It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

 I’m now sitting in my new ‘office’, a tiny hutch in the back corner of my lounge room. Five days ago I had a 1.8 m long desk and entire room but now it belongs – after much sweat and tears – to my 12 year old daughter, who is delighted to have her own bedroom at last.

The only upside to the ‘move’ is the improved wifi signal for streaming on the TV.

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  What I Read Last Week

The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill

Let Down Your Hair by Fiona Price

The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Emergence by John Birmingham

 

  New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Things Half in Shadow by Alan Finn ★★★★★

Review: The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill ★★★★

Review: The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield  ★★★

AWW Feature: Fairytales with Fiona Price

Review: Let Down Your Hair by Fiona Price ★★★

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ★★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

 

 What I Am Reading Today

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a story of the Waverley family, in a novel as sparkling as the first dusting of frost on new-fallen leaves… It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store. Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies. Though her handcrafted confections—rose to recall lost love, lavender to promote happiness and lemon verbena to soothe throats and minds—are singularly effective, the business of selling them is costing her the everyday joys of her family, and her belief in her own precious gifts. Sydney Waverley, too, is losing her balance. With each passing day she longs more for a baby— a namesake for her wonderful Henry. Yet the longer she tries, the more her desire becomes an unquenchable thirst, stealing the pleasure out of the life she already has.Sydney’s daughter, Bay, has lost her heart to the boy she knows it belongs to…if only he could see it, too. But how can he, when he is so far outside her grasp that he appears to her as little more than a puff of smoke? When a mysterious stranger shows up and challenges the very heart of their family, each of them must make choices they have never confronted before. And through it all, the Waverley sisters must search for a way to hold their family together through their troublesome season of change, waiting for that extraordinary event that is First Frost.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

 

 Jordan must save her farm from debt and sabotage – can she place her trust in a man from out of town?  Born and bred on the land, Jordan Windcroft is brave and independent. She’s had to be. Her life revolves around running her property almost single-handedly on next to no money, and waiting out her four years of probation — a rap that she took for one of her closest friends for a crime she didn’t commit. Thankfully there’s an end to her problems in sight. Jordan’s probation period is almost up, and if she can just make the cattle sale, there’s a chance she can pull herself out of more than ten years of serious debt and keep her precious farm. The last thing she needs is for Reid Easton to start monitoring her. Detective Senior Sergeant Reid Easton drives into Whitewater Creek on a mission to wrap up a three-year drug investigation; his only lead, Jordan Windcroft. The attraction between the two is immediate, but Reid is undercover and Jordan has a secret she can’t risk him discovering. Will either jeopardise their cause, for something as transitory as love – or will they keep their secrets to themselves?

Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…  Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy chaos. But these women also have one shocking similarity: they’re married to the same man…and they’ve just found out he’s dead.  Selina has been married to Simon Busfield for twenty-eight years, Lottie for seventeen. Neither knew a thing about the other until the day of Simon’s funeral, where the scandalous truth is revealed in front of everyone they know. Another wife, another family… And they’ve only just scratched the surface of Simon’s incredible betrayal.  With dark humor and razor-sharp wit, Cohen expertly unravels a story of deception and betrayal, where two very different families will discover they are entwined in ways that will change them all forever.

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London… As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong. Of course it can’t…

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 15:39:19

    Your books are new to me. Enjoy them all and have a good week.

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  2. cleopatralovesbooks
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 16:56:34

    War of the Wives is the only book by Tamara Cohen I haven’t read, I do love her writing style so I’ll be interested to see what you think of this one.

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  3. thebookdate
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 17:18:39

    A cosy little corner office, I am sure your daughter is relishing her new found privacy! Hope you enjoy First Frost, I did. A great set of good looking books. Enjoy.

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  4. Deborah
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 19:41:29

    I haven’t heard of many of your new reads. Enjoy!!!

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  5. Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    Jan 19, 2015 @ 19:42:46

    If it’s any consolation, my desk is squished into a corner of the dining room – it’s a bit of a thoroughfare zone, in fact. Suffice it to say, impossible to get anything done when anyone else is home!

    I never read (or picked up a copy) of The Bone Season – the reviews weren’t gushing, but would you recommend it? I found it hard to get a clear sense for what it was like, and now the second book’s out I’m still curious.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 17:25:30

      I liked Bone Season, it had some flaws but I enjoyed it overall. I’d call it a young adult urban fantasy adventure. I think a lot of the complaints came from the British tone and the lack of romance, both of which worked for me🙂

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  6. readerbuzz
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 01:54:06

    I miss my writing room, too (given to my son who moved back home…sigh.)

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

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  7. laurelrainsnow
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 03:27:37

    Oh, so sad about your office…but great about the Wifi signal…LOL. For a few years, my “office” was tucked into a corner of the dining room…before that, it was in one of the upstairs bedrooms, but I felt isolated. And yes, it’s good to have SOME isolation, but not too much. In the dining room cubby, I had a beautiful view of the yard.

    Enjoy your books…I should be getting First Frost soon…and War of the Wives piques my curiosity.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  8. Melinda
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 04:50:23

    I’m looking forward to reading “The Girl on the Train,” but I’m waaaaayyy down on the hold list at the library, so I may have to wait a while.

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  9. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 11:12:10

    Nice new room. ENJOY…it looks nice.

    The Undertaker’s Daughter sounds good. The Girl on The Train is on my Wish List.

    I am reading War of The Wives. I am enjoying it. It is humorous.

    Thanks for sharing your week.

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

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  10. Kailana
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 12:05:19

    My step-son doesn’t even live with us and he has my office… So, I know the struggle!🙂

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  11. Teddyree
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 13:02:42

    That’s quite the downsize … the sacrifices we make for our kids lol. Hope you enjoy First Frost. I haven’t read your review as I’m just starting The Maxwell Sisters today but I’m happy to see you gave it 4 stars. I’ve also got The Mime Order coming up soon.
    Have a great week and happy reading🙂

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  12. Lisa
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 13:12:33

    Ooh, I have The War of the Wives coming up soon! Looks like fun — I’ll forward to your review, since you’ll probably get to it before I do. Have a great week!

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  13. Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:56:56

    I have First Frost in my stack. The War of the Wives sounds great. Enjoy!

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  14. drewdog2060drewdog2060
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 05:26:57

    I am reading Anna Karenina on my Kindle at the moment.

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  15. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 18:21:57

    Ohh downsizing isn’t much fun! I have a 2m long desk (made from an old door) that I’d struggle to give up!

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  16. Charlie
    Jan 22, 2015 @ 22:07:38

    Good on you for giving up your office. I like the sound of War of the Wives, and look forward to your review. Still on my second book of the year, I rather envy your reading progress!

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  17. Lindsay @ The Book Baby
    Jan 23, 2015 @ 14:08:40

    I’ve never heard of The Great Zoo of China, but it sounds really interesting! And of course I’m looking forward to reading The Girl on the Train.

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  18. Tracey
    Jan 23, 2015 @ 22:04:13

    Great to see your workspace Shelleyrae, was that a can of Pepsi Max on the desk? LOL, it’s my favourite drink of choice too🙂

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  19. Ellen Zacarias (Glambooklounge)
    Jan 30, 2015 @ 20:20:12

    Haha, I love your nook of an office.🙂 Mine’s similar too (or perhaps more makeshift). Congrats on your daughter’s bedroom!

    First Frost looks great, and it has such a cute cover.

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