It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


As expected this week has been chaotic. With school holidays I have all four of my children clamouring for attention, alternately whining they are hungry, bored or hot. We have also had to juggle sleepovers, birthday parties and scout meetings, on top of which a bushfire nearby midweek cut off the nearby highway stranding my husband at work.

i also submitted my first job application in twenty years or so this week. A position as a library assistant has come up at one of the nearby branches and though I don’t have the experience the Council is seeking I decided to apply anyway. I’ll know late next week if I have earned an interview. Wish me good luck!

What I Read Last Week

Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

Tempting Fate by Jane Green

The Perfect Wife by Katherine Scholes

Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance

Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Jade Widow by Deborah O’Brien

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review:  The Turning by Tim Winton ★★★★

Review & Giveaway: Ill-Gotten Gains by Ilsa Evans ★★★★

Review: Tempting Fate by Jane Green ★★★

Review: Bound By Night by Larissa Ione ★★★

Review: The Perfect Wife by Katherine Scholes ★★★★

Review: Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance ★★★1/2

Review: Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen ★★★★

Review: The Devil’s Eye by Barry Maitland ★★

Review: Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran★★

What I Am Reading Today

Cloverfield  meets The Terminator  in this story of one man’s escape from New York City as technology becomes sentient. Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he’s agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse—and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more. After he arrives in Weller’s office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone—with no obvious enemy in sight. The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Faith and Monty are both looking for love…but they’re looking in the wrong direction. Faith Forrester is at a crossroads. Single, thirty and living on a farm in a small Western Australian town, she’s sick of being treated like a kitchen slave by her brother and father. Ten years ago, her mother died of breast cancer, and Faith has been treading water ever since. She wants to get her hands dirty on the family farm. She wants to prove to herself that she’s done something worthwhile with her life. And she wants to find a man… For as long as he can remember, Daniel ‘Monty’ Montgomery has been Faith’s best friend. When he was ten, his parents sold the family property and moved to Perth, and ever since, Monty’s dreamed of having his own farm. So for the last ten years, he’s been back on the land, working odd jobs and saving every dollar to put toward his dream. Now he finally has the deposit. But there’s still something missing… So when Faith embarks on a mission to raise money for a charity close to her heart, and Monty’s dream property comes on the market, things seem like they are falling into place for them both. Until a drunken night out ends with them sleeping together. Suddenly, the best friends are faced with a new load of challenges… Monty and Faith are both ready to find a life partner and settle down, but have they both been looking in all the wrong places?

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I’d never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He’d been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He’d been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Private Investigator Kinsey Millhone’s name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him. Two seemingly unrelated deaths, one a murder, the other apparently of natural causes. But as Kinsey digs deeper into the mystery of the John Doe, some very strange links begin to emerge. And before long at least one aspect is solved as Kinsey finds the key to his identity . . .

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The most heartfelt and moving novel yet from favourite Australian rural romance writer and bestselling author of The Family Farm. Indianna Wilson is a country girl through and through. She’ll do anything she can to save her beloved home town from disappearing off the map – even if she has to die trying. She brings Troy Mitchell to her tiny outback town, with hopes that he can bring a breath of fresh air to the Saints football club and lift the wider farming community.  He’s just the spark they need in Hyden but it’s the fire that he ignites in Indi’s heart that takes her by surprise. She knows he’s feeling something too – why, then, does he insist on pushing her away? What is it from his dark past that’s preventing them from sharing a future?  As the town rallies together and their fighting spirit returns, Indi and Troy discover that sometimes life offers up a second chance – you just have to be brave enough to take it

Kennedy Waters didn’t believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her. When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that evil forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into her house and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon – a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night. Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon – battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

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


30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tanya Patrice
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 09:24:46

    Good luck with the job!!! I really hope you get it – a job in the library would be perfect for you 🙂



  2. booksaremyfavouriteandbest
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 09:30:02

    Sending good vibes your way for the job! Qualifications on paper don’t count for everything – good employers value experience and passion 🙂

    BTW – can’t believe you haven’t read The Rosie Project yet! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – it’s the one book I’ve been recommending to everyone this year. Heard the author speak a few months ago – was very interesting and his road to publication was quite different to what one might expect. I wrote a post about it –

    Hope the rest of the holidays are less eventful than the first!



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 10:26:27

    I’ll be reading W is for Wasted this week, too. I’m very excited! Love the cover on yours….and here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES



  4. Emily
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 10:46:27

    Eek cannot believe you haven’t read The Rosie Project yet!!



  5. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:00:57

    OOH Library assistant! I wish you luck! You never know 😉 Happy reading!



  6. Teddyree
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:08:23

    Library assistant, my dream job, wishing you much luck Shelleyrae! I enjoyed Outback Dreams and Kami Garcia’s new one is on my wishlist. Have a great week, school holiday chaos and all and of course happy reading 🙂



  7. Rachel @ Skull and Crosstales
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:22:00

    Reblogged this on skullandcrosstales.



  8. readingwritingandriesling
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:36:22

    Good luck with the job…I am reading City of Mirrors – almost finished it and it is a great read. I too wanted to read The Rosie Project but it only came in kindle. 😦



  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 12:48:23

    How exciting for you. I hope you do get an interview. I love the Dept. Q books. Have a good week.



  10. Daystarz Books
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 13:09:33

    All the best for the job Shelleyrae! Perfect one for you 🙂



  11. readingwritingandriesling
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 15:15:00

    Update – The Rosie Project now available in other formats 🙂



  12. readerbuzz
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 21:28:38

    You are an amazing reader! Four children plus all this reading? Incredible!

    Here’s my It’s Monday!



  13. Kathy Martin
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 22:08:42

    I hope you are called for an interview. Seems like the perfect job for a reader. Have a great week.



  14. Gina, book dragon
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 23:46:15

    crossing my fingers for you!

    I love the covers on Unbreakable and Outback Dreams, those are the ones that should go on my wish list.

    Thanks so much for stopping by



  15. Kim @ Bookmark to Blog
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 02:49:57

    The job sounds great! Good luck! Have you read all of Sue Grafton’s series? It looks like a fun series but I haven’t read any yet.



  16. Leeswammes
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 05:43:35

    Fingers crossed on the job! If anyone can show a love for books, it’s you! And you’re knowledgeable about them too.



  17. yvonne473
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 09:11:08

    Good luck! Have a great week!



  18. Greg
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 10:34:56

    Good luck with the library position! I’m very interested in Day One, just saw it today on another blog and it sounds good. Will look forward to your review of it.



  19. The Australian Bookshelf
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 11:43:22

    Good luck with your job application Shelleyrae! It can be a little daunting putting yourself out there for a new job.

    We share some books to review over coming weeks. I’m looking forward to Outback Dreams!



  20. Tien
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 15:40:45

    Oooh, Big Step! Good luck with the job seek! It’s tough out there, I should know :p
    But don’t give up, the right job will come 🙂



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