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Musing Mondays (February 9)

Musing Mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Todays random question is:

Do you have people in your life (face-to-face) that are readers like you? Or, do you find that you have to reach out to those online in order to find like-minded folk?

I am lucky in that I have a number of people I know that are voracious readers including my daughter, friends and work colleagues and so I am able to discuss books we’ve read, share books and recommend new authors to each other. However, I like the interaction I have with other book-bloggers which tend to me more focussed and frequent.

I am currently reading a book that is hard to categorise, Lay Me Down by Nicci Cloke .

Lay Me Down


London: 31st December, midnight. For Elsa and Jack, a stolen kiss becomes a shot at real happiness. Eight months later, they board a plane to begin a new life in San Francisco, where Jack has found his dream job working on the Golden Gate Bridge.
But this is not your average boy-meets-girl love story, for Jack’s new job comes with an extraordinary obligation. No one told him about the Jumpers – the men and women who try to leap from the bridge to their deaths every year. One in particular begins to haunt Jack, bringing back memories he thought safely buried. As he becomes more and more preoccupied, and Elsa, alone in a new city, becomes increasingly isolated, both retreat into their pasts, back down the paths that led them to that New Year’s Eve. And the fragile love between them starts to unravel… NetGalley

I have just finished Second Life by S J Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep which takes a look at what happens when someone, in this case a female, is leading a double-life.

My review for this book will be posted later this week

Second Life

Next I am going to read another psychological thriller; Hidden by Emma Kavanagh,  which is due to be published on 23 April 2015.



A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.
Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman – before it’s too late.
To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety – both for her, and her young niece who’s been recently admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?
As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…Goodreads

What are you reading this week?


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

31 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (February 9)

  1. Cleo – You have some really interesting-sounding reads there! I’ll be really keen to know what you think of Lay Me Down; it sound intriguing. And so does Second Life. Interesting how those domestic mysteries can creep up on you and be as compelling as any thriller could.


    1. In many ways I do prefer a domestic setting, for me it is often easier to put myself in the protagonist’s shoes and play the ‘what would I do?’ game than in an outright thriller where the tension is often more removed, in that I feel it is unlikely to happen to me… Maybe this is why I don’t have nightmares about these kinds of plots the way some people do?


  2. I feel very lucky that I do have IRL friends and family members that are huge readers and I’m also in a book club. I tend to have different conversations with them than with bloggers and it’s interesting to see the opinions floating around blogger world and how they differ from non-blogger opinions….or not! The bloggers are also way ahead in reading, so I tend to talk about books with my IRL friends long after I’ve read them and discussed them in blogger world.

    So – I love having both!!


    1. Like you I do enjoy having both but I agree the quality of the conversation is different – also when blogging I try not to talk about spoilers whereas I can do that with friends and family and discuss topics like whether the ending was good (or not) etc. Thanks for stopping by.


    1. I stopped to think when I read that comment but I do agree with you. I am far more likely to give a books good (and bad) points or discuss similarities to other writers if someone talks to me about a book now than I was before.


  3. I think the first book sounds interesting. This Monday Musing thing is not helping my TBR pile at all! 🙂 I suppose all of us feel more focused on books with our online bookish friends.


  4. My mum and daughters are big readers like me. I love seeing my kids with their noses in a book. We are always the biggest orders for classroom book orders. My oldest has been complaining of having no new books to read. She needs to bug her dad.
    I finished off another historical romance. Now I’m reading murder fiction that has a setting of my hometown. The chapters are short and i always feel I’m off and running with the Women’s Murder Club series.


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