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…

Ugh, while I appreciate the cooler weather of autumn, I do not appreciate the change of season flu that follows it. My husband started coughing and sniffling on Friday, by Sunday I was too, and then like dominoes, the kids have fallen victim. So instead of being out and about enjoying the mild weather over the holidays, we’ve all been cooped up inside, unable to stray too far from a box of tissues.

I finally picked up my reading glasses. They are going to take a bit of getting used to but they do make a surprising amount of difference. I was going to take a selfie to show you but my nose is all red from the tissues, and my eyes are bloodshot from coughing…not a good look, so I’ll spare you.

It’s the last Sunday of the month, so time to check on the progress of my Goodreads Challenge, I’m ahead for now.

 

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill

55 by James Delargy

Magruders Curiosity Cabinet by H.P. Wood

The Baby Doctor by Fiona McArthur

Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox

The Place on Dalhousie Street by Melina Marchetta

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Review: Blood River by Tony Cavanaugh ★★★★

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Review: Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline ★★

Review: Fortune’s Son by Jennifer Scoullar ★★★1/2

Review: Scrublands by Chris Hammer ★★★★1/2

Review: One For the Books by Joe Queenan ★★

Review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger ★★★

Review: The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell ★★1/2

Review: A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill ★★★★

Stuff on Sunday: Aussie Books for Mother’s Day

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

You look the type to break your father’s heart.’

‘Yeah, but he broke mine first.’

When Rosie Gennaro first meets Jimmy Hailler, she has walked away from life in Sydney, leaving behind the place on Dalhousie that her father, Seb, painstakingly rebuilt for his family but never saw completed. Two years later, Rosie returns to the house and living there is Martha, whom Seb Gennaro married less than a year after the death of Rosie’s mother. Martha is struggling to fulfil Seb’s dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

As the battle lines are drawn, Jimmy Hailler re-enters Rosie’s life. Having always watched other families from the perimeters, he’s now grappling, heartbreakingly, with forming one of his own . . .

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As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together details others fail to see. And while cleaning out her late father’s law office, she takes a call that plunges her into a forty-year-old mystery.

In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind – until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, which uncovered his identity. But before police could question her, Angela disappeared.

Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela’s murder – the only killing the DA could pin on him. But a cryptic file found in her father’s office suggests to Rory there is more to the case than anyone knew.

Soon Rory is helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, she uncovers dark truths about the reclusive woman, her own father, and the man called The Thief.

But not even Rory is prepared for the terrifying secrets about to emerge…

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Life is too short for compromise .

When Maggie, Fran and Rose met in their youth, they had dreams and ambitions. Forty years later, the three friends are turning sixty, each of them restless and disenchanted with their lives.

Fran works in a second-hand bookshop. Her lover, one of a long line of disappointing men, is drifting away and her future is uncertain.

Maggie married into a volatile family. Her beautiful, indulged twin daughters are causing havoc and her elderly mother-in-law has moved in and is taking charge.

Rose has been an off-sider for her hopelessly vague but academically brilliant husband and their two sons. Time is running out to find and fulfil her own ambitions.

In an attempt to recapture the sense of freedom and purpose they once possessed, they decide to retrace the steps of their 1978 backpacking trip through Europe and set off an odyssey that will test their friendship, challenge their beliefs and redefine the third age of their lives.

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Tikka Molloy was eleven and one-sixth years old during the long hot summer of 1992 – the summer the Van Apfel sisters disappeared. Hannah, beautiful Cordelia and Ruth vanished during the night of the school’s Showstopper concert at the amphitheatre by the river, surrounded by encroaching bushland.

Now, years later, Tikka has returned home to try and make sense of the summer that shaped her, and the girls that she never forgot.

Blackly comic, sharply observed and wonderfully endearing, this is Picnic at Hanging Rock for a new generation, a haunting coming-of-age story with a shimmering, unexplained mystery at its heart

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Revenge is coming, and her name is Harriet Blue . . .

Detective Harriet Blue is clear about two things. Regan Banks deserves to die. And she’ll be the one to pull the trigger.

