Post-Christmas Tomfoolery: An Award and Fi50 Reminder…


Welcome one and all to this very lazy Boxing Day (or St Stephen’s Day or whatever you like to call it) post.  To kick off, we denizens of the shelf have been honoured with an award from our good friend ideflex at Across the Bored  . Apparently I am considered a Versatile Blogger – hurrah for me!

The rules for accepting this award include telling seven things about oneself and nominating 15 other bloggers for the award.  Given that it’s Boxing Day, my motivation to do either of those things is fairly low.  I will however promise to complete that part of the award in the new year and possibly throw around a few Gargies with it.  For now, I am just going to do the celebrating and basking in glory part of the award.

For those who have a bit of creative energy floating about after yesterday’s overindulgence, you’ll be pleased to know that Fiction in 50 is on again next week, starting the 30th!  Click on the button for instructions and prompt if you’d like to play along.


This month’s prompt is…..

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So get those pens, pencils, half-chewed crayons or typing fingers ready and get some mini-fiction happening!  I will have my contribution and the linky ready to go on Monday.  Incidentally, if you are interested in co-hosting future Fi50s, drop me a line – I’d love to spread the tiny flash fiction love far and wide.  I’ll also have the prompts for the next six months ready to go by then.  Suggestions welcome.

Until next time,

Bruce (and all the gang)

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Vanity of vanities etc: Awards and developments…


It’s head-bloating time again friends, as ideflex over at Across the Bored (love a good punny title, me!) has seen fit to honour me with not one, but a whole bouquet of awards! Thanks!

The three awards comprising the bouquet (and their associated obligations) are as follows:

versatilebloggernominations-copyThe Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select and nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Tell the person who nominated you (and the rest of the world) 7 things about yourself


The Best Moment Award Ethos and Rules:

Awarding the people who live in the moment
The noble who write and capture the best in life
The bold who reminded us what really mattered
Savoring the experience of quality time

  • Re-post the badge and acknowledgement completely with an acceptance speech (either a video or written post)
  • Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers worthy of the award
  • Notify them of the great news


The Sunshine Award Rules:

  • Include the award logo in your post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other wonderful bloggers
  • Let the other nominees know they are nominated and include links to their blog
  • Link the person who nominated you

So really, there’s quite a lot to get through. Firstly, the bit everyone is most interested in – those lucky and talented few to whom I will pass the torch.  Instead of choosing 15 bloggers, I have decided to choose 5 extra special ones (because 5 blogs multiplied by 3 awards equals 15) that immediately sprung to mind when contemplating the award images above.  They are:

Kid Lit Reviews

3 Word Wisdom

WhY.A.Not? (Did I mention I love a good pun?)

The Library For Delinquents


Winter Owls

Congratulations mates and thanks for all the great work you do. Feel free to choose one of the above awards or take all three. Or, if you’d prefer, you’re welcome to a Gargie Award (details relating to which can be found here!).

Alright. To the business. Instead of telling you seven things about myself and answering ten questions I will tell you about a plan that has been formulating in my mind recently…..

Fiction in 50….

No doubt someone is already doing this, but I plan to begin regularly posting some short fiction on a given theme….but each story must be completed in 50 words or less. I’d love to hear what others think about this plan and whether they’d like to join in.

But enough from me. Congratulations again to my bouquet recipients, and thanks again to Across the Bored for thinking of us here at the shelf.

Until next time,

Bruce (he of the big head)

Vote for MEEEEE!: Australian Best Blog Awards…


Hello my pretties! You may or may not be aware that I have entered this blog in the Australian Best Blog Awards….the People’s Choice section has just opened, with voting open until Tuesday the 30th of April.  If you are feeling generous and would like to vote for little old me, the button below will take you to the voting page.


Blogs are listed alphabetically on the voting site, so I imagine thebookshelfgargoyle will be listed on page 5.

Many thanks to those of you who can be bothered to vote!


Weekend Gargies: Congratulations go to…..


Yes indeed, I have seen fit to spring a Gargie award presentation on you all!  In case you are unaware, the Gargie awards (also known by their official name, The Order of the Stony Groove) are bestowed upon those deserving individuals (fleshing or otherwise) who have served their community in some important way.

Official Gargie Award Badge

Official Gargie Award Badge

This time around it is a collective award.  Today’s Gargie goes to the hostesses of the Kid Lit Blog Hop!


For those who don’t know, the Kid Lit Blog Hop happens twice a month and is a place for bloggers with any kind of interest in children’s literature or literacy to link up posts and mosey through the posts of others.  I am a regular linker-upper-er, and therefore it is high time I acknowledged the outstanding contribution of this particular hop to bloggers of a bookish persuasion.

