April 25, 2016

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 had another very enjoyable week doing all my usual activities. Thanks last week for everyone's comments for my sister, who has recovered well. Hopefully she will eventually be back to full strength. The stroke hit her short term memory the most.

I met up with a few of my great nieces and nephews, some came down with their Grandmother so was great to catch up. I also met up with my newest little great niece - Elise. While she lives locally I seemed to miss her each time she was around at my Dad's place.

Elise and myself.

I also walked most days and... on the beach. The Autumn weather has been mild and not much wind - so far! So I get in the car and zap down - about 6 min drive. Our beaches on this side of the country are the grey sand. That is Kapiti Island in the background, it is mostly a bird sanctuary. I have been over there a few times and climbed to the top. Couldn't do it now!

Beach and Kapiti Island

I've been posting for the A-Z challenge over at Discovering Daisies.   I have to admit I haven't quite kept up to the spirit of visiting and commenting as I would like with it, but if I post all the posts for it this year I'll count that as a win.

Still piecing for The Splendid Sampler quilt. Improving - most of them are coming out the right size now although still not getting all the points matching. Still I am loving it and that's what counts. I am also doing a quilt as you go applique one and that is fun too.

Applique Bear

Quilt Blocks from The Splendid Sampler
Four of the blocks from The Splendid Sampler

Snug as a bug in a rug
Some blocks are embroidery ones.

So when I am not reading... that's what I am doing!
                                                         

What I read last week:

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There is a Giveaway on Goodreads for this book I noticed yesterday. If you enjoy Women's Fiction - set in very scenic area and an author who has a lot of knowledge of what she writes about do enter it!
Goodreads Giveaway  Open to US, CA, UK, AU, NZ.

What I am reading at present:

From the TBR...
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Listening to...
This is a follow up to one I listened to awhile back. Narrator is great but she cannot see the difference between an Australian and New Zealand accent. We know there is a difference!!

Up next:

From the review pile.
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She Reads review book



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Posts from the last week:

The War Bride  Pamela Hart

The Obsession  Nora Roberts

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36 comments:

  1. I am glad your sister is doing better. Baby's bring such joy, what a blessing to your family. I am taking it slow getting back to walking as I don't want a relapse of the flu! Love Mary Alice Monroe's books. It will be a good read. Have a great week.

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    1. I am looking forward to it, sort of wrapping up her latest trilogy I think, or maybe it's going to grow into more!

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  2. Elise is gorgeous! Enjoy her...and thanks for sharing. Your books look good, too. I am eyeing A Lowcountry Wedding.

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  3. Glad to hear your sister is better! Looks like you live in a beautiful area. Love the pic of the beach with the island in the background.

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    1. My favourite spot in the world Greg.

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  4. Those quilt pieces are very pretty! I'm glad your sister's recovery is going well and hope she will see continued improvement every day.

    I just got that Chris Cleave book and hope to read it before long. Enjoy the nice weather! Here it is spring and hopefully the snow is gone for good.

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    1. Thanks Christina. I know spring and autumn can be iffy but at the moment all good.

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  5. I am glad that your sister is doing better. Sorry to hear that she wasn't doing well.

    Elise is so cute.

    You have some good reads. Jane green books I love, yet to read that one yet.

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    1. This is only the second one I have read by JG. Not as good as the one I read last year though.

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  6. I've got Everyone Brave is Forgiven so keen to hear what you thought.

    I'm glad your sister is recovering well... god this getting old thing sucks!

    And I wondered if you had a different blog - will have to check it out!

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    1. Ha will be looking forward to what you think of it. It was tough reading I though be well written and giving insight. The blog is pretty tame Deb, just finding my feet.

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  7. What a lovely place to walk at

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    1. I know I should go there more often.

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  8. How awesome to be walking by the beach - sounds so idyllic. A Drop in the Ocean looks like the perfect book to read while doing that. :) Hope things get better with your sister. :)

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  9. I love the blocks for the quilt. Such an interesting variety.

    Enjoy your week!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/04/its-deweys-24-hour-read-thon-vamos-leer.html

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  10. Hi Kathryn, This is my frist time linking to It's Monday! I've been wanting to for months now but my Mondays are usually so hectic I kept missing! Thanks for hosting it :) Glad to hear your sister has recovered well. Hope you enjoy more family time and walks on the beach!

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  11. Glad to hear your sister is recovering. I love walking on the beach, too, and have mixed feelings about returning home next week... will miss that the most. Your quilt squares are all gorgeous. Haven't read Jane Green in a while, but she is always fun. Hope you're enjoying it.

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  12. I am jealous of the beach and the quilting. It sure beats recovering from a root canal. :) Have a wonderful week!

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  13. Glad your sister is recovering well. Sounds like you had a lovely week!
    I was thinking that every one of your book covers are gorgeous too.

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  14. What a pretty baby. I hope you liked Everyone Brave Is Forgiven. I thought it was really good.

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  15. I am late to the link up this morning! Love you choice of fabrics for the Splendid Sampler! I hate it when I lose the points too! Your applique looks great too. I am never able to finish more than one book. Almost done with Ready Player One though. Have a great week.

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  16. Beach walking! I'm jealous! Sounds wonderful. I'm glad you had a good week. I want to read the Asher book. I've heard it's good. Enjoy!

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  17. The Jane Green book looks good and I am entering the giveaway, thanks for the link. I am out of the loop, I did not know about your sister. :(
    It's odd to hear you talk of fall when we are just coming into spring.

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  18. Oh, those quilting blocks are so cute! I hope you keep posting pics and then the finished product :). I'd love to see it. Happy reading week!

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  19. That bear is adorable! And Elise is pretty cute too. ;)
    I'm not sure what I envy most, your beach or that you're heading into winter. It's getting so hot and bright here in Arizona...

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  20. AWE great pics Kathryn looks like you're all having a great time! Thanks for sharing

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  21. You photo of you and your great-niece is wonderful. So are your quilt works. It looks like you had a lovely time at the beach. Enjoy your new books. They all look great!

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  22. Very nice week for you.

    Love your niece's name.

    Cute quilt too.

    ENJOY this week - hope your reading is good. Second Chance looks good.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  23. Oh Elise is such a cutie! What a pretty name too. I'm glad to hear your sister is recovering nicely and the quilt is adorable. Enjoy your reading!

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  24. Sounds like a very nice week for you. I just love babies & little kids - you are lucky to have them in your life!

    A 6-min drive from the beach? Lucky you!! I just love the ocean & the beach - we are about a 90-min drive from the closest shore here so I don't get there nearly often enough.

    Did you enjoy Everyone Brave is Forgiven? You're a quick reader!

    Enjoy your books this week -

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  25. LOVE your sampler blocks. They are cute and the applique bear is awesome. Do you take care of the edges before sewing it onto the main piece? Look at you all pro in holding your great niece. I can smell the baby's scent and feel her warmth. It's such a great memory of babies.

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    1. Stefanie I am following a class and we trim the edges down to size and then sew together, its new to me doing it this ways so we shall see!

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  26. I would love to walk on the beach every day - it's my idea of heaven. Glad your sister is in recovery. Have a good week.

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  27. I want to read that Jane Green one too.

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