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…

It’s been a quiet week on the home front. I finished binge watching Grace & Frankie, and Lucifer, caught up with a few other shows and have started Dead to Me.

Our federal elections were this weekend, and the results were disappointing.

I’ve knocked a few more books off that Netgalley backlog I accrued during my hiatus, I’m down to five, but I’ve added more (of course). However Netgalley seems to think close enough is good enough, my feedback rating is at 100%

This week my oldest daughter will turn 23, the same age I was when she was born! She still lives at home and has requested pizza and a funfetti cake to celebrate on Tuesday night, and invited a bunch of her friends over for pre drinks on Saturday night, as a precursor to heading out to a club.

Here she is, aged 1

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Land Girls by Victoria Purman

The Police Women’s Bureau by Edward Conlon

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Named Helga by Todd Alexander

The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht

Cake at Midnight by Jessie L Star

Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a **** by Gill Sims

 

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New Posts

 

Review: When It All Went to Custard by Danielle Hawkins

Review: The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Review: The Accusation by Wendy James

Review: Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Named Helga by Todd Alexander

Review: Four Respectable Ladies Seek the Meaning of Wife by Barbara Toner

Stuff on SundaysBookshelf Bounty

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

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A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis’s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian’s son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter’s eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact.

But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past. Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

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You never know what life will throw at you. You just need to know who to turn to for help.

One morning in early summer, a man and woman wait to board a flight to Italy. 

Allie has lived a careful, focused existence. But now she has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. Her father, Joe, doesn’t know the reason for her trip, and Allie can’t bring herself to tell him that she’s flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago.

Beside her is her best friend since schooldays, Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.

But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don’t merely concern her family’s tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own life-long relationship that are impossible to resolve.

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A thoughtful, uplifting and magical story of childhood, family and finding ways to change the inevitable . . .
Meet Willa Waters, aged 8 . . . 33 . . . and 93.
On one impossible day in.
1965, eight-year-old Willa Waters receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ So she does – and somehow creates an extraordinary time-slip that allows her to visit her future selves.
On one impossible day in .
1990, Willa is 33 and a mother-of-two when her childhood self magically appears in her backyard. But she’s also a woman haunted by memories of her dark past – and is on the brink of a decision that will have tragic repercussions . . .
On one impossible day in .
2050 Willa is a silver-haired, gumboot-loving 93-year-old whose memory is fading fast. Yet she knows there’s something she has to remember, a warning she must give her past selves about a terrible event in 1990 . . . If only she could recall what it was.
Can the three Willas come together, to heal their past and save their future . . . before it’s too late?

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Every story one day comes to an end.

As roommates, they met for the first time in college. Two of the brightest minds ever to graduate from Stamford Psychology University.

As adversaries, they met again in Quantico, Virginia. Robert Hunter had become the head of the LAPD’s Ultra Violent Crimes Unit. Lucien Folter had become the most prolific and dangerous serial killer the FBI had ever encountered.

Now, after spending three and a half years locked in solitary confinement, Lucien has finally managed to break free. And he’s angry.

For the past three and a half years, Lucien has thought of nothing else but vengeance.

The person responsible for locking him away has to pay, he has to suffer.

That person … is Robert Hunter.

And now it is finally time to execute the plan.

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Lost letters have only one hope for survival…The Dead Letters Depot.

Inside the walls of a former tea factory, letter detectives work to solve mysteries: missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names—these are the twists of fate behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

But when letters arrive addressed simply to “My Great Love,” one longtime letter detective with face his greatest mystery yet, as his quest to follow the clues becomes a life-changing journey of love, hope and courage.

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Thanks for stopping by!

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 20, 2019 @ 04:19:22

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Your books look good….enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. Wendy @ Falconer's Library
    May 20, 2019 @ 04:49:07

    I’m off to investigate most of those books (except the serial klller one. Sounds too scary for me.) Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  3. lakesidemusing
    May 20, 2019 @ 04:53:16

    I’m on the library hold list for Ask Again, Yes… sounds like a good read. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  4. Jinjer
    May 20, 2019 @ 04:54:14

    Awww what a cute baby your daughter was!

    I loved Grace & Frankie and Dead to Me so much.

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  5. Cathy746books
    May 20, 2019 @ 05:07:07

    I can only dreammof a 100% feedback ratio on Netgalley. Well done!

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  6. Yvonne
    May 20, 2019 @ 06:30:45

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I wish I could get my NetGalley feedback to 100% 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try Dead to Me. I will this summer. Have a great week!

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  7. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    May 20, 2019 @ 07:34:50

    Yay for getting through your Netgalley books. I still have 12 but I’m getting there, slowly. A life of Impossible days sounds good. Enjoy your books!

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  8. thebookdisciple
    May 20, 2019 @ 08:29:06

    Oh my gosh 100% on netgalley is like finding a unicorn!! Congrats! Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  9. Greg
    May 20, 2019 @ 08:45:40

    Congrats on your NG %! And happy birthday to your daughter too! Hope the new reads are all good. 🙂

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  10. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 20, 2019 @ 09:28:31

    Your daughter was so cute! Time flies by, right? Awesome stats on Netgalley! I’m at 80% and I’ll probably never get higher because every time I review and check off books I download more, lol. Happy reading! 🙂

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  11. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    May 20, 2019 @ 09:33:23

    I started Dead to Me too. Wow for NG 100%!!! Have a great week!

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  12. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 20, 2019 @ 09:50:20

    The Lost Letters of William Woolf sounds like a great idea for a novel. I’ll be curious as to what you think of it.

    Happy birthday to your daughter! She was a cutie!

    I’ve never used NetGalley much. I’m always afraid I’ll forget about my books if I can’t see them on my nightstand.

