It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?



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


It’s been a fairly quiet week. My youngest daughter is currently at the 2016 Australian Jamboree with over 10,000 other scouts, my oldest daughter has been spending time with her new boyfriend, and my boys are Minecrafting their way into the record books.

I’m still working on catching up though, mainly because getting time on my computer is a battle!

What I’ve Read Since I last Posted

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard

That Empty Feeling by Peter Corris

Slim Pickins’ in Fat Chance, Texas by Celia Bonaduce


New Posts

(several links are placeholders until I can get caught up)

Feature Guest Post: How Sally Hepworth came to write The Things We Keep

Review: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Review: It’s.Nice.Outside. by Jim Kokoris

Review: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

Review: A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard

Review: That Empty Feeling by Peter Corris

Sign up to host in the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway Hop



What I Am Reading Today

The grass always seems greener on the other side . . . until you get there. For generations Bronwyn Stevenson’s family has thrived in the legal profession and a position at their prestigious firm is hers by right. Only problem is: she doesn’t want it. Her best friend Claudia has always dreamed of being a lawyer, but tragedy struck and she took up the reins of her father’s vineyard instead. It was supposed to be temporary . . . now there’s no end in sight. Bronwyn wants Claudia’s life so badly. Claudia can’t imagine anything better than Bronwyn’s job. So the friends hatch a crazy plan to swap places. Both are determined to be the person they always thought they could never be. But achieving your dreams isn’t easy – and falling in love with the men who oppose them isn’t a good idea .

 What I Plan To Read This Week

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Splinter the Silence is a novel centered on the mysterious deaths of several women who were the victims of vicious cyberbullying. Is it violence if it’s virtual? The outspoken women targeted by the increasingly cruel internet trolls and bullies would probably say so. For some of them, the torrents of bile and vicious threats prove too much. They begin to silence themselves in a series of high-profile suicides.  Or do they? Tony Hill isn’t convinced. But he’s the only one. Former cop Carol Jordan is too busy messing up her life to care. Until she gets an unexpected second chance. Now it’s game on, and the stakes have never been higher.

In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting. How far would you go to save your family? Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There’s been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn’t hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband’s insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting; but this time Mike has pulled the trigger. But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie’s world. It’s about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike’s flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie’s younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.

When her beloved father dies, Eliza Mayberry’s privileged world comes crashing down around her ears. On the verge of losing the business that has been in her family for generations, she has no option but to take over the last remaining case: tracking down the elusive Fingal McLeod in outback New South Wales and bringing him back to Sydney.  Fin, however, has other ideas. Determined to find the legendary Dark Flame, a rare opal that has eluded opal-hunters for decades, he has no intention of leaving his mine, Rebel’s Ruin, to reunite with the family of the man who abandoned him – even for the beguiling Miss Mayberry.  Drawn to the people and starkly beautiful landscape of the desert, Eliza discovers the new start that she’s been seeking in this unlikely place and with a man who is as infuriating as he is intriguing. But as passion blooms under the scorching outback sun, secrets from the past and present are bubbling below the surface – secrets that could destroy both the fragile trust between Eliza and Fin, and the bright promise of the future.


A death in a historic castle, locked up overnight. It almost looks like a suicide, but then Sean Duffy pulls on a few little threads, and the whole Establishment could come undone
It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career? When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the snowy courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond. And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?


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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 12:34:06

    I loved A Window Opens and Things You Won’t Say. The Things We Keep was another great read that made me sigh, cry a little, and smile.

    Enjoy your week! You all seem very busy.



  2. Deborah
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 12:57:36

    It does sound like you’re as busy as ever Shelleyrae! A couple of familiar books there and a few I’ve not heard of. I’ve also not read any Sally Hepworth so must make a point of doing so!



  3. Mystica
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 13:40:02

    The Pekkanen book is the one I want tor read!



  4. Greg Hill
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 17:07:16

    Happy Monday! The Things We Keep is an amazing read from what I’ve heard.



  5. readerbuzz
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 22:56:29

    Even though I can’t participate, I love it that there is an Australian giveaway hop coming up!



  6. Laura @Library of Clean Reads
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 00:50:16

    I’ve not read the latest from Sarah Pekkanen. Hope you love your reading week. 🙂



  7. Jade @ Reading With Jade
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 00:56:02

    Although varying in content, and entirely new to me, all your upcoming reads sound interesting – I hope you enjoy all!



  8. Lisa
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 02:28:48

    A Window Opens has been on my queue for a few months now, and it’s one of many I swore I’d get to finally! I’ve been thinking I should try something by Val McMermid. I read her version of Northanger Abbey, but haven’t read any of her crime/mystery books. Any recommendations on where to start? Have a great week!



  9. Theresa (The Truth About Books)
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 04:49:09

    You had a busy week reading, what a nice list of review books you have.



  10. Kathryn
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 05:33:39

    Ha I know getting hold of the computer because of boys and Minecraft! A battle of a different sort! All the best with your reading and elbowing the boys away!



  11. Lindsey
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 07:28:00

    Splinter the Silence sounds so interesting. It’s frustrating that people think the anonymity of the internet gives them permission to be cruel and damaging.



  12. Teddyree
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:57:56

    good luck battling for computer time lol. I’m keen to read your thoughts on Things You Won’t Say, I wasn’t taken with the Sarah Pekkanen I read. I really liked The Things We Keep. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂



  13. Yvonne
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 14:24:14

    Great list of books. Enjoy!



  14. Becca Lostinbooks
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 16:43:32

    My bf’s son is OBSESSED with Minecraft. My bf looked on the computer the other day and found he’d been looking at some sort of Minecraft stuff on online shopping. I confess the whole thing is a crazy lot for me! But I guess that’s how they feel when I go on and on about my books or art stuff. lol



  15. samstillreading
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 20:46:52

    Enjoy the Loretta Hill!
    Got to admit I know nothing about Minecraft LOL!



  16. readingwritingandriesling
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 23:11:19

    Splinter the Silence is excellent! I hope you enjoy it Shelleyrae



  17. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 14, 2016 @ 06:09:09

    I read The Things We Keep….I am going to take a look at your post about how Ms. Hepworth came about writing the book.

    Thanks for your great post. I hope this week is a good one for you.

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



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