It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

Busy, busy, busy, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Thank goodness the kids return to school for term 4 on Tuesday and daylight savings has started which seems to make the days longer.

I am pleased to report my daughter found a formal (prom) dress – it’s black but not slinky and very nice – now to find shoes!

I was so busy last week I forgot to post my monthly challenge update so its a little late

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The Eclectic Reader Challenge 11/12

 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 97/50  – Finished!

 Aussie Author Challenge 12/12 – Finished!

What I Read Last Week

Day One by Nate Kenyon

Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns

The Outback Heart by Fiona Palmer

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

The Rosie Project by Graeme C Stinston

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Jade Widow by Deborah O’Brien ★★★★

Review: Day One by Nate Kenyon ★★★

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Rachael johns and Outback Dreams

Review: Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns ★★★★

Review: W is For Wasted by Sue Grafton ★★★1/2

Review: The Outback Heart by Fiona Palmer ★★★★

Review: Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

What I Am Reading Today

From bestselling author and award-winning journalist Caroline Overington comes another thought-provoking and heart-rending story, that reaches from the heart of Bondi to a small village in Tanzania. Shortly after 9.30 in the morning, a young man walks into Surf City, Bondi’s newest shopping complex. He’s wearing a dark grey hoodie and a bomb around his neck. Just a few minutes later he is locked in a shop on the upper floor. And trapped with him are four innocent bystanders.  For police chaplain Paul Doherty, called to the scene by Senior Sergeant Boehm, it’s a story that will end as tragically as it began. For this is clearly no ordinary siege. The boy, known as Ali Khan, seems as frightened as his hostages and has yet to utter a single word. The seconds tick by for the five in the shop: Mitchell, the talented schoolboy; Mouse, the shop assistant; Kimmi, the nail-bar technician; and Roger Callaghan, the real estate agent whose reason for being in Bondi that day is far from innocent.  And of course there’s Ali Khan. Is he the embodiment of evil, as the villagers in his Tanzanian birthplace believe? Or just an innocent boy, betrayed at every turn, who just wants a place to call home?

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn’t involve a main street with one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn. But after fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia’s forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town’s hero, Ry. As in Ryan Blackburn. The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her! But instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse. Soon, Julia’s ignoring her better judgement and diving into an ‘I’ll think about it tomorrow’ fling with Ry. But what she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up on you…and that saying goodbye to her home town — and to Ry — is so much harder the second time around.

A late-bloomer’s coming-of-age tale filled with lovable and unforgettable personalities, Walking on Trampolines is an irresistible and hilarious journey through friendship, first love, family ties and who you can become if you’re brave enough.  Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland is a pretty normal teenager – except for the secret language she shares with her quirky best friend, Annabelle Andrews, and having a mother who gives names to the dresses she wears. When she meets Joshua Keaton at age sixteen and falls in love, there’s nothing to indicate she’s heading for the ultimate betrayal. Six years later, she finds herself alone, stuck in her small home town and doing book-keeping for her father’s plumbing business. Not so much seizing the moment, as clawing it back from the past, she ups and moves to the city. It turns out she makes a great personal assistant to radio star, Duncan McAllister, and starts seeing the nice, but perhaps a little dull, Ben Morton.  But when the past and the future collide, perpetual good girl Lulu is forced to make a decision: remain the ever-dependable one who gets walked all over, or do something unexpected and maybe even unforgivable?

Resistance to the Pod Leadership has come apart. The Grove has been destroyed but so has the Pod Minister. Quinn, Bea and Alina separately must embark on a perilous journey across the planet’s dead landscape in search of the rumoured resistance base Sequoia. Meanwhile the Pod Minister has been succeeded by his capricious daughter. Her brother, Ronan, is supposed to advise her, but his doubts about the regime lead to him being sent out of the Pod in search of Quinn. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high.

Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector. He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife—as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day. But now, something is changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of a blonde girl in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to remember—or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl is growing more real every day, and she wants something.

While you are here…

Congratulate the Winners of Ill-Gotten Gains by Ilsa Evans Rita and Lisa

Enter to Win Outback Dreams by Rachael Johns

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

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teddyree
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 15:39:07

    No Place Like Home sounds intense. I enjoyed Nobody But Him, hope you do too. I’m constantly amazed by how much you read and review while being so busy with life. Have a great week🙂

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  2. Kathryn
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 15:55:53

    Outback Dreams sounds really interesting, must put it into my TBR. And I too am amazed at how much you fit in, in a week. Great organisation!

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  3. Tanya Patrice
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:33:55

    I didn’t know Breathe was part of a series – silly me – but I love the cover for Resist, and can’t wait to see your review, since I really liked Breathe.

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  4. laurelrainsnow
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 00:46:12

    I’m curious about How To Be a Good Wife…it looks ordinary, with the title and all, but something under the surface looks very eerie….

    Congrats on your reading and completion of challenges! You have done amazing!

    Enjoy your week…and here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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  5. myhomeofbooks
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 02:06:25

    No Place Like Home sounds great! Also The Jade Widow sounds like a good one. Wondering if you have to read the book before it first. Enjoy!

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  6. Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews)
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:14:06

    Wow…you definitely had a great week of reading. The most books I can every read in a week is one or two.

    THANKS for stopping by my blog…I hope you get to read Necessary Lies.

    I see you have The Book of Someday, The Returned, and Songs of Willow Frost for this upcoming month. I read them all, and they are really good. I hope you enjoy them. I want to read Thornwood House. Looking forward to your thoughts on all these books.

    Have a good day.

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

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  7. dollycas
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:34:27

    34 books ahead!!! Color me green with envy!! lol

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  8. Greg
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 03:49:15

    Day One sounds great I’ll have to check that out. Looks like a fast and kinda chilling read.

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  9. Kathy Martin
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 05:18:09

    I think I am way back at L in the Grafton series. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do. Come see my Monday Report. Have a great week!

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  10. Turn the Page Reviews
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 06:10:33

    How to Be a Good Wife seems real creepy- have a great week!

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  11. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 11:31:47

    Glad your daughter found a prom dress! You are having a great reading year!

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  12. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 14:18:24

    It’s tough to find a prom dress that’s nice and not slinky! I was shocked at the prom dresses a mom was letting her daughter try on while my sister was bridal gown shopping last year. The important bits were not very meaningfully covered. O_O Sounds like you navigated that well! Enjoy your week!

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