Monday, December 01, 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! 

On the home front: Over the moon to be home with my family. Last week was all about loving on them and recovering from jetlag. Slowly getting back into the swing of things with book reviews and tours due this week and a few thousand photos to organise lol. Here it is the 1st of December and Christmas is just around the corner ... eek! 

Can't wait to visit your blogs and see what you've been up to :)

Stonehenge at sunset ... totally surreal

Tower of London Poppies 

my gorgeous little granddaughter Mia is 5 months old 
and she's my most favourite little person to photograph xx

#bookblogwalkers update #39: Felicia's Book Blog Walkers: love that so many of my friends are doing Felicia's challenge to move and get healthy. If you also have a fitbit and want to add me, let me know :) 

My fitbit went with me to the UK and boy did it do some work. 15,000 to 20,000 steps per day unless we were in the car travelling. Castles and cathedrals offer a bootcamp unlike any other ;) This week, back home and recovering from jetlag things have been a little slower but I have leg muscles HA and I'm the fittest I've been in a long time :)

Mon:  8449 steps
Tue: 8256 steps
Wed: 5205 steps 
Thurs: 6595 steps
Fri: shopping and walk with Bella 14,005 steps
Sat: 5600 steps
Sun: beach walk and swim with Bella 6103 steps


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

LOVING UK ~ Travel Update - historical and photography porn!! For those that don't follow me on facebook and missed the photos I've got another post (or three) to get up in the next week or two. Thanks for all your lovely comments :)


Finished in UK:

THE TUDOR VENDETTA by C.W. Gortner (The Spymaster Chronicles #3) ~ enjoyed it and surreal to be visiting Westminster, walking London and Southwalk while reading this one. 

THE FIRST LIE by Diane Chamberlain ~ short story prequel. Now looking forward to Necessary Lies.


This Week's Reading List: 


OUR KIND OF LOVE by Victoria Purman (Boys of Summer #3) 

THE WINTER CROWN by Elizabeth Chadwick (Eleanor of Aquitaine #2) ~ (audiobook) 50% done and loving it, didn't get it finished while in the UK but it's fabulous. 


What's Up Next:

Fabulous guest post and giveaway by Sherryl Caulfield author of SELDOM COME BY (book 1 of the Iceberg Trilogy) ... you know how much I loved and raved about this one. (check out my review) Make sure you stop by on Thursday!  


  1. Stonehege at sunset is beautiful. That is on my bucket list! Mia is so big, she's sitting up! Cole is almost there. Hope your jet lag is ebbing away.

  2. Love the pictures! Surreal! I agree.

  3. Great to see you back on the blog - missed you! Love the Stonehenge and poppy photo. Amazing to see I bet. Mia is just growing up more gorgeous. I enjoyed Our Kind of Love. Easy reading. Amazing walking, I fell by the wayside in Nov but new month now and new focus!

  4. Hey welcome back, can't wait to see pics of your trip. That Stonehenge one is great! The Winter crown does look good, interested in that one.

  5. Welcome back Sheree - looks like you had a fabulous trip away!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd OUt

  6. I know 1st December caught me unawares too. I was feeling quite nostalgic this morning as by first Dec I put the tree up the decorations and was getting ready the Christmas cake and other goodies. Now with no one in the house it is rather drab!!!
    Nice reads especially the Chamberlain. Havent had luck tracking her books down yet.

  7. Welcome back, and what gorgeous photos! And look at that Mia, looking all grown-up!

    I hope you enjoy The First Lie and Necessary Lies as much as I did. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Love your pictures, what a great trip! Happy reading!

  9. looks like a great trip, welcome back to Australia

  10. I can't believe Mia is 5 months old already. Enjoy loving on her. Being a grandma (or Mimi in my case) is just the best, isn't it?
    Gorgeous photos from your trip. I'm not on FB but I'm on Instagram. Any chance you post there?

    1. I do post some photos to Instagram Mary, some don't square crop well but I'll keep posting on my blog too. I'll see if I can find you on Instagram :)

    2. and yes being a grandparent is absolutely the best!! Mimi is such a cute name (any particular origin?) ... I'm a Nonna

  11. That Stonehenge picture is gorgeous! I had a fleeting trip to Portugal years ago (to learn Portuguese before going to work in Mozambique in Africa) but haven't seen anything else of Europe.

  12. What an amazing picture of Stonehenge! Thank you for sharing it.

  13. Glad you are home, safe and sound!! LOVING the photos!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Welcome home! Your photos are stunning, and little Mia is precious.

  15. Happy reading and welcome back home :)

  16. Stonehenge looks beautiful.

    You will love Necessary Lies.

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

  17. You got some Beautiful photos! Isn't it funny how sometimes we have to come home to rest from our vacations? Haha. I want to check into the Spymaster Chronicles Series. I hope you rest up and have good reading!

  18. The Winter Crown looks good. I love the photos and want to travel there one day. Glad you are back and Mia is adorable..enjoy every minute!

  19. Absolutely gorgeous pictures! I love the feeling of when you first get home, although unpacking is no fun ;) The cover of The Winter Crown is so pretty!

  20. The absolute perfect trip for you Sheree! photos are pretty. Hope al that hist-fic reading came to life for you!


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