It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


It’s been a crazy week and it won’t be slowing down any time soon. I am behind on everything and since I am going away for a few days to visit family between Christmas and New year, the likelihood is I won’t catch up til I get back. Oh well c’est la vie!

I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday and hope that all your bookish dreams come true!

What I Read Last Week

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

The Harp in the South by Ruth Park

Inheritance by Kate Loveday

Scent of Magic by Maria V Snyder

Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor

One for the Books by Joe Queenan

Reviews posted this week

(click the titles to read my reviews)

The Scrivener’s Tale by Fiona Mc Intosh ★★1/2

Sex, Lies and Bonsai by Lisa Walker ★★1/2

Shallow Breath by Sara Foster ★★1/2

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar ★★

The Harp in the South by Ruth Park ★★

What I Am Reading Today

@ Goodreads

Imogen Bates moved to the small rural town of Gibson’s Find to start a new life for herself after the death of her husband. Tired of being haunted by the painful memories of her old life, Imogen set her last remaining hopes on the little town and, in particular, pouring her heart and savings into restoring The Majestic Hotel to its former glory. But while the female-starved town might be glad to see a young woman move in, not everyone is happy about Imogen’s arrival.  Sheep and crop farmer Gibson Black once dreamed of having the kind of family his grandfather reminisces about, but he’s learnt not to dream anymore. Living in the mostly male town suits Gibson down to the ground…and he won’t have anyone — least of all a hot redhead from the city — change a thing. Imogen has never been one to back down from a challenge, especially when it concerns her last chance at happiness. She’s determined to rebuild the pub and create a future for the little town. But can she create a future for Gibson and herself, too?

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

In the dark days of war, a mother makes the ultimate sacrifice Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up-along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans-and taken to the Manzanar prison camp.  Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever…and spur her to sins of her own. Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love.

Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at 41, is nesting in the home she and her husband Joseph have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unknown to them is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter Juniper is home from college for Thanksgiving and in love for the very first time, quickly learning how a relationship changes everything. But Juniper has a tiny arrow lodged in her heart, a leftover shard from the day eight years earlier when her sister Casey disappeared-in a time before she’d ever met Glory and Joseph. When a fieldwork course takes Juniper to a pueblo only a few hours away, she finds herself right back in the past she thought she’d finally buried. A love story, a family story, a story of searching and the bond between sisters, Finding Casey is a testament to human resilience.

Come have a roll in the hay with one of Australia′s leading rural fiction authors, Rachael Treasure, in her romping, rollicking first-ever collection of romantic stories, celebrating the sexy side of rural life. Guaranteed to get your tractor revving, FIFTY BALES OF HAY is an honest and imaginative exploration of everyday men and women getting down and dirty on the land. From the dairy shed to the Royal Agricultural Show pavilion, Treasure′s cheeky satirical humour and wicked imagination offers up a dozen fun-filled, and sometimes poignant, tales of dust and lust. This collection will have you clamoring for a stock whip, a saddle and a jackaroo.

While you are here…


Are you up for the challenge? Join the Eclectic Reader Challenge for 2013!


AWW Feature: Lisa Walker and the shy erotica writer

AWW Feature: Q&A with Shallow Breath


Win 1 of 2 copies of Where Have You Been? by Wendy James (Aust only)

Win 1 of 2 copies of Sex, Lies and Bonsai by Lisa Walker (Aust only)


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

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 18:54:39

    Have a very good week and wishing you all the very best for Christmas.



  2. Heidi
    Dec 24, 2012 @ 18:56:14

    I just finished reading Garden of Stones and loved it – looking forward to your take on it. Wishing you and your family a merry Xmas and keep up the good work, love reading your reviews.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Dec 24, 2012 @ 19:12:24

      Great Heidi, I hope I do too! Thank you for the kind wishes, may you and your family have a fabulous holiday!



  3. Laura Fabiani
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 01:31:15

    Looks like you have some really good reading coming up. Garden of Stones caught my eye. Have fun visiting your family!



  4. therelentlessreader
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 01:48:13

    Enjoy your upcoming books and have a very merry Christmas 🙂



  5. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 02:29:34

    I loved Finding Casey…hope you do, too; and have a great holiday!




  6. Lori C. (dollycas)
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 04:04:11

    Visiting today in between wrapping presents and supervising the house cleaning for our family get together tonight.
    Have a great trip!!!
    Merry Christmas!!



  7. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Dec 25, 2012 @ 06:41:34

    Great reading week for you! Merry Christmas.



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