It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


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My youngest daughter turned 11 – I took her and a friend to see Frozen at the movies, McDonalds for dinner and made her an icecream birthday cake (loaded with caramello chocolate, maltesers, M&M’s and marshmellows and covered with ice magic and sprinkles). With my husband back at work though the kids and I have mostly been taking it easy for the last week, sleeping in and lazing around. It has been too hot to do much anyway and the air conditioning is too comfortable. Despite that, I don’t seem to have a lot of time for myself so I am still not reading as much as usual…

What I Read Last Week

Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden

The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall

Kids These Days by Drew Perry

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson ★★★1/2

AWW Feature: Kathryn Ledson on Trusting the Process

Review: The Girl in the Yellow Vest by Loretta Hill ★★★1/2

Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly ★★★1/2

Review & Giveaway: Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden ★★★★

Review: Call Me Sasha by Geena Leigh ★★★

Weekend Cooking: Monkeying Around

Review: The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall ★★★

What I Am Reading Today

She Wasn’t Cut Out for His World… The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they’re sure to die. And to get to the King, she’ll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt… He Can’t Imagine Life Without Her.. Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever…

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

THE SWEETEST SCANDAL Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense – which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiance. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable – and as iron-willed as ever… THE TRUEST TEMPTATION Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing – when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. Convincing her will take more than a simple proposal, however. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

Lucy Black must protect the young and vulnerable…but can she protect herself? Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body. The only clues to the dead teenager’s last movements are stored in her mobile phone and on social media – and it soon becomes clear that her ‘friends’ were not as trustworthy as she thought. Lucy is no stranger to death: she is still haunted by the memory of child she failed to save, and the killer she failed to put behind bars. And with a new boss scrutinizing her every move, she is determined that – this time – she will leave no margin for error. Hurt is a tense crime thriller about how, in the hands of a predator, trust can turn into terror.

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as—tonight—another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning’s life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago. As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired. Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy. Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives. Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 14:07:19

    Hurt sounds really good….thanks for sharing, and enjoy!


  2. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 14:15:00

    Great reading week! WOW!!!


  3. Teddyree
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 15:09:29

    Can’t wait to see what you think of Christina Brooke’s new one and gee is that the start of a new series by Alyxandra Harvey?? Have a great week and happy reading :)


  4. thebookdate
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 15:36:36

    I haven’t read any books in the fairy realm as yet!! Still coping with vampires – not that well! Looks like you had a profitable reading week.


  5. readingwritingandriesling
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 16:36:11

    A Breath of Frost is on my list too… :)


  6. Kimberly (@TurninThePages)
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 18:07:42

    I have been wanting to try Shona Husk for ages! I hoe you enjoy all your reads this week :)
    Come see my It’s Monday Post :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages


  7. readerbuzz
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 23:11:43

    Lots of new-to-me books. Thanks for sharing these!

    Here’s my It’s Monday post!


  8. Jade @ Bits & Bobs
    Jan 13, 2014 @ 23:42:09

    I want that cake! And your weather for that matter!
    These books are all new to me, the cover is Snowblind is catching my eye. :-)


  9. Judith
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 01:03:19

    You’re having a relaxed summer, very nice. A pity it’s a bit too hot for your liking. We have warm winter at the moment (5-12 celcius) which I’m enjoying. Happy reading this week.


  10. Lisa
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 02:38:55

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I hope you enjoy Snowblind and everything else!


  11. Kailana
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 02:53:47

    Every time I see A Breath of Frost I keep thinking people are reading Jennifer Estep’s Frost series. Hope you can back into a reading routine soon. :)


  12. Greg
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 07:37:16

    Looks like a great week, Cemetery Girl looks interesting (I saw that at the bookstore over the weekend, interesting cover) and A Breath of frost sounds good too. Enjoy your week!


  13. islandkylie
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:53:22

    Looks like a good reading week. Thanks for visiting my blog!


  14. Elizabeth
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 11:26:55

    Happy Birthday to your daughter.

    Another GREAT reading week for you. You totally amaze me at the number of books you read.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading


  15. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 11:46:57

    What a cutie! Happy birthday to her. I’m dying to read Cemetery Girl. I already have a hold on it at the library.


  16. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 13:10:13

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! Your great reading week as added to my TBR list.


  17. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 13:38:26

    That looks like an awesome birthday cake! Great job! I’ve fallen behind on the Mickey Haller series but I do enjoy it. Have a great week!


  18. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 14:40:11

    The Greatest Lover Ever sounds good – and that’s quite a label he has to live up to! Hope you have a great week, Shelleyrae!


  19. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 22:11:13

    That ice cream cake looks delicious! Looks like the school holiday have been keeping your pretty busy :-)


  20. MarthaE
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 14:56:13

    Happy Birthday to your daughter. That cake looks yummy.
    You have been doing well for not reading as much. :-)
    Hurt caught my eye and I will be interested in your comments.
    Happy Reading.


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