It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Hmm,  I’m not sure I remember exactly what I did last week. I think it was, thankfully, rather non eventful. We seem to be finally finding our feet managing the various family schedules, though this coming week will likely be a test with the addition of the AFL season for the boys, my youngest daughter going on her first three day Scout hike and my ‘Uncle’s’ 70th birthday celebration – a three hour drive away. What I am looking forward to most is lunch with the girls this Thursday, watching Sherlock Season 1 & 2 and reading {of course}.

What are you looking forward to this week?

What I Read Last Week

Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter

Tiddas by Anita Heiss

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

The Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt

Werewolf Sings The Blues by Jennifer Harlow

Mountain Ash by Margareta Osborn

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review & Giveaway: Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter ★★★★

Review: Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany ★★★

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Q&A with Anita Heiss

Review & Giveaway: Tiddas by Anita Heiss ★★★1/2

Review:  Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler  ★★★★

Review: Werewolf Sings the Blues by Jennifer Harlow ★★★

Weekend Cooking: The Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt ★★★

What I Am Reading Today

The Wardrobe Girl is a delightfully witty novel full of romance and family dramas, plus an irresistible behind-the-scenes peek at life on a soap. ‘It’s just string bikinis, thongs and boardies on Pretty Beach Rescue. You could do it drunk and standing on your head.’ After the humiliating end of her last relationship, this is just what TV costume designer, Tess Appleby, needs to hear. Sure, a wardrobe assistant on a soap is a step down from her gig at the BBC, but all Tess wants is an easy life . . . Unfortunately she’s barely arrived on set before she’s warding off the attentions of the show’s heartthrob, Sean Tyler – and, as a consequence, the hostility of its other star, Bree Brenner. And if the pressures and politics of working on a TV drama aren’t enough, she’s living with her high-maintenance mother, an ageing celebrity, and her infuriating sister Emma, an aspiring actress. Still, Tess is certain she can deal with everything they throw at her – until Jake Freeman, her ex-fiancé, the man she last saw eight years ago as he walked away and broke her heart, is named the show’s new director…

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

The panic began to set in when Annabelle Gurwitch turned 49. Suddenly, new and pernicious health problems began to plague her, solicitations from the AARP began flooding her mailbox, and a marriage proposal on Twitter was abruptly rescinded when the tweeter caught a glimpse of Gurwitch’s age.  A visit to her gynecologist ended not with one of his usual benign send-offs stay healthy, stay happy, stay hydrated, but instead with the slightly ominous: Stay funny.  In this new collection of essays, Gurwitch has taken her gynecologist’s advice to heart. Whether she’s lusting after the young man fixing her computer, navigating the extensive anti-aging offerings in the Barneys beauty department, or negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenage son, Gurwitch bravely turns an unflinching eye towards the myriad of issues women can expect to encounter in their later years.

Forgive me, Dorothea, for I cannot forgive you. What you do, to this child, to this child’s mother, it is wrong… Roberta likes to collect the letters and postcards she finds in the books that pass through her hands in the second-hand shop where she works. When her father gives her some of her grandmother’s belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the grandfather she never knew – dated after he supposedly died in the war. Dorothy is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When an aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets a Polish Squadron Leader, Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her granddaughter many years later… Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase is a heartbreaking debut novel about family secrets, soulmates and missed opportunities.

Two strangers meet on a windswept car lot in West Texas. Marcus is fleeing the disastrous fallout of chasing a lifelong dream; Maria is returning to the hometown she fled years ago, to make amends. They begin to argue over the car that they both desperately want a low-slung sky-blue twenty-year-old Buick Electra. The car, too, has seen its share of mistakes and failures. Every dent and seam has witnessed pivotal moments in the lives of others, from the boy who assembled it at the Cleveland factory to all the owners who were to follow: a God-fearing man who sells it when he sees a sexy girl sprawled across it; a doctor who can t dissociate it from his son s fate; a girl with a hole in her heart; and a rancher’s wife who d much rather live without it for all the history it carries. Marcus and Maria, after knowing each other for less than an hour, decide to buy the old car together. And as this surprising novel follows the rocky paths of the Electra and its owners both past and present these two lost souls find solace in an unexpected alliance. “All I Have In This World” is a tender, compelling novel about our desire to reconcile the past with the present, and the ways we must learn to forgive others, and perhaps even ourselves, if we are ever to move on.

On an impulse, Trudi-Ann Tierney, Sydney producer and former actress, goes to Kabul to manage a bar. She quickly falls into the local TV industry, where she becomes responsible for producing a highly popular soapie. Trudi’s staff are hugely inexperienced. They include Habib, the Pashto poet who wants to insert allegorical scenes involving fighting ants into the scripts; Rashid, the Dari manager, who spends all day surreptitiously watching uncensored Hindi music videos; and the Pakistani actresses who cross the border to Jalalabad (‘Jallywood’) to perform roles that no Afghan actresses can take on without bringing shame to their families. Trudi lives among the expat community – the media, the burnt-out army types now working as security contractors, the ‘Do-Gooders’, the diplomats – in dubious guest houses like The Dirty Diana. This is ‘Ka-bubble’, where the reckless encounters with each other, with alcohol and of course with recreational drugs are as dangerous as the city’s streets. Here are crazy people living crazy lives, and locals trying to survive as best they can against the backdrop of war.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane—and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too.

