It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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




What I Read Last Week

For One Night Only by Phillipa Fioretti

Currawong Manner by Josephine Pennicott

The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K Hamilton

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Skinjob by Bruce McCabe


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Present Darkness {Detective Emmanuel Cooper #4} by Malla Nunn ★★★★★

AWW Feature & Giveaway: Phillipa Fioretti, For One Night Only

Review & Giveaway: For One Night Only by Phillipa Fioretti ★★★

Review: The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron ★★★1/2

AWW Feature: Exclusive Excerpt of Currawong Manor by Josephine Pennicott

Review: Currawong Manor by Josephine Pennicott ★★★★

Review: A Shiver of Light {Merry Gentry #9} by Laurell K Hamilton ★★★

 What I Am Reading Today

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community. The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.


What I Plan To Read This Week

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 Allison Weiss has a great job…a handsome husband…an adorable daughter…and a secret. Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort—they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem. However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control—or hide—it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained “recovery coaches,” and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet.

Gareth Ford, with a cloud still hanging over him because of his involvement in the Gwardar Gold Heist, has decided to make a new beginning in the iron mines of Newman. But when he returns home from the night shift and finds his flatmate has been murdered, suspicion quickly falls upon him. He, however, fears he himself was the real target and soon discovers he is being tailed. He summons his old ally from the Gold Squad, DC Rose Kavanagh, and soon they find themselves in Marble Bar, searching for the Gwardar Gold and being pursued by a variety of desperadoes, each with their own agendas.

Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation. Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up

At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She spends her days in the plush, wood-panelled agency, where Dictaphones and typewriters still reign and old-time agents doze at their desks after martini lunches, and at night she goes home to the tiny, threadbare Brooklyn apartment she shares with her socialist boyfriend. Precariously balanced between glamour and poverty, surrounded by titanic personalities and struggling to trust her own artistic sense, Joanna is given the task of answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail. But as she reads the candid, heart-wrenching letters from his readers around the world, she finds herself unable to type out the agency’s decades-old form response. Instead, drawn inexorably into the emotional world of Salinger’s devotees, she abandons the template and begins writing back… Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late 1990s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself swept into one of the last great stories and entangled with one of the last great figures of the century. Above all, it is the coming-of-age story of a talented writer and a testament to the universal power of books to shape our lives.

A fond farewell to the many inanimate objects, cultural icons and general stuff around us that find themselves on the verge of extinction. We ve all heard of the list of endangered animals, but no one has ever pulled together a list of endangered inanimate objects. Until now, that is. Steve Stack has catalogued well over one hundred objects, traditions, cultural icons and, well, other stuff that is at risk of extinction. Some of them have vanished already. Cassette tapes, rotary dial phones, half-day closing, milk bottle deliveries, Concorde, handwritten letters, typewriters, countries that no longer exist, white dog poo…all these and many more are big a fond farewell in this nostalgic, and sometimes irreverent, trip down memory lane.

While you are here…

 Enter To Win Lick by Kylie Scott

Enter to Win For One Night Only by Phillipa Fioretti

Thanks for stopping by!


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Daystarz Books
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:23:04

    Interested to see what you think of All Fall Down Shelleyrae



  2. thebookdate
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:32:19

    Hmm I was interested to read your Currawong Manor, as I am on the lookout for a gothic novel for The Eclectic Reader challenge! Have a great reading week.



  3. Kate W
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:39:39

    I’ve heard great, great things about My Salinger Year – keen to read your review.
    The Steve Stack has been in my TBR stack for ages – you reminded me that it was there 🙂
    I decided to give the new Weiner a miss – I enjoyed her early books but found the more recent ones to follow that chick-lit formula… Will look forward to your thought though.



  4. readingwritingandriesling
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 16:45:56

    Nothing that really appeals this week 🙂



  5. glambooklounge
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 17:52:14

    My Salinger Year sounds great. That’s actually a pretty unique story…I can’t believe it’s real! Happy reading, Shelley!



  6. Mystica
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:13:18

    My Salinger Year sounds intriguing.



  7. Teddyree
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 18:32:06

    This little germophobe loves a good contagion story … hope The Fever isn’t a lame one lol. All Fall Down appeals to me, I’ll wait for your thoughts. Off to check out your review of Malla Nunn’s book. Happy reading 🙂



  8. herschelian
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 19:29:02

    One of the things I look forward to every Monday is reading this weekly piece you write. There’s almost always something new to consider reading, today it is All Fall Down, Weiner is an author who is new to me.
    As for myself – I’ve just finished a rather intriguing debut novel by Will Wiles: Care of Wooden Floors. It is beautifully written, and I’m pleased to have read it but not really sure whether I enjoyed it or not – which is a strange feeling to have about a book. The other book I did enjoy this week was ‘The Visitors’ by a former neighbour of mine, Sally Beauman. It too is beautifully written, set between the 1930s and the present day, it is the story of the discovery of Tutenkamun’s tomb at Thebes, and the men who found it, but seen through the eyes of a young girl who was there at the time. A real treat, I recommend it.



  9. laurelrainsnow
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 19:44:04

    I am eagerly anticipating my copy of All Fall Down this week…can’t wait! Enjoy your books…I can’t wait to read my copy of My Salinger Year.

    Love that quote at the beginning. We are definitely not going to try reading less!



  10. Alys @ Mundane Ecstasy
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 21:06:15

    I just finished rereading The Fault in Our Stars (wanted to reread before I saw the film) and looking for the next read. Looking forward to reading My Salinger Year



  11. kathrynsinbox
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 21:33:23

    🙂 I’ll be reading All Fall Down this week too and will be posting closer to the release date. As well, I’ve got reviews of The Underwharf by Gaby Naher (an Australian novel published in the mid-1990s,) and Chocky by John Wyndham planned for my blog. I’ve also sourced a copy of Malla Nunn’s A Beautiful Place to Die after your recommendation last week.

    My Salinger Years looks like absolutely fascinating reading.



  12. lisaalmedasumner
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 23:37:53

    My Salinger Year sounds so good! Writing that one down…..



  13. Greg
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 00:26:13

    I’m curious about The Fever, and may add that to my list. A good contagion story… 🙂



  14. Kathy Martin
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 01:08:51

    I read A Shiver of Light last week too. Like you, I just thought it was okay. It won’t ever be on my re-read list. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



  15. topazshell Norman (@HattieLeola)
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 02:21:50

    Your books are really good. The titles are new to me too. I really like the memoir, My Salinger Year and 21st Century DoDos. I would have fun reading about the inanimate objects like the rotary phone, etc. Thinking of Jennifer Weiner’s novel, you never know what could happen in our lives. Life is fragile. I’ve never read Jennifer Weiner. Any recommendations/



  16. Dollycas
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 04:30:25

    As usual all these books look good to me. Happy Reading!!



  17. Anita
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 07:26:00

    Looks like you had a great week! I loved The Fever…my review is up tomorrow. I have a friend who read and wrote a guest review for me for All Fall Down, I can’t wait to read.
    My Monday post can be found at



  18. Michael @ Literary Exploration
    Jun 17, 2014 @ 09:10:28

    The Fever is a fantastic book, I hope you enjoy it



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