It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Is anyone else experiencing the glitch at Goodreads? There are issues with the sort shelf functions, so that several of my shelves aren’t displaying correctly, which is a little irritating. I’ve reported on it, and in reply they say they are aware, and working on it.

It hasn’t been the best of week’s to be honest. 

Of least consequence, though still upsetting, I had an optometrist appointment and was told I need reading glasses. This is due primarily to my astigmatism (lazy eye), a condition I was born with. Apparently as you get older, and the eye muscles naturally weaken, the condition begins to reassert itself. While I’m grateful the recent double vision I’d been experiencing wasn’t related to a more serious issue, the proof of impending ‘old age’ is unwelcome.

Sadly my great aunt passed away from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Saturday, and though we’d been expecting if for months, it’s still a great loss. Despite being my great aunt, she was the same age of my mother and her five children are my contemporaries, I spent several long holidays with them when I was younger, and I’ll miss her.

This week our car also decided to blow a head gasket, which is going to be a very costly repair. Luckily my husband was able to borrow a van from work while we try to figure out how to swing that, but it makes things tricky since the van only has room for a one passenger (and there is six of us), and I, of course, can’t drive it.

Here’s hoping this week is less eventful.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted

 

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Cottage at Rosella Cove by Sandi Docker

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New Posts

 

Australian Indie Book Awards 2019

Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Review: I Can’t Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue by Elias Greig

Review: Wickedly Dangerous (Baba Yaga Trilogy) by Deborah Blake

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What I Plan To Read This Week

(click the covers to view at Goodreads)

 

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along a muddy track.

Only four come out on the other side. 

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and encourage teamwork and resilience. At least, that’s what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker, Alice Russell. Because Alice knew secrets, about the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

The four returning women tell Falk a tale of fear, violence and fractured trust during their days in the remote Australian bushland. And as Falk delves into the disappearance of Alice, he begins to suspect some dangers ran far deeper than anyone knew.

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The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?

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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

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What would you do if you had the chance to change a pivotal moment from your past?

How far would you go to save someone you loved?

These are just two of the fateful choices a woman must face in this highly original and hauntingly evocative detective story of love and loss.

At the core of the enigmatic Stella’s story, past and present, is a mystery she is compelled to solve, a beautiful young woman who went missing fifty years ago – and a tragedy much closer to home she must try to prevent.

As Stella unravels the dark secrets of her family’s past and her own, it becomes clear that everyone remembers the past differently and the small choices we make every day can change our future irrevocably.

This utterly original, gripping and mind-bending tale will stay with you long after the last page.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebookishlibra
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 11:42:30

    I’m so sorry to hear about your great aunt. I definitely hope that this week isn’t nearly as stressful for you.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 12:14:05

    I loved I Owe You One. Hope you do, too. I have Force of Nature hiding out on my Kindle, so I need to bring it forward.

    Goodreads frustrates me. When I add a book “to read,” they often automatically switch it to “currently reading,” so I have a LOT of books on that shelf. I also don’t like how the format sometimes switches from Kindle to another version, without my help at all!

    I gave up on their Challenges because of their inability to “add” totals correctly. LOL.

    I’m sorry about your aunt…missing people we love is a pain that won’t go away.

    Enjoy your books and your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. MarthaE
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 13:28:44

    Sounds like a rough week for you.
    Even when expected it is still hard to lose a loved one.
    I hope this week is better for you all around. I hope you enjoy this week’s reading.

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  4. Theresa Smith Writes
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 13:37:59

    What a week! 😔
    I have that eye condition. About 10 years ago I could no longer get away without glasses. I have to wear them for everything, but the good thing is, now I can see perfectly, no long or short vision problems, just the astigmatism. Perfect vision, as long as I’m wearing my glasses! And glasses are pretty nice nowadays, not just for oldies! 😉
    Hope this week is better!

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  5. Kathryn
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 14:25:18

    Oh dear that is quite some week. A family bereavement is never easy even when expected. Glasses will be okay, says she who wears them mostly always!!

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  6. Mystica
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:18:47

    I hope the transport problem is sorted. I know how difficult it can get when this basic is not available.

