The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.
Look what I got in the mail this week..my very own Personal Planner. Isn’t it fab? I’m using it just for keeping things organised here at Book’d Out.
I’m off this week to attend the Harlequin Summit and I can’t wait! I get to enjoy a day with author Rachel Vincent and a bunch of other book bloggers and I am so looking forward to meeting them all! You can read more about it HERE
The preparation for leaving my family behind for three days is less fun – laundry, frozen meals and lunches and a schedule for hubby to to keep track of who needs what when.
I have been working (and reading) feverishly to ensure my blog review deadlines will be met as well!
What I Read Last Week
Trickster (The Ustari Cycle #1} by Jeff Sommers
Love with a Chance of Drowning: A memoir by Torre DeRoche
Escaping the Arroyo by Joyce Nance
I’ll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde
Long and Short Australian Stories by Margaret Lynn Sharp
Pulling Down the Stars by James Laidler (DNF)
Blood Bound (Undone #1) by Rachel Vincent
Shadow Bound (Undone #2) by Rachel Vincent
The Sunburnt Country by Fiona Palmer
(click the titles to read my reviews)
Review: Under the Gun by Hannah Jayne ★★★
Review: Blackwattle Lake by Pamela Cook ★★★★1/2
Review: Escaping the Arroyo by Joyce Nance ★★★
Review: Love with a Chance of Drowning: A memoir by Torre DeRoche ★★★★
Review: The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie ★★★1/2
Review: Long and Short Australian Stories by Margaret Lynette Sharp ★★★
What I Am Reading Today
Fever casts a brilliant light over the life of a figure once described as ‘the most dangerous woman in America’. Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York, is headstrong and brave, a woman who has battled fiercely to better her lot in life and keep her wayward lover Alfred on the straight and narrow. She works her way up the ranks to cook for the wealthiest families in Manhattan, but leaves a trail of death and disease in her wake. When she is imprisoned in complete isolation, despite being perfectly healthy herself, she refuses to understand her paradoxical situation. Condemned by press and public alike, she is branded a murderer, but continues to fight for her freedom. Mary Beth Keane’s fictional account is as fiercely compelling as Typhoid Mary herself and Keane presents us with a very cleverly wrought conundrum: was Mary Mallon a selfish monster, or was she a hounded innocent?
What I Plan To Read This Week
(click the covers to view at Goodreads)
Bestelling author Carolyn Brown makes her first foray into women’s fiction with this poignant and hilarious novel about four friends in Cadillac, Texas—where the best jalapenos in the world are grown. Everything is calm in Cadillac, Texas until Aunt Agnes declares war on Violet Prescott, the president of the Blue-Ribbon Jalapeno Society, just in time for the annual jubilee. But after the festivities—and the hostilities—are over, it’s four friends who are left standing, proving once again that friendship is forever.
Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow floats towards her in the supermarket, wanting to engage her services, she stops to listen. Most people in Byron Bay are aware of the eccentric Anemone sisters. Always dressed in black, they rarely leave their home nestled in the hills – but Scout is sure that the drinking of chicken blood is just idle gossip. When Hermione asks Scout to track down sister Nemony’s AWOL husband, believed to have died at sea thirty years ago, but recently popped up again on the Great Barrier Reef, Scout, checking there is no eye of newt in Hermione’s shopping trolley, jumps at the chance. Another source of intrigue falls close to home when Scout’s sister Harper despairs over her husband’s odd behaviour. And if that weren’t enough, Scout’s journalist boyfriend is finally coming home from Afghanistan. Trouble is, Scout thinks she may be falling in love with irresistible local cop Rafe – who coincidentally is also Toby’s best friend…
Small towns can keep big secrets. Bequeathed a century-old house, four estranged friends return to their home town, Calingarry Crossing, where each must stay for a season at The Dandelion House to fulfil the wishes of their benefactor, Gypsy. But coming home to the country stirs shameful memories of the past, including the tragic end-of-school muck up day accident twenty years earlier. Sara, a breast cancer survivor afraid to fall in love; Poppy, a tough, ambitious journo still craving her father’s approval; Amber, a spoilt socialite addicted to painkillers and cosmetic procedures; and Caitlin, a doctor frustrated by her controlling family. At The Dandelion House, the women will discover something about themselves and a secret that ties all four to each other and to the house – forever.
High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue, a sexy werewolf, arrives at her door. Adam informs her that someone wants her dead and he is there to protect her. Hell’s bells! When a demon begins stalking her, Mona has to suspect her coven members, and even her family. With two handsome men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead . . . and who really wants her.
While you are here…
I might not get a chance to do much visiting this week but I will try my best.
Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be along to visit you shortly!