    Now I’m off to see what you thought of Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine.

    Have a great week!

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  13. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    May 20, 2019 @ 13:04:36

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I am supremely jealous of your NatGalley ratio, I am forever stuck at 96%!

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  14. Sarah Sammis
    May 20, 2019 @ 13:16:15

    Happy birthday to your daughter. A Lifetime of Impossible Days sounds good. My weekly update

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  15. MarthaE
    May 20, 2019 @ 13:47:18

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I like the sound of Hunting Evil. I’m checking that out.
    Happy Reading!

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  16. Katherine Nabity
    May 20, 2019 @ 16:02:06

    I watched Dead to Me and thought it was a weird combination of dark and quirky.
    Wow, congrats on the 100% NetGalley ratio! That definitely takes some diligence.

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  17. Kathryn
    May 20, 2019 @ 17:17:11

    Sorry the elections didn’t go the way you’d hoped. More of a Labour supporter? You sure caught up with your back log at NG, even though I could easily read a lot, I don’t have that stamina. Audiobooks help push up my stats! I’ll never get a 100%, I fouled it up somehow at the beginning and there is always one book against me that I neither downloaded or reviewed because I didn’t know what I was doing to start.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      May 20, 2019 @ 19:37:05

      Yup, not that I was a fan of shorten but I don’t like ScoMo at all or Liberal policies in general.
      I’m not sure how it works, I have 4 I apparently never downloaded..I think because they were books I got in print as well, I’ve got those five from 2016 I still haven’t reviewed,, and 12 in my current cue I’ve dnf’d 4 books over the years. So don’t despair.

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  18. Mystica
    May 20, 2019 @ 19:16:01

    I’ve wished for the Keane book from Netgalley but I’ve still never received one after wishing for it. So I won’t hold my breath on that. The Lost Letters book sounds emotional and appealing as well.

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  19. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    May 20, 2019 @ 19:54:28

    Hunting Evil sounds superb! Also — I just finished watching Lucifer this weekend — what did you think? I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, though i wished they’d had more time. I haven’t yet tried Dead to Me.

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  20. *Flora*
    May 20, 2019 @ 22:25:45

    Woo!Hoo! 100% NetGalley that’s definitely worth celebrating, congratulations. I’m glad to hear your daughter had a nice birthday, I had to Google a confetti cake – they look amazing!

    I hope you have a great week, the books on your shelf look interesting. x

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  21. Kendra | Kendra Loves Books
    May 20, 2019 @ 22:35:05

    Congrats with 100% on Netgalley that is a true accomplishment! I have my eye on Ask Again, Yes. I hope you have a great week!

    ~Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books

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  22. Carol Evans
    May 20, 2019 @ 23:03:25

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! That picture is too cute.

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  23. Beth F
    May 20, 2019 @ 23:06:13

    I’m impressed with your NetGalley 100%!! Happy birthday to the girl (young woman)!

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  24. Lisa
    May 21, 2019 @ 00:33:31

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I loved Grace & Frankie and Dead To Me — hope you’re enjoying!

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  25. SW
    May 21, 2019 @ 01:15:49

    Happy birthday for your daughter!! Hope you have a good reading week, I’m trying to jump into Enchanted Forest by Emory R. Frie this week!

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  26. fictionalblonde
    May 21, 2019 @ 01:42:35

    So impressed with your 100% NetGalley! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  27. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 21, 2019 @ 02:13:39

    What an adorable picture of your daughter. Happy birthday to her. Lots of great books on your list this week. The Lost Letters of William Woolf caught my eye.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  28. thebookishlibra
    May 21, 2019 @ 09:21:30

    Great job on the Netgalley backlog and Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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  29. A Voracious Reader
    May 22, 2019 @ 00:15:04

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!! Awwww! That picture is adorable. 🙂

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  30. Amelia
    May 22, 2019 @ 02:51:42

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!

    Some interesting books, my TBR list keeps growing!

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  31. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 22, 2019 @ 03:41:47

    Happy birthday to your daughter! That picture is so sweet!

    I was surprised at the results of your election, when I heard about them…

    Dead to Me is on our list to watch! It looks awesome.

    Have a great week!

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  32. 15andmeowing
    May 22, 2019 @ 12:08:42

    Ask Again,Yes looks good. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter!

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  33. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    May 23, 2019 @ 07:01:34

    I’ve just started watching Lucifer. I’m quite enjoying it!

    Hope your daughter enjoyed her birthday.

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  34. Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
    May 23, 2019 @ 11:38:55

    Wow! I don’t think I’ll ever see 100% on netgalley. I think the best I’ve gotten is 85ish. I’m too tempted. Lol

    Have a great week!

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  35. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    May 23, 2019 @ 23:01:33

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Congrats on your NetGalley %. That’s awesome.

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  36. Sue at Book By Book
    May 25, 2019 @ 09:18:01

    I’m a little late this week!

    You’ve listed so many good-sounding book here! I’m especially intrigued by Ask Again, Yes – I hadn’t heard of it before, so thanks.

    We are watching Dead to Me also – so many twisty surprises! We’re enjoying it. And I still need to watch the most recent season of Grace & Frankie – kind of forgot about that one!

    Happy Birthday to your daughter – hope you’re enjoying your books this week –

    Sue

    2019 Big Book Summer Challenge

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  37. 1girl2manybooks
    May 26, 2019 @ 13:07:54

    Election didn’t work out for me either…..

    Happy birthday to your daughter. I remember when she was a teenager! Haha. I’m also in awe of your NG ratio. I’ve managed to drag mine up to 84% but I requested far more books than I could read years ago and now they’re languishing there on my dashboard, knowing I’ll probably never read them which means I can’t really improve my ratio much more. Sigh. Maybe one day…….

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