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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 good enjoyable week of reading this week. Loved all my books.

While summer is showing its face at the moment for me, I have to think winter, so this week I got delivered a cubic metre of wood. I have to cart it from the front of the house around to the back and stack it so its been a few barrow loads at a time. But I work on the premise that twenty or so minutes a day gets a task accomplished. My word for the year!

First photo shows shed all tidied for wood, second photo shows 95% of wood stacked, still some more to do and a tidy up out the front!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Up next:

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The Country Guest House  Robyn Carr

Five Books Waiting on my Kindle

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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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Welcome in again everyone. Hope you are all doing okay. As planned I am reading a little slower this year and only a couple of review books a month. Its very liberating! I think I am recognising my present reading taste too some more and while I recognise a book is good it might not be for me.

All the best for the coming week.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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and still listening to The Sometime Sisters.

Up next:

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The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

My Year in Books 2019

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2020

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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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Welcome to another year of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Hope you loved seeing the new year in. I have to say I fell asleep before the clock rolled over, but I am sure I was awake when it rolled over somewhere else in our world!

What I read last week:

The first two I finished last year! In This House of Brede was my first book of the year. I liked it very much although I know it would not be for everyone. However I found it an excellent read and would link it to Susan Howatch’s Church of England Starbridge series.

What I am reading now:

For review – just beginning.

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And am listening to..

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Up next:

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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 great Christmas Day and week. I had a wonderful family day with sisters and brothers and families. It’s such fun to be among little ones. My gorgeous 4 year old great niece gave me a card she’d made. Her grandmother (my sister) told me she’d spent the day before making them. She told Anne the best part was putting the cards in the envelopes. So when I received mine I commented on the envelope and how well stuck down it was. (It was really stuck down!) “Yes”, she said proudly, “I really used my tongue.”

Well the old year is almost gone! Maybe you’ve been reflecting on it and re visioning for 2020. In reading I have decided to drop all challenges except for setting a low key goal over on Goodreads.

I am also beginning a Friday Five bookish link up/meme/post for those who enjoy making lists with five. The lists can be as simple or as complicated as you like. I have been compiling posts for my lists of five and I think I’ll begin with five books on my bookshelf that I’ll read sooner rather than later in 2020.

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What I read last week:

Both very good reads.

What I am reading now:

For some reason I thought this was a cozy mystery, I think it was the author’s name that put me into thinking that. But no, it is more women’s fiction with a little romance.

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And still listening to Regretting You by Colleen Hoover.

Up next:

Sheila from Book Journey is again running her First Book of the Year

Indeed its also the first book of a new decade as well. If you haven’t joined in before why not this time and make it a new tradition.

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To be revealed on January 1st 2020. Just a couple of days away.
 

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Introducing new meme/link up

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading just before Christmas?

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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.
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Well wishing you all a very blessed Christmas if you celebrate this wonderful family day. If not, then still sending you blessings. The world certainly needs love, peace and hope in buckets. Let’s all be kind to ourselves and others.

What I read last week:

Fatal Accusation #15 in a great romantic suspense series came out and I read it soon as it hit my Kindle. 15 is a lot, but I remember when I found this series I read the first few one after another until I had to wait for the next one!

Celine was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want an older heroine – like 70, this is your book. What a woman! It had suspense and humour.

What I am reading now:

Loving this – great addition to the series.

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I am listening to and enjoying

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Up next:

I’ll see the year out with these two books and then, with maybe time for one more but will see. It will be then time for First Book of the Year. I think I have chosen it.

 

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My Reading Goals for 2020 – a new decade.

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It’s Monday! What Are They 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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Between one Monday and the next sometimes feels very short and some feel long. This week feels like it went on forever, mainly because of so much happening here in NZ in terms of a volcanic eruption that caused so much suffering for those who happened to be right there. Tourists were caught up in it. So very hard and sad.

On a different note we had our Christmas extended family gathering on Saturday. Family came from some distance away from around the country, some flying in, some driving all day. I loved seeing all the young ones. I came home though exhausted and spent all day Sunday recovering, hardly even feeling like even reading. Such is the introvert way of life!

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In this photo I love how there I am sitting on the floor videoing on my iPad and my sister-in-law has a snap of that from behind us. Santa is busy with the gift giving for the littlies.  Note the summer Christmas!

What I read last week:

I finally finished listening to this book. It was very good on audio. While I found the poverty and its consequences so heart breaking, the heroine Cussie Mary was such a kind hearted and good woman. Oh the prejudice got to me too. I found very little similarities between this and Jojo Moyes Giver of Stars apart from setting and being about the book women (and some men) who brought books in the 1930’s in the Kentucky hills.

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I also read these. Never Have I Ever was good – a little different and thought provoking.  Runaway is up for review in January.

What I am reading now:

A little way into this – intriguing and a little different to what I usually read but a little stretch is good now and then.

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Will start listening – hopefully to day to this. “They” are all saying how good it is!

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A Madness of Sunshine.  Nalini Singh

Five Christmas Reads

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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.
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Well just a little reading accomplished. I have other distractions – its been a busy week, and satisfying. I have also got into some viewing – I am loving The Crown. I like how they are portraying Charles but I think they have the Queen too severe. She has more of a sense of humour. I have also started watching Virgin River which is based on Robyn Carr’s book series. Loving it and of course we have a kiwi actor playing the lead role of Jack which is a plus. I think he suits the role.

I don’t have a smart TV. I kind of am reluctant as I dislike replacing usable equipment with the latest. However I did need to purchase a new iPad earlier this year and I find it great for watching Netflix on, so I don’t have to go to the bother of linking up my computer via a cord.

What I read last week:

Sarah Morgan writes a wonderful Christmas appropriate story.
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What I am reading now:

Not too far into this one, but have been immediately pulled into it.

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And I did start up listening to my audio again – The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I think its a little dark for this time of year so I have sort of just not picked it up. But getting back to walking will help with that. I stopped walking because I was getting such a pain in my hip – not a bad hip but muscular. Been to the physio and have been doing some good stretching which is really helping.

Up next:

This review book which publishes in January.

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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.
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Well I know! It’s December, so hard to believe. My reading is still slow but still getting a little done. At present I am watching cricket on TV and writing this post. Other things are getting in the road of reading!

Hope you have all recovered from your Thanksgiving celebrations and had safe travel if you had to take transport.

What I read last week:

Only book I read this week, and it was very good. Because it was a rather noir mystery/suspense I decided to leave Celine by Peter Heller to a little later.
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What I am reading now:

So I chose this lovely Christmas book that has been sitting on my shelf for a few weeks waiting for the right time.

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And no advance with my audiobook, I sure need to pick it up again and get going with it!

Up next:

I intend making a choice from one of these according to my mood at the time….

I’ll pick after finishing my present read.

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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 didn’t complete a lot of reading this week, I think there must be a little end of year “off my reading” operating. Plus TV and summer sport!  Hope all those who celebrating Thanksgiving had a blessed one. Such a great celebration I think.

What I read last week:

Stay is for review. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was sad reading in lots of ways. Poverty was really tough and the family had hard times for sure.

What I am reading now:

About to start reading this mystery/suspense novel.  It is set in the South Island of NZ so will be interesting to see how I cope! Sometimes  books set in my own country don’t quite get there for me. But as Nalini lives here too it should be good.

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Still listening to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

Up next:

Possibly this one. I saw a persuasive review on Instagram for it so I will give it a go.

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All Fired Up.  Lori Foster

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