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 an uneventful week, which is a good thing I guess, but doesn’t make for an exciting post.

Its the last Monday of the month though so time to check in with my Challenge progress.

 

 

2019 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 26/50

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 6/12

 

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What I’ve Read Since I Last Posted…

 

The Boy in the Photo by Nicole Trope

While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan

The Baby Doctor by Fiona McArthur

 

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New Posts

 

Review: The One by Kaneana May

Review: Conviction by Denise Mina

Review: Boxed by Richard Anderson

Review: Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher

Spotlight: More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

Stuff on Sunday: New Releases on my Wishlist for the Second Half of 2019

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

{Click the cover to view on Goodreads}

 

How can a child disappear from under the care of four playgroup mums?

One Thursday morning, Lexie Parker dashes to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella in the safe care of the other mums in the playgroup.

Six minutes later, Bella is gone.

Police and media descend on the tiny village of Merrigang on the edge of Canberra. Locals unite to search the dense bushland. But as the investigation continues, relationships start to fracture, online hate messages target Lexie, and the community is engulfed by fear.

Is Bella’s disappearance connected to the angry protests at Parliament House? What secrets are the parents hiding? And why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge-room?

What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella?

The clock is ticking…

This gripping novel will keep you guessing to the very last twist.

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Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love

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What if you could steal time out just for yourself each year, a brief reprieve from ordinary life and its responsibilities? Wild Horses of the Summer Sun is author Tory Bilski’s witty, sometimes poignant, account of her annual ‘horse sabbaticals’ to Iceland. She and her travelling companions exhilarate in their freedom, the spectacular scenery, the midnight sun energy and the Icelandic horses that connect deeply to the soul. Each year brings a new discovery about Iceland, about herself and about her relationships with the other women who revel in the freedom to be their most ‘ridiculous selves’. Over the years, their friendships deepen as they grow older together, whilst keeping each other young.I am wildly free, giddily so, the long-forgotten impulses of my youth awakening and leaving my heart in flight mode … We are what we venture.

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Thanks for stopping by!

39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 01:49:08

    Six Minutes looks like one I would enjoy. Have a great week!

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  2. thebookdisciple
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 02:36:04

    The Bride Test was so great!! Enjoy!

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  3. Beware Of The Reader
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 02:55:25

    Oooh I hope you’ll enjoy The Bride Test as much as I did!!!

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  4. Tanya Atkinson
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 03:39:54

    Looks like you’re doing really well on all your challenges. Good for you!
    I really enjoyed The Bride Test – hope you will, too!

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  5. Jackie
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 03:59:00

    I know you are a fast reader but 91 books so far, is quite impressive. Take care and take some time to count your blessings this week. Enjoy and happy reading! I am so thankful I can still walk and see and hear 🙂

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  6. thebookishlibra
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 04:20:16

    I hope you enjoy The Bride’s Test. I loved that one when I read it.

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  7. Jessica at Booked J
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 05:11:09

    20 books ahead on your schedule for the challenge! NICE!!!!! I loved The Bride Test, and am super curious about Six Minutes. I hope you enjoy! And have a wonderful week.

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 06:22:15

    I really enjoyed the Bride Test. I hope you do too! Have a great week!

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  9. lakesidemusing
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 06:33:57

    Uneventful weeks are often the best, in my opinion! The Bride’s Test seems to be everywhere this week… hope you enjoy it. Looks like you’re having a great reading year so far!

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  10. dmmcclain01
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 06:48:45

    Wow! 91 books so far for you. I haven’t seemed to find my groove on reading yet.

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  11. Jen | Book Den
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 07:30:08

    Uneventful can be a really great thing!

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  12. Greg
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 08:32:16

    Uneventful weeks can be good, but I always hate it when I have nothing to report haha!

    The Bride Test looks fun. 🙂

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  13. Yvonne
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 08:34:17

    Six Minutes looks really good. I’ll have to add that one to my list. Have a great week!

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  14. sjhigbee
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 08:48:26

    Very glad to hear you had an uneventful week – wish I had a lot less happening in mine right now. And I’m extremely impressed by how many books you’ve read so far this year! Have another quiet week, Shelleyrae – preferably with yet more great books to read:)

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  15. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 09:11:05

    The Bride Test is on my summer TBR! I hope you like it.

    I get anxiety just reading the blurb of Six Minutes so I couldn’t read that one, lol.

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  16. Stormi D Johnson
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 09:13:03

    I like uneventful weeks!! 🙂

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  17. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:58:37

    Yay for an uneventful week! I like the calm. Hope you enjoy The Bride Test as much as I did. 🙂

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  18. Sarah Sammis
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:46:47

    I have The Bride Test on my TBR. My week in review

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  19. Mia is mine
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 14:24:33

    I so love my rare uneventful weeks! Understandably, they make blogging a bit challenging! It sounds like you’re reading life is moving along quite nicely! Thank you for sharing such interesting reads! Take good care!

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  20. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:22:13

    Congrats on doing so well on your Goodreads challenge! I loved The Bride Test and I hope you do too Shelley 🙂

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  21. kozbisa
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 19:45:04

    I am such a Helen Hoang book, and TBT did not disappoint. I hope you love it.

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  22. tbretc
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 21:32:57

    Wow 90 books- well done!

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  23. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 22:08:40

    You are 61% finished with your yearly reading challenge and the year is only half over. That is wonderful.

    I love the look of Wild Horses. Thanks for sharing it.

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  24. Beth F
    Jun 24, 2019 @ 22:28:02

    I agree with everyone else — great reading week and quiet weeks are always welcome. Maybe I’ll finally start Wild Horses this week… or not. LOL

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  25. Yvo
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 00:15:19

    I’m definitely hoping to pick up The Bride Test soon… It sounds like a fun read. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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  26. Mae Sander
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 00:24:12

    Your list of books is really long. I’m impressed. I can’t seem to concentrate and read a lot of books lately, so I’m posting slowly.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 03:26:42

    Six Minutes does sound excellent. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 05:29:20

    Wild Horses looks really good!! And you reminded me that I haven’t updated my Goodreads in a million years. Lol. Have a great week!

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  29. Kathryn
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 05:38:57

    A quiet life is very good in my books! I peeked at your books you are looking forward to post, I see three I have on my radar as well. Book life is always exciting!

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  30. Sarah Sammis
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 06:11:40

    The Bride Test is on my TBR.

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  31. Lynn
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 07:27:46

    Wow, you’ve read a lot so far this year! I didn’t have as much time to read this year as I hoped I would! Hoping to read more this summer!

    I loved The Bride Test! I hope you are enjoying it too!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  32. Lisa
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 12:39:49

    The bride Test looks like a lot of fun, and I love the look/sound of Wild Horses! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

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  33. Vi
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 20:03:18

    So many good looking new books – at least for me *smile* Thanks for sharing them. I hope that the rest of my week will be as uneventful as your last one has been. Feels so much better when life stays normal instead of turning into a crazy place.

    Happy reading
    Vi

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  34. Patty Magyar
    Jun 25, 2019 @ 22:13:57

    Your books are always so interesting.

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  35. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Jun 29, 2019 @ 14:53:42

    I hope you love the Bride Test! I have been eyeing that series and feel like I’m going to have to go for it soon. ❤️

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  36. Lola
    Jun 30, 2019 @ 05:13:23

    You’re doing great with your Goodreads goal. I am also ahead on schedule :). I heard good things about The Bride Test. Wild Horses sounds interesting.

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