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


Another rather ordinary week has passed me by, though it has had its moments. I enjoyed a brief visit from friends I rarely see in person as they were heading home from a motorcycle tour of Queensland, and won an awesome prize from Dymocks Books via their facebook page (below).


This week I’ll be celebrating Book’d Out’s 5th blogoversary on Thursday. It will be a low key affair due to my non existent budget, but I hope you’ll stop by.

What I Read Last Week

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathon Kellerman

Private Sydney by James Patterson & Kathryn Fox

The Crushing Season by Peta Jo

Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer

No House to Call My Home by Ryan Berg

We Never Asked For Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Review: The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathon Kellerman  ★★★★

Review: Private Sydney by James Patterson & Kathryn Fox ★★★

AWW Feature: Peta Jo and The Crushing Season

Review: The Crushing Season by Peta Jo ★★★★

Review: Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer ★★★

Where the Magic Happens

Review: No House to Call My Home by Ryan Berg ★★★

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty

What I Am Reading Today

When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry’s World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as ‘George’ and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues about the secret years, a period of Lucy’s family history that has been kept a mystery . . . until now.
How did a cattleman from north Queensland find forbidden love with the Honourable Georgina Lenton of London and persuade her to move to his isolated outback property? And why are the effects of this encounter still reverberating in the lives of Lucy and her mother, Rose, now?
As the passions of the past trickle down the years, three generations of one family pull together. Each must learn in their own way how true love can conquer the greatest challenges of all.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Blum is a mortician; an outspoken woman in a male dominated profession. She is also the loving mother of two young children, adored by those around her for her kind heart, her strength, and her sharp wit. Blum rides a motorcycle, and likes to spend time with friends and her husband, Mark, a policeman. She has been happily married to Mark for eight years, a perfect union. Blum has a good life, a life that masks the terrible secrets of her childhood. Then, in one devastating moment, Mark is killed before Blum’s eyes. A hit-and-run. The most important thing in her life, her support and happiness, is taken from her. Blum grieves, but she refuses to accept her fate. She soon discovers that there is more to Mark’s death than meets the eye. This was no accident. A shadowy group of people wanted Mark dead. But why?
Blum is determined to find out… and to have her revenge.

As a prolonged drought takes its toll on their lives, Bec and her husband must battle the bank’s attempts to foreclose on their beloved Coolibah Creek in a suspenseful and action-packed new novel from a fresh and authentic voice in rural romance. Bec Roberts and her husband Andy adore each other. They’re also passionate about their beloved station, Coolibah Creek, but are despairing as a relentless drought ravages their property. Bec is worried, too, about her best friend and neighbour, Maggie O’Donnell. Married to a difficult, hard-drinking man who’s away for long periods, Maggie finds herself increasingly drawn to a stockman who works for the family. When tragedy strikes, Bec is pushed to the very limits of her endurance. How will her family and Coolibah endure the challenges they’re facing? Suspenseful and action-packed, Coolibah Creek is about a woman who has to muster all the strength and determination she has in the face of adversity. It is also about the power of love.

With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

This collection of essays and memoir pieces explores the topic of reading, in particular what it means for writers to be readers and how that has shaped their life. Contributors include Debra Adelaide, Joan London, Delia Falconer, Sunil Badami, Gabrielle Carey, Luke Davies, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Kate Forsyth, Giulia Giuffre, Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss, Gail Jones, Jill Jones, Catherine Keenan, Malcolm Knox, Wayne Macauley, Fiona McFarlane, David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Carrie Tiffany and Geordie Williamson.

A revelatory account of poverty in America so deep that we, as a country, don’t think it exists Jessica Compton’s family of four would have no cash income unless she donated plasma twice a week at her local donation center in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends.   After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen since the mid-1990s — households surviving on virtually no income. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on calculating incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American households, including about 3 million children.   Where do these families live? How did they get so desperately poor? Edin has “turned sociology upside down” (Mother Jones) with her procurement of rich — and truthful — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, moving and startling answers emerge.   The authors illuminate a troubling trend: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America’s extreme poor. More than a powerful exposé, $2.00 a Day delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality.



Thanks for stopping by!


34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patty
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 09:39:41

    Five lovely years and most likely thousands of books for you! I really do love your blog!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Silver's Reviews
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:35:32

    Fantastic week as always.

    I am going to check out your review of THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTER. I have been hearing good things about it, and I have it in my toppling TBR stack.

    Have a great week. My post will be up tomorrow morning.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog



  3. Silver's Reviews
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:37:03

    Happy Blogoversary on Thursday.

    I had my blog’s birthday on July 27 of this year. 🙂

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Kathryn
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:47:23

    What a nice looking win. Congrats. I noticed The Simple Act of Reading somewhere in the last week or so and thought it looked interesting. Will look forward to your review.



  5. Deborah
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 13:20:41

    Another huge week for you book and blog-wise! I don’t know how you keep it up! (And with visitors etc). Meanwhile I love the satchel they won as part of their prize!



  6. Brona
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 13:24:24

    Happy 5th bloggiversary!
    Looks like you’ve selected a fun reading week for yourself 🙂



  7. Tien
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 14:13:37

    Lovely win, congrats! And an advanced Happy Bloggoversary xx

    I’ve just started The Secret Years this morning! Read about 40+ pages in the morning on the train but I’ll have to set it aside since I’m supposed to be reading along another book with a group of friends lol (I’m already behind!)

    I’ve quite enjoyed Woman of the Dead -I, especially, loved the beginning! Very chilling… Enjoy!



  8. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 15:06:46

    Congrats on your five amazing years blogging! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on books…and connecting with me and other bloggers.

    Pretty Girls looks like a book I should read…thanks!



  9. Mystica
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 18:11:37

    Happy blogoversary

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Greg
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 21:31:22

    What a fun win! And you got through a lot of books last week…

    And happy 5th blogoverdary this week! I like the look of The Act of Reading…



  11. Kate W
    Aug 24, 2015 @ 23:36:24

    Top win!

    And a big cheer for five years 😀



  12. Lisa
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 00:39:13

    Happy 5th blogoversary! Here’s to many more!

    Liked by 1 person


  13. readerbuzz
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 08:56:55

    Congratulations on your blogoversary!

    Liked by 1 person


  14. readingwritingandriesling
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:32:31

    Shelleyrae- I enjoyed The Secret Years – there is a lot packed into that book. Pretty Girls- is intense and I loved it. And $2 a Day sounds heart breaking. Enjoy your week and your win.

    Liked by 1 person


  15. readingwritingandriesling
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:34:29

    PS Baking Blind looks interesting – I sit here waiting for my bread to rise 🙂 And then I have cakes to make ( you share your blog anniversary with my daughters birthday 🙂 )



  16. MarthaE
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:08:32

    Happy 5th Blogoversary – Good job! You have several pretty covers this week. $2.00 a Day sounds like a book we should all read.
    Have a good week.

    Liked by 1 person


  17. Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:28:28

    Happy early blogoversary! I love the bag you won. $2.00 a Day sounds interesting. I help low-income people get their medications at work and I’m constantly amazed at exactly how “low” that “low income” can go. I don’t know how people do it. I do know that I need to remember to count my blessings. Enjoy your week!

    Liked by 1 person


  18. The Australian Bookshelf
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 15:42:53

    What an awesome prize pack… I love that bag!!

    Happy 5th blogoversary! I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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