Monday, May 04, 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. In Sheila's absence, join in sharing your Monday post on twitter #IMWAYR. Also linking to The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

On the home front: Well you know what they say about best laid plans! The week was a chaotic one culminating in a weather event that caused flooding in SE QLD on Friday. Our suburb had one of the highest rainfall totals in Brisbane (285mm) and our garage and office/scrapbook room flooded. Not a lot of damage, thanks to my eldest son's help pumping out water. We still have a huge mess to clean up but it could have been far worse. Thinking of the families who lost loved ones in floodwaters. 

24 hours on, family were able to make it through from the Sunshine Coast to celebrate Callum's 21st. Hopefully this week I'll have a chance to look at the photos I took.

Ricky Martin's One World Tour was a fabulous concert with a mix of old favourites and new. And Ricky Martin in a kilt #HOT ... gives Sam Heughan a run for his money ;)

Photo: Instagram Ricky_Martin

#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 didn't quite make my target this week but it was close and I think the clean up from flooding counts as a workout. How did you do this week?

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 6153 steps 
Tue: 8016 steps ~ walk to concert
Wed: 11,538 steps 
Thurs: 9209 steps
Fri: 8636 steps ~ cleaning up from weather event
Sat: 8236 steps
Sun: 3662 steps


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

nothing happened here


Finished last week:

Life is messing with my reading schedule, although I do only have a few chapters to go in Rose Under Fire


This Week's Reading List: 

third time lucky with these three 

A DESPERATE FORTUNE by Susanna Kearsley ~ 20% done

ROSE UNDER FIRE by Elizabeth Wein (Code Name Verity #2) ~ audiobook. 80% 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. Glad to see you survived the deluge. It has been an incredible autumn on the east Coast to say the least!

  2. Life has been messing with my reading as well but we haven't had flooding. Glad you made it through ok. Happy Birthday to your son!!

  3. Sorry to hear about the flooding but I'm glad that there wasn't a lot of damage and that your family was able to visit for Callum's birthday.

    I hope you're enjoying A Desperate Fortune.

  4. Sorry to hear about the flooding ... so sad for those that lost their lives ... And happy birthday to Callum!!!!! And RICKY MARTIN ... JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the flooding!! Wow, how awful. I'm glad the damage to your home wasn't too horrible. Happy Birday to Callum! Awesome that you enjoyed the concert and great stepping!

    You're the second person I've seen reading A Desperate Fortune. Are you enjoying it? I am curious about it.

    Happy reading and have a great week!!

  6. Sorry to hear about your flooding but glad to hear that it wasn't too bad for you. I hope you have some time to enjoy reading this week. Here is my Monday Report. Happy reading!

  7. So sorry to hear about the flooding. Glad the damage wasn't too bad. It's amazing how much damage water can do. Happy birthday to Callum! And enjoy your reading this week. A Desperate Fortune is high up on my TBR.

  8. So sorry about your water event. I definitely think that clean-up counts as exercise. Happy birthday to your son and here's hoping you have a good week!

  9. Oh, so glad the flooding didn't damage much....and hope Callum has a great birthday.

    I love the look of Susanna Kearsley's books and keep meaning to read some. Thanks for sharing and enjoy.


  10. Happy Birthday to Callum. I am so glad you are all safe, and that some of the mess was averted. Good luck with clean up..I would say you are all luck.

  11. I'm glad you didnt suffer too much damage in the floods, this weather is nuts!

    Happy Birthday to Callum, my boy is turning 11 this week.

    Have a great week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  12. Sorry to hear of your flooding, but as you say, you are all okay so you are the lucky ones. Still...your scrapbooking office, oh no!
    I want to give Elizabeth Wein books a try and the new Kearsley book looks inviting.

    Your son, so handsome!

  13. Sorry about the flooding. Glad it was an easy clean-up for you. Happy 21st to your son!

  14. Heard about the heavy rain on our news, not a great start to the 21st. Pics are wonderful showing his life in three! Looking forward to your Sarah Alderson review, her name seems to be popping up lately. Have a restful week!!

  15. I'm so sorry about the flooding. :( That much rain always puts me in a strange mood. I love the picture of your son through those stages. It's bittersweet when that milestone of 21 hits our children. I'll be watching for your thoughts on Kearsley's book. :)

  16. Oh, sorry to hear about the flooding - just before planned celebrations as well. We were all prepared to be inundated here but it ended up missing us.

    As for Ricky Martin, I was never really a fan until he joined The Voice here but he seems so lovely and (of course) is HAWT!

  17. Ricky Martin in a quilt!,, wonderful!,,

  18. Oh no! Sorry to hear about the flooding... and glad it wasn't worse (although that's relative isn't it?) Hope you get some good reading time this week. And the concert looks fun!


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