Monday, 26 October 2020

Mailbox Monday & Life This Week - October 26th



Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Life This Week is a meme created by Denyse Whelan Blogs where bloggers share snaps of what is currently happening in their lives.

Happy Monday!

My daughter passed her final Uni assessment which was the last assessment of her Uni degree for Primary School Teaching. She placed her name with three local schools as a casual and immediately received calls from all three schools. She has been working at two different schools now over the past two weeks and enjoying it and has been booked up for the rest of the school year. Her graduation ceremony will be some time next year.

I've almost finished the throw for my granddaughter. It is hard to see in the photo but every square has an embossed picture. Two more to knit then I need to sew it all together.

Another birthday celebration. Everyone gets six candles, that's my limit 😀.

Who loved Bubble-O Bills as a child? I saw these gorgeous, nostalgic pyjamas at Peter Alexandra. 

Books received over the last two weeks:

 From the publisher:

The Bro Code by Elizabeth A. Seibert

A humorous Young Adult novel about a boy who breaks the Bro Code by dating his best friends sister.

You can read my review HERE




Daylight by David Baldacci

This is the third book in the Atlee Pine series. I'm really enjoying this series as Atlee , in between working on current cases, searches for the truth behind her sister's disappearance.

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy -- from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

Together by Christmas by Karen Swan

Karen Swan writes two books a year and they are both must reads for me. I especially love her Christmas book. She combines romance and suspense in just the right amounts

Lee and her son Jasper have a tight circle of friends and she is looking forward to Christmas. When she finds a book, with a desperate message inside, left in her bicycle basket she can't help but track down its author. This an instant connection it seems they might have a future together - but will Lee's secret means she ends up alone.

At Night's End by Nir Baram

Yonatan staying in Mexico City is reluctant to return to his wife and infant son back home in Tel Aviv. Convinced that his closest friend, Yoel, is going to die, he struggles to preserve his sanity. But why is he so convinced? Does the answer lie in their childhood in Jerusalem, when it was them against the world?



Received for book club:

The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui

Day in, day out, bombs fall on Daraya, a town outside Damascus, the very spot where the Syrian Civil War began. In the midst of chaos and bloodshed, a group searching for survivors stumbles on a cache of books. They collect the books, then look for more. In a week they have six thousand volumes. In a month, fifteen thousand. A sanctuary is born: a library where the people of Daraya can explore beyond the blockade.

Long a site of peaceful resistance to the Assad regimes, Daraya was under siege for four years. No one entered or left, and international aid was blocked.

In 2015, French-Iranian journalist Delphine Minoui saw a post on Facebook about this secret library and tracked down one of its founders, twenty-three-year-old Ahmad, an aspiring photojournalist himself. Over WhatsApp and Facebook, Minoui learned about the young men who gathered in the library.

My Purchase:

Return to Stringybark Creek by Karly Lane

This is the third book in the Callahans of Stringybark Creek trilogy.

I fell in love with the Callahan family in book 1 and I'm excited to find out what's in store for Hadley. I know I'm going to be sad to see the end of this trilogy.



  I would love to hear what books you received in the mail recently! 




  1. Beautiful throw.

    I read a Karen Swan book before and enjoyed it....I hope you enjoy it and all of your books.

    Have a good week.

  2. What a lovely throw! And how special that you're creating it for your granddaughter. I'm adding The Book Collectors of Daraya to my TBR list. Sounds amazing.

  3. Yay for your daughter! That's pretty amazing! The cake looks yum and the throw looks beautiful! Have a great week ahead!

  4. Congrats to your daughter, that's great news! Your throw looks fabulous, so clever. Thanks for the books ideas, some great ones there #lifethisweek

  5. Congratulations to your daughter!
    I'm sure the colorful throw will be a hit with your granddaughter!

  6. Congrats to your daughter!

    I love the throw; what a great idea.

    Enjoy your books and your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. That throw is lovely!! And I loved BubbloBills as a does my daughter now...something just never change!

  8. Congrats to your daughter. Love the throw pieces.
    I like the sound of The Book Collectors of Daraya.
    Have a good week, enjoy your knitting and reading!

  9. Congrats to your daughter for finishing uni and for the school placements she's getting. Our daughter is a high school English teacher and just loves it - I'm sure your daughter will enjoy her career too. Loved the throw rug and the birthday candle limit - makes a lot of sense!

  10. Such a good news post! Big Congratulations to your daughter. Welcome to the world of teaching. Tomorrow is World Teachers Day for Australia. Thank you for linking up this week. I do hope to see you link up next week too of course. The optional prompt is44/51 Outside 2.11.2020. Wow: November is here! Denyse.