Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's Sunday/Monday: Check-In Time

Linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are You Reading? hosted by Sheila from Book JourneyIn Sheila's absence, share your Monday post on twitter #IMWAYR.

On the home front:
You might have noticed I've been MIA the last few weeks. Between my own appointments and the last 10 days with my little granddaughter very sick the days have been filled with doctors, hospital visits and helping out. What started out as strep throat turned out to be Influenza A for poor little Mia. My daughter-in-law is also sick and unfortunately timing being what it is, my son was doing a 3 week work swing to make up for his time off with illness ... tough all round. 

My blog had to take a back seat for a while but I'm looking forward to catch up visits and commenting. Fingers crossed things are a little less chaotic this coming week.  

Scrapbook retreat seems like so long ago now, but I'll post some photos of layouts next week.  

#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 :)  

Even though I've hardly checked in this month I've been doing ok with the step goals and I'm in again for September ... full steam ahead.  

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 16,615 steps 
Tue: 7145 steps
Wed: 5125 steps
Thurs: 11,355 steps ~ walk
Fri: 6105 steps
Sat: 8155 steps ~ walk
Sun: 11,011 steps ~ long walk


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

THE BEAST'S GARDEN by Kate Forsyth ~ Kate's storytelling is a rare gift. Loved this one. Thanks Kate for your lovely email and understanding when I was unable to post my review on time.

BLACK-EYED SUSANS by Julia Heaberlin ~ OMG 5 star psychological thriller. Favourite this year!!

WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh ~ crushing on this author!

THE COLOR OF LIGHT by Emilie Richards (Goddesses Anonymous #4) ~ I adore this series.


Finished last week: (the last 3 weeks)

IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins ~ loved it!

THE SECRET YEARS by Barbara Hannay ~ wonderful historical/contemp fiction

THE LITTLE FLOWER SHOP BY THE SEA by Ali McNamara (audiobook) ~ great listen


This Week's Reading List: 

THE PARIS KEY by Juliet Blackwell ~ page 75

THE DANCE BEGINS by Diane Chamberlain ~ short story prequel to Pretending to Dance

LONE STAR by Paullina Simons (audibook)


Reviews Coming: 

ALMOST FRENCH by Sarah Turnball (audiobook) ~ loved it

ON RUE TATIN: LIVING AND COOKING IN A FRENCH TOWN by Susan Herrmann Loomis ~ wonderful for anyone dreaming of living in France

THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos (audiobook) ~ messy family stuff at its best!

THE WATER DIVINER by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios (audiobook) ~ I bawled my eyes out! 


  1. So much sickness and poor Mia - it's hard when they're little. I'm languishing with an end-of-season flu at the moment and feeling sorry for myself.

    Hope everyone improves at your end soon!

  2. Sorry to hear she's been sick!! :( I hope she is 100% better soon!! xoxo!

  3. Hope your entire family feels better soon! I'm not familiar with the books you mentioned, but I hope you enjoy/enjoyed them all!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  4. Poor thing, hope she feels on the mend soon. You've been busy...

    The Paris Key looks good, i like that cover...

  5. Oh dear! Poor little Mia. Hope she feels better soon. I really want to read The Paris Key and your reviews for Black Eyed Susans and The Beast's Garden were great. It looks like you've got some fantastic reviews coming up. I'm especially intrigued by On Rue Tatin. Have a great week!

  6. I hope Mia and your daughter-in-law feel better soon. Sounds like a rough couple of weeks.

    Black Eyed Susans sounds like a fantastic suspense novel. I liked If You Only Knew and will be posting my review later this week.

  7. Oh, I hope everyone feels better soon!

    I also loved Black-Eyed Susans...and have Pretending to Dance, so I should go over to get that prequel! Thanks...I also enjoyed We Never Asked for Wings.

    Have a great week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Oh my gosh, Sheree, I hope everyone will will be feeling better very soon! It's so hard when the little ones are sick.

  9. I hope they all get better soon

  10. I hope everyone feels better soon and I hope you stay healthy. I love the covers of The Paris Key and The Dance Begins. Have a great week and I hope you enjoy what you are reading.

  11. Have been concerned and good to see you back. Poor Mia, I heard on our news that the flu is extra horrible this season and the worst could still be on its way. Yikes. Nothing worse when little ones are sick.
    Will need to watch out for a few of these reviews to see if they are 'me'. I have The Precious Ones marked to listen to as audio. Interested to see what you have to say about The Water Diviner - maybe not good for me, can't walk down the street bawling my eyes out!
    Great stats for walking, amazing 16000 there. Hope your coming week is more flu free.

  12. Oh dear! I hope that everyone is on the mend. It is scary when babies get sick, especially when they can't tell us what is going on with them. I see a few books that I need to put on my TBR list!

  13. Awe, the poor kids and baby Mia. Yep, you are were you need to be. Loving your new books. Will be thinking of them :)

  14. Babies sick is tough. Hope all of them get better fast. I've got two of your books which are due for reading. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  15. So sorry to hear that everyone has been sick. Hope it's all over now.

    I think I need to stop visiting book blogs -- I keep finding books to lust after.

  16. So sorry Mia and her Mamma have been so sick, they're lucky to have you to help them out. Hope everyone is on the mend this week...and that you can catch up on some rest yourself.

    I recently read a Paullina Simons novel that wrecked me for I promptly went out and bought some more titles. Such a fabulous author. I will be keen to read your review of Lone Star.

  17. Poor Mia, I hope she is happy and healthy again! It's wonderful that you are able to help out your son and daughter in law though.

    Take care of yourself too Sheree x

  18. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for everyone's health! Hopefully everyone begins to feel better soon. :( Make sure you are taking care of yourself as well!

  19. Hm. What happened to my first comment?
    So sorry to hear about Mia. Babes getting sick is the worst and when babe and mama are sick at the same time? Well, that's why grandmothers were made!


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