Monday, February 01, 2016

It's Sunday/Monday: Check-In Time

Linking up with Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are You Reading? now hosted by Kathryn @Book Date

Bad blogger me ... and I think February is going to be hit and miss as my surgery that was going to be mid Feb is now Wednesday. Eek ... freaking out just a little, I wanted time to get organised. Recovery time could be a "nasty 2 weeks" (specialist's words #wth) with limited use of hands. Hoping she's one of those worse case scenario Dr's lol. Of course I'm visualising everything I might not be able to do ... this had so better be worth it!! 

It's been a drought on my blog, motivation sadly lacking and reading and reviewing has suffered but I do finally have a couple of reviews scheduled. I promise I'll get back into the swing of it ... eventually. But thanks to everyone for the happy hand wishes over the last 2 weeks. 

and here's a photo of my gorgeous granddaughter to brighten your Monday ... she makes me smile always. 

#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 :)  

Yippee a good week for me, over target. I'm in again for February :)

Fitbit Steps:
Mon: 7057 steps 
Tue: 8796 steps ~ short walk with Bella
Wed: 11,167 steps ~ walk to community garden, gardening
Thurs: 12,393 steps ~ walk & swim
Fri: 8212 steps ~ swim
Sat:  13,097 steps ~ walk on beach esplanade
Sun: 8878 steps ~ 2.2km walk for hamburger :) 


Reviews & Posts: (click on title) 

zip, nothing, nada


Finished last week: 

rinse and repeat ;)


This Week's Reading List:

I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS by Michelle Gable

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by Susan Mallery (MIschief Bay #2)

SUMMER AT LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY by Jenny Colgan (Little Beach Street Bakery #2) ~ audiobook.


Reviews Coming: 

MISSING PIECES by Heather Gudenkauf ~ not the subtlety of previous work but great read.

NUMBERED by Amy Andrews & Ros Baxter ~ cried so much I got dehydrated. I know this will be on my favourite list at the end of the year. 

JUST SAY YES by Alyssa Goodnight ~ a sprinkle of magic and humour

THE PATTERSON GIRLS by Rachael Johns (audiobook) ~ over-long audio but still good

IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I SEE by Cathy Lamb  ~ loved it, what a great way to start 2016.  It will be on my favourite list at the end of the year! Thanks Kathryn :)

THE EYE OF THE SHEEP by Sofie Laguna ~ strangely beautiful and it broke my heart

LITTLE BEACH STREET BAKERY by Jenny Colgan (audiobook) ~ fun. Looking forward to the next one. 


  1. This weeks reading list looks really good.

  2. I wish you all the best with your surgery and recovery. I'll be keeping you in my prayers!

    Great job with your steps this week! I love that you went walking for a hamburger. I'd walk for chocolate :)

    Cute picture of your granddaughter! She seems to be so happy in the pool :)

    I look forward to your reviews of I'll See You in Paris and the Susan Mallery book. Glad you liked Missing Pieces. I hope to read it soon.

    Take care and hope to see you back to blogging soon.

  3. Will be thinking of you on Wednesday. No doubt will turf you off the computer for enforced time off internet. Hope it is successful and you will feel it was so worth it.
    Mia looks like she might have just hit cold water!
    Seeing others who loved Numbered so am going to need to read it!
    Awesome stepping, I am going to need to get back into it, will need to be up early to beat the heat. Not that I am complaining!

  4. Good luck with your surgery, I'm sure it will go well and you'll be good as new in no time. At least this way you get to have it and be done. Less time to worry about it. :)

    Take care this week and enjoy your reads when you get to them. :)

    I'll See You in Paris looks great.

  5. I had the same reaction to The Eye of the Sheep and am looking forward to some of your reviews.

    I hope everything goes well on Wednesday and am sure it will!

  6. I think Drs have to give you the worst case scenarios, I hope everything goes well and you fly through. Your granddaughter is gorgeous. :)

  7. Good week :)

    And I hope all goes well

  8. Best wishes for your surgery. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing your photo. Your granddaughter is adorable. Your current reads all look interesting to me.

  9. Wishing you all the best with your surgery and a speedy recovery too.

  10. Hoping all goes well on Wednesday. Will be thinking of you. And just relax and recover - don't worry about blogging or reviewing. All will be waiting whenever you feel up to it. Take care and precious picture, as always!

  11. Sending prayers and love for your upcoming surgery! xoxo :) And LOVING that photo of little Miss ... she is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I'll be thinking of you on Wednesday and wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. Your granddaughter looks COLD, brrrr :-) I just completed Missing Pieces and I am unsure what to think, definitely not her best work.

  14. I hope your surgery goes well. Your granddaughter is very adorable :) Enjoy your books this week.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  15. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you this week. I hope everything goes well and the recovery isn't as long as the doc said.
    It's okay to take a break from posts - I do it often so I don't get burnt out! :) And your granddaughter does put a smile on my face every time I see her pictures. She's just too cute.
    Hugs to you!

  16. Gorgeous Mia always brightens my day, too..I have no baby grandchildren...sigh. There are some step-great-grandchildren, but they live in South Dakota...only pix on Facebook for now.

    Hope everything goes well with your hands and you have a speedy and effective recovery.

    I need to read that new Cathy Lamb. Her titles are so similar, that I often think I've read a book when I haven't.


  17. I have Numbered on my radar and I've read and enjoyed two Cathy Lamb books before. I know Kathryn has recommended some that I should look for.
    Sorry about the surgery and yes, losing use of one's hands is a major deal. Hope family is around to help you out! And thanks for sharing Mia...always smiling :)

  18. Good luck with your surgery - I hope the recovery isn't a 'nasty' one!

    Reading With Jade

  19. Mia looks chilly but like she's having fun. Good luck with your surgery. I hope the recovery is an easy one and not at all nasty! You've certainly got some interesting looking books to keep you company. I love what I've read from Jenny Colgan.

  20. Sounds like you have more pressing things to think about other than posting reviews...hope your surgery goes well x

  21. What a sweet picture! She looks like she's shivering but smiling through it. :) I hope everything goes well with your surgery and recovery is a breeze for you.

  22. I am hoping and praying that the surgery goes well and is very successful. I am currently reading The Friends We Keep and it is good! Let us know how the surgery goes.

  23. Wishing you a successful surgery, take care of yourself X

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  24. Adorable Granddaughter. Thanks for the photo.

    I hope all goes well with your surgery.

    I loved I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS...I hope you like it too.


    Have a great week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  25. I think we received a Jenny Colgan novel for review last time and one of the GatheringBooks ladies enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing another one of her title here.

  26. Okay, so I am WAYYYYYYYYY behind on blog reading. I hope that you had a successful surgery. I hope it all goes smoothly. And the photo totally brightened my day! I look forward to hearing from you soon. *HUGS*

  27. I'm just coming back as you've not been on the blogs. Hope everything is good at your end.

  28. Checking in as well. I do not get around to the blogs as much as I used to. See you have posted in a month! Hope all is ok!

  29. Good luck on your surgery. Think of all the time you'll have to read, even if you can't type reviews.

  30. Gorgeous granddaughter! I love books set in Paris! Enjoy the new books!

  31. Hope to see you back soon! Missing you.

  32. Looks like you have some great reads coming up to get you out of your funk:)

  33. I too disappeared, but am slowly trying to make my way back. Hope you and your family well. Miss you!

  34. Good luck with your surgery. I was so nervous when I had to have surgery four years ago, but it ended up going much better than expected. I think doctors just like to give the worst case scenarios and it frequently turns out much better than expected!

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