May 2015 Reading Challenge

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Welcome to Mays Reading Challenge post.

Good news!! – I have 2 books to share for the challenge and one other that doesn’t fit into the categories i have left!

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The first book I finished was called “At Home with the Templetons” by Monica McInerney. It was 7 pages shy of 600 pages long! This fits nicely into my book with 500 pages long category!. I started reading this while waiting to pick my niece up from school each day, so the first 200 pages or so were very disjointed and I struggled to get into the book. But suddenly it just grabbed me and I needed to know what happened next, and by the last 150 pages, I couldn’t put the book down! it tells the story of two very different families whose lives become entwined over the years. It was in my sisters book pile and to be honest, if not for the challenge I probably wouldn’t have actually read it as the subject matter isn’t one that grabs me that much. I did enjoy it in the end, but felt, for me there was a major brushing under the carpet of a central incident in the story which I felt should have been resolved better – i felt my favorite character was hard done by and I wanted her to get some peace for the incident.

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my next book was “Rose River” by Margareta Osborn. I’ve put this in my ‘book set in a different country’ category. It’s set in Australia, and given I live in NZ, it is a different country!. ( the fact I read it in OZ I’m fudging over!). I just loved this book. after 600 pages of Templetons, this was a lovely read – yes, its probably ‘chic lit’, but it was heart warming, funny and romantic. I refer historical romances, but this was contemporary and I still enjoyed it. I’m planning on taking this book back to NZ to keep! it’s a love story set in the back country, with some great characters and some funny incidents. by the end of the book, which i read in about 3 days, i was wanting it to be a movie so i could get lost in its folds all over again! I’ll definitely be looking out for more of the authors work once i’ve joined the local library in the new area we’ve moved into.

The third book I read was “That Sugar Book” by Damon Gameau

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I’d be following the Facebook group and decided I would get this book while I was here. While I know the message about sugar now from reading Sweet Poison, I felt I needed to remind myself and reading it in a different book might just help me get back on the sugar free wagon!. I’ve been pretty bad here – Coles cinnamon donuts are my downfall!. this was an easy read and didn’t get too bogged down by science, but gave you enough to understand why the author was saying what he said. it also recounted his personal experience in going on a sugar fueled diet for 60 days then coming off it at the other end. it could loosely fit into the “book that scares you’ category! it was a good reminder to get back on track!.

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Now, its your turn -are you taking part in this challenge devised by Popsugar?

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

 

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Bullet Journalling

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Hello, my name is ra ra, and I’m a planner addict!

For a little while now, I’ve been looking at planners and diary’s with a view to finding a system that I’d like to work with. I discovered the Erin Condren planners late last year, but ruled them out due to cost of both the item, and shipping from the States. it also was only a week to view spread, and I’m very attached to my month to view spreads. As i wandered round you tube and pinterest i discovered the Midori travellers notebook and bullet journalling.

this system appealed to me, as I’m a list maker and enjoy the whole crossing off thing!. but this system still didn’t work with my ideal of a monthly spread. i noticed people were making their own inserts and that got me thinking.

after trialing just a bullet journal for the week leading up to coming to Australia and the first couple of weeks here, I have moved onto the next phase of trailing a system that gives me the best of both worlds.

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In a notebook I’ve been using, I have printed off 2 months (april and may), and cut several A4 sheets to A5. I have for now paper clipped the pages in, with the month to view on the left hand side and the page to bullet journal on the right. i have chosen to colour code my days rather than have boxes for each day, that way i don’t need to rule up lines or download pre printed pages. I also don’t have loads of things each day, so just having a blank page is better for me than pre printed boxes.  I’ve added a code at the back of the notebook with the keys to the  symbols. again this list may change as I’ve come across another one on pinterest that has some different keys which could be useful.

at the end of each week, i migrate (official lingo!) any uncompleted tasks to the next week, and put a fresh weekly page on the right.

what i wasn’t liking about the systems i was seeing was all the flicking backwards in the notebooks to find your month spread for an overview of whats going on. this way solves that problem for me.  the green tab on the side of the page is for ‘next month’, where the May calendar page is ready for adding things in when they crop up.

if i like how this works, I’ll find an A5 binder i think, or I’ll look at a way of making it work for a Midori, because I really like those!.

as anyone else discovered bullet journalling?

 

April 2015 Reading Challenge

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Hi everyone. I’m a few days late with the reading challenge as I wasn’t well at the weekend, and I’m not really using my sisters computer equipment so am finding what I want to do not as easy as it would be at home!

As seems to be the norm lately, I only have one book to review/cross off my list.

it’s called “The House we Grew up In” by Lisa Jewel. I’ve read a lot of Jewel’s work over the years and enjoy her books immensely. This read is my ‘ book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet’!

I enjoyed the book, but at the same time, found it quite frustrating as it kept jumping backwards and forwards in time, and sometimes it would take me a few paragraphs to realise that I was back in a different time. I also didn’t read it as quickly as I have read other books of hers.

the story centers around a family home and the lives of the family who live there for many years, hence the jump in time as the past is remembered as well as present day. I cant give too much

more away or I’ll ruin the story for anyone wishing to read it!

