Monday, February 16, 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 busy weekend, youngest son and girlfriend in the process of moving out after a couple of months back home. We had Mia for a sleepover which was lovely, as always, and we watched The Hundred-Foot Journey and really enjoyed it, Mike stayed awake so it must have been good lol.




I did say I'd share a few more photos from Lady Elliot Island, thanks Greg @ Book Haven for the reminder lol. My favourite part will always be snorkelling & playing with the turtles and even more special, seeing turtle hatchlings (you can see the photos here) but the bird life on the island was pretty cool too. 


Black (white-capped) Noddy

this little guy was hilarious, he looks like a cartoon character

Capricorn Silvereye

Eastern Reef Egret

the crazy-haired dude is a Crested Tern



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Giveaway:

Winner of REBEL QUEEN by Michelle Moran. Congrats:  Belle Wong

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Reviews & Posts: (click on title)



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Finished last week:

I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman ~ review Tue

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins (audiobook) ~ these characters were messed up (and that's putting it politely) ... a uniquely compelling read. 

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This Week's Reading List: 



JILTED by Rachael Johns ~ 50% done

THE ROAD TO HOPE by Rachael Johns 

THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery

THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF by Norman Doidge (audiobook) ~ 10% done. Saw this on Brona's blog and couldn't resist ... really fascinating! 

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Reviews Coming:

THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon (Bone Season #2) ~ slow start and then addictive. Review Thurs

THE SEAFRONT TEA ROOMS by Vanessa Greene ~ lovely easy read full of comfort food, just what I needed.

THE VIOLETS OF MARCH by Sarah Jio ~ this one was a win from Stacy @Stacy's Books quite a few years ago. Love Sarah Jio's writing and enjoyed this little treasure. 

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. 



33 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the pictures! The Noddy does look like a cartoon character :)

    I am looking forward to your thoughts on I Was Here. I've got that on my TBR list and hope to read it eventually. The Girls of Mischief Bay looks like a book I'd really like too. I wish the beach was in my future :)

    I'm glad you enjoyed The Hundred Foot Journey. That movie was just a surprising treat. I loved it and so did my family.

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    1. The Hundred-Foot Journey was a lovely treat, made me yearn to visit France again! I hope Mallery's Mischief Bay series is as good as her Blackberry Island one.

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  2. Yay, more pics! Gorgeous too what a place. I would love the turltes and hatchlings as well, but those birds are nice too. And those last two- such beautiful water.

    I just started Girl On The Train, and I can already see the characters are a mess. :) Looking forward to this one... have a super week!

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    1. Thanks Greg, can't believe I haven't been to Lady Elliot before now, such a beautiful place and almost on our doorstep, in comparison to the rest of the Great Barrier Reef anyway. Hope you enjoy the very messy Girl on the Train lol

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  3. More gorgeous pics - they're great photos!

    I had to laugh at your comment about The Girl on the Train characters being messed up. I said the same thing - they made me feel good about my life!!!

    Have a good week!

    Deb

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    1. lol it has that effect doesn't it ;)

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  4. Beautiful pics. I still have to see Thousand Foot Journey.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. You'll like it, and the food ... don't watch it hungry lol

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  5. Thank you for beautiful pictures. The Girl on the Train is on my TBR.

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    1. Curious to see what you think of it Mystica!

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    1. aww thanks Julie, can't wait to scrap some of them! I think they'll be nice in project life style :)

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  7. Isn't that little Black Noddy wonderful. I love the little silver eyes which frequent my garden often. Yeah to have seen the baby turtles would have been real special. I liked Girls of Mischief Bay - more than the previous women's fiction one by SM. Which I can't quite remember the name!

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    1. I loved SM's Blackberry Island series, is that the one you meant? Well I didn't think much of the last book in the trilogy but the first two ... loved them!
      The little Silvereyes are so quick and cheeky, I've never seen them in our local area, you're lucky :)

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    2. Yes, Evening Star was the last one - just refreshing it in my mind on Goodreads. It was in that one she pointed to Mischief Bay. It was better than Evening Star in my opinion.

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  8. Such gorgeous pictures. And oh my goodness, I won! Thank you!

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    1. lol congrats Belle ... I'll email you soon!

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  9. Lovely photos Sheree,

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  10. Amazing pictures! Truly. We want to watch The Hundred Foot Journey soon. Have it in mind and good to know that we'll likely be happy with it. Have a good week!

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    1. It really was lovely Kay, a feel-good movie. Loved the setting and of course the food!

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  11. Your photos are always so lovely! Have a great week!

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  12. Wow! So Gorgeous!! I hope to see you around my blog

    Katelynn
    www.literarychameleon.blogspot.com

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    1. Will be popping in to check out your blog soon :)

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  13. Lovely photos!

    Glad you loved The Violets of March...and The Girl on the Train.

    I am intrigued by The Girls of Mischief Bay...looks like fun!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Laurel, I wouldn't say I loved The Girl on the Train but it was ... hmm not sure what word to use lol

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  14. Glad you liked the Seafront Tea Rooms and I too love the Violets of March - won my own copy at Laurel-Rain's draw.
    Here's my MONDAY READING

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  15. Looking forward to The Girls of Mischief Bay! The Girl on the Train's characters were a hot mess. Time with the grandbabies is always precious.

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  16. Ok, you've convinced me. I really need a vacation. Beautiful!

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  17. Oh my goodness the Black Noddy is absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing the pics..loved them!

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