It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

Life…

 It’s been an ordinary week: work, school, basketball, scouts, archery, gym, grocery shopping, housework etc etc.

This weeks binge watching fodder is Dawson’s Creek. I hadn’t ever seen an episode, not long married with a new baby at the time it first played it didn’t interest me, and figured I would give it a try. The teen angst is a bit wearing, but it’s surprisingly watchable, and I love the soundtrack.

  What I Read Last Week

Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing by Lisa Walker

Second Life by SJ Watson

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Before I Go by Coleen Oakley

My Sunshine Away by MO Walsh

 

  New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Blog Tour Feature: Lisa Walker and the Japanese Connection

Review: Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing by Lisa Walker ★★

Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig ★★

Review: Second Life by S.J. Watson ★★

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ★★★★

Review: Before I Go by Colleen Oakley ★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

 

 What I Am Reading Today

Escaping to the country was meant to be easy … On the surface it looks like busy intensive care nurse Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a great career and a sleek inner city apartment. But appearances are deceiving, and in one fell swoop everything comes crashing down around her. In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected. Local cafe owner Joel O’Connor finds himself increasingly drawn to the gorgeous new nurse, but like Kate, he’s been scarred by love and isn’t looking to jump into anything. Yet their chemistry is hard to deny and after a near fatal incident, Joel and Kate find themselves opening up to one another. Just when Kate thinks she’s found love again, their fragile relationship is thwarted by their pasts. Can they both let go of their guilt and grief to move on to a bright new future?

 What I Plan To Read This Week

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 From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Boy in the Suitcase, a gripping historical thriller and poignant coming-of-age story set in nineteenth-century France. Madeleine Karno is an ambitious young woman eager to shatter the confines of her provincial French town. Driven and strong headed, Madeleine is set apart by her unusual occupation: assisting her father, Dr. Albert Karno, in his job as a forensic doctor. The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl’s family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease – or of a heinous murderer.

Emily Gray Tedrowe has written an extraordinary novel about ordinary people, a graceful and gritty portrayal of what it’s like for the women whose husbands and sons are deployed in Iraq. BLUE STARS brings to life the realities of the modern day home front: how to get through the daily challenges of motherhood and holding down a job while bearing the stress and uncertainty of war, when everything can change in an instant. It tells the story of Ellen, a Midwestern literature professor, who is drawn into the war when her legal ward Michael enlists as a Marine; and of Lacey, a proud Army wife who struggles to pay the bills and keep things going for her son while her husband is deployed. Ellen and Lacey cope with the fear and stress of a loved one at war while trying to get by in a society that often ignores or misunderstands what war means to women today. When Michael and Eddie are injured in Iraq, Ellen and Lacey’s lives become intertwined in Walter Reed Army Hospital, where each woman must live while caring for her wounded soldier. They form an alliance, and an unlikely friendship, while helping each other survive the dislocated world of the army hospital. Whether that means fighting for proper care for their men, sharing a six-pack, or coping with irrevocable loss, Ellen and Lacey pool their strengths to make it through. In the end, both women are changed, not only by the war and its fallout, but by each other.

Millie was at one time quite well known for various TV and radio appearances. However, she now has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea and too much weight in places she really doesn’t want it. When she’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She will have money, the weight will be gone, and maybe she’ll get more sex. If only life was really that easy. It doesn’t take her long to realize it’s going to take more than a diet pill to solve her never-ending woes…

 

How should a man be? Mattie Duiker is trying very hard to live up to his dying father’s wishes. He is putting aside childish things, starting his first business serving healthy take-away food to the workers in his district of Cape Town. His Pa is proud. At the same time, Mattie is pulled toward an altogether different version of masculinity, in which oiled and toned bodies cavort for him at the click of a mouse. His porn addiction both threatens his relationship with his boyfriend, Jack, and imperils his inheritance. Pa’s peacocking days as a swaggering businessman are done, but even as the cancer shrivels and crisps him, the old man’s ancient authority intensifies as it shrinks, like Mattie’s own signature sauce. Pa haltingly prepares his son for life without him, and himself for life without a male heir. And, while the family wrestles with matters of entitlement and inheritance, around them a new South Africa is quietly but persistently nudging its way forwards. Wolf, Wolf is a novel of old rigid states and new unfinished forms, of stiff tolerance and mournful nostalgia. With uncommon sensitivity to place, time, and sex, Eben Venter reveals himself to the world outside his homeland as one of its most astute and acute observers, giving shape in story to some of the sea-changes of our time, in the manner of Coetzee and Roth.

