Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗
How are you this fine weekend? Before I start, allow me just a tiny moment of housekeeping. I will be away on holiday (Yay!) for a bit so I will not be posting the book club over the weekend of the 16th. I should, however, be back for the weekend before Christmas. 😉
Then, I had a fun request from Sharon to share how we celebrate Christmas in Australia. Naturally, with summer in full swing, we don’t have snow, so a white festive season is out of the question, plus turkey is hardly the ideal thing for the BBQ. This cute video says it all…
LOL! 😂 Lots of Aussie vocab in that one. See these helpful translations:
(Esky: an ice box to keep your drinks cold * Kelpie: a breed of dog used especially for sheep herding * Singlet: a tank top * Thongs: flip flop sandals * Beaut = short for beautiful * Holden ute = Holden is a car brand (like Toyota) and ute is short for sport and utility vehicle (a pick-up truck for the American readers) * Shoot through: to leave)
Rather than the traditional turkey most folks enjoy prawns on the BBQ, a fruit topped pavlova is a favorite for dessert, and Santa wears board shorts! It’s definitely not your typical snowy Christmas card scene. 😜
This week I read:
Darker by E. L. James, book 2 in the Fifty Shades as Told by Christian series.
It’s a little hard for me to review this one objectively. I’ve read the originals so many times that I might be able to recite them word for word. It’s impossible to say how I’d feel about this version if I had the opportunity to read it with fresh eyes. On the one hand I’m very disappointed with the lazy writing. Some lines were repeatedly lifted from the first book, and some phrases (“I want her”, “my body responds”, “as if she’s addressing my groin”, and “it’s arousing” – to name a few) were so overused that I had to wonder where her editor was. Also, I found most of the sex scenes decidedly clinical. There was very little expansion on them other than the mirror of conversation we saw in the original story. I would have loved to have read more of how he saw her, in their day-to-day interactions and well as in their intimate moments. In my humble opinion, that’s what made the insight into his thoughts so appealing in the first place. But there were definite light points too. I enjoyed seeing a little deeper into his relationship with Elena and the colored-in bits around his encounter with Leila and the Charlie-Tango accident. Overall, I feel lukewarm. It’s an extremely relaxed read that doesn’t require too much investment from the reader. Nevertheless, I will most certainly read the third book when the time comes. I hope she builds enough momentum with this to spark more interest for the third movie.
On my shelf I have:
The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry, book 1 in the Elements series and Taint by S. L. Jennings, book 1 in the Sexual Education series. The latter has a very interesting blurb. I’m super curious to see if it will be worthwhile.
This made me smile. You’ve gotta’ love the beauty of hope!
Have a wonderful couple of weeks, girls. I look forward to sharing my holiday reads with you when I come back. Feel free to comment while I’m away. I’ll be around to chat.