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! 😂😉

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

Our stores are already choc-full of Christmas decorations. Crazy how quickly the end of the year is approaching. I wonder when that happened? 😳

I found this on Facebook from a page called “Thinking Humanity”. Cute pics of people posing with statues…

 

 

 

 

 

Ha! Love it. 😉😂

This week I read:

 

Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan. I enjoyed this story, though it had me blinking back some tears, not something I generally appreciate in a book, but this one was pretty good.

Picture Perfect Cowboy by Tiffany Reisz was a delectable standalone, a spin-off from the Original Sinners series. It was a comfortable, sexy read, one that I tore through. Thank goodness I found some fun reads. Last week had me feeling pretty blue with my lack of reading direction.

Currently I’m reading:

 

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, book 2 in the Outlander series, is turning out to be what I hoped it would be, more of Claire and Jamie. Yay! Thank you for talking me through the different start. I’m very happy that I pushed on. This series has wormed it way into my heart, but I worry about these characters so much that reading it can be stressful. And did you guys also want to strangle Claire at times??Aside from that, to me, it has the same draw I felt with Fifty and Crossfire.

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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne, book 6 in the Victorian Rebels series.

That’s it from me, girls. I’ll leave you with this….

😂😉

Hope you have a fabulous weekend, and please let us know what you’re reading.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How is the book world treating you? I’ve had a very varied reading week, going from spectacular to dodgy. After the magnificence that was Outlander, I just can’t seem to settle on anything. Do you go through stages like this too? Sometimes I feel like I will never find another book to read! Ug. So frustrating. Hopefully soon, eh?

This week I read:

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, book 1 in the Outlander series. As you can see, I LOVED it – and also hated it just a little bit. 😂 Wowzer. She sure as hell knows how to put her characters through the wringer. Sometimes it was hard to swallow the drama and the pain that followed. And drama there was, enough to have given me gray hairs! At times I felt hesitant to go on, knowing what was coming, but I couldn’t keep away. What a talent, to create people you feel for so deeply, and telling a story in such vivid colour. It easily earns my Best of the Best award!

Sure Thing by Jana Aston was my dud for the week. It was one of those lacklustre reads that just didn’t grip me. There was nothing specific that irked me, it just felt flat. I didn’t manage to finish it, but I’m sure other readers might find this one much more stimulating than I did. I think I may just be in a funk.

Currently I’m reading:

Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon, book 2 in the Outlander series. Naturally, after my stunning success with the first book, I jumped at the chance to read the second, but I was expecting something completely different. My fault for not reading the blurb! I wanted more of Jamie and Claire, but this has gone in a different direction. Not sure how I feel about it yet, and in my current state, I’m finding it hard to continue. Can someone please give me some direction? Does this one measure up to book 1?

On my shelf I have:

Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan. Lot’s of good feedback for this story, so I’m hopeful that it will hold my wandering attention.

In a few days October will dawn with a slew of new book goodies. Thanks to Goodreads, here are the new releases we can expect:

As always, these are screenshots and not live links.

This made me laugh! Leggins made to look like the bottom half of the statue of David…

Imagine wearing that out!! LOL! 😂😂

Have a great week, girls. Let me know if you had more reading success than me.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

How was your week? Reading wise, mine was good and bad. Other than that, I don’t have any news, but I saw this pic. It made me think of all of us, reading addicted and happier for it…

LOL! 🤗

This week I read:

The Final Fight by J.B. Salsbury, book 7 in the Fighting series. I’ve enjoyed books by this writer before, but this one did not do it for me. I can’t say exactly why, but it felt extremely flat. I had to make myself finish it.

Currently I’m reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, book 1 on the Outlander series. Yes, I’ve taken the very long road down the Scottish Highlander rabbit hole. And what a journey it’s been so far. The writing is exquisite. I can see why it was turned into a TV series. I’m not sure how I’m going to work my way through 8 epic books, plus the occasional shorts, but it seems like well worth the effort.

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

😂😉

Pass on any fabulous books as they cross your path, girls. Have a good week!

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

We’re definitely feeling the light touch of spring here in Queensland. How lovely. 🌼

By now you know how much I enjoy supporting charities, so I couldn’t help but share the Australian firefighters again, this time with equine friends, shooting their annual calendar…

This one is for you, Sharon. 😉

This week I read:

 

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne, book 2 in the Victorian Rebels series. I liked it, but it didn’t pack the same punch as its predecessor. It started a tad too slow to grip me fully.

The Problem With Him by Rachel Higginson, book 3 in the Opposites Attract series, sadly didn’t live up to the rest of the series. It wasn’t terrible, and I liked both characters well enough, but a dragging start coupled with wayyyy too much internal dialogue, stifled the story’s flow. Also, there were a lot of repetitive words, even within the same paragraph, and some niggling contradictions that sucked the pleasure from the tale. Pity. A good, brutal edit would have solved all the pesky issues. On a positive note, one book blogger gave us a taste of the male protagonist, Wyatt Shaw.

I have NO idea where I’m going next, so if you have any fabulous suggestions, please share, girls.🤔

Here’s a bit of a life lesson about counting your words carefully….

Have a beautiful weekend, sweet book friends. I shall see ya’ next week.

Between the covers book club

Hello there, lovely ladies 🤗

What’s happening in your worlds right now? I had some lovely book fun this week, but other than that, I don’t have much news. I did, however, get this pic from Sharon, a very unfortunate (or is it lucky) doggie…

I wonder if his name is Dick… 🤔 You would just love this pet, wouldn’t you, Crystal? 😉😂

Then, Katherine shared this: the difference between a girlfriend’s and a wife’s massage…

Poor guy!! 😳😂

This week I read:

   

Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy, book 7 in the Out of Uniform series, was a good read, it ticked all the boxes, but this series is turning out to be a little formulaic. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Unleashed by Kerrigan Byrne, books 1, 2 and 3 in the MacLauchlans series, was a trio of novellas that was nothing short of delicious. Who knew berserkers were so hot? I adored these 3 stories.

Invoked: A Highland Historical Prequel by Kerrigan Byrne, Insolent, Indecent, and Incarnate, books 1, 2 and 3 in the Moray Druid series, was more of the same, good writing, hottie berserkers with some druids thrown in for fun. Still great, but not quite as good as the Unleashed series.

The Kiss quotient by Helen Hoang was my fourth book this week. I’ve seen this book around for a while but ignored it despite great reviews. I was concerned about the offbeat content, and coupled by the fact that it is this writer’s debut novel, I was reluctant to try it. This week I finally took the plunge, and it was AWESOME! It’s quite quirky, so not everyone will agree with my enthusiastic review, but I LOVED it. Was it not for the quirk, I would have given it my Best of the Best award. It lost 1/2 a star, not because I minded it, but rather because I’m not convinced the content will appeal to the general genre lover. I liked it so much it went straight on to my Favourites shelf.

Currently I’m reading:

 

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne, book 2 in the Victorian Rebels series and The Problem with Him by Rachel Higginson, book 3 in the Opposites Attract series. As you can see I’m gorging on the wonderful Ms Byrne.

I’ll leave you with some fun art that was left on the front of this car – thanks again to Sharon and her delightfully naughty mind… 😉

On my… Do you think they were trying to wash it?? 😂😂