Monday, January 12, 2015

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: 
A quieter week with little exercise done with a flare up in pain but I managed to escape the summer colds that the rest of the family have had (touch wood.) Anthony and Christine cooked me dinner one night and I had Mia for a sleepover another night ... I'm so lucky, I adore nonna/Mia time and she doesn't mind having a camera shoved in her face now haha so I get the added bonus of photographing my favourite wee person! And lastly my youngest son and girlfriend left for their holiday in Thailand so I'm in charge of their fish for 3 weeks. 



Hubby and I watched Gone Girl on the weekend ... holy cow that was intense! What a sick, twisted bitch! Have you seen it? Is the movie fairly true to the book? 

We also binge watched the first 4 episodes of Chicago Fire season 3 ... I cried each episode and went to bed with a headache and empty box of tissues lol. 

Also very excited I won Kathryn's blogoversary giveaway @Book Date. Can't wait to go book shopping with my voucher, I've already chosen my first pick ... Jane Porter's The Good Woman (a recommendation from Kathryn too) ... go and check out her blog, she writes a wonderful review that will have you adding to your groaning TBR stack! 

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Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

#FitReaders Check-In: 2/52 ~ not a great week but I'm planning on sticking with this for another year so I'm patting myself on the back for 'optimism' in week 2 of 52 lol 

Best of 2014 ~ Favourite Reads ... what an amazing year and wow did I read some brilliant contemporary and historical fiction!

2015 Challenge Fun ... not ready to give up on challenge fun just yet

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Finished last week:

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen ~ slowish start but then the magic kicked in and I got swept away

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!! 

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This Week's Reading List: 


LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult ~ 60% done and I hate putting it down. Love it!! 

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah ~ can't wait

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 ... now's the time

not sure what audiobook I'm going to listen to next

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Reviews Coming:

THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain ~ page turner but ending a little anticlimactic. Review Tue

THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman & Meaghan Spooner (Starbound #2) ~ liked it a whole lot! Review Thurs

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

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. 


36 comments:

  1. What a cutie! Looks like you have some good reads ahead. Have a great week!
    http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/sunday-cup-of-1.html

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    1. Thanks ... I'm heading over soon to check out your post :)

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  2. Another person who has loved First Frost - I really should just get stuck in!
    What a cutie in that picture! - Also your It's Monday icon is just gorgeous - did you make it? :D

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    1. I bought the art design Fay and just added the text. I did design the little owl vector (on my sidebar) that I use on my short & sweet reviews and I'd love to do more but I'm self taught and very slow lol. Hope you enjoy First Frost too :)

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  3. That is such a cute photo of Mia!

    I haven't seen Gone Girl, but must when it comes out on DVD here in Australia!

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    1. It's my new fave photo of her Deb, but I'm just a little biased lol. I'm tossing up whether to read Gone Girl but I'm wondering whether the book ends the same?

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  4. What a sweet picture! I haven't seen Gone Girl yet but I want to.

    I can't wait to see what you the of the Nightingale! I love Sarah Jio but have yet to read that one either. Need to make time for it soon. Happy reading!

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    1. I love Kristin Hannah, hope it lives up to my high expectations :)

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  5. Adorable pic of Mia - those eyes! I hope you feel much better this week. I hope you enjoy The Violets of March. I liked it.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I think Violets of March was one of Stacy's favourites so I'm really looking forward to it!

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  6. She is so adorable!!!!! I have heard good things about Gone Girl .. both book and movie - I think I need to read it! Hope you don't catch everyone's cold!!

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    1. all good so far Julie :) let me know if you do read Gone Girl!

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  7. You've had a fabulous week...some great reading and some great family time!

    Here's mine!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Deb, have a good week.

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  8. Sounds like a good week for you, except for the pain. I'm reading First Frost this week.

    Read on,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Hope you enjoy it Shelleyrae, was fun catching up with everyone from Garden Spells!

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  9. I hope you feel better this week! I'm glad you got to spend some time with your granddaughter :)

    I can't wait to read Leaving Time. We had a mixup at the library with our book distributor so we never received it (or any other bestsellers published in the fall) and now I have to wait till late January when the book will finally arrive! Glad to hear you are enjoying it. Sounds like it will be worth the extra wait :)

    I liked Violets of March. It was the first Sarah Jio book I read and maybe my favorite of hers. I have The Nightingale for review too. Sounds like it will be different from her other books.

    Have a great week!

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    1. YAY another positive comment for Violets of March, I'm really looking forward to it. Jodi Picoult has been hit and miss for me lately, but Leaving Time was fabulous, l liked the mystery and I guess all the elephant detail won't be for everyone but I loved it!!

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  10. No time to do the meme though I love reading all the posts.

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    1. Hi Mystica, thanks for stopping by :)

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  11. I have "The Violets of March" waiting on my Kindle and hopefully I will get to it soon!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it too Melinda ... have you read other Sarah Jio books?

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  12. Nonna time is the best, and Mia is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing...

    And I loved the movie Gone Girl, too, and thought it was BETTER than the book...but others don't agree. You should read it.

    Leaving Time, The Nightingale, and Violets of March...awesome reads. Enjoy!

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Ooh it doesn't happen often does it ...movie better than the book. Still want to know if the book ending is the same as the movie lol.

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  13. I'm looking forward to The Nightingale, too! I really enjoy Kristin Hannah's books -- I've been a fan since back when she wrote romances.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. Kristin Hannah's Winter Garden is one of my all time favourite novels so I have high expectations for The Nightingale ... fingers crossed, hope we both enjoy it :)

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  14. Just wanted to stop by and say hi!

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  15. Oh I do hope that pain leaves you alone and you are back to your healthy self. Love the Mia photo, love how you captured her eyes.
    Thanks for the shout out and hope you enjoy The Good Woman, I first heard of it from Kristin at Always With a Book when I read her review!!
    Lots of great books read and to read. I must try Leaving Time at some point and get back to reading Jodi P.

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  16. Adorable grandbaby!!

    You have some AWESOME books that I want. :) First Frost and Violets of March are two of them. :)

    I read The Silent Sister...I liked it. Will be looking for your review.

    Have a wonderful week.

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

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  17. Ohh a Jio book :D

    And yes, beautiful eyeleashes

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  18. Lucky you getting overnights. I have not had the pleasure yet, mom is not ready ;o). The Good Woman was excellent. I just started The Good Daughter. Good choice. I have not watched Gone Girl yet.

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  19. Glad you had a quiet week and some nice family time. I liked your Favorite Reads post- there's so much good historical fiction out now, seems like. And I keep hearing good thing about sarah Jio.

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  20. I loved Leaving Time. I can't wait to read Nightingale. Congrats on winning the giveaway. Mia is so adorable.

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  21. Love your wee person :) Yes, Amazing Amy is just as difficult to stomach in the book.

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  22. ok a lot went on in your life when I disappeared. I didn't realize you remarried! holy cow! congrats my friend :)

    As for Gone Girl, I saw a preview of the first 10 minutes or so, and was intrigued. Now I'm debating reading or watching. Since GOT I don't think I should do both.

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