Out: Sisters of Spicefield


If you enjoy a rural setting try Ryders Ridge by Charlotte Nash or Currawong Creek by Jennifer Scoullar


“With a sweet developing romance, small-town politics and a hero/ heroine that are both passionate and flawed it makes for a captivating read.” Lauren at The Australian Bookshelf: Ryders Ridge

“Currawong Creek is a delightful, thoughtful and heartwarming story.” Shelleyrae at Book’d Out: Currawong Creek


Need a laugh? Try Fast Forward by Juliet Madison or  One White Lie by Loretta Hill

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“This was a great book, very addictive and it was all too easy to simply sink into Kelli’s life and laugh at her predicament and cheer her on” Bree at 1Girl2manyBooks: Fast Forward

“One Little White Lie is a cute, bubbly read. With the setting of Sydney sparkling throughout the novel, this would be the perfect summer beach read.” Emma at emmalikestoread: One Little White Lie


For edgy contemporary fiction try just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth or The Gospel According to Luke by Emily Maguire

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“just_a_girl is an honest, gritty and thought provoking story about sex, power, loneliness and the desire to connect meaningfully with another soul.” Shelleyrae at Book’d Out” just_a_girl

“I’m starting to really like the way [the author] writes, its very unapologetic. The ending crept up on me, and had much more of an effect on me that I thought the book was actually having.” Josie Forshaw: The Gospel According To Luke



About Me

My name is Shelleyrae Cusbert I am a mother of four children, aged 6 to 16, living in the mid north coast of NSW. I am an obsessive reader and publish my thoughts about what I read at my book blog,  Book’d Out.  In 2012 I read and reviewed a total of 109 books for the AWW Challenge (see obsessive!) and featured more than 35 Australian women writers. I juggle caring for my family with a part time job and volunteer at both the town’s local library and her children’s school library. While I have a degree in Education, I hope to gain a diploma in librarian studies in the near future.