It’s Monday. What am I reading?

Sunday, February 1, 2015 Permalink

Monday again, so I’m linking with Sheila from Book Journey to share my weekly reading.

I started the week impressively – if I do say so myself – reading two books in two nights. It didn’t interfere with my insomnia, which continued to plod along quite nicely, but it bit into my TV-viewing time. Which was actually okay cos here in Oz we’re still beleaguered by bloody non-stop cricket and tennis.

BRING BACK THE MENTALIST. AND PERSON OF INTEREST. AND CRIMINAL MINDS. (etc)

Oops. I digress – led astray by the need to rant.

Read last week

I started the week by FINALLY picking up The Rosie Project.  And I loved it. God only knows why it’s sat on my desk for over a month being ignored as if diseased. #orsomething

I also read The Ice Twins  by SK Tremayne which was another enjoyable read.

And then as planned I also read Your Best Year Yet – a short book I mentioned last week and one which will feature in a post in the next day or two.

After having a few nights off as my reading got WAY ahead of my reviewing, I then finished the week with Lisa Gardner’s Crash & Burn.

Crash & Burn novel

On the blog last week

I excitedly shared a video clip which I’d become addicted to watching. It promotes women in sport and exercising and I love it.

I posted my reviews of SK Tremayne’s The Ice Twins  and Crazy Love You  by Lisa Unger. I’d read the latter quite a while ago and mentioned that a few books I’ve read lately took me to where Unger ‘went’ – touching on a more supernatural theme (of which I’m not a fan); but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I also posted a short and sweet review of The Rosie Project  in Goodreads.

And finally I wrote about a February challenge I plan to undertake. And before you go thinking I’m giving up alcohol, walking 10,000 steps a day, planking or working to resolve world hunger, I should mention that I’ve written about wearing makeup. Yep, you read that correctly. #dontask

Reading this week

I’m excited to have Jonathan Kellerman’s latest book, Motive  waiting for me (and it’s a real book rather than an ebook!). I’ve read all of Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series and surprised – and exhausted – to discover this is number 30!

Jonathan Kellerman Motive

I’ve also received Tom Rob Smith’s The Farm  – which I didn’t read when it came out last year. Tom Rob Smith’s visiting Australia in February to promote the upcoming film based on his successful book, Child 44.  I haven’t read it either but the aging parent / dementia element of The Farm  really appeals, given my personal experience with the subject matter.

The Farm Tom Rob Smith

I’ve got a little queue of books waiting for me in NetGalley but none are published before April so I intend to read The Rosie Effect  too – now that I’ve met and am become slightly besotted with Don Tillman (anti-hero and lead of its prequel).

What’s on your agenda this week? 

44 Comments
  • Mysterious Bibliophile
    February 2, 2015

    I read a number of the books in Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series, and I had kind of a love/hate relationship with them. I will be interested to hear what you think of this one.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      It feels like ages since I’ve read one so must check to see if I missed his last release?! I’m actually not a fan of Robin – his partner. Not sure why I don’t like her, but….

  • Char
    February 2, 2015

    I haven’t read one of Jonathon Kellerman’s for ages. I have most of his books on my shelf but didn’t realise he had another out. I actually prefer his wife’s writing.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      I used to read lots of Faye Kellerman but she focussed a bit too strongly on the faith (religious) stuff than on the crime side of things from memory! I read a few Jesse Kellerman books as well and found them a bit hit and miss!

  • annajefferis
    February 2, 2015

    Finishing Us and then I am following with The Rosie Effect.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      Fingers crossed we both enjoy it Anna!

  • Michael @ Literary Exploration
    February 2, 2015

    mystery/thriller novels, imagine that 😛 I plan to read Tom Rob Smith sometime soon, I think it will be Child 44

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      Ah yes, I was reading some hype about the movie on the weekend.

  • thebookdate
    February 2, 2015

    So pleased to hear you loved The Rosie Project. Laughing at your bloody cricket – I love cricket and love all the one dayers on at the moment!! Good luck with the BB cream challenge.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      I used to be a HUGE sports freak but don’t watch it all now Kathryn!

      Deb

  • laurelrainsnow
    February 2, 2015

    Oh, I must have Motive by Kellerman…and Crash and Burn. Hope you love them…and I will be green with envy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      I’m enjoying Crash & Burn Laurel. I was due to finish it before now but had stuff on over the weekend. I’ll finish it tonight though. It took all of my willpower to put it down last night and sleep (I only work part-time but Mondays are work days for me!).

      Kellerman will be next!!!

      Deb

  • Brona
    February 2, 2015

    Also add soccer – my boys are football mad & I’ve seen enough Asian Cups games to last a lifetime…or at least 4 yrs until the next one!!
    Mr Books loved the earlier Tom Rob Smith, but I haven’t got the latest one for him yet (hyangs head in shame). I hadn’t heard he was visiting Oz this year – will look out for that – thanks.

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      Yes Brona I received some media release saying he was here in February. I’m ashamed to say I was thinking he was kinda cute so wondering where he was going to be. (And yes, I do realise he’s gay. Alas!)

