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
(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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