It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Well it has mostly been an uneventful week which isn’t a bad thing at all. I’ve been a little distracted though by trying to impose some order in my life, starting with my book collection. More about that later this week…

This upcoming week will be a little frantic though with annual concerts, end of season trophy ceremony’s, major exams and scout camps on the children’s schedules

What I Read Last Week

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister

The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

Review: The Vale Girl by Nelika McDonald ★1/2

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Mass ★1/2

Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson 1/2

Review & Giveaway : Deadly Virtues by Jo Bannister 1/2

Review: Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Review: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

Stuff On Sunday: Bookshelf Bounty

 What I Am Reading Today

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Few Australian writers have delved as deeply as Peter Goldsworthy into the mysterious state of being that is childhood. In this memoir he applies his fascination with that state to his own boyhood, from his bizarre first memories to the embarrassments of adolescence. For all his working life Goldsworthy has been both doctor and writer – Australia’s Chekhov – and here he reveals a mind charmed equally by science and literature, by the rational and the imagined. The country towns he grew up in gave free rein to the young Peter’s intense curiosity, and in the fifties and sixties he ran amok in hilarious fashion. A boy with a mind wide open to the universe but closed to self-knowledge, he came of age with a naive self-confidence that was ripe for the bursting. Comically self-deprecating, unrestrained in its honesty, His Stupid Boyhood is a passport to the lost country of youth, and a beautiful homage to childhood in general.

Welcome to the sleepy town of Majic, where neighbourhood watch is a killer …
For Nell Forrest, life in the little town of Majic is not going smoothly. One of her five daughters has just swapped university for fruit-picking, another is about to hit puberty, while a third keeps leaving aggrieved messages on the answering machine. On top of all this, her mother is infuriating and it’s only been a matter of months since Nell lost her husband of twenty-five years. It’s no surprise, then, that she is even struggling to write her weekly column.  But the floodgates of inspiration are about to swing open, almost knocking her out in the process. Murder and mayhem, arson and adultery, dungeons, death threats and disappearances are just around the corner. Despite Nell’s abysmal aptitude for investigative work, she manages to shine the light on the local Richard III Society and that’s when things really start to heat up. Throw in some suspicious widows, nosy neighbours, a canine witness, plus a detective who is getting a little closer than he should, and it’s clear that nefarious doings are well and truly afoot.
Nefarious Doings is the first book in Ilsa Evans’ new Nell Forrest Mystery series. The second is Ill-Gotten Gains.

Calypso Shakespeare knows what the future has in store for her, and not just because she’s psychicThe “gifted” Shakespeare women have always had their one true love … Problem is, Calypso’s came and went and didn’t work out too well. She doesn’t need a crystal ball to see that she’ll never love again. And even her magical cocktails aren’t up to the ask of healing her bruised heart. So instead she wanders the world brewing in pubs and bars in the hope that she’ll help other people find love. That’s the plan anyway. That is until Taran Dee shows up and Calypso finds she has real trouble brewing …

When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his home in San Francisco’s Mission District, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery.But, as Claire knows, nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding possible leads to Paul’s fate in other cases – a long-ago missing girl and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: ‘The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.’

Orcs don’t like questions. Everybody with a brain knows that. Orc tribes save their strength for fighting, not thinking. They survive by raiding the lands of weaker races, repeating it year after year to offer tribute to the masters of their mountain home. Life on Firebrand Peak is short and nasty. Death comes quickly and the fallen are soon forgotten. Generations pass, yet the tribe remains brutally the same. Until one little orc starts asking too many questions.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 13:30:55

    I agree, uneventful is a good thing.



  2. Tanya Patrice
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 14:23:38

    Uneventful is a good thing in my world too. And The Bone Season sounds incredible.



  3. thebookdate
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 14:46:03

    I was interested to see your thoughts on The Bookstore on Goodreads. Pretty much agree with all you thought.



  4. Mystica
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 16:29:00

    Uneventful is a good thing to try to sort out matters which we’ve put aside! I am on a decluttering streak – have given away lots of books which I think will be of interest to others and which I’ve done and finished with.



  5. Bettina Grissen
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 16:29:11

    Organizing books is always good fun, I think. It makes you tired, but in a good way.
    His stupid boyhood sounds very good, I think I will put this on my ‘to buy’ list.

    Have a great week & kind regards,



  6. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 16:51:48

    Uneventful can be awesome, it gives you time to do things that have been on the backburner, or it just helps you actually get some real rest. I have been organizing things at home and getting ready for the new school year as well. This is the last week of vacation for my children, so we need it to be nice and quiet.

    You got in some good reading last week – and I have some of the books you’ve read or are planning to read on my TBR. I look forward to seeing what oyu think of them.

    Have a wonderful week. Here’s my It’s Monday!… post.



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:15:15

      I’m sure you are looking forward to your children going back to school so you can get some rest 🙂



  7. Teddyree
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 19:32:53

    uneventful is good, bring it on I say lol. Hope you enjoy The Bone Season, I’ll be back to check out your reviews a little later. Happy reading and sorting 🙂



  8. Kathy Martin
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 23:51:09

    I too treasure uneventful weeks. I can use a few. The Bone Season sounds good. I liked Crown of Midnight too and want to read Elysian Fields. Here is my Monday Report. Have a great week!



  9. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 23:59:46

    Ooh, Nefarious Doings caught my eye…I’ll be watching for your thoughts. Enjoy your week!



  10. dmauldin53
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 00:04:06

    I like your variety of books. I will read your reviews later.



  11. Rita (My Home of Books)
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 01:12:36

    I read Elysian Fields and enjoyed it, though I don’t read much UF, so don’t have many other books in this genre to compare to. I also read or had a DNF, try again later, on The Bookstore, just didn’t connect with the MC and where the plot was going. Hope you have a good week reading.



  12. Turn the Page Reviews
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 03:38:36

    Sometimes you need a quiet week to get things done! I am looking forward to at least 2 quiet days, before heading up to Boston for a quick get away. Then all down time till the kids head back to school! Looks like you have some great reading waiting for you-enjoy!



  13. Greg
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 05:47:37

    Looks like an eclectic mix of reads, hope you have a great week and not too hectic!



  14. cleopatralovesbooks
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 06:02:11

    I am ready Requiem by Celina Grace as it was free on



  15. Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:15:11

    ENJOY your week. Looks good.

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



  16. Lindsey
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 12:32:24

    I’ve been hearing good things about The Bone Season. I hope you enjoy it!



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