It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Ugh, I have been horribly sick this past week, I spent a few days in bed feeling revolting, barely able to move everything was aching so much and would have stayed there longer if I could except it was my oldest son’s 9th birthday during the week so I had to suck it up to host a family dinner, and then his birthday party for his friends on Saturday. And yesterday was Mother’s Day, I slept til noon, spent a hour reading the papers, rang my mother to wish her a happy day and then thought I better make an attempt to catch up on all the work I had let slide during the week. Not only the housework suffered but also the blog as though I had more time to read, when I wasn’t sleeping, I didn’t have the energy to sit at the computer and write reviews.

A mother’s work is never done!

makyah's cake

The cake I made for Makyah’s birthday party – his favourite book series is Zac Power

What I Read Last Week

The Yearning by Kate Belle

Dead Man’s Deal (The Asylum Tales #2) by Jocelynn Drake

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Witch Fire (Burn Mark #2) by Laura Powell

Wong Way To Marry by CA Poulter

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Kate Belle and The Yearning

Review & Giveaway: The Yearning by Kate Belle ★1/2

What I Am Reading Today

Evie and Nicole Glass share a last name. They also shared a husband.  When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all. But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby half-brother, and she wasn’t counting on Nicole’s desperate need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed. Strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and the baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what makes a family?

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Welcome to Whitetail, Wisconsin, future home of Weddings that WOW! As acting mayor, Annika will do anything to revive the economy of the town that’s been her refuge ever since her art career imploded and her fiancé walked out. Even if it means crashing an engagement party to talk business with the bride’s billionaire father. But the evening starts with a kiss from a gorgeous stranger—and ends with a night in jail. Finn Callahan can’t believe his sister is getting married, not after their parents’ disastrous track record. And he’d rather be anywhere than working from his family’s vacation home. Until he catches a leggy blonde sneaking in the window, and suddenly telecommuting for the season is very appealing.
Unable to resist their mutual attraction, Annika and Finn are soon mixing business and pleasure—just for the summer. Too bad Annika’s heart missed the memo about not falling in love…

Kirsty Mitchell is ready to come home. After a tragic accident that left her scarred, she fled overseas. Now, three years later, she’s finally returning to Flame Tree Hill, her beloved family farm. But at twenty-five Kirsty isn’t prepared for the terrifying new challenge ahead: breast cancer.Kirsty’s never been a quitter and that’s not about to change. But can her budding romance with local vet Aden bear the strain? As she battles with chemotherapy and as her past threatens to overwhelm her, Kirsty realises you can never take anything – or anyone – for granted. Drawing strength from her family and the beauty of Far North Queensland, Kirsty finally understands what
she must do.

So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us

Her lineage is both a blessing and a curse… There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born…  

While you are here…

Congratulations to:

Winner of  Peace, Love and Khaki Socks. Emma

Enter to Win The Yearning by Kate Belle. Closes May 19th

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


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn J McLeod | Come home to the country...
    May 13, 2013 @ 10:25:51

    The Glass Wives. Now that’s a title I wish I’d thought of!!!! Sounds great. I just finished Fractured, by Dawn Barker. Brilliant. I am looking forward to catching up with Dawn at Syd Festival and telling her directly!



  2. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    May 13, 2013 @ 10:47:05

    Looks like you got lots of reading done last week. Hope you enjoy your current reads. Glass Wives looks interesting.



  3. Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)
    May 13, 2013 @ 10:57:17

    So sorry you’ve been sick, but that is one heck of a cool cake. Plus, you got through an awful lot of books. I hope you’re feeling better this week.



  4. Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    May 13, 2013 @ 13:57:43

    That does not sound like a good week in any way!
    Hoping you’re moving in a new direction this week 🙂



  5. Mystica
    May 13, 2013 @ 14:04:38

    hope you feel better soon – The Glass Wives looks intriguing.



  6. Earl
    May 13, 2013 @ 14:35:31

    What a cool cake! I just finished And the Mountains Echoed and I LOVED it! I can’t wait to recommend it and I can’t wait to talk about it with others!



  7. Bettina Grissen
    May 13, 2013 @ 14:41:55

    I am sorry to hear you have been feeling well, I hope you will feel better this week. The Glass wives sounds great, and I hope you will have a good week reading your other books,

    Kind regards,



  8. Teddyree
    May 13, 2013 @ 15:46:47

    Sorry you’ve been so sick, hope you’re on the road to recovery now. Awesome cake, you must have your mum’s cake making skills. I love the cover of The Glass Wives, don’t know why, it just calls out to me. Hope this week is better and good luck getting caught up 🙂



  9. Leeswammes
    May 13, 2013 @ 17:10:16

    I guess you must be feeling a lot better now, or you would not have been able to make that beautiful cake. It looks wonderful. How awful that you spent most of the week in bed. Look after yourself, don’t start running around too much – take it easy.



  10. Majanka
    May 13, 2013 @ 18:14:17

    Absolutely love the cover of Vengeance Born. Heard a lot of good things about And The Mountains Echoed. Enjoy reading!

    Here’s what I’m reading this week.



  11. laurelrainsnow
    May 13, 2013 @ 21:30:08

    I want to read Wedding Night…and The Yearning looks good, too. Enjoy your reads…and what a fabulous birthday cake! Enjoy your week.




  12. Lori C. (dollycas)
    May 14, 2013 @ 00:34:13

    Sorry you have been so sick. That cake is awesome. Hope you get to take it easy this week.



  13. Annie
    May 15, 2013 @ 09:31:19

    I’m looking forward to the film adaption of Shannon Hale’s book!



  14. Itara @ My Midnight Fantasies
    May 15, 2013 @ 22:13:59

    Hi there, new follower here. The Kylie Griffin books look really good.

    Here’s my post:



  15. Jenny Q
    May 17, 2013 @ 22:35:59

    That Kylie Griffin series looks good! Thanks for stopping by my blog today 🙂



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