It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Who has time for a life? I didn’t this past week. I had forgotten how exhausting teaching is, even if only two days a week!

What I Read Last Week

March by Sunni Overend

Hunter by Chris Allen

The Heaven I Swallowed by Rachel Hennessy

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Transcendence by CJ Omololu

Review: March by Sunni Overend

Review: Lightning by Felicity Volk

Feature Post: The Intrepid Chris Allen

Review: Hunter by Chris Allen 1/2

Review: The Heaven I Swallowed by Rachel Hennessy ★1/2

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Sunni Overend and March

Review: Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

A missing daughter, her distraught mother.A foreign country. A history of deceit.
When Dee’s daughter, Corrie, decides to spend her gap year in Argentina, it seems like the perfect solution to their strained relationship. That is, until Corrie goes missing. Facing every mother’s worst nightmare, Dee boards a plane from Australia to launch a frantic search. Four years later, Dee returns to Buenos Aires for what she concedes may be the last time. But on this visit, a fresh lead triggers a new search – one where Dee must place her trust in strangers to help her navigate the vibrant but often threatening city. Dee’s search for Corrie is overshadowed by the fear that her failings as a mother may have had something to do with Corrie’s disappearance. To what extent is Dee to blame? And is this a question that she will ever be able to answer? Traces of Absence is a stirring and thoughtful portrayal of parenthood, guilt, faith and hope. And of the redemptive power of simple human kindness

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Los Angeles. Traffic clogs the streets. Smog chokes the city. And Zac Bunsen is going to burn it all down.
On a ruthless quest to save the planet, Bunsen releases the Swarm, an airborne nanotech virus that targets combustion engines and detonates their fuel supply. It is spectacularly, appallingly successful. Terror and chaos reign as the City of Angels explodes. Every vehicle is now a deadly bomb and every freeway a war zone littered with bodies and twisted wrecks. NASA astronaut Judd Bell and his best mate, Aussie chopper pilot Corey Purchase, must navigate the burning city in a desperate mission to stop Bunsen before he can execute the last phase of his horrific plan and send mankind back to the Stone Age.

In New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine’s latest Revivalist novel, Bryn Davis’s problems quickly turn from dead to worse. Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returne addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin – who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick – is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way. And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side – and her own lover – will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity

Coming home can be heart breaking if you haven’t faced up to why you ran away in the first place. For Bella Fairburn, a girl from the bush, her new life in Europe is a dream come true. Each day brings fresh experiences, including a cute French ski instructor boyfriend. But news of her beloved father’s second heart attack brings Bella rushing home, accompanied by her aunt Liz, who’s lived and worked in London for the past thirty years. Bella’s father has never considered her a suitable candidate to run Mullinjim, their family cattle property in Far North Queensland. Bella seizes this chance to finally prove to him that she’s perfectly capable of taking over until he recovers.  But coming home to Mullinjim is fraught with emotional danger for both Bella and Liz. While Bella is confident she can deal with drought, the threat of bushfires, and cattle bogged in muddy dams, she fears facing her neighbour Gabe Mitchell. Gabe is the man she once hoped to marry, but he’s also the man who broke her heart. And for Liz, Mullinjim holds a painful secret from her past that must never be revealed.

What is the secret to good crime writing? No one better to ask than a group of Australia’s leading crime writers. Their conclusions are fascinating, provocative, often surprising, and they are all drawn from the hard school of personal experience. What pieces of advice do the writers have in common? That there is no substitute for hard work! One tells us there is no such thing as writer’s block – “just do it” is a common theme. There is a fun part though: research. The writers could not vary more in their research and the way they approach it; from Shane Maloney’s near-death experience in a freezer to Leigh Redhead’s adventures as a stripper, Barry Maitland’s endless walks through the streets of London to Gabrielle Lord’s night out at a Gangster and Molls party, the search for ideas and atmosphere is never done and never dull. These writers also read voraciously, and they all give us their five ‘must reads’ – it’s interesting how much they coincide. As do their Rules for Writing. All in all a treasure trove for all fans of crime fiction, be they aspiring writers or simply want to get to know their favourite writers better.

For decades, the women in Meggie O’Rourke’s family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie’s family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren’t being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she’d be inclined to stay away all together.  Since her husband’s death a year ago, Meggie’s emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary film maker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat—and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin—will at least give her a temporary focus. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. And as the revelations illuminate her family’s past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward. With warmth and unflinching humor, If You Could See What I See explores the tender truths we keep close—and what can happen when we find the courage to bare them to the world

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:21:28

    Traces of Absence looks good….and I also like the look of If You Could See What I See…adore Cathy Lamb’s books. Enjoy your week!



  2. Teddyree
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 12:17:03

    You’re amazing Shelleyrae, family, work, and still all that reading and reviewing. Off to check out some of those reviews. Happy reading 🙂



  3. Bonnie
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 14:05:03

    Wow Traces of Absence looks intense – a child going missing? That it my absolute worst nightmare… ever. I hope you are enjoying it!



  4. Bettina Grissen
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 16:00:36

    You read quite a lot, well done. And for coming week you have again a pile of very different kinds of books, they all look very good and I am curious to read your reviews.

    Have a great week & kind reards,



  5. Rita (My Home of Books)
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 21:12:46

    For a busy lady you certainly accomplished much reading 🙂 Traces of Absence looks great to me! Enjoy your week reading.



  6. Jennifer | Book Den
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 22:33:50

    Combustion looks intense!



  7. readerbuzz
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 23:00:12

    Teaching is exhausting. I can hardly get my books reviewed properly during the busy school year.



  8. Kathy Martin
    Jul 22, 2013 @ 23:47:42

    You have some interesting books on your stack. I hope you enjoy them all. Come see what I did last week here. Happy reading this week!



  9. Mystica
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 00:10:03

    I read one Cathy Lamb a while ago and liked her book. This sounds also fun.



  10. Turn the Page Reviews
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 04:10:03

    The Cathy Lamb book looks really good. You are reading so much! I feel like the summer is slowing me down so much!!



  11. Elizabeth
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 04:22:09

    You read and reviewed quite a few books. AWESOME.

    Enjoy your upcoming week.

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



  12. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 05:41:00

    Even with working, you still managed to achieve so much! Hat’s off to you. 🙂

    I got the first book in that series by Rachel Caine ages ago and still haven’t read it. I hear great things about the series though, so I’m glad I have one of them at least! Love the sound of Traces of Absence. Would love to see Argentina one day.



  13. Lori C. (dollycas)
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 06:11:29

    Looks like you had a great week!!! It is been crazy here, lol

    See you next week!!



  14. Diana Leigh
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 10:42:52

    I’m looking forward to the Cathy Lamb book. Hope you enjoy!



  15. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 10:09:56

    Oh I loved Traces of Absence… i hope you do too Shelleyrae!



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