It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


The Good News: Thank you for the many lovely birthday wishes I received last week, they truly brightened my day.

The Bad News: The tradition continues however, making this the 41st year without receiving a single book (or book voucher etc) as a birthday gift! What I did get was a block of  Crunch chocolate and a television remote control (don’t ask!)

The Good News: The children have two weeks of school holidays

The Bad News: I’m exhausted trying to keep them entertained.

 The Good News: We’ve spent the four day Easter holidays at home, overdosing on chocolate and hot cross buns.

The Bad News: Hubby will go back to work tomorrow

The Good News: This weekend we celebrate ANZAC Day and so he will be able to enjoy another long weekend.

The Bad News: I’m nervously preparing for the presentation I am giving this Thursday night to a local women’s network group about books and blogging.

The Good News: I’m hoping to be able to share the details of a special bookish event with you sometime this week, I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to make the announcement!

What I Read Last Week

From The Feet Up by Tanya Saad

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

The Accident by CL Taylor

Guidebook To Murder by Lyn Cahoon

The Forever Song by Julia Kagawa

The Man Who Couldn’t Stop by David Adam


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Tea Chest by Josephine Moon ★★★1/2

Review: From The Feet Up by Tanya Saad

Review: The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon ★★★

Guest Post: Writing What You Fear by CL Taylor

Review: The Accident by CL Taylor ★★★

Review: Guidebook To Murder  by Lyn Cahoon★★1/2

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa ★★★★

Stuff on Sundays:  Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Ariel needs John’s help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the clan and their elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race. Mark Alpert’s The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into an ingenious thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could indeed be possible.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)


Four-year-old Nathan Fisher disappears from the bank of a rocky creek. Did he drown or was he taken? The search for the missing boy grips the nation. A decade later, young teen Adam Vander has grown tall enough, strong enough, to escape his abusive father. Emerging from behind the locked door of their rambling suburban home, Adam steps into a world he knows little of.  In the days that follow, with the charismatic and streetwise Billy as his guide, Adam begins to experience all that he’s missed out on. And he begins to understand that he has survived something extraordinary. As the bond between the boys grows, questions begin to surface. Who is Adam really? Why was he kept so hidden? Was it just luck that Billy found him, or an unsettling kind of fate?  Unearthing the shocking truth of Adam’s identity will change the lives of many and put at risk a cast of flawed, desperate people. It’s a treacherous climb from the darkness. For one boy to make it, the other might have to fall through the cracks.

 Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes. When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em’s life and given her a chance for redemption. But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knit Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em’s closest friends question where Felicity’s motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever.

Dan’s got a new job. But he’s moved out of town in order to start a family and had to start commuting into the city every day, leaving his young wife Beth and newborn daughter at home. After 14 months of the trains either making him late for work or late getting home, he’s had enough. Tracking down the email address of the train company’s director, he starts to write him letters. Emails that take as long to write as the delay to his journey has been. If his time’s been wasted, why shouldn’t he waste the director’s? And so begins a hilarious and extraordinary correspondence. When the director begins to write back, Dan finds himself with a dysfunctional father/confessor to talk to — one who he never imagined would care. In truth, he probably doesn’t. But Dan finds solace in opening up to a stranger about the dramas of his day job at a scandal-hit newspaper, the challenges of his night job as the father of a baby who isn’t sleeping, and about life as it is played out in the confines of Coach C, while world events pass by its odd mix of inhabitants.

Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice – if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom town like no other.

Physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of the doctors and nurses who struggled to preserve life amidst chaos. After Katrina destroyed the generators that make twenty-first century medicine possible, to be a patient at Memorial meant you were wholly at the mercy of caregivers forced to make a cascade of decisions about whose lives could be preserved and who would most likely die in the face of serious illness and limited medical care. The result was an almost unthinkable tragedy: several health professionals deliberately injected severely ill patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.  In an engrossing narrative that exposes the human drama that fuels medicine and the unchartered territory of end-of-life care, Fink brings the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about just how ill-prepared we are as Americans for the impact of large-scale disasters on the most vulnerable among us.

