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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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Hope you all had a good week, so much has gone on in a week worldwide it is amazing. What caught my eye was the terrible fires in California, the celebration of 100 years since Armistice Day and of course the USA elections.

What I read last week:

I finished my reread of The Girl in Times Square. I was amazed at how much I had forgotten and I did enjoy it all over again.  A Family Recipe – a library book was very enjoyable and the Jill Mansell audio was very engaging and had me chuckling away. Julia Quinn’s book is a review book.

What I am reading now:

Sometimes I just feel like an urban fantasy from a favourite author!

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Listening to…

This is for an online book club, so far I am glad I went the audio path as its working out well this way.

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Up next:

I think I’ll do a reread, not quite sure what. During November I am wanting to fit in a couple of rereads. Possibly this one – set in England, steeped in the Church of England and with quite a bit of psychology and theology. However I have read the whole series and was fascinated by the characters so I would like to reread the whole series again at some point.  No I don’t belong to the C of E, but the character development in these books is what I remember.

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Last Week’s Posts

The Man She Married   Cathy Lamb

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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I had a good week apart from an earthquake that shook me up one afternoon. I hate them! We hadn’t had one for awhile so a reminder! The epicentre was quite away away, but they didn’t feel it there. Instead it travelled down the fault lines and gave us a nasty jolt.  Did I say I hate them.

I went into Wellington city yesterday and had lunch with a friend while sitting beside the harbour. While very windy it was still pleasant and I enjoyed it.  Little things bring joy.

What I read last week:

I finished listening to this book #3 in her Mure Scotland series – just released. I loved it.

I also loved this latest Jodi Thomas book, it was really three stories in one book, but I really liked them all and they interrelated a little. Another of those books I was so reluctant to leave. Just a very satisfying sweet read that was just delightful.
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And this one which was a little stretch for me – being a thriller but not too bad and I liked it as well.
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What I am reading now:

I am currently reading ….  a reread. It must be at the very least ten to twelve years since I read this and only remembered it was a 5 star read. So almost like totally reading a new book. It seems up to par with that last read! And at 600 pages just as well!

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I am listening to…

 

Up next:

This book from the library – they are coming in thick and fast!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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I hope you all had a good week.  I finished a couple of books and then finally decided what I was going to read next. It took me a whole 24 hours! Usually I just move into the next one, but not this time.

I’ve been quilting – moved my bookshelf quilt along further and decided I am going to experiment with quilting on all the names of long time favourite authors. That feels so right to me, but… the execution of the wish might be not so good!

On the garden front something (maybe snails and slugs) has been eating the leaves of my beans, even now not sure if I am winning the battle.

What I read last week:

I’ll have a review up soon for the Cathy Lamb book. For The Lost Pearl it is a dual time line book set in Hawaii during Pearl Harbour and also Australia. I liked it but found it a little long.

What I am reading now:

I am not much of a thriller read as you know, but occasionally I just need to clear my reading palate and this one does that. Totally new book from the library.

And I am listening to…

I found out this was published by accident and as I love this series set on the island of Mure in Scotland I pounced on it soon as I realised it was available.  It’s also called Christmas on the Island  which could be the USA title. Not sure.

Up next:

Not sure just yet!
 

Last Week’s Posts

When We Found Home   Susan Mallery

The Single Ladies of the Jacaranda Retirement Village  Joanna Nell

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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I had a really slow week reading. I loved When We Found Home and so I slow read and enjoyed it. I also caught up on a few TV shows and quilted and gardened. Nothing to complain about!

This weekend we have a long weekend as its our Labour Day on Monday. The sun is shining and a perfect day to sit in the sun and read!

What I read last week:

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What I am reading now:

 

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Plus still listening to How to Find Love in a Bookshop.  

Up next:

This is by an Australian author, I haven’t read her before.

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Last Week’s Posts

Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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I had another good reading week, Saturday was wet and cold and a great day to read after I went to our annual Book Fair and came away with 18 books which is reasonable. Two I have put back in the bag to return next year because were double ups. Two I kept even though turns out I have them, and have read them! But on audio so will keep for a reread in print! Anne Bogel mentions this reader’s tangle when you are at a book fair like this in her essays in I‘d Rather Be Reading which I also read and enjoyed this week.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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I just started listening to this one which has excellent reviews.

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Short Reviews of Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley and Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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Well I had a good week’s reading again this week. Sometimes its really nice to get on a roll like this! I am a listener to the podcast What Shall I Read Next with Anne Bogel. I rarely have any matches with what readers talk about but I just enjoy the book enthusiasm. But this week on podcast Episode 153 I was excited to have read the three books mentioned as favourites, plus some of the others.

