Monday, August 09, 2010

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? And an Update

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. Thanks Sheila :-)

Well the focus and motivation I spoke of last week came via best friend Alaine and a big stick. Alaine's nagging encouragement had me churning out 3 reviews which made a good dent in my review backlog.

During the week Alaine, Annie and I went to see Eclipse,(which I really enjoyed) it's been a tradition to see each twilight movie together on release day but for Eclipse we decided to wait until Alaine was well enough to go so we could see it together. I also got back into cooking with my budding masterchef, 16 year old Cal. Fish with Ginger & Stir Fry veges and Key Lime Pie; both absolutely delicious and easy. If anyone wants the recipes I'll do a separate post :-)

Saturday was a fun 'girls night in' with Alaine and 2 girlfriends from Cal's soccer team here for dinner, drinks and a sleepover to celebrate a milestone in my life; soon to be ex-husband finally removed his share of contents from my home and thereby removed his lingering and unwelcome presence from my life. I cannot tell you how terrifying but also liberating it was to face him after 5 months and after many baby steps, be finally able to take a giant step forward and move on with my life, away from the shadows of abuse, control and fear.

We have a public holiday here on Wednesday for the Ekka Show so Alaine and I will have a scrapping day, Cal can chill with Alaine's boys and Bella & Cindy also get a play date which is just hilarious to watch. These two puppies just love each other to bits!

The rest of this week will be busy with family. My brother-in-law has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and because of his young age will be having his surgery in Brisbane so my sister and my niece will be here from thursday night onwards. On Friday BIL is having robotic surgery instead of open surgery which apparently halves recovery time so he should be out of hospital by Monday and hopefully need no further treatment. I get to spend some Aunty time with my niece so we might see the new Tinkerbell movie on the weekend. My dad and his partner will also be down for the weekend so I'll have a houseful. I doubt whether I'll get much reading time this week but we'll see.

Click on the title to see my reviews: please check them out, your comments really do encourage me to get my reviews done and believe me I need all the encouragement I can get!

CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones ~ 4 stars

LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater ~ 4.5 stars

SAVOUR THE MOMENT by Nora Roberts ~ 4 stars


Completed last week:

ROEING OAKS by Krsitina Emmons ~ 4 stars

THE LIES WE TOLD by Diane Chamberlain ~ 4.5 stars loved this one until the ending


This Week's Reading List:

DAMAGED by Pamela Callow ~ page 220 & really enjoying this thriller so far.

HIDDEN WIVES by Claire Avery ~ recommended by Staci @ Life in the Thumb and also Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings and borrowed from Alaine.

EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert ~ (audiobook) chapter 2


Reviews still to do:

DARK FLAME by Alyson Noel

SHADOWLAND by Alyson Noel

SPIRIT BOUND by Richelle Mead

BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead

FORGET-HER-NOTS by Amy Brecount White

This month on The Eclectic Reader one lucky reader can win The Sky Is Everywhere OR Mockingjay OR By Fire, By Water. Check this blog post for details. International entrants welcome.


  1. I am reading the final chapters of Bonds of Justice, PSY-Changeling #8 by Nalini Singh and will read the Margaret Mallory "Knights" trilogy after finished with that!

    nice to see you back to enjoying movies and cooking and reviews on your reading. Hope all goes well with the BIL's surgery and all the family when they visit, enjoy the time together!

    jackie b ^_^

  2. Hidden Wives is on my list - what are you thinking of Eat Pray Love so far? Opinions get really divided on that one it seems.

    Here is my Monday!

  3. Oooh, I really need to get to Hidden Wives! I've had it for a few weeks and I've been too busy to read it yet. Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!

    Have a great week :) Mine is at:

  4. Sounds like a good week-congrats on accomplishments both reading and personal! Have a great week!

  5. It's so great to see that you have been out and having a good time!

  6. It is hard when the reviews outstanding pile up. Once my reviews outstanding reaches 4 I do a 'Four Fast Reviews' post, just to clear the decks.

    Glad you enjoyed that title by Nora Roberts. I almost read my first Nora a few weeks back but had to return it to the library before I got around to reading it. Damaged sounds intense - enjoy!

    Here's my It’s Monday

  7. I noticed in your review list that you didn't include the books you read last week. Trying to sneak that one past me where you? I'm on to you girl!!!
    I hope you do get some reading done this week but I don't even think I will either. The days seem to be filling up fast. I'm babysitting Dax on Saturday while Ky and Troy take Kenz to the Ekka, so I'm very excited, I kind had to beg Kylie.

  8. You have a lot going for you. I hope I can dig out a copy of Hidden Wives myself - sounds really good. Disturbing but good.

  9. You had a great week. I enjoyed your review of Linger and I will be interested in seeing how you like Noel's books. Have a great week.

  10. I just clicked over and read your review of the Nora Roberts book, Savour the Moment. I'm really looking forward to this series. But I should start at the beginning!

    I see Eat Pray Love on your list this week (the movie comes out here on Friday); I have it on my stacks, too, but not this week. I might need to add it, huh?

    Congrats on ridding your life of someone controlling and abusive!

    Here's my Monday:

  11. I need to read Shiver and Linger... I think I'm missing out because everyone seems to either be reading them or have read them! :D

  12. I started Jennifer Ashley's THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE last night. A hundred plus pages later and the DH was rolling over and complaining, "Do you know what time it is?" A great read!

  13. Congrats on working down your to-review list! Happy reading :)

  14. So glad to hear you have some closure with the ex. A perfect reason for a slumber party :)

  15. Yay for a good week! I loved Eclipse too, I have seen it twice now.... does Jake not crack you up when he tells Edward, "Let's face it, I am hotter than you."

    So glad to hear things are going well! :D

    Now to look at your reviews!

  16. I havent watch Eclipse yet. Unfortunately, we dont have a cinema because my area is quite small i have to wait until i get home. but glad you enjoyed. have a great week!

  17. I am happy for you that your soon-to-be ex removed his things from your house (emotionally, that seems BIG) and that you've made such progress in healing. :-) It sounds like you have a wonderful chapter of your life ahead of you. Happy reading and scrapping!

  18. I'm so happy for you that the lingering presence is gone! Now you can get on with living!!!

    Hope you enjoy Hidden Wives!!!!!

  19. Best wishes for your brother - the girls night in sounds fabulous!

  20. I am reading Eat, Pray, Love too. Isn't it great?

  21. Busy few weeks indeed but I'm glad that the asshat removed his stuff and you are able to move on as well. That is a big step in coming to terms and being your own person. So proud of you sweetie!
    Keep it up. You can do it!


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