I’m Okay With That

Long time, no hear from me. I know. It’s been awhile.

I took a little break from blogging as I needed the time and energy to focus on my work and studies. I took up full time distance studies when I started at my part time job. I didn’t know that life would also get in the way of my reading and blogging time. So many people can juggle with their hands full and I was one of those people for the first trimester, but it all came tumbling down for the second trimester. So my bookish life took a back seat, and I’m okay with that.

My workplace has started celebrating women by having these workshops to hear from our senior female leaders and highlighting the strengths of our fellow colleagues. I attended the first, and there was one saying that really stuck with me ‘I’m okay with that’. It’s about being in a good place, taking life as it comes your way and being able to accept the failures with all the good stuff and being good with it. It’s like, knowing that you have the worst dance moves, but living it up on the dance floor, or being The DUFF in your group of friends and still going out to parties, because you’re okay with that. Gosh, I hope you understand me.

What really threw a spanner in the works was my personal life. With work and studies, I could manage okay. Having health matters in the immediate family was another ballgame. It was emotionally draining. I’m happy to say we’ve come through the major hurdles and now it’s about management of lifestyle, and making healthy choices. I signed up to participate in a research study. It’s about being given the tools to help myself become a better me. I know that I’m not perfect. I eat takeaways and don’t exercise as much as I should. But I’ve got a new workout plan which I will do my best to complete. I may not lose weight, but I will be a healthier person at the end of the programme and once again, I’m okay with that.

I’m on a break this trimester (unintentionally missed the enrolment deadline) but it gives me some breathing room to focus on my family and it also allows me to get back into some reading. I’ve finished a couple of books over the last fortnight. I’ve soo missed jumping into someone else’s world and leaving my worries behind. I’m even running a low pressure Book Pool Challenge over on Goodreads, in the Book Lovin Kiwi’s group. I’m going to read as many books as I can. I’m like 36 books behind my Goodreads Challenge (I’m okay with that…) but also hoping to complete it for 2016. I might need your motivation!

I hope you’ve stuck me with. My hiatus is officially coming to an end. Please be okay with that.

See you again, much sooner than the last post.


Spotlight: Summer Girl by A.S. Green


Summer Girl CoverSummer Girl

Author: A.S. Green
Publication Date: August 8, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Book Blurb: A songwriter is nothing without his muse. Sucks that mine turns out to be Katherine D’Arcy–hot as hell, but the very definition of country-club living and everything I came to this quiet little island to escape. The last thing I need is some live-life-by-her-day-planner summer girl screwing with my head, but I can’t stop thinking about her… those curves, silky brown hair, and those eyes… I left that privileged world behind when I came up to Little Bear Island hoping for some inspiration to write my songs. But here I am still, two years later, unable to write crap. That is until Katherine showed up to tend the lighthouse for the summer and drive me crazy. With her here, the writing has never been better. If only there weren’t that one inconvenient truth I’ve been keeping from her… Because when she learns what I’ve been hiding, I know I will lose her forever.


About the Author:
AS GreenA. S. Green lives in the cold upper Midwest with her husband and three children. She spends summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for Summer Girl, and she is a sucker for down-to-earth heroes who work with their hands (if they play guitar, that’s an added bonus). She enjoys all things Irish–particularly music, dancing, and Jameson. When she’s not writing or reading romance, she’s traveling, camping, blogging for Writer Unboxed, and writing YA (under her real name).

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Bout of Books 17

boutofbooks-august-2016This is me officially signing up!

I always try my hardest to take part in two readathons, Bout of Books Readathon and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Because BOB spans a week, its super low pressure and this time, I am going to include all the books that I read with my nephew for his homework!

Like always, here is the official blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So make sure you go ahead and join us! I’ll be posting my TBR sometime soon, with my goals for the readathon week.

Ciao for now,
Shaz xo

Monthly Wrapup & TBR | Jul-Aug 2016

july-wrapup-august-tbrKia ora everyone!

I’ve received a couple of books for review and I won a book competition, so I’ve got lots of new books to my shelf. My reading has definitely slowed down with my course work underway. With yesterday’s release of #CursedChild, I have discovered that my 7 yr old nephew (the neff) is interested in Harry Potter. #LOVE!!! He even turned his stick fishing rod into a wand. I’m thinking of re-reading the series again, with a chapter or two each night. This month I finally completed the audiobook series, and I must say, I have really enjoyed listening to Stephen Fry. So what have I read?

UPDATE on Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 63 out of 100 books. Only 5 books ahead. Uh-oh!

Books I read in July:

  1. Finding Audrey by Sopie Kinsella
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale
  3. I am Rebecca (I am not Esther #2)
  4. Flutter by Tenzen Momoko
  5. Being Magdalene (I am not Esther #3)
  6. Tahoe: He pakiwaitara mo Hinemoa raua ko Tutanekai
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)

Books to be read in August:

  1. The Dragon and the Taniwha by Manying Ip
  2. Longing and Belonging by Edwina Pio
  3. Dewey Decimal Classification volumes. Yep, I’m doing librarian studies 🙂
  4. The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (for review)
  5. The Secret of Spirits Bay by Stephen Barker (for review)

What’s on your TBR this month?

Shaz xoxo


Monthly Wrapup & TBR | Jun-July 2016

june-wrapup-july-tbrKia ora everyone!

Here is my monthly wrap up. Yes, and I’m a little late with my July TBR. But what’s a week or two between bookish friends?

UPDATE on Goodreads Reading Challenge: I have read 57 out of 100 books. What can I say? With so many distractions, like Pokemon Go, it has been hard to read…

I don’t seem to have enough time in my day anymore for all the things I want to put energy into, like studies. I had high hopes for this semester, but it’s already week 2 and I haven’t got the readings done I had planned to do early. Is this such a thing as Mid Year Slump?


Books I read in June:

  1. Lumberjanes #4 by Noelle Stevenson
  2. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  3. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  4. Matariki by Melanie Drewery
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Books to be read in July:

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. I am not Esther by Fleur Beale
  3. The Dragon and the Taniwha by Manying Ip
  4. Longing and Belonging by Edwina Pio

Currently reading:

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (audiobook)
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  3. I am Rebecca (I am not Esther #2) by Fleur Beale