It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Well what a week! The highlight was my daughters year 12 formal.  She looked stunning, I am sure you will agree. I can’t believe she has graduated high school.


What I Read Last Week

Cluetopia by David Astle

Happy Eva After by Chris Harrison

The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner

Snake Bite by Christie Thompson

Dish It Up by Hayden Quinn

The All Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)


Review: The Lazy Hostess by Babe Scott ★★★

Review: The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch ★★★1/2

Review: Cluetopia by David Astle ★★★1/2

Giveaway: Happy Birthday Escape Publishing!

Review: Barracuda by Christos Tsoilkas ★★★★1/2

Review: Color Me Bad by Sharon Sala and Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner ★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

Helen McNeil is a vet in the small rural town of Broadview. While taking evasive action from a dull girl at a party one night she falls over – and fails to recognise – national sporting hero, Mark Tipene. For some mysterious reason Helen never really grasps, Mark finds this charming and appears the next day at the front counter of the vet clinic to ask her out. A whirlwind romance follows and everything is going swimmingly until one little hiccup changes everything… Chocolate Cake for Breakfast is the funny and heart-warming story of the pros and cons of dating a man whose shirtless picture adorns a wall in every second lunchroom in the country, of calving cows and crazy cat ladies, and of doing your best when life takes an unexpected turn.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Poppy Abbott seems to have it all. Bright, successful and attractive, she lives in a beautiful apartment with sweeping views of Sydney. However, since the recent death of her beloved grandmother, she’s been struggling to come to terms with her grief. Feeling nostalgic one evening, Poppy decides to sort through her grandmother’s belongings, which she hasn’t been able to face before. She’s hardly started when she comes across an old leather diary with the name ‘Maggie Abbott’ written in the front. It’s not long before she’s drawn into Maggie’s life and her fears for her soldier boyfriend during the First World War. As her interest in Maggie’s diary intensifies, Poppy decides to spend some time at her grandmother’s house in the country. Away from the city, Poppy begins to wonder if all the things she’s always valued so much are what she really wants out of life. And then love intervenes… From the bestselling author of Bridie’s Choice, this is the story of a woman leaving a fast-paced existence in the city for a calmer, more meaningful life in the country, where she finds herself re-evaluating just about everything.

From a childhood spent yabbying and riding horses on friends’ farms where the sun always shone, Angela Goode has always wanted to live on a farm of her own. With the handsome cattleman her friends set her up with, she finds her romantic illusions of country life under challenge. From one large cattle stud Angela and her cattleman husband Charlie move to another, this time with city partners. Here she is caught in the divide between city and country values, her past and her present. Land and animals are pushed hard, as farmers battle the drought under escalating interest rates. Angela and Charlie’s dream of becoming start-from-scratch farmers is at last possible when they find the run-down ‘Field of Mars’, a former sheep and onion farm, and home to endangered wildlife and rare trees. Slowly, they integrate cattle with rare wildlife, business with conservation, and make a life on the farm raising cattle and growing lucerne seed. Through the Farm Gate takes us through the pain, the joys, the fears, dedication and complexity of what it takes to live on the land. Angela’s honesty and her enduring love affair with the farm shines through every page of this funny, heartwarming memoir of dreams and determination.

Kate Everett is about to begin her “second act.” She’s been a widow for eight years and thinks it might be time to start looking for someone to share her life with again. She quits her high-pressure job for something that will allow her more leisure time. She gets rid of the huge family home and moves into a fabulous condo that’s smaller and easier to manage. She’s pretty much got the rest of her life figured out. All she has to do is sit back, relax, and let the pieces fall into place. But her real life never gets the memo. First, her son moves back in with her—along with his girlfriend. Her dream job falls through, leaving her unemployed. Her mother, whom she hadn’t spoken to in years, can no longer live alone and has to move into her basement. And her only daughter is planning the smallest and simplest wedding in the history of all weddings, much to Kate’s dismay. Kate thinks that she and Jake, her former college love who has reemerged on an online dating site, of all places, can build something real, and that maybe her happy ending is in front of her at last. But the arrival of Edward, her daughter’s future father-in-law, presents Kate with an unexpected choice.  It looks like real happiness may require a slight change of plan.

