It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


This week has included Simariah competing in the NSW Gymnastics Festival in Sydney, earning a gold and silver plus awards for Most Entertaining and Best Open Team and finally getting her learners permit. Aleah is in the midst of linking from Cubs to Scouts and  I spent hours baking custard tarts, trays of cinnamon scroll pull aparts (see picture below) and triple choc fudge cakes for the packs fundraiser this past weekend. All three younger children also completed the requirements to be awarded their swimming badges while I spent Saturday afternoon supervising 20+ kids in the pool waiting for their turn, and that was after spending the morning manning the cake stall. Aleah also played basketball (they lost) and somehow I have been roped in to become the assistant coach which means training sessions on Friday afternoons. I worked Thursday morning, teaching a workshop called “An Introduction to Your IPad.”  and spent Friday afternoon at the school assembly (Jasiah was presenting and Aleah singing). I got a fair bit of reading done but Ive spent all day today catching up on reviews – backdating a couple 🙂

I was hoping this week would be a bit quieter but no luck – I’m going to have to go and collect Simariah from gym and Aleah from Scouts in a minute, tomorrow is a teachers strike which means the kids don’t start school til 11am but Simariah is volunteering at an event for Disabilities Day so I’ll be running around most of the morning anyway. Wednesday night is my BF’s 40th birthday and I am throwing her a surprise dinner, Thursday night means Gym and Cubs, Friday is Carols by Glow Stick at the school and Sunday is a Scouting hike – but I think I will make my husband do that one!

I am tired already!


What I Read Last Week

Melting Ms Frost by Kat Black {DNF}

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol

The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC by Jesse Fink

If You Lived Here, I ‘d Know Your Name by Heather Lende

The Tailor’s Girl by Fiona McIntosh

Yours Truly by Marieka Hardy and Michaela Hardy

The Kissing Season by Rachael Johns

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Snake Bite by Christie Thompson  ★★★★

Review: Poppy’s Dilemma by Karly Lane ★★★★

Review: Through the Farm Gate by Angela Goode ★★★

Want to Know What I Can’t Live Without?

Review: Left by Tamar Ossowski ★★★

Review: The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC by Jesse Fink ★★★

Weekend Cooking: Dish It Up by Hayden Quinn

What I Am Reading Today

Grace D’Angelo is a woman at her wit’s end, trying to create a life from broken pieces. Recently divorced from her high school sweetheart, she is trying to make a new life for herself but her 14-year old daughter, Emma – resentful about being uprooted from her hometown and friends – is giving Grace a very hard time, skipping school and hanging with the wrong crowd. On top of all that, Grace’s best friend Leeza is at the heartbreaking end stages of breast cancer back in their rural hometown of New London. When Leeza dies, Grace feels it is a bittersweet wake-up call that you don’t get a second chance at life. Determined to get her life back on track and help her daughter do so as well, Grace and Emma return to New London for the summer, along with Grace’s best friend, Ken. There, Grace works on reconciling with her own mother with whom she’s been estranged over a secret that has haunted Grace her whole life. And when someone from Grace’s past shows up at Leeza’s funeral, Grace must confront a secret of her own. Over the summer, Grace re-discovers the healing power of cooking, comes to terms with her past, and connects with friends old and new, proving that not only can go home again, sometimes that’s exactly where you belong. Accessible, hugely entertaining, and featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, The Recipe Box is a novel that celebrates mothers, daughters, and friendships and features Sandra Lee’s deliciously original recipes – a book that will nourish readers’ appetites on many levels.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

This Christmas, the women of the Happy Endings Book Club are about to uncover a world of love and magic as they discover how to have their own happy ending or beginning, as they’re often the same thing. Once a month, seven very different women come together to discuss books. They all love a happy ending, but have lost sight of how to get their own. Paige misses glimpsing the magic in the world. Sadie doesn’t see the beauty inside people. Amanda wonders what she ever saw in her ex husband. Tilda literally can’t see herself. Michi can’t bear looking at her family, while Clementine is blind to what’s right in front of her. And Eva looks for romance in all the wrong places. But things are about to change … Meet the women of the Happy Endings Book Club as they celebrate Christmas, and themselves, in London, Paris, Vienna, New York, Sydney and in love.

