It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope you are enjoying a relaxed weekend. My family is not religious so for us the holiday is an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast and spend time with family and friends.

So I’ve been working hard this week to catch up. I was shocked to log in to Netgalley and find I had 37 titles awaiting feedback, I really didn’t think the total would be so high. During the last two weeks, I’ve reduced that to under half, which is why you are seeing multiple posts a day right now, and will for a while.

And of course, since I was logged in already, I couldn’t help browsing and I added a few more titles to my schedule.

On a positive note, I discovered Netgalley has introduced some new badges, so I now have all these pretties to show off.

Unfortunately the tower of unsolicited print ARCs is still, well, towering. And there are still a couple of dozen or so titles in a pile which again, I read during my hiatus, for which I feel I still owe a review.

At the moment the task still feels insurmountable, but I’m going to keep working at it.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

The Complete Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by MA Orthofer

Those Other Women by Nicole Moriarty

Devil’s Bargain {Red Letter Days #1} by Rachel Caine

Devil’s Due {Red Letter Days #2} by Rachel Caine

Blood River by Tony Cavanaugh

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

 

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New Posts

 

Review: The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell ★★★★★

Review: The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham ★★★

Review: Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman ★★★

Review: Outback Sisters by Rachael Johns ★★★★

Review: Viral by Helen Fitzgerald ★★★

Review: Making it Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes ★★★

Review: The Complete Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by MA Orthofer ★★★★

Review: Dastardly Deeds by Isla Evans ★★★★

Review: Review: Fall {Archer & Bennett #3} by Candice Fox ★★★★★

Bookshelf Bounty

Review: The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan ★★★

(a better late than never) Review: The Near Miss by Fran Cusworth ★★

(a better late than never) Review: Smoke and Mirrors {Stephens and Mephisto #2} ★★★1/2

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What I’m Reading This Week

(book covers link to Goodreads)

 

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.

He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim.

Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.

Gabriel is the serial killer.

Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?

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You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses.

You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.

You think your children are safe.

But are they really?

Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

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May 1904. Coney Island’s newest amusement park, Dreamland, has just opened. Its many spectacles are expected to attract crowds by the thousands, paying back investors many times over.
Kitty Hayward and her mother arrive by steamer from South Africa. When Kitty’s mother takes ill, the hotel doctor sends Kitty to Manhattan to fetch some special medicine. But when she returns, Kitty’s mother has vanished. The desk clerk tells Kitty she is at the wrong hotel. The doctor says he’s never seen her although, she notices, he is unable to look her in the eye.
Alone in a strange country, Kitty meets the denizens of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet. A relic of a darker, dirtier era, Magruder’s is home to a forlorn flea circus, a handful of disgruntled Unusuals, and a mad Uzbek scientist. Magruder’s Unusuals take Kitty under their wing and resolve to find out what happened to her mother.
But as a plague spreads, Coney Island is placed under quarantine. The gang at Magruder’s finds that a missing mother is the least of their problems, as the once-glamorous resort town is abandoned to the freaks, anarchists, and madmen.

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Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia’s 1930s the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal.

Even with thousands of unemployed lining the streets, Rowland’s sheltered world is one of exorbitant wealth, culture and impeccable tailoring. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge his artistic passions and friends … a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress.

Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution.

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‘The right people turn up in your life at the right time if you let them.’

Sienna Wilson is living her dream in the city – a rewarding obstetrics job in a leading hospital, an apartment with a view, and handsome Sergeant McCabe on call whenever she needs him. The last thing she wants is a posting to investigate a medical mystery in a remote outback town.

But on arrival in Spinifex, Sienna is brought to life in new and exciting ways. In a community riddled with secrets, she meets troubled young barmaid Maddy, and tough publican Alma, both with their secrets to hide.

As they draw strength from each other, new friendships, new loves and new babies are born, proving that when strong women join forces, they can overcome even the greatest odds.

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vvb32
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 02:18:51

    Ooo, Girls in the Garden sounds a bit creepy but interesting. Enjoy.

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  2. Katherine Nabity
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 04:47:01

    Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet sounds like something right up my alley. (Ooo, and it’s available on Hoopla!)

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  3. Yvonne
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 04:52:58

    My NetGalley list is getting out of hand and I really need to concentrate on it. Your books look like good ones. Enjoy them. Have a great week!

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 06:20:57

    I think you are doing a fantastic job of catching up. I don’t do NetGalley because I tend to forget about ebooks…they seem to disappear from my radar, while print books stare back at me, glaring, really.

    Girls in the Garden and Curiosity Cabinet both sound very interesting to me. I hope you like them, too.

    I am also drawn to books like The Complete Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, which only seems to add to my problems. Oh, well. Such is the reading life.

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  5. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 07:04:33

    Hate it when those review books keep piling up. Good for you for making a dent in the pile!

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  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 09:44:09

    Lots of good books! I love Lisa Jewell, Lisa Scottoline, Jonathan Kellerman, and Nicola Moriarty.

    Enjoy your week!

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  7. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 10:42:35

    I definitely understand that NetGalley pull…I began participating last year in ‘State of the ARC’ and I am finally down to my very last ones. Good luck with all the reviews, happy reading!

