Monday, April 21, 2014

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! 

Hope everyone who celebrates had a Happy Easter. My eldest son's work rotation lined up well with the Easter break so it was really nice to spend some time with him and Christine. Anthony's a merciless tease so there were lots of laughs over lunch on Saturday. And I made the best Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce ... might do a weekend cooking post about it, especially since I don't even like dates. haha

Here's a couple of cards I made ... the one I lost in my scrapbooking mess, for my best friend celebrating 30 years of marriage and one for my sister. It's mum's anniversary today ... 6 years and I miss her so very much. I know she's watching over us but I miss the fact she's not here to share all the special things happening in our lives. I still go to pick up the phone and tell her something I know will make her laugh. Mum was in the 2% that die from stage I melanoma ... timely for me to say, please get your skin checked!!  

#bookblogwalkers update #16: Felicia's Book Blog Walkers:  
Mon: 30min walk
Tue: no walk
Wed: 40min walk
Thurs: 40min walk
Fri: no walk
Sat: no walk
Sun: 1 hour walk in the city and then some night photography practice


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS by Anne O'Brien ~ the epic love story between Katherine Sywnford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

LADY OF THE ENGLISH by Elizabeth Chadwick (audiobook) 

ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline (audiobook) ~ 5 star fave!! 


Finished last week:

COMFORT OF FENCES by Stacy Overman Morrison ~ loved it! Review Wed.

KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain (audiobook) ~ rude, crude, drugs, sex, depravity, oh and food,  not for the faint-hearted but hilarious. 

THE MIDWIFE: A MEMOIR OF BIRTH, JOY AND HARD TIMES by Sandra Worth ~ well worth the read even if you've watched the TV series Call the Midwife.  


This Week's Reading List: 


FOUR FRIENDS by Robyn Carr

FROM THE FEET UP by Tanya Saad


Reviews Coming:

THURSDAY'S CHILDREN by Nicci French ~ good but Frieda Klein wow she's a hardass

SIX YEARS by Harlan Coben (audiobook) ~ good audio, not my favourite Coben

THE PRINCESS OF EGYPT MUST DIE by Stephanie Drey ~ novelette. This was really good, can't wait for full length novel. 

WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY by Wendy Wax (audiobook) ~ loved the story and the narration.


  1. Cards are gorgeous. Some great walking accomplished. Yes must go and have a skin check!
    Lots of reading done too, hope to get some done myself, although few Easter days are family days and that comes first!

  2. Happy Easter and glad you were able to spend it with family. Looks like you have some good reviews coming up. Curious about the Coben one.

  3. Always when I get good and do my walks..I get sick :/

  4. I miss my mom, too. Enjoy your reads this week.

    Here is my It's Monday!

  5. Glad you had a nice Easter with your family. The sticky date pudding sounds really good so I do hope you share your recipe sometime :)

  6. Xoxo for your Mum ... With Brookie's skin disease, I find it to be a blessing in disguise -- she ALWAYS has to wear sunscreen and a hat ... so I am hoping that she keeps that habit growing up, since Arizona has the highest rate of skin cancer due to the fact we have only 60 days of rain a year ... the rest of the time we are sunny, sunny sunny ... "Valley of the Sun" is the nickname for our state ....

    I love love love your cards! LOVING the colors and the doilies!!!!

  7. Please share your sticky date pudding recipe, I've been wanting to try making it. My husband and I both love it..though like you we wouldn't ever eat a date on its own, LOL

    Have a great week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  8. You've had some great reads and a nice Easter celebration. The date pudding sounds delicious and the cards are beautiful.

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  9. I love your cards! Glad you had a good visit with your son.
    As some of you know, my husband has stage 3 melanoma and has so far beat it after a couple of surgeries and tests. I second Teddyree's comment: get your skin tested, even if you think you are not fair-skinned or live in a hot climate. It's a sneaky, aggressive disease. Off my soapbox. everyone enjoy your week reading!

  10. Before Thursday's Children comes to the US, I must hurry and read Waiting for Wednesday, which I recently downloaded. Do love Frieda Klein!

    Gorgeous cards...I am amazed at your scrapbooking, and envy the talent.

    My mom has been gone six years, too. She was 93, but still missed.

    I got a new book from the author of Orphan Train (Sweet Water).

    Enjoy your week, and I'm impressed with your walking....thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Wow, your week sounds amazing with great reads. Need to read your review of Orphan Train. Kitchen Confidential sounds hilarious, adding to Wishlist. Enjoy your upcomings.

  12. Lovely cards!! I do want to read that series by Nicci French; I just haven't had time to dive in yet!


  13. I really enjoyed the Midwife but also read a lot of mixed reviews about it. While we Were Watching Downton Abbey would have been a great audio book. I really enjoyed reading it last year. You can check out my week here

  14. Glad you had a great weekend with family. Thanks for the reminder about getting skin checked! Just got The Orphan Train on audio, can't wait to start listening. Love Call the Midwife.

  15. I wish I had the patience for scrap booking. Have a great week!

  16. Sending you a hug today.
    Your weekend sounded nice. And the pudding - yum! I love the cards you make. Have a good week!

  17. What a nice mix of reads here.

  18. It's great that you honor your mom by reminding us all of what we can do to prolong our lives. Hugs to you.


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