52 Week Bookclub Challenge May 2023 #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge May 2023

This year, for the second time, I have been participating in the 52 Bookclub Challenge. The Challenge is to read one book each week to a particular prompt. The thing I most enjoy about this challenge, apart from reading the books, is matching books to the prompts. Its a fun thing to do, and I often end up choosing a book that I may not have otherwise read. That is always a positive.

Until now, I have been posting about these books, and other books that I’ve been reading, on my other blog Next Phase In Fitness. Now that this blog has been revived, I will be posting here about the books that I’m reading, along with the challenge books.

At the bottom of this post, I have included links to the challenge books that I’ve read so far in 2023. I have decided not to read the challenge books in order of 1-52. I am reading whatever seems right at the time, depending on my mood and also on the books that I have available to me.

I also have been linking my monthly challenge book posts to the #whatsonyourbookshelf linkup, and will continue to do so.

Challenge books

Prompt 30: Author With the Same Name as Yours
Daughter of the Home Front by Jennie Jones

I didn’t expect to find a book who’s author has the same name as me, so was quite surprised when I stumbled across Daughter of the Home Front on Borrowbox, the library platform, where I access my audio books. I was also surprised to find that it was historical fiction, which always draws me.

Set in Townsville in 1942, during WW2, Emma arrives at Townsville as a 16 year old keen to join the war effort, and escape the life of poverty she had been living with her family in their beachside village.

In Townsville, Emma finds a busy bustling city, with American soldiers and glamorous women. Emma’s life is about to change and she is forced to make very courageous decisions which will alter her life in ways she would never have dreamed about.

Emma was left to look after herself and after making one mistake, was forced to decide which way her life would go, with no family support. I felt a very strong connection to Emma who was a very strong and inspirational woman.

I enjoyed reading about life in Australia at this time, with all it’s prejudices and complications. I would recommend Daughter of the Home Front as a book that will stay with you after you have finished reading it. I felt anger and sadness, but also laughed many times with Emma and her friends.

Published October 2022

Prompt 18: Set During a War Other Than WW1 or 2
Zambezi by Tony Park

I was looking for a book for the letter Z, when I came across Zambesi. A trip to an African animal safari is on my bucket list, so this book looked like the perfect choice. I reviewed Zambesi for the Blogging April A to Z challenge and gave it 5 stars. Following is a link to my review if you are interested to read more about this book.
Zambesi by Tony Park #bookreview

Published January 2005

Prompt 52: Published in 2023
Immortality,. A Love Story

After reading Anatomy A Love Story and giving it 5 stars, I was looking forward to the next book in the series, Immortality: A Love Story. After reading it, I gave it 4 stars. This was another book that I reviewed for the Blogging April A to Z Challenge. Following is a link to my review if you are interested to read more about this wonderful book.
Immortality: A Love Story #bookreview

Published February 2023

Prompt: A Fashionable Character
Becoming Mrs. Mulberry by Jackie French

Jackie French has become one of my favourite authors, over recent years. I’ve read many of her books and there hasn’t been one that I haven’t enjoyed, so when I saw her latest book on Amazon, I couldn’t resist purchasing it and downloading it right away.


The once impoverished medical student Agnes Glock is now the fabulously wealthy Mrs Mulberry. Her estate in the mountains is magnificent, a haven for those too ravaged by the Great War to cope with the society that first condemned them to battle and which now shuns them.

The War has, however, stolen Agnes’s chance to graduate as a doctor, as well as the fiance she adored. Her husband, Douglas Mulberry, remains shellshocked and unable to speak. Their scandalous marriage is a farce, an act of kindness to keep Douglas’s fortune from his uncle’s grasp.

A chance visit to a circus brings about a mystery in the form of a fairylike child whose guardians claim was brought up by dingoes. The child cannot speak and seems deformed. But Agnes is inexplicably drawn to her and believes she can be cured.

