It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

  Ugh, I’m sick again! Stuffy nose, sore throat etc, courtesy my youngest child.

I had such a good week too, got a fair bit accomplished – including watching the whole of Season 4 of Lost Girl on Netflix, made some delicious meals from scratch including Beef Spring Rolls and Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas and won first prize in a raffle, raising money for breast cancer research held by my sons Auskick team, on the weekend which included a bottle of pink champagne, a cake pop maker and boxes of chocolates!

kids-raffle

 But today I dropped the kids at school and then went back to bed for a few hours before dragging myself out to attend parent/teacher interviews this afternoon. Thankfully my children have no issues at school so the process was painless.

What I Read Last Week

 

The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert

 Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

A Fatal Tide by Steve Sailah

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

 

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review:  The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen ★★★

Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper ★★★

Review: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey ★★★★1/2

Review: A Fatal Tide by Steve Sailah ★★★★1/2

Review: The Swan Gondola by Timothy Shaffert ★★★

 What I Am Reading Today

Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons. When a girl in Henry’s class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry’s age she lost her father and her best friend Michael – both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they’re talking about it again. Everyone is waiting – for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.

 

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?   What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?   Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).  Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.   Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.  

She hasn’t left her apartment. She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time. She’s doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She’s the number 3 model on cams.com. And she hasn’t killed anyone for years. But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It’s uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She’s convinced he’s responsible for the girl’s abduction – but no one will listen to her. So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment. And this is what happens…

For fans of The Great British Bake Off, this is a story about family life, unfriendly rivalry and flat Victoria sponges. Marie Dunwoody doesn’t want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee. Or, for that matter, make toffee. Marie can’t ignore the disappointed looks any more, or continue to be shamed by neighbour and nemesis, Lucy Gray. Lucy whips up perfect profiteroles with one hand, while ironing her bed sheets with the other. Marie’s had enough: this is the year it all changes. She vows to follow – to the letter – recipes from the Queen of Baking and at all times ask ‘What would Mary Berry do?’ Husband Robert has noticed that his boss takes crumb structure as seriously as budget sheets and so puts on the pinny: serious redundancies are on the horizon. Twins Rose and Iris are happy to eat all the half-baked mistakes that come their way, but big brother Angus is more distant than usual, as if something is troubling him. And there is no one as nosey as a matching pair of nine-year-old girls . . . Marie starts to realise that the wise words of Mary Berry can help her with more than just a Victoria Sponge. But can Robert save the wobbling soufflé that is his career? And is Lucy’s sweet demeanour hiding something secretly sour?

Innocent and unworldly, Mema is still living at home with her mother on a remote, lush hinterland property. It is a small, confined, simple sort of life, and Mema is content with it. One day, during a heavy downpour, Mema saves a stranger from a flooded creek. She takes him into her family home, where, marooned by floods, he has to stay until the waters recede. And without either of them realising it, he opens the door to a new world of possibilities that threaten to sweep Mema into the deep.

This road trip will have earth-shattering consequences . . .  Twins Justine and Perry are about to embark on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.  It’s been a year since they watched their dad lose his battle with cancer. Now, at only nineteen, Justine is the sole carer for her disabled brother. But with Perry having been accepted into an assisted-living residence, their reliance on each other is set to shift. Before they go their separate ways, they’re seeking to create the perfect memory.  For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of his favourite things: mythical sea monsters, Jackie Chan movies and the study of earthquakes.  For Justine, it’s a chance to reconcile the decision to ‘free’ her twin, to see who she is without her boyfriend, Marc – and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs.  But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble . . .

 

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39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 17:55:30

    Nice range of books.

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  2. Teddyree
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 18:16:52

    I’m looking forward to reading Elizabeth is Missing and I wish I had Big Little Lies on my TBR stack already, Nice raffle win and hope you’re feeling better soon. Bummer when you’ve not long recovered from last bout. Happy reading :)

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  3. readingwritingandriesling
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 19:13:07

    Some interesting read here Shelleyrae – The Girl in 6E sounds intriguing.

