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…

 

So Netflix Australia added Seasons 1-10 of The Big Bang Theory last week, guess what we’ve been doing…it even lured my kids from their bedrooms (after midday of course – it is the school holidays), turning the bingewatch into a family event, which happily didn’t require us to leave the house, or spend money… I call that a win!

Sigh, I will miss this show!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth

 

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New Posts

 

Review: The Chain by Adrian McKinty

Review: The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl

Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Review: The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

Weekend Cooking: Cozy Culinary Mysteries

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

Undertaker Nina Sherwood is full of good advice. For example, never wear lip gloss when you’re scattering ashes. Nina is your average 30-year-old with a steady job, a nice home – and dead bodies in her basement. As an undertaker, she often prefers the company of the dead to the living – they’re obliging, good listeners and take secrets to the grave.

Nina is on a one-woman mission to persuade her peers that passing on is just another part of life. But the residents of Primrose Hill are adamant that a funeral parlour is the last thing they need… and they will stop at nothing to close down her dearly beloved shop.

When Nina’s ‘big break’ funeral turns out to be a prank, it seems like it’s the final nail in the coffin for her new business. That is, until a (tall, dark and) mysterious investor shows up out of the blue, and she decides to take a leap of faith.

Because, after all, it’s her funeral…

The perfect antidote to all books about weddings, this book will make you laugh until you cry, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley’s Bridesmaids, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Good Place.

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Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal, from the internationally bestselling author of The Survivors.

1953, the South of France. The fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances.

Eloïse Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm near Arles in the Camargue. She idolises her older brother, André, and when he leaves to become an Intelligence Officer working for the CIA in Paris to help protect France, she soon follows him. Having exchanged the strict confines of her father’s farm for a life of freedom in Paris, her world comes alive. 

But everything changes when André is injured – a direct result of Eloise’s actions. Unable to work, André returns to his father’s farm, but Eloïse’s sense of guilt and responsibility for his injuries sets her on the trail of the person who attempted to kill him.

Eloïse finds her hometown in a state of unrest and conflict. Those who are angry at the construction of the American airbase nearby, with its lethal nuclear armaments, confront those who support it, and anger flares into violence, stirred up by Soviet agents. Throughout all this unrest, Eloïse is still relentlessly hunting down the man who betrayed her brother and his country, and she is learning to look at those she loves and at herself with different eyes. She no longer knows who she can trust. Who is working for Soviet Intelligence and who is not? And what side do her own family lie on?

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It’s the summer of 1982. The Man from Snowy River is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.

In a seaside suburb of NSW, housewife Theresa Howard takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.

After finding herself in a desperate situation, 26-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.

Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive shark sightings, bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt. They will find solace and companionship in their friendship circle, and learn that love takes many forms.

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Thanks for stopping by!

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trin Carl
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 01:08:21

    Oh no!!!!! Big Bang Theory coming to an end. I hate to say it, but it kind of went to the way side the moment each of the characters started getting hitched, although I’d still go back and watch all the episodes.

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  2. Gluten Free A-Z
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 01:21:40

    So many books and so little time! I’m a fan of the Big Bang too!

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 02:04:53

    Your books look good. I would love to see The Big Bang Theory from the beginning. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. vvb
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 03:56:54

    Sophie Green’s looks great for summertime. Happy reading.

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  5. Vicki
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 05:10:00

    The Big Bang Theory was one of the best shows ever, I’m watching the reruns too! I’m adding The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle to my list!

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  6. harvee
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 07:03:07

    The Guardian of Lies does look good!

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  7. Kathryn
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 09:02:48

    I never watched The Big Bang Theory but you never know! Fun though that those teens have joined you. Enjoy your reading this week.

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 10:11:17

    I don’t watch much tv but I think I might try The Big Bang Theory on a binge sometime. Have a great reading week!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  9. Greg
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 10:12:48

    Binge watching as a family event- I wish I could figure out how to make that happen haha! Maybe I need to try The Big Bang Theory. 🙂

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 11:13:24

    I’m eager to read Bookshop of the Broken Hearted. I need to take a look at your review.

    Big Bang is so much fun. One of these days I’m going to start at the beginning and watch the whole thing over again.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  11. Jen | Book Den
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 11:35:33

    Aw, I love that you guys are binge watching as a family.

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  12. Sarah Sammis
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 12:58:27

    Five Wakes and a Wedding sounds good. My week in review

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  13. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 13:00:48

    After my 2nd child was born, I binged however many series’ of TBBT that there was back then often while he was feeding/not sleeping etc and I absolutely loved it. Was exactly the sort of thing I needed. I’ve missed a lot of the more recent eps so I’ll have to do some catching up and then finish it off.

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  14. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 18:53:03

    The Big bang Theory has always been a favourite in my household too. I’m interested in reading The Shelley Bay ladies Swimming Circle.

