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


 Rachael’s Gift by Alexandra Cameron

The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer

The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlon

Rain Dance by Karen Wood

Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McIerney

Bite Harder by Anonymous 9


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

AWW Feature: Visiting Italy with Fiona Palmer and The Sunnyvale Girls

Review: The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer ★★★★

Review: Lyrebird Hill by Anna Romer ★★★★

Review: The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlon ★★1/2

Review: Rachael’s Gift by Alexandra Cameron ★★★★1/2

Review: Rain Dance by Karen Wood ★★★1/2

Stuff On Sundays: The Most Well-Read Cities in Australia

What I Am Reading Today


It was crazy really, she had never met the woman, had no idea of her real name but she thought of her as a friend. Or, at least, the closest thing she had to a friend in Dublin. Struggling with a new baby, Yvonne turns to netmammy, an online forum for mothers, for support. Drawn into a world of new friends, she spends increasing amounts of time online and volunteers more and more information about herself. When one of her new friends goes offline, Yvonne thinks something is wrong, but dismisses her fears. After all, does she really know this woman? But when the body of a young woman with striking similarities to Yvonne’s missing friend is found, Yvonne realises that they’re all in terrifying danger. Can she persuade Sergeant Claire Boyle, herself about to go on maternity leave, to take her fears seriously?

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. But now the whole world knows, and suddenly Ava is thrust into the spotlight. People from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to glimpse the wonder of a miracle. But Ava’s unusual ability comes at a great cost, her own health, and as she grows weaker with each healing, Ava begins searching for an escape. Wash agrees to help Ava, but little does she know he has his own secret he’s been harboring, and soon Ava finds herself having to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to save the one she loves most.


Stella only wanted a holiday… the last thing she expected was a love interest and a possible ghost. Third-generation farmer Adam Burton has always tried to keep his family together, but twenty years after his little sister went missing from the family farm he’s losing hope. His dad has walked out, his mum is as reclusive as ever and he still blames himself for his sister’s disappearance. When Stella Reynolds and her young daughter arrive from the big smoke to stay at the holiday cottage on their farm for the summer, Adam is immediately attracted to the beautiful single mum. Although he’s always steered clear of children and doesn’t believe he deserves love or a family of his own, he finds himself spending time with Stella and her young daughter, Heidi, and enjoying it. As the twenty-year old mystery begins to unravel, Stella wonders if she should take her daughter and run. But doing so is easier said than done, because Stella just might be falling in love with Bunyip Bay and a gorgeous, but hurting, farmer.

Kate McDaid is listing her new-year’s resolutions hoping to kick-start her rather stagnant love life and career when she gets some very strange news. To her surprise, she is the sole benefactor of a great great-great-great aunt and self-proclaimed witch also called Kate McDaid, who died over 130 years ago. As if that isn’t strange enough, the will instructs that, in order to receive the inheritance, Kate must publish seven letters, one by one, week by week. Burning with curiosity, Kate agrees and opens the first letter – and finds that it’s a passionate plea to reconnect with the long-forgotten fairies of Irish folklore. Almost instantaneously, Kate’s life is turned upside down. Her romantic life takes a surprising turn and she is catapulted into the public eye. As events become stranger and stranger – and she discovers things about herself she’s never known before – Kate must decide whether she can fulfil her great-aunt’s final, devastating request … and whether she can face the consequences if she doesn’t. Witty, enchanting and utterly addictive, Reluctantly Charmed is about what happens when life in the fast lane collides with the legacy of family, love and its possibilities … and a little bit of magic.

