Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


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, it helps me stay on track ... well, most of the time. Thanks Sheila!

Thanks for all your thoughtful comments last week, trying hard to get my head back in the right place for blogging and for the most part I've done OK; yay me! Waving the magic wand to make our family's job stresses disappear has been a lost cause, damn wand appears to be on strike. In lieu of magic powers positive thoughts appreciated ... my eldest is an electrician, out of work for a couple of months.  

As always Bella makes me smile so here's a couple of photos from the weekend

 Bella waiting patiently for Callum

Bella waiting impatiently for birds to land so she can eat chase them

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Giveaway:

THE HUNTER by Monica McCarty ~ US Only. Last week, enter here.










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I posted reviews for: (click on title)

BONJOUR 40: A Paris Travel Log by Karen A Chase ~ ooh la la (Paris in July)

LOOKING FOR ME by Beth Hoffman ~ *squeee* much love

THE HUNTER by Monica McCarty ~ 5 stars series

THE MOURNING HOURS by Paula Treick DeBoard ~ a rare didn't see it coming

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Finished last week:

A LONG WAY HOME by Saroo Brierley 

THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult (audiobook) ~ Jodi Picoult returns to form!

BONJOUR 40: A Paris Travel Log by Karen A Chase

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This Week's Reading List: ooh pretty covers :)


CURRAWONG CREEK by Jennifer Scoullar ~ page 105. enjoying it,  it's where I grew up 

DANCING WITH THE DEVIL by Kerri Arthur

IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum (Revenants #3)

DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES by Anna Campbell (novella)

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Reviews Coming:

LEGEND by Marie Lu ~ review Tue

THE STORY OF SASSY SWEETWATER by Vera Jane Cook ~ book tour review & giveaway 19th July

BANISH by Nicola Marsh ~ book tour review & giveaways 25th July

THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner




27 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that life has been stressful for you and your family. It can be a struggle to keep blogging even during the good times. I hope things get better for you. I love the pictures of your dog!

    I still need to write my review for Looking For Me but I'm glad you enjoyed it too. I also thought The Storyteller was much better than some of the author's other recent stuff.

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    1. Thanks Christina and I totally agree with you about The Storyteller.

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  2. Bella has turned into quite a looker. Hoping your son finds work. Being out of a job is stressful. I'd let you borrow my wand, but it's been broken for months.

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    1. we need better quality wands Stacy LOL ... thanks for making me giggle. Bella has a bit more hair now so she's almost pretty, but seriously she's an absolute joy and we love her to bits bald or hairy :)

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  3. I totally understand that you've struggled to blog-when life circumstances are hard, blogging can take a backseat. Hope this week is better as you take things a day at a time.

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    1. a day at a time ... I need that mantra drummed into my head ... with a lump of wood maybe lol.

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  4. I'm enjoying following the Paris in July - the anecdotes, the pictures and the stories apart from the books make it an experience!

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    1. It's been fun Mystica, my 1st year participating and a little escapism is always good :)

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  5. I hope jobs will be found by your family - both in their field, close to home, well paid and with awesome advantages! Sending my positive thoughts your way for sure.

    I need to read Bonjour 40! A friend of mine went to Paris to celebrate her 40th b-day a while back too - even if she had been there several times before. And on Thursday, I go to Paris to spend a long-weekend with her for the third time in a row. We are going to watch the arrival of the Tour de France on Champs-Elysées on Sunday. Other days, we will peruse the Shakespeare & Co book store, drink champagne and eat French food :)

    I hope this week will be great for you, and that the books you've chosen will knock your socks off.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  6. My preacher encouraged all of us facing difficulties to be "patient, persevere, and pray." Tricky, at times.

    Here's my It's Monday. Love to have you stop by!

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  7. Sending positive thoughts for your son. I hope he won't have to wait much longer. Bella looks like a sweetheart. Every time I see one of her books I say to myself "I need to try this author!"

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    1. And by 'this author' I mean Anna Campbell :-)

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  8. Good thoughts and HUGE hugs coming your way across the sea :) I loveeeee the photos of puppy!!!! Toooooooo precious!!

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  9. I LOVED Looking for Me, too. And The Storyteller.

    I like the image of your "wand on strike." When I was still working, and someone complained about decisions we made (child protection is always controversial), I used to say that they hadn't allotted "crystal balls" in the budget.

    Love your Bella photos. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  10. LOL, look at Bella's ears! So cute!

    I'm sending you all sorts of positive thoughts :D

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  11. Well I think all those magic wands are defective, cause mine ain't working either. It's hard being out of work, my hubby's been laid of since May, sending positive thoughts to you and yours. Bella looks like a sweetheart. Enjoy your books, those covers are lovely.
    Have a great week.

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  12. I hope your son finds something soon Sheree. One day at a time sounds like a good idea

    Read on!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  13. Oh my gosh ... Bella is adorable!

    I hope things get better for you and your family soon, these times seem to be stressful for so many. I'm sending good thoughts your way.

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  14. Sorry you are feeling so much stress. I hope things improve soon. Come see what I read last week at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

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  15. I hope some of that stress is taken off of your family life soon. It's good that you still have things, such as Bella and your family surrounding you, to pick you up. I love the landscape in the second picture, you must live in a lovely area!

    I hope you enjoy your reads this week!

    My Book Bubble

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  16. Looking for Me is on my wishlist and I always enjoy a Jodi Picoult story. Good wishes for your family. I have been through that with my eldest daughter a couple of years ago, and believe me, we all felt the stress. By the way, I just love your cute little dog! I'm sure she makes you smile :)

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  17. I love pretty covers. And you have such a pretty dog, too. Lose some stress by reading more books. I finished What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis (4/5 stars) last week. This week I'm reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan, and OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

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  18. Your doggy is so cute!

    I understand when life takes over blogging. I have yet to really find the motivation to really do it. I just finalised some old posts sitting there and scheduled them. I hope by Christmas time at latest I will get my blogging mojo back. I have been sneaking onto my hubby's pc to do some commenting because I do miss the interactions with the book bloggers.

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  19. ENJOY your week...looks good.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  20. ahh Bella doing her job, making her family feel good. Please give her some hugs from me and Kona.

    Life can beat us down every now and again, but try to stay positive. There is always an upside, eventually. I understand your pain and thoughts on blogging as always. When I think about giving up, you are the firs tone that comes to mind. I'd miss you girlfriend. Sorry to hear your oldest and hope something comes up for him soon.

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  21. I feel like a loser friend. I hope things have turned around for your son in the way of the job outlook. It's grim here in the US too. I'm proud of Marc for going to college but afraid for the debt incurred and what type of work will be out there for him.

    Bella is beautiful, just like her name reflects!!!

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