Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Update

A weekly event hosted by Sheila from Book Journey to discuss your reading week ~ the books you've read and those you plan on reading in the coming week. Thanks Sheila :)

Another busy week with book club, appointments and the Queen's Birthday long weekend of miserable weather spent visiting uncles and aunts we haven't seen for over a year.  Rain, drizzle, gale-force icy winds (I hate winter) ... better weather for snuggling in bed with a good book!

Book News: many of you want to know how the book club discussion on Fifty Shades of Grey went. Considering the age range of book club participants, early 20's to late 50's, all gave the first book a big tick of approval.

  • general consensus was positive
  • some had read erotica previously, some hadn't 
  • two were a little grossed out by one scene 
  • all managed to overlook writing flaws
  • most thought it was about more than the sex 
  • ... but the sex scenes were hot
  • a few wanted their husbands to read it ;)

I had the most fun ever doing my review of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. 

Karen will be guest reviewing again this week. FAR HORIZONS by Kate Hewitt; from the Highlands of Scotland to the Canadian wilderness. By the looks of Karen's review we are in for a treat. 



SKELETON WOMEN by Mingmei Yip ~ enter here to win the latest novel from the author of Song of the Silk Road. Ends 14th June

SISTER PACT by Ali Ahearn & Ros Baxter ~ enter here. International!!


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

SLIPPING REALITY by Emily Beaver ~ 14 year old author!

FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY by E L James ~ check out my email 'style review' to Christian & Ana ~ go on you know you want to ;)


Finished last week:

UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum ~ enjoyed the 2nd installment in the Revenant series

THE GOOD FATHER by Diane Chamberlain ~ review up this week


This Week's Reading List:

GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan ~ page 72

TATTOOED by Pamela Callow ~ Kate Lange #3

THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost ~ Night Huntress #5


Reviews Still To Do:


  1. I'm glad the book discussion went well and that the book was positively received. I enjoyed your review of it. :)

    I forgot that it is winter in Australia. :( Winter is my least favorite time of year. I hope you have more pleasant weather this week!

    1. yeah weather has been really chilly and miserable Christina, unusual, Brisbane is usually pretty mild even in winter.

  2. I love that your book club read and reviewed 50 Shades. A girl in my book club and her hubby are both reading it... I thought that was kind of funny, they also said the book was more than just about sex.

    I have book club this week, we are reading something a little tamer...LOL :)

  3. I have Glow on my TBR - and I love that your book club took the 50 Shades plunge - I don't know that I could ever read them, but I imagine discussing them in a group setting would be fun!

    1. It was fun Lydia. I'm enjoying Glow so far.

  4. I haven't read 50 Shades yet, but with all the attention it's getting, I'm hoping to get it on audio from the library - eventually ... it's quite in demand!


  5. :) First - Thank you for voting for Daisy Jane! <3 you!

    Second - I e-mailed all of my friends at the library your review of the 50 Shades books and they loved it :) The women who have read it at work really like them. I've teased one of the ladies that she's going to be tying her husband up before the end of the month. So funny! Loved your review again!

    Third - Whew! Have an awesome week! I watched a little bit of the Queen's Birthday celebrations on the TV. :)

    Have a great week!! :)

    1. 1st - your welcome, Daisy Jane is too cute

      2nd - awww so glad you loved my review enough to pass it on, I had such fun writing it. LOL you are such a teaser

      3rd - I recorded it but haven't watched any yet, too busy trying to finish 2nd season Game of Thrones hahaha

  6. It was sunny but cold here Saturday and Sunday - rainy today though. I am a fan of Jeaniene Frost's Cat and Bones series so I hope you enjoy it!

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. Most people I know had a positive response to Fifty Shades. I wish I could read it to decide for myself but my first person pet peeve kind of rules that out.

    Enjoy your books!

    Here's my Weekly Review. Stop by if you get a chance.

  8. Oh maybe I will read Fifty Shades then. Is is it worth the $10 on ibooks? :)

  9. I like your book group discussion points particularly the one about getting husbands to read it too!

  10. Looks like two good books. Am wondering what Skeleton Women is about.

  11. Glad your group discussion went well!! Looks like you got some good books lined up -- can't wait to read your thoughts on them!

  12. I still haven't read the Fifty Shades of Gray series and quite honestly, not sure if I will. It did come up a few times this weekend, though - my brother was at a party and said all the women were talking about it, and then friends of ours said both he and his wife read it. Still on the fence about it.

    What did you think of The Good Father? I really liked it and want to go back and read some of her other books. I forget how good a storyteller Diane Chamberlain is.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  13. I'll have to read your review of 50 Shades. Glad the book club discussion was fun and open. Sounds like probably a lot of laughs too :)
    As for weather, wish I could send you some of my summer weather. It was 94 yesterday, which is a bot much already for us. That's usually July! Here's to hoping weather calms donw a bit for you.
    Have a fab week girlfriend!

  14. Your review of 50 Shades was 50 kinds of awesome....and I'm tempted. But there are a couple of things (bad writing and the extreme buzz) which might put me off. We'll see.

    Hope you enjoyed The Good Father. Have a great week!


  15. Still up in the air about Fifty Shades and right now my review shelf is packed so I am going to wait a while to make my decision.

    Have a wonderful week! Oh and my best wishes to the Queen!

  16. So glad the Fifty Shades discussion went well! Great reads this week, enjoy!

    What I'm Reading

  17. WOw, so many wonderful books! I guess I will be busy reading my Stephen King book for a while ;) It's awesome and you should really give it a try sometime :):)

  18. I am looking forward to The Good Father. Off to read your review of 50. Have a great week of reading.

  19. I'm pretty sure I know which scene grossed some of them out. Made me laugh out loud when I read that part!!

    Have a wonderful week!!


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