It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Today is my 17th wedding anniversary! My husband and I met through a mutual friend when I was 17 and he was 20 and we married five years later. We have had four beautiful children together and we are still in love.

What I Read Last Week

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan

Feral Bells by Peta Jo

After Moonrise by Gena Showalter and PC Cast

Reviews Posted

(click the titles to read  my reviews) 

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton ★★★1/2

Run To Me by Erin Golding ★★

**AWW Feature: Erin Golding +Giveaway**

Everything Changes But You by Maggie Alderson ★★

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French ★★

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl ★★★1/2

Breathe by Sarah Crossan ★★

What I Am Reading Today

Ixion. The island of ever-night.  If she had a choice, Naif wouldn’t go back. But her friends will die if she doesn’t find a cure for the badges that are slowly killing them, and her brother is there, fighting against the Ripers who hold everyone in thrall. And Naif has knowledge that might save them all. First she must solve the mystery of Ixion’s eternal night. Then she must convince everyone – rebels and revellers alike – to join her cause. And all the while, she must fight the urge to go to Lenoir – her greatest love, her mortal enemy.  The secrets of Ixion must be revealed. The evils must be stopped. A new dawn will come. {Night Creatures #3}

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

This collection of short stories by Karin Cox explores the choices and compromises we make in love, and how they can trap or liberate us depending on our mindset. Each story comes with an unexpected twist that makes reading all the way to the end imperative. In “Cage Life,” first published by [untitled] magazine in 2010 as “Still Life,” a young mum feels like a prisoner in her own home. Her decision to escape the bonds of marriage and motherhood, just for a few hours, has unexpected consequences that force her to a re-evaluate what it really means to be loved, to be married, and to be free. In “The Usurper,” unconditional love is explored within the boundaries of age and longing. Basil is in his eighties, with an illustrious career in law enforcement behind him, when he meets Carla — a beautiful, energetic and much younger mistress. But when Simon appears on the scene, can Basil keep her or does she, in fact, keep him?

Separated by a continent from her child, Gina Higgins comes to Kiss River with little more than a desperate plan. Now, saving her daughter depends on whether she can uncover a message buried deep below the ocean’s surface. Kiss River’s historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to find a way to raise the lens as the glass holds the key to her future, her fortune and her only chance to save the one person who matters to her. Clay O’Neill lives in the old lightkeeper’s house, a home he shares with his sister, Lacey. When Lacey invites her to stay with them, Gina eagerly accepts. As Gina begins her quest to raise the lens, Clay finds himself drawn to her struggle, and to Gina herself. But the answers lie deep below the ocean. And the lighthouse holds secrets that neither Clay nor Gina can anticipate…

In this pacey Australian crime novel, ex-reporter Nat Barker finds himself on a racetrack in the middle of a feud between two warring bookmakers. One of them just happens to be Barker’s best friend, out to avenge his father’s murder. The other wants to end the feud—permanently—and Barker is standing in his way. When bookmaker Hamilton Helsingor asks Barker to help avenge his father’s death, Barker thinks his friend is nuts. After all, everyone knows it was suicide. But after being almost knifed and then shot at by decidedly nasty types who don’t care for his nosy questions, Barker begins to think Hamilton might just be right. As the violence mounts and the corpses accumulate against a background of jazz, harbour breezes, horseracing and a fencing duel on Bondi Beach, Barker begins to wonder if friendship is worth dying for

Based on the lives of the author’s own grandparents, Hannah & Emil is a remarkable story of enduring love set against the backdrop of World War II. As post-World War I Germany heads toward collapse, Emil finds himself clashing with the political forces gaining ascendency. Hannah, a Russian Jew in the West End of London, leaves home for Europe. In Brussels, working for the trade unions, she meets the devastated Emil, who has just crossed the border on foot from Nazi Germany, leaving tragedy in his wake. After they make a new life in England, war strikes, and Emil, an enemy alien, is transported to Australia. Determined to find him, Hannah sets off on the dangerous journey across the seas .

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

While you are here…

Enter my current Giveaways

2 copies of Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

1 signed copy of Run To Me by Erin Golding

Congratulations to

Amy who has won Sisters of Mercy by Caroline Overington

Tracy and Rebecca who have won The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Don’t Miss…

Beautiful Books for Booklovers

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


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcia Bezuidenhout
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 13:44:57

    Congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary Shelleyrae and may you be Blessed with many more.



  2. Mystica
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 14:05:59

    The Diane Chamberlain book is new to me. Looks good.



  3. Jennifer
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 14:28:11

    Congratulations and happy anniversary! 🙂 What a great milestone! Here’s to lasting love…raising a glass for you both.



  4. MarthaE
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 16:25:54

    Happy, Happy Anniversary! You met young! I was 34 when I met my DH and we married 4 months later. We celebrate 27 years at the end of the month. 🙂
    You got a lot of reading done. I have been eying the Secret Keeper.
    Happy Reading!



  5. Jo
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 16:34:30

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like the story of In Falling Snow matches it’s lovely cover. I may have to consider trying it.



  6. Leeswammes
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 19:03:52

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! It’s my son Ruben’s birthday today, so a special day for us, too.

    Have a good week. Hannah and Emil sounds good. I will be looking out for your review.



  7. D. Ann
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 19:28:35

    Happy anniversary! I know a few people who could benefit from Cage Life and the synopsis seems super intriguing.

    Hannah and Emil sound like the perfect book for me to get back into historical fiction. I’ll be on the lookout for your review. 🙂



  8. Teddyree
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 21:36:07

    Happy Anniversary! How did I miss a new Diane Chamberlain, I love her writing. Off to hunt it down lol. I’ve heard good things about Hannah & Emil too.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂



  9. readerbuzz
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 23:41:46

    You certainly are a busy bee! Happy anniversary!

    Here’s my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?! I hope you will stop by!



  10. Laura Fabiani
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 00:26:19

    Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary…said in a sing-song voice…Have a great reading week!



  11. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 00:34:51

    Wow! Seventeen years!! Congrats, and have a fabulous day.

    I really want to read Kiss River….I love Diane Chamberlain’s books. Enjoy your week.




  12. Rachelle Lerner
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 01:05:04

    Happy Anniversary!



  13. Dollycas
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 06:08:13

    Congratulations!!!! I hope you have an awesome day!!



  14. notesoflifeuk
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 06:34:23

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you both have a lovely day 🙂



  15. Marg
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 07:23:30

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

    You have read Bared to You right? Reflected in You will make absolutely no sense if you haven’t!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 13, 2012 @ 11:46:13

      I haven’t Marg, and to be honest I’m not very enthusiastic about it. I’m going to give Reflected a go but if I can’t follow it I will give it up



  16. Lindsey
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 13:46:00

    Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful celebration together and a great week of reading.



  17. 1girl2manybooks
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 11:40:59

    Happy anniversary! Hope you had a lovely celebration.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:07:43

      Thanks Bree – does Hungry Jacks count? LOL there aren’t any restaurants open in town on a Monday night



  18. guiltlessreader (@guiltlessreader)
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 14:55:05

    Congrats! 🙂 Love this post … something for everyone! Now I’m going to be clicking on the links 🙂



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