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  8. Greg
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 11:09:35

    Ooh congrats on the NG badges! And I’ve been eating chocolate all day. 🙂

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  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 11:33:53

    Happy Easter. I recently got caught up on NetGalley and am now looking for new titles. Hope you have another great week of reading.

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  10. Mystica
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 12:11:21

    We had a horrible awakening to Easter here in Sri Lanka. After ten years if peace I really thought bombs and deaths were behind me.

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  11. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 12:51:39

    I have 16 outstanding on Netgalley but I’m such a slow reading. I feel like they have been there forever.

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  12. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 13:04:44

    Keep up the great work! I’m sure your efforts are appreciated by readers and authors alike.

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  13. Sarah Sammis
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 13:34:09

    Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet is on my wishlist. My updates for the week of April 22

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  14. Literary Feline
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 13:39:14

    It sounds like you are making good progress on your review books. I wish I could say the same. I just haven’t been reading much at all. 😦 My blogging has been non-existent. I am considering just posting once a week for awhile, and including mini-reviews in those posts. We’ll see.

    We aren’t religious either. We did have an Easter Egg hunt earlier today and everyone got an Easter basket filled with candy, books, toys and what not. We’ve been grazing on candy all day, which probably isn’t ideal. LOL I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  15. Kathryn
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 16:27:37

    I so admire you for catching up on all those review books, I don’t think I could do it. I do go to church at Easter (just the Sunday these days as I got churched out over all the other ceremonies) and still enjoyed some good chocolate as well!

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  16. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 20:23:17

    I’ve never received a print ARC and I think that’s a good thing for my Netgalley is a disgrace. :/ Need to work on sorting out the percentage!

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  17. Patty Magyar
    Apr 22, 2019 @ 22:38:08

    You are really tackling your stacks!

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  18. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 01:41:05

    Congrats on your Netgalley badges. I have not been to NG in a while, just afraid that I would go on a request spree again. Have a great week ahead.

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  19. Beth F
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 01:42:52

    I’m so impressed with how much you’re reading and reviewing lately!

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  20. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 03:26:16

    We have the same NG badges. Congrats! Good luck getting everything all caught up. Cutting the list in half is impressive!

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  21. Kathy Martin
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 04:51:21

    I’ll have to check out those new NetGalley Badges. I caught up on posting my reviews to Amazon this weekend. I usually do it on Sundays but hadn’t posted any in April. Oops! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  22. thebookishlibra
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 10:54:29

    I think you’re doing a great job of catching up on Netgalley. I’m trying to control myself on there and not request so many but man, it’s hard, lol.

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  23. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 11:13:11

    Haha, Easter was the same for me. I’m not religious, so I just ate candy and watched Game of Thrones. Good luck with catching up on the review books. Have a great week!

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  24. Book of Secrets
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 22:04:15

    500 NetGalley reviews, that’s wonderful! I’m about ten away from getting the 200 badge. I read The Curiosity Cabinet recently. It was curious! 🙂

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  25. Lisa
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 00:12:17

    Wow, you really get through books quickly! I’m impressed by your 500 books badge. That’s amazing! Happy Easter to you and your family. 🙂

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  26. *Flora*
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 03:35:27

    Goodness me, girl. You are seriously busy. I’m lucky that I don’t get unsolicited books to review – I feel for you! x

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  27. Beware Of The Reader
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 04:30:22

    37 books on Netgalley??? My goodness! Have fun now reading all these! Oh and I hope you and your husband feel better!

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  28. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 05:19:02

    I have a bunch of NG books awaiting feedback, too. It’s not that I haven’t already read some of them, but I’ve been in a reviewing slump. I’m having to force myself to write the reviews. Oh, well, I’ll catch up eventually!

    Your books this week sound interesting, especially 55. I’m not likely to read it (given my backlog!), but I really wonder which of the two is telling the truth.

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  29. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:11:27

    Wow lots of books. Enjoy! And just take things one step at a time. Be kind to yourself and do what you can.

    Here is my Sunday Post   

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  30. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 15:01:38

    WOW! 37 is too much for me! Good luck and I hope you enjoy them. ❤️

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  31. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 15:26:26

    Wow, your requesting, reading, and reviewing a lot! It’s so hard not to request when I’m browsing through Netgalley! Good job on catching up so quickly! I hope you’re having a great week!

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  32. asreadbytina
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 03:58:50

    I am really behind in my Netgalley shelf. I really want to work on that but I always manage to slip and request more. It is something I’m working on. I hope you enjoy all of them.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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  33. Maureen Bakker
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 05:23:56

    I hope you had a great Easter. I’m not religous either.. And since I’m a nurse I volunteered to work this weekend. 😀
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  34. melissamyworldinwordsandpages
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 08:07:21

    Oh wow. That’s a lot of books waiting at NetGalley. lol. Cool. Sounds like you had a great time with family, that’s always great to hear. Hope you got caught up with ease. 🙂 Have a great week!

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  35. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 03:30:02

    I totally feel you on the Netgalley aspect. I have so many I need to review that I never did so now I’m slowly going back and writing short reviews for them.
    I tried Girls in the Garden but it didn’t hook me as I had hoped so I set it aside. Hopefully you enjoy it!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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