book review: shift by hugh howey

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.


From the press release:

In a future less than fifty years away, the world is still as we know it. Time continues to tick by. The truth is that it is ticking away.

A powerful few know what lies ahead.

They are preparing for it.

They are trying to protect us.

They are setting us on a path from which we can never return. Read More


wedding planning: setting a budget


Better start saving now!

Planning weddings not only take a lot of time, they also cost A LOT of money. In fact, the average Australian wedding costs an average of $36,000. Before I started planning a wedding, I thought this was absolutely crazy. What on earth were these people doing? Then in my initial enquiries, I realised how easy it would be to spend that much. But I am determined not to. I don’t want to come back from my honeymoon swimming in debt or with no money. So after setting a date, DG and I had to sit down and figure out a budget.

This is where the fun stops. No, really. Weddings are expensive. Read More

wedding planning: setting a date


A few people have asked and I’ve decided it could be fun, so here is the first of I don’t know how many blogs relating to the process of planning the wedding!

Setting A Date

When you get engaged, the first thing that everyone asks is “when are you thinking of getting married?” I know this, because I am generally one of the askers. As DG and many other newly engaged men will say “I was more just thinking about the actual proposal and hadn’t really thought much further ahead then that”. For the girls, if they are like me and have a time of year in mind, it will all depend on when they got engaged.

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book review: life after life by kate atkinson

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.


From the press release:

Kate Atkinson’s stunning new novel spans the most turbulent events of the 20th century and asks:

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Read More

don’t read posts on weddings (except this one)

Originally published on KiKi & Tea

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

As you all know, I got engaged recently. Even though many people expect me to be like Monica from “Friends” with a massive binder filled with every wedding idea I have ever had, I’m not. Surprised? You aren’t alone. I am enjoying filling the amazing wedding binder I bought from kikki k and the “wedding notes” book my lovely sister gave me. You see, while I haven’t planned everything already in my head, I have waited my whole life to plan a wedding.

This may be less impressive to some given the fact that I am only 22, but I have always found the thought of planning a wedding to be incredible. When one of my coworkers told me how relieved she felt when wedding planning was over, I couldn’t understand and thought it would be different for me. Now, I am starting to see what she means.

Everyone has an opinion on weddings. Read More

a personal engagement


Hello my lovely readers, I am terribly sorry for my absence. I know that I’ve been posting book reviews (and currently running a bit behind, oops) and award show wrap-ups, but I haven’t really been posting much personal content. That seems a bit weird considering it is called “the musings of monique” and I haven’t really been offering many musings lately.

As many of you will know, around three weeks ago, I became engaged to the most amazing man I have ever met and you can read just a little bit about that here. Why just a little bit? Well, sit down my friends, for we have a story. Read More

interview with sara foster

Sara Foster

I recent read Australian author Sara Foster’s third novel Shallow Breath after Random House Australia so kindly sent me a copy of the book to review. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel that explored themes of animal cruelty. You can read my review here. I was also given the opportunity to interview Sara, something I was very excited about (it’s always fun to interview authors after reading their work) and Sara was so lovely in her responses. Hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did! Read More

book review: run to me by diane hester

This book was sent to me by Random House Australia. I have been asked to write a review and my review is truthful to my opinion of the book.

Run to Me

From the press release:

It’s been two years since Shyler O’Neil’s beloved son Jesse was killed – but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of nothern Maine.

Meanwhile, Zack Ballinger – a ten-year-old boy who has never known a mother’s love – finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s seen too much and is now running for his life.

Fleeing into the woods, Zack soon finds himself at Shyler’s cabin. He’ll take whatever help she can give – even though, for some reason, she keeps calling him Jesse… Read More