Weekly Wrap and FitReaders Check in.

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I will be linking up as well to the Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Sheila at Book Journey runs It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 
Goal met with a little to spare. Didn’t go full out but made sure I got out to walk each day.
It’s Spring. You can tell that locally here by the flowers on the Kowhai (pronounce – KOR-fye) tree seen in on my front lawn. It’s native to New Zealand and the tui bird loves to come and get the nectar in them. I have one that flies from one tree to another, they are a little aggressive but have a distinctive song.  Kowhai is the Maori word for yellow so quite aptly named.  And guess who loves yellow!  It’s nearly as good as purple.
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A sister had my sewing machine for quite some months, so no quilting practice. However she finally finished the curtains and my machine came home. I had pinned the backing, front and batting together and now I am supposedly stitching in the ditch to link it all together. Actually quite difficult to  stitch along the ditch so mine wavers in and out, but will still have my first quilt at the end. (Fingers crossed).

stitching in the ditch

What I read last week:

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Last two were novellas. The Precious One my audio over last weeks. Have to admit skimmed lots of An Absolute Scandal.

What I am reading at present:

Listening to:
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This one is a microhistory for a reading challenge! Can only say… it was in the library!
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Up next:

  • Every Crooked Nanny  Mary Kay Andrews
  • Cleopatra’s Shadows Emily Holleman
Not sure what the latter one will be like. Sent by publicist to see if I liked it. Story of beginnings of Cleopatra’s story through eyes of younger sister. Debut novel.

Posts from the last week:

39 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap and FitReaders Check in.”

  1. I think the Cleopatra book is more you than me but will give it a whirl. Yes I loved the cover of The Good Neighbour and its rich blue/green. Book was a four star and enjoyable.


  2. Love the photos of the Kowhai tree, I bet it looks like a beautiful golden carpet when the flowers drop. Can't wait to see your quilt finished, gorgeous purple/lavender colours and patterns. I'm so intimidated by quilting, I know how much time and effort goes in to them, my MIL does beautiful quilting.

    Curious about Cleopatra's Shadow, I love ancient Egyptian history and Michelle Moran & Stephanie Dray books got me hooked on Cleopatra. I love the cover of The Good Neighbour, maybe it's just the gorgeous colour of the door. Good on you walking each day! Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂


  3. Not a new book Brandie. A first in a trilogy of novellas. And a lead up to a series she has. I liked it. I don't garden or sew well either. The first is a have to and the second is I want to learn!


  4. Yes I watch what you like to read closely because it gives me a good indication of how I will find the book. The Mary Kay Andrews book I bought ages ago and now its time to read it!


  5. I love the patterns for your quilt and it will look great once finished. And that is a pretty tree and jealous you are entering spring. It is still so warm here in California and I can't wait for winter. I hope you have a great week!


  6. That tree is beautiful! That's great that you got your sewing machine back. I have dreams of learning how to quilt but I haven't made it happen yet. I read the first book in the Lily Everett series and really enjoyed it so I'm looking forward to seeing how the most recent addition to the series is. While I've read almost all of Nora Roberts' books I'm not sure I've read any of the ones under the JD Robb name. I do want to give them a try. Have a great week!


  7. That is a pretty tree! I wish it was spring here instead of fall. The trees are pretty as the leaves change color though.

    I have The Good Neighbor on my TBR pile but don't know when I'll get to it. I also want to read All I Want. Hot Toy and Home for Christmas look like fun holiday romances. I am curious about Cleopatra's Shadow. I've been considering requesting an ARC. I hope you like it!


  8. Is that a new Unger book?! I need to check it out! I really wish I had some sort of sewing skill. Sewing and gardening were two things I never had the knack for.

    Have a great week!!


  9. That tree is so gorgeous…and I admire your quilt making. Thanks for sharing…and I am also curious about your books. Every Crooked Nanny sounds like fun, especially since it's from Mary Kay Andrews.

    I loved Pretending to Dance and A Window Opens. Thanks for visiting my blog…have a great week.


  10. What a distinctive tree! Hope the spring weather is good, we're holding on with some decent temps here but it will be cooling!

    Have a wonderful week!


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