Monday, July 09, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Family News & Book Winners

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 :)

Yesterday was my little angel's birthday, Taleah would have been 22 this year but she only lived 19 hours. This Dutch proverb is true of all sorts of goodbyes ~ Every goodbye is the birth of a memory. Love you sweet baby x

Up next ... Happy Dance; I can't believe how quickly it has come around - only 5 days until we sail away on our very 1st P&O Cruise to the South Pacific ports of Noumea, Lifou and Vila so excited :)) 

And tomorrow my review will be up for my favourite read this year: THE HOMECOMING OF SAMUEL LAKE by Jenny Wingfield ... I owe you for that recommendation Staci :)



HIS LAST DUCHESS & THE COURTESAN'S LOVER by Gabrielle Kimm ~ enter here. 2 winners & it's International!!

THE SECRET KEEPER by Sandra Byrd ~ enter here. US/Canada only

Winners of TATTOOED by Pamela Callow ~ Congratulations: Alicia0605 & Kate


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

THE QUEEN'S VOW by C.W. Gortner ~ a keeper on my bookshelf!!

GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan ~ Star Trek meets Lord of the Flies ;)


Finished last week:

THE SECRET KEEPER by Sandra Byrd ~ loved it, review up next week.

JANUARY FIRST by Michael Schofield ~ gut wrenching, honest, heart breaking. 


This Week's Reading List:

BETWEEN THE LINES by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer ~ page 75

THE SECOND EMPRESS by Michelle Moran


Reviews Coming:

THE HOMECOMING OF SAMUEL LAKE by by Jenny Wingfield ~ 5 star favourite!! ~ review scheduled Tuesday

ONE BREATH AWAY by Heather Gudenkauf ~ heart in mouth 4.5 stars. Review & giveaway scheduled 13th July 


  1. Happy birthday to your sweet angel... and congrats to the winners!! Your upcoming vacay sounds wonderful!!!

  2. I hope you enjoy your cruise! I've never been on one but they sound like fun.

    I want to read both Between the Lines and The Second Empress. I'm a fan of Michelle Moran's historical fiction.

  3. What a beautiful sentiment for your daughter.
    Your trip will be fantastic, I'm sure.

  4. I hear your heart regarding your daughter (it has been 26 years since our son was ushered into heaven). Have a fantastic trip! I loved Samuel Lake too.

  5. I love the photo of your sweet girl. Happy birthday little love! :)

    All of your books look delicious btw! Will be goodread-stalking them shortly...;)

    Between the Bind - What are you reading?

  6. A nice sentiment for your daughter.

    I love your reading mix here. Enjoy them all.

  7. I have got to read Glow. A book described as Star Trek meets Lord of the Flies is something I have GOT to get my hands on. Really looking forward to The Second Empress. Here's hoping your cruise ship has a really big library on board :)

  8. Sad to read about your daughter. My sister lost her little girl last year after 10 days. She will always be a joy in our hearts. :)

    Good to know you are off on a cruise! Hope you have a wonderful time! I've just added The Homecoming of Samuel lake to my ebook TBR list. :)

  9. What lovely covers on your past and upcoming reads! I hope they are all good. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  10. I will be posting my review of The Queen's Vow tomorrow - what a great book! I haven't read anything by Michelle Moran, but I do have one book of hers on my bookshelf - Madame Tussaud, which I am looking forward to reading.

    Have a great time on your cruise - I've never been on one!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  11. Oh, what beautiful memories of your daughter....I know what that's like too.

    I'm really looking forward to reading Between the Lines and One Breath Away.

    Enjoy all of your fabulous books...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. I wish I could stowaway in your suitcase for that cruise. Have Fun!! You will have to tell us all about it when you get back!!!

  13. It must have been a tough day for you yesterday. I can't imagine carrying that loss with you all those years. My heart goes out to you.

    I love both Moran and Gortner and I've heard so much about Samuel Lake. I will be back tomorrow to check out that review!

    Enjoy your cruise!

  14. Sad to read about your daughter.

    Hope you have a really nice cruise - what a wonderful adventure!

    You seem to like the Gudenkauf book a bit more than me. I gave it 3.5 stars. I'll check your review next week.

  15. Such a sweet proverb and so wonderful that you still honor her memory so beautifully. She was clearly very loved. Have a lovely and safe cruise.
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  16. I want to try Jodi P and her daughters book, wonder how that would work out.

    I loved Heather G's debut so want to try her newest one too.

  17. Hugs to you.

    And Moran, I so want that one

  18. :) I think that Jodi Picoult book looks excellent! Lots of love to you this week!
    Happy reading :)
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  19. What beautiful flowers for your angel.

    I hope you enjoy your cruise, I have always wanted to take one!

    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  20. Sorry to hear about your daughter. I believe that every flower that blooms are spirits of children that telling us not to be sad but to be happy for knowing them in such a short time.

  21. I just wanted to come by and say hi :-)

  22. Prayers for Taleah and the family. Although it may be sad and tough, we have to remember those we have loved and lost.

    Have a fabulous trip girlfriend!!! Vacations are a must needed recharge of the body and mind.

  23. I want you to know that I keep you close to my heart in prayer and remembrance of Taleah!!

    So glad that you are getting ready for what I am sure will be a FANTASTIC trip!!



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