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  15. heather
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 19:38:16

    5 Wakes and a Wedding sounds great!

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  16. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    Jul 15, 2019 @ 23:20:37

    I’m glad your family got to binge watch The Big Bang Theory together. It sounds like a fun family event 🙂

    Have a wonderful reading week!

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  17. sjhigbee
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 00:36:08

    I used to watch Big Bang Theory and loved it – and then just lost touch with it, so I need to catch up! What a lovely family binge-watching event, though:)). I love the look of Five Wakes and a Wedding – have a great week, Shelleyrae:)

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  18. Lisa
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 00:36:56

    How fun binge-watching Big Bang Theory! My son & I watched every episode together. 🙂 Your upcoming books look great. Five Wakes & a Wedding seems really charming. Looking forward to your review. Have a great week!

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  19. Kathy Martin
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 03:17:34

    Five Wakes and a Wedding sounds like fun. I’ve never actually watched more than a moment of two of The Big Bang Theory. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 06:14:21

    I’ve gotten so I prefer binge watching. It just all seems to come together better when you can watch several episodes at a time. Plus, anything that lures kids out of their rooms is a good thing.

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  21. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 06:16:13

    I love binge watching because everything just seems to come together better. Plus anything that gets your kids out of the room is a very good thing

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  22. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 06:19:08

    I almost prefer binge watching shows these days. It all comes together so much better that way. Plus, if it gets kids out of their rooms that’s always a good thing.

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  23. A Voracious Reader
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 06:41:57

    I’ve never watched Big Bang, but maybe some day. Glad you guys enjoyed it!

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  24. Lynn
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 06:51:27

    I love bingewatching with others! Enjoy your new reads! I hope you’ll have a wonderful week!

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  25. Amanda @ The Book Sloth
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 07:52:02

    I love Big Bang Theory! I’m on the last season – sad for it to end. I’ve heard some buzz about The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted, heading over to your review now to see if the buzz is true. 🙂

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  26. Colletta
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 10:16:23

    We enjoyed the Big Bang Theory also. Family fun time without spending money is definitely a BIG win 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    Colletta

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  27. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 14:16:53

    The books you’re reading need to go on my wish list. I hope you enjoy all of them.

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  28. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 14:42:21

    It looks like you have a lot of good books coming up this week! I hope you love them all! I haven’t seen The Big Bang Theory, but heard it’s a really good TV show! Have a great week and Happy Reading Shelley!

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  29. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 15:00:49

    I’ve been binge watching The Big Bang Theory, too! I didn’t start the show until just recently so I’m lucky to get so many episodes to watch. Love it! 🙂

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  30. Lindsi
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 15:01:38

    The finale of Big Bang Theory made me cry!! It was just so perfect. It’s awesome that it was able to lure your kids out in the open. 😉

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  31. thebookdisciple
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 15:02:23

    I wish Netflix US had The Big Bang Theory! I have been binging all 10 seasons of Friends….repeatedly.

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  32. Beth F
    Jul 16, 2019 @ 21:34:43

    Ladies Swimming Circle sounds really good to me. I’m going to see if I can find a copy.

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  33. Vi
    Jul 17, 2019 @ 01:54:55

    We have the show running on a certain tv station all day during the weekend or holidays. It is crazy. And I have to admit that I am only watching it occasionally. I am probably one of the very few people in the world who isn´t a huge fan.

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  34. Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
    Jul 17, 2019 @ 11:09:48

    Five Wakes and A Wedding looks so funny! I have to check it out for sure.
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  35. thebookishlibra
    Jul 17, 2019 @ 11:53:07

    I’m really going to miss The Big Bang Theory too. I don’t watch a lot of TV but that was definitely a favorite.

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  36. Book of Secrets
    Jul 17, 2019 @ 23:03:45

    I will miss Big Bang too! We’ve been binge watching Victoria, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Stranger Things. Interesting mix!

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  37. Kendra | Kendra Loves Books
    Jul 19, 2019 @ 04:24:38

    Five Wakes and a Wedding sounds soo good! I hope you enjoy!!

    ~Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books

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  38. Sue at Book By Book
    Jul 19, 2019 @ 06:44:52

    That sounds great – a family TV marathon! I live in the US but got behind on Big Bang Theory the last few seasons, so I need to catch up. We usually watch Modern Family (another hilarious show!) when all 4 of us are around but caught up on that last night so maybe we will go back and watch BBT now!

    Looks like you’ve had a nice variety of books going lately, too – enjoy them this week!

    Sue

    2019 Big Book Summer Challenge

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  39. La La in the Library
    Jul 21, 2019 @ 13:18:41

    The Big Bang series is very much missed in my home too. 😩

    I hope you had a wonderful week. 🌞

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