It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

It has been a long week ( or at least it felt like it). Keeping the kids busy has been quite a feat but to top it all off, they thoughtfully shared their germs and I have spent most of the weekend in bed with a streaming nose and sore ribs from coughing my lungs up.
Thankfully the children go back to school tomorrow but there is no rest for the wicked. I’ll be teaching two days a week for the next month and that is going to require quite a balancing act.
What is keeping you busy this week?

What I Read Last Week

Every Parent’s Nightmare by Belinda Hawkins

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Burned by Persephone Nicholas

Transcendence by CJ Omololu

Lightning by Felicity Volk

Always Watching by Chevy Chase

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Every Parent’s Nightmare by Belinda Hawkins

Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

Review: Burned by Persephone Nicholas

**AWW Feature: Persephone Nicholas and the Inspiration for Burned**

Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Stuff on Sundays: Ghost Blogs

What I Am Reading Today

A creative wunderkind who once topped the country’s most prestigious fashion school, Apple March is now languishing behind a retail counter. When fate shifts and her imaginative passion is reawakened, so too is the threat of a past secret.
From the cool heart of Melbourne to Paris and New York, in a vibrant world of Pimms and croquet, crocodile boots and cocoon coats, Apple seeks the thrill of creative freedom and the one man worth sharing it with.
A page-turning debut novel written with fun, stylish wit, March is too satisfying to miss

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

A new case for expat private investigator Jayne Keeney. As Jayne and Rajiv holiday in Krabi, Jayne can’t stop her mind straying to thoughts of the future: a successful business, perhaps even a honeymoon. Who would have thought she could be so content? But then their tour guide’s body is found floating in the shallows and no one can explain the marks around her neck. Jayne and Rajiv are pulled into a case that the police have already decided isn’t one: a case that will pull at the seams of their fledgling relationships and lead Jayne into grave danger.

Thirteen-year-old Satomi Baker is used to being different. It is 1939, and in rural west-coast California being half-white and half-Japanese gets you noticed. Her parents seem so happy together, and so proud to be American, but she has never felt she exactly fits in – even though her striking looks have caught the eye of the most popular boy at school. When war is declared, Satomi’s father Aaron is one of the first to sign up, and he is sent to the base at Pearl Harbour. He never returns. News of the Japanese attack transmits through the Bakers’ crackling radio. Satomi’s strong, stoical mother Tamura is flung into a private realm of grief – while all around them the world changes irrevocably. The community that has tolerated its foreign residents for decades suddenly turns on them, and along with thousands of other Japanese-American citizens (and anyone with ‘one drop of Japanese blood’ in them) they are sent to a brutal labour camp in the wilderness which future generations will choose to forget. At Manzanar Satomi learns what it takes to survive, who she can trust, and what it means to be American. But it will be years before she will discover who she really is under the surface of her skin. A Girl Like You is her story, and the riveting and moving story of a lost generation.

His orders are simple: ‘The safety catch is off. Return that girl to her family and drag those bastards back to justice. Dead or alive. It makes no difference to me.’ Alex Morgan policeman, soldier and spy for Intrepid, the black ops division of Interpol is on the hunt for Serbian war criminals. But these guys were never going to let it be that simple. An assassination attempt is made on the presiding judge of the international tribunal. Days later, the judge’s daughter, the famous and beautiful classical pianist Charlotte Rose, vanishes in mysterious circumstances. The girl is not just a pretty face and the daughter of a judge, however. She’s also the goddaughter of Intrepid’s veteran commander, General Davenport. It’s up to Morgan and the Intrepid team to track the kidnappers and the missing woman before the very fabric of international justice is picked apart at its fraying edges. Part James Bond and part Jason Bourne, Alex Morgan must walk the line between doing the right thing and getting the job done. And this time he’s got permission to make it personal.

‘Safety and security are commodities you can sell in return for excitement, but you can never buy them back.’
Yvonne Carmichael is a geneticist, a scientist renowned in her field but one day, she makes the most irrational of decisions. While she is giving evidence to a Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament, she meets a man and has sex with him in the secluded Chapel in the Crypt beneath the Great Hall of Westminster. It’s the beginning of a reckless liaison, but there is more to her lover than is at first apparent – as Yvonne discovers when the affair spins out of control and leads inexorably to violence.Apple Tree Yard is about a woman who makes one rash choice that ends up putting her on trial at the Old Bailey for the most serious of crimes.

