The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.
I’m glad October is over, it has been such a chaotic month! Here is hoping November will be better!
It’s the first Monday of the month so here is a quick update on my challenge progress so far…
Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 90/50 – Completed!
Aussie Author Challenge 12/12 – Completed!
Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 12/12 – Completed!
What I Read Last Week
Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave
Family Matters by Pat McDermott
Frog by Mo Yan
Make Ahead Breads by Donna Currie
Forbidden Fruit by Ilsa Evans
(click the titles to read my reviews)
Review: Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh ★★★★
Review: Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave ★★★
Weekend Cooking: Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie
What I Am Reading Today
Anna is… unexpected… unbelievable… unstoppable. And unavailable. Will what happened in Middle Point stay there?
Dr Anna Morelli rarely makes mistakes. But this one is big, bordering on huge. Somewhere between sunset and sunrise at the simple beachside wedding of two old friends, she’s cried in the ladies bathroom, danced to too many ABBA songs and survived the best, knock-your-socks-off one night stand in recorded history. Has she gone crazy? She’s supposed to be running from the disasters in her life, not creating more. Award-winning journalist Joe Blake is back in Middle Point to lick his wounds after being dumped by his wife and sacked from his Sydney job on the same day. But after one incredible night with Anna, he finds he’ll need all his investigative skills to figure out why she won’t give in to their sizzling chemistry….
What I Plan To Read This Week
(click the covers to view at Goodreads)
In this groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form. “There are a dozen ‘St. George’ soldiers hiding in that maze,” my trainer said. “All hunting you. All looking to kill you. Welcome to phase two of your training, hatchling.” Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragonslayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey — and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him — and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
In the best romantic tradition of ALMOST FRENCH, a woman falls madly in love with a Frenchman in Paris. But it takes her twenty years to find him again …Samantha’s life is falling apart – she’s lost her job, her marriage is on the rocks and she’s walking dogs to keep the wolf from the door. But when she stumbles across seven passionate love letters from the handsome Frenchman she fell head over heels for in Paris when she was 19, she can’t help but wonder, what if? Surely it wouldn’t hurt to try to find explain why she never wrote back. Closure is a good thing, after all. One very carefully worded, very belated remail apology later, it’s clear that sometimes love does give you a second chance.Jetting off to France to reconnect with a man you knew for just one madly romantic day is crazy – but it’s the kind of crazy Samantha’s been waiting for her whole life. Truth may be stranger than fiction but sometimes it’s better than your wildest dreams.
‘Okay, I’ll write my introduction. ‘Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.’ Stella Sweeney is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband Ryan and their two teenage kids in Dublin. She works with – or really for – her terrifyingly ambitious sister Karen in their beauty salon. Nothing to get excited about here. Nothing to make her particularly unhappy. Or happy… No-one would be interested in stealing her life. But then things started to happen… One day, Stella, attempting a good deed, causes a little car accident and faces down a bad tempered, handsome stranger. She hardly gives it much of a thought. But karma is hovering, and is about to take over, swoop in and change Stella’s life for ever. For better or worse. Suddenly Stella has a life. A thrilling glamorous one. A life that other people might start to covet..
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.