It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?



The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is now hosted at Book Date


So, you may have noticed it’s been a little while. I apologise for my absence,  I’ve been pretty ill for the last few weeks, a nasty flare up of a chronic medical condition that got complicated. I couldn’t even pick up a book for almost three weeks.

I still need to take it easy for a little while, so things might be slower around here than usual, but I hope to get back on track sooner rather than later.

What I Read Since I last Posted

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton

Smoke by Catherine McKenzie

Host by Robin Cook

The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill

The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

Reap the Wind by Karen Chance

New Posts

(click the titles to read my reviews)

Because I’ve been ill, I wasn’t able to write full reviews and if I try to catch up I will drive myself crazy so I’ve mostly written just a sentence or two to give a general impression.

Review: Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt

A thought about: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

A thought about: A Better Man by Leah McLaren

A thought about: The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

A thought about: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

A thought about: Smoke by Catherine McKenzie

Blog Tour Review: The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill

A thought about: Host by Robin Cook

About: Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton

What I Am Reading Today

It’s been more than a year since LAPD detective Jacob Lev learned the remarkable truth about his family, and he’s not coping well. He’s back to drinking, he’s not talking to his father, the LAPD Special Projects Department continues to shadow him, and the memory of a woman named Mai haunts him day and night. And while Jacob has tried to build a bridge to his mother, she remains a stranger to him, imprisoned inside her own tattered mind. Then he comes across the file for a gruesome unsolved murder that brings the two halves of his life into startling collision.
Finding the killer will take him halfway around the world, to Paris—the city of romance, but also of gritty streets, behind the lights. It’s a dangerous search for truth that plunges him into the past. And for Jacob Lev, there is no place more frightening.

 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Sonja Kurtz – former soldier, supposedly retired mercenary – is in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter sends a call for help. Emma is on a dig at the edge of Namibia’s Etosha National Park studying archaeology and she’s discovered a body that dates back to the country’s liberation war of the 1980s. The remains, identified as Hudson Brand, are a key piece of a puzzle that will reveal the location of a modern-day buried treasure. A find people will kill for. Sonja returns to the country of her birth to find Emma, but she’s missing. Former CIA agent Hudson Brand is very much alive and is also drawn back to Namibia to finally solve a decades-old mystery whose clues are entombed in an empty corner of the desert.

The story begins with a dinner party invitation. When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man’s eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions. Then he meets Matilda Duplaine.  Matilda is a beautiful and mysterious young woman who has never left the lush Bel-Air estate where she was raised. Thomas is immediately entranced by the enigmatic girl and the two begin a secret love affair. But what starts as an enchanted romance soon unravels a web of secrets and lies that could destroy their lives — and the lives of everyone around them — forever.

Brighton, winter 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max’s headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ’of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it’s not long before the press nickname them ‘Hansel and Gretel’. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie’s unfinished – and rather disturbing – last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime? For Stan (aka the Great Diablo), who’s also appearing in Aladdin, the case raises more personal memories. Back before the Great War, he witnessed the murder of a young girl while he was starring in another show, an event which has eerie parallels to the current case. Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But with both distracted by their own personal problems, neither can afford to miss a trick. For Annie and her friend, time is running out…


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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 11:06:46

    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell and yes, I did notice your absence, but you’d been busy before that so I assumed it’d continued.

    And I agree re stressing yourself re the reviews. I get myself in a tizz when I haven’t done something and really don’t know why I bother that much as I’m sure I’m the only one who really cares – unless it’s part of a blog tour or other commitment.

    Hope you’re well and truly on the mend now.

    PS. I started the Tony Park and had to put it aside. Not a DNF yet, just not in the mood.

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  2. laurelrainsnow
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 11:48:11

    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Thanks for sharing your book haul…I’ve bookmarked the book by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman.

    Enjoy your week…and relax!

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  3. herschelian
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 14:35:12

    So sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. You take care of yourself now, and give yourself time and space to fully recover – don’t worry your loyal fan club will still be there when you are ready!

    This week I am reading a Victorian novel written in 1861. ‘East Lynne’ by Mrs Henry Wood. It is what is/was called ‘a sensation novel’. That doesn’t mean it is sensational, rather that the plot, the characters and the descriptions should arouse a variety of ‘sensations’ within the reader. I downloaded it to my Kindle some years back, mainly because (i) it was free, and (ii) I thought it was one of those classic pieces of fiction that I ‘ought’ to have read. To tell the truth I didn’t have high expectations as I thought it would be rather heavy. To my surprise I am absolutely loving it, it really is a great read – it out Downton Abbeys Downton Abbey if you get my drift; it would make the most fantastic film or TV series. I really recommend it.

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  4. Kathryn
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 14:56:07

    Yes did miss you. So hope that you are soon back to full health again. Chronic conditions can be so awful. The only place I can say snap with is Smoke by Catherine McK. Which I enjoyed.



  5. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 15:22:21

    You are missed. So sorry that you had a flare-up. I hope you will be feeling better very soon. Glad you liked Carry On.



  6. Myra GB
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 17:38:55

    Smoke and Mirrors looks great. 🙂



  7. Mystica
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 18:50:53

    Hope you feel better soon.



  8. Teddyree
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 19:14:05

    Hope you’re on the improve Shelleyrae, chronic conditions are such a pain! Keep up the rest, the last thing you need is stress. I’m hoping to read Carry On soon, I’ve only read one of Rainbow Rowell’s … Eleanor & Park and I loved it.



  9. Ashley @ Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
    Nov 09, 2015 @ 19:33:15

    I’m sorry you haven’t been well. But thank you for sharing what you’ve been reading! I haven’t read any of those yet, but just added a few more to my TBR shelf! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Jade @ Reading With Jade
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 01:12:50

    I hope you feel better soon – your absence is understandable and it’s great that you are able to indulge in books again now. I bet you missed them!

    Liked by 1 person


  11. Lisa
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 02:33:34

    I’m sorry you’ve been under the weather! I hope you’re feelng better — glad you’re back!

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Silver's Reviews
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 07:29:47

    Looks like a great week. Sorry you aren’t feeling well.

    As always, you amaze me with the number of books you read.

    The Guilded Life of Maltilda Duplaine looks good.

    Get better and enjoy this week of reading.

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

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  13. Greg
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 08:00:58

    So nice to see you back, and hope you’re feeling better. I thought the Robin Cook sounded similar to The Coma, and sure enough your thoughts on that seemed to confirm it. I like the idea of medical thrillers even if I don’t read many (or just don’t know of many), sorry that one was a bit disappointing.

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  14. Kathy Martin
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:16:29

    I do hope that you are feelin better now. I still have Carry On and The Iron Warrior on my TBR mountain but am currently sidetracked by review books. Come see what I am reading here. Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person


  15. Hfineisen
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 13:23:06

    I just started Smoke, It seems promising…great book list!



  16. Stefanie
    Nov 10, 2015 @ 13:43:26

    The fact that you were so sick and couldn’t even pick up a book is like oh damn! I’m sorry you were suffering so much. Girlfriend, just take this book review business in stride. Why stress yourself out? It’s supposed to be fun. Take care of yourself.



  17. readingwritingandriesling
    Nov 19, 2015 @ 12:59:35

    I too noticed your absence – hope you are feeling much better soon Shelleyrae.



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