It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


I was delighted to attend the wedding of my nephew, Tony, this weekend, despite the eight hour round trip.  Tony is the oldest of son of my husband’s sister and was six when he was the ring bearer at our wedding nearly 18 years ago.  It was a lovely outdoor ceremony and I wish he and his now wife Melinda, with their son, Noah, a wonderful life together.


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

SNAG-0163The Eclectic Reader Challenge 10/12


Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 76/50


Aussie Author Challenge 12/12 – Finished!

What I Read Last Week

Banish by Nicola Marsh

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty

Poisoned Waters by Ermisenda Alvarez

The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R Lyster

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: If I tell You… I’ll Have to Kill You Edited by Michael Robotham 1/2

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Banish Blog Tour

Review: If You Could See What I See by Cathy Lamb

Review: Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Review: Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty

AWW Feature and Review: Poisoned Waters Blog Tour

Stuff On Sundays: Get Snugg!

What I Am Reading Today

For eight years Lexie Rogers has been a uniform cop in Sydney’s red light district, Kings Cross. Having survived a violent knife attack, she’s witnessed far more than most cops her age. Now she’s back at work as the newest member of the Bondi Junction detectives’ office and ready to start again. One of her first jobs is to execute a search warrant at a bikie clubhouse, one of the two local gangs in the eastern suburbs. What she uncovers begins a chilling investigation into a vicious world where loyalty is deadly and unwavering and can’t be bought . . . Or can it? Lexie forms an unlikely alliance with one of the bikies, who’s realised his family’s in danger. But what neither of them knows is that Lexie is the one who’s in too deep. She knows too much. And as the stakes get personal, it seems the secret bond she has with a big bad bikie could be the one thing that’ll save her life.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Turn Around Bright Eyes picks up Sheffield’s story right after Love Is a Mix Tape. He is a young widower devastated by grief, trying to build a new life in a new town after his wife’s death. As a writer for Rolling Stone, he naturally takes solace in music. But that’s when he discovers the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, and despite the fact that he can’t carry a tune, he begins to find his voice. His karaoke obsession takes him to some strange places, whether that means singing a Frank Sinatra song in a senior-citizen community in Florida, attempting a Merle Haggard classic at a cowboy saloon in the Mojave desert, or clearing the room at an after-hours dive in Chinatown. But he finds the music leads him to the most surprising place of all–a new life and a new love. Turn Around Bright Eyes is a story about finding the courage to start over, move on, and rock the mike. It’s about falling in love and navigating your way through adult romance. It’s about how you can learn the weirdest things about yourself just by butchering a Hall & Oates song at 2 A.M. under fluorescent lights in a room full of strangers. It’s about how songs get tangled up in our deepest emotions, evoking memories of the past while inspiring hope for the future. But most of all, it’s a book about all the strange ways music brings people together. Sweet, funny, honest, and full of the music you love, hate and love to hate, Turn Around Bright Eyes is Rob Sheffield at his very best.

Count your blessings, guard your curses—and watch your back… Sophie Lawson was seriously hoping life at the UDA would get back to relative normal now that her boss Pete Sampson has been reinstated. Unfortunately, her new assignment is sending her undercover into a realm where even the most powerful paranormals fear to tread…her old high school. Being a human immune to magic is no defense against soulless picture-perfect mean girls—or a secret witch coven about to sacrifice a missing female student. And Sophie’s Guardian, uber-proper Englishman Will, is determined to convince Sophie he’s the kind of temptation she should indulge in permanently. Now, as the clock ticks down to apocalypse, he and Sophie will have to summon every trick in the book to battle devilish illusion, lethal sorcery—and betrayals they’ll never see coming…

“If you leave no trace, nobody could say later whether you were even there at all.” Fourteen-year-old Sarah Vale has gone missing in the small town of Banville. She’s the daughter of the town whore so no one seems particularly concerned. No one cares except Tommy Johns, who loves Sarah Vale with all the unadulterated, tentative passion of a teenage boy. He galvanises the town’s policeman Sergeant Henson and, together, they turn the town inside out, searching for the lost girl. A delicate and layered exploration of secrets and lies, forgotten children and absent parents, and the long shadows of the past.

Walt and Judy’s happiness has been blighted by their childlessness; although their marriage seems blissful, Judy feels increasingly empty and Walt longs to make her happy again. So one day he brings home Looee -a baby chimpanzee. Looee, exuberant and demanding, immediately fills the gap in Walt and Judy’s life, and they come to love him as their own son. Like any child, Looee is affectionate and quick to learn, generous and engaging. But he is also a deeply unpredictable animal, and one night their unique family life is changed forever. At the Girdish Institute, chimpanzees have been studied for decades to prove that they are political, altruistic, often angry but also capable of forgiveness. The chimps at the Institute travel a parallel path to Looee’s; they experience friendship, loss and rivalry, just as he does. When these two paths meet, startling truths are revealed about all great apes, captive and free, beloved or abandoned. Told alternately from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth is a profound and gripping story about the things we hold sacred and the truths of nature we so often ignore.

While you are here…

Enter to Win 1 of 3 copies of Penguin Crime Classics (Australia)

Enter to Win one of 2 copies of Banish by Nicola Marsh (worldwide)

Congratulate the winner of 1 signed copy of Combustion by Steve Worland: Michelle V

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


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. booksaremyfavouriteandbest
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 12:12:51

    The Sheffield book looks good.



  2. Teddyree
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 12:29:40

    Glad you had a good time at your nephew’s wedding. I’m off to see what you thought of Tampa. Happy reading 🙂



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 12:47:06

    Weddings can be such fun….glad you enjoyed your nephew’s event. Your reading is impressive….172 books! I’ve read 124 so far and I’m doing better than in all previous years, so I’m glad about that, too.

    Enjoy your new week!



  4. thebookdate
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 14:31:02

    Wedding looks great. As you know I have ordered the Cathy Lamb book after reading your review. Wow you sure have read a lot of books this year. I just upped my Goodreads goal from 80 to 100!
    My What Are You Reading



  5. Bettina Grissen
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 16:11:10

    I am glad to hear the wedding was great, the picture is lovely. The Vale girl sounds interesting, but you have a lot of different books to choose from.
    Have a great week & kind regards,



  6. Mystica
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 16:36:11

    Glad you enjoyed the wedding.



  7. Diana Leigh
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 11:13:12

    Wow, 172 books read so far? That’s awesome!

    Congratulations to your nephew and his bride. =)



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