Lights, Camera, Blog Action!

This is a special feature dedicated to spreading the word about the other great blogs that are out there! I have found a lot of great blogs through such features and I want to be able to share some book blog joy too!

If anyone would like to participate email me at pageturnersbooks(at)

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Today I am featuring Danielle from The Book Nerd Club. This is a blog I have been following for a very long time and one I can very much recommend. She is another Australian book blogger with great taste in books and great reviews.

Tell us something about yourself

I am a psychologist and I work with Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing children.

What was your favourite book as a child or young adult, and why?

When I was little, my favourite book to read was the old testament of my children's bible. I find that funny now as I'm not religious at all, but there was something really dramatic about the stories of God and Adam and Eve and Abraham and Moses etc. Maybe because they were the first stories I read about grown-ups that was the part that was so enticing for me. And that love of those kind of stories has stayed with me (one of my favourite books is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant) - like my husband says, I love a good sandals epic.

Why do you love to read?

I love to read for lots of reasons. One is escaping from the real world. Another is that I love spending time by myself (which I don't get a lot of these days) and snuggling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good read is my idea of heaven. Another is that people and their stories fascinate me, and I find that reading helps me to understand more about people, and more about different ways of living, I think it helps to keep my mind and my heart open.

How do you choose your books?

I follow a lot of blogs and subscribe to 'Good Reading' Magazine and get lots of ideas about what I'd like to read from them. But I also spend a lot of time hanging out in bookstores and so I have a pretty good idea about what is out and might be interesting. I also look at the shortlists for major awards like the Booker and the Miles Franklin to get ideas. At the moment I mostly like getting ideas from people's blogs - there's always a huge variety of books reviewed and I trust the opinions because people aren't being paid for what they write, so they don't have any agenda and so might be more honest than other reviews.

If you had to narrow it down  - who would be your 3 favourite authors and what would be your 3 favourite books?

Paulo Coehlo is my absolute favourite author. I received a copy of The Alchemist for my 13th birthday and it changed my life. I've read a lot of his books, but not all, but for sentimental reasons I'd say my favourite of his is The Alchemist. Stephen King is my second favourite author, Salem's Lot was the first book I bought for myself with my first paycheck from my teenage part time job. I've also read a lot of his books, but not all. It's so tough to pick just one as a favourite because I love so many of them for different reasons. I'm going to say The Dark Tower series (if you aren't going to let me have the series as 'one book' I'll go with the last one) as it is the culmination of all the different things he's ever written about. And the third is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, I just love it.

When and why did you start your blog?

I started blogging last year because I wanted to do something a bit different that I hadn't done before. I had a baby boy and so wasn't working and after awhile wanted to do something a little bit more with my brain - but not too demanding! I love to read and read a lot, so I thought a blog reviewing books would be a good idea.

How did you choose your blog's name?

In my family I am the book nerd, so that's where the name came from (my husband is a gaming nerd, my mum is the embroidery nerd, my dad is the woodworking nerd and my sister is the animal nerd).

What do you love about book blogging?

What I wasn't expecting and what I love the most is the feeling of community I get. It's great to find so many other people passionate about reading and about books, and how supportive and kind other bloggers have been. 

What tips do you have to offer to other book bloggers?

I don't really think I've got many tips to offer to other book bloggers, as my blog is really just something little that I do for fun, I'm not really trying to be a professional blogger or reviewer. What I would suggest to other bloggers is to join the Book Blogs ning, It's a great way to connect with other book bloggers, find out about other blogs and share your own blog too.

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Your job sounds fascinating. I learnt Auslan when I was in my late teens and as I went into my twenties I volunteered as a teachers aid at The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in NSW at their primary school for children with Auslan as their first language. I really enjoyed it, although I have since lost a lot of my sign language school. Like all languages, unless you use it, it is easy to forget.

I read The Alchemist in the last 12 months and I really enjoyed it. A little bit moralising perhaps, but still really nice. The name 'Santiago' has appealed to me for a little boy ever since. Thanks for the top on the Book Blog Ning, I have heard some mention of it and must check it out.

Thanks for participating - I hope everyone takes the time to check out this wonderful blog.


  1. The name of Danielle's blog caught my eye! I'm going over to visit right now.

  2. A cup of tea and a good read is my idea of heaven too. I'm off to Danielle's blog.

  3. Yay thanks for putting my questions and blog up! I'm still working on improving my Auslan, thankfully the Deaf people I've met are very patient and are helping me - and they don't laugh at my terrible signing which is very kind of them!

    Santiago sticks in my mind too, but mostly because of the camino de santiago which is in his book The Pilgrimage. Very inspiring, I'm still trying to talk my mum into walking it with me one day!


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