It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

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Last week was a really weird week for me. It went too fast and I’m not sure if I achieved anything. I was active on here though, and I got my hours upped at work when I returned to the doctor (still not there yet, but making small improvements). I went to the first Partners In Words Dinner for the year. I got to work stock at work – even if I’m on a 5kg limit and that meant only being able to carry three books at a time! I brought tickets to the upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival and scoured myself some tickets to PENGUIN Australia’s YA Roadshow (YAY!) Oh and I managed to organise a local book signing with Jaye Ford for work (So excited). And I went to book club today, without having finished the book – because I thought I had an extra week and its turns out I didn’t 😦 And despite all this craziness, I still felt like I should of, and could have been more productive some how.

Might be because reading wise, I didn’t accomplish much of anything last week. But it’s Monday, and that means there’s a whole new week for me to accomplish lots and lots of book related blog stuff – i.e. those reviews I’m behind on! (I’m sorry!) and reading all the books! It should be fun.

Currently Reading


A Bunyip Bay novel

Frankie and Simone are sisters and best friends. Could a new man in town drive a wedge between them for the first time ever?

Cafe owner Frankie has been unlucky in love all her life. It’s hard in a small town like Bunyip Bay to meet prospective partners. Her sister, Simone, lost the love of her live years before and is now devoted to raising their two teenage girls, leaving little time for romance. When Frankie is kissed by a handsome stranger who calls her Simone, it’s a case of mistaken identity – but who is this man and how does he know Simone?

Logan Knight is in town to meet up with a woman he has met online. Although raised on a farm with his brother Angus, he has travelled the world as a journalist and is now looking forward to meeting a girl and settling down. The girl in the cafe was an amazing kisser – but not the one he thought he was meeting!

Reclusive farmer Angus wants nothing to do with Logan’s plans for improving the property’s finances and finding a partner – until he meets the sisters at a wedding. Who is attracted to whom? More importantly, can Frankie and Simone sort out their feelings for the two brothers without destroying their very close bond.


 passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

Late on a hot summer night in 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan.

Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him to his secret glade in the bush, and it’s here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper’s horrible discovery.

With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.

And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.

In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

Hoping to read this week:


A sparkling, highly entertaining romantic comedy about beloved country girl group the Darling Songbirds, from the bestselling author of Eliza’s Gift.

Love is a country song waiting to happen . . .

Adele, Molly and Lana are the Darling Songbirds, the country-singing sisters who gained fame in their teens for their smart lyrics and sweet harmonies. But when their father died suddenly on the eve of their big tour, the group acrimoniously broke up.

Now, eleven years on, Adele arrives back in Darling Bay, the sleepy gold-rush town founded by her great-grandfather. For Uncle Hugh has bequeathed to the sisters his hotel and bar the Golden Spike.

Except this is not the welcoming saloon Adele remembers from her childhood. The building is a ruin, the business is broke and customers are scarce.

Add into the mix Nate Houston – the handsome, guitar-playing barman who had always believed he would be the next owner – and Adele has one potent cocktail on her hands.

She needs Molly and Lana now more than ever – but the heartache still runs deep. Can a rundown saloon in a sleepy town finally offer the sisters a way back home?

The Darling Songbirds is the first in a delightful romantic comedy series, filled with music, laughter and one sexy cowboy.

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Upcoming Author Event: Romance at Bindarra Creek – one town, thirteen stories

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Upcoming Book Launch: ‘The Reluctant Jillaroo’ by Kaz Delaney

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. dreamingofcats says:

    Am I the only one guilty of swapping back and forth between different books? I read depending on mood – so while I haven’t finished the Beauty & the Beast re-telling I was on last week, I’ve since started ‘The Abyss Surrounds Us’ by Emily Skrutskie. Very intense action and intriguing world-building, what with pirates and sea monsters and kidnapped protagonists!

    • Jess says:

      Oh god no. I swap books all the time. In fact it’s very unusual for me to only have one book on the go at any given time. Though I think I’m going to have concentrate on finishing one of them because it’s a fantastic book but I keep getting distracted by others.

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