We are into Spring now. I even have some beans appearing up out of the garden. Things are starting to grow. The potatoes are in but haven’t appeared and I have a couple of pots of tomatoes to go out once the bad weather is really past. I even have some flowers blooming about. Do I sound like a gardener, well I’m not – I mostly spend my time beating back weeds which I dislike doing.  Mostly the place looks somewhat unkempt!!

What I read last week:

All of these were so good. Tinsel in a Tangle was a short novella and well written. Will have a short review next week for my thoughts on Beartown.  Being Magdalene was a YA book about a girl in a religious cult, very fact based and I was totally engrossed. What can I say about The Simple Wild other than I laughed out loud and cried. Loved it. I just finished listening to The Lilac Bouquet which was a heartwarming read of feuding people going way back and a young couple trying to organise their marriage through it all.

What I am reading now:

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I will start listening today to this one – #3 in the series, I just wanted something light to listen to as I potter.  And this series certainly is a lot of fun. Who knew I’d get hooked into a cozy series!

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Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Short reviews of Lisa Patton and Josephine Moon books

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? October!

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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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And so we come to October. We started daylight saving here, we always have a long one. I’ll feel a bit hung over most likely for a few days. Surprising what a difference one hour makes.

What I read last week:

I really enjoyed my reading week, all my books were very good. Loving Jennifer Ashley’s cozy mystery series. and How to Walk Away sort of pulled me in and made me just go on reading.

What I am reading now:

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And I am listening to…

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Up next:

This is a YA book and was recommended by a librarian. It is #3 in a series and I haven’t read the other two but think it’ll stand alone enough.  It is about a religious cult. Fleur Beale is a New Zealand author. I haven’t read her before so I guess its time!

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Last Week’s Posts

Season of Wonder   RaeAnne Thayne

Mistletoe Miracles   Guest post by Jodi Thomas

September Reading in Review

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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Hope you are all enjoying the end of the last week of September! I am slowly getting around the garden getting jobs done. A little every day!

I had a good reading week, I had one DNF – deciding it just wasn’t for me. But no harm, the beauty of library books.

I enjoy listening to podcasts – on reading and on quilting! This week I heard a couple of really interesting ones. One was with Jodi Picoult and her latest book A Spark of Light. This was on For the Love of Books by Jen Hatmaker. Anyone else listen to it?  Listen here.

What I read last week:

I enjoyed By Invitation Only, Dorothea Benton Frank writes wittily and well of family. The JoAnn Ross book is a coming review book.

What I am reading now:

By the Book is a modern retelling of Persuasion, and as I’ve just finished that I thought I’d try this. A debut novel.

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I am still listening to Leverage in Death, almost done now. As always a great audio, the narrator does such an excellent job of the voices. J. D. Robb is high quality Nora Roberts writing.

Up next:

I am spoiled for choice. The library just keeps on giving! I think it will be…
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Last Week’s Posts

The Christmas Wishing Tree  Emily March

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and 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 that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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I seem to have accomplished quite a bit of reading this week without trying. The books almost read themselves!
I have quite a few reserves on at the library and five of them came in this past week and one now there still waiting to pick up. Feast or famine!

What I read last week:

I finished listening to this book, I enjoyed it and I can also tick off classic in my reading challenges.

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I also read for review, I have reviewed this on NG and Goodreads and will on Amazon when it publishes but won’t here on the blog. I liked it – 4 stars.
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This one came off my TBR, it has been there for a very long time! Tick off another challenge book.
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And from the library these two books. Am American Marriage was good but not really my cup of tea. I just didn’t warm to the characters. Sorry! However I see it has been nominated for the long list of the 2018 National Book Award so another tick off for a reading challenge. The Desert Nurse I loved and what a gorgeous cover.


What I am reading at present:

So reading on through the library books!

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And I started listening to

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? A Seasonal Change!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and 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 that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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Well we are into Spring here in this part of the world and indeed I see a few blossoms appearing and bulbs are going wild. True to form we had a beautiful day for the first day of Spring, and then crash / bang, yucky weather since.

Congratulations to the final two winners for August on last week’s link up.

This book is on its way to Australia for Sam Still Reading
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And this one all the way to Canada for Words I Write Crazy
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And Happy Labor Day to all those celebrating that lovely long weekend. Soak it up.

What I read Last Week

Loved this one, short review will follow.

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I also read this library book as planned

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And then on to this first review book for the month.

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What I am reading now…

This book by an Australian author, it was my turn for it at the library. As there are 27 people who have it reserved after me, I knew I wouldn’t get a renewal so it needed to have immediate reading! Love the cover. Can you tell its set mostly in Italy. And the book has such a nice clean new ring to it. The advantage of reserving it way ahead of it hitting the shelf!

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I am still listening to Crimes Against a Book Club and enjoying it, wondering how it will all end!

Up next

Most likely this other library read, crisp new hardback. Yummy. This is a book I noted a few bloggers reading and liking so I am hoping as I have never read this author before.

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