Monday, January 26, 2015

It's Monday & Australia Day! 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: 
Wonderful week ... Anthony, Christine and Mia ended up staying almost a week, until the hot weather broke with a deluge of rain. My birthday Thursday and I had a lovely time with family and I got my very first drawing from Mia ...  a little treasure.



beautiful flowers from dear friends

Right now I'm on Lady Elliot Island (southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef) for a 2 night birthday getaway hopefully giving my camera a workout. Lady Elliot is a highly protected "Green Zone"  sanctuary for marine and other wildlife ... won't be blog visiting til Tuesday. 

Happy Australia Day :)

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Giveaways:

AUSTRALIA DAY BOOK GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP - International. 3 winners. You have until midnight Tue 27th to enter AEST. Awesome Aussie titles! 





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Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

#FITREADERS WEEKLY CHECK-IN: 4/52 

2015 AUSTRALIA DAY BOOK GIVEAWAY BLOG HOP ~ International. 3 winners. You have until midnight Tue 27th to enter. Head on over to Book'd Out for the other participants in the blog hop. 

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen ~ slowish start but then the magic kicked in and I was swept away. Weekend Cooking post. 

OUR KIND OF LOVE by Victoria Purman (Boys of Summer #3) ~ really enjoyed this one! 

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Finished last week:

THE MAXWELL SISTERS by Loretta Hill ~ enjoyable

KEEP QUIET by Lisa Scottoline (audiobook) ~ heartbreaking mess but I really enjoyed my first Lisa Scottoline read. 

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This Week's Reading List: 


THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon (Bone Season #2) 

THE VIOLETS OF MARCH by Sarah Jio ~ this one was a win from Stacy @Stacy's Books quite a few years ago. I'm not sure why I haven't read it already when I love Sarah Jio. 

THE SEAFRONT TEA ROOMS by Vanessa Greene

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins (audiobook)

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Reviews Coming:

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah ~ I left a piece of my heart on the pages of this book!! 

LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult ~ loved the elephants and the mystery. 

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 WINTER CROWN by Elizabeth Chadwick (Eleanor of Aquitaine #2) ~ (audiobook) finally finished. I know it took me a while but that's not a reflection on how good it was ... excellent!! 


19 comments:

  1. Happy belated Birthday!!! Hope your day was wonderful!

    I'm listening to First Frost right now and am really enjoying it. I just read The Violets of March and loved it - can't wait to read more of her books!

    Enjoy your trip!!!

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  2. Happy belated birthday and the flowers are lovely!

    Keen to hear what you think of The Girl on the Train.

    PS. You're only a couple of hours from me at the moment! Enjoy Lady Elliot Island!

    Deb

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  3. Hearing some good things about The Girl on the Train as I do the audiobook hop. I just put a Vanessa Greene book into my wish list so will keep an eye out for what you think of the one you have.
    I am at about Chap 7 of The Nightingale and can see it is going to be wrenching but excellent. Love Mia's first drawing.

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  4. Glad you had a wonderful birthday!!! I am currently reading this series -- the latest one was just released ... http://www.melissafoster.com/welcome-new-braden-clan/

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  5. I hope you have a wonderful time on your getaway and Happy Birthday!

    I look forward to hearing what you think of The Girl on the Train and The Seafront Tea Rooms

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  6. Happy birthday, and the trip sound great. Hope we get to see some pics of the Reef. And happy Australia day too!

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  7. Happy Birthday! I hope to start Girl On The Train tomorrow.

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  8. Lots of great-sounding books! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. :)

    Brooke at http://www.brookeblogs.com

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  9. I Hope you are enjoying your weekend away! I just finished Girl on the Train and The Mime Order, and enjoyed both!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  10. Happy Birthday. Happy Australian Day. Have a great weekend

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  11. Hope you have a wonderful get-away, it sounds lovely. Everyone seems to be reading Girl on the Train. Have a great week!

    http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-cup-of3.html

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  12. What a great set of books I hope you love them and I hope to see you around my blog

    Katelynn
    www.literarychameleon.blogspot.com

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  13. The Girl on the Train is fantastic. I hope you enjoy it! I finished The Violets of March late last week and really liked it.

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  14. Happy belated Birthday! Hope you have a great reading week!

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  15. Oh, happy birthday! (Belated). Great Mia contribution....and your family time sounds wonderful.

    I am glad you enjoyed The Nightingale and Leaving Time...and Keep Quiet. I love Scottoline's books, from the mysteries to the family stories.

    Happy Australia Day!

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  16. Happy belated birthday - and such a cute drawing!

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  17. I started reading A Little Folly by Jude Morgan. It's along the lines of a Jane Austen / Georgette Heyer novel. Finished it during the Blizzard of 2015.
    Happy Birthday! I hope to see lots of pictures of Lady Elliot Island.

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