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

The Brewer’s Tale by Karen Brooks

I’ll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton

Springtime by Michelle de Kretser

Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh

A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Brewer’s Tale by Karen Brooks ★★★1/2

Review: I’ll Be Watching You by Beverly Barton ★★

Review: Springtime by Michelle de Kretser ★★

Review: A Fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty


What I Am Reading Today

In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder. Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn’t killed him, but, almost as deadly, it’s switched off his emotions. When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, the bodies of two more rapists surface. It’s hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer. There’s a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that’s exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they’re battling something they never would’ve expected: each other.


What I Plan To Read This Week

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2014 marks the 30-year anniversary of the start of Pat McDermott’s much-loved Family Matters column on the last page of the Australian Women’s Weekly. Her hilarious observations on her own family (five kids!), her long-suffering husband, MOTH (Man of the House), an endless succession of beloved and badly behaved pets, and just about every situation a couple or family can find themselves in have kept the Weekly‘s readers amused and entertained every month since 1984. Now, these generations of readers can relive their favorite Family Matters moments, as well as introduce them to other readers in this warm, charming, and hilarious collection from one of Australia’s most loved mothers and chroniclers of family life.

Before the Cultural Revolution, narrator Tadpole’s feisty Aunt Gugu is revered as an obstetrician in her home township in rural China. Renowned for her sure hands and uncanny ability to calm anxious mothers, Gugu speeds around town on her bicycle to usher thousands of babies into life. When famine lifts and the population booms, Gugu becomes the unlikely yet passionate enforcer of China’s new family-planning policy. She is unrelenting in her mission, invoking hatred in her wake. In her dramatic fall from deity to demon, she becomes the living incarnation of a reviled social policy violently at odds with deep-rooted cultural values. As China moves towards the millennium, a new breed of entrepreneur emerges with a perverse interpretation of the decades-old law. Tadpole finds himself again caught up in the one-child policy and its unpredictable repercussions on the human price of capital. Frog is an extraordinary and riveting mix of the real and the absurd, the comic and the tragic. It presents a searing portrait of China’s recent history, in Mo Yan’s unique and luminous prose.

This time it’s personal …  The last thing Nell Forrest expected when she tried to plant a tree was to unearth the skeletal remains of a former resident. Now her new backyard is swarming with police, there’s a television news crew camped next door, and once again she is smack in the middle of a murder investigation. And the timing is dreadful. Two of Nell’s daughters are about to give birth and she is surrounded by new in-laws with agendas of their own.  But it soon becomes clear that this time the investigation is personal – so personal that enquiries bring her long-estranged father back into the family fold, and the answers shed some very uncomfortable light about the proclivities of her parents when they were young. Who would have thought that the little country town of Majic had ever been such a swinging place to live?

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. She soon finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her short-term memory may be hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, but she is still Alice.


Love hurts… When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams. Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . . A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.


Thanks for stopping by!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 20:44:11

    Keen to hear what you think of You.



  2. Leila @ Readers' Oasis
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 21:55:57

    I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Frog–that sounds interesting!



  3. Lisa
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 01:28:25

    Ha, love your “life” image! Sounds a lot like my life too! I was just thinking this week that I should find a copy of Still Alice. I was reading about the upcoming movie versions earlier this week, and really should read the book first. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it!



  4. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 02:59:37

    Wow! You got a lot of reading done last week! And I’ve been seeing You around lately…I’ll be interested to see what you think of it.



  5. laurelrainsnow
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 03:59:48

    Five Minutes Alone looks good…and I am still on the fence about You. Enjoy!



  6. Greg
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 11:40:59

    Family Matters and You both sound good.



  7. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 28, 2014 @ 14:05:52

    Hope you love Still Alice as much as I did. You sounds good.



  8. thebookdate
    Oct 29, 2014 @ 15:36:53

    I remember with nostalgia Pat McDermott’s page in the Aus Women’s Weekly, I often enjoyed reading it.



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