Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

On Tuesday I had the chance to listen to author Kirsty Eagar speak at my local library after which we went for a drink and chatted for three hours non stop. She was lovely and I now have signed editions of her books pride of place on my bookshelf. I also met Monique from The Book Mystress who is a  local YA blogger, we didn’t have much of a chance to chat but its lovely to know we are not alone in our small town.

Kirsty Eagar and I

For Mother’s Day yesterday my children showered me with lovely homemade cards, a teddy bear, a sun catcher, a crystal bear and a coupon to clean the car. I hope all those who celebrate had a wonderful Mother’s Day. This week I am bracing myself for daughter’s 16th birthday party on Saturday night. She wants a cake made into the Batman symbol (don’t ask) and we are expecting a crowd of teenagers in the back yard.

What I Read Last Week

Dinner at Rose’s by Danielle Hawkins ★★

On Haunted Ground by Lisa Rogers 1/2

Lucinda’s Whirlwind by Louise Limerick  ★★

The Shell Keeper by Robin Nolet ★★1/2

The Cottage at Glass Beach ★★1/2

Reviews Posted

(click the titles to read  my reviews) 

Heart of the Valley by Cathryn Hein ★★

Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn ★★

Love & Hunger by Charlotte Wood ★★

**Guest Post: Charlotte Wood on Love & Hunger**

Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

Dinner at Rose’s by Danielle Hawkins ★★

On Haunted Ground by Lisa Rogers 1/2

Ridiculous by Ricky Tsang

Lucinda’s Whirlwind by Louise Limerick


What I Am Reading Today

Tasmania is in the grip of one of the longest, bleakest winters on record and it’s particularly icy at the Hobart Police Station. Of the many golden rules in policing, one is especially sacred: what happens at work stays at work. So when a naive young constable, Lucy Howard, makes an allegation of sexual assault against a respected colleague, the rule is well and truly broken. Soon the station is divided. From Lucy’s fellow rookies right up to the commissioner himself – everyone must take a side. With grudges, prejudices and hidden agendas coming into play, support arrives from the unlikeliest of corners. But so too does betrayal ..

What I Plan To Read This Week

Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps…

At nineteen, Molly Jones has the world at her feet. Then one drunken night she falls into bed with Mark, a cowboy just passing through. By the time Molly realises she’s pregnant, Mark is long gone. Now, at twenty-six, Molly’s life is almost perfect. She’s the devoted mother of Rose, and a renowned horse trainer. She lives amid the beauty of Jacaranda Farm, surrounded by family and friends – none closer than hunky stockman Heath. But she’s still looking for the love of her life, and a father for Rose. When Mark stumbles back into her world, as charming as ever, Molly begins to hope for a future she’d long ago relinquished. But how will Mark react when he learns he’s a father? And could the man of Molly’s dreams be closer to home than she thinks?

Never in her wildest dreams did Clara Black imagine she’d fly to Vegas just to eat at America’s biggest buffet, or that she’d be digging holes in her mother’s backyard to unearth her brother’s screechy plastic recorder. But if that’s what it takes to get past the car accident that changed her life . . . she’ll do what she must. Eight months after losing her fiancé just before their wedding, Clara still can’t seem to escape her fog of sorrow. On a visit to her childhood home, she encounters her fifth-grade time capsule and a very special bucket list written by her ten-year-old self. When she impulsively fulfills one item, Clara finds that revisiting the woman she thought she’d become may just be her way out of grief and back to life. With Milk Dud the one-eared wonder dog, her zany but loving family, and an unexpected someone from her past by her side, Clara discovers that sometimes life’s unplanned moments are the sweetest, and sometimes the only bridge to your future is your past.

Quirky jobs, wacky friends, hot crushes, and an unraveling marriage are all part of this darkly funny novel describing 45 year-old newlywed Wendy Sinclair’s life in Las Vegas after she impulsively decides to stay following a bizarre girls’ weekend in 2005.

First in a new environmental thriller series featuring Blackout the dog. Someone is polluting the French Broad River in Asheville, North Carolina with benzene. Retired environmental investigator David Samuels and his chemical-sniffing dog Blackout are asked by David’s former employer to find out who’s doing it and why. David and Blackout get caught up in a chain of events that’s more sinister than anyone can imagine. In fact, river pollution is just the beginning of this wild ride. Ultimately, Blackout plays a key role in uncovering the plot — and David finds out that “retirement” is more than he bargained for!Water’s Edge is an environmental thriller with plenty of twists and turns. This novel marks the beginning of a new series featuring two unlikely heroes, Blackout the dog and his baby boomer owner.

While you are here…

What do you think about book trailers? Tell me here…

Charlotte Wood shares an extract from her new book Love and Hunger – part memoir /part recipe book. Read more here…

This week don’t miss…

My chat with Malla Nunn – you can make fun of my nervous Aussie accent as we talk about her newest release, Silent Valley

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

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    May 14, 2012 @ 14:05:28

    I’m currently going cross-eyed from reading my own novel a gazillion times whilst doing edits for my agent. 🙂

    Oddly enough, we don’t have any overlap in our reading this week, although I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before our reading paths cross again–I have quite a few AWW books coming up.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      May 14, 2012 @ 14:11:53

      I don’t envy you the edits though I am sure its exciting on some level LOL
      I look forward to seeing your AWW reviews

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  2. Teddyree
    May 14, 2012 @ 15:38:41

    How exciting meeting up with Kirsty Eager and sounds like your Mother’s Day was wonderful. Good luck with your daughter’s 16th party and all those teens LOL
    Once Upon A Line caught my eye … I was sold at the beagle and pink gumboots!
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

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  3. Pussreboots
    May 14, 2012 @ 15:51:46

    I haven’t heard of any of the books on your list. I hope you enjoy them.