But Regan – the Georges River Killer and the man responsible for destroying her brother’s life – has gone to ground. And now Harriet needs to disappear too – before her colleagues stop her carrying out an act that could end her career, her freedom, even her life.

Suddenly, her phone rings. It’s him. Regan. And he wants to play ‘catch me if you can’.

Within hours Harry is following his clues along a path of devastation down the Australian south coast. Town by town, Regan is taking lives, and each one is someone she knows well.

With both of them wanted on every newspaper and every television screen, time is running out. Harry needs to stop this killing machine fast before her chance for vengeance slips away

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Harriet Blue used to be a detective. Now she’s inmate 3329.
Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop – as Harriet is learning on a daily basis.
So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.
But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child have gone missing.
He’s ready to offer Harriet a deal: find his family to buy her freedom …

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49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 08:24:48

    So many good books! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Lisa Jewell, and I’m thinking I should try James Patterson again.

    I hope you feel better soon…I’ve been fighting allergies in the form of a sore throat.

    Have a great week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 09:16:08

    I hope everyone feels better soon. Congrats on reading 54 books already. I think I’ve only read 30. Have a good week!

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  3. Lisa R. Howeler
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 09:51:45

    You read so fast. I’m a slow reader. So what’s with James Patterson. Does he really write his own books? I’m confused. These all look great! I love how you detail what they are about to give us all a better idea what they are about.

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  4. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 10:48:05

    I know how miserable this flu season is. My husband, daughter, and I were all really sick with the flu a couple weeks back. I hope you guys feel better soon! Congrats on the progress you’ve made with your reading challenge! You’re reading a lot this upcoming week! I’ve been only able to get in about 2 books a week lately. Happy Reading!

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  5. Mystica
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 11:58:04

    Lovely mailbox. Nice mix of genres.

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  6. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 14:49:21

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Change of seasons can be tough on our bodies.

    Sixty Summers sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoy your books.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-april-29.html

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  7. Greg
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 15:22:21

    That’s one thing I hate about the change of seasons… the getting sick part. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Hope you have a great week!

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  8. Kathryn
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 15:39:49

    Those reading glasses will feel strange for awhile. I wear glasses but often take them off to read even though they do graduate down for reading. Hope you are all better soon. Hopefully I will avoid sniffles, had a flu jab couple of weeks ago. Wow you sure are getting in a lot of reading so those glasses will be handy.

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  9. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 18:09:26

    I have given up on James Patterson after being an avid fan years ago. Other books look great. I hope you are feeling better this week. Yay for reading glasses!

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  10. sjhigbee
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 20:24:07

    Oh no… sorry that you are all smitten and struggling with autumnal colds. I hope you all soon feel better.

    I’ve just got a new pair of varifocals and am coping as the world seems sharper – one of the more depressing aspects are the numbers of wrinkles I appear to collected during the last year… Being of a certain age – I love the sound of Sixty Summers! Thank you for swinging by and I hope the coming week is a kinder one!

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  11. Trish @ Between My Lines
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 21:20:55

    The Woman in Darkness sounds really good, And I’ve gotten The Apfel Girls too, the setting really appealed to me. Urrggh flu season!

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  12. Yvonne
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 21:23:30

    Oh no! I hope you are feeling better. I used to love reading James Patterson’s books, but I’ve gotten away from them in recent years. I really should get back to them. Hope you have a great week!

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  13. Susie | Novel Visits
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 22:39:39

    I have The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone coming up and your comments are really the first I’ve heard on it. So nice to hear you liked it!

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  14. Patty Magyar
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 23:20:28

    You are on a reading frenzy!

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  15. wickedlydeliciousbookblog
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 23:38:08

    Hope you and your family are feeling better.

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  16. Liz @ Bent Bookworm
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 23:45:46

    Oooh, The Woman in Darkness sounds amazing! I’m going to have to look it up.

    Hope you and the husband and kids are all feeling better soon. Seems like it never fails, when one gets it, everyone gets it. 😦

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  17. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 29, 2019 @ 23:52:03

    Sixty Summers sounds fabulous. Of course, it was the Eiffel Tower on the cover that fight caught my eye. I will definitely look for that one.