  • CARLA
    February 2, 2015

    (((TAKES NOTES and jots titles)))

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2015

      Happy to please! Looking forward to getting to yours though have a few before then (given the April publication date!).

  • Teddyree
    February 2, 2015

    I finally caved and picked up The Rosie Project with an audible credit … so many people can’t possibly be wrong lol. I used to read Jonathon Kellerman, but it’s been so long I’d have to check what I got up to in the Alex Delaware series. I’m with you on the boring bloody cricket and tennis … happy reading anyway haha

  • Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    February 3, 2015

    Sounds like you had a fun week. I’ve got both Rosie books sitting here–hope to slip them in between deadline books. Thanks for visiting my blog…have an excellent week, reading and otherwise.

  • lakesidemusing
    February 3, 2015

    Two books in two nights is pretty great, but sorry about the insomnia 🙁

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      Fortunately I read ‘early’ in the evening rather than when it’s time to go to bed. I actually read in the bath – something I’ve done for quite a while now!

      Deb

  • yvonne473
    February 3, 2015

    Sounds like you have some great books to look forward too. I’m dealing with insomnia too and it’s been helping me get through some books 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      I probably need to have a book beside the bed for those moments. More often than not I trawl the internet etc when I can’t sleep!

      Deb

  • The Little Reader Library
    February 3, 2015

    So glad you enjoyed The Rosie Project, I loved it too. I have The Farm on my to read pile, hope you enjoy. Happy reading 🙂

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      Thanks Lindsay! Am looking forward to The Farm.

  • Lindsey
    February 3, 2015

    I’m glad you loved The Rosie Project. It’s funny how the ones that you wait to read either are amazing or fall short of all of the hype.

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      Oh yes Lindsey, Gone Girl was like that for me! Perhaps if I’d heard nothing about it I would have been more impressed.

      Deb

  • Emma
    February 3, 2015

    I like Lisa Gardners books but am way behind as I’m trying to read in order. I tried not doing that and got confused. Might get to this one one day. Emma

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      I completely understand Emma. I don’t think I’ve missed any but I was a bit vague on some of the characters. When I first started reviewing (in late 2013) I stopped going to the library but also didn’t really get access to the ‘bigger’ authors so I might have missed something then. However, I liked Crash & Burn cos it didn’t matter that I couldn’t remember a couple of the key characters. (Almost finished my review!)

  • Yvonne
    February 3, 2015

    I’m pleased to see I’m not the only one annoyed at all the sport on our TV at the moment. Add to the cricket, tennis and soccer – cycling – and once when I was channel hopping I came across boxing! All this sport makes good reading time. I may have to step out of my usual historical fiction genre and try The Rosie Effect and The Rosie Project. Enjoy your week!

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      I’d encourage you to step out of your genre comfort zone Yvonne, but it’d be the pot/kettle scenario. I’m very dubious about moving into other genres or – egad!!! – non-fiction! I’ll occasionally request something ‘accidentally’ (one I read recently was ‘kinda’ historical fiction) and find I enjoy it; so I should make more of an effort. However…. 😉

  • Jen G. (The Introverted Reader)
    February 3, 2015

    I was worried The Rosie Project would be a big chore for you after all that build up. I’m glad you liked it! I recommended it for my book club when someone complained that she was tired of all the death and despair we normally read. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

  • Greg
    February 3, 2015

    The Rosie Project- that’s pne I was curious about, but just wasn’t sure. I think I may try it, it does look fun.

    • Debbish
      February 3, 2015

      Oh yes Greg, as Jen just said – I tend to read a lot of thrillers and crime fiction so The Rosie Project was a great change of pace – very funny and quirky.

  • Pinky Poinker
    February 3, 2015

    I am going to finish Frances Whiting’s book ‘Walking on Trampolines’ which I’ve been reading in bits. It’s good so I don’t know why I’m taking so long. Don’t start me on the tennis and cricket… but MKR is back on! Yum!

    • Debbish
      February 4, 2015

      I enjoyed Walking on Trampolines as well! Hope you get the time to finish it.

  • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    February 3, 2015

    Enjoy Motive, at least this week the ratings period starts to kick in.

    • Debbish
      February 4, 2015

      I know but so few things have started this week Shelleyrae. Hopefully they’ll all return next week!

  • Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    February 4, 2015

    When I can’t sleep I listen to audio, but then get caught up and keep listening instead of trying to get back to sleep. I am a bit sad that The Mentalist will be ending in a few more episodes (here in the US). Good luck with your CC cream challenge. I won’t leave the house without it – that and mascara. Have a great week.

    • Debbish
      February 4, 2015

      Surprisingly we’re almost up to date on The Mentalist Nise (and I’ll also be sad to see it finish up). Because of Netflix and illegal downloads etc our networks are now better at ‘fast-tracking’ popular programs from o/s. (They tend to make a big deal out of it though… reminding us how generous they’re being!)

  • Jess
    February 5, 2015

    I loved your review of crash and burn, I need to get my hands on that!

    • Debbish
      February 5, 2015

      Thanks. I thought it was out here on 3rd Feb, but think it’s the 10th! It’s a goodie! (Technical term we expert book bloggers use!) 😉

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