    My favorite read last week was The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson. Please come see what else I’m reading.

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  4. Leeswammes
    May 14, 2012 @ 17:41:43

    Ooh, 16-year old’s birthday! Congrats. My oldest son will be 15 next month. Aren’t they getting on in age? 🙂

    Have a great week!

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  5. The Australian Bookshelf
    May 14, 2012 @ 18:13:22

    It sounds like your meeting with Kirsty was very memorable Shelleyrae. Ooh and best of luck with the teenage birthday bash this weekend… i don’t envy you!

    I haven’t heard of most of the titles you have coming up for review so i’m looking forward to seeing your reviews. I have read Jacaranda though but my review won’t be up until next week.
    Happy reading 🙂

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  6. 1girl2manybooks
    May 14, 2012 @ 18:54:01

    Goes without saying that I am -totally- jealous of you meeting Kirsty Eagar. I bet that would’ve been awesome… I hope your local has some fun events when I’m up that way (well close enough!) in July!

    I just finished a re-read of To Kill A Mockingbird for my book club which was lovely to revisit! This week I will definitely be reading The Betrayal and also The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan. That’s all I’ve figured out so far!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      May 15, 2012 @ 10:25:29

      Eek actually we don’t have anything scheduled for July yet – but if you are up this way maybe we can meet up 🙂

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  7. the book mystress
    May 14, 2012 @ 20:47:02

    Thank you for the shout out Shelleyrae, was a good event i had so much on that day will chat more for sure next time, x

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  8. Mystica
    May 14, 2012 @ 20:57:41

    All your books are new to me so I will be keeping an eye out for reviews.

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  9. Mari @Bookworm with a View
    May 14, 2012 @ 21:16:25

    Happy Mother’s Day! 16.. wow. I love (yes love) that your daughter’s party will be in your backyard. Here in the US… birthday’s are out of control. Our celebrations match what you have described but I know a few people who have $1,000 birthday parties (and can’t afford it).crazy, but true.

    Wishing you a wonderful week of reading and life. 🙂

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  10. Kristin T.
    May 14, 2012 @ 22:09:09

    Your books are all new to me this week…I’ll have to look into them to see if they are my types of read.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

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  11. laurelrainsnow
    May 14, 2012 @ 22:41:38

    Sounds like you had a wonderful week! Very exciting and thoroughly inspirational.

    Your book choices look good, too; I’m curious about Once Upon a List.

    Here’s MY MONDAY MEMES POST

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  12. Sheila (Book Journey)
    May 15, 2012 @ 00:03:01

    How fun! I love author meet ups! I could chat books for three hours too!

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  13. Dalene
    May 15, 2012 @ 00:34:56

    Good luck with the party!! I love the cover for Once Upon a List. Can’t wait to see the review. Happy Monday!

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  14. loricaswell
    May 15, 2012 @ 00:42:32

    What an awesome week!!!! I hope to meet some of my favorite authors someday.
    Had a nice Mother’s Day and today we are celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary. See you next week!!

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  15. Crystal @ I Totally Paused
    May 15, 2012 @ 04:22:33

    Once Upon a List sounds good, love the dog on the cover 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

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  16. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:52:40

    A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis sounds like it has potential to be fun! Glad you had a good Mother’s Day. My mom lives 3000 miles away from me, but at least I called 🙂

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  17. Tanya Patrice
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:53:59

    I’m going to check if my library has The Betrayal – I haven’t read a book set in Tasmania, and it’s about time I did!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      May 15, 2012 @ 12:39:10

      Start with The Brotherhood Tanya which is linked to The Betrayal – fair warning though they are both brutal

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  18. Brunette Librarian
    May 15, 2012 @ 10:59:30

    Once Upon a List is on my TBR list. 🙂 Love the pink boots!

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  19. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    May 15, 2012 @ 11:46:03

    Happy late Mother’s Day to you! Good luck with the party! The cover of Bare-Naked Lola has me ready to go on vacation. But then, I’m always ready to go on vacation! Enjoy your week!

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  20. Amy
    May 15, 2012 @ 11:48:00

    Gosh, your energy puts me to shame. And I thought *I* read a lot of books at once! Happy reading!

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  21. Laura (@BurgandyIce)
    May 15, 2012 @ 12:54:31

    Fun post! So many books. I feel pretty conflicted over book trailers. They make sense and they do give great insight into a book, but I rarely have the patience to watch ’em. I watch more than I used to when I first started blogging. There are levels of preview available that aren’t in the premise. So, I guess I like ’em.

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  22. Leslie
    May 15, 2012 @ 13:30:02

    You had a great reading week! Always fun to meet one of your favorite authors too.

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