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