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Anything Goes On Sunday 6

So we just finished week 2 of the Blogging from A to Z challenge and I’m exhausted already. While I’m writing this post, which is an absolute fun post for me to write I have a voice in my head that’s going this way:

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And you know what I said to the voice: “Shut up and go get a life!” πŸ˜‰

Anything Goes on Sunday

Friends with Benefits 

During the week, I came across two interesting blog hops, which I thought I’d share with you:

  1. The Let’s Get Real Blog Hop is all about Healthy Living–  real food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from real people. This week it’s being hosted by the lovely Michelle Nahom of A Dish of Daily Life. Please make sure you read the post and follow the steps required before adding your link/s.
  2. The Feature Friday Hop hosted by Marcia Shaw Wyatt of Blogitudes. I came across this thanks to my newest blog buddy via the A to Z Challenge, Cristina Trindad of Filling My Prayer Closet mentioning me on her Feature Friday post. Now Cristina is a real find and not because she mentioned me – but I love her bubbly personality!

A reminder about another regular blog hop – Today’s Gratitude List – by Laurel Regan of Alphabet Salad. While you’re there check out Laurel’s lovely posts for the A to Z – she’s tangling through the challenge.

And of course, there’s a fab (even if I say so myself) Wednesday prompt at Write Tribe.

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Recommended Reading

I would  like to mention the interesting journey through some special parts of Kerala that Meena Menon has taken us on this week. José and I absolutely love Kerala and recommend it as a holiday destination even though both of us trace our  roots to Goa.

Vidya Sury‘s ‘K’ post introduced us to an amazing Indian woman I had never heard of before: Kamala Sohonie.

Here are two posts about flowers as random acts of kindness – one from Carol Cassara and the other from Fran Sorin.

And if you’re a dog lover, you’ll really appreciate Carol Graham‘s dog stories – tails tales of all the dogs her family has had and their interesting personalities. Guilie Castillo Oriard‘s Life In Dogs too is worth following.

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Books I’ve read recently
I reviewed Kristan Higgins’ All I Ever Wanted on From 7Eight last week, and mentioned that she was fast becoming one of my favourite fun-read authors. I was lucky to get a copy of her latest Waiting On You (Hqn) via NetGalley and of course I had to read it immediately.

The outline: Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love… just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis and staying more or less happily single. See, ten years ago, Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart… an experience Colleen doesn’t want to have again, thanks. Since then, she’s been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting and playing matchmaker to her friends.

But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town, handsome as ever and still the only man who’s ever been able to crack her defenses. Seems like maybe they’ve got some unfinished business waiting for them—but to find out, Colleen has to let her guard down, or risk losing a second chance with the only man she’s ever loved.

My views: This is part of Kristan Higgins’ Blue Heron series and I’ve read most of them, but they’re good in isolation too. Waiting on You didn’t disappoint me – especially since Colleen is a really colourful character – the life of the pub – and seeing a softer side of her character was great too. I am an unabashed fan of chick-lit and this one rated high with me.

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Are you the kind of person who starts a book and have to read it to the end no matter what time of day or night it is – if you like it, that is? I certainly am. So yesterday I picked up Conditional Love
by Cathy Bramley and had to read it to the end.

All her life she has dreamed of a home of her own, so what’s holding her back? Sophie Stone, thirty-something serial procrastinator, lover of Take That, Tesco knickers and tea with two sugars, rarely steps out of her comfort zone.
So when an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt she’s never met forces her to meet her father, it threatens the very foundations of Sophie’s world.
What did the old lady want her to discover? Was there more to her parents’ break up than she was lead to believe?
Sophie will have to face some startling home truths before she can finally build a future on her own terms.

My views – Oh yes, it’s a regular plot. But I found all the characters lovable and believable too.

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I liked it so much, that ‘conditional love’ was the prompt for 100 Words on Saturday on Write Tribe! πŸ˜‰

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Now you know how this works – if you wrote a post today (Sunday, 13th March), leave a link here and a comment. Thanks.


