It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


You might have heard about the bushfires currently plaguing New South Wales, and while so far they are far from us, please spare a thought or prayer for those directly affected and the brave men and women battling to save lives and property.


What I Read Last Week

Inherit the Dead by Jonathon Santlofer et al

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark

Bombproof by Michael Robotham

Not the Same Sky by Evelyn Conlon

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Confessions of a Wild Child: Lucky-The Early Years by Jackie Collins ★★

Review: How To Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman ★★★★

Review: Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting ★★★★★

Review: Inherit the Dead by Jonathon Santlofer et al ★★★1/2

Review: Rude Bitches Make Me Tired by Celia Rivenbark ★★★

Review: Bombproof by Michael Robotham ★★★

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

Perry Gonzalez is not like the other kids in her Beverly Hills high school—a full-blooded Latina on a scholarship, living in a tiny apartment with her mother, she doesn’t have much in common with the spoiled, privileged kids who are chauffeured to school every morning. But Perry is a budding young writer with her sights set on Bennington—and her seven deadly stories are her ticket to the Ivory Tower. To pay her way, Perry’s been babysitting (correction: teenage-sitting) and tutoring the neighborhood kids, and she has seen the dark side of adolescence: lust for the “Judas Brothers” that leads to electrocution at a private birthday party concert; wrath that inspires new and perverse family bonds; and greed, in a young Bernie Madoff acolyte who conceives of a copycat Ponzi scheme involving his own grandmother.


What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Alicia Richards loved her daughter from her very first breath. Days later, when tests confirmed what Alicia already knew–that Chloe had Down syndrome–she didn’t falter. Her ex-husband wanted a child who would grow to be a scholar. For Alicia, it’s enough that Chloe just is. Now twenty-five, Chloe is sweet, funny, and content. Alicia brings her to adult daycare while she teaches at a local college. One day Chloe arrives home thrumming with excitement, and says the words Alicia never anticipated. She has met someone–a young man named Thomas. Within days, Chloe and Thomas, also mentally challenged, declare themselves in love. Alicia strives to see past her misgivings to the new possibilities opening up for her daughter. Shouldn’t Chloe have the same right to love as anyone else? But there is no way to prepare for the relationship unfolding, or for the moments of heartbreak and joy ahead. With grace and warmth, Colleen Faulkner tells an unflinching yet heartrending story of mothers and daughters, and of the risks we all take, both in loving and in letting go.

The author of Don’t Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs shares more hugely entertaining stories of his seriously crazy, sometimes terrifying, always hilarious adventures Paul Carter is still, well . . . Paul Carter. He’s still risking his life performing daredevil acts like trying to break speed records on unusually fueled vehicles, and he is still up to hijinks with his friends and a cast of complete strangers, both in Australia and in the U.S. Decidedly odd things seem to happen to Paul Carter (in this case falling through the floor of his own bathroom—don’t ask). But, more importantly, he’s still the funniest man in the bar and the nicest alpha male you’ll ever meet as he rudely risks all for the sake of a good story.

At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son. Shandi doesn’t know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It’s been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn’t define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren’t always what they seem—or what we hope they will be. It’s a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.


‘Me and Ben had been mates since we was boys and if it come to it I knew I would have to be on his side.’ Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new Constable at Mount Hay. ‘Ben was not a big man but he was strong and quick as a snake. He had his own breed of pony that was just like him, stocky and reliable on their feet.’ Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay; Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Bobby says, ‘I do not think Daniel would have understood Ben in a million years.’ Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. Bobby’s love for Collins’ wilful young daughter Irie is exposed, leading to tragic consequences for them all.

While you are here…

Congratulate the Winner of Nobody But Him by Victoria Purman – Gloria

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


31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 15:24:42

    Y’know, I’ve never read anything by Jackie Collins. She’s kind of a bit like Susan Elizabeth Phillips or something? It’s a covers thing, her books have those bold, brassy covers that have never appealed to me and don’t speak my book-cover-language, so I’ve never even picked one up. Sounds like you didn’t care for this one, have you read/enjoyed others? Just curious really!