LIGHT DUTIES, LARGE PAY, NO QUESTIONS ASKED … OR ANSWERED After seeing a curious flyer, Freya takes a job caring for Elijah, the comatose son of the eccentric Vincetti family. She soon discovers that the Vincetti’s labyrinthine mansion hides a wealth of secrets, their corporate rivals have a nasty habit of being extravagantly executed, and Elijah is not the saint they portray him to be. As well, Marilyn Monroe keeps showing up, unaware she’s very much deceased. And there’s something very strange about the story that Elijah’s brother Jack is writing … Killing Adonis is a tragicomic tale about love, delusion, corporate greed and the hazards of using pineapple cutters while hallucinating

Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar. But now she’s landed an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel with a difference. It’s a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’, designed to make every aspect of breaking-up pain free – all in a single weekend. No one is better qualified than Chloe to deal with relationships at crisis point, but, with three unhappy couples needing her help, she’s forced to tackle her own secret heartbreak. Can she hold it together and prove that she’s up for the job? The hotel’s opening weekend brings troubles and surprises, and it soon becomes clear that some endings can be very exciting new beginnings…

Matt Preston’s simple, hearty recipes have been finding their way into family repertoires for more than a decade now. This latest collection brings together nearly 200 of his favourite dishes, from slow-cooked roasts and tasty braises to mouth-watering desserts and tea-time treats. But it’s not all twice-cooked sticky ribs and croissant bread and butter puddings; within these pages you’ll also find killer kale recipes, fresh, Asian-inspired starters and more delicious salads than you can shake a stick at! Scattered throughout are handfuls of food ‘hacks’: 2-ingredient cakes, sneaky cheats’ tips and tricks to make everyday cooking even faster.


Thanks for stopping by!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:35:20

    Oh, I am really drawn to Can Anybody Help Me?

    Enjoy your new books, and have a great week. Love the cartoon at the top….LOL.



  2. Greg
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:45:21

    Happy Monday! Interesting to see which cities in Australia are the most well- read… and I think Hello from the Gillespies looks good. Anxious to see what you thought of it…



  3. Deborah
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 11:40:25

    Guess you’re keen for school to return! Most mums I know are happy when hols start but generally wish they were a tad shorter!

    Hope you enjoy Reluctantly Charmed.




  4. MarthaE
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 13:26:05

    Oh kids will keep you on your toes. Looks like you have quite a line-up of books though — Enjoy!



  5. Kathryn@Book Date
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 14:06:37

    Oh those authors sure have a good excuse to travel around so that their settings are evocative! One of our local ones has just come back from Ireland.

    Hope you enjoy Outback Ghost – I did.



  6. Mystica
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 15:18:21

    I read about the well read cities too on FB. Interesting to find out who is leading!



  7. Lloyd Russell
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 15:44:58

    Almost done with Greg Iles’ new book, Natchez Burning. His 1st book in 5 years. Like all of his books, this one is excellent – among his best.

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  8. readerbuzz
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 21:00:02

    Wow! Lots of very intriguing books!

    Here’s my It’s Monday!



  9. lakesidemusing
    Sep 29, 2014 @ 23:37:22

    I’m not familiar with any of the books you’re reading this week, but they all look good. Enjoy!



  10. Patty
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 02:02:29

    They all look totally interesting!



  11. Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 02:37:43

    Hi ShelleyRae! This week I’m reading ‘Gracelin O’Malley’ by Ann Moore (Irish saga — really enjoying it) and The Ice Cream Queen from Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman (only 50 pages in but it grabbed me from the beginning). I’m also listening to the e-audiobook of Buried in a Bog by Sheila Connolly (1st book in the County Cork series). Up next? I have The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield and Hello From the Gillespie’s on my TBR pile too.



  12. Kathy Martin
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 03:08:46

    I have Can Anybody Help Me? on my review stack too. It’s at the bottom since it isn’t being released until July 2015. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!



  13. Guy R Vestal
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 05:36:52

    I just added Reluctantly Charmed to my TBR! 🙂

    Guy Vestal @ Counter Culture Critic



  14. Anonymous-9 (@_Anonymous_9)
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 11:56:49

    I think you’re the busiest woman on the internet! Anonymous-9



  15. stacybuckeye
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 12:55:55

    LOL! Take off the s on kids and I’m right there with ya 🙂



  16. Teddyree
    Oct 01, 2014 @ 17:37:05

    Hope you enjoy Outback Ghost as much as I did. Keen to see what you think of The Wonder of All Things, I found The Returned a thought provoking read. Have a good week and happy reading 🙂



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