Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Weekend recap

Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is Things That Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book (what are your immediate turn-offs or dealbreakers when it comes to books?). However, this weekend I went to Rachael Johns Reader Retreat so my theme this week is ten things I liked about the retreat!

Location - The venue was in a small town called Hahndorf which is in the Adelaide hills. The town has a German heritage and is a great tourist destination. There is a strong foodie vibe in the town. I will say it was very rainy, particularly on Saturday night and during the day Sunday. I could have done with the flight changes on the flight home on Sunday but that was a minor inconvenience.

Venue - Luckily I managed to get to share accommodation with someone I hadn't met before so it was just a case of walking up the hill to the venue. Above is the view from the balcony. I can see this as a wedding venue

Car -  Because I was going to see my brother and mother before going to the venue I hired a car which was a Toyota Corolla.  It was a hybrid car which I have never driven before. It was a bit weird to not be able to hear the car when it started.

Merch - There was plenty of goodies in the goodie bag. This is just what we got on arrival and there was more during the weekend.

Pink - The theme for Friday night cocktail party was pink, but there was a whole lot of pink everywhere all weekend! I have realised I could wear something pink for a week and still not run out of clothes.

Food - The food was pretty good, especially the morning and afternoon teas and lunches although I forgot to take photos on Sunday. The Saturday night dinner was ...okay but it was another opportunity to dress up. I went the sparkles route.

The other attendees - Over the weekend I meant a load of new people, but also got to spend some time with people I have known for years!

Speed Dating - One of the sessions was author speed dating. The authors moved around from table to table. Some came bearing gifts of bookmarks or chocolate, others asked us questions. All of them were interesting!

Book club  - There were two book club sessions. I hadn't read one of the books, but the session for the book I had read was really interesting, which was The War Nurses by Anita Hodgson.

Hearing what's coming next - There were lots of conversations about what comes next with all of the authors. We got to see some upcoming covers. For example, this one by Meredith Appleyard which is so gorgeous. I know I want to read this book based only on the cover. There were many others.

I have already paid my deposit for next year!

Have you been to an author/reader retreat?


  1. Not only have I never been to an author / reader retreat but I've never heard of one before now.

    You have opened my eyes. I shall see what I can find. Adding this to my bucket list...

    1. There's a couple of similar author events run by women's fiction/romance authors in the US.

  2. I’m glad you had such a good time. Going on a retreat sounds interesting.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.


  3. I would love to go to an event like this! It sounds like you had loads of fun.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. It is always fun to get close up and personal with authors Pam.

  4. Sounds like you had a great time! I drive a Tesla and it is definitely weird to go from a noisy gas-powered car to a silent EV. Sometimes, I wonder why someone isn't getting out of my way when I drive behind them and then I remember, oh yeah, they can't hear my car! LOL.

    Happy TTT!

    1. It was just starting it that was weird for me Susan! I have no idea how much anyone else can hear!

  5. It sounds like you had a great time! Author "speed dating" sounds like a lot of fun.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/05/30/top-ten-tuesday-422/

    1. It was lots of fun and each of the authors approached it differently.

  6. Wow, the venue looks absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad you had a great time!

    Here's my TTT <3

  7. I'd love to go to such a retreat myself, sounds lovely. There don't seem to be any near me but maybe I can come up with something similar to do with my book club friends. Happy reading! https://readwithstefani.com/did-i-read-the-books-on-my-30-books-to-read-before-i-turn-30-list/