Between the covers book club

Dear lovely ladies,

I hope this won’t come as too much of a surprise to you, but I feel it is time to end this chapter of my life. This will be my very last book club post on the blog. So very much has happened since I first put my Fifty thoughts out there, sharing on Fan Fiction in the hopes of finding my feet after my world had tilted on its axis, my views radically shifted because of a book I happened to buy.

Did you know that Meander was born from that moment? I never intended for it to get as big as it did, for garnering so many readers and, eventually friends, from all around the globe. All I meant to do was purge this story that I couldn’t let go, but instead it took me on a helluva’ ride, a journey of self-discovery that’s left me forever altered. I hope you know I was blown away by your overwhelming support as you embraced my story, all the reviews, the feedback, the patient (and sometimes downright impatient 😉) waiting for the next chapter, the mid-week teasers and the speculation, the encouragement and, like I mentioned earlier, the friendship that came along with this blog and the book club.

On the 13th of May, 2012 I posted my first chapter on Fan Fic with no more than a vague notion of saying goodbye. As you already know, that was not to be. 72 chapters later, with almost 400 000 words in Meander alone, a handful of short stories, a blog migration with a steady book club component, and just over 4000 reviews just on FF, saw me to this point in time, a time where I have to accept that all good things must come to an end.

Am I a little sad? Yes, hand on heart, I can say that I feel the sting of goodbye. 😔 From here we forged our own little world, first bound to Christian and Ana, and then later, we found each other in the books that followed. The commitment, love and time that’s gone into cultivating the blog, has been my privilege and I thank you for making it possible, for being there and always being so positive. The vast majority of you are silent readers, and I respect that, but know that I see you in my stats and views. I know you are there, the vocal ones (you know who you are, girls – we all do 😉😂) as well as those of you who choose to simply watch and read from the sidelines. I thank ALL of you for seeing me through.

But it is not all bad news. I’m not going anywhere, after all. I will still be here, the blog will continue hosting Meander if you ever feel the need to spend some time with my version of Christian and Ana. And despite the book club coming to an end, you can still see what I read and how I felt about that story if you follow me on Goodreads. Between the blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Co, I’m sure you’ll find a way to get hold of me should the urge ever strike ya.

Now, for the very last time, let’s chat books. Sadly, with another crazy week behind me, I didn’t get to finish anything, but Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre, is proving to have a very interesting premise. Not sure where she is going with this quirky tale, but so far, I’m happy to go along with the trip.


Also, I’m still enjoying A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, book 6 in the Outlander series. As predicted, the sh!t did indeed hit the fan with more drama for my beloved pair. I think I handled it well, though. At least I didn’t have a sleepless night worrying about the characters. Let’s call that progress, eh?

I’m not sure where I’ll be going next, but please find me on Goodreads if you are keen to connect with my reading journeys. Also, it gives me the opportunity to see what books you are falling in love with. Click the link to find my Goodreads handle here.

With that, it’s time for my final farewell. For all the clicks and the likes, for all the reviews and advice, the suggestions, and the feedback, the constructive advice, that likes and the shares, the book suggestions and dissection of the Fifty movie franchise, for the jokes and the videos, the emails and chats, for keeping the blog a happy place despite differing views, for standing up for me when the occasional harsh review appeared, for being your beautiful and very best selves, thank you, lovely ladies. You’ve been nothing short of spectacular. MERRY CHRISTMAS! May 2019 bring you joy like you’ve never known and the peace I know we all want for our precious world.

In the evergreen words of Looney Tunes:

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Finally our hollies are here, but this week was ridiculous. I hardly had a moment to take a breath, never mind finding the time to read. Maybe once I’m fully engrossed in the season of rest I will find my way back to some good reading.

I do, however, have more Silly Season fails to share with you…

The ideal sweater: Santa peeing Merry Christmas in the snow or how about a Santa ornament that has a suspiciously familiar shape? 😳😂

Then, I found this on the Thinking Humanity site, a guy who creatively arranges his books into artistic patterns.

How fabulous! 👍🏻😉 Check out the rest of his off-the-wall book pics from the site link.

This last week saw the fruition of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2018. I always love to look at these lists and naturally, the Best Romance category is the one that nabs my attention. This year, I completely agree with the winner. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hong took the well deserved accolade, one I personally thought was fabulous when I met the quirky story not too long ago.

If you’ve not peeked into this adorable, sexy tale, do yourself a favour. You can check our the nominees and the winner, who took gold with well over 40 000 votes, here

This week I read:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, book 5 in the Outlander series. As you know I’m fully engaged and committed to this range. I’ve adored every book, and hated it just a little bit too. But I’m relieved to say that the later books are not quite as intense as the earlier ones. That may sound like a bad thing, but considering what these characters have been through, I’m grateful, for their sakes and my own frazzled nerves. As a side note, I just have to mention that the Audible companion to this series is absolutely brilliant. I’ve always enjoyed Audible, but this narrator bats it out of the park.