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Now, over to you…..

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Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

please join in! –

 

Heading Away :-)

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Off to the sunshine and warmth I go!. In 24 hrs I”ll be halfway across the ditch!.

So I thought I would do a quick post.

I’m taking my snowman cross stitch, so thought I would post where I am now, so I can compare how much gets done while I’m away.

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I’ve done a little bit in the past few weeks. My goal is to finish the block I’m on now, do another fully and start a 4th. any more than that will be a bonus.

I had a look at the project I found and featured in my last post – I think I know why it didn’t get finished. I had trouble interpreting the thread guide and did a whole lot of stitching in the wrong colour, and then mucked up one of the trees. I’ve frogged the trees now and rather than do the fancy stitch again, I’m going to do them in cross stitch. then I will frog all the bits that were done in the wrong colour and re do them correctly. all of this wont happen until I come back as I’m not taking it away with me.

I also wanted to record a couple of things from the garden because I wont be returning to this house once I leave tomorrow!.

I’m really pleased with the progress of the corn and squash. the corn will get eaten, as will the carrots that are left. the squash may not be used by us. I will give my parents instructions about the squash – its a fair size now, so it may just ripen before they move out. if not, at least I have a photo showing I can grow a squash! there are some more babies on the vine but I wont be worrying about those.

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I’m really thrilled with the rainbow carrots. I had good success with them on my allotment in the UK as well. they will definitely be grown again next year.

We have put in an offer on a new house, a new build with a virgin garden. That means there will be lots of fun planning where things go. I fully intend to have a few vegetable beds and increase what we grow for ourselves.I also hope to add more fruit production as well.

there are exciting times ahead!.

I’ll be away for 2 months and should have the capacity to post. I plan to run the reading challenge party as normal on the 1st sunday of the month, and hopefully I’ll have some interesting things from share while I’m there.

Bye for now!.

Found Treasure.

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As we are preparing to move, my father and I have brought down from the loft all my boxes that have been up there since 2001!.

Man, I have more stuff than I remember!!.

I had to **cough cough** go though a lot of the boxes to check they were packed securely enough for the move to our new home and along the way came across a few things I’d completely forgotten about!.

like this –

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I do not remember starting this, but I must have since I put my initials and date on it, and it was found in my boxes!!.  I love it regardless of having no memory of it!. Houses are a favourite topic of mine and I adore the colours.

it’s nearly finished – a couple of houses and a tree left, so I’m going to try and get it finished before I head to Australia. I’ll have to stitch a small 2015 on it somewhere to indicate when it was finished.

Isn’t it great to find nice surprises like this!

March 2015 Reading Challenge link party

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The link up is at the bottom of this post.

Welcome to March’s reading challenge link up party.

As mentioned in a previous post, I have decided to only host this party monthly, due to commitments that I currently have.

Now, what have I read this past month?!. Well, one book wont get mentioned – a free 40 page book from itunes!. it wouldnt fit any catergory, lol!!.

oh dear, just looking at my records it seems it’s only one book again this time!. I blame house hunting and all that entails!.

This books fits in under the ‘love triangle’ category.

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I haven’t read anything by this author before. One of the book shops I like to frequent had books by her on special, so I had brought 2 as they were half price. I have to admit, I wasn’t going to buy 2, but when reading the back on this it mentioned ‘love triangle’, I thought ah ha!, I need one of those!.

It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I was there, I loved it. I wont give the game away, but I ended up really enjoying how the author wrote the love triangle angles, if that makes sense!. I really enjoyed the guts of the story, but found the end was a little flat. It kinda left me thinking it was an afterthought to the main idea for the story. still, it was a good read and I look forward to reading the other book I have of hers.

I’m off to Australia in 2 weeks and should have plenty of reading of time. I don’t plan to take any physical books. I will read what’s on my ipad, what my sister has and borrow her library card and raid the local library.

 Here’s my record so far –

I have modified the list to suit my tastes this year, choosing about 30 of the 50 categories. reading 30 books in a year will be a challenge in itself for me as some years I may only read up to 5 books!. subject to how the year goes, next year I may challenge myself to complete the full list!.

2015 reading challenge – my list – 6/32

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance

A book that became a movie

A book published this year

A book with a number in the title

*A book by a female author – READ ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country

A popular author’s first book

**A nonfiction book –  3/4 READ ( ‘Through the Farm Gate’, Angela Goode )

A book by an author you love but not read yet

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story

A book at the bottom of your to read pile

A book more than 100 yrs old

*A book based entirely on its cover – READ (tumbledown manor)

*A memoir – READ ( 7 summers )

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy

*A book with a love triangle – READ ( the hypnotists love story)

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!!

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in another language

*A book set at Christmas – READ ( an outlaws Christmas)

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series

A book you started but never finished

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Now, over to you …..

Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each month we’ll share what we’ve read during the past month based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen. ** I still need to change the wording on the button, now the party is only monthly!.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.

please join in! –