36 Comments

  1. Aditi Aditi April 15, 2014

    You feeling better now, I hope! Little Johnny wants to play…oh yes! A-Z taxing but such a lot of fun too!! I have my house filled with relatives, all cousins going bersek with excitement! Last night I was writing my L post and the youngest who has just finished with class 10 exams was emotionally blackmailing me!! Haha… I am taking one day at a time and doing my best! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      A little better – not a hundred percent, Aditi. Thanks for asking. That you’re managing to produce such quality posts in the midst of the ‘chaos’ speaks highly of you! β™₯

  2. Stephanie Faris Stephanie Faris April 15, 2014

    It does feel a little like homework, doesn’t it? LOL. I’m just sticking with reading the blogs of people who comment mine consistently. I found if I followed my RSS feed…too many of them never returned the favor after a while. Still, it’s a lot to keep up with!

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge signup page. Great to meet you!

    Stephanie Faris, author
    30 Days of No Gossip

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      You’re right, Stephanie. Especially when you don’t want to end up making meaningless comments.
      Thanks for dropping by. Off to check out your blog and book.

  3. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom April 15, 2014

    Loved that cartoon.. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the blog hopping I need to do. But it’s fun too and there are some blogs I hate to miss! Conditional love sounds like a good read. Maybe after April…. πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      Don’t let the challenge keep you from those jalebis – blogs will stay, jalebis are a fast-moving item! πŸ˜‰

  4. Marcia Marcia April 14, 2014

    Thank you for the wonderful shout out and mention, Corinne! Cristina T is a true gem! I love her posts – she’s always so much fun and fresh air … and now she’s led me to finding you (of which I’m also grateful)! πŸ˜€ Your weekly wrap-up is wonderful! I love it and would be thrilled if you’d join in the fun of the weekly Feature Friday Hop. It starts every Friday, but the link-up runs all the way through Tuesday each week – so there would always be time to add your Anything Goes On Sunday posts to the hop if you’re interested. Your excellent posts would bring a lot of great reading to it – which is what it’s all about. πŸ˜€

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      You’re most welcome, Marcia. Next week, I’ll join the Feature Friday Hop. You did tell me I could, but I got stuck on the ‘Friday’ part of it.

  5. Shiva Shiva April 14, 2014

    AtoZ is taking its toll.. I still have to catch up on so many posts and work also not making it any easier for me… But I am loving it!! So now we know from where the prompt got its inspiration..The book does sound gripping. Wont say will pick it up ..coz i have already said that to some of the book reviews and my To-Read list is already overflowing …

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      Shiva – my advice is to first focus on writing your posts – the other blogs aren’t going anywhere – we can always catch up! That’s what I’m doing, anyway.
      And I’m not likely to give up my book reading for blog reading anytime soon! πŸ˜‰

  6. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg April 14, 2014

    I liked what you said to that voice πŸ˜€
    Chicklit is my absolute favorite. Must check this one out!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      I like how all the chicklit fans are coming out of the closet, Shilpa! πŸ˜‰

  7. Meena Menon Meena Menon April 14, 2014

    Glad u enjoyed it cory! Do lemme know if you’d want to visit taht part of kerala.. I have some recos for you…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      We’re already looking at routes and the site your recommended, Meena! Very tempting, indeed. πŸ™‚

  8. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury April 14, 2014

    I am loving this series you’ve started, Corinne! So I did the stupid and forgot to add the photos to my L post today. Then I remembered I did post yesterday on Mi and hehehe-ed – no…ha ha ha ho ho ho-ed.

    Thank you for the mention!

    As a diehard chicklit fan, I MUST read those books!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      Can I gloat and say I’m loving it too! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for adding the Mi link too.
      And yes, read the books, I say! πŸ™‚

  9. Shailaja V Shailaja V April 14, 2014

    Ah, so that’s where the prompt came from. Interesting one.

    Hope you had a good weekend, Corinne.

