It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at Book Journey. In Sheila’s absence I’m linking this post via Twitter at #IMWAYR


I’m still struggling to catch up after the chaos of June, hence a few place markers in this week’s review list but I am determined to get back on track.

The kids are back at school, my oldest is still in Europe. The World Gymnaestrada finished yesterday and by all accounts their team performances were well received with a standing ovation, now they have ten days in Denmark training and touring before they come home.


What I Read Last Week

The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

Set in Stone by Ros Baxter

Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

The Trivia Man by Deborah O’Brien

Thursday’s Children by Nicci French

Friday On My Mind by Nicci French

Fast and Loose by Nicholas J Johnson

A Time to Run by JM Peace

Precocious by Joanna Barnard

Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas

The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White ★★★★1/2

Review: Set in Stone by Ros Baxter ★★★★

Review: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton ★★★★1/2

Review: The Trivia Man by Deborah O’Brien ★★★

Review: Thursday’s Children by Nicci French ★★★★1/2

Stuff on Sunday: I’m All About the Books

Review: Friday on My Mind by Nicci French ★★★★

Review: Fast and Loose by Nicholas J Johnson ★★★★

Blog Tour Feature: A Time To Run by J M Peace

Review: A Time To Run by J M Peace ★★★★

Review: Precocious by Joanna Barnard ★★★

Review: Let Me Explain You by Annie Liontas DNF

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Morgan’s life seems to be settled – she is completing her thesis on victim psychology and newly engaged to Bennett, a man more possessive than those she has dated in the past, but also more chivalrous and passionate. But she returns from class one day to find Bennett savagely killed, and her dogs – a Great Pyrenees, and two pit bulls she was fostering – circling the body, covered in blood. Everything she holds dear in life is taken away from her in an instant. Devastated and traumatised, Morgan tries to locate Bennett’s parents to tell them about their son’s death. Only then does she begin to discover layer after layer of deceit. Bennett is not the man she thought he was. And she is not the only woman now in immense danger …

He is only in his early thirties, but now Quinn Colson is jobless—voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he’s got one more job to do—bring down Stagg’s criminal operations for good. At least that’s the plan. But in the middle of the long, hot summer, a trio of criminals stage a bold, wall-smashing break-in at the home of a local lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe, which is curious, because the mill owner is wealthy—but not that wealthy. None of this has anything to do with Colson, but during the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. His friend, acting sheriff Lillie Virgil, and a dangerous former flame, Anna Lee Stevens, both ask him to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that that safe contained more than just money—it held secrets.
Secrets that could either save Colson—or destroy him once and for all.

From bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus comes a timely novel about a forty-something wife and mother thrust back into the workforce, where she finds herself at the mercy of a boss half her age. Rory McGovern is entering the ostensible prime of her life when her husband, Blake, loses his dream job and announces he feels like “taking a break” from being a husband and father. Rory was already spread thin and now, without warning, she is single-parenting two kids, juggling their science projects, flu season, and pajama days, while coming to terms with her disintegrating marriage. And without Blake, her only hope is to accept a full-time position working for two full-time twenty-somethings. A day out of b-school, these girls think they know it all and have been given the millions from venture capitalists to back up their delusion—that the future of digital media is a high-end “lifestyle” site—for kids! (Not that anyone who works there has any, or knows the first thing about actual children.) Can Rory learn to decipher her bosses’ lingo, texts that read like license plates, and arbitrary mandates? And is there any hope of saving her marriage? With her family hanging by a thread, Rory must adapt to this hyper-digitized, over-glamorized, narcissistic world of millennials…whatever it takes.