Therese Wolley is a mother who has made a promise. She works as a secretary, shops for groceries on Saturdays, and takes care of her two girls. She doesn t dwell on the fact that her girls are fatherless, mostly because her own father abandoned her before she was born and she has done just fine without him.Even though her older daughter regularly wakes with nightmares and her younger one whispers letters under her breath, she doesn t shift from her resolve that everything will be fine. She promises . . . and they believe. Until the morning an obituary in the newspaper changes everything. Therese immediately knows what she has to do. She cannot delay what she has planned, and she cannot find the words to explain her heartbreaking decision to her daughters. She considers her responsibilities, her girls, and her promise. Then she does the only thing that any real mother would do. She goes on the run with one daughter . . . and abandons the other. Left is told from the perspectives of Franny, the autistic sister who is left behind; Matilda, the troubled older sister who vows to go back and save her; and Therese, a mother on the run

While you are here…

Enter to WIN the Escape Publishing Australian Romance Bundle giveaway (Open Worldwide)

Congratulate the winner of Driftwood by Mandy Magro Paula C

Congratulate the winner of the  The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop Elizabeth

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

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 09:29:34

    Your daughter looks beautiful.. My youngest daughter just had her year 10 Formal.



  2. Tien
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 11:00:45

    Wow! Congrats on your daughter’s graduation!

    I’ve been asking this to the youth at church, is your daughter to pay for all formal costs herself or did you (as parents) contribute? I find the answers quite interesting as most parents required the youths to, at least, contribute to the cost 🙂



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 18, 2013 @ 14:05:01

      Hi Tien, She doesn’t have a part time job because of her gymnastic commitments so her grandmother paid for her dress and shoes as a graduation gift and we paid for her makeup/hair. Accessories were borrowed. Though she looks a million dollars in entirety the whole look cost less than $500, I know several girls spent three times that and more!



      • Tien
        Nov 18, 2013 @ 20:49:07

        Wow! $500 still is a lot of money! I guess that’s how much things cost these days :p



        • Leeswammes
          Nov 19, 2013 @ 05:18:52

          I also think that is a lot of money, but then, we don’t have a tradition like that. She looks a million dollars indeed. Hope she had a great time.


        • Tien
          Nov 19, 2013 @ 08:12:56

          Actually I probably spent half of that in my day (that’s 15 years ago) and I didn’t particularly care about dresses / make up etc at that stage, ha ha ha, so inflation et al, I think $500 was probably reasonable (golly, did I just say that?!)

          Judith, what kind of tradition have you for graduation? just curious…


  3. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 11:39:27

    Gorgeous! Your daughter looks positively glowing…and rightly so. A great moment in her life, with all that lies ahead. Enjoy.

    I can’t wait to read The Theory of Opposites, which I downloaded this week. And I’m definitely intrigued by Left. It is on my list.

    Have a great week!



  4. Aprill
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 16:26:04

    Your daughter looks beautiful! I hope she has a lot of fun!!!



  5. Kathryn
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 17:28:27

    Yes for sure, your daughter looks regal and beautiful. Don’t know any of the books you plan to read, but I have to say they look enticing.



  6. Mystica
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 18:42:09

    Your daughter looks lovely.

    Enjoy all your books and have a good week.



  7. 1girl2manybooks
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 18:51:15

    She looks gorgeous! Hope she had a fab time



  8. Ciska (@_Ciska_)
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 21:55:56

    Your daughter is beautiful! Have a great week, I like the look of Left so am curious what you will think of it.



  9. yvonne473
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 00:10:30

    Your daughter looks beautiful!

    Sounds like you have many good books to read. Enjoy!



  10. Turn the Page Reviews
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 01:53:14

    She looked absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your reading this week.



  11. Ellen @ Glamorous Book Lounge
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 02:20:39

    What a pretty daughter you have. Congratulations on her senior formal!

    Left sounds intriguing. I want to know why she flees!



  12. Diana Leigh
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 02:53:00

    Your daughter is a beauty!

    I love the sound of chocolate cake for breakfast – the book, and eating chocolate cake for breakfast. 😉



  13. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 12:42:37

    She is gorgeous! I’m all for Chocolate For Breakfast! Have a great week.



  14. Teddyree
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 13:48:18

    Your daughter looks gorgeous, time flies by so quickly. OMG Left sounds like a heart-achey read, looking forward to your thoughts. Have a great week and happy reading.



  15. Lindsey
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 14:48:32

    Left sounds very interesting. I hope you have a fantastic week!



  16. Elizabeth
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 05:48:01

    Gorgeous girl…they grow up too quickly.

    Enjoy your week of books.

    Link to a giveaway is below and my link to my Monday post:

    BTW…Stop by for a FUN giveaway too: GIVEAWAY

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



  17. Kimberly (@TurninThePages)
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 19:29:07

    I love the looks of all the books you listed Shelley Rae. I hope you enjoy your new reads 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my It’s Monday post
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages



    Nov 21, 2013 @ 01:03:47

    Your daughter looks beautiful. I love her dress and of course, jealous over her beautiful hair! Isn’t it amazing how fast they grow up?
    I’m a few days late to the party 🙂

    Happy reading!



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