It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


I’ve definitely hit my stride this week, not only did I get a lot read, and reviewed, I watched six movies – Havana Nights (bad), Street Dance (okay), You’ve Got Mail (*sigh*), XMen: Days of Future Past (good). How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( so cute) and Divergent (a lot better than I was expecting) – an entire season of Reckless (only to learn it’s been cancelled – boo!) , a couple of episodes of Salem (hmm not sure about this yet) and a couple of episodes of Property Brothers plus my weekly TV favourites – Scorpion, Agents of Shield, Covert Affairs, Criminal Minds, The Great British Bake Off, NCIS, NCIS LA, NCIS New Orleans, Big Bang Theory, Gotham, Grimm, etc etc .  I was also treated to dinner by my children whose Scout group held a parent appreciation night, held two afternoon training sessions with my basketball team despite the 37C (98F) heat (one win and one loss this week)  – still didn’t do much more than the essential housework though!



 What I Read Last Week

Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Gemma’s Bluff by Karly Lane

Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas

South of Darkness by John Marsden

A Modern Marriage by Christy and Mark Kidd

The Penguin Leunig: 40th Anniversary Edition by Michael Leunig

Between Us by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire


New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Laurinda by Alice Pung ★★★★1/2

Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix ★★★1/2

Review: Gemma’s Bluff by Karly Lane ★★★

Review: South of Darkness by John Marsden ★★★

Review: A Modern Marriage by Christy and Mark Kidd

About: The Penguin Leunig: 40th Anniversary Edition by Michael Leunig

Stuff on Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty


What I Am Reading Today

Forensic expert Professor Nick Fennimore has engineered lectures in Chicago and St Louis – a ploy to get to Detective Chief Inspector Kate Simms. She’s in the United States on sabbatical with St Louis PD, and he’s keen to see her again. Simms is working with a ‘method swap’ team, reviewing cold cases, sharing expertise. But Simms came to the US to escape the fallout from their previous case – the last thing she needs is Fennimore complicating her life. A call for help from a sheriff’s deputy in Oklahoma seems like a welcome distraction for the professor – until he hears the details: a mother dead, her child gone – echoes of Fennimore’s own tragedy. Nine-year-old Red, adventuring in Oklahoma’s backwoods, has no clue that he and his mom are in the killer’s sights. Back in St Louis, investigators discover a pattern: victims – all of them young mothers – dumped along a 600 mile stretch of I-44. The Oklahoma and St Louis investigations converge, uncovering serial murders across two continents and two decades. Under pressure, the killer begins to unravel, and when a fresh body surfaces, the race is on to catch the I-44 killer and save the boy.

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Maria and Joe have saved every available penny to give their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria finds herself thrust into a high society of champagne-swilling mother-istas she hasn’t budgeted for. Saturday morning netball is no longer a fun mother-daughter outing, but a minefield of social politics. While the increasingly neurotic Maria struggles to negotiate the school mum hierarchy, Joe quietly battles a midlife crisis and Kate attempts to grow up as gracefully as possible (without having her life ruined by embarrassing parents). For every woman who has ever felt she may be wearing the wrong shoes, this is a book that will remind you – you’re not alone.


English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe to divert them from leaving Papua New Guinea, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice.


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.

Coco Pinchard was never a single thirty-something. She married young, had a son, and put her dream to be a writer on hold.  Now her first novel is published. Husband Daniel has greyed nicely into a silver fox, and son Rosencrantz is grown up. It should be time to enjoy life.  That is, until the annual family Christmas when her hideous mother-in-law Ethel comes to stay, and Coco opens her gift from Daniel. It’s not the jewellery she chose, but an iPhone. This marks the start of Daniel’s mid-life crisis and she catches him in bed with a younger woman.  The iPhone becomes a confessional of sorts, through emails to her friends Chris, an ageing trustafarian and Marika a slightly alcoholic schoolteacher. Coco documents her seemingly endless (and often entertaining!) run of bad luck.  Then she meets the hunky Adam and she’s back in the world of dating as a single forty-something…  Read the emails that tell the hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel good Romantic Comedy.