    Seven Deadlies sounds really good!



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 16:20:40

      In my review I talk a little about my history with Jackie Collins, her books would probably be best described as ‘ bonkbusters’ being all about sex, violence, wealth and power 🙂 More like Sidney Sheldon or Jacquelin Susann.



      • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
        Oct 21, 2013 @ 16:50:33

        Ah, “bonkbusters”, what a perfect word! I was leaning towards “trashy” but that’s far too subjective. Yeah not really my thing, though I wouldn’t mind trying one of her books just to see, one day. When I don’t have anything else to read, which will probably never happen! 😉



  2. Brunette Librarian
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 15:32:56

    Just like Other Daughters looks like a great Reading Group read. Hope its a good one!

    Have a wonderful reading week! The Brunette Librarian’s Blog



  3. Kathryn
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 17:21:35

    Yes we see the fires every night on the news. Devastating. There has been very high temperatures too in the region. I have niece and grand niece in Sydney itself.

    You’ve read heaps again. (She says shutting her eyes, as I seem to be adding so many to my TBR list. Oh I don’t agree that Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jackie Collins books have any similarities. Jackie Collins isn’t me, SEP – well I am an avid fan!!



  4. Mystica
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 21:32:23

    I have been following the story. Horrible for those in the vicinity.



  5. deb nance
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 21:48:02

    I’m sorry to hear about wildfires in your area. That is terrible. My niece’s parents’ home burned to the ground this summer in a wildfire in Colorado. So difficult for them.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!



    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:15:49

    Thanks for coming by!

    Bummer about the wildfires 😦 Terrible. Northern Arizona gets terrible wildfires. I hope you stay safe and that the damage isn’t too widespread.

    On the other hand, enjoy your reading this week! What a great lineup!



  7. Erin @ Quixotic Magpie
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:17:35

    I love the sound of Seven Deadlies! Such an interesting premise! I will have to check that one out.



  8. laurelrainsnow
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:37:52

    Hope you love Someone Else’s Love Story as much as I did.

    It’s been many years since I read anything by Jackie Collins, but your new one looks fascinating. I might have to grab a copy!

    Enjoy your week…and thanks for stopping by my blog.



  9. Elizabeth
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:38:30

    Wow…VERY NICE week for you.

    Horrible about the wildfires.

    I want to see what you think about THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. I have it on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Have a wonderful week.

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



  10. Kristin T.
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 00:49:48

    I’ll be starting Someone Else’s Love Story soon, too. I listened to one of her other books and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to this one.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book



  11. Katherine Nabity
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 02:52:28

    I am utterly intrigued by Paul Carter.

    Stay safe. While traveling in California earlier this summer, my husband and I passed near the fire in the San Bernardino Mountains and it was a truly harrowing thing.



  12. bebeboss666
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 04:03:05

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen these books but they sound amazing! Hope you are going to enjoy them

    My Monday’s list!



  13. Andy Estrada
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 06:52:41

    Wow looks like you have an awesome week ahead of you. Happy reading! 🙂

    By the way, we are celebrating 300 Facebook “Likes” on the blog so make sure to stop by and enter!

    Our list
    Andy @ Owl Always Be Reading



  14. Teddyree
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 08:14:35

    I have relatives in Bathurst, Lithgow and other fire affected areas, they have been fortunate so far but it’s a devastating time. Be interested to see what you think of Just Like Other Daughters. Have a good week and enjoy your reads.



  15. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 11:27:33

    I’ve been watching the news coverage of the devastating fires. I am looking forward to Joshilyn’s new book. Have a great week.



  16. glambooklounge
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 11:30:03

    Happy reading Shelley. I’m glad you and your family are safe from the fires.

    Ellen @ Glamorous Book Lounge



  17. yvonne473
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 13:32:26

    Many books on your list. Enjoy!



  18. Lindsey
    Oct 22, 2013 @ 13:48:37

    Just Like Other Daughters sounds very interesting. Have an awesome week and enjoy your books!



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