Currently I’m reading:


Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre and A Breath of Snow and Ashes, book 6 in the Outlander series.

Here’s a thought on how to meet like minded people…

LOL! 😉😂

That’s it from me, girls. Let us know if you read anything fabulous, please.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

What a mad week it’s been! Holy cow. And this one will be no better. I’m looking forward to a breather. 😍

In keeping with the silly season, here is my latest contribution to the Christmas fails: a trio of frisky snowmen…

Oh my! 😂😂

And here’s a bit of absolute truth for us, an anthem, if you will…

#BookLovers 👍🏻

This week I read:

Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie, book 1 in the Calloway Sisters series. I’m not exactly sure how to describe this book or how I felt about it. On the one hand, the story may have had some good bones, the tale a refreshing look at the drama and heavy editing of reality TV. However, a few things were teeth grindingly irritating. The worst was the awful nature of the main female protagonist. I suppose the authors may have wanted to portray her as a strong woman but instead, she came across as a senseless weakling and an absolute ball busting b!tch. Then there was the bizarre language, odd words that made you falter and read again, leaving you wondering if the writers truly understood the meaning of that specific phrase. Lastly, conversation between characters were, at times, confusing as they skipped along spoken lines assuming that the reader knew who said what. Ug.

Currently I’m reading:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, book 5 in the Outlander series. I am still so utterly seduced by this saga. I will almost certainly mourn the end of it when the time comes.

I’ll leave you to ponder this…


That’s it from me, girls. If you have any ideas about where I should go next, please share your thoughts.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers. I’ll mark the occasion with this cute pic from Sharon…

LOL! 😂😉

Over here we have two weeks to go before our December break. Yay! 🎉 I love this time of year.

And in celebration of the silly season, I thought a range of Chrissy fails should keep us entertained as we countdown to the big day. Imagine sitting down to a festive table like this…


And I found this, talented indeed!

Oh-la-la! 😉😋

Currently I’m reading:


The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, book 5 in the Outlander series. Still loving this series but I sense the drama is just about to start again. Ug! It’s like a train wreck. You don’t WANT to look but you can’t help yourself!

I started Southern Charmer by Jessica Peterson, book 1 in the Charleston Heat series, but put it aside for now. I’m only 1/4 in, but it’s boring me to tears. Perhaps I’ll come back to it later. The reviews are great, but so far it’s not grabbed me. Maybe a little more time might draw me into the story.

Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie, book 1 in the Calloway Sisters series. So far I’m interested, but the writers have an unusual voice. Sometimes their word choices are odd or a turn of phrase is so off, it makes you read twice. If things like that irk you, it will stand out like a sore thumb. Will let you know how I go.

Then, as December will be upon us shortly, let’s look at what booky pleasures it will bring:

These screenshots are taken from the Goodreads site, so please note that the links aren’t live.

Lastly, a lesson taught to us by Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen about miscommunications….

Ha! Funny! 😂

Have a beautiful weekend, girls. Let us know if you’ve read something brilliant!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Our weekend saw a lovely storm. I adore a good rain shower and how fresh it leaves everything afterwards. ❤️

And speaking of our neck of the woods, we now have a naked garden service! Yes, ladies, if you have a garden, this bloke will tend it in the buff. I’m not sure if he’ll take care your lady garden too, but multiple services seems to be the current trend… 😉

Check out this link on the Australian News site for more details of birthday suit gardening. Personally, I don’t believe that butt has EVER seen a ray of sunshine, but what do I know? 😂😂

Then, Lissa shared this, The Incredibles take on Fifty Shades of Grey…

😂 I thought these were well and truly done, but I guess there’s no end to people’s creativity. Do you think other books get the same treatment? 🤔

This week I read:


Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, book 4 in the Outlander series, was fabulous, as you can see. I especially delighted in the family reunion. Say what you want about this author, but she’s got miles and miles of story to tell. It’s simply incredible considering the length of these books and how fresh every saga is. Hats off to her!

Bulldozer by P. Dangelico, book 3 in the Hard to Love series, I’m giving a reluctant 4 stars. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy this tale, I ALWAYS enjoy the taming of a grumpy guy, but this one was quite similar to the first book in the series. This surprised me. She is a strong and creative writer, so I’m not sure why she went with a previously trod path.

Currently I’m reading:

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, book 5 in the Outlander series.

On my shelf I have:

Southern Charmer by Jessica Peterson, book 1 in the Charleston Heat series.