While you are here…

Congratulate the winner of The Lost Girls by Wendy James: Erin P!

Congratulate the winner of The Curl Up and Dye: Donna L!

Enter to WIN Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter { open worldwide }

Enter to WIN Tiddas by Anita Heiss {Australian readers only}

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll try to be along to visit you shortly!

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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cleopatralovesbooks
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 08:44:10

    Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase is an excellent read so I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be keen to see what you think of The Divorce Papers :-)


  2. Martha Eskuchen
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 11:46:34

    You have quite a list. And of course life continues beyond our reading doesn’t it?
    Enjoy your reading!


  3. Teddyree
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 12:35:19

    Sounds like you have another manic week coming up, those schedules take some juggling. Mrs Sinclaire’s Suitcase appeals to me, looking forward to your thoughts. Happy reading Shelleyrae :)


  4. thebookdate
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 16:08:22

    Hmm I noticed your rating for The Wardrobe Girl and thought you must have enjoyed it. I am a bit snowed under with reads at present but perhaps in the future!


  5. islandkylie
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 19:06:17

    I’ve just put Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase and I See You Made an Effort on hold at the library – Maybe I can return the favour if you check out my Monday here :-)


  6. Mystica
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 21:36:41

    I’ve seen The Divorce Papers on several blogs. Look forward to your review.


  7. Jade @ Bits & Bobs
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 21:43:56

    Your current read sounds very light hearted and fun – it’s always nice to have such a novel as a reading option. Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase has piqued my interested, I’ve noted it down to look further in to that one!
    Happy Reading! :-)


  8. Colletta
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 22:21:55

    It sounds like you have a very busy week ahead. Enjoy your reading time :)



  9. faith hope & cherrytea
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 22:56:01

    Oh the Wardrobe Girl sounds hilarious – great light reading – Enjoy!


  10. Erin
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 00:21:56

    I really want to read Shotgun Lovesongs!! It is at the top of my list of wants right now. Lol. Have a great week!


  11. laurelrainsnow
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 00:35:45

    Your new books look so enticing, it would be difficult to pick just one! I think that Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a must-read…it looks fascinating. And The Divorce Papers is on my list.

    Thanks for visiting my blog…and enjoy your week.


  12. yvonne473
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 00:40:04

    The Wardrobe Girl sounds good. Enjoy your reading this week!


  13. Kathy Martin
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 01:14:54

    The Wardrobe Girl sounds like something I would enjoy. You have lots of interesting books on your stack. Come see my Monday Report if you get a chance. Happy reading!


  14. Tea Time with Marce
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 01:50:55

    Divorce Papers is intriguing, look forward to your review.


  15. Greg
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 02:57:27

    I have that problem myself sometimes, remembering what I did the week before. :) Kids and all their stuff do that to ya! Anyway I think All I Have in this World sounds like a good read. Enjoy!


  16. Lindsey
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 04:07:38

    I See You Made an Effort sounds fun! I like reading books that are from a different point of view.


  17. Leeswammes
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 05:29:45

    Happy reading this week and happy celebrations and activities! The covers of your books ALL look great. Wow. Have fun!


  18. glambooklounge
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 06:24:04

    Hey Shelley, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase sounds good. I’d have to emotionally prepare myself for it since I think it’d make me really sad at the end of it. :’O I’ve worked in a used bookstore before too, and I’ve enjoyed collecting old postcards as well.

    Glamorous Book Lounge


  19. Audrey
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:41:31

    Wow, sounds like you’ll have a busy week coming up! Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase sounds great; I’ll have to give it a read. Enjoy your reading and thanks for stopping by HFF!


  20. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:59:08

    I am reading The Divorce Papers right now and it is very unique.


  21. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 13:09:15

    I See You Made an Effort sounds funny. Enjoy your week!


  22. Mardel
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 18:42:23

    Oh my goodness – what a lot of books. ;) I hope the 70th birthday celebration is wild and fun (in a good way!). have a great week.


  23. The Australian Bookshelf
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 09:02:16

    Sounds like quite a busy few weeks for you Shelleyrae, but a family celebration sounds like fun!

    Amid renovations and unpacking, I’m looking forward to being able to sleep in a bed again and not just a mattress on a floor!

    I’m currently reading Making Soapies in Kabul…. which is good timing really as reading about others’ experiences stops me from complaining too much!

    Have a good week Shelleyrae


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