It’s Monday so I’m again linking up with Sheila from Book Journey to share my weekly reading, however… I decided I’m broadening the usual post to include a bit of other stuff. I was going to start a Sunday wrap-up type post but realised the two would be similar. I figure those only interested in the book stuff can find that, and those more interested in the exciting happenings of my life, can jump to those sections. Voila! Two birds, one stone. Etcetera.
Read last week
I started the week with Jonathan Kellerman’s upcoming novel Motive. I enjoyed it but didn’t find lead characters Alex and Milo as engaging as I once did. I’m pretty sure I felt the same in his previous book. I’m not sure if he (or the characters themselves) are feeling a little stale, but – though I enjoyed it – all three are perhaps in need of a shake-up. 😉
As planned I finally read The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. I’m trying to decide whether to review it here or just in Goodreads, but will undoubtedly share that with you when the time comes.
And to cap off the week I read a novella by Aussie author, blogger and book lover Lizzy Chandler, Snowy River Man. And how cute is this guy on the cover?! (My only gripe is that the lead character in the book is blonde, and cover-boy is more of a brunette. Luckily he’s very handsome or it would play havoc with my OCD mind!)
Blogged last week
My review of Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner went live early in the week.
I blogged about Kelly Exeter’s book Your Best Year Yet and talked in particular about motivation and habits.
JD Robb’s, Obsession in Death is due to be published this coming week, so I shared my thoughts on the 40th novel in Robb’s ‘In Death’ series
I also posted my review of Second Life by SJ Watson. I actually forgot I’d scheduled this for yesterday and had planned to post my review of Jonathan Kellerman’s Motive (which is being published two days before Watson’s). #ohwell
I’m one week into my wear-BB cream-every-day (ie. make more of an effort) challenge. So far so good. I mean it has run off my face the moment I’ve left the cool environs of my apartment but at least I’ve applied it daily as planned. I get an A for Effort. 😉
On the other hand my eat-earlier-at-night challenge is not going terribly well. My inner-child is seriously rebelling against the earlier-dinner thing. But I have some strategies which involve other options I identified (ie. ready-made meals / leftovers).
And now to share some other stuff… probably not worthy of its own blog post, but stuff I need to get out of my head nonetheless.
I’ve been struggling a bit lately. There have been a few things going on which have required me to ponder life in general. It’s all very convoluted and a long story, but guess it comes down to questions of: how we allow ourselves to be treated; really working out what’s important; and whether we’re prepared to make sacrifices or scary decisions based on all of those things and more.
As I’m prone to navel-gazing I’ve also wondered how many things I’ve done in the past I’ve ‘fallen’ into versus having made a conscious decision to pursue that particular path. Readers who know me will know I’ve had quite a varied professional life. As I consider the direction my life should / could / might take, I wonder if an end-goal is all-important or whether I can just meander my way, depending on what pops up. (Existential crisis anyone?!)
Reading this week
I’m planning to read Tom Rob Smith’s The Farm, which I didn’t get to last week but am excited to read.
Although it’s not being published until April I’m also planning to read What You Can, When You Can by Carla Birnberg & Roni Noone – yes…. more non-fiction. My brain might well explode!
WYCWYC is a mantra / adage used by some US bloggers and ambassadors to promote a balanced and healthy life. Roni Noone, who I’ve followed on social media for a long time, is the creator of the US Fitbloggin’ community. Carla Birnberg is a blogger I follow and admire and someone I consider a virtual friend. I’ve even guest posted for her to talk about my foray into burlesque dancing. Way back when.
I love the WYCWYC concept – and expect we can apply it to more than healthy living.
And that’s it from me in terms of books and life.
What’s happening in your world?
Do you ever ponder (overthink) past decisions when considering how to move forward?