It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.


It’s been a busy week and as the end of year draws near it is only going to get crazier for me. The youngest children are being formally invested into their scout troop, I have three separate end of year school presentations to attend, my oldest daughter has performances at Carols by Candlelight and Carols by Glowstick (which the whole family will attend), my youngest son’s birthday party is planned for next weekend and my husband’s birthday is just two weeks away. There are also Christmas parties, family get together’s and a few other random events to negotiate and I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet! My children finish up school for the 6 weeks of Summer holidays on Dec 16th which means a lot less ‘me’ time until they go back to school in February. I’m feeling exhausted already!

What I Read Last Week

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin

Where Have You Been? by Wendy James

Sister Pact by Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter

The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rossetti

Reviews Posted

(click the titles to read my reviews)

The Toe Tag Quintet by Matthew Condon ★★1/2

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole ★★

Absolution Creek by Nicole Alexander ★★

The Storyteller’s Daughter by Maria Goodin ★★

Bedpan Blues by Sandy Thorne ★★1/2

The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti ★★

What I Am Reading Today

@ Goodreads

In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant… until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.  As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe’s life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible. When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia. Soon, Gabe’s world will be turned upside down, and he will learn shocking truths about who he is . . . and who he can – or cannot – trust. A fantastic, action-packed adventure starting in Paris and returning to Morgravia – this wonderful epic adventure grabs the reader from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

@ Goodreads

Have you ever felt the need to start again? Dumped by text message, Edie flees Sydney for the refuge of her childhood home, taking only a wilting bonsai as a reminder of her failure. But in this small coastal town, shy, awkward Edie has always lived in the shadow of her surf champion father. How can she move on from her ex — and from her past? Her best friend and life-coach, Sally, is full of dubious advice, but Edie finds there are many ways to mess things up all by herself. A new-found talent for erotic writing, a job drawing crab larvae, unrequited lust for a professor with hidden depths and a maddening musician with troubles of his own add to her swag of problems. And then things get complicated … A tender and witty tale about finding your voice, falling in love … and crab sex.

@ Goodreads

How far would you go to save someone you love? Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family.  Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter Maya, who’s nurturing her own dangerous plan; to her brother Jackson, who blames himself; and to her close friend Pete, who has spent years shielding her from a devastating truth.  But as Desi returns to her beloved house by the ocean, there is a stranger waiting for her. Someone who needs her help. Someone whose arrival will reveal a chain of secrets hidden for over twenty years. And one by one the family will be forced to confront the possibility that they have somehow got things terribly, tragically wrong … Set across five continents, Shallow Breath is a compelling novel of dashed dreams and second chances. But most of all it is a story about love, and what it really means to be free.

@ Goodreads

Cora is ‘over’ being alone. She has no family, and all her friends are couples. Fed up with feeling sorry for herself, Cora hatches a plan to find a good, loving man she can call her own. Her deadline is Christmas – she doesn’t want to spend another holiday by herself. Just as she decides her strategy, she meets Matt, her downstairs neighbor. They become unlikely friends, with Matt an amused bystander as Cora tries various methods in search of a man. Then something strange happens. Matt, who spends his life avoiding commitment, begins to feel jealous of the men Cora is dating and his resolve to never fall in love begins to crumble. Cora finds herself increasingly attracted to Matt. But is he Good Husband material? She thinks not. A light-hearted, contemporary romance about a young woman who goes looking for love, only to find it right under her nose.

@ Goodreads

If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar. You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself. Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger? A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.  Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura Fabiani
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:35:58

    From your titles I can see that you’re like me, an eclectic reader. Enjoy your reading week!


  2. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:40:43

    You had a great week of reading! I am off to check out your 4 star reads.


  3. Erin @Quixotic Magpie
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 15:02:56

    Oo The Scrivener’s Tale sounds so good! I will have to read it! Have a great week!


  4. caspette
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 17:15:04

    I read an except of “Shallow Breath” and the writing has intrigued me that is for sure. The Scrivener’s Tale sound good as well. You really did have a busy week.


  5. Paula
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 22:03:40

    I have a few of these on my reading list as well and I also loved Absolution Creek :) I haven’t been able to fit much reading in of late, but hope to change that very soon! I’m currently reading Bridie’s Choice by Karly Lane.


  6. Teddyree
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 23:11:09

    Some new to me books on your list this week but I think I’ll pick up Absolution Creek. It’s a busy time of the year, I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet and the tree is up but still not decorated LOL.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)


  7. Heather
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 00:32:52

    Sex, Lie, and Bonsai and The Scrivener’s tale sound good.


  8. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 00:49:21

    Wow! All of your upcoming reads are grabbing me! If I had to pick one, it would be challenging. The Scrivener’s Tale looks very good; but then, so does Shallow Breath. I’ll be watching for your reviews!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.


  9. Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 02:05:36

    The Scrivener’s Tale sounds really exciting! I hope yo


  10. Dollycas
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 02:08:57

    I am tired just reading what you have ahead. I have been doing most of my Christmas shopping online this year and it has relieved a lot of stress for me.

    I hope you still find time to read, :)


    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Dec 11, 2012 @ 09:20:01

      I was hoping to do some online shopping but postage adds so much to the price in most cases it just isn’t worth it


  11. vintagefrills
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 05:27:16

    You did so well getting so much read while busy with kids!

    have a lovely week, and enjoy all those family comitments! :-)


  12. joyweesemoll
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 10:34:19

    Sex, Lies, & Bonsai sounds fun!


  13. therelentlessreader
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 11:20:17

    Sex, Lies & Bonsai sounds interesting ;) Have a fab week!!


  14. yvonne473
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 12:58:58

    Great week! I hope this one is too!


  15. Lindsey
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 14:49:34

    You are certainly a busy mama this week! I hope you find some time to read all of your books in the midst of everything going on!


  16. Leeswammes
    Dec 11, 2012 @ 19:41:42

    You’ve got a lot of parties to go to (or organise)! Have a good week, hope you find some time to relax with a book.


  17. Mystica
    Dec 12, 2012 @ 02:33:38

    Like the mix!


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