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  7. Mystica
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:18:51

    I hope the transport problem is sorted. I know how difficult it can get when this basic is not available.

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  8. Sarah Sammis
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:24:37

    At the moment Goodreads is behaving itself for me. I loved the Kiss Quotient last year. My weekly update

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  9. Kim
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:48:03

    I’m so sorry to hear! When it comes to glasses, I too must wear those pesky things. But I have found that getting fun pairs helps make it better. I order online at Zenni Optical (really inexpensive frames!) and currently have 8 pairs. My favourite is a red pair with light polka-dots 🙂

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  10. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:49:07

    Sorry to hear your week was so yucky. I’m also sorry to hear about your great aunt’s passing.

    Ugh! Cars are such a pain. Why hasn’t transporting like they had on Star Trek been invented yet. Think of how much time we would save.

    Force of Nature sounds superb. Hope you have a better week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/03/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-mar-25.html

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  11. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 19:49:50

    Sorry to hear of your Great Aunt’s passing and the shitty week that followed. Surely this week will be better.

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  12. StackingMy BookShelves
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 22:06:39

    Oh no, I am sorry about your Aunt. That is hard. I know about Parkinson’s, I am sorry to the family. I also know about the eyes. My eyes are getting worse as I get older and have to go and get them checked something that I have been putting off for a while now. I hope this week is better for you and thanks for stopping by the blog!

    Mary

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  13. Barb (boxermommyreads)
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 22:53:30

    Man it does seem like you’ve had a week. Car problems can be the worst. I wear reading glasses too because of an astigmatism. It got to the point where I couldn’t avoid them anymore. I ended up just embracing them and accepting them as another accessory. Sorry to hear about your Great Aunt. Hope it’s definitely a better week for you!

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  14. Lisa
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 00:20:44

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope your week improves! Reading glasses are not awful! Yes, they can be a sign of aging — but for me at least, that was overridden by how much better I felt once I started wearing them and could see words on a page clearly again. I hadn’t even realized I was having problems until I saw the big difference. Good luck with the car!

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  15. Patty Magyar
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 00:24:20

    Wow…that was an eventful week! Hopefully this one will be less eventful!

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  16. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 01:26:31

    I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. 😦

    I didn’t know that about “lazy eye”! My son was born with that condition as well, and we are currently patching him to strengthen those muscles. I didn’t think about it possibly needing to be addressed again when he gets older. I am glad that you didn’t have a more serious issue. 🙂

    Force of Nature looks awesome! I hope you have a better week this week. 🙂

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  17. tbretc
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 04:54:18

    Bummer! I’m sorry you had such a rough week. But it looks like you got quite a bit of reading done! I really liked The Dry and Force of Nature- looking forward to The Lost Man next!

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  18. Kathy Martin
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 05:25:28

    Oh, dear! I hope this week will be better for you and your family. You have some books that look wonderful here. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  19. Greg
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 07:11:18

    I’m sorry to hear about your great aunt! All my best wishes to you and your family. And a head gasket- ugh, I had that happen once. It WAS expensive. I hope it’s not too bad for you…

    Wow Force of Nature sounds good!

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  20. Jen | Book Den
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 11:10:35

    I think Goodreads has been doing a lot of updates lately. It seems like every few days something else goes haywire. They seem to be fixing things, though, so that’s good!

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  21. the bookworm
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 11:25:07

    I hadn’t noticed any glitch at Goodreads, hopefully they fix it.
    I am sorry about your great aunt, sending positive thoughts your way.
    Enjoy your books, I like the sound of Force of Nature and I’ve seen the Lost Girls around, it sounds interesting too. Have a nice week 🙂

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  22. 15andmeowing
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 11:59:23

    I am so sorry about your great aunt. I haven’t noticed any issues with Goodreads, I will have to check it out.

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  23. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 28, 2019 @ 03:22:24

    You have had a terribly stressful week. I’m sorry about the loss of your great aunt. I hope you are able to get your vehicle working again.

    If you would like to add a link to Sunday Salon, I hope you will do that next Sunday. It’s a nice way to stay connected with other readers.

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  24. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 01:51:44

    I enjoyed the Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I didn’t realize there was another book in the series. I’ll have to look for it. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads.

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