It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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


Ugh, I hate being sick and I spent most of last week called up in a ball on the lounge.

The upside was that I finished watching Dawson’s Creek – I teared up during the final episode but was really happy with how it ended – and now I have started watching Roswell. (It seems I am in the grip of a second adolescence.)

The downside is that I’ve had to spend the weekend getting the blog caught up, which I haven’t quite managed, when I really had hoped to get ahead, because I have an extra busy week in store, which includes my great aunt’s 90th birthday party this coming weekend.

It’s the first Monday of the month so time to check in with my challenge progress.


The Eclectic Reader Challenge 3/12

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 15 /50

Aussie Author Challenge 3/12

Around the World in 12 Books Challenge 0/12

What’s In A Name? Challenge 4/6

What I Read Last Week

Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler

Harms Reach by Alex Barclay

Yes Chef! by Lisa Joy

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder

Nothing Sacred by David Thorne


  New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Harm’s Reach by Alex Barclay ★★★★

Review: Blue Stars by Emily Gray Tedrowe ★★★★

AWW Feature: Lizzy Chandler and the Snow River Man

Review: Snowy River Man by Lizzy Chandler ★★

About: Wolf, Wolf by Eben Venter

Review: Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder ★★★★


 What I Am Reading Today

Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously. Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available. After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby’s, she’s admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm. Meanwhile, Diana has given birth to a beautiful little boy, Noah.
But when he is two months old Noah is abducted … and Diana and Liam’s nightmare begins. Where is Noah? This gripping, emotional thriller binds together the stories of Catriona and Diana and will leave you on the edge of your seat.  What if your child belonged to someone else?


What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

The USA Today bestselling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt sequel, a novel teeming with life and full of humor and warmth, one that celebrates the human spirit. The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy.  Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky’s cheerfulness-as tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer Dr Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience too has changed. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe.  But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky’s only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. And she must find a way to bring Isaac back to life and rediscover the hope they both need to go on.

Take one city girl – and drop her into the back of beyond… Housesitting in rural Burdekin’s Gap, high up in the East Gippsland Mountains, is not an obvious career move for a PR executive like Jaime Hanrahan. But, hey, retrenchment is a kicker. Plus she’s determined not to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her friends, who still have company cars and six-figure salaries, or with her mother, Blanche, who has remarried too soon after her father’s death. However, it turns out that Burdekin’s Gap is a little more remote than Jaime had anticipated, the house is in the middle of a cattle station, and the handsome manager, Stirling McEvoy, doesn’t appreciate a new farmhand in Jimmy Choos and Sass & Bide cut-offs.  Soon Jaime is fending off stampeding cows, town ladies wielding clipboards, sheep that think they are goats, nude sportsmen and one very neurotic cat. So why does she feel like she’s falling in love . . . with the life, with the breathtaking landscape, and with one infuriating cowboy?


He’s come for me. My savior, my heart, and ultimately, my devil. As a child, Anna Olmstead is rescued from her life of poverty and drugs by a vampire named Asher. Over the years, she grows to love Asher, first as a father and later as a lover. But soon trouble interrupts her once-perfect life. While Anna wants to settle down, Asher wants a more voyeuristic, party-driven lifestyle. When Anna leaves him, Asher does everything he can to bring her back to him–including murder. Even as she finally escapes and starts a new life with a special agent of the F.R.E.A.K.S., Asher makes a new move to kidnap Anna and her children. This time, she may not be able to escape him.

Sydney’s deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, 1932. Gloriana Nelson and Mr. Davidson, two ruthless mob bosses, have reached a fragile peace—one maintained by “razor men.” Kelpie, orphaned and homeless, is blessed (and cursed) with the ability to see Razorhurst’s many ghosts. They tell her secrets the living can’t know about the cracks already forming in the mobs’ truce.  Then Kelpie meets Dymphna Campbell, a legendary beauty and prized moll of Gloriana Nelson. She’s earned the nickname “Angel of Death” because none of her beaus has ever survived knowing her. Unbeknownst to Kelpie, Dymphna can see ghosts, too, and she knows that Gloriana’s hold is crumbling one henchman at a time. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens the two girls at every turn, Dymphna is determined not only to survive, but to rise to the top with Kelpie at her side.

Warriors, pirates, murderers and queens… Throughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery. Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history. Sometimes you have to break the rules before the rules break you.


Thanks for stopping by!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readingwritingandriesling
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 15:04:02

    Hope you feel better soon…even when unwell you still read faster than me! 15 books ahead of me…that is a lot of reading 🙂



  2. thebookdate
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 15:23:00

    Oh yuck being unwell in such hot weather. Hope you soon recover and catch up on blog work. I hope to read/listen to Blue Stars some time, sounds good. Claiming Noah maybe sometime too. I see Deborah at Debbish has that up this week too.



  3. Teddyree
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 16:46:35

    Hope you’re feeling better Shelleyrae, you did well to get as much done as you did. My copy of Claiming Noah never arrived, bit bummed about that. Oh well I’ll wait to see what you think lol. Happy reading and all the best getting caught up!



  4. Mystica
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 18:55:28

    Hope you feel better soon. I can see a theme on midwives on several blogs



  5. Brona
    Mar 02, 2015 @ 22:54:54

    Hope you feel better soon…and yes the end of DC was sad and lovely 🙂

    Roswell was one of my favourite series 15 years ago. I have now introduced our teen boys to it – some of the special effects have dated, but the good teen/space storyline remained. If you need to debrief with someone at the end of season one…I’m here for you 😀



  6. Kathy Martin
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 01:37:51

    I hope you are feeling better. You have a nice variety on your book stack. All of them are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!



  7. laurelrainsnow
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 01:45:11

    Feel better soon! It does suck being sick….

    Claiming Noah is going on my list…and I also love the look of The Reluctant Midwife. Enjoy!




  8. Lisa
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 02:44:57

    Cranky Ladies of History sounds terrific (and I can think of at least one person I know who may need this as a gift!) Hope you have a great week! (PS – I myself am quite fond of TV for teens… and it’s been quite a while since I was one. 🙂 )



  9. Sarah's Book Shelves
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 04:09:25

    Awh – I loved Dawson’s Creek!! And – there is another book called Yes! Chef by Marcus Samuellsson…I didn’t realize it wasn’t the only one!



  10. Deborah
    Mar 03, 2015 @ 10:49:26

    You’ve done a fabulous job despite being sick. Hope you’re all better now!

    Keen to hear what you think of Claiming Noah.




  11. Jess
    Mar 04, 2015 @ 08:20:24

    Hope you feel better soon if not already 🙂
    As usual you’ve got some great books lined up for this week. I’m hoping to read Rose River as well this week too.
    Happy reading and enjoy the party 🙂



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