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:28:39

    A Girl Like You captured my interest. Hope you have a great week!

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  2. Heidi
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 12:57:14

    Sharing your pain – have also been sick in bed all weekend with what sounds like the same dreaded lurgy. What a waste when I hardly ever get a weekend off, but used it to write some long overdue reviews. Anyway, hope you feel better soon and manage the juggling act whilst still getting some reading done🙂

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  3. Christina T
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 13:21:36

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Looks like you have some good books that will hopefully take your mind off of how you feel. The Dying Beach and A Girl Like You both look interesting to me.

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  4. Mystica
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 13:43:11

    Hope you feel better soon to enjoy your books.

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  5. RAnn
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 14:57:33

    A Girl Like You looks good; have you read Farewell to Manzinar?

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  6. Kate Forsyth
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:16:42

    I’m always so impressed by all the reading you do, Shelleyrae! I think I read a lot but you blast me out of the water. And you’re so good with your blogging too. I always really enjoy rading your blog, even if I don’t always have tiem to comment🙂

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  7. Kate Forsyth
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 15:17:02

    that was meant to be ‘reading’!

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  8. readerbuzz
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 21:07:04

    Aw! Hope you feel better soon!

    Here’s my It’s Monday. Love to have you stop by!

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  9. Teddyree
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 21:16:41

    lovely when the kids share but wishing it was something a whole lot nicer! Hope you feel better soon and can manage the juggling act over the coming weeks.Fingers crossed this weeks’ reading is a little more promising than last🙂

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  10. Leeswammes
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 21:19:31

    Sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Even worse when the kids are at home all day and need looking afer! Hope you’re feeling better now. Good luck with the teaching – it might be getting a bit busy but I’m sure it’ll be fun to do.

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  11. Majanka
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 22:22:17

    Apple Tree Yard sounds intriguing. I really like the cover as well. Enjoy your reads!

    Take a look at what I’m reading this week!

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  12. Kathy Martin
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 00:34:32

    Looks like you have some interesting books in the stack. I hope you are soon feeling well enough to read them. Come see what I read last week at Inside of a Dog. Happy reading!

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  13. Patty
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 02:07:30

    I always think I read a lot until I see your week’s tally!

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  14. Jade
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 02:19:26

    The book you’re currently reading sounds quite good, I look forward to a review on that!
    Good luck with your juggling act for the coming month!

    My Book Bubble

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  15. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 03:41:23

    Ooh I feel nicely justified in turning down a review copy of Big Girl Panties after seeing your 1 star rating – I heard a bit about it through Bree and decided I wasn’t very interested in reading it, all things considered.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  16. Rose Milligan
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 04:45:54

    Enjoy your books this week. I finished What the Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis (4/5 stars) last week. This week I’m reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan, and OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

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  17. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 09:57:01

    Great reads this week, especially A Girl Like You – I can’t believe that the history of America placing Japanese in internment camps (causing them to lose their jobs, their homes, their businesses, and way of life) simply for being of Japanese ancestry isn’t taught as a lesson in what NOT to do. The victor in this case glossed over their own misdeeds.

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  18. ohsacrebleu
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 10:15:24

    I noticed a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews this week, what a shame to have read so many books you didn’t enjoy in one week!

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  19. Elizabeth
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 02:54:06

    How do you read so many books in one week? 🙂 I must be a slow reader. 🙂

    I read Big Girl Panties and Always Watching too. Big Girl Panties was an ok read. I loved Always Watching.

    ENJOY your week.

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

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  20. Diana Leigh
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 13:06:32

    I hope you’re feeling better. It’s so hard to keep kids entertained when you’re sick!

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  21. Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 09:43:43

    Definitely feeling for you sick just when you need energy!
    Hoping it’s short lived and you’re back at your to do’s and your reading list –
    all the best with the 2 day teaching addition =)
    also really enjoyed the abandoned blog post – I’ve often wondered to where the blog owner disappeared if I’ve searched a topic and find the final home post without a redirect to a new site… interesting

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  22. juliegreenart
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 15:49:48

    I hope you’re feeling better now!

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