 

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 11:38:15

    You had a seriously busy reading / writing week – particularly given your other commitments.

    I am VERY behind in my blog reading at the moment but hoping to catch up.

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  2. Greg
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 11:39:55

    I remember Dawson’s Creek, although I don’t think I ever watched it. Glad it’s good. You had some nice books in your bookshelf post- I bet Court of Thorn and Roses will be popular.

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  3. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 12:19:39

    I am wanting to read My Sunshine Away…enjoy your week!

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  4. thebookdate
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 12:29:59

    I have Intensive Care to read – always like a medical romance so thought I would give it a whirl. I like the sound of Blue Stars as well.

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  5. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 13:52:04

    You have lots of great reads here!

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  6. Mystica
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 14:03:11

    Lots of interesting books and you’ve got through quite a bit as well. Enjoy the week.

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  7. Teddyree
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 15:49:41

    Wow you did well last week. I’m curious about Doctor Death, it’s on a few blogs this week. Enjoy your new reads🙂

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  8. Brona
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 17:19:20

    I avoided Dawson’s Creek when it started up too…I felt I was too old and mature for it…but a few years in…one quiet, stormy night I watched an episode…and I was hooked. Although I have never gone back to see the earlier episodes, it would be an interesting exercise if I ever have that kind of tv viewing time again!

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  9. readerbuzz
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 22:13:50

    Lots of intriguing reads here. Enjoy!

    Here’s my It’s Monday!

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  10. Kay
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 23:30:03

    Oh my goodness, Dawson’s Creek. I can remember when my daughter and her friends were all about Dawson and Pacey (think that was his name). LOL

    Your books for this week look good. Enjoy!

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  11. Aizel @ One Page at a Time
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 00:14:57

    You’re pretty much set for the week! Nice reads! I want to read Red Queen. Hopefully, I will be able to get it soon.🙂

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  12. Elizabeth
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 00:56:32

    Lots of people reading Dr. Death, I’m going to check it out.

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  13. pagesandtea
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 01:25:57

    I’d not heard of Doctor Death but it sounds like something I should check out, looks like just the kind of book I would enjoy.

    Have a great week 🙂

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  14. Silver's Reviews
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 01:41:45

    AWESOME week as always.

    I will be looking to see what you think of Doctor Death. 🙂 It is reviewed on my blog today.

    No spoilers.

    Have a wonderful week.

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

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  15. Kailana
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 02:11:44

    I am seeing Doctor Death around. I wanted to read The Book in the Suitcase but just never got around to it…

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  16. Lisa
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 02:47:58

    I have an ARC of Blue Star and plan to read it shortly. It sounds really moving! Have a great week!

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  17. Anita
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 02:58:20

    You had a great week! I’m interested in Blue Stars, looking forward to your thoughts. Have a great week!

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  18. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 07:18:07

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on My Sunshine Away – I loved that one! And – I watched Dawson’s Creek when it was originally on – so nostalgic for me! Enjoy!

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  19. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 10:49:59

    Snowy River Man in your sidebar gets my vote!
    HapPy Reading🙂

    Here’s my MM POST

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  20. Yvonne
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 15:53:51

    I love historical mysteries. Dr. Death sounds good to me. Have a good week!

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  21. glambooklounge
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 17:11:38

    I’ve never seen Dawson’s Creek but I’ve heard wonderful things about it. Also, on your list, Doctor Death sounds intriguing!

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  22. Laura @ canido52
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 12:10:21

    Oh so now it’s sunday… but never to late! I’m reading colorless, The vacationers by Emma Staub and on the noodle road. Mostly I’m concentrating on Colorless (and a collection of kids books on demand!!!!!)
    What is Red Queen like? Everyone seems to be reading it but I have to say the cover doesn’t grab me as quite my style.

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