Monday, December 23, 2013

'Twas the Monday Before Christmas! 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!

Everyone got their Christmas mojo on? Ready for eating, drinking and making merry, spending time with family and friends over the holiday break?? Both my boys and their partners will be here for Christmas and I'm excited about us spending time together.

 ... I have the big grocery shop to do today, Christmas cooking and wrapping gifts I made over the weekend. Can't wait to show you all but it will have to wait til after Christmas as my best friend reads my blog and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise :) 

Just in case you're not back visiting before Christmas - from my family to yours ... hope your Christmas or holiday celebrations are filled with much love and laughter, spent doing what you love ... with those you love xx


Giveaway Winners:

Last 2 winners in the Escape Publishing Giveaways ~ HOLIDAY READS for the HOLIDAY SEASON ~ Congrats to Ashley E & Karen B


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

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

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


Finished last week:

CHAMPION by Marie Lu (Legend #3) ~ a satisfying end to one of my fave series


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 also completes my Aussie reading challenge for 2013. 


I'm doing Sheila's First Book of the Year 2014 (sign up here) but help me I can't make up my mind between these two  books ~ Me Before You by JoJo Moyes or Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell ... which one??


Reviews Coming:


  1. Ugh! No! Not ready! LOL I just put up my Christmas tree YESTERDAY! LOL. I did get a free ham from work so....

    I want to read the Happiest Refugee, too! Look forward to your review!

  2. Sounds like you will have a wonderful family Christmas. I am doing the First Book of the Year too, I don't know which one to suggest to you as I am only starting my first Sarah Jio book and don't know the other one.
    My Its Monday post

  3. Well...both books are fantastic, so you can't choose wrongly. Glad you liked Champion, I have plans to read it this week. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family :)

    I loved Eleanor & Park. It is one of my favorites of 2013 and I highly recommend it. Me Before You may be my first read of 2014 if I can get a copy in time. One of my book groups will be reading it for our January book.

  5. Bahaha, can't wait to see you Boxing day!!! Such fun making presents.

  6. I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas my friend!! :)

  7. Oh wow….did you hear my little squeal of delight all the way to your place!!! I'm very excited to win some new reading material. As much as I am an avid reader and my ENTIRE family knows this I never get books or vouchers for bookstores for Christmas so winning has been like Christmas coming two days early.

    As for my recommendation for the two books selected, its hard to say because I've read great reviews for both. I'm personally more drawn to "Me Before You" and I'll be adding that one to my to-read list for the new year.

  8. Just want to say a huge thank you Teddyree for inviting me to review at The Eclectic Reader, I love your blog and its always a treat for me to come visit.

    Merry Christmas to you and your extended family this holiday season, stay safe and eat, drink and be merry!!

  9. Merry Christmas to you too!

    I would have to recommend Eleanor and Park for First Read-it will be a great way to start off the year!

  10. Almost xmas! I am almost done just one pressie I need to give someone before xmas tomorrow

  11. I only read Me Before You and it's one of my favorites from this year. Merry Christmas!

  12. I added Taste of Darkness to my reading list this week too. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Happy Holidays!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  13. Hope you have a great holiday season! I'll be participating in the First Book of the Year, too.

    I haven't yet read Eleanor and Park, but LOVED Me Before You. Enjoy whatever you choose.


  14. Nice week for you. THANKS for sharing.

    ENJOY your reading and your Christmas week.

    I hope you got all of your food shopping done.

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

  15. Congrats to the winners!

    I hope you have a great holiday!

    Merry Christmas!

  16. I hope you've had a very merry Christmas!
    I want to read both of those books but since I want to read more Moyles I'd choose that one.

  17. Thanks for promoting the first book of the year meme! I am excited about that one :)


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