  10. Inderpreet Kaur Uppal Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 14, 2014

    Books I am trying to find time to read and and post I am struggling to comment on and share but still cannot resist to blog more and more. What an amazing world has opened up. This is another part of the lovely journey of blogging that I find myself glued to the laptop always. (If only it was possible)
    I just managed to find network and saw the link for the Sunday post and realized , today is not for L but anything else.
    Just loved to link my post here and finding such special readers and guides too.
    Thanks.
    Hope to be around more.
    (Sorry for the comment mix up)

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      As long as you’re enjoying it all, Inderpreet – that’s all that matters! πŸ™‚

  11. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra April 14, 2014

    I wrote a post on Sunday, alright! I actually wasn’t going to, but then sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, in a half-asleep state some words and phrases somehow came to mind from where I don’t know, and those ended up taking a more concrete yet free-flowing form in my mind by the time I was done with my Sunday idli breakfast πŸ™‚ And somehow the Write Tribe’s Saturday prompt got so perfectly woven in the thoughts that were occupying my mind. So obviously it had to go on the blog πŸ™‚ And so there!

    Thanks Corinne for some good blog-hop links here. And for the saturday prompt too πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 15, 2014

      And it all turned out so good, Beloo. I love how our mind works when writing becomes a passion – it truly takes over, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  12. Pratikshya Pratikshya April 14, 2014

    I couldn’t do the A to Z challenge, due to lack of time, for the semester exams …I read the links for ‘conditional love’… liked many…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 14, 2014

      I understand, Pratikshya. It would have been too much pressure. Thank you for your regular comments though, I really appreciate them.

  13. Joyce Joyce April 14, 2014

    Keeping up with other blogs can be tough, but I want to play outside and will.

  14. Kathy Kathy April 14, 2014

    For some reason the A-Z has been especially exhausting this year. Not sure if it was because my kids were on spring break this last week and both sick the entire time, or that I am just getting too old for this. πŸ˜› I am still in the game with posts ready to go until letter P….which is great for me. Because of everything I posted K on Saturday and took the weekend off to chill out and try to get the kids well before they go back to school tomorrow. Once they are on their buses I will be back at it. For this month, unless I get a major burst of energy and creativity I am going to be posting strictly A-Z then resuming my usual writing challenges I enjoy from Write Tribe to the Speak Easy once May arrives. I don’t honestly remember the A-Z being so exhausting of grueling before. β™₯

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 14, 2014

      Tell me about it, Kathy. Last time I visited a minimum of 30 blogs a day. This time, I’m exhausted just posting – but loving it too. Also, I’ve been under the weather, so that didn’t help.

      • Kathy Kathy April 14, 2014

        Hope you are feeling better Corinne. β™₯β™₯

  15. Sulekha Sulekha April 14, 2014

    You have had an interesting few days πŸ™‚ I am not doing much just managing my work and writing for the blogging challenge, and I am exhausted. Reading and commenting on not more than 20 posts on a day.
    The books you mentioned sound good, waiting on you, is my kind of book and I would love to read it. I am a big fan of chick-lit πŸ™‚
    I wrote a post on for 100 words on Saturday, linking it here.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 14, 2014

      Interesting is putting it mildly, Sulekha. 20 visits a day is still a lot – unless we want to get into inane comments – which you don’t make. πŸ™‚
      You will love Kristan Higgins’ writing!
      Thanks for linking your post – it was lovely.

  16. Cristina Cristina April 13, 2014

    I love that you told your RSS feed to get a life! I am out and about with the family, throwing the ball around and bike riding (ok so I was watching). This post came through and it was you mentioning my little bloggy space! Thank you.

    And really, I am the blessed one to have found you! I think I was one of the last ones to join the FB AtoZ group – which introduced me to so many beautiful people and blogs (lookin’ at you Carol Graham!)

    Yay! Happy Palm Sunday!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 14, 2014

      You’re welcome – I just had to mention you, Ms Bubbly! πŸ™‚

  17. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan April 13, 2014

    Thanks for the shout-out, Corinne! And for the compliment on my tangling. I’m having so much fun with it! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 14, 2014

      You’re very welcome, Laurel. Beauty and great ideas must be shared! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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