Monday, April 27, 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. In Sheila's absence, join in sharing your Monday post on twitter #IMWAYR.

On the home front: 
An emotional week and a big newsy post, just not on the reading side of things! Bear with me, I'm sure things will get back to normal after Callum's 21st :) 

I only get back to Toowoomba a few times a year (even though it's only a 2hr drive from Brisbane) so it was nice to take flowers out to mum at the Garden of Remembrance and spend time with a friend of 25 years. We had the yummiest lunch at the best Italian restaurant in town ... WoggiesDoesn't the dessert look gorgeous? Chocolate Bowl Strawberry Milkshake Gelato and it tasted as good as it looks!  

This special package arrived from my lovely friend Julie. All the way from M&M's World in Las Vegas to Brisbane, Australia ... a year's supply of M&M's haha and a cute M&M blanket for Mia. Feeling very spoilt, thanks Julie, you're an absolute sweetie pie xx

Check out Julie's blog too, she's a talented scrapbooker :))

And the final bit of awesomeness this week ... a surprise for Nonna :)

Lots to look forward to this week, Ricky Martin concert on Tuesday and my youngest son's 21st Birthday on Friday. All the family will be here to celebrate on Saturday. 

#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 :) 

Didn't make target this week but I did OK. How about you?

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 5621 steps 
Tue: 3736 steps
Wed: 10,407 steps 
Thurs: 8190 steps ~ short walk
Fri: 8831 steps 
Sat: 6221 steps ~ short walk with the fam
Sun: 9141 steps ~ walk


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

THE LAST ANNIVERSARY by Liane Moriarty (audiobook) ~ didn't really do it for me

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


Finished last week:

arghh I can't believe I didn't finish anything ... again!


This Week's Reading List: 

A DESPERATE FORTUNE by Susanna Kearsley ~ 20% done

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity #2) ~ audiobook. 50% done and loving it! I don't want to jinx it but it might top Code Name Verity??



Reviews Coming:

CONSPIRACY GIRL by Sarah Alderson ~ my first Sarah Alderson and I really enjoyed it. Review Tue

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

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

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! 


  1. She's walking! Awesome, I love it. It will be awhile yet for Cole. He just figured out the crawling thing. The dessert looks so good.

    1. They all crawl, walk, talk in their own good time don't they Nise. Hope Cole is feeling better.

  2. How wonderful that your granddaughter is walking! Soon she will be running everywhere :)

    I didn't get much reading done this week either. I came down with a cold and am only now starting to feel better so I spent a few hours reading this afternoon. For some reason when I'm sick it is too hard to concentrate on books. I watched lots of episodes of Friends on Netflix instead! I loved A Desperate Fortune and Rose Under Fire. Such an emotional book. It was gutting in a different way from Code Name Verity. I don't think I could have listened to the audio book especially since I listen to those while driving!

    Hope you have a great week and happy 21st birthday to Callum!

  3. We'll have to catch up when I come to Brissy for more than a few days!

    Haven't heard of any on your list for this week so look forward to your reviews.


  4. I did look up where Toowoomba is last week after visiting your blog! Dessert looks tops. Wowee walking. Loved the little video, I so adore all these little ones, it is so awesome to see them discovering and learning.
    You sound busy with the 21st, hope it is really enjoyable. You'll come back fresh to reading once everything slows down - if it ever does!! Take care and have a great week.

  5. Look at that sweet girl walking! Precious! And that dessert looks yummy deluxe. Have a good week!!

  6. What a delicious looking dessert! I'm sure Callum's impending 21st is keeping you busy, I have my son's 11th and my daughters 19th coming up next month. It seems forever ago that they were taking their first steps like the adorable ?Mia!

    Have a wonderful week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  7. I am so happy the package made it to you safe and sound!!!!!! And that she loves her blanket!!!!! :) That dessert looks DELISH!!! Adam is graduating in LESS than a MONTH from high school ... so you know my life is cray-cray right now!! LOL!! Enjoy the M&M's!!!! :)

  8. I love the video...those moments are so exciting!! Sounds like a wonderful time with your friend and that M&M gift is just so cool!!

    I hope you have a great week. :)

  9. What a lovely surprise! I would have enjoyed having a way to make a video when my kids were little...we did have movie cameras, of course, but most of us didn't have them handy for those moments. The phone is such a convenient and quick way to document the delights of babies.

    Enjoy! And thanks for sharing.

    That dessert does look yummy....enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  10. Oh how wonderful about Mia! She is such a beautiful little girl and now she is a mobile one, lol. Thanks for sharing. Brings back memories of my youngest walking before she turned 11 months old and startling us!

    I do want to read Elizabeth Wein books someday, and you reminded me. I've heard of the Marconi series-- must check it out, and A Desperate Fortune is on my radar already to look out for.

    Have a relaxing week!

  11. YUM!! This post has me very hungry!! Looks like a pretty good week, just watch all that gelato and chocolate! ;-)


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