Monday, August 18, 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! 

I didn't get much reading done but I made a dent in book reviews (still not caught up though) and I'm not sure how much I'll get done this week as Alaine and I have scrapbook camp this weekend. Can't wait to scrap some photos of my darling granddaughter. They were living 5 mins away but now they're a 4 hour drive, but could be worse ... there's Skype and Christine and Anthony send me a photo or video almost every day. Time for a visit soon :)

We had a day of much needed rain here on Saturday and then Sunday we spent a fun day at the Ekka, (QLD show) ... I hadn't been in over 10 years. I love the animal nursery ... can you tell?

All proceeds from Strawberry Sundaes go to 
Prince Charles Hospital Research so I had two ;)


#bookblogwalkers update #30: Felicia's Book Blog Walkers: August is being hosted by Jen @ That's What I'm Talking About. I hit my target averaging 8000 steps/day. Now to maintain and get a little more daily consistency. 

Mon: no walk (5100 steps)
Tue: 60 min walk with Bella (15,000 + steps for day)
Wed: 45 min walk with Bella (8000 steps for day)
Thurs: 30 min walk with Bella (14,000 steps)
Fri: no walk (5089 steps)
Sat: rained all day, no walking but I did book reviews HA (2700 steps oops)
Sun: couple of hours walking around the Ekka show, to bus etc (12,000 steps)


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

DANCING ON KNIVES by Kate Forsyth ~ passion & family dynamics in Australian setting, 4 stars. Weekend Cooking post. 

THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT by Wendy Wax (Beach Road #3) ~ 4.5 stars 

THE HOMECOMING by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #6) ~ guest review by Karen, 4 stars


Finished last week:

A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman ~ unexpectedly delightful


This Week's Reading List: 

THE GLASS KITCHEN  by Linda Francis Lee ~ loving and savouring this one 

LYREBIRD HILL by Anna Romer ~ new release from the author of Thornwood House

THE DARKEST HOUR by Barbara Erskine (audiobook) ~ chapter 20. Love Barbara Erskine


Reviews Coming: 

DETAINED by Ainslie Paton ~ not what I expected but HOT and I liked :)

THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Diane Chamberlain (audiobook) ~ good, 4 stars

MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover ~ loved it!!


  1. The Glass Kitchen caught my eye! look forward to your thoughts on this one.

  2. Looks like some fun and interesting reads for this week! Good luck!

  3. So many good books but my eyes were drawn to that wonderful photo of your son and the baby-- oh goodness, that is a keeper!
    The Darkest Hour and A Man Called Ove looks interesting. Have a great week.

  4. Lyrebird Hill has a nice cover, and actually so does The Glass Kitchen. They look like good books... Good luck with the reviews, i'm still playing catch up too!

  5. That's lots of step at the Ekka show :)

  6. As good an excuse for icecream as I have heard! Photos or video every day is good! Well done with the steps goal, you had a good week. Hope you continue to enjoy your books - looking forward to Detained review!

  7. Awesome pic of your granddaughter and her dad. You are looking super slim from all your walking; very inspiring. Those three books have pretty covers! Sounds like the stories are good too :)

  8. Oh, so happy to hear that Ove is "unexpectedly delightful!"

    Great photos!

    Here's my It's Monday!

  9. Love the pics!! Have a great week and enjoy your books. :)

  10. Looks like a great time!!!! can't wait to see your scrapped pages of her!!!!

  11. Such a sweet photo, I'm glad you are finding ways to keep in touch despite the distance. I have Lyrebird Hill upcoming too.

    Have a great week

  12. What a fun week! Enjoy your new reads, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. Thank goodness for Skype! Looks like you have some interesting books picked too. You can see my week here. Happy reading!

  14. Thank you for sharing the photos. I love the animal nursery!

  15. Skype is a wonderful thing. My brother has been living in London for the past three years so I don't get to see my nieces in person all that often, but when they come to the States - they know exactly who we are b/c we skype all the time!!!

    I read and loved The Glass Kitchen - such a fun story. Hope you enjoy it!!!

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  16. Awwww! Look at those baby cheeks! So Squishy :)

  17. Oh, I know what that feels like having the new grandbaby hours away! That's how it still is for three of my grandchildren (who are now all teens), but two of them live here in town (one is a teenager and the other is almost 12, but still adorable).

    Thanks to Skype and photos, however, but it's not quite the same. Love those cheeks!

    Enjoy your new books....and your list reminds me that I still have The Escape Artist to finish before reading the newest Chamberlain.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  18. Just love all these photos from your week... and I really need to read Wendy Wax!

  19. Your granddaughter is adorable. Love the photo.

    I want to read The Glass Kitchen. I hope you like it. Lyrebird Hill looks quite good too.

    Have another great reading week.

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

  20. Great photo of Mia and her daddy. Sorry they are 4 hours away, glad for Skype though! Spend 10 days with Cole and his mommy visiting my mother in Alaska and I sure miss being with him. Thankfully they live 40 mins. away. Have a great scrapping weekend. Happy reading.

  21. The Glass Kitchen looks good..and oh how I love all the photos you share. It is hard when you don't live close.

  22. Hoping my comment took the last's been too long for me apparently :)

  23. congrats grandmamma! She is adorable! shame they live so far away. I see extra special visits in your future.
    You are looking happy, healthy, and great! Good luck with your walking and looking forward to reconnecting. Hope all of your family are well :)

  24. What a precious baby!! So sweet & cuddly!

    I have a stack of Barbara Erskine novels I've been collecting -- just need to make time to read them.

  25. Love seeing your granddaughter when I visit :) I'm also glad that we are Fitbit friends. Having you all has made me more accountable!


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