Monday, April 05, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

A weekly event hosted by Sheila from One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books to discuss your reading week ~ the books you've read and those you plan on reading in the coming week. It's nice to finally feel able to participate in Sheila's Monday meme, I've missed everyone and can't wait to blog visit. Apologies for the lengthy post but I havent responded to many of the personal emails I've received and appreciated so I just wanted to give a little update on how we're travelling.

We are all struggling to move through the grieving process and rebuild our lives while so much is up in the air but it's just one step at a time, one day at a time. Complications from my surgery have unfortunately continued but I guess that's understandable with the stress we have been under. Property settlement is progressing slowly and counselling is helping. Fortunately my psychologist has now found someone for my youngest son to talk to as he is finding the abandonment very difficult to deal with. The boys and I had an eventful Easter at Dad's place, my sister and her family were also there to help Dad get the house ready to put on the market. Our Saturday night of packing came to an abrupt and scary end with fire crews and ambulances tending a fire which started in a faulty exhaust fan, ignited ceiling insulation and resulted in a burnt-out bathroom and my sister and I being hospitalised for smoke inhalation. After oxygen, nebulisers, blood gases, and chest xrays we got the all clear for release Easter Sunday morning, much to everyone's relief. Not the Easter we were expecting but Easter Sunday was certainly a time for thankfulness...
Leaving Dad and our family home on Sunday afternoon was very emotional, it's probably the last time we will stay in our childhood home, and of course saying goodbye to an era of memories re-freshened the grief and pain of mum's passing. A lot to deal with.

To the friends I've made all over the world, I just wanted to say thankyou from the bottom of my heart for your concern, love, hugs, comments and emails over the last few months, I can't begin to tell you how much your support has meant to me. I've read every single message with tears in my eyes but it's all part of the healing process and it helps knowing I'm not alone in this journey. Please bare with me while I find my bloggy legs, I've only just begun reviewing again but hope to start blog visiting and commenting again soon.


Click on the title to see reviews for:

HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult - 4.5 stars

MR DARCY BROKE MY HEART by Beth Pattillo - 5 stars

BURN by Ted Dekker & Erin Healy - 3.5 stars


This Week's Reading List:

SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUT by Beth Hoffman (audiobook) - chapter 9

MY LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Alyxandra Harvey - page  105

STARGAZER by Claudia Gray


Reviews scheduled for this week:

COLD JUSTICE by Katherine Howell



  1. It is wonderful to hear from you! You have really had a lot going on and I am hopeful that things are turning around.

    Welcome back :)

    House Rules Is one I am looking forward to reading soon.

  2. Welcome back, things will only get better for you.

  3. Hope things will be better this week and the weeks ahead. Sorry to hear about your loss and the Saturday night accident. Glad you all came through okay.

  4. Sheree, what a scary thing to happen on Saturday night, so glad you are all okay. I hope you are feeling better soon too, and am pleased the counsellor is helping you deal with everything. Nice to see you blogging again.

  5. Look on the bright side, at least you felt well enough to come home and blog about it. That's a good sign!

  6. That fire thing was scary and I am glad you guys were not hurt.
    I am sure everything is going to turn bright and nice for you... just be there...and I hope your babies will also feel better in the time to come.

    It is at this time, we really know and understand the love our family has for us...I am praying for you.. and dnt worry about visiting blogs or anything... you must concentrate on yourself, your healing and helping your babies cope up with this time :)

    Take care and love!

  7. I sure hope that this is the last of the bad news for you. You've had more than your fair share over the last few months.

    Holding you in my thoughts.

  8. Oh no. I am so glad you are ok, and as always my thoughts are with you. You will make it through *hugs*

  9. You must have had a fright on Saturday! I'm glad you're okay. Happy reading this week - I look forward to seeing what you think of My Love Lies Bleeding.

