It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


The routine of my week doesn’t vary much, though now I have resumed coaching basketball in advance of the season kicking off in a few weeks, making Monday and Thursday evenings particularly chaotic with multiple after school activities to juggle. I need to get a bit more organised, and stop binging on Netflix!

Oh! And I would like to invite you all to drop by Book’d Out on Wednesday, August 27th, to celebrate my 4th blogiversary with a great giveaway!



What I Read Last Week


Hindsight by Melanie Casey

The Catch by Taylor Stevens

 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Quick by Steve Worland

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Norland


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan ★★★

Review: Heartbreak Hotel by Debbie Moggach ★★

Review: The Catch by Taylor Stevens ★★★1/2

Review: Hindsight by Melanie Casey ★★★★

Review & Giveaway: Quick by Steve Worland ★★★★

Review: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami  ★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

In 1942, as the Japanese sweep towards northern Australia and allied troops swarm into Townsville, Kitty Martin is sent inland to the safety of Moonlight Plains. But when two American airmen crash on the isolated property, she is forced to grow up fast, coming face to face with tragedy, with love . . . and with heartbreak. Years on, and Sally Piper, a young journalist, is sent to Moonlight Plains to cover the story of a cattleman turned builder who is restoring his grandmother’s forgotten homestead. Sparks fly between them, but Sally is struggling to let go of the past, and Luke has his eyes fixed firmly on the future. What they uncover together is a shocking secret that has been kept safe for more than seventy years. Now the entire family’s happiness is at stake – or does the truth about the past hold a valuable lesson for the future?


What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything. Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all. For Isla, those two long summers will change everything. Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and gently told story about the power fear and kindness have to change lives.

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian live in a world of shiny, new things – skateboards, slot cars, train sets and even the latest BMX. Their affluent father, Rex, has made sure that they’ll be the envy of the new, working-class suburb they’ve moved to.  But underneath the surface of the perfect family, is there something unsettling about the Jensons? To the local kids, Rex becomes a kind of hero, but Colt senses there’s something in his father that could destroy their fragile new lives.

As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now, he and his devoted wife Rena Lazarus are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son. But working for the Greenbury Police department isn’t as fulfilling as Decker hoped.  While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad ‘tude. Just when he thinks he’s made a mistake, Decker is called to his first real crime here—a possible break-in at the local cemetery. At first, it seems like a false alarm until it’s discovered that a mausoleum’s stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries. Then, a coed at one of the exclusive local colleges is brutally murdered. Poking into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer, Decker and McAdams are drawn deep into a web of dark secrets, cold case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport. Suddenly, the job is anything but boring. This case just might be too much to handle and Decker will have to draw on every ounce of experience that he has garnered in the past thirty years as a Homicide cop. And then again, even that might not be enough!

Cass thought she had experienced every kind of death… Moving to the city, Cass Lehman hoped to leave her recent notoriety behind her. Her ability to experience the final moments of a violent death helped the local police capture a serial killer, but also meant she was almost his final victim… With a place of her own and a new job, things are looking up for Cass. But just as she starts to feel settled, Cass is targeted by a deranged stalker. Are the personal attacks linked to a string of unsettling deaths that have left the police stumped? Her ‘gift’ is called on yet again by the one man she vowed she would never contact. Cass and Detective Ed Dyson are thrown back into each other’s lives but can they overcome their feelings to put an end to the terror? Will her experiences of death reveal the mind of the killer… or is there no such thing as a happy ending? A reluctant psychic, a troubled detective… and a deeply twisted serial killer.

The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this land of howling wind and infernal sand, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Their father was a sand diver, one of the elite few who could travel deep beneath the desert floor and bring up the relics and scraps that keep their people alive. But their father is gone. And the world he left behind might be next.  Welcome to the world of Sand, the first new novel from New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey since his publication of the Silo Saga. Unrelated to those works, which looked at a dystopian world under totalitarian rule, Sand is an exploration of lawlessness. Here is a land ignored. Here is a people left to fend for themselves. Adjust your ker and take a last, deep breath before you enter.

A collection of recipes for fun, accessible taqueria fare–including colorful salsas, tasty snacks, irresistible cocktails, and of course tacos galore–from the wildly popular San Francisco restaurants and acclaimed Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market food stand, Tacolicious. Tacos may be the most universally loved, happy-making food on earth. After all, who can say no to a juicy, spicy Chile verde taco; a decadently deep-fried Baja-style fish taco; or a gloriously porky Carnitas taco? At Tacolicious, the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular Mexican restaurant, tacos are a way of life. And now, in this hotly anticipated cookbook, co-owner Sara Deseran shares all of the restaurant’s tortilla-wrapped secrets. Whether you’re seeking quick and easy weeknight meals or inspiration for a fabulous fiesta, Tacolicious has you covered. With recipes for showstopping salsas, crave-worthy snacks, cocktails and mocktails, and, of course, tacos galore, this festive collection is chock-full of real Mexican flavor—with a delicious California twist.


 While you are here…

Enter to WIN Quick by Steve Worland. Open worldwide.

Don’t forget to stop by on August 27th!

Thanks for stopping by!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 12:11:40

    Oh, I haven’t read a Faye Kellerman in a while…and this one looks good. I recently bought one by Jonathan Kellerman, after not buying his books for a while…so I need to balance things out!

    Enjoy your week!



  2. Greg
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 13:06:07

    Happy Monday, and congrats on your blogoversary coming up this week. 4 years- awesome! I like the look of Tacolicious, I need to look into that one (and the cover is making me hungry).



  3. Mystica
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 15:38:01

    Congratulations on the blogoversary. I too havent read a Kellermann either of them for quite a while.



  4. thebookdate
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 16:06:33

    Love your banner that no doubt you made for your blogoversary – congrats on four years. All books unfamiliar to me but that’s not unusual! Food cover is making me hungry as near dinner time!



  5. Josh (@OzNoir)
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 20:16:22

    Hope you have a great week! I so want to read SAND!

    Here’s my reads for the week:




  6. Rebecca Bradley
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 20:18:00

    Happy blogoversary! A great set of books this week. I’m currently reading The Broken by Tamar Cohen.



  7. Teddyree
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 21:47:58

    Congrats on 4 fabulous bloggy years … and I’m with Kathryn, love the blogoversary button thingy you made. Tacos are a fave in our house, the Tacolicious book looks great!! Have a great week and happy reading 🙂



  8. Debbish
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 00:14:55

    Oh, I like the sound of a couple of those!!!



  9. Leila @ Readers' Oasis
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:48:51

    Happy 4th Anniversary! Oof, since I just started blogging this past spring, that seems like forever to me! I’m interested that you were underwhelmed by the new Murakami . . . people keep telling me I HAVE to read his novels, but I honestly haven’t felt very compelled to try any!



  10. Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews)
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:07:48

    You always have such fantastic reading weeks.

    I hope you like The House We Grew Up In. I liked it a lot.

    Happy 4th Anniversary. I had a 4th year anniversary too in July.

    Enjoy your week.

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



  11. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:29:03

    I grounded myself from Netflix for the summer! Can’t wait to get back LOL! Have a great week.



  12. Lindsey
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 01:48:25

    Tacolicious looks like so much fun. I try to add new recipes to the mix but somehow I always forget to look for cookbooks when there are so many good novels out there!

    Have a great week!



  13. yvonne473
    Aug 27, 2014 @ 02:16:55

    Happy Blogoversary! I do those Netflix binging things too. LOL

    Have a great week!



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