It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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Welcome in. As I sit here its 1 degree Centigrade ( about 34 F I think) outside with a good frost on the ground. I am about to have a cup of coffee and then hit the pavement for my morning walk. I think I am building a good habit there!

Last Thursday I went into the city, picked up a friend and then went around the other side of the harbour, to Eastbourne, and had for lunch, chips, Bluff oysters and coffee. I had never had oysters before and these are a delicacy from the bottom of our South Island. Okay I now get why they are! We sat beside the sea to eat them. The harbour was like a mill pond. We could see Wellington across the other side and through the harbour mouth the alps of the South Island covered in snow. When I got home I thought what a perfect blissful day! Simple but the best.

What I read last week:

Enjoyed both. Two Steps Onwards takes up where Two Steps Forward left off really, three years later. It is written by a husband and wife team.  Most likely these books aren’t for everyone, but if you enjoy walking as in the Camino and people making walking journey’s and inner journey’s then you’ll like them. I do, well I am not going to do such walking, I don’t mind if others do! But I like the inner journey.

What I am reading now:

Hope to finish this one today or maybe tomorrow morning. Heard about it on a podcast, not sure which book one now! It’s more about friendship and tension rather than books but a good enough read. From the library.

In a Book Club Far Away

Up next:

Another from the library. There are two Jennifer Ryan author’s. This one is the English one! I like her WW2 books. I have listened to the other two, so first time reading in print.

The Kitchen front 

Last Week’s Posts

June Reading Round Up

Library Pile Up

Frosty morning
And yes I did have my walk and its still 1 degree C. Now to see what I want to do for the day. Happy life of the retired!

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28 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

  1. Good for you Kathryn, I walk everyday too and it is a very good habit. Sounds like you did have the perfect friend lunch. Here’s to many more!


  2. Your trip sounds lovely! I think any kind of seafood is best eaten on the beach but especially oysters! The Jennifer Ryan is high up on my TBR so I’m looking forward to your thoughts. I enjoyed her Ladies’ Choir book but didn’t read the next one. Your crisp weather looks nice but I’m not sure I want it to be that cold! I wouldn’t mind less humidity though. It’s been cooler here because of all the rain but the humidity is so high when we turned off the upstairs air condition all the mirrors and windows fogged up. The air is just so crazy thick. Have a great week and enjoy your books!

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  3. We’re having chilly, rainy weather and it’s supposed to be summer here! I like the sound of your books, especially In a Book Club Far Away. I’m glad you’re making the most out of your free days!

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  4. A chilly morning, a hot cup of coffee, and bundling up for a morning walk sounds lovely! (and I enjoyed seeing your photo, too 🙂 ). I did manage a walk this morning, for the first time in many weeks, but it was already mid-80’s and very humid here – steamy!

    Your books sound really interesting. A friend of mine walked part of the Camino a few years ago – it sounds like such an adventure! I wish I had the stamina for that, but I will settle for reading about it. Have you seen the movie The Way? It’s about the Camino, starring martin Sheen and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez, and I think you’d really like it. My review:


    Enjoy your books this week, Kathryn, and thanks for hosting the linkup!


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  5. Sounds like you had a fun time. I have never eaten oysters either…not sure I would like them.

    Cute picture of you….that’s what I look like when I walk in the winter. 🙂

    I hear THE KITCHEN FRONT is fun…enjoy!!

    THE BOOK CLUB FARAWAY should be fun.

    Have a great week.

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  6. Sounds like a great day’s outing. We hit temperatures near yours inland where I live this week too. Quite a shock after last week’s heat. Thanks for hosting.

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  7. Omigosh I was about to say I can’t believe it’s that cold! But then I realized you are on the other side of the world for me and it’s winter for you! Haha, we are right in the middle of summer here – though it is pretty chilly for this time of year. Hope you have a great week!

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  8. Good for you–walking despite the cold. I have to admit, I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to walking when it’s cold out. Sounds like you had a nice time with your friend and a yummy meal.

    Nice books this week. I like reading books about book clubs. Hope you enjoy your reading this week.

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