The hostesses of this hop (and winners of this round’s Gargie) are listed below for your perusing pleasure:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max

Heidi @ Geo Librarian

Sue @ Kid Lit Reviews

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews

Julie Grasso, Author of Escape From the Forbidden Planet/Blogger

Congratulations to all!  The requirements of the Gargie award are entirely non-onerous and optional, but for those who are interested and prepared to take on the challenge, here they are.

1. Display the award badge prominently  on your site….if you want…and link back to the person who nominated you…for courtesy’s sake.

2. Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement…..unless you can’t be bothered.

3. Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field…figuratively or literally) and tell us the particular way in which they have excelled….if you feel inclined.

4. Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award….provided you have completed step three.

Now I must away and indulge in some form of relaxing beverage before the excitement causes my horns to fracture.

Until next time,


Accolades aplenty: Gargie Awards Round 2…


Happy Gargoyle New Year!!!! Yes, it’s finally arrived! Gargoyle New Year is an exciting time in the shelf-verse, requiring the drinking of fermented stone beverages and the wearing of party hats and the blowing of festive party kazoos and such.  Traditionally in Gargoyle culture, the new year is the perfect time for telling people what you really think of them.  While this tradition was developed with the intention of strengthening bonds of friendship for the coming year, it has nevertheless been the cause of more than a few fatal clawings and bites that later turned septic.  You’ll be pleased to know however, that I intend to engage with this tradition in the spirit in which it was intended by presenting some deserving blogs with that accolade of accolades….the GARGIE!

Official Gargie Award Badge

Official Gargie Award Badge

For those unfamilar with this prestigious award, you can find the origins explained hereSuffice to say, it is an award that honours those bloggers who have provided outstanding services in their particular fields…..and without further ado, the winners of the second round of awards are:

The Other Courtney….for services to those struggling against odd and/or inconvenient adversities!

Bookwitch…..for services to readers, particulary in the area of allowing readers to connect with their favourite authors through the magic of the interview!

The Angry Pear….for services rendered in furthering the cause of pear culture in society!

Bibliophilesisters…for services to the world of young people’s fiction, particularly in the area of making reading cool! (Yes, I know there was no possible way that I could write that sentence without making it sound blatantly uncool….)

and last but not least….

Amelie’s Bookshelf….for services to the promotion of children’s literacy and stay-at-home-parenting, and reading to kids! (But mainly for reviewing interesting children’s books that I mostly haven’t come across yet…)


The requirements for accepting this award are in no way onerous and there is no pressure to do anything with it except bask in a warm glow of love and acceptance from the Gargoyle community….Congratulations!

Until next time




Read it if…: A Juicy Double Review


It’s that time again! Today I have a special treat – two reviews for the price of one post.  I believe it suits the festive snowy vibe that has recently come over this blog….actually, the snow is a feeble attempt to hit back at the disgusting heat we are experiencing in my neck of the shelf at the moment. Oh, Summer, why do you torment us so?

But! To business! My first musings centre around an extraordinary and engaging tome, If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller, by Italo Calvino.  This strange reading experience is certainly like nothing I have ever read and follows the story of you, the Reader, who on picking up a novel – in fact, this very novel! – at the bookstore, find an error in your copy.  The story centres around your attempts to track down a clean copy of the novel, and takes you on a wild goose chase across a wide range of genres.

if on a winters

Read it if:

  • you enjoy books that require you to forget the outside world and focus your attention solely on the world of the text
  • you get excited about thick, complex prose that flows around you like golden syrup over pancakes
  • you don’t mind being deliberately disrupted just when the story gets interesting

This was a very different, interesting reading experience, although I did find it required a large amount of my concentration.  On the plus side, it is definitely a book that can be picked up and put down without fear of losing one’s place, and as such may best suit the reader who has several books on the go at once.

Book number two is a sweet little (literally, little!) tale of a young lad who is a hero in his own lunch hour (or bedtime, as the case may be), The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey.


Read it if:

  • you have ever wanted to don a cape and mask and secretly set the world to rights
  • you have a pet that has ever embarrassed you at a key social moment
  • you’ve ever experienced the guilt of accidentally doing the wrong thing while trying to do the right thing
  • you believe in the healing properties of amber…and friendship

This is a fantastic and short read – I snuck a peek at it while my fleshling owner was busy tending to the youngling’s bath and managed to finish it before they had finished! It’s also beautifully illustrated, which adds an extra touch of luxury to the look of the tome.  This one is definitely worth a look.

Until next time,