Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


It has been a quiet week here this week, well as quiet as it ever gets around here anyway, not that I seem to have gotten much done.  It seems the rain is here to stay so everything is cold and damp. What I do like about winter is cooking warming, hearty meals. I made a simple but delicious egg and bacon quiche last week. This week I am going to drag out my slow cooker that I stashed away during summer and make  something like a beef goulash that will simmer all day. Do you have a favourite meal you like to cook when its cold outside? I can always do with some more ideas!

What I Read Last Week

Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller

Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris

Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Dancing Backwards in High Heels by Christine Darcas

Windfall Nights by William Claypool

Reviews Posted

(click the titles to read  my reviews) 

Jilted by Rachel Johns ★★

**Feature: Rachel Johns, a lesson in writing romance**

Brand New Human Being by Emily Jeanne Miller ★★1/2

Impractical Jokes by Charlie Pickering ★★

Peaches for Monsieur le Cure by Joanne Harris ★★

My Hundred Lovers #2 by Susan Johnson  ★★1/2

Windfall Nights by William Claypool ★★

Burn Mark by Laura Powell ★★1/2

What I Am Reading Today

In this episode, Brenner—forced out of the police force—tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there’s no scarcity of leads—the father’s latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother’s clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

The man she loved is gone forever. The child she lives for could be next. Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason’s newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin’s best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child. Or was he? One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches on to for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin’s father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs. Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge. A behaviorist. A former navy SEAL. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A retired FBI agent. A human-scent-evidence dog. Together, they achieve the impossible, pushing ethical and legal boundaries whenever the ends justify the means. The manhunt is on for the elusive father. Yet the further FI digs into his past, the more questions are raised about whether the man Amanda fell in love with ever really existed at all. Dark secrets. Carefully crafted lies. From the Congressional halls of Washington, D.C., to exclusive Hamptons manors, there are ruthless people who would stop at nothing to make Forensic Instincts forget about the man  Amanda desperately needs to find.  Little do they realize that once Forensic Instincts takes the case, nothing will stop them from uncovering the shocking truth that transcends The Line Between Here and Gone.

On a bitter March day, as a sudden snowstorm envelops the small town of Broken Branch, Iowa, an unknown man with a gun enters the town’s only school and takes a classroom of children hostage. As awareness of the situation spreads, the panicked community is ready to do anything to protect their children, but can only watch and wait. As a teacher with a long career behind her, Evelyn Oliver is ready to enjoy retirement with her loving husband. But now, faced with a crazy man armed with a gun, terrorizing her classroom, she’d rather die than fail to protect any of her students. But why is he doing this? Evelyn’s been scouring her mind but doesn’t recognize the intruder. Maybe one of the students is the key?

Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. Now, after years of searching, survivors of the group have found the girl in Argentina. But getting her out is a whole new challenge. For the rescue, they will need someone who is brilliant, fearless and utterly ruthless – Vanessa Munroe. But the only way to get Hannah out is for Monroe to go in.

At the turn of the last century, two sisters are following very different paths. Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is a CEO of an internet start-up; twenty-three-year-old Jess is a grad student in philosophy, a vegan who rejects the rampant capitalism that surrounds her. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley while capricious Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily’s boyfriend is fantastically successful; Jess’s boyfriend is an environmental activist. But as the burst of the Dotcom bubble looms and the falling towers of the World Trade Center cast a dark shadow over America, both sisters are torn between two loves, two lives. The Cookbook Collector serves up a lively stew of characters: bold young software titans, Berkeley tree-huggers, bibliophiles and a pair of investment savvy rabbis. In an increasingly virtual world, in an era of electronic organizers and onscreen identities, Allegra Goodman reminds us that the one thing that keeps us human is love

Can the love of a lifetime be forever changed by one pink line? Dina Silver’s tender, absorbing novel, One Pink Line, is the warmhearted, wry story of love, loss and family, as seen through the prism of one singular, spirited young couple who find themselves in a predicament that changes the course of their lives, and those closest to them. With heart, humor and compassion, this debut work of women’s fiction is certain to stir anyone who relishes a good laugh, can stand a good cry, and, above all believes in the redemptive power of love.

