It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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…


The Eclectic Reader Challenge 11/12

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


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Nightingale by Fiona McIntosh ★★★★

Review: Five Minutes Alone by Paul Cleave ★★★

Review:Family Matters by Pat McDermott ★★★★★

Frog by Mo Yan ★★★

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.


Thanks for stopping by!


24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael @ Literary Exploration
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 15:47:47

    I’m excited to read what you think about You



  2. readingwritingandriesling
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 15:49:27

    You is very creepy, a good read.



  3. thebookdate
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 17:37:43

    You read an amazing number of books. I plan on reading Our Kind of Love next. Have just been busy on Facebook voting for books at AusRom. Voted Outback Ghost wherever possible! I have almost completed The Eclectic Reader challenge, like you have one more to do, mine is the anthology but I have one lined up!



  4. Deborah
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 18:10:34

    I thought you’d read YOU for some reason. I enjoyed it (mostly). I wasn’t as fond of ‘Seven Letters’ though so keen to hear what you think of it.



  5. Jess resides here (@frellathon)
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 20:56:00

    Talon and You. Yeah they look good.



  6. Brona
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 21:01:47

    I was rather disappointed with Seven Letters from Paris. Mr Books and I have a somewhat similar romantic history to the Verants (minus the exotic locations & accents!) so I went in prepared to feel great affinity and empathy with their story.

    I’ll be curious to hear how you go, because I wonder if my own romantic story actually got in the way in the end?



  7. Susan Whelan
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 22:32:30

    Some interesting choices in your reading list. I’m looking forward to your reviews.

    I’m also impressed by your challenge progress. I gave up signing up for reading challenges because I always get distracted and never get around to updating my lists.



  8. Leila @ Readers' Oasis
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 22:41:52

    I am interested in Frog . . . but it sounds like it was not a big hit for you. I’ll check out your review.

    231 books–whoa!! Read on, speed demon!!! Just curious–do you ever have a reading slump or a slow month?



  9. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 02:55:49

    The Woman Who Stole My Life looks intriguing…and I’m still on the fence about You.

    Thanks for sharing…and enjoy!




  10. lakesidemusing
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 02:59:14

    I’ll be curious to hear what you think of Seven Letters From Paris… there something about that city!

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Greg
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 04:01:30

    I’m curious about both Talon (since I’ve heard good things about Julie Kagawa) and Seven Letters from Paris (since that just sounds fun)! Hope they’re both good, and happy November!



  12. My Home of Books (@duffygal777)
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 04:40:05

    Congrats on your book challenge total. I envy your reading talent 🙂
    Talon for some reason intrigues me, the idea of dragon/humans walking among us. Enjoy your books this week.



  13. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 07:08:51

    I keep seeing You around…on lots of people’s TBR’s, but haven’t seen a review yet. Will be interested to see what people think!

    Liked by 1 person


  14. Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews)
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 09:51:57

    As always another fantastic week for you. I wish I could read as quickly as you do. 🙂

    All these books sound amazing.

    ENJOY your reading week.

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



  15. Heather McBride
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 11:03:40

    You are doing great with your challenge! I am AMAZED by the number of books you’ve read already this year! 😉 The only way I’d make that number is if I included all of the children’s books I read. With the exception of chapter books, I feel like that’s cheating, though! LOL

    Talon was EXCELLENT! I hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks, as always, for stopping by Proud Book Nerd! Happy week to you!



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