The decision to save the child will bring Agnes’s lost fiance into her life again, as well as awaken the love of her husband who finds his voice as the three try to solve the mystery of the ‘dingo girl’.

Agnes has put aside her own life and the dreams she once had. But now she has choices, with the main question the hardest: Who is Mrs Agnes Mulberry?

My Thoughts

Becoming Mrs. Mulberry was an absolute pleasure and a joy to read. Other than the characters which I felt became my friends, this book has a very strong sense of place, that permeates every part of the story. Add to that the often quirky goings on and the animals, and you have a book that is just wonderful. Set in the Australian bush at the fictional Wombat Hills, this book is both very sad and very very funny at times. I would recommend Becoming Mrs. Mulberry as a great read.

Published January 2023

Links to challenge books read this year

#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge January
#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge February
#whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge March

Star Rating 

Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unputdownable. Would read it again.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fantastic read. Not to be missed

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyable. Would recommend it.

⭐️⭐️ Wouldn’t read it again.

⭐️ Don’t recommend this book at all.

The books mentioned in this post are of my own choice and have not been sent to me to review. My opinions are my own and I receive no renumeration at all for them.

This post is linked to the monthly #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge linkup hosted by bloggers Deb, Sue, Donna, and Jo. Also linking to Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share

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20 thoughts on “52 Week Bookclub Challenge May 2023 #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge May 2023

  1. Hi Jen, that’s great that you found an author with the same name as the prompt could be a tricky one. I’m definitely making a note of Daughter of the Home Front and Becoming Mrs Mulberry they both sound like books I would really enjoy. I’ve started Anatomy: A Love Story but have had to put it aside to read The Ice Monster for my new bookclub with Ethan LOL 🙂 Thanks for linking up and sharing what you’ve been reading with us. See you next month. xx

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  2. Hi, Jennifer – I took a doulbe-take when opening this post and immediately seeing the cover for Daughter of the Home Front. “Wait, I know that author…or one with a very similar name!” 😀 I’m glad that it turned out to be a great read.
    Thank you for joining us at What’s On Your Bookshelf. I always enjoy following your reading adventures.


  3. Becoming Mrs Mulberry and Daughter of the Home Front both sound like great reads. Thanks for linking up.


  4. What a fun challenge to participate in! While I have been better at reading over the last few years I can only, currently, aspire to reading a book a week at some point in the distant future 😉 I will add Daughter of the Home Front to my TBR list, though! Sounds like a solid read, thanks for sharing about it!

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  5. The 52 Book Club’s challenge looks interesting. I think it going clubs and challenges is a great way to get exposed to new materials. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer.


  6. I’m loving the prompts for your 52 week challenge Jen and the author of the same one is a classic! Well done on finding one 🙂 I really enjoy your reviews and have noted the new Jackie French one to get and read asap. I’m finding my time for reading while away is minimal and as for blogging – well nigh impossible, but I am on holidays 🙂 Thanks for joining us for WOYBS.


  7. How fun. I need to look into all your books. It sounds like a fun challenge but I don’t think I can get through a book a week. though i did read 50 books last year, I supposed I could just do it and not be tied to a week….Hmm…something to think about

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  8. Always glad to see another of your book review posts. Pinned these recommendations. Mrs. Mulberry sounds like something I would like. Not sure about the book for letter Z but if you liked it, I am willing to check it out!! Thank you so much for some fresh titles to explore.

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  9. Jennifer, Thank you for your weekend coffee share. You’re doing so well with the book challenge. I’m behind in my reading due to my travel; it’s a good trade-off that I accepted.


  10. I had looked into that challenge a few weeks ago and wondered about doing it. I think it is quite a challenge and you seem to be doing well. I will try and find some of those historical fiction books you recommended as that is my favourite genre. Bernie

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  11. When I was looking for a 2023 Reading Challenge I didn’t find this one. I joined two others but this would have been perfect for me. Hope it runs in 2024.

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