It’s Monday! What are You Reading this mid-May?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Here’s my reading week. Hope yours was full of good reading.

I spent some of my time looking to organise new curtains for the house. Turns out I found that more difficult than I thought. Still haven’t made the final decision or received the quote yet! I finished two of the quilts I was making for the Christchurch shooting victims and posted them off to the coordinator. And I did some reading!

I looked through Modern Mrs Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide and picked out fifteen of the thirty books I’d like to read. We shall see! The Mother-in-Law is the first of them. The PDF of the guide is absolutely gorgeous.

What I read last week:

I was disappointed with this novel, I didn’t really connect to the main characters. It was a mishmash of a little magic and time travel and weirdness. It is the first in a trilogy and I won’t be reading the next ones published.  I did see it through to the end as I was reading it as a challenge book and ouch $30 down the drain, but… someone will like it when I put it into this year’s fund raising Book Fair.

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I then read the following one to clear my reading palate. When I was a teen Lucilla Andrews novels were sometimes serialised in the English Women’s Weekly or I read a few from the library later on. I bought this one from AbeBooks, but now I see they are republishing her books on Kindle and I’ll get them there from now on.
Lucilla Andrews was a nurse in London during WW2 and afterwards began to write romance novels although they read a little more like women’s fiction. This one Frontline 1940 is about the blitz in London and a nursing hospital. It has details in it that come from firsthand experience and its partly what makes me want to read everything she has written.
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I finished listening to Southern Side of Paradise. I enjoyed it although found it a little repetitive.
Still good to finish the trilogy.
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This one is a review book, at first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but it ended up being a very interesting read. Review will follow.
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What I am reading now:

Just started listening to…

And reading

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Up next:


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29 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are You Reading this mid-May?”

  1. So will you have fabric, hanging curtains or blinds? My mum has plantation blinds. Our blinds came w/the house. We need new ones for the bedrooms. Would love to see your quilts! Bless your heart for making them for the charity.

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    1. Trish you may enjoy the Paullina Simons book. I had hoped it was more like the Bronze Horseman books but didn’t find it had the same dynamic between the couple.


  2. I just finished my Library read Victoria and Abdul and I’ll be starting on Susan Wiggs August release for Library Journal next. Looks like you had a great reading week

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  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The Other Side of Augusta. I’m reading my first review book and also not sure if I like it. I’ll keep on in hopes it grabs me. Take good care!

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  4. I’m not looking forward to it becoming time to replace curtains. Just thinking about having to think about it is stressful! The Lemon Sisters is on my TBR. I love Shalvis’ books.
    I’m struggling with Blackberry Summer and I love RaeAnne Thayne’s books. I don’t think I would have gone back for anymore of her books. Have a great week!


  5. I didn’t get The Lemon Sisters arc so I’ll try to read it on my own later. I’ve enjoyed her contemporary fiction novels. Ouch on the $30 for a book you didn’t enjoy but, as you say, you can donate it. I do that often – to our local library resale.

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  6. Congratulations on finishing those quilts, I’m sure they will be appreciated.
    I’d love to replace my tatty vertical blinds with curtains.
    A shame you didn’t enjoy The Tiger Catcher, I hope you are liking Mother In Law better.

    Have a great reading week

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  7. I don’t enjoy decorating at all. I’m awful at it. Every time I change my curtains, I end up not liking them after a while. Thankfully, I know a home stager now, so I’ll ask her to help me next time.

    Bummer that you didn’t enjoy the book you were reading. Looks like I would like Lucilla Andrews as well. Hope this week brings more satisfying books your way.

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  8. I’m working on redesigning/decorating the office (once the architect gets plans for the rebuild). It is rather overwhelming.
    Your quilt project for Christchurch sounds lovely.
    Happy Reading!

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  9. I’ve had a few disappointments among books I’ve purchased this year. Like you, I donate my books to charity at the end of the year. The local schools take books in lieu of toys for the holiday collection. That’s where most of mine go now.

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