The Week: 19th – 25th February

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I have no idea why it keeps starting partway through!

Plenty of Winter Olympics-watching happened this week. The best moment was Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning ice dance gold.

R.I.P. to Emma Chambers

Kyiv Ukraine Euromaidan Memorials Sonya Heaney May 2016

This week marked four years since the pro-Russian snipers opened fire on the public in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. The war rages on, even though I haven’t seen it in the Australian, European, or American news for a long time.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won the men's aerials freestyle skiing gold medal to break Belarus' dominance in the event at the Winter Olympics..

Ukraine did win a gold medal in Pyeongchang, however!

My review of Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Lisa Kleypas News

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Out Soon

The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Reread: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Bombing of London Library

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Yay, Canada!

Olympic Ice Dance Champions 2018 Tessa Virtue Scott Moir Pyeongchang Korea Canada

Sorry to everyone who comes here for the book reviews! I promise I’m back to regular stuff tomorrow.

However, how can I not have a little celebration for Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for their incredible (third!) Olympic gold medal win only minutes ago?

Olympic Ice Dance Champions 2018 Tessa Virtue Scott Moir Pyeongchang Korea Canada.

I want to shoot Australian TV executives, who this year have decided to show all the skating on a three-hour delay. However, at least I’m not going to have a breakdown watching it as it happens. I  follow the live scores, and then watch on television, content knowing the results before I see them.

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

This is a “young” new adult book about a Russian/American girl hoping for figure skating gold at the 2014 Olympics. By “young”, I mean it’s a sweet story (no sex, for example), and the heroine is believably sheltered because of the intense training she has been doing most of her life.

It seems this is the daughter of characters from the author’s earlier series, but that doesn’t matter – I haven’t read those other books yet, and you won’t need to either.

The best thing about Jennifer Comeaux’s writing is that she is a figure skating expert. The author knows *everything* about the sport, and it makes such a difference. I’ve read some other Winter Olympic-themed books recently, and it was great to see how much better Comeaux is at getting the sport right.

The love interest in Gold Rush is a little too perfect to be believable, and the ending is a little predictable, but this would make a great read for young adult fans who are inspired by the current Winter Games.

The Week: 12th – 18th February

IMG_5664 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

IMG_5673 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

Monday summer sunset in Canberra.

Another hot week, which has made watching the Winter Olympics an odd experience!

The National Multicultural Festival is on here in Canberra at the moment, and we braved the heat and the crowds yesterday afternoon to pay a visit. Should have worn something traditionally Ukrainian!

The Middle Eastern/Gulf section was very strategically organised this year, including the Palestinian part, which has Trump to thank for the slightly awkward Jerusalem billboards. Also notable: Qatar was nowhere near countries like the United Arab Emirates.

We finished it all off with drinks at a Hawaiian bar.

My review of Medal Up: A Winter Games Duology by Nicole Flockton and Fiona Marsden

 Medal Up A Winter Games Duology by Nicole Flockton and Fiona M Marsden

Recommended Olympic-Themed Read

Walk on the Wild Side (One Hot Fling #2) by Natalie Anderson

Fifty Shades is still going?

Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades Freed 2018 Reviews IMDB 3.5 out of 10

Go Canada!

Tessa Virtue Scott Moir Team Event Ice Dance Figure Skating Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 12th February 2018

More Olympic Stuff

Ukrainian Aljona Savchenko and Frernch Bruno Massot of Germany won gold. Pairs Figure Skating Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Korea 2018

Second Sport Update

Jarryd Hughes

I think everybody should know…

Diaper Duty Vampire (Vampires of Amber Heights Book 1) by R E Mullins

Recommended Olympic-themed read.

I was going through my “favourites’ shelf on Goodreads the other day, in search of a book recommendation for someone, and came across a book I read years ago that I remember I enjoyed.

Set in New Zealand, and with a winter sport theme, this is a good one if you’re in the Winter Olympic spirit (go Korea! I used to live there, and am dying to go back for a visit soon).

Natalie Anderson is an author I binged on a while ago. She has such a great tone when she writes, and always feels really contemporary and easy to relate to.

Walk on the Wild Side (One Hot Fling #2) by Natalie Anderson

Walk on the Wild Side (One Hot Fling #2) by Natalie Anderson

A fling with sinfully hot champion snowboarder Jack Greene isn’t Kelsi Reid’s normal behaviour…but one glimpse of his wicked eyes has Kelsi throwing caution to the deep blue sea (along with her clothes!). After all, who better to go crazy with than a man who deserves a gold medal for his prowess on the slopes and in the bedroom…?
Then Kelsi crashes down with a terrifying bump—of the baby kind. They couldn’t be worse matched—Jack is Mr. Right-Now, while Kelsi craves stability. But it’s hard to keep your feet on the ground once you’ve met the man who turns your world upside down….

Second Sport Update!

Jarryd Hughes

I am sure most countries behave like this. In fact, I’ve been in a number of different countries during an Olympic Games, and know they do.

However. Australia picked two male athletes to turn into “superstars”, and nobody else on our Olympic Team mattered. One snowboarder was featured nonstop for MONTHS before these Games, but he did not win a medal in his event today.

A *different* Australian just won the silver medal in Snowboard Cross, but he wasn’t the “right” winner. Even as I type this, they’re interviewing the guy they picked to win a medal, even though he crashed.

This is our third medal, and second silver so far – not bad for a beach country not good at the snow stuff!

So. Here’s to Jarryd Hughes!