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  4. readerbuzz
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 19:50:43

    So sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope you feel better soon.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

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  5. Nikita @ Plot Twist Reviews
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 22:38:21

    Oooo! I’ve wanted to read The Girl in 6E since it came out. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it! :)

    Here is my Monday post.

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  6. Brandie
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 23:24:28

    Big Little Lies! I can’t wait to read this one! Hope you’re enjoying it. And hope you feel better!!

    My Monday Post

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  7. Kathy Martin
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 23:48:42

    Hope you are feeling better. You have some nice looking book choices ahead. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  8. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 00:27:11

    Hope you love Big Little Lies as much as I did!

    Nest looks good…so does The Girl in 6E! Enjoy your week….

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  9. lakesidemusing
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 01:26:47

    I want to read both Elizabeth is Missing and Big Little Lies. Hope you feel better soon.

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  10. Leila @ Readers' Oasis
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:08:23

    Looks like you’ve been reading a lot! Hope you are on the mend soon. I’m interested in The Swan Gondola & Big Little Lies . . .

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  11. Rita H DuffyGal
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:19:18

    I’m sorry you feel badly :( I want to read Elizabeth is Missing and Big Little Lies. I am currently reading Heather Gudenkauf’s newest, Little Mercies and enjoying it. Have a better week!

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  12. Danielle Swartz
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:30:08

    Oh, I do hope you start feeling better!! Being sick is just the worst!! :( At least it looks like you have some great books to keep you company! :)

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  13. whatsheread
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 02:53:56

    Big Little Lies is SO fantastic! I know you are going to love it. I’m glad to see you enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling too. It’s definitely a book I want to get lots and lots of love this summer.

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  14. yvonne473
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 04:34:36

    I hope you start feeling better soon.

    I’ve heard many good things about Big Little Lies. Enjoy!

    Have a great week!

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  15. cleopatralovesbooks
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 06:06:06

    Little Lies (aka Big Little Lies) is a fantastic read. I also like the look of The Girl in 6E.. some great books as always :-)

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  16. harvee
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 06:16:09

    I want to read Big Little Lies as I’ve enjoyed her other books! Nice set of books this week!

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  17. Greg
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 06:22:48

    Sounds like a great week (other than the sick part). Big Little Lies sounds good, and I like that title. A lot going on in the book seems like, and looks like it would be a fun read. enjoy!

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  18. Lisa
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:10:41

    I’m really looking forward to Big Little Lies. Enjoy!

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  19. Alys | A Girl Who Reads
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:21:02

    What would Mary Berry do? sounds like a classic holiday read, but I love Great British Bakeoff so I’d still find it fun to read

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  20. curlygeek04
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:50:49

    I keep hearing good things about Elizabeth is Missing. Sorry you’re sick, I was sick all last week, summer colds are miserable. Feel better soon!

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  21. bookmammal
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 09:01:02

    I keep hearing about Big Little Lies–and The Husband’s Secret. I can’t believe I’ve never read anything by this author–I need to do something about that!

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  22. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 12:12:30

    Sorry that you are sick again! Elizabeth is Missing is on my stacks. I was intrigued by The Girl In 6E and hope to listen to the audio book. Have a great week.

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  23. Debbish
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 13:53:35

    I just read The Girl in 6E and I loved it. This week I’ve got a few books on my list – am reading Summer of the Dead, then a new Suzanne Brockmann and Tana French’s I Know Who Killed Him.

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  24. thereadingdiaries
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 13:54:13

    You had an amazing week. I wish that I had done a fraction of what you did last week. I’m not familiar with your selection of books but they look awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome week. I hope you enjoy all your books, and have a great week.

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  25. Aizel @ One Page at a Time
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 15:21:41

    The books you will read this week are interesting! Happy reading! :) Oh and get well soon too. :)

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  26. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 18:07:27

    I like the sound of Big Little Lies… I’ll have to check this one out.
    Hope you feel better soon Shelleyrae!

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  27. Lindsey
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 07:38:12

    Are You Seeing Me? sounds fascinating. I hope you enjoy it and you feel better really soon!

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  28. Jo
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 10:12:10

    I’m behind on Molly Harper’s books. But Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper sounds good and it being a stand alone sounds even better.

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