Monday, July 06, 2015

It's 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. 

My granddaughter's 1st birthday was the big event here, a big family get-together celebrating Mia and the joy she has brought us. I can't believe how quickly the year has gone, I love being a nonna! We had family stay most of the week and with all the preparations and social stuff I needed an impromptu blog break to look after myself. 

I know it's disappointing when reviews aren't posted in a timely fashion, my apologies to those authors I had commitments with but I also know you are very understanding of the need for health and family to be top priority.

I'm participating in Paris in July again this year. My love affair with Paris continues and I hope to post photos and a couple of book reviews. Pop on over to Tamara @ Thyme for Tea and join in the fun.

#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 :)  

Yay me, on target again this week. The combination of intentional exercise and the timer as a reminder to move for 5 mins each hour that I'm on the laptop is keeping me on track. And of course I'm in again for July!!

Fitbit Steps: 
Mon: 4252 steps 
Tue:  5868 steps  
Wed: 13,197 steps ~ walk
Thurs: 8032 steps ~ walk with Bella
Fri: 7853 steps
Sat: 9100 steps ~ walk with Bella and Mia
Sun:  9242 steps ~ strawberry picking  


Reviews & Posts: (click on title)

THE COLOR OF OUR SKY by Amita Trasi ~ heart-achingly beautiful and excruciatingly painful.

THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer ~ I liked it


Finished last week:

SIX DEGREES by Honey Brown ~ a complete departure from Honey Brown's usual but I really liked it. 

EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES by Laura Dave ~ loved it!


This Week's Reading List: 

HEART OF THE COUNTRY by Tricia Stringer ~ almost done. very enjoyable


THE PRECIOUS ONE by Marisa de los Santos (audiobook)


Reviews Coming: 


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

THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George (audiobook) ~ enjoyable


  1. Happy 1st Birthday to Mia! Sounds like quite a fun gathering but also a lot of work. I hope you get a chance to rest and get caught up on other things this week.

    I will have to check out your review of The Guest Cottage. I just read that one too. I have The Color of Our Sky for review and Eight Hundred Grapes too. I look forward to your thoughts on the new Fredrik Backman book. I loved A Man Called Ove when we read it in book group a few months ago.

  2. Happy birthday to Mia.

    I couldnt quite get to grips with the Backman book. Maybe its because its a genre I do not read often. Loved the Trasi read.

  3. Those bday pics are SO cute!

    I'm interested to read your Honey Brown review - I read her previous book but didn't know this was out and / or was different. I'm also intrigued to hear what you think of 'My Grandmother....' as I've read some mixed reviews!

  4. Good to hear that the birthday celebrations were awesome. Love the purple bird cake. So cute. Well if you loved Eight Hundred Grapes then I have to read it. Seen some reviews around for The Precious One too so will wait to see what you think.

  5. Happy birthday to Mia! How fun, looks like great family time. And Paris in July looks fun too. Eight Hundred grapes seems to be getting lots of good buzz, and I like the idea of that one. May have to give it a try. Have a fabulous week!

  6. Happy 1st birthday to her :)

    And yes family always comes first

  7. Happy birthday to Miss Mia!! She is just ADORABLE! LOVING the party photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Yea!! Happy Birthday to Mia! She's looking fabulous. I understand about reviews. I am on vacation right now and can't seem to find any time to read. I am going to have to push off reviews I've got scheduled for next week, I think.

  9. Mia is so cute! Sounds like you had a fun week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. Gorgeous photos of Mia and much more fun than reading, right?

    I also loved Eight Hundred Grapes and I am eager to try The Canterbury Sisters. The newest book from Backman looks so tempting, too; as you know, I just got A Man Called Ove.

    Enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Happy birthday to Mia! What a cutie! Eight Hundred Grapes sounds interesting. Enjoy your week!

  12. What a gorgeous little girl. Hope she had a great birthday.

  13. How precious is Mia!! Family and health should always come first, and I'm sure the authors will understand about the reviews. I really liked My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and I want to read Eight Hundred Grapes. It's had mixed reviews, so I'm glad to see you loved it.

  14. Mia is just too cute!! Her cake looks delish too. Glad you had a wonderful party Nonna.

  15. Wow....can't believe how that year has flown by. Mia and her little pigtails are just gorgeous!

    I hope you are feeling happy and refreshed after the birthday celebrations!

  16. Happy Birthday to Mia! This last year has gone by so fast. Glad you knew your body enough to take a restful break. I am looking forward to Eight Hundred Grapes

  17. Awe Happy Birthday to MIA and yes being a Nonna is the greatest; ) Glad a wonderful time was had by all.

  18. Awe Happy Birthday to MIA and yes being a Nonna is the greatest; ) Glad a wonderful time was had by all.

  19. Awe Happy Birthday to MIA and yes being a Nonna is the greatest; ) Glad a wonderful time was had by all.

  20. Mia is beautiful and you have such a gorgeous family!

    Hope you are having a great week!

    Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

  21. Beautiful (baby and books)


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