It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

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

Life

So, it’s been a while 😉 

I’m a little rusty, and I have a lot to catch up on, not the least being visiting old friends, and making new ones.

I still have an extensive TBR list, and for now I’m staying away from netgalley, edelweiss etc so it’s unlikely you’ll be seeing much of the latest releases, but I hope you’ll stop by regularly anyway.

I’m also trying to get used to using WordPress on my iPad, so if my posts look a little strange, I hope I’ll get the hang of it eventually.

 

What I’ve Read Since I last Posted

Hmm that’s an interesting question… both a lot and not much.

 

New Posts

Review: Good Riddance by Eleanor Lipman ★★1/2

Review: The Helpline by Katherine Collette ★★★

ABIA Longlist 2019

Review: The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover ★★★★

Review: Scourged by Kevin Hearne ★★★★

Review: First Watch by Dale Lucas ★★

 

What I Am Reading Today

*In preparation for the can’t-come-fast-enough Hulu Veronica Mars mini series :)*

From Rob Thomas, the creator of groundbreaking television series and movie Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling new mystery series.

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.

Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is not a simple missing person’s case. The house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

 

What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman’s story.

The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?

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Why had the house stayed empty so long? Why had it never been sold?

LOST

Nicole has left her city life for the sleepy town of Rosella Cove, renting the old cottage by the water. She plans to keep to herself – but when she uncovers a hidden box of wartime love letters, she realises she’s not the

first person living in this cottage to hide secrets and pain.

FOUND

Ivy’s quiet life in Rosella Cove is tainted by the events of World War II, with ramifications felt for many years to come. But one night a drifter appears and changes everything. Perhaps his is the soul she’s meant to save.

FORGOTTEN

Charlie is too afraid of his past to form any lasting ties in the cove. He knows he must make amends for his tragic deeds long ago, but he can’t do it alone. Maybe the new tenant in the cottage will help him fulfil a promise and find the redemption he isn’t sure he deserves.

Welcome to the cottage at Rosella Cove, where three damaged souls meet and have the chance to rewrite their futures

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 A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier. 

But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.

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Thanks for stopping by!

And lastly, love and peace to New Zealand in the wake of such contemptible tragedy.

 

Im also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 11:02:37

    I loved The Dry, and I recently read an Elinor Lipman book, On Turpentine Lane, and I loved it. So Good Riddance really looks tempting to me. I love thrillers, but I like taking a break with books about families and relationships.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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  2. Mystica
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 13:14:28

    All your books are new to me. Thanks for the updates.

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  3. Greg
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:08:13

    Hey welcome back!! I’ve always thought Veronica Mars sounded like fun.

    The Dry as well. Another book I’ve had my eye on after seeing some reviews…

    And yes love to NZ in their time of need. So tragic and senseless.

    Have a good week!

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  4. Kathryn
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:28:42

    I read the Rosella Cove book earlier this year and enjoyeded it. Love your kiwi / koala pic! So good to see you back, was worried when you disappeared!

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  5. Sarah Sammis
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 15:32:29

    I stopped with egalleys and ARCs back in 2015. It was the best decision ever for my reading enjoyment. My weekly update

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  6. Lauren K
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 19:45:04

    Hi Shelleyrae, it’s so nice to see you pop up in my email inbox again! Welcome back 🙂

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  7. thebookishlibra
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 21:07:46

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read or watched Veronica Mars. The series sounds great though so I think I need to make a point to read it some day.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! 🙂

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  8. Berls
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 21:53:46

    Boy can I relate to life getting in the way and feeling like you really have to get back! Welcome back 🙂 I took a step back from review books a couple years ago and just do a few here and there. Best decision I ever made (where reading is concerned) because now I focus on reading what I’m into and have a lot fewer slumps. Hope it works out well for you! Have a great week 🙂

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  9. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Mar 18, 2019 @ 23:30:27

    I have never read or watched Veronica Mars. I need to fix that.

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  10. Sumedha
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 00:15:44

    All your books are new to me wow. I’ll have to see them on goodreads sometime.

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  11. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 00:20:38

    I didn’t know there were Veronica Mars books! Or a new mini series coming out! That made my day!!

    Much love to your country and countrymen, such senseless tragedy.

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  12. Tanya Atkinson
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 03:46:48

    I’ve actually never seen Veronica Mars. I’ve never been much of a TV watcher so that one passed right by me. The Dry sounds fascinating! Hope you have a great Week!

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  13. Patty Magyar
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 03:47:14

    I am glad you are back and I will follow you again!

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  14. Patty Magyar
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 03:48:14

    It took me awhile but now I love WP on my iPad.

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  15. Kathy Martin
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 05:40:05

    Nice variety of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  16. Maureen Bakker
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 06:30:55

    Welcome back 😉
    And your new books look great. I hope you’ll love them.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  17. Beware Of The Reader
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 07:38:44

    The Dry is one of these books that got so many good reviews that i’ll end up adding it to my TBR …one day. Have a great week!

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  18. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 08:56:52

    I haven’t read or watched any Veronica Mars, but I might order the books. The Dry sounds really good.

    Good luck on catching up. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-mar-18.html

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  19. Candice Lally
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 09:09:36

    I’m coming up the The Dry on my TBR too. Hopefully it’s good!

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  20. kozbisa
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 09:46:40

    I loved the VMars books. I wish Rob Thomas would write more of them

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  21. MarthaE
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 12:29:42

    I find it hard to work from a smaller tablet. I much prefer the laptop.
    Thanks for sharing about the Indies. You graphic for New Zealand is sweet. Such a tragedy.
    Happy Reading!

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  22. Beth Mitcham
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 17:09:41

    I’ve got the VM books on my TBR pile — maybe I should push them up a bit..

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  23. Lisa
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 01:33:24

    Great to see you back! I always enjoy your updates. I can’t wait for the new Veronica Mars series! I’ve never tried the books, but maybe I should to get back into her world. 🙂

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  24. Karen (@teamsheltie)
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 12:32:54

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I LOVE your blog! So pretty.

    I haven’t read in a month thanks to my cross country move. Once I catch up on things (& sleep lol) I’ll dive back in.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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  25. leona woolfolk @ crafting by the pound
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 00:16:30

    I really need to catch up on Kevin Hearne’s series before I jump into any of his newer series. Welcome back!

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  26. whisperinggums
    Mar 22, 2019 @ 22:01:45

    Good luck with using WordPress on your iPad. I use my iPad a lot, but I really dislike using it to write posts. I often check the app in the morning and reply to comments there but I only use to to write posts in absolute desperation. I’d love to see you post on it sometime – on what you find good and what you find challenging.

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