Long after the last drink is poured and the final gunshot fired, Cheryl Della Pietra’s novel inspired by her time as Hunter S. Thompson’s assistant will linger in your mind.  Alley Russo is a recent college grad desperately trying to make it in the grueling world of New York publishing, but like so many who have come before her, she has no connections and has settled for an unpaid magazine internship while slinging drinks on Bleecker Street just to make ends meet. That’s when she hears the infamous Walker Reade is looking for an assistant to replace the eight others who have recently quit. Hungry for a chance to get her manuscript onto the desk of an experienced editor, Alley jumps at the opportunity to help Reade finish his latest novel. After surviving an absurd three-day trial period involving a .44 magnum, purple-pyramid acid, violent verbal outbursts, brushes with fame and the law, a bevy of peacocks, and a whole lot of cocaine, Alley is invited to stay at the compound where Reade works. For months Alley attempts to coax the novel out of Walker page-by-page, all while battling his endless procrastination, vampiric schedule, Herculean substance abuse, mounting debt, and casual gunplay. But as the job begins to take a toll on her psyche, Alley realizes she’s alone in the Colorado Rockies at the mercy of a drug-addicted literary icon who may never produce another novel and her fate may already be sealed.


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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 19:18:35

    Oh. My. God. You read 11 books last week! I only read at night but even if I read an entire book one night I might get through 4! And even then I have to take à night off so I can catch up on my reviewing and tend to have forgotten specifics! You are a machine! x



  2. Brona
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 21:26:57

    You’re reading schedule, as per usual, is highly impressive and a little overwhelming for us mere mortals!
    I could only achieve 11 books a week if I included all the picture books I read at work 🙂

    I don’t normally read much crime fiction, but something about The Hand that Feed You caught my eye – perhaps Mr Books will like it too? I’m not sure I could do Gonzo Girl though – good luck!



  3. Kay
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 22:12:29

    I won’t even talk about how amazing your reading speed is. LOL

    Bet you’re anxious for your daughter to be home so you can hear all about her trip. Congrats to her and her team!



  4. Kathy Martin
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 23:35:57

    Great reading week. I try to write the review right after I finish a book and before the next beauty calls my name. It usually works. 😉 It sounds like your daughter is having an amazing experience. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great reading week!



  5. Mystica
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 00:37:17

    Congratulations to your daughter.



  6. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 01:27:04

    Your new books look so tempting…enjoy! I love the Frieda Klein series, and hope to get Friday On My Mind soon.

    Congrats to your daughter on her performance…great shot.

    Thanks for sharing…and for stopping by my blog.



  7. cleopatralovesbooks
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 02:36:25

    You’ve got both the Freida Klein books that I still need to read – I’m very tempted by the synopsis for The Hand That Feeds you too.



  8. Teddyree
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 10:23:21

    I’m impressed with how much you read on your ‘slow’ weeks but that is holy cow amazing!! Congrats to your daughter and team, what an amazing experience for them.
    I haven’t read Queen of the Tearling yet but it’s on the groaning TBR pile lol, hope the 2nd is great. Good luck to both of us getting caught up on reviews 🙂



  9. Kathryn
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 11:03:31

    Your daughter must be having an amazing time, what a trip and what an experience. You got a lot read. I wonder what the second Tearling book is like. If you give the thumbs up I might go for it. I liked the first one but not enough to be hanging out for the second.



  10. MarthaE
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 11:06:37

    Congratulations – and exciting for your daughter.
    Gosh – reading 11 books in one week and making 11 posts? The thought alone exhausts me.
    The Hand That Feeds You sounds good. I hope this week is good for you. Happy Reading!



  11. readingwritingandriesling
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 12:25:31

    Friday on My Mind was great – the best in the series to date I think. I think you will enjoy The Hand That Feeds you. Do you listen to audio books – I am listening to my best so far in this new venture – Risk – also out in paperback.



  12. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 12:57:06

    Congratulations to your daughter’s gymnastics team! Enjoy your week!



  13. Lindsey
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 01:21:20

    How To Be a Grownup sounds like a good one! It remind me of a tv show called Younger, about a woman in her 40s who pretends to be in her 20s to land a publishing job.



  14. Jess
    Jul 27, 2015 @ 20:26:00

    I saw that in the news! What a wonderful experience for your eldest!
    OMG looking at your read last week list puts mine to shame by miles. You woman are a super-reading-hero! Looks like you have some wonderful books lined up for this week too 🙂



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