Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Back To Reality :)

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. I love this meme ... thanks Sheila :)

Well we're back from our 7 day cruise and already fantasising about the next one, hopefully with my boys if we can work it in with their uni and work schedules. A wonderful way to holiday even if I'd love longer in port to really enjoy the friendly locals and their culture.

Port Highlights:
Noumea: Patisserie heaven, watching friendly locals play Boule by the beach
Lifou: stunning natural beauty, snorkelling, aquamarine waters, cave jump in the dark, friendly people, yummy crepes made in the village :)
Vanuatu: have spent time here before, a truly beautiful place out of the city of Port Vila, delightful people, they live so simply and are rich in so many ways! 

"a La Vieille France" ~ Noumea
 Pacific Dawn docked at Noumea on sunset
 Pacific Dawn moored at Lifou
 Lady of Lourdes church on Lifou - very celestial with the sun behind 

 beautiful waters of Lifou
these kids were a 'crack up' 

 just one of the many towel animals made by our clever cabin steward

carved fruit & vege waterfall on tour of galley ~ amazing

 strawberry cloud ~ my 2nd favourite cocktail

 pirate night

sun setting over Port Vila ~ sailaway

 island night ~ we danced the night away

Hope you enjoyed the pics, this weekend I'm away with girlfriends on a scrapbooking weekend so I'm hoping to scrap some cruise photos. Now on to book stuff :)


ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf ~ enter here

Winners of HIS LAST DUCHESS & THE COURTESAN'S LOVER by Gabrielle Kimm ~ Congratulations: Gisele & Holly

Winner of THE SECRET KEEPER by Sandra Byrd ~ Congratulations: Stephanie Ward


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

THE SECRET KEEPER by Sandra Byrd ~ a captivating & truly effortless read.

FOREVER AND A DAY  by Jill Shalvis ~ guest review by Karen

THE HOMECOMING OF SAMUEL LAKE by Jenny Wingfield ~ Favourite of the year!!!

ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf ~ heart in mouth!


Finished last week:

absolutely nothing, all those cocktails were just so tempting :)


This Week's Reading List: 
Well I only read a page or two on our cruise so same books up again this week

THE INN AT ROSE HARBOR by Debbie Macomber ~ ARC




Reviews Coming:

THE SECOND EMPRESS by Michelle Moran ~ loved it!! 

JANUARY FIRST by Michael Schofield ~ gut wrenching, honest, heart breaking. Review scheduled this week.

BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer ~ uniquely imaginative


  1. Looks like you had a fantastic vacation. We're going on a short cruise with my husband's family in a couple months, and I'm really looking forward to it.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    1. I'm sure you'll have a ball on your short cruise, it'll be heaps of fun with family too!!

  2. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your cruise. Sounds like an amazing trip!

    I'll have to check out your review of One Breath Away. I just got it from the library and can't wait to read it. The premise kind of reminds me of that Jodi Picoult book Nineteen Minutes.

  3. Beautiful pictures! Glad you had a fantastic time. Have a great week of reading.

  4. Wonderful pics.....looks like you made many happy memories!

  5. How exciting!!!!I loveeeeeeeeee all the photos!!

  6. You look like you had a blast. Have a great week scrap booking.

  7. GORGEOUS photos :) You guys look like you had a wonderful time! Looooved your towel animal, so clever. Are you going to make any now that you are home??

    Happy reading this week :) What Are You Reading @ the Brunette Librarian?

    1. bahahaha Rachael, I'm not that clever ;)

  8. That towel animal is so cute. My favorite read last week was Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves (audio) by Kazu Kibuishi. Please come see what else I'm reading.

  9. What gorgeous travel photos! :-) Thank you for sharing them.

  10. Oh it looks like you had such fun! I love the towel animals - a simple joy. I always like the monkey but yours almost looks like a gorilla. :-)
    I saw so many good reviews on One Breath Away that I picked it up at NetGalley. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake is getting good comments too.
    Hope you have a good week!

  11. I have all three of your current reads on my TBR list :) Looking forward to your reviews! Enjoy your reading!
    Check out what I'm reading this week :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages

  12. Looks like you had a great time away - I want to learn how to do towel animals! I'll be interested to read your review of Between the Lines - I read and reviewed it this week.
    You can check out my Monday here

  13. Lovely photos from your cruise.
    I expect it took a while to come back down from the relaxing cruise.

    Have a good reading week


  14. I'm so jealous of your cruise. It looks like you had a ball!
    I'll be reading Animal Magnetism sometime soon too, I hope.
    Enjoy your books.

    Here's my Week in Review.

  15. Wow, I wish I could go on a cruise like that!! Beautiful photos :) And so many great books, a few of them are now on my reading list! Hugs from Anette in Norway :)

  16. Wow, looks like a fabulous cruise! You'll enjoy the memories for a very long time...and the photos.

    I am reading One Breath you know. And I want to read the new Debbie Macomber. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  17. My hubby has been begging me to go on a cruise for years, and I always say no because I'm worried I'll get seasick. Now that I've seen your photos I feel like I could change my mind! How gorgeous it all looks and sounds! xx

  18. AHHHHH how fun! And welcome back! That STrawberry Cloud is something I am going to have to look up and learn how to make!

  19. Great pics :D
    And i want to eat those yummy things now

  20. It seems like you had a fantastic time! :)

  21. I am so officially jealous! The sites look they should be on my blog. Too bad I can't work a cruise into my reviewing requirements. lol

  22. Well, I think I will have to come your way so that I can take that cruise!!! Great photos and I'm sure the pages will turn out wonderful!!!

    Great books coming up this week too!

  23. Your pictures look awesome! I'm jealous :)

    I'll have to pop over to read your Samuel Lake review, glad to hear you liked it so well!

  24. I loved Between the Lines - looking forward to your review! :)

    It's Monday...What are you reading? at - Between the Bind

  25. Ahoy Matey! You look so relaxed, happy, and great! So glad you enjoyed your trip. Looking forward to your thoughts on the Shors book. It's on my list.

    Have a fab week sister!

  26. I'm sorry I am so late visiting I have had a frantic week! What a fabulous week you had cruising - if I hadn't just read Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox (set on a cruise ship) I'd be totally jealous!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  27. Great pics from your cruise. Seems like pirate night could have been an invitation for trouble!

  28. What great pictures of your cruise. I want to do that cruise in a few year time with my sis in law and her son. It looks like you guys had heaps of fun.


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