Hi! Good morning! This is Kathryn from The Book Date. Well by now you all know that Sheila is away at the moment, actually she is visiting us Down Under. I was delighted to hear she was coming to Australia and even more delighted when she revealed that she is visiting my own country New Zealand. Hope you are loving both countries Sheila. Australian beaches are the best! And a little shopping in Sydney – not to be dismissed. Remember folks its summer here, so Sheila is escaping your winter for a little while.
I first heard of Sheila before I “met” her. I used to have a teacher blog and joined Jen at Teach Mentor Texts where she ran the children’s and YA version of the meme It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? She always acknowledged Sheila at Book Journey and I wondered who this person was! I never really ventured in to find out. It wasn’t until I began my own reading blog for myself that I eventually discovered Sheila at Book Journey.
I love Book Journey because it oozes energy, fun and variety and a great love of books. Now I link up to her meme It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? It has been where I have discovered all kinds of reading blogs and readers. I love it. I also love her 1st book of the year meme and the challenges she hosts.
Anyway while Sheila is away I’ve been taking a little book journey through her archives. I was excited to find a post that had my name on it! It jogged a memory button. Its from July 2009 and the book she was talking about is Beach Girls by Luanne Rice. I enjoyed The Lemon Orchard by this same author in 2013 but haven’t read any more since. It’s true about that adage – “give old posts a little love”, and I’m loving this post from back in 2009.
I have this ‘real’ book on my TBR shelf. I keep passing over it, not even choosing it for challenges I’m doing to clear my TBR in 2015. Now I’ve read Sheila’s review of Beach Girls I am thinking, “ why have I been avoiding it?” It sounds like a great read. Friendship, a strong female and what sounds to me like some emotional angst. Hey this is my type of book! And.. what’s more Sheila mentions there is a follow up, Last Kiss. And I did mention its summer down here, perfect read. It is going on my “must read” list for this summer.
Thanks, Sheila from a very happy Kiwi.