It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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



What I Read Last Week

Razorhurst by Justine Larbelestier

The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah

She’s Having Her Baby by Lauren Sams

Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway

Resistance by John Birmingham

Bad Behaviour by Rebecca Starford


  New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: Razorhurst by Justine Larbelestier ★★★★1/2

Review: The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah ★★

AWW Feature & Giveaway:  Lauren Sams on Writing

Review & Giveaway: She’s Having Her Baby by Lauren Sams ★★★★

Review: Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway ★★★★

Review: Resistance by John Birmingham ★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Eclectic Reader 2015 Recommendations Part 4


 What I Am Reading Today

Girl meets boy. They fall in love, and they marry. For thirty years they share one another’s lives. That should have been the end of the story. I thought I knew that man. I thought I had been shown into every corner of his mind. I’d shared every fear, every hidden longing. I thought he kept no secrets from me. Turns out I never knew him at all.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Five footprints are the only sign that Daniel Buck was ever here. And now they are all his mother has left. Every day, Anna Buck guards the little prints in the cement. Polishing them to a shine. Keeping them safe. Spiralling towards insanity. When a psychic offers hope, Anna grasps it. Who wouldn’t? Maybe he can tell her what happened to her son… But is this man what he claims to be? Is he a visionary? A shut eye? Or a cruel fake, preying on the vulnerable? Or is he something far, far worse?

1943 is a dangerous time to fall in love… In wartime Melbourne loose lips sink ships, so when Australian Women’s Army sergeant Stella Aldridge overhears soldiers whispering about a revenge killing, she follows her instincts to investigate, despite finding herself drawn to one of the soldiers, the enigmatic Staff Sergeant Eric Lund. But the world is at war and there is little time for romance. Someone in the Australian Intelligence Bureau is trading secrets and it’s up to Stella and her uncompromising superior officer, Lieutenant Nick Ross, to find the traitor. When Eric’s team is scheduled to be deployed in a dangerous mission to the South West Pacific, Stella races to uncover the truth or risk not only Eric’s life, but the security of Australia itself. Torn between protecting the ones she loves and her duty to her country, Stella chooses to pursue the truth at all costs. Even if it means putting herself in the firing line…


 Why would a man who has served a long prison sentence escape the day before he’s due to be released? Audie was sentenced to 10 years for a robbery in which four people died, including two members of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered from the robbery, and everybody believes Audie knows where the money is. For 10 years Audie has been beaten, stabbed, and threatened by inmates and guards, all desperate to know the secret. The day before he is due to be released, Audie suddenly vanishes.  The hunt for Audie, and the money, is on. But Audie’s not running to save his own life–instead, he’s trying to save someone else. In what promises to be his most popular thriller yet, Robotham has created the ultimate underdog hero, an honorable criminal shrouded in mystery and ready to lead readers on a remarkable chase.

He was dismayed how readily he took to lying. He’d always thought of it as a decisive abandonment of the truth. Instead, he realised, it was simply a matter of one word slipping into the place of another.’ Dr Quinn Davidson and his wife Marianna have endured years of unsuccessful IVF and several miscarriages, and Quinn can’t face another painful attempt to conceive. Marianna is desperate to be a mother and their marriage is feeling the strain. At a small-town practice a few hours from their home, Quinn meets Rachel, the daughter of one of his patients. Drawn to each other, it’s not long before they find themselves in a passionate affair and Quinn realises he must choose between the two women. Then Marianna announces a surprise natural conception, news that will change the course of all their lives. Set in the lush Australian subtropics, this taut emotional drama poses questions about moral courage and accountability, and asks whether love means always telling the truth

‘The only sauce is olive oil – green as sun-struck jade – splashed in small lustrous puddles, through which one skates the flesh, the fat, the bones, the potatoes, the bread. In the last, best drops, one skates a finger.’ Luscious and evocative, The Umbrian Supper Club recounts the stories of a small group of Umbrian women who – sometimes with their men and, as often, without them – gather in an old stone house in the hills above Orvieto to cook, to sit down to a beautiful supper, to drink their beloved local wines. And to talk. During the gathering, the preparation, the cooking and the eating, they recount the memories and experiences of their gastronomic lives and, as much, of their more personal histories. For a period of four years, it was Marlena de Blasi’s task, her pleasure, to cook for the Supper Club – to choose the elements for supper, to plan the menu and, with the help of one or another of the women in the club, to prepare the meal. What she learnt, what they cooked and ate and drank and how they talked is the fundamental stuff of this book. Including a dozen recipes, drawn from the Supper Club, The Umbrian Supper Club is a delight to read and to taste.


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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 16:10:54

    I enjoyed Life or Death. More than the Joe O’Laughlin series, anyway! Have a great

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  2. Deborah
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 16:11:17

    … week. Oops!



  3. Mystica
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 16:20:35

    Umbrian Supper Club sounds good.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. laurelrainsnow
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 16:53:01

    Great haul! Enjoy your books…and have a great week.

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  5. glambooklounge
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 18:24:17

    Haha! I love that picture of the person buried under the books. Every prolific reader can relate to that. Secret Life of Luke Livingstone sounds interesting. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Kay
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 23:32:36

    LIFE OR DEATH looks good. I love Michael Robotham’s book, but I do know that this is a standalone. And THE SHUTEYE looks good as well. Have a good week!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Teddyree
    Mar 16, 2015 @ 23:44:40

    Wow great week of reading and reviewing … back on track?? Off to check out your review of Razorhurst. Happy reading 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  8. The Little Reader Library
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 00:28:12

    I’m very excited to see that there’s a new Charity Norman book! Look forward to hearing more about it, hope it’s a good read! Happy reading 🙂



  9. Lisa
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 01:27:18

    Looks like you have some great books lined up this week! His Other House definitely catches my eye, as do a few others. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Kailana
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 04:19:06

    If your life is so crazy I applaud you for finding so much time to read and blog!

    Liked by 1 person


  11. notesoflifeuk
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 06:26:56

    I’m planning on reading The Shut Eye next too. Although, now Terry Pratchett has died I might have to read another Discworld book…

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Yvonne
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 08:56:36

    I have Deborah Burrows’ first novel A Stranger in My Street on my wish list. A Time of Secrets looks good too. Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person


  13. Brona
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 09:06:50

    Mr Books is a Robotham fan so I’m sure you will enjoy Life or Death.
    The Umbrian Supper Club sounds promising 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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