It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

Thankfully I am pretty much fully recovered after my bout with illness, and with the children returning to school tomorrow after their two weeks of holidays, I will hopefully be able to get caught up.

As I was so ill at the beginning of the month, I completely forgot about posting my monthly update so here it is:

SNAG-0201

The Eclectic Reader Challenge 8/12

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 55/50 – Completed!

Aussie Author Challenge 9/12

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 10/12

 

What I Read Last Week

 

Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie

Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen

Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry

The Luck of the Irish by Babette Smith

 

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Also Known As  Kaye Dobbie

Review & Giveaway:  Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie ★★★★1/2

Review: Mating for Life by Melissa Stapley ★★1/2

Review: Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen ★★★★

Review: The Bookshop That Floated Away by Sarah Henshaw ★★★

Weekend Cooking: Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry ★★★★1/2 (and a recipe for Oven Baked Chicken Spring Rolls)

 What I Am Reading Today

When patriarch Gerald Hawkins passes away in his Tasmanian home, after ten years of serious illness, his family experience a wave of grief and, admittedly, a surge of relief. Gerald’s dominating personality has loomed large over his wife, Connie, their children, Andrew and Kerry, and his sister Flora, for decades. Connie, whose own dreams were dispensed with upon marriage, is now determined to renew her long friendship with Gerald’s estranged sister, Flora. She travels to France where she finds Flora struggling to make peace with the past and searching for a place to call home. Meanwhile Andrew’s marriage is crumbling, and Kerry is trapped in stasis by unfinished business with her father. As the family adjusts to life after Gerald, they could not be more splintered. But there are surprises in store and secrets to unravel. And once the loss has been absorbed, is it possible that they could all find a way to start afresh with forgiveness, understanding and possibility?

 

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell”. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

Friendship and fraud is a dangerous mix. Joel Fitch has watched every twist-happy movie there is about con men, and he thinks he knows it all. After nineteen years of being a sucker, Joel’s going to take everything he’s learned from the screen and finally get his. He’s going to be a master con artist. Richard Mordecai is a real-life swindler. But unlike Joel, he knows the truth about con men. At the end of a long career of lies and betrayal, Richard is tired and jaded. He’s ready to retire. Until he meets Joel. They form an uneasy partnership and Joel soon finds himself thrust into a world of bottom dealers, fraudsters and ace chasers that’s unlike any movie he’s ever seen. And when the pair accidentally scam the wrong mark, they have to draw on every last trick and piece of cunning they can to get themselves free and walk away with the money … and hopefully their dignity.

On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt – ventriloquist by trade, conman by birth – isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair.
One of a travelling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpet bag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair’s magic begins to take its effect.

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive.

Elf and Yoli are two smart, loving sisters. Elf is a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yoli is divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. When Elf’s latest suicide attempt leaves her hospitalised weeks before her highly anticipated world tour, Yoli is forced to confront the impossible question of whether it is better to let a loved one go

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BookerTalk
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 15:44:54

    You’re doing really well on those challenges. I read an extract from the bookshop that floated away. How niaive she was.

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  2. thebookdate
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 17:02:06

    I expect you will get some more reading done now everyone is back at school. I have just begun The Queen of the Tearling. Unusual, but enjoying it so far. Have a great week.

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  3. Col
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 17:29:06

    I’m always amazed at how much reading you get through in a week! It’s kind of become one of the highlights of my morning commute to work on a Monday! I’ve not heard of any of the books you plan to read – but I’m attracted by A Man Called Ove ( as have been known to do fine impression of curmudgeon myself!). Am planning on reading Simon Armitages The Last Days Of Troy this week along with finishing Tim Parks Painted Death ( good so far) and The Silkworm ( great so far!)

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  4. Mystica
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 18:33:02

    I like family stories and sagas so Family Secrets is definitely for me.

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  5. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 18:53:37

    Family Secrets piques my interest…enjoy your books! I’m glad you are feeling better….

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  6. Teddyree
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 20:14:50

    I’m curious about Family Secrets and The Queen of Tearlings is on my TBR pile, I’ve heard good things about it. Glad you’ve recovered Shelleyrae, now I must go check out that spring roll recipe :)
    Have a good week and happy reading!

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  7. readerbuzz
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 20:18:54

    Ove definitely sounds like a book about happiness, so I am off to add it to my wish list. I hope you have a lovely week.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

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  8. Aizel @ One Page at a Time
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 21:09:57

    The books you plan to read this week sound interesting. I might check them out as well. :) Happy reading!

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  9. Juli Rahel
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 22:00:14

    Congratulations on being ahead of schedule on your challenge, that’s always a good place to be! I’ve also got ‘The Queen of Tearling’ waiting for me, but ‘All My Puny Sorrows’ sounds amazing! Great bunch of books :) Thanks for sharing
    My Monday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  10. Kathy Martin
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 22:52:07

    Look like you have some good ones coming up. I enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling. I hope you do too. Happy reading!

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  11. lakesidemusing
    Jul 14, 2014 @ 23:59:13

    Glad you’re feeling better… looks like you have some great books ahead!

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  12. Duffy Gal
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 01:53:13

    Family Secrets sounds good! Enjoy your week with your wonderful books.

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  13. Brandie
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 02:39:43

    I have now seen The Queen of the Tearling twice today and I’m curious! Great line up for the week. Happy reading!
    My IMWAYR Post

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  14. Leeswammes
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 06:55:37

    Glad you’re better again! Strange, we’re starting summer holidays now, while you’re still in the cold… I assume. Happy reading! I loved Ove.

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  15. yvonne473
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 08:26:25

    Glad you are feeling better. Family Secrets looks like a good book. Enjoy your reading and have a great week!

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  16. Lindsey
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 10:09:36

    The Swan Gondola looks great. I will be looking into that one.

    Congrats on finishing your Australian Women Writer’s Challenge already!

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  17. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 11:42:49

    You’ve got several reads that are new to me, so I’ll be checking them out. Luck of the Irish aroused my interest as well. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a fantastic week.

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  18. Mysterious Bibliophile
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 15:35:13

    This looks like a terrific reading line up. I am sorry you have been ill — I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend.

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  19. glambooklounge
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 16:59:10

    Hey Shelley, glad you’re feeling better. These are some interesting titles that you have. Luck of the Irish and Chinese Cooking for Thieves sound intriguing. Take care, and happy reading!

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  20. Debbish
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 20:03:45

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend!

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  21. Jess resides here (@frellathon)
    Jul 15, 2014 @ 21:52:25

    Wow that cover for The Queen of the Tearlings is amazing

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  22. Jenny @ Book Sojourner
    Jul 16, 2014 @ 17:17:16

    I haven’t read any of these. I hope you enjoy your reads this week!
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. stacybuckeye
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 01:52:11

    Wow! I don’t think I’ve read 150 books in my best year!

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