It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

I forget how busy November gets! This week my husband and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary, it was my mother’s 64th birthday, my youngest children had their annual school concert and being the end of the year I pick up more freelance work as people want advertisements and invitations done yesterday. So a slow reading week for me again as I try to fit everything in, not that it stopped me from grabbing a few more books to add to my pile from Netgalley. I am also pleased to report that a trip to the optometrists today cleared me of needing glasses (just yet) though he recommends I take more breaks when on the computer and reading!

What I Read Last Week

A Memory of Grief by Dale Philips ★★

The Jesus Fish and Slaughter Bird by Clark Casey ★★1/2

Three Day Town by Margaret Maron ★★

Reviews Posted (click title to view)

Tricks of The Trade (Paranormal Scene Investigations #3) by Laura Anne Gilman

The Thirteenth Daughter by Samantha Wright & Giveaway

Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker

A Memory of Grief by Dale Phillips & Giveaway

The Jesus Fish and the Slaughter Bird by Clark Casey & Giveaway

What I Am Reading Today

Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do. When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit. His game plan doesn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts. I reviewed the first book in the Sugar Shack series HERE I don’t know how long it will last – probably on today, but this book is available at Amazon for FREE via preorder (it’s due out tomorrow – Be quick!)

What I Plan To Read This Week

click on the cover to view at Goodreads

Eleven years ago, Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary fell deeply in love. They thought it would be forever, that they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, and an apartment became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple anymore. But through it all, Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Of course they did. Now Jem is back at work part-time as a talent agent. Ralph, a successful painter, is struggling to come up with new, hopefully groundbreaking, work for his upcoming show. But the unimaginable has happened. Two people who were so right together are starting to drift apart And in the chaos of family life, Jem feels like she’s losing herself, while Ralph, stuck on the sidelines, feels like he’s lost his muse altogether. Something has to change. As they try to find a way back to each other, back to what they once had, they both become momentarily distracted—but maybe it’s not too late to recapture happily ever after.

Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it’s Chet that the bigshot P.I. in charge has secret plans for. Meanwhile Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who has gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. The boy’s mother thinks the boy’s father—her ex—has snatched the boy, but Chet makes a find that sends the case in a new and dangerous direction. As if that weren’t enough, matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy that looks suspiciously like Chet shows up. Affairs of the heart collide with a job that’s never been tougher, requiring our two intrepid sleuths to depend on each other as never before.

Serah SanGermano runs a successful catering company in a Midwestern town. After she inadvertently helped her friend unleash a legion of demons, she’s been trying to hide her own newly discovered powers. Matthias Ambrose, a mysterious demon mercenary sent to protect her, has his own secret— one that will embroil them both in the scandal from hell.

What is real and what is not? Take modern gods, alien monsters, ghosts in the service of sirens, a battle of magical light, a mysterious hole in the pavement, a dream of a future past and a pair of rose-coloured glasses, mix them with a little romance and a smidgen of philosophy and you might be left wondering if it isn’t all just a matter of perception.  This thought-provoking collection of urban fantasy and magical realism stories includes ‘The Grorgon Slayer’s Choice’ and ‘The Boneyard’, a semi finalist in the Aussiecon 4 Make Ready fantasy/scfi competition of 2010

Yesterday I posted an update on my challenge participation for the year and I already have a few I plan to be part of next year. What about you – which challenges are you going to try?

Thanks for stopping by!

25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teddyree
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:16:12

    Looking forward to your thoughts on After the Party. I will definitely be participating in challenges next year, haven’t done particularly well this year which is a depressing first for me but meh life does get in the way lol.

    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

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  2. Anne
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:23:13

    This is making me want to read a Christmas book. Guess I’d best get a jump on the season.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 21, 2011 @ 16:43:27

      This will be my first one Anne – I couldn’t resist when HarperCollins offered it – make sure you visit Amazon to get your free Kindle copy if you can

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  3. Marg
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:27:37

    I am hoping to read that Candis Terry book later this week…..maybe!

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  4. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:59:43

    You had a fantastic week!

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  5. Brunette Librarian
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 16:42:15

    “Demons Like it Hot” 🙂 Lookin’ good!

    http://brunettelibrarian.blogspot.com/

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  6. The Australian Bookshelf
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 18:23:50

    I’m interested in After the Party, it looks good. Happy reading 🙂

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  7. Jackie
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 18:37:53

    I’ve heard a lot about Click . You have some good books here and I preordered “Any given Christmas” so thank you.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 20:10:29

      Enjoy it Jackie – they have a couple of other titles up for free right now as well so make sure you poke around

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  8. Pussreboots
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 19:22:52

    I’ve heard of Click but not any of the others on your list.

    I have a bunch of books going at once. A lot of them are library books that are due soon. Please come see what I’m reading.

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  9. Leeswammes
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 20:42:02

    That wasn’t a lot for you, three books! It’s good to get some extra work, though, isn’t it?

    I’d love to have a 64 year old mother, mine is 84! 🙂

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 22, 2011 @ 20:08:55

      I know, its the least in a week all year except when I was deathly sick! You would think my mother was 44 not 64 – even I have trouble believing her age LOL

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  10. Tanya Patrice
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 22:40:47

    You’ve got some good looking reads up next! I’ve narrowed my list to 7 challenges – yikes – including 1 of my own that I’m hosting – to read books that won awards in 2011. I’m trying to cut down the number of challenges I participate in, but they all sound so good 🙂

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  11. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 00:51:23

    You have some intriguing books here…I want to know more about After the Party, so I’ll be watching for your review.

    Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST and
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  12. Niina C
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 01:00:45

    I like Lisa Jewell’s books, I’d like to look up After The party too!

    Come see my Monday! And have a great week!

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  13. mari (Bookworm with a View)
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 02:36:30

    Oh… I can’t wait to read After the Dinner party. I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to read your review.

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  14. Crystal @ I Totally Paused
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 06:44:52

    I’ll have to pop over and read your review of Click, I’ve got it on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet.

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  15. Kailana
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 05:03:31

    That Candis Terry has a cute cover!

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  16. MarthaE
    Nov 26, 2011 @ 12:31:05

    Hi Shelleyrae – Thanks for visiting me on Monday. I am finally getting to visit back. I have Three Day Town and Demons Like it Hot coming up in my list. I’ll have to wait to read your reviews so they don’t influence me. 🙂 Any Given Christmas looks light and cute. I hope your week has been lovely.

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