While you are here…

Winner of  Beached by Ros Baxter : Carla P


Vote for Book’d Out in the Best Australian Blog Awards. Click the image below and look for Book’d Out (listed alphabetically). I’d appreciate your support!

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


38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readingwritingandriesling
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 10:17:45

    The Honey Brown book will impress. Just started What Came Before – what an emotional read, a great psychological thriller/murder/contemp work of fiction – as you can see I am not quite sure where this one fits. Have a great week.



  2. Paula Clark
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:35:10

    I just finished “Crimson Dawn” & “Time Will Tell” and started “Rocking Horse Hill” this morning 🙂 Life always has it’s ups and downs doesn’t it – I had a nice 10 day holiday, but came home to a mountain of work for the local sports club I’m secretary of and have spent almost four days solid doing paperwork 😦



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 12:57:00

    Congrats on your speaking engagement! And it sounds as though you have been having fun.

    I’m very curious about The Word Exchange.



  4. Mystica
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 13:16:19

    Hope the holidays go well for you. Also hope you get your reading done!



  5. kathrynsinbox
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 13:22:57

    Happy belated birthday!

    Honey Brown’s Through the Cracks sounds quite intriguing.

    I’ve just started reading Red Hill by Jamie MacGuire, which has been sitting on my to-read pile for a little while now.



  6. thebookdate
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 14:12:32

    I can’t believe you didn’t get something bookish for your birthday! I am now enjoying school hols, and we will of course have ANZAC day too. Have been watching a little of Prince George in Australia, that kid is so sweet.
    All the best for your speaking to woment about books and blogging, would love to be at it. You will be great I am sure. All the best for it.



  7. Greg
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 14:42:24

    Happy Easter, and hope your week ahead is a good one. We buy cozies from time to time and I thought Guidebook to Murder looked good, so glad I saw your review-maybe we’ll wait a bit on that one…



  8. herschelian
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 17:12:33

    Just voted for you as I think you do a cracking job introducing non-Aussies to Australian (and other) books.



  9. readerbuzz
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 20:48:44

    Something must be done. This must not be allowed to continue. A tv remote? No books for your birthday? Oh my!

    Here is my It’s Monday!



  10. Teddyree
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 23:09:18

    *Shock horror* … no books again!! lol. All the best for your speaking engagement, they’ll love it, I have no doubt! Seriously excited about Through The Cracks this week. Enjoy the holidays and happy reading 🙂



  11. Brandie
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 23:54:01

    What a great line up of books! I’ll be interested to see your reviews. Thanks for visiting me!



  12. Lisa
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 00:18:46

    I can’t wait to read Frog Music! It’s been getting amazing reviews, and the synopsis makes it sound like something I’ll love. Good luck with your presentation! And I’m curious to hear about your upcoming good news…

    Have a great week!



  13. Kathy Martin
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 00:45:12

    Sounds like you are keeping busy. You have some nice looking books on the stack for this week. I hope you enjoy them. Come see what I read last week. Happy reading!



  14. Tea Time with Marce
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 01:04:13

    I really want to read something by Honey Brown. I hope you didn’t eat to many hot cross buns, lol It sounds like you had a great holiday with the family. Good luck with presentation.



  15. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 01:49:25

    Great mix of books, Shellyrae. Good luck with your presentation and thanks for visiting my blog.



  16. Rachel R
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 02:23:24

    That’s a lot of books! I have Frog Music and Five Days at Memorial on my to-read list too. I look forward to seeing what you think about them, but I’m even more curious about the Utton book. Thanks for visiting my blog!



  17. yvonne473
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 04:33:28

    Good luck with your presentation and have a great week!



  18. Lindsey
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 05:20:09

    Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time sounds great. It reminds me a bit of Dear American Airlines. Did you read that one?

    Have a wonderful week and if you figure out how to keep those kids entertained, let us know!



  19. joyweesemoll
    Apr 22, 2014 @ 09:44:16

    Have fun with your presentation! Books, blogging, and networking are three of my favorite presentation topics, too. People always seem to appreciate learning about them.



  20. MarthaE
    Apr 24, 2014 @ 12:03:20

    That is a bit of up and down on life. *Grin* I hope you enjoy your presentation. The cover of Rocking Horse Hill caught my eye. Happy Reading!



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