Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! Christmas Decorating and 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!

In family news, Callum is home a bit earlier than planned in order to re-sit a uni exam, he had a fantastic time in SE Asia and can't wait to return. Things have been pretty manic here with Christmas shopping, making gifts and catching up with family and friends.

and the photos I promised

the large pine cones make great Christmas trees and I used the smaller ones to fill the sleigh

this was the first Christmas display I did on a sideboard in our dining room. The treasures below I've been making or putting together for a 2nd Christmas display in our lounge room instead of the big Christmas tree ... it's been lots of fun.

this gorgeous little house lights up



HOLIDAY READS for the HOLIDAY SEASON ~ 2 winners ends Sunday. International! Enter here.

Winner of Historical Romance bundle - Tamara

Winner of Paranormal Romance bundle - Miss Lucinda Fountain


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

BLOOD PHANTOM by Rhiannon Hart ~ prequel to the fantastic Lharmell series!

DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray (Cleopatra's Daughter #3) ~ a favourite read for 2013

THE KISSING SEASON by Rachael Johns (novella) ~ sweet Aussie Christmas romance


Finished last week:

BLOOD PHANTOM by Rhiannon Hart (Lharmell #0.5) ~ short story prequel

DAUGHTERS OF THE NILE by Stephanie Dray (Cleopatra's Daughter #3)

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman (Starbound #1) ~ loved it, didn't want it to end ~ review Wed

LLAMA LLAMA HOLIDAY DRAMA by Anne Dewdney from the fabulous WE GIVE BOOKS 


This Week's Reading List: 

THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE: A Memoir by Ahn Do ~ I've been wanting to read this for ages, after seeing Caspette's glowing review @ The Narrative Causality I picked up a copy and it will complete my Aussie reading challenge


CHAMPION by Marie Lu (Legend #3) ~ hoping this is the week lol


Reviews Coming:

SNOW DAY by Shannon Stacey, Jennifer Greene, Barbara Dunlop ~ guest review by Karen up tonight

WHAT ALICE FORGOT by Liane Moriarty (audiobook) ~ another fabulous story

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks (audiobook) ~ nice 


  1. You show me all the awesomeness of your crafts and your holiday planning and I have trouble focusing on the books! LOL

  2. Beautiful crafts. Must put What Alice Forgot into my wishlist.

  3. I love the decorations! And i never thought to spray paint some pinecones. Noted for next year :-)

  4. I really want to read one of Rhainnon Hart's books; I couldn't get them in Canada but I shouldn't have that problem here!

    It's funny but when you put the Snyder and the Marie Lu books next to each other like that, it looks like they used the same rose only in different ways, doesn't it.

    It's so much fun making your own decorations! I say that although I've never really had the opportunity to - but I'd really like to, because it looks like so much fun!

  5. Your Christmas projects look wonderful! I loved What Alice Forgot so I'll be watching for your review. Have a great week!

  6. Taste of Darkness and Champion both look great. I've read tons of good reviews for both of them Enjoy! Your Christmas projects look great, btw.

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

  7. I enjoyed The Happiest a Refugee. We don't decorate here until the day after school finishes, that way the kids are kept amused :)

    Have a terrific week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  8. Your holiday decorations are absolutely beautiful! You definitely have an artistic gift! I love the color scheme too.

    I'm glad you loved These Broken Stars too. I look forward to your thoughts on Taste of Darkness. I loved Touch of Power but haven't read the sequels yet.

  9. I also loved What Alice Forgot....I haven't read anything by Marie Lu yet, but I'm very curious.

    Gorgeous decorations! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  10. I didn't even look at the books... I was mesmerized by your crafts. Great job!!

  11. I am so all over the place this week LOL I had a reading plan and then my mood said no :)

  12. Pretty decorations! Great job!

    I think I need to check out the Happiest Refugee!

    Oh and Yay for Perdition! I hope you read it soon, lol, so I can stalk your review. heehee

  13. Very beautiful decorations, I love the color combos. I hope to get to Champion this week, but realistically it will be the week after. Reading a lot of love for These Broken Stars.

  14. I need you to come decorate my house! Beautiful :)


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