While you are here…

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This week don’t miss…

An AWW feature post from Christine Darcas, author of Dancing Backwards in High Heels

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

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pussreboots
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 16:01:29

    I haven’t heard of any of the books you plan to read but they sound good. My favorite read last week was Body and Soul by Stacey Kade. Please come see what else I’m reading.



  2. Teddyree
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 19:20:26

    I use my slow cooker nearly all year, love chicken & beef stews and curries in winter and it’s great in summer for soups and bolognese when the boys had soccer training of an evening.
    I’ve got One Breath Away to read for a blog tour, I really enjoyed Heather Gudenkauf’s 2 previous novels. The Innocent and The Cookbook Collector caught my attention, I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on them. Happy reading 🙂



  3. heather
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 21:40:30

    I added The Cookbook Collector and One Pink Line to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendations.



  4. laurelrainsnow
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 21:42:46

    The Line Between Here and Gone looks good…and I can’t wait for the new Heather Gudenkauf, which I’ve preordered. I have thoroughly enjoyed her other books. Have a great week!




  5. Judith
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 22:32:33

    Oh, winter is clearly on its way. Here it’s supposed to be summer… (sigh)

    Your reading list for this week looks great! Gudenkauf, Stevens, Goodman… all books I wouldn’t mind reading. Enjoy your week.



  6. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 23:15:19

    Ha, I was so confused about why you were talking about winter, then realized you’re in Australia. So that makes sense now. I also love using my slow cooker in the winter.

    Your covers are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my It’s Monday post!



  7. Brunette LIbrarian
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 00:56:36

    The Cookbook Collector looks so awesome!

    P.S. It’s 93 degrees now as I’m typing this – I read your crock pot comment and thought, oh how I miss winter 🙂

    Have a great reading week!
    What are YOU reading @ The Brunette Librarian??



  8. Crystal @ I Totally Paused
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 01:22:18

    One Breath Away sounds really good, I hope you enjoy it!!!

    I’m a big fan of soup and stew when it’s cold out. I don’t really have a favorite recipe, I usually just look on to find something that sounds really tasty 🙂



  9. Cindy Dashnaw (@cdashnaw)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 01:33:16

    I just finished “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin over the weekend, a lovely novel with an unexpected ending. And I’m rereading “The Thornbirds,” a gift from my son!



  10. ponderingbksJo
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 02:23:20

    I’m not especially familiar with any of the books you listed, but it looks like you have some pretty intense books to be read this week. Hope you enjoy them.



  11. yvonne473
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:43:34

    All the books sound so good. I especially like the sound of Dancing Backwards in High Heels.



  12. JLS Hall @ A Little Reading
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 09:14:42

    Interesting list! I love the title of Dancing Backwards in High Heels — I’ll have to give that one a look.

    Happy reading this week!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:12:09

      The title is a homage to a quote talking about Fred Astaire “Sure he was great, but don’t forget Ginger Rogers did everything he did backwards…and in high heels!”



  13. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:37:44

    I am thoroughly enjoying our summer weather, but you have me hungry for winter food! Chili is always good, and my husband makes a tater tot casserole that has slowly morphed to become more like a shepherd’s pie. Mmmm… Good thing I’ve already eaten dinner! Enjoy your week!



  14. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:53:35

    I love to make turkey/chicken chili in my slow cooker. The Line Between Here and Gone looks good! I’ve got One Breath Away on my stacks too. Have a great reading week.



  15. Lindsey
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:57:09

    I enjoyed The Cookbook Collector. I really enjoyed the love story and thought that Goodman wrote sisters really well.



  16. Dollycas
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 01:37:23

    Late this week. Had an unexpected visit from my grandson yesterday. Spent the day laying trucks, tractors and dinosaurs. He thinks my blog would be better if it had more dinosaurs, lol

    We have chili often in the winter. It hasn’t rained here more than a few sprinkles in days. The lawn is so brown.

    Have a great week!



  17. MarthaE
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 14:05:32

    Hi Shelleyrae. I took a double take when you said winter as we are having summer rains. 🙂 Egg and bacon quiche sounds yummy to me.
    I have several older Andrea Kane books on my shelves and am interested in how you like this one.
    The Innocent sounds good too.
    Hope you are having a great week.



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