    Respiratory illness seem to linger on and on. Three years ago I spent the winter coughing. I finally got a shot at the emergency clinic and that knocked it out of my system.

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  18. A Voracious Reader
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 00:03:53

    Great job on your challenge! I’m about 5 behind, I think. Sorry to hear about the sick ghousehold. I hope you’re all feeling better soon.

    Oooooh! I like the sound of The Woman in Darkness. I’m going to add that to the TBR.

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  19. BiteIntoBooks (@BiteIntoBooks)
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 00:18:25

    You’re doing really good on your GR-challenge! 6 books ahead, keep it up!

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  20. Sarah Sammis
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 00:44:02

    Sorry you’re sick. It was a rough flu season here. What I read and posted last week.

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  21. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 02:11:53

    The flu season got extended this year and it sucks! Hope you all feel better soon.

    The new Melina Marchetta! I need to get a copy. Happy reading! 🙂

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  22. Kathy Martin
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 03:36:22

    I hope you are all feeling better now. The Woman in Darkness sounds great. I’ll have to look for a copy. Come see my week here. Happy reading.

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  23. Stephanie Jane
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 03:58:50

    Sorry to learn the flu bug got you too. We were suffering a couple of weeks ago and it took ages to completely shake it off. Fingers crossed you’re all better soon

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  24. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 04:04:15

    I hope that you and your family are feeling better quickly! Congrats on being ahead on your Goodreads challenge. I love the Harriet Blue series. Hush, Hush must be a new release.

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  25. Vicki
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 04:55:52

    My son has that crap too, I hope you all feel better soon! Such a great list of books, they all sound good!

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  26. ejmam
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 06:48:31

    I’m behind on my goodreads challenge as well — I always make it it super large so I can record the picture books I read in the library, and then I spent a few months avoiding the library to catch up on the books I had at home. Your reading week looks fun!

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  27. Lisa
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 06:59:04

    Reading glasses changed my life! It’s funny to get so excited about such a small thing, but they really made a huge difference for me — hope you enjoy yours! Have a great reading week!

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  28. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 08:12:53

    Oh man the flu is awful. Hope everyone feels better soon! Great job on being ahead of your GR goal!

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  29. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 10:44:31

    Congrats on getting ahead of your Goodreads reading challenge! I hope you feel better soon 🙂

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  30. thebookishlibra
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 12:02:44

    Oh that really sucks about the flu. I hope you’re all feeling better soon.

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  31. Jen | Book Den
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 12:57:57

    Oh no!! I hope you all are feeling better soon.

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  32. Beth F
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 20:16:55

    I went to a workshop this last weekend and I think I’ve come home with a cold. I was blaming spring allergies, but I think not. Sigh. I need to get to some of those Fox books.

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  33. MarthaE
    May 01, 2019 @ 11:58:33

    I hope you all feel much better soon. Lots of good books you’ve been reading.
    You have some reviews I am interested to check.
    Happy Reading!

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  34. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 01, 2019 @ 23:02:11

    Ugh the flu! I am so happy to be saying goodbye to it although this was the longest ever.

    The Woman in Darkness looks really good!

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  35. Vi
    May 02, 2019 @ 01:12:45

    You are ahead of your GR reading challenge, I am some books behind *smile* Having beautiful weather outside and being sick is no good combination. Hope you and your family are feeling better now.
    Thank you for sharing all the books with us. And happy reading.

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

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  36. Canary
    May 02, 2019 @ 05:24:42

    Nice going on the Goodreads challenge! I’m about 35 to my goal of 50. (Last five years my goal had been 100, but it was tough last year, so I downsized. But I’m optimistic that I’ll reach my usual 100…)

    Hush Hush looks intriguing! How is it?

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  37. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    May 03, 2019 @ 23:17:56

    I really hope your family is feeling better! Something that helps me greatly with flu is mixing 1 lemon and half to 1 clove of garlic with warm water in the blender. The garlic serves as a powerful antibiotic and the lemon helps with soreness. And drink lots and lots and lots of water.
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  38. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 05, 2019 @ 11:36:27

    I hope everyone is feeling better by this weekend.

    Here is my Sunday Post   

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