  10. Glad you're okay after the fire thing. So not cool. Aren't families wonderful though, to be able to spend time with siblings and parents? :-) That's what I did this weekend. (went home to PA for Easter.)

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I just ADORE the cover of that book!

    Have a beautiful, wonderful week, dear friend.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sheree!! I'm so sad about your family home and understand how emotional that was for all of you. Not to mention the emergency room visit!!!! Peace is coming your way soon dear!!!


  12. You have been through so much lately, and it sounds like you are dealing with your challenges by focusing on the important things.

    Best wishes for your recovery, and may you have wonderful days ahead.

    Your reading list looks great. I see you read House Rules (I loved it!), and I'm now going over to read your review.

  13. My husband is a firefighter, so I'm VERY glad that part of your weekend turned out OK -- that could have been so much different. My thoughts are with you as you continue to navigate this really hard time in your life. We've been there/done that in the past years, ending with my MIL's death six months ago.

    Books: I watched "Pride and Prejudice with one of my girls last night, so I have Mr. Darcy on the brain! Not read any of the ancillary books, though. I'm currently reading a very enjoyable historical fiction, "Her Mother's Hope" by Francine Rivers (who wrote the best-selling "Redeeming Love." It's first of a two-part saga that starts in Switzerland in 1901 and ultimately focuses on mothers and daughters, with history and real life as the backdrop.

  14. After all you've been through and now a fire? Uh, yeah, I'll say you've been through your fair share of hard times. I hope, hope, hope things start getting better for you, Teddyree :)

    Oh, and I can't wait to read House Rules.

    Lynne's Book Reviews

  15. I've personally decided that the Universe owes you some calm, peaceful moments to heal. So, I have decreed-no more surprises, no more drama, no more faulty fans...just warm thoughts and vibes from Illinois!

  16. I am absolutely delighted to hear from you! I hope that your weeks to come will be more peaceful and that you'll have more time to fully recuperate, physically and emotionally. Warmth thoughts and huge hugs coming to you from Malaysia =) Have a great reading week ahead!

  17. Welcome Back! You have gone through so much! Here is a quote from one of my favorite Disney movies, "Keep Moving Forward." (Meet the Robinsons)

    I really want to read House Rule and Mr. Darcy Broke my Heart!

    Have a great week!

  18. It's so nice to have you back! And I'm very glad to hear that you are okay after the fire. Hopefully this is the end of all the tragedy to hit you and your family. {hugs}

    I hope you're enjoying Saving Ceecee Honeycut. I've heard such great things about it.

  19. Hey Sheree...I am glad that you are back. I am terribly sorry for the grief that you are going through. I am terribly sorry for your loss, I cannot even imagine loosing my mom. How horrible that you also had to suffer through a fire, on Easter at that. I do hope for your future to brighten up a bit, sooner hopefully than you think possible.
    You have been in my thoughts over this time.

    As for your books: I look forward to your review of Our Family Constitution. I hope you liked as well as Alaine.

    I look forward to reading Saving CeeCee Honeycut. I hope you like that one.

    Please take care Sheree.

  20. Oh my dear friend! You are just not having a good 2010 so far are you? If it's not one thing it's another. Btu this too shall pass. Just hang in there best you can and know we are all here for you. Be strong Pumpkin.

    Glad you guys are alright after all is said and done. {{hugs for you, the boys, and your Dad}}

  21. I think you have TONS of good luck coming your way. With the year you've had so far I think it has to turn around. Glad you are okay from the smoke and I hope your son gets the help he needs. Positive thoughts coming your way.

  22. (((Hugs))) Teddyree..

    Good to see your post. Sorry to hear about your health issues, I do hope that and the stress of all this improves.

    Thinking of you

  23. The universe needs to send some good luck your way. I am sending {{{{hugs}}}}

  24. Oh, the things you have been going through in recent weeks and months! My heart goes out to you. xo

  25. Hope you and everyone else is feeling better.

    You've set yourself a lot of work this week!


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