Monday, April 06, 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!

Update ... My heart is breaking for Sheila and her family with the loss of son Justin. I hope the love and support of family and friends brings some small comfort at this unbearably painful time. Love & warm hugs xx

On the Home Front: 
It was a good news week ... both sons start new jobs tomorrow. Eldest has an electrician position on a hospital refurb (and he's staying local which is a bonus) and youngest has his first job in IT since finishing his uni degree. Youngest and his girlfriend cooked me dinner mid week and we made a few plans for his 21st, coming up quickly. 

Our Easter was blessed with lots of family time and laughs. My granddaughter had us in stitches :)

and just a little squeeeal for the return of Outlander ... express from the US!! Great episode :)

I am scary behind with reviews and blogging thanks to short weeks and my own shortcomings. I wouldn't say I'm unmotivated, ok maybe a little, but I have enthusiastically drafted blog posts all over the place and just as enthusiastically failed to complete them. I can't seem to get my head on straight to follow them through to publication. Time to focus and play catch up!! 

#FitReaders Weekly Check-In: 

#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking AboutFitReaders is a great way to stay motivated, accountable and it's more fun having bloggy friends to check in with. If you also have a fitbit and want to add me, let me know :) 

I'm in again for April ... join in

Very excited I was one of the lucky ducky winners of the 1st quarter bracelets organised by the lovely Felicia. Will take a pic when it arrives.  

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 8269 steps ~ walk with Bella
Tue:  9476 steps ~ walk with Mia & fam
Wed:  11,151 steps ~ walk with Bella
Thurs: 6073 steps 
Fri: 7045 steps 
Sat: 6067 steps ~ short walk with Mia 
Sun: 7120 steps ~ brekky & walk along Brisbane river boardwalk with family


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

CONFESS by Colleen Hoover ~ loved it, mostly. 


Finished last week:

WILD WOOD by Posie Graeme-Evans ~ great time slip novel


This Week's Reading List: 

SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran ~ 80% done. For book tour review Thurs

CONSPIRACY GIRL by Sarah Alderson

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE by Malla Nunn (audiobook) ~ chapter 10


Reviews Coming:

INSIDE THE O'BRIEN'S by Lisa Genova ~ Huntington's Disease is an evil bastard. 

GREAT-GRANDMA'S GIFTS by Marianne Jones ~ sweet little children's story

LEAVING HOME by Jodi Picoult (audiobook) ~ three short pieces on the subject of leaving home. 

THE LAST ANNIVERSARY by Liane Moriarty (audiobook)

TELL THE TRUTH by Katherine Howell (Ella Marconi #8) ~ great installment, sad it's the last in the Ella Marconi series ... for now. I'm not ready for goodbye! 

THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand (audiobook) ~ a departure from Cynthia Hand's usual, very moving. 


  1. Love the little video clip, I think little ones just show how life can be such fun and enjoyable. Just meet another little grand niece today as they were down visiting, she's 6 months, but they live quite a distance.
    Great walking! Love that boardwalk look. I got 92% only of my goal steps walked this week, its suffering a little, hope I can make it 100% this week.
    Enjoy that reading!

  2. Your granddaughter is a cutie!

    I can relate to your motivational issues. I keep going on about the unwritten book reviews I have, but I've actually started most. Some back in February. But they're sitting in my drafts folder. Languishing...

  3. Wow! That is a big list to review! Do you review everything you read, or those all ARCs? Remember not to overwhelm yourself, this is supposed to be fun!
    Have a good week, and good luck to your sons!

  4. Walking with friends and family can make it more fun! (Unless they are annoying!) Looks like a good week!

  5. I can't wait for the weather to get nice so I can take the granddaughters for walks when they visit. Loved the video :)
    My heart is broken for Sheila and her family.

  6. Her laugh is ADORABLE!!! I just love that little girl!!! I just started reading "Cold Fear" last night and it has me HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Oh, Mia is adorable...that laugh is infectious! Enjoy.

    Among others, I received Inside the O'Briens, which I've been wanting...hope you enjoy your books and your family. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. My heart is broken for Sheila too. Thanks for sharing your video clip. It is adorable.

  9. So sad about Sheila's son. :(

    Awesome about your sons new jobs! I'm glad you had a nice weekend. :) Great job with your steps, too!! I know how it is to get behind on posts - I am really unmotivated right now and need to do some reviews. I hate when I get in these funks. It's also ruining my reading, as no book is really keeping my attention. :(

    I hope you are able to get caught up and have a great week!!

  10. Loved the video of the granddaughter. A baby's laughter - so, so sweet! And the flipside of that is the heartbreak of Sheila's loss. I am so sad for them.

  11. I'm glad you shared a wonderful Easter with your family x

  12. Nothing better than a baby's giggles. I live for them. Congrats to your sons on their new jobs. Have a great week.

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about Sheila's loss; I had no idea! I have Inside the O'Briens on my TBR, and I've a friend who really loved Jodi Picoult's Leaving Home. Confess is on my list to read soon, so I'm hopeful about that one.

  14. Yay for grandbabies and Outlander :)
    I, too, have been heartbroken for Sheila. I only hope to have a relationship like she had with Justin with my Gage someday. There was always such love there.


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