Gretchen is struggling with her newfound gift as a Whisperer; the constant buzzing in her ears from detecting spells is more frustrating than fun, especially when she is spending time with one of the Order of Iron Nail’s Keepers, the icy but strikingly handsome Tobias Lawless. But while Gretchen tries to hide the truth and resolve her feelings for him, London fades from beautiful and bustling to deathly silent …Something evil is once again menacing Mayfair, and Gretchen and her cousins must use their powers to prevent a horrible sacrifice. This second book in the Lovegrove Legacy trilogy is full of dark twists, spellbinding suspense and sweeping romance.

Thanks for stopping by!


25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 14:32:16

    Enjoy the reads and have a good week.



  2. readingwritingandriesling
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 15:40:23

    I have come across a few great reads this week – it is amazing what that does for enthusiasm levels.



  3. Deborah
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 15:50:02

    What a HUGE week you had. TV’s started to get crappy I notice so I need to join a video library if any exist here! (I love watching TV on DVD!)



    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 25, 2014 @ 02:12:58

      i recommend Netflix 🙂



      • Deborah
        Nov 25, 2014 @ 08:42:05

        Yes, but I live in a complex where we have Foxtel. It costs a fortune ($60/mth each) and we only get 10 stations – 3 sport, 2 news, 2 movies and documentaries. It really drives me insane cos I think we should get a better deal but our Body Corporate says there’s no choice. Plus it’s analogue so the reception’s bad and I can’t hear it properly so have never watched it. Sadly it’s ‘compulsory’. (Grrrrr… so I’d feel bad paying for something else on top of that!)



  4. MarthaE
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 16:09:31

    What a busy week! I’ve only seen a couple of those movies. We are watching a new or old Hallmark Christmas movie every evening. My hubby’s choices – isn’t that sweet? I hope you have another good week and enjoy your reading!



  5. Brona
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 20:45:20

    I started reading Still Alice today, but it’s too close to what happened to my mother-in-law – I suddenly put it down & I’m not sure I’ll be able to pick it back up.

    Euphoria has been on my radar for a while. The US cover is stunning, so I was a little disappointed when the Australian cover with butterflies turned up at work recently. I’m still excited about getting stuck into it soon though 🙂



  6. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 00:19:31

    You had a great week! I am sorry about Reckless being cancelled…I was enjoying it! Sigh.

    Hope you love Still Alice…and I’m curious about The Not So Secret E-Mails. Enjoy your week!



  7. Lisa
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 02:50:25

    Up and In and Euphoria really sound like books I’d enjoy. But I’m still amazed by all your movie and TV viewing! How on earth do you fit it all in? No sleep? 🙂 I hope you have a great week!



  8. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 06:33:26

    Six movies!!! I agree with you, Divergent was better than expected 🙂



  9. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 07:46:53

    Wow, wow, wow on your week. You are a whirlwind!! I don’t know how you do it.

    The dinner hosted by your children sounds so nice.

    ENJOY this week.

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



  10. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 07:53:26

    I’ve heard great things about Euphoria recently! It’s in the finals of Shannon’s Bloggers’ Best Books of the Year list!



  11. thebookdate
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 09:43:01

    Yikes. How do you fit it all in. Loved the movie You Got Mail but haven’t watched it for a long time. My T-box has a lot of stored TV to watch. One day! I have read the Divergent trilogy but not watched the movie – same with Hunger Games. I might at some point. Heard about your high temps. I just would not cope!



  12. Greg
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 12:55:19

    I also thought Divergent was pretty good! I had not read the books so I went into it not knowing- and was pretty impressed. I wish I was watching Agents of SHIELD but I haven’t tuned in yet.

    The Not So secret Emails sounds great!



  13. Patty
    Nov 25, 2014 @ 13:39:52

    All I can say is woe…you got your groove on!



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