It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


The kids have gone back to school! My time is, at least for a few hours a day, my own again.

Of course the new school term also means the resumption of the various activities they are involved in – gymnastics, Scouts, Cubs, football and somehow I have become my daughter’s basketball team coach – first game is this Saturday!

And, it is the first Monday of the month (already!) so here are my challenge updates:


The Eclectic Reader Challenge 2/12

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 9/50

Aussie Author Challenge 0/12

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 3/12

What I Read Last Week

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

The Grass Castle by Karen Viggers

Big Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus

Someone Like You by Victoria Purman

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: In the Blood by Lisa Unger ★★★★

AWW Feature: Q&A with Kate Forster

Review: Close Up by Kate Forster ★★★1/2

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham ★★1/2

Review: Doomed by Tracy Deebs ★★★

Review: When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan ★★★

We are all winners!

What I Am Reading Today

Esteemed human rights lawyer Su-Lin Tan barely recognises Professor Paris Thumboo when he delivers a history lecture in London. For the last time she saw him was in a crowded Malayan courtroom more than half a century ago, during the trial that would change her life…It’s 1951 and Malaya is in the grip of ‘The Emergency’ between the government forces and communist rebels. Yet eight-year-old Su-Lin lives in relative ignorance of the chaos raging around her. That is until she shadows her beloved father, esteemed defence barrister K. C. Tan, as he embarks on a controversial new case – and into Su-Lin’s life walks war hero Dr Anna Thumboo, her son Paris and her lover, Toh Kei, the enigmatic leader of the jungle rebels. For Anna and Toh Kei, the trial is a matter of life and death. For Su-Lin it’s the start of a journey of discovery – about love and sacrifice, about truth and lies, and about fighting for what you believe in, whatever the cost.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

‘Now we make you ugly,’ my mother said. ‘The best thing you can be in Mexico is an ugly girl.’ The Narcos only had to hear there was a pretty girl around and they’d sweep onto our lands in black SUVs and carry the girl off. Not one of the stolen girls had ever come back, except for Paula. She came back a year after she’d been kidnapped. She held a baby bottle in one hand. She wore seven earrings that climbed the cupped edge of her left ear in a line of blue, yellow and green studs and a tattoo that snaked around her wrist. ‘Did you see that? Did you see Paula’s tattoo? my mother said. You know what that means, right? Jesus, Mary’s son and Son of God, and the angels in heaven protect us all.’ At the time, I didn’t know what that meant. But I was going to find out. Guaranteed.

George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.  When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past. Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…

After thirty-five riveting, internationally acclaimed novels of psychological suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with his most stunning thriller to date. Killer is a mesmerizing L.A. noir portrayal of the darkest impulses of human nature carried to shocking extremes. The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend. And when the court battle between the Sykes sisters erupts into cold, calculating murder and a rapidly growing number of victims, Alex knows he’s been snared in a toxic web of pathology. Nothing would please Alex more than to be free of the ugly spectacle known as Sykes v. Sykes. But then the little girl at the center of the vicious dispute disappears and Alex knows he must work with longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis, braving an obstacle course of  Hollywood washouts, gangbangers, and self-serving jurists in order to save an innocent life.

Until the moment he received a frantic call from his father, Daniel believed his parents were headed into a peaceful, well-deserved retirement. They had sold their home and business in London, and said “farewell to England” with a cheerful party where all their friends had gathered to wish them well on their great adventure: setting off to begin life anew on a remote, bucolic farm in rural Sweden. But with that phone call, everything changes. Your mother’s not well, his father tells him. She’s been imagining things–terrible, terrible things. She’s had a psychotic breakdown, and has been committed to a mental hospital. Daniel prepares to rush to Sweden, on the first available flight the next day. Before he can board the plane, his father contacts him again with even more frightening news: his mother has been released from the hospital, and he doesn’t know where she is. Then, he hears from his mother: I’m sure your father has spoken to you. Everything that man has told you is a lie. I’m not mad. I don’t need a doctor. I need the police. I’m about to board a flight to London. Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother’s unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a horrible crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

