It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


  Wow this past week has flown past.  I got a lot of reading done since the kids are back at school, but afternoons and weekends have been busy with various activities from a car wash fundraiser for an upcoming Scout camp to the start of a weekly basketball clinic and Education Week events at school. I’m excited that my oldest daughter will be home today after spending two weeks in the Northern Territory – I’ve missed her.

It’s the first Monday of the month so here is a quick update on my challenge progress so far…


The Eclectic Reader Challenge 8/12

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 57/50 – Completed!

Aussie Author Challenge 11/12

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 10/12

What I Read Last Week

 Nest by Inga Simpson

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

Hamlet’s Ghost by Tara Jane

The Aitch Factor by Susan Butler


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review:  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty ★★★★★

Review: The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre ★★★

Review: What Would Mary Berry Do? by Claire Sandy ★★★1/2

Review: Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth ★★★★

Review: A Year Without Henry by Cathie Pelletier ★★★

Stuff on Sundays: Six Degrees of Separation

 What I Am Reading Today

Innocent and unworldly, Mema is still living at home with her mother on a remote, lush hinterland property. It is a small, confined, simple sort of life, and Mema is content with it. One day, during a heavy downpour, Mema saves a stranger from a flooded creek. She takes him into her family home, where, marooned by floods, he has to stay until the waters recede. And without either of them realising it, he opens the door to a new world of possibilities that threaten to sweep Mema into the deep.


What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Marooned in her despised hometown of Greenville, California, private investigator Janelle Watkins wants nothing more than to keep her head down and make enough money to move back to the City. But even in the sleepy town of Greenville, the edgy, smart-mouthed private investigator seems to attract mayhem. It starts with the apparent suicide of a nineteen year-old off a highway bridge. Then another young man goes missing and Janelle begins to suspect that there might be a connection between the incidents. With the help of her former SFPD partner and occasional lover, Sheriff Ken Heinz, Janelle begins to follow the convoluted trail, not realizing that the darkness of her past might finally be catching up


A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket. Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home. The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie’s ex-husband, who is now a paramedic – and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie’s marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she’s suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she’s handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she’s up to the job.

 The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s rookie season as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases, hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex, that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation, performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies, and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law and Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

Meet the Bird family. They live in a honey-colored house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village, with rambling, unkempt gardens stretching beyond. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys all attend the village school and eat home-cooked meals together every night. Their father is a sweet gangly man named Colin, who still looks like a teenager with floppy hair and owlish, round-framed glasses. Their mother is a beautiful hippy named Lorelei, who exists entirely in the moment. And she makes every moment sparkle in her children’s lives. Then one Easter weekend, tragedy comes to call. The event is so devastating that, almost imperceptibly, it begins to tear the family apart. Years pass as the children become adults, find new relationships, and develop their own separate lives. Soon it seems as though they’ve never been a family at all. But then something happens that calls them back to the house they grew up in — and to what really happened that Easter weekend so many years ago. Told in gorgeous, insightful prose that delves deeply into the hearts and minds of its characters, The House We Grew Up In is the captivating story of one family’s desire to restore long-forgotten peace and to unearth the many secrets hidden within the nooks and crannies of home.

Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Soft chewy ones or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money . . . the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag . . . Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian s sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets.
Welcome to Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop of Dreams, a novel, with recipes.


 While you are here…

What is your favourite lolly/sweet?

Thanks for stopping by!


30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 11:42:18

    You are doing great! I have my eye on The House We Grew Up In…enjoy your week!



  2. Laura Fabiani - iRead Book Tours
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 12:10:41

    I plan on reading Big Little Lies soon so I’m glad you loved it!



  3. Greg
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 13:19:13

    Nice review of Big Little Lies, even though it’s not my genre it sounds great. That quote you used in your review got my attention… makes you wonder what happened right off the bat.



  4. thebookdate
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 17:23:28

    Just been over to read your review of Big Little Lies, sounds like it is one to read. So I must keep it in mind.



  5. readingwritingandriesling
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 17:33:01

    Shellyerae – if I have to choose one lolly…freckles or maybe cinnamon lollies or liquorice bullets. No reading today – travelling.



  6. Mystica
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 20:47:59

    Big Little Lies is on my TBR.



  7. kathrynsinbox
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 21:26:04

    An awesome to-read list. I just finished reading A Sleepwalkers Guide to Dreaming and hope to have a review up soon.



  8. lakesidemusing
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 21:58:04

    I must read Liane Moriarty soon! Big Little Lies sounds excellent.



  9. Heather
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 23:04:40

    Working Stiff sounds strangely fascinating. I’m going to have to look that one up. Have a great week!



  10. Kathy Martin
    Aug 04, 2014 @ 23:16:04

    Wow! You have quite a few coming this week that I would love to read. Hang Town and Deadly Obsession really sound great. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



  11. harvee
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 00:41:23

    The House We Grew Up In is on my TBR list. Hope we like it!



  12. Rita H DuffyGal
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 00:52:00

    Big Little Lies has been on my wishlist and will have to be the next book I purchase because I can’t get it at my library and I really want to read it. You are doing great with your challenges. Have a good week ahead.



  13. Mysterious Bibliophile
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 03:13:14

    Wow — I am intrigued by so many of these books. I am adding The Working Stiff and The House We Grew Up In to my list. Thank you for bringing all these titles to my attention.



  14. Leeswammes
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 04:08:36

    We have the summer holidays at the moment, but the kids spend a lot of time on the computer so it’s nice and quiet. Although I wish I could get them outside… My husband is off now and takes them for cycle rides, that’s great. Meanwhile I’m working.

    Nice that you have a bit more time for reading. I bet you have loads to catch up with1



  15. Helen @ My Novel Opinion
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 05:38:36

    I loved The House We Grew Up In. I actually read it last year as I had my sister mail me the UK edition. I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s for years and have been impatient when waiting for her books to be published in the US. I hope you enjoy it!



  16. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 12:19:00

    Just brought home Big Little Lies, hope to get to it soon.



  17. ponderingbks
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 13:43:54

    I now have Big Little Lies and Working Stiff on hold at the library. ::sigh:: The TBR books never end.

    Happy reading!



  18. Debbish
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 17:23:56

    A busy time for you… and a reminder I don’t read enough Australian crime fiction / thrillers!

    As for my fave sweet – caramello koalas!



  19. Wendy@BeautifulDay
    Aug 06, 2014 @ 01:23:56

    Liane Moriarty is just everywhere right now! Her books are real page-turners. I like the look of the House we Grew Up in and the Sweetshop of Dreams. I’ll add them to my list. 🙂



  20. Daystarz Blog
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 06:28:35

    Going great on your challenges Shelleyrae 🙂



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