I’ll close with this meme since adult colouring in seems to be the new yoga…

Cute, huh? 😉😂

Have a fantastic weekend, girls. I hope you have an epic reading week.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Our weekend dawned blissfully cooler. It was a relief after a very early heatwave. I don’t mind full blown summer, but it’s nice to have a little bit of spring first. 🌸

Then, on this Remembrance Day, let’s spare a thought to all the men and women who defend our homes and liberties lest we forget. ❤️

I found this, a funny video on the human mating rituals narrated by the evergreen voice of the great David Attenborough…

Funny stuff! 😂😉

Not much other news today, so I’ll get right to it.

This week I read:


Fall by Kristen Callihan, book 3 in the VIP series, was fantastic. Each book of this range has been great, and they only seem to get better and better. No small feat, if you ask me. Well done, Kristen! 👍🏻

Royally Yours by Emma Chase, book 4 in the Royally series, wasn’t quite as good as its predecessors. It had sparks of greatness, but sadly interspersed with moments so slow it lagged.

Currently I’m reading:

Drums of Autumn, book 4 in the Outlander series.

Ha! Here’s a bit of modern truth to make you smile…

LOL! 😂😂

Have a great weekend, girls. Let us know when you read across something fabulous.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Mine was fine and made a little better by some good reading. Yay! 🎉

Also, last week I forgot to post this pic in honour of the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Look after your girls, ladies! 👍🏻😉

Then, if you’ll indulge me for a minute or two, I’d like to hop on my soapbox. Over the last month I’ve been getting acquainted with the new-look iBooks that came with Apple’s latest update, iOS12. In the past I prefered iBooks to the Kindle app on my iPhone. I liked that you could easily arrange your books to your liking by moving them, very much like you’d move apps on your home screen, and I appreciated how quickly the app opened onto my current page. By contrast, I always found Kindle a little cheaper and enjoyed the option to display a clock on your book page. Other than that, the two apps were pretty much the same. 

However, this new version of iBooks SUCKS! 😔 I know Apple takes pride in bringing us updates we never imagined or even knew we wanted, but usually, after the initial annoyance and with a little use, the objective of the change becomes clear and it is easy see the point of it, or even appreciate the clever revamp. But this time? Oh hell to the NO! What was Apple thinking? Here are my thoughts:

  • The thumbnails are huge, making scrolling through the app a laborious chore
  • The Reading Now tab seems utterly pointless with the extra step it adds by splitting it from your library
  • If you close the app it takes ages to open, the load takes a good few seconds before your current book is ready to read
  • The Library tab shows books you DON’T have in an obvious marketing effort to display the rest of a series (confusing AF if you read as much as we do), but fails to match some books to their ranges, placing them on their own
  • The books in a series are now exclusively stacked so you can’t see everything at a glance, calling for an extra click to find out what you have
  • To open a book in a stacked series from the Library tab takes at least two clicks and a possible scroll as well if the series has more than 4 books
  • Pre-ordered books within a range are hidden at the back of a stack, again making it hard to see
  • Further, the Library tab has a Want to Read option populated by what I assume is an algorithm (WTF? Am I not capable of making my own choices? I deleted mine!)
  • The Book Store tab doesn’t have a search button (Huh?)
  • The Search tab searches both your library AND the store, but it’s a seperate space altogether. This is confusing if you have a lot of books, and makes it necessary to do MORE scrolling to go to the store section despite the app having seperate Store and Library tabs
  • Finding a pre-ordered book, once released, is a joke! You have to SEARCH or do more endless scrolling to find.

Are you as annoyed as I am? 😡 Are you having the same issues? If you are, and you feel the desire to complain, please feel free to copy and paste my comments or write your own by clicking this Apple Feedback link. Scroll down to the iOS Apps section to select iBooks feedback.

Thank you for listening. Rant over. 😜

This week I read:


Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey, book 1 in the Shine Not Burn series, as you can see wasn’t my favourite of the week. The female protagonist’s internal ramblings were tiresome, the plot, thin at best. It’s a pity. I usually love a hot cowboy story.

Dirty Headlines by L. J. Shen, on the other hand, was very good. This author is a little formulaic, her males are almost exclusively a$$holes, but a good read with a solid story. Thank you for the rec, Katherine. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Celian fall so hard. Poor guy.

Currently I’m reading:


Fall by Kristen Callihan, book 3 in the VIP series and Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, book 4 in the Outlander series. Yes, back to Outlander. I couldn’t stay away for long. 😜

On my shelf I have:

Royally Yours by Emma Chase, book 4 in the Royally series.

In conclusion, Katherine shared this, a cautionary tale illustrating the dangers of taking things a little too literally….

LOL! 😂😂

Have a great weekend, girls. Hope you have a fabulous reading week.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Mine, as always, went by in the blink of an eye. And we had our first heatwave for the season. If it is any indication, we’re in for a stinker! Oh well. I can’t complain. Hot over cold any day of the week for moi. 😜

And in keeping with the Christmas theme I have going on at the moment, I just wanted to inform you of the following. You know, just for in case you wanted to get me something….

