It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


So today marks the start of school holidays for my children. Given the current and expected weather ie. rain, rain and more rain, it is going to be a very long two weeks!

It is the first Monday of the month so here are my challenge updates:


The Eclectic Reader Challenge 8/12

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 66/50

Aussie Author Challenge 9/12

Doing pretty well all round at this point!

What I Read Last Week

just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

Ink by Amanda Sun

Held For Ransom by Russell Atkinson

Heist by Robert Schofield

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Erma Bombeck Collection 

Review: Currawong Creek by Jennifer Scoullar

Review: Waiting For Wednesday by Nicci French

Review: just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

**AWW Feature: Kirsten Krauth**

Review: Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

Review: Powder Burn by Mark Chisnell

Stuff on Sundays: From the Eclectic Readers {Update #2}

Review: Held For Ransom by Russell Atkinson

What I Am Reading Today

For three years Joseph Scott has been haunted by one moment-the moment that changed his life forever. Now he is starting over, and he wants his family back more than anything.
This is the story of Joseph and his wife, Zoe; of their children, Scarlet, Theo and Ben, for whom nothing will be the same; and of Zoe’s parents, who can’t forgive or understand.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Anna is a planner. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, she prepares for a perfect new life in Provençe, France, with her perfect new baby-to-be. Anna’s partner, the easy-going Tobias, shouldn’t have too much difficulty tagging along—after all, he’s a musician who rarely starts his day before noon. But all that changes when their baby is born severely disabled. Anna, Tobias, and their daughter, Freya, end up in a rickety, rodent-infested farmhouse in a remote town in France—far from the mansion in Provençe they had imagined. Little do they know that this is the beginning of what will become an incredible journey of the heart—one during which they learn there really is no such thing as a mouse-proof kitchen. Life is messy, and it’s the messy bits that make it count.

Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her. Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life’s shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy’s deadly trap?  Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

After the end of a long-term relationship, Alicia’s life is at a crossroads when news that her mother is critically ill takes her back to her childhood home of Alice Springs. Though she hasn’t consciously intended to remain in central Australia, when Alicia is offered a job setting up a school on an indigenous outstation she decides to stay. Surrounded by the mesmerising beauty of the desert, Alicia takes charge of the new school, and though the challenges are substantial, she finds the work deeply fulfilling. When Alicia meets Patrick through her work she’s instantly attracted to him. Patrick shares much of Alicia’s outlook on life and their relationship flourishes until they hit a crisis regarding their future together…
From Alice With Love is both a beautiful love story and a thought-provoking novel set in the exotic red centre of Australia

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her? Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life

While you are here…


Winner of A Distant Land by Alison Booth : Mary

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



31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 10:09:37

    Congratulations, Mary!

    Shelleyrae, you are doing a great job with your challenges….especially that reading challenge. I’m doing okay with mine, too, but not nearly as many books as you’ve read. (104/200).

    I like the look of The Son-in-Law.

    Enjoy your week!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jul 01, 2013 @ 12:11:47

      I just finished The Son-In-Law and it was fabulous! 104 books for the year is impressive Laurel!



  2. Teddyree
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 13:59:35

    More to add to my wishlist, visiting you is dangerous Shelleyrae lol. I’ve seen mixed reviews for Close My Eyes, hope you enjoy it. Off to check out some of your reviews 🙂
    Uggh it’s done nothing but rain here the last week, miserable … stay sane for school holidays. Enjoy your new reads!



  3. Jennie
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 15:47:05

    Rain, rain, rain here too Shelleyrae. Great job on the challenges.



  4. Mystica
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 16:53:52

    Rain here but liking it. Anything is better than hot and humid weather. You’ve got through a lot of reading. Mine has been painfully slow.



  5. thebookishoutsider
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 19:17:12

    Lots of great books, I’m intrigued by Saira Shah’s Mouse Proof Kitchen especially after reading interviews with her about her own disabled daughter. I’ve just requested Close My Eyes so looking forward to seeing what you think of it.

    Happy reading and hope the rain isn’t too bad, we might actually be getting a bit of sun here in the UK for once!



  6. Lexxie
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 19:18:42

    You have an amazing list of books! I need to add some of them to my TBR, as they seem like books I’ll like as well.

    My kids just started their vacation, too, but they have 8 weeks off!! Luckily, today it’s sunny, but not very warm – I wish I cold just go to the lake or the pool with them, it would make all of us happy 🙂

    Here’s my It’s Monday! post for this week. Happy reading.



  7. readerbuzz
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 21:20:51

    I started Mouse-Proof Kitchen just before I left for ALA and I couldn’t fit it in my suitcase….I COULDN’T FIT IT IN MY SUITCASE! So mad at myself for not just carrying it along…I can’t wait to get back and read some more!

    Here’s my It’s Monday!



  8. Christina T
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 21:47:29

    Close My Eyes looks really good. So does The Mouse Proof Kitchen. Hope you have a great week!



  9. k2reader
    Jul 01, 2013 @ 22:35:15

    Our weather for this week is humid, sticky and chance of thunderstorms…not good for being outdoors, but great for reading!

    I need to get my butt in gear on some of my reading challenges – I haven’t even started 2 of them!

    Here’s my It’s Monday post.

    Have a great week!



  10. Lori C. (dollycas)
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 00:51:30

    You are doing so well on your GR challenge. I am 7 books behind if I want to meet my goal and I am starting to think this will be the first year I fail 😦

    Happy Reading!!



  11. Rita (My Home of Books)
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 03:20:26

    All your books look intriguing, but From Alice With Love sticks out for me, because I had a friend from the U.S. here who lived there for many years and raised her kids (her husband is a scientist so that’s why they moved there in first place). She sent me photos and I was amazed at how different life is for people there than where I am in northeast U.S. Enjoy all your reading this week!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jul 02, 2013 @ 20:10:32

      I have to admit I have never been to the Northern Territory though my brother has lived there on and off for several years. Thanks for visiting!



  12. Bettina Grissen
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 04:35:26

    The only thing I know about Alice Springs is from the book ‘A town called Alice’ by Nevil Shute! But this book sounds interesting. You have quite a lot of books going on, you’re busy!

    I hope you have a geat week,
    kind regards,



  13. Silver's Reviews
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 07:59:42

    ENJOY your week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading



  14. Mardel
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 16:20:03

    My, My! in six months, you’ve managed to read almost three times as many books as I’ve read in a year. 😦

    that’s amazing. Good luck with your goal for the year.

    Have a great week

    My Reading Week



  15. Melinda
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 17:33:53

    Enjoy the reading!



  16. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 18:57:44

    Hope the weather gets better for the school holidays Shelleyrae… keeping children occupied indoors isn’t easy!

    I’ve got From Alice with Love to read too, I’m looking forward to this one. You’re doing awesome on your challenges!



  17. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 11:10:36

    Aside from learning about great new books (or interesting ones, anyway), I love your blog because it’s like cover porn to me! And book porn. Trouble is it always makes me want, and I can’t have!

    Congrats on your impressive reading tally! I’m amazed as always, don’t know how you do it with kids and all. (Probably keeps you from going nuts, right? 😉 ) Have a great week Shelleyrae!



I want to know what you think! Your comments are appreciated.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s