It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Its Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey.

Life…

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

 

New Posts

(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

Review: Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Verant

Review:
Talon by Julie Kagawa ★★★

 

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.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readingwritingandriesling
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 14:41:56

    What a bust life you lead, how do you find time to read??

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  2. thebookdate
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 15:09:55

    Oh goodness, what a load of activities, I am exhausted just reading about them. Enjoy the 19th wedding anniversary, something to celebrate for sure. Congrats.
    I have noticed Nicole Alexander, but haven’t read anything by her….yet!

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  3. Fay
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 15:31:30

    That’s a great list of books you have there. I keep seeing things about mug cakes or whatever they are called!

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  5. Carole from Carole's Chatter
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 16:18:12

    Wow , how busy – hope you had a ball! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

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  6. Deborah
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 16:28:26

    Sounds like you had a really busy week! Hope this one’s a bit less manic!

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  7. Brona
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 21:53:56

    Am in awe of how many books you manage to read each week!
    The new Alice Pung is on my radar too.

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  8. kirstviz
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 22:34:54

    Oooh cakes in a cup! I might have to read this🙂
    New Follower.
    Kirsty xx
    http://kirstylovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading/

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  9. readerbuzz
    Nov 10, 2014 @ 22:57:57

    Mug cakes, eh? Love the idea! New-to-me here in Texas.

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

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  10. Patty
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 01:08:43

    I am forever amazed at what you accomplish!

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  11. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 01:41:31

    You are so busy, and yet you accomplish so much! I guess it’s true what they say: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person.

    Enjoy your week…and thanks for visiting my blog. I like the look of Wife on the Run.

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  12. Lisa
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 02:29:23

    Wow, what a busy week! I don’t know how you manage to squeeze in any time for books!

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  13. Melinda Ott
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 02:51:42

    You are definitely busy! How exciting that your daughter is going to Finland! Will you be able to go with her?

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  14. Heidi'sbooks
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:17:41

    You have a lot of wonderful books! Wife on the Run looks appealing to me. I’m not sure why. I’ll look for a review.

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  15. Greg
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:43:18

    Wow, you have been busy. And so many great events- sounds awesome. Happy anniversary by the way! Seven Letters from Paris looks interesting, and I like that it’s a true story. It would make a good movie too I suspect.

    Wife On The Run looks good, I want to read it from the description just to see what happens to them. Hope it’s good…

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  16. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 04:10:20

    That’s great about your daughter’s gymnastics – that’s quite an opportunity! Sounds like you had a good week of reading as well.

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  17. yvonne473
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 12:17:00

    Your books look great. Enjoy!

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  18. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Nov 11, 2014 @ 14:35:09

    Happy anniversary! Here’s to many more!

    The Mug Cake book is stirring up my sweet tooth. Enjoy your week!

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  19. Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews)
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 05:35:32

    I love Liz Trenow’s books. The Poppy Factory sounds good.

    Seven Letters From Paris sounds good too. Going to check out your review.

    ENJOY your reading week.

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

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  20. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:17:43

    What a busy week you had! I don’t know where you found the time for blogging and reading (not to mention visiting and commenting on other blogs)–I want to know what your secret is, lol. Your new books look very alluring–enjoy! And congrats on the baskeball winnings.

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