2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

As i posted in I Did It!!! And In Only Six Months!!!, i achieved my goal of reading twelve books this year – in fact by the end of 2017 my total books read was nineteen! Obviously the less screen time, more reading time before bed worked.

For this years challenge, i don’t want to get too ahead of myself so i have decided to up last years goal by three – so fifteen books in total. Hopefully i will be able to achieve this!

Good luck to everyone else attempting the challenge 😀




I Did It!!! And In Only Six Months!!!

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Yep, that’s right! I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 and it’s only halfway through the year. I am SO stoked and really surprised. Obviously i have made reading a bit more of a priority as this is the first time i have achieved my goal. I’ll be interested to see how many more books i read before the end of the year.

Good luck to those who are still completing their challenges 🙂

And…I didn’t Quite Make It Again!

In 2016, i again attempted the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal was only 12 books, which works out at a book a month. I really, really thought i could achieve it this time and i was quite disappointed that i didn’t reach my goal and only managed to read 10 of the 12 books by the end of the year! However with an active toddler to look after, unfortunately there is not a lot of time for reading.

I have decided to attempt the challenge again this year, and have given myself the same goal of 12 books. I think i can achieve this as Kel and i have started a new year’s resolution of no screen time before bed and reading instead. Hopefully this year i will achieve my goal for once!

I’d love to be your friend on Goodreads so add me if you haven’t already 🙂

Didn’t Quite Make It – Again!

In 2015, i again attempted the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal was (again) 52 books, which works out at a book a week. I really thought i could achieve it this time and i was quite disappointed that i didn’t reach my goal and only managed to read 41 of the 52 books by the end of the year. That’s one less than the previous year! I think I’m more annoyed that even though i didn’t finish the challenge, i didn’t even improve on last year’s challenge. However, i did have a baby so i guess that is a good excuse!

I have decided to attempt the challenge again this year, and have given myself what i hope is a super realistic goal of 12 books (only a book a month!). Hopefully i will be able to accomplish that!

I’d love to be your friend on Goodreads so add me if you haven’t already 🙂


WordPress notified me the other day of my fourth anniversary with them. This in turn reminded me that it had been at least two months since I’d last blogged – far too long. Plus every day my unread email notifications of new blog posts of those I follow kept increasing, and increasing. I never truly caught up after our trip overseas and last count I was almost up to 5000 emails. Up until a few Saturdays ago, I still wanted to read them all. And then when I actually had some free time to sit down and start reading some, I found my heart wasn’t in it like it previously was. Was it because the task seemed too overwhelming to actually accomplish? Possibly. Or was it because when I started blogging I was in a vastly different stage of life than I am now? Most definitely.

These kind of after baby posts are quite common. Either the blogger continues blogging as usual or you never hear from them again. Or they have their “moving on” last post. I’d like to believe that this is different. I definitely would still like to blog however maintaining a weekly commitment is too much at the moment – not so much getting a post up but reading a darn book every week so I can review it! And having the luxury to read each and every one of the blog posts of all those that I follow – well I barely have time to do the washing!

Plus my son will only be this little once. I want to enjoy him to the fullest so yes, blogging is less important to me than him and with working part time, I want to spend the time I have with him, with him.

What does this mean? I will still blog because I enjoy it however it will be sporadic. I’m okay with this and I don’t expect to gain many followers blogging like that but that’s not the point! I’ve connected with so many people through this blog and I’ve had the opportunity to expand my reading horizons and the pleasure to read and review others books. It’s been most rewarding and I believe it will continue to be so!

For those who I follow, you will hear from me now and again! I will look at my “Reader” instead when I get the chance and will actually enjoy it rather than it being a chore that I have to get through – which it started to become.

So here’s to 2016!

Introducing The Kitchen Hand…

In case you don’t follow my other blog…the explanation for my blogging hiatus!

The Chef and the Waitress

It’s been nine weeks since our last blog post and almost seven weeks since the birth of our little boy!

In case you missed the memo see The Chef, The Waitress…And The Kitchen Hand.

Anyway here are the all important details:

Ethan Harold Gillies
Born Sunday 16/08/2015 at 3:30PM
Weight 3.29kg
Length 50cm
Head Circumference 33cm

He was a week overdue and there were a few minor complications with his birth however through lots of prayer and perseverance we managed to avoid an emergency c-section.

We won’t be posting any photos as we aren’t comfortable with photos of him floating around the Internet. This includes Facebook much to the shock and horror of many! So you will just have to take my word for it that he’s most gorgeous baby in the whole, wide world 🙂

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‘HELLO’ FROM AMAZON – Big Brother style review censorship

And that’s why i have a Kobo and not a Kindle. Support the smaller companies! Don’t let Amazon take over the world!


Dear ReadersA few weeks ago I woke up to this message:Hello from Amazon.com imagesWe are writing to inform you that we have removed your review privileges and suppressed all of your reviews. Any new reviews written will automatically be suppressed. We took this action because you have failed to comply with our review guidelines and manipulated product reviews. For detailed information on the guidelines, please visit: http://amazon.com/help/customer-reviews-guidelines.Surprised and curious I asked them for clarification on the matter but have had no personal reply to my appeal. Amazon removed all of the reviews I wrote: 1700 of them without discussion or ‘trial’. Eventually I received this:Hello, images (1)We’ve removed Customer Reviews left by your account because it’s come to our attention that you have violated our policies by manipulating Customer Reviews. Any attempt to manipulate ratings, feedback, or Customer Reviews is prohibited.After reviewing your account, we’ve determined…

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