😂😂 LOL! #PerfectGift

This week I read:

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, book 3 in the Outlander series, was another epic saga in the range I devoured. But it still drove me nuts. Holy wowzer. 😳 I have a whole new swath of gray hair thanks to this stupid, lovely damn book! Still, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I gave it a whole and solid 5 stars, albeit a little grudgingly because of all the undue stress!

Currently I’m reading:


Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey and Dirty Headlines by L.J. Shen. As you can see I’m giving Outlander a bit of a break as I recover from all the constant story drama and general reading listlessness. Dirty Headlines is well on its way to helping me get over my booky blues. Yay! 😉

On my shelf I have:

Fall by Kristen Callihan, book 3 in the VIP series.

And it looks as though November has some fun goodies in store:

These snippets are taken from the Goodreads site, and the links aren’t live. Hopefully you’ll find something in there to tickle your fancy. 😉

Lastly, I don’t know if you’ve come across those makeup tutorials where the girl looks NOTHING like herself after she’s done applying an inordinate amount of makeup. The transformation is usually astounding. This is what would happen if guys did the same…

So funny! 😂😂😉

Anyway, that’s it from me for today, girls. Hope you have a spectacular week!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

It seems Christmas is well under way. Everywhere I look I find Chrissy fun, and I enjoy all of them, but this countdown from Katherine is definitely the most creative way I’ve seen to mark the passing of days.

LOL! 😂😂

And as I’m a firm believer of long lasting romantic relationships, I thought I’d share this beautiful celebration of enduring matrimonial bonds from a Facebook page called Wise Thinks…







Isn’t that just delightful? ❤️ Definitely the way it should be! And it’s no small wonder if this article from The Daily Mail Australia is accurate. Tea, buff beefcakes and racing pulses….

What fun! Thank you, Sharon. One can only hope to be that spritely when the time comes. 😂😉

This week I read:


Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, book 2 in the Outlander series. Despite the incredible highs and lows with this story, I can still say it’s one of the best I’ve read. I STILL find it extremely stressful, the character’s trials sometimes bitterly overwhelming. This book had a heart wrenching end, the cruel, clever writer bringing me to tears, but for all it’s intense roiling emotion, I’m happy to give book 2 my BOB award too.

Thank you for all the emails and blog posts that encouraged me to push through the tumult of this tale. The heartache was worth it! 😉

Nerdgasm by Kimberly Reese was not for me. The blurb promised some laid back fun, exactly what I needed as respite from the severe feelings Outlander provoked, but this one was sickly sweet. I always struggle with too-perfect characters and this one had it in spades. It may very well be a fun read if you don’t mind syrupy.

Currently I’m reading:


Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, book 3 in the Outlander series and Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey, book 1 in the Shine Not Burn series.

Lastly, here’s a note on the importance of multiculturalism and exercise…

Or not! LOL! 😂

Have a fantastic weekend, girls. See you soon.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Over here, we’re drenched in spring rain. It’s lovely. For the sake of all our farmers, I hope it brings relief. 🌧

Last week I mentioned that our stores already boast Christmas goodies, so I thought it fitting to share these kinky Christmas toys…

LOL! 😂😂

Then, I also came across this site, a Fifty Shades Fan Page and e-store for all things Grey. Seems like a good place to keep up to date with news and goodies if you’re so inclined.

This week I read:

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne, book 6 in the Victorian Rebels series, was another good read from this author. This range is set as historical dramas, and the author manages to weave intriguing strands throughout the stories to link characters and lives we’ve gotten to know in previous books. It keeps the separate tales fresh. And, it would seem, that the bad-boy allure was as alive and kicking in the 1800s as it is today. 😉 Good stuff. 👍🏻

Currently I’m reading:

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, book 2 in the Outlander series. Ug! This. Damn, Series! I HATE it and I love it, and I hate it and then love it some more! But I can’t stop reading, It is driving me up the wall. 😳 Am I the only one? So far, in this book, Claire is a little wiser than in book 1, but still, my nerves are shot! It’s so bad that I went and read the sequel’s blurbs just to calm my fraying spirit. And the books are so long. Not that that’s a bad thing, but I get a tad desperate to learn how things pan out. Also, I promised myself that I wouldn’t watch anymore of the series until I’ve read the corresponding book, so that’s no help either. Please put me out of my misery and reassure me that it’ll all work out in the end, even if you have to lie to me! LOL! 😂 Sadly I seemed to have joined a realm where these characters are real to me!

I’m not sure where I’ll be going next. It’s pretty hard to move on from Outlander when I’m so invested. If you have anything that can compete, please let us know.

I’ll leave you with this gem from Katherine….

Very cute indeed! 😂😉