It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

Meh!

 

What I Read Last Week

 Deeper Water by Jessie Cole

Hangtown by Karen Sandler

Deadly Obsession by Karen M Davis

Working Stiff by Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell

Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

 

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review:  The Aitch Factor by Susan Butler ★★★

AWW Feature: Jessie Cole and Deeper Water

Review: Deeper Water by Jessie Cole ★★★★★

Review: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth ★★★★

Review: Hamlet’s Ghost by Jane Tara ★★★1/2

Review: Hangtown by Karen Sandler ★★★★

National Bookshop Day

Review: Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner  by Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell ★★★★★

Weekend Cooking: Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan: Tablet (Scottish Fudge)

Review: Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan ★★★1/2

 What I Am Reading Today

Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives. Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in — and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago. Told in gorgeous, insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the captivating story of one family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

 

What I Plan To Read This Week

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 A year after becoming sheriff, Quinn Colson is faced with the release of an infamous murderer from prison. Jamey Dixon comes back to Jericho preaching redemption, and some believe him; but for the victim’s family, the only thought is revenge. Another group who doesn’t believe him – the men in prison from Dixon’s last job, an armored car robbery. They’re sure he’s gone back to grab the hidden money, so they do the only thing they can: break out and head straight to Jericho themselves. Colson and his deputy, Lillie, know they’ve got their work cut out for them. But they don’t count on one more unwelcome visitor: a tornado that causes havoc just as events come to a head. Communications are down, the roads are impassable – and the rule of law is just about to snap.

Hugh Tindall is an ordinary man who has lived through extraordinary times in outback Queensland. From a poor man’s selection on the Diamantina in 1928 to owning six large stations with his family, from shearing his first 100 sheep a day at the age of sixteen to organising sheds in the long running 1956 shearer’s strike, Hugh’s story is part of a turbulent time in the outback, whose history he is passionate about. Told in his own voice, it is an honest account of life in isolated western and central Queensland, where the tough survived or died.

 

From Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes another hilarious and romantic comedy, this time set in a run-down B&B in Wales. When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast. Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle. But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought…

Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food. Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.  It s a bizarre case for Andy and Kit. A man is found in Jackson Square, stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. Soon, there s a second victim, also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ. The pattern is unmistakable, but does it mean there will be two more victims and then the killer will go away, or is he leading up to something bigger and deadlier?  Broussard and Kit use their disciplines to profile the killer, but it soon becomes clear that the clues and objects they ve found are part of a sick game that the killer is playing with Broussard; a game most likely engineered by one of the hundreds of attendees at the annual forensics meeting being held in New Orleans. Has Broussard finally met his match?

 

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. welcometomylibrary
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 20:00:28

    I’ve just started Are you Seeing me?, and nearly finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and The Protected by Claire Zorn. Have a great reading week!

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  2. Mystica
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 20:22:38

    Like the synopsis of The House we grew up in. Looking forward to your review.

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  3. Erin McGill Beard
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 22:20:37

    The House We Grew Up In and Heartbreak Hotel both sound amazing!! I have to add them to my list. :) Have a great week!

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  4. lakesidemusing
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 22:27:40

    Lots of good books this week… especially interested in Heartbeak Hotel!

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  5. Pat @ Posting For Now
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 22:31:43

    I enjoyed Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe’ by Colgan. Looks like you’ve had a busy week and have a great week planned.

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  6. Leila @ Readers' Oasis
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 22:55:33

    I look forward to hearing what you think of The House We Grew Up In! Have a great reading week.

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  7. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 23:17:55

    Your books are absolutely fabulous, Shellyrae. I must get my hands on Heartbreak Hotel and a few of the others.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Kathy Martin
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 23:22:36

    Nice looking books coming up. I really need to start that DJ Donaldson series. It sounds great. Come see my week. Happy reading!

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  9. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 23:31:16

    Love the look of Heartbreak Hotel…and I am eager to read The House We Grew Up In. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  10. Teddyree
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 23:37:17

    LOL I’d like some ‘meh’. I’m curious about The House We Grew Up In, looking forward to your thoughts. I’ll be back to check out a couple of your reviews. Have a good week and happy reading :)

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  11. Brandie
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 01:04:18

    The House We Grew Up In sounds so good…can’t wait to see your thoughts!

    Happy Reading!

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  12. Greg
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 01:09:41

    Nationa Bookshop Day- what a cool thing! The broken Places sounds good, especially with the tornado angle, And I’ll bet Back of Beyond is very interesting- I’d like to read that and learn more about that life. Great books this week.

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  13. cleopatralovesbooks
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 02:51:45

    I love The House We Grew Up In, Lisa Jewell’s best in my opinion. I also like the look of The Broken Places and I have the Deborah Moggach to read too! Sorry life is a bit meh this week…

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  14. Rita H DuffyGal
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 04:39:17

    The House We Grew Up In has been on my radar and I do want to read badly. Working Stiff, wow, I love those kinds of non-fictions. I might want to check my library for that one, so thanks for pointing it out.

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  15. Lindsey
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 10:52:46

    I keep going back and forth about The House We grew Up In. Perhaps I should just give in and pick it up!

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  16. Maricris Dimla
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 11:33:13

    I love your current read! Thank you for stoppin’ by at my blog! :)

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  17. plottwistreviews
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 21:47:37

    The House We Grew Up In sounds very intriguing! Not my usual fare, but definitely think I’ll add that to my TBR pile. And I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, so I will definitely check out Heartbreak Hotel (quite literally just ordered it from Amazon!). Hope you enjoy! Thanks for posting! :)

    Here’s my week

    Happy Reading!

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  18. Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 01:09:05

    Great book week. I’m curious about The House We Grew Up In. I’ve seen some good reviews on it.

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  19. Heidi'sbooks
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 03:09:24

    You read so many books! I hope life is not “meh” next week. Have a great one.

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