The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.
The last few days have been extraordinarily busy, I spent Friday afternoon and well into the night prepping food for 120 guests for a Gala fundraiser for my daughter’s Gymnastics team on Saturday night. They are traveling to Helsinki, Finland next year to take part in the World Gymnaestrada and are trying to raise money to offset the huge costs of travel etc. I couldn’t attend the Gala because of another commitment (see below) but my parents did and said it was a fabulous night.
Saturday morning was all about basketball – both teams I coach won!
On Saturday afternoon, we headed out to join Relay For Life, a non stop twenty hour event that raises funds for the Cancer Council requiring teams – in this case put together by my children’s Scouting group leader – to have at least one member walking the track at all times. My three youngest children raised $150 and all up the team the team raised just over $500.
No big plans this week other than the usual round of after school activities – basketball , gym, cubs/scouts and now futsal too, though on Wednesday my husband and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary.
What I Read Last Week
Our Kind of Love by Victoria Purman
Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Verant
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
You by Caroline Kepnes
(click the titles to read my reviews)
Review: Forbidden Fruit by Ilsa Evans ★★★★1/2
Review: Our Kind of Love by Victoria Purman ★★★★
Blog Tour: Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant
What I Am Reading Today
Nicole Alexander, the ‘heart of Australian storytelling’, takes us on a captivating journey from the American Wild West to the wilds of outback Queensland, from the Civil War to the Great Depression, in an epic novel tracing one powerful but divided family. It is Dallas 1886, and the Wade Family is going from strength to strength: from a thriving newspaper and retail business in Texas to a sprawling sheep station half a world away in Queensland. Yet money and power cannot compensate for the tragedy that struck twenty-three years ago, when Joseph Wade was slaughtered and his seven-year-old daughter Philomena abducted by Apache Indians. Only her uncle, Aloysius, remains convinced that one day Philomena will return. So when news reaches him that the legendary Geronimo has been captured, and a beautiful white woman discovered with him, he believes his prayers have been answered. Little does he know that the seeds of disaster have just been sown. Over the coming years three generations of Wade men will succumb to an obsession with three generations of mixed-blood Wade women: the courageous Philomena, her hot-headed granddaughter Serena, and her gutsy great-granddaughter Abelena – a young woman destined for freedom in a distant red land. But at what price . . . ?
What I Plan To Read This Week
(click the covers to view at Goodreads)
A mother’s greatest fear… A wife’s worst nightmare… What would you do?
When two technology-related disasters hit within days of each other, Paula knows her comfortable suburban life has been irrevocably blown apart. One involves the public shaming of her teenage daughter, the other is a discovery about her husband that shocks her to her core. With her world unravelling around her, Paula does the only thing that makes any sense to her: she runs away from it all. She pulls her children out of school and takes off on a trip across Australia with her elderly father and his caravan. The only rule is No Technology – no phones, no Facebook, no Instagram, no tablets, games or computers. It’s time to get back to basics and learn how to be a family again. It all sounds so simple – and for a while, it is. But along the way Paula will meet new, exciting complications, and realise that running away is only a temporary solution. The past has to be faced before the future can begin. A thrilling, tender and hugely entertaining story of loss, love and discovery from the bestselling author of The Mothers’ Group.
For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible repercussions … 2012 and Jess, an army medic, is back home following her tour of Afghanistan. Shell-shocked by what she has seen, she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Can help come through her great-grandmother Rose’s diaries? 1922 and Rose has just welcomed her beloved husband Alfie home from the First World War. But the homecoming is not what Rose had expected; Alfie returns from war a changed man, and not the same person Rose married. As he struggles to find work and to cope with life, Rose struggles with temptation… Can an old factory, set up to help injured soldiers, help Jess, Rose and Alfie and save them from the heartache of war?
In this stunning collection, twenty-seven brilliant writers ask: What is beauty? Breaking Beauty puts one of the greatest obsessions of our time under the spotlight and shows that beauty rarely exists without its grubby underbelly. There is no light without darkness. Our writers — sparkling talents both established and emerging — discover that beauty can be found in the most unusual and unexpected places… in suburban driveways, graveyards, finials, cupcakes, train stations, grape-vines and of course in the complexities of human relationships. They also find beauty in more conventional places like love, sex and the innocence of childhood.
‘Nothing has a stronger hold over a girl than the fear of the thoughts of her peers – thoughts that change five times in a day. No wonder things are so complicated with teenagers.’—Alice Pung, Laurinda Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its hidden centre of power is The Cabinet, a triangle of girls who wield power over their classmates – and some of their teachers. Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches The Cabinet in action, and is courted by them – as she learns about power and repression – Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity. Few genres are more enthralling than the school story. In Laurinda, the acclaimed Alice Pung tells an involving, original story that captures the drama and pain of school life today, as well as revealing much about the choices of young women.
A delicious cake you make in a mug, in a microwave, in less than 10 minutes? Yes, it may sound crazy but it actually works and this latest baking craze is quickly catching on, spreading across blogs, Instagram and Pinterest with photographic proof of baking brilliance. Fancy giving it a try? Here is the definitive mug-cake cookbook that will guarantee you success every time with 40 fantastic, foolproof recipes. Covering everything from everyday classics (carrot, chocolate, vanilla), through more special occasion fare (birthday bonanza, red velvet valentine, black forest gateau) to treats and puds (choc fudge, knickerbocker glory), happy hour (pina colada, Irish cream) and of course not forgetting low-fat, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free cakes to stop you from getting completely carried away… So when you want after-school snacks, easy desserts, unique party nibbles or to treat yourself with a quick cup of tea, make up a mug cake.