It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?



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


The kids are finally back at school  – the boys have both been placed in the GATS class again, J is in year 5 and M in year 6. A is in year 8 while S is back at TAFE from tomorrow (though only two days a week).  Now its time to get my groove back 🙂

The third annual Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop was a great success. I had over 250 entries so my heartiest congratulations to the two winners (drawn via Hannah D (Aus) & Penny T (INT) who have been contacted via email.

It’s the beginning of the month so here are my challenge updates


1 book behind already? eek!

2016 Eclectic Reader Challenge  3/12

2016 Australian Women Writers Challenge 6/50

2016 Non Fiction Challenge 2/15

What I’ve Read Since I last Posted

Summer Harvest by Georgina Penney

Night Study by Maria V Snyder

Numbered by Amy Andrews

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne


New Posts

Review: Summer Harvest by Georgina Penney ★★★

Review: Night Study by Maria V Snyder ★★★★

Review: Numbered by Amy Andrews ★★★★1/2

Review: Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti ★★★1/2

Review: Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne ★★★★1/2

Stuff On Sundays: Bookshelf Bounty


What I Am Reading Today

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.
The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess. A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story. A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.


 What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

Jett Bennett moved to New York to become a music journalist. What she found was a temp gig as a proofreader, but at least she’s fitting in with the artists and musicians in the tragically hip Brooklyn neighborhood she calls home. But when Jett opens up her mail and finds a mix tape meant for her neighbor, KitKat, a local queen bee renowned for her “enhanced” baked goods and retro videogame collection, everything changes. Jett drops off the cassette and discovers that it’s game over for KitKat: someone bashed her head in with a rolling pin… and left her pot brownies burning in the oven. KitKat’s boyfriend, Bronco, is M.I.A. Her sister is so desperate that she asks Jett to snoop around. Then there’s that mix tape. Jett didn’t know KitKat well, but she knows music. And a tape full of love songs from someone other than Bronco screams motive—sending Jett and her best friend, Sid, on an epic quest to find KitKat’s killer through record stores, strip joints, vegan bakeries, and basement nightclubs—a journey that resonates with Jett, and her past, in unexpected ways.

Seventeen-year-old Georgia has a secret – one that is isolating her from everyone she loves. She is desperate to tell her best friend, but Sophia is ignoring her, and she doesn’t know why. And before she can find out, Sophia is left fighting for her life after a hit and run, with Georgia a traumatised witness. As a school psychologist, Georgia’s mother Anya should be used to dealing with scared adolescents. However, it’s very different when the girl who needs help is your own child. Meanwhile, Georgia’s father is wracked with a guilt he can’t share; and when Zac, Georgia’s younger brother, stumbles on an unlikely truth, the family relationships really begin to unravel. Georgia’s secret is about to go viral. And yet, it will be the stranger heading for the family home who will leave her running through the countryside into terrible danger. Can the Turner family rise above the lies they have told to betray or protect one another, in order to fight for what matters most of all?

From the acclaimed author of The Darlings comes an incisive, hilarious, and tender exploration of fatherhood, love, and family life through the story of a widower who has to become the father he didn’t know he could be. Charlie Goldwyn’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Widowerhood at thirty-three and twelve-hour workdays have left a gap in his relationship with his quirky five-year-old son, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls’ clothing have made him something of a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie has going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm, where he is finally close to becoming a partner. But when a slight lapse in judgment at an office party leaves him humiliatingly unemployed, stuck at home with Caleb for the summer, and forced to face his own estranged father, Charlie starts to realize that there’s more to fatherhood than financially providing for his son, and more to being a son than overtaking his father’s successes. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, This Was Not the Plan is a story about loss and love, parenthood, and friendship, and what true work-life balance means.

Only Hap and Leonard would catch a cold case with hot cars, hot women, and ugly skinheads. The story starts simply enough when Hap, a former 60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican with an addiction to Dr. Pepper, are working a freelance surveillance job in East Texas. The uneventful stakeout is coming to an end when the pair witness a man abusing his dog. Leonard takes matters into his own fists, and now the bruised dog abuser wants to press charges.  One week later, a woman named Lilly Buckner drops by their new PI office with a proposition: find her missing granddaughter, or she’ll turn in a video of Leonard beating the dog abuser. The pair agrees to take on the cold case and soon discover that the used car dealership where her granddaughter worked is actually a front for a prostitution ring. The mystery of her disappearance only deepens from there.




Thanks for stopping by!


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate W
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 00:04:00

    I didn’t know Alger had a new book out – will have to look out for it. From memory, I enjoyed The Darlings.



  2. Patty
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 01:59:31

    I think I need to read This Was Not The Plan…



  3. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 02:41:45

    Ooh, these look really tempting! The Big Rewind and This Was Not the Plan look like books I’d enjoy. Thanks for sharing and have a great week.



  4. Sara@LibraryHuntress
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 04:13:18

    Honky Tonk Samurai-best.title.ever. 🙂



  5. Annette
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 05:46:03

    The Big Rewind sounds really fun! Burnt pot brownies… the mind boggles. I finally found somewhere to order Summer Skin from this morning, it’s not being released in the UK and not even Amazon is selling it! So frustrating!



  6. Kathryn
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 05:48:02

    Nice to have everyone back to the everyday school life, but I am sure it takes a bit of organising getting them actually out the door! Twenty books read – that is awesome even if one behind, looks like you have your groove on again! Great Australian giveaway participation – well done.



  7. Rita @ View From My Home
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 06:34:41

    This Was Not the Plan and Night Study look good to me! I will try to start with Poison Study though to understand Snyder’s world building. Thanks!



  8. Jade @ Reading With Jade
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 06:55:18

    One book behind schedule isn’t bad whatsoever – you’ve plenty of time on your challenges yet. As for your upcoming books, another mixed bag of new to me titles.

    Happy Reading!



  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 12:35:28

    You will catch up in no time! I just saw that I am ahead of my goal so far! Have a great week.



  10. Mystica
    Feb 02, 2016 @ 14:23:27

    All new titles to me and some nice titles as well. Honky Tonk Samurai is the best!



  11. Lisa
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 03:12:55

    This Was Not the Plan sounds great! I hope you have a good week. 🙂



  12. Silver's Reviews
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 05:59:11

    My Goodreads Challenge shows I am behind too. That’s because I haven’t put all of my books in the list yet. I wait until they are on my blog as reviews.

    I hope you are having a good week.

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



  13. MarthaE
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 14:44:01

    Ah – I did a monthly wrap up but haven’t noted my challenge updates.
    I had to go hunt down how to show the Goodreads Challenge progress.
    I hope you have a great week.



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