When Army Ranger Quinn Colson, the new sheriff of Tebbehah County, is called out to investigate a child abuse case, what he finds is a horrifying scene of neglect, thirteen empty cribs, and a shoe box full of money. Janet and Ramon Torres seem to have skipped town – but Colson’s sure they’ll come back for the cash. Meanwhile, Colson’s sister has returned – clean and sober for good she says. His friend Boom has been drinking himself into oblivion and picking fights at the local bar. And his old flame is pregnant. But Colson can’t focus on his personal problems. He and Deputy Lillie Virgil are convinced that Janet and Ramon have a taste for guns, drugs, and human trafficking. Soon Colson and Virgil find a link between the fugitive couple and a drug cartel that controls most of the Texas border, taking their investigation far beyond the rough hills of northeast Mississippi…

Mackenna Birch thinks she’s met the man of her dreams while on holiday in New Zealand. Adam Walker is funny, kind and loving but he walks out on her, or so she thinks… Hiding from a broken heart, Mackenna returns to the family farm in Australia. Then, out of the blue Adam returns. He’s made the trip Down Under to visit his sick grandfather and to track down Mackenna. When he turns up on her doorstep to profess his love and find out why she ran out on him, Mackenna finds herself questioning his love for her.

Ellen Trawton is running away from it all – quite literally. She is due to get married to a man she doesn’t love, her job is dragging her down and her interfering mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she know her mother won’t follow her – to her aunt’s house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret – and a future she never knew she might have.
Meanwhile, Caitlin Macausland is mourning the future she can never have. She died tragically in what the village thinks is suspicious circumstances, and now she is stuck in a limbo, unable to move on.
And between the two of them is an old lighthouse – the scene of so much tragedy. Can each woman find the peace she so desperately longs for? And can they find the way to live again?

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teddyree
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 20:06:07

    LOL I’m tired just reading your post! Congrats on your daughter’s achievement in gymnastics and yum on the baking … those cinnamon scrolls have got me drooling. Good luck with another manic week.
    I’d like to read The Recipe Box and The Happy Endings Book Club sounds like a sweet Christmas read. Enjoy 🙂



  2. Tien
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 20:28:58

    Gosh, I’m already half asleep (it’s only 8:30pm) and reading what you’ve been up to and are still going on for, makes me utterly exhausted! ZZzzzzzz

    Gimme that Cinnamon Scrolls, yum!



  3. Readerbuzz
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 22:40:41

    The Happy Endings Book Club? I’m off to see that one out! Thanks.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!



  4. Mystica
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 22:53:53

    I like the busyness of your days! enjoy your books as well.



  5. bookbelle0819
    Dec 02, 2013 @ 23:27:15

    The Lost Ones looks quite good. I will definitely check it out.



  6. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 00:20:31

    Recipe Box and Happy Endings book club both look good. I love books about book clubs!



  7. laurelrainsnow
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 02:48:59

    Oh, congrats to your kids for all their accomplishments! You need a vacation, though…LOL.

    The Lost Ones looks right up my alley….enjoy your reads. Here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES



  8. Mari @ Bookworm with a View
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 02:56:18

    Sounds like you had a busy, exciting, and rewarding weekend! Congratulations to your daughter, sounds like she’s quite talented at sport.

    Enjoy your week ahead, I hope you find a few minutes to relax 🙂

    ps: would love to hear move about the class you taught. online? in person?



  9. Elizabeth
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 04:23:09

    You totally amaze me at how much you read.

    The books coming up for you this week look good too.

    You certainly have a busy week.

    ENJOY even though it may be tiring.

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

    Another giveaway on my blog if you want stop by that post too.



  10. Kailana
    Dec 03, 2013 @ 06:06:08

    I kind of want to read Secrets of the Lighthouse just because I love lighthouses… Hopefully you enjoy it and I can add it to my wish list. 🙂



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