Monday, April 22, 2013

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!

Feeling rather fragile, we have a lot going on on the home front and Sunday was 5 years since my mum passed away from Melanoma. 5 years ... such a long time, we've missed her dearly for the many milestones in the boys' lives since finishing school ... but in some ways it still feels like yesterday. I miss her so very much. 

Mike's mother is having surgery for a Cochlear implant on Tuesday, we're excited and a little anxious for her. And Thursday is ANZAC Day, our national remembrance day for those fallen in military operations. Might watch the 1981 Aussie film, Gallipoli, again ;)

It's been months since I've done any scrapbooking so it was nice to finally make a few cards. I have more birthday cards to make in the next 2 weeks so now that the creative juices are (almost) flowing, I'd better nurse them along lol.



WEB OF DECEIT by Katherine Howell ~ International. Enter here

FLESH by Khanh Ha ~ Open to US, CAN, AUS, England. Enter here


I posted reviews for: (click on title)

WEB OF DECEIT by Katherine Howell ~ best yet!! + giveaway

FLESH by Khanh Ha ~ + giveaway

WALKING DISASTER by Jamie McGuire (Beautiful #2) ~ guest review by Karen


Finished last week:

THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth ~ beautiful

EXILE by Rebecca Lim (Mercy #2) 


This Week's Reading List: 

WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #7) ~ page 210

ROSES HAVE THORNS by Sandra Byrd ~ book tour review ~ page 45

THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner (audiobook)


Reviews Coming:

IF I DIE by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #5) ~ might do a combined book 5 & 6 review

BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent (Soul Screamers #6)

BAREFOOT SEASON by Susan Mallery ~ review Tue

THREE SISTERS by Susan Mallery (Blackberry Island #2) ~ loved it ~ review Thurs


  1. {{{hugs}}}

    I loveeeeeee your cards!!! They are fabulous! LOVING the owls!!!

    And I mention you and Miss Staci on my bloggy tomorrow ... and it's all good, I promise!! ;)

  2. Big hug for you father passed away 6 years ago next month and sometimes it does just feel like yesterday. Take some time to cry but also time to remember happy times.

    Love your cards...the owls are so cute.

    I am looking forward to your Susan Mallery reviews, I have one of those titles on my nightstand to read.

  3. Loving the cards so much. Your creative mojo is certainly back. Thinking of you today and holding your close to my heart!!

    Have a great week my sweet friend!

  4. This must be anniversary time. In a couple of weeks my dad will have been gone seven years. If Three Sisters is #2, what is number 1? I liked Three Sisters. Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. Kathy, Barefoot Season is the 1st Blackberry Island book, I liked it too :)

  5. Thinking of you and your family today.

    The cards are really cute. I love the owl motif.

    I am looking forward to your review of The Wild Girl. I hope it will be published in the U.S. someday. It sounds really good.

  6. You have my sympathy. It is a year for my brother and mother in law passing and it has been such a hard year. We are stil grieving and trying to get passed. It has affected so many parts of my life including reading.

    Lots of series I have considered, enjoy.

  7. Thinking of you as you remember your mom. the pain of losing a parent is especially difficult.

    You are very creative. Love the cards.

  8. Hug to you, lovely scrapbooking and enjoy the week :)

  9. I'm sorry its such a tough time for you at the moment Sheree, I hope the week brings you some happiness!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  10. Keeping you in my thoughts and sending a hug, Sheree. I absolutely love your cards! What a talent.

  11. Walking Disaster is already in my TBR pile, so I refuse to read more reviews of it until after I've read it, lol. Hope you enjoy this week's selection!

  12. Those anniversaries are always emotionally devastating, aren't they? Sending good thoughts your way.

    I always love your scrapbooking samples....

    I'm off to check out some reviews...and here's MY MONDAY MEMES POST

  13. Love your scrapbook pages-I'm working on my own project and I find your craftiness very inspiring!

  14. I just finished reading Knots and Crosses and started Haunted Grounds.

  15. I haven't lost any parents yet - but I've gone through losses due to cancer and heart disease of aunts, grandparents and family friends. And my cousin had a 'fight with breast cancer' about 9 years ago (time flies) and came through it. I think we were especially lucky because she had a stage four that ended up just beginning to spread when they had the surgery. So far she's been healthy after a mastectomy, chemo and radiation and after care. She's had reconstruction surgery and at one point was entertaining the idea of tattooing some sort of flower or sunburst pattern where her nipple was. I should find out if she ever went through it or not - after the whole thing they ended up moving to another state.

    So I understand how fragile you must feel and how lots of events are tinged with the non-physical presence of your mom. She'll always be in your heart. It's no completely the same, but it's something to hold on to.

    The scrapbooking looks great - I love when people can take random items and make art out of them. Much respect to artists and creators. :)

  16. The cards you made are absolutely beautiful. I hope your spirits are lifted soon. Great books on your list. I have been reluctant to start any books that are a part of a series by the Vincent books have my interest piqued. Have a great week! Thanks for visiting me @ The Key to the Gate.

  17. So sorry that it's a hard time missing your mom. They are always gone too soon it seems (the good ones anyay :)). Hugs.


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