Callum Hann is back with a collection of recipes and sound advice that will give novice foodies the skills and the enthusiasm to become better, more knowledgeable, happier cooks. In addition to over 90 fast, fresh and simple recipes there is a wealth of information on cooking fundamentals, ranging from a guide to flavour combinations and advice on choosing the right restaurant –as well as tips for entertaining at home– through to techniques for preparing perfect seafood and buying and preparing seasonal ingredients. Recipes cover delicious breakfasts and brunches (maple bacon, asparagus, smashed avocado & feta on toast), things you can eat with your hands (spicy chicken tacos with apple & cabbage salsa), super quick meals (baked mac ‘n’ cheese with rosemary breadcrumbs), weeknight dinners, salads, food to impress a date (spice-crusted pork loin with apple cider glaze & figs; cherry fool) and essential rubs, dips, sauces and dressings

While you are here…

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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lloyd Russell
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:38:35

    I LOVE Tom Rob Smith and loved his trilogy about Soviet Russia. I’m really excited to see he has a new book coming.



  2. MarthaE
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:45:35

    Looks like you had another good week. The Farm sounds intriguing. I’ll be interested in your thoughts. Happy Reading!



  3. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 11:33:41

    I’m very curious about Prayers for the Stolen, The Farm and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. I hadn’t come across The Heart Radical before but it sounds interesting. Loved reading your review of Someday, Someday, Maybe. Hope you have a great week!



  4. Mystica
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:03:56

    All new to me. I too would like to see what you think of The Farm.



  5. Jackie
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:24:16

    Yikes! I added The Farm, Girl/Clock and Heart Radical to my list!!!



  6. Kim @ The Avid Reader
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:40:05

    I’ve added Prayers for the Stolen and The Farm to my “to read” list; those both sound amazing! Reading the description of The Farm gave me chills. I’m morbidly fascinated by mental illness and the thought of trying to convey something important to people who think you’re just spouting nonsense… ughhhh. Creepy!



  7. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:49:17

    Ooh, that Jonathan Kellerman looks good! I love his books, but some of them started being a bit formulaic…sounds like this one broke the mold. Enjoy your week!



  8. Kathryn
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 15:26:17

    All new to me, but you have been busy reading. Yes the downside of kids going back to school is the round of after school activities to be sorted!



  9. Teddyree
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 20:22:22

    I haven’t read a Jonathan Kellerman for a while but I did really enjoy his novels. The Farm sounds good and so does I’d Eat That. Enjoy that bit of extra time now the kids have gone back to school, and “somehow I have become my daughter’s basketball team coach” haha that gave me a good laugh and brought back memories. Funny how we get roped in to these things …
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂



  10. Col
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 20:54:19

    Am reading this on the Tube, salivating at the recipes listed and it’s helping me forget that breakfast ahead will be coffee and a soggy croissant at Victoria Station. I like the look of the Peter Swanson book and I’ve enjoyed the other Tom Rob Smith books so will look out for both of those. Lastly I love the way you use the phrase ‘this week’ the way I’d use ‘this month’ as in “here are the other books I will read THIS WEEK” – it would take me a month to get through that lot!!!



  11. gautami tripathy
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 21:18:13

    You did awesome reading. Here is to more reading for you….

    Here is my post.



  12. Tien
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 21:44:29

    well done on your challenges! I’m already 1 book behind and that’s after including books I read aloud to my son, ha ha ha



  13. Elizabeth
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 01:13:53

    Another great week for you. You are amazing at how many books you can read in a week.

    ENJOY this upcoming week.

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



  14. Kathy Martin
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 01:35:46

    Such an interesting assortment of books. All of them are new to me. I hope you enjoy them all. Come see my Monday Report here. Happy reading!



  15. joyweesemoll
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 03:08:54

    You’re off to a great start on your 2014 challenges! Go you!



  16. Kailana
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 04:16:30

    It looks like you are off to a great start for the year!



  17. faith hope & cherrytea
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 04:28:24

    Glad you’re Reading Around the World in 12 Books – the one I’ve joined is in 80! books! plus from 7 continents! definitely a challenge to my reading =)

    Pinning some of your titles – fascinated with the Mexican story…



  18. Tea Time with Marce
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 04:46:59

    Always so many great ones. I’m intrigued with Prayers for the Stolen. I wanted to read Lisa U new one also, I will have to download it.



  19. Leeswammes
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 05:27:48

    Sounds like you have a busy time, even with the kids back at school. Well, keep up the reading, it’s going to keep you sane. 🙂



  20. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Feb 04, 2014 @ 14:10:15

    I don’t know how parents keep up nowadays! Good luck with the coaching, and enjoy your week!



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