The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.
Ugh, it’s been hot here! How hot you ask?
This is the electronic signage board at the local club that flashes the temperature, time and advertisements. For my American readers, 50C equals 122F
Yes! That hot!
What I Read Last Week
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates
The Boy Who fell to Earth by Kathy Lette
What is Left Over, After by Natasha Lester
The Killing 2 by David Hewson
Rescue heat by Nina Hamilton
Posts this week
(click the titles to read my reviews)
Review: Vengeance by (Ed) Lee Child ★★★1/2
Review: Man Drought by Rachel Johns ★★★★
Review: Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus ★★★★
Review: Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates ★★1/2
Review: The Girl in the Hard Hat by Loretta Hill ★★★★
Review: Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson ★★★
Stuff on Sunday: Personal-Planner Giveaway
What I Am Reading Today
A History of the Present Illness takes readers into overlooked lives in the neighborhoods, hospitals, and nursing homes of San Francisco, offering a deeply humane and incisive portrait of health and illness in America today. An elderly Chinese immigrant sacrifices his demented wife’s well-being to his son’s authority. A busy Latina physician’s eldest daughter’s need for more attention has disastrous consequences. A young veteran’s injuries become a metaphor for the rest of his life. A gay doctor learns very different lessons about family from his life and his work, and a psychiatrist who advocates for the underserved may herself be crazy. Together, these honest and compassionate stories introduce a striking new literary voice and provide a view of what it means to be a doctor and a patient unlike anything we’ve read before.
What I Plan To Read This Week
(click the covers to view at Goodreads)
Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop. 4,243 At Madeline’s Tea Salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones. But across town, other Avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past: Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband’s affair. Ava Catalina is mourning the love of her life and helping her young son grow up without his father. Local plumber Yvonne Tate is smart, beautiful, and new to Avalon, but finds that despite a decade of living life on her own terms, the past has a way of catching up—no matter where she goes. And Frances Latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China—unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption. Enter Bettie Shelton, the irascible founder of the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. Under Bettie’s guidance, even the most reluctant of Avalon’s residents come to terms with their past and make bold decisions about their future. But when the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable.
Once upon a time… A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold lump of gold. In legends he became known as The Goblin King. For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled: A Willing Queen. But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy him forever.
The Man of Her Dreams He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter’s illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right. In a Land of Nightmares After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his newfound freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he’s accumulated, he still doesn’t know how to heal Amanda’s daughter–and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he’d risk anything…including a retun to the Shadowlands.
Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost–all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men. Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn’t deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?
While you are here…
Winner of Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor: Antonietta
Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 prize Draw Winner: Valli’s Book Den
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