It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

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 rough week health wise, so I accomplished very little.

I have done a little blog housekeeping, you might have noticed I changed the default font, and tidied up the sidebar (I was sad to realise how many blogs listed on my blog roll have been abandoned). I still need to do a bit more work on my pages. I’d been considering a more drastic change, but this is who I have been for the last nine years.

It’s the last Monday of the month, so time to check in with my Challenge progress

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 34/20

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 8/12

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

 

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New Posts

 

Review: The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green ★★★★

Review: Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson ★★★★1/2

Review: The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein ★★★1/2

Stuff on Sunday: BookCollectorz for Book Collectors

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan– which won last weeks poll by a fraction

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Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds.
Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoples’ lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. That stipulation has kept Emily’s own marriage together these past few years. She’d love nothing better than to toss out all her husband’s crap. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. The larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.
Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses.
But the next day Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.

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John Bailey has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The veteran war reporter has been kidnapped and tortured – twice. Finally he’s living something that resembles a normal life. But all that changes when a terrorist murders a woman in front of Bailey in London. The mastermind behind the attack is Mustafa al-Baghdadi – No.1 on the FBI’s most wanted list – and the man who tortured Bailey in Fallujah a decade ago.Mustafa has a deadly axe to grind with Bailey. He taunts Bailey with threats of more attacks in other cities, closer to home.
Back in Sydney the teenage son of Bailey’s old driver from Iraq is missing, and the people who matter most to Bailey have become targets. Bailey enlists the help of the only man he knows he can trust – ruthless CIA veteran Ronnie Johnson, supposedly retired – in a race against time to take down the world’s most deadly terrorist, once and for all.

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Vernon and Penelope Moore never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he hit his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.
But when retired teacher Vernon hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely bashed by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life been as a father if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has failed Caleb. But no longer.
The father of the man bashing Caleb is head of a violent crime family. The town lives in fear of him but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is. And what hell has he brought down on his family?
Reading like a morality tale Western but in a starkly beautiful Australian setting, Snake Island is a propulsive literary thriller written with great clarity and power. It will take you to the edge and keep you there long after the final page is turned.

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 00:43:35

    Congrats on the blog housekeeping, and glad I made the cut 🙂 keep up the good work and hope you’re feeling better soon.

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 01:21:10

    I always feel better after I tidy up a bit on the blog. I agree with you, though; it is sad to see blogs I’ve loved for years disappear. I guess that’s just another part of life, the passing of blogs. Your blog looks lovely.

    Thanks for sharing your ratings on books you’ve finished. I see you really liked Never Have I Ever. I have that one here. I am thinking about putting it into my lineup.

    Congratulations on your work on your Goodreads Challenge. You are doing a fantastic job.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  3. Bryan G. Robinson
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 02:17:32

    The blog is looking good. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Sherry Fundin
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 03:02:33

    seems health issues are a them across the blogosphere this year. hope you are feeling better. this is my first visit to you blog. it looks great and i have become a new follower. i look forward to visiting
    sherry @ Sunday Memes

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 03:10:21

    Now you have reminded me that I need to declutter my sidebars. And along those lines, I must read Hallie Ephron’s new book.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing

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  6. thebookdisciple
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 05:05:12

    Sorry about your heath issues. I know how disruptive they can be to everything in your life. Blog is looking good!

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  7. Kathryn
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 06:00:56

    Sorry your health wasn’t so good this week, hope its getting much better. Yes I hate seeing the blogs ( or more the people behind the blogs) disappear but I guess it is for one reason or another. I mourn them though. I love your blog look and it is your signature, tidy ups are always good. You are doing so well on the Australian women’s reading challenge, you are such a champion for them. And they so deserve the attention.

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  8. Greg
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 06:51:01

    I like the new font look! And I’ve thought about tidying up my blog too, but you do get used to a certain look or identity after a while! Still, I need to think about that. 🙂

    Snake Island sounds awesome!

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  9. Mystica
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 06:51:52

    Not much reading done this last week. But I’ve got three books from the local library in Melbourne which I couldn’t track down elsewhere so I’m glad and hope I can finish them by Friday before I return home.

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  10. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 07:04:19

    You’re doing awesome with your goodreads challenge! You’ll smash it before the year is out.
    The blog tweaks are looking good!

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  11. Yvonne
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 09:08:51

    You are doing very well with your Goodreads challenge. I still need to catch up on mine. Careful What You Wish For looks good. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  12. Sarah Sammis
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 13:42:42

    The blog looks good. My weekly update

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  13. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 21:33:34

    Careful What You Wish For sounds so good — I definitely am looking forward to seeing if it’s as good as it looks.

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  14. Crystal @ Lost in Storyland
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 00:51:16

    I hope your health gets better soon and that your blog housekeeping continues to progress well. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

    I’ve heard great things about Sorcery of Thorns. I recently checked it out from the library and look forward to starting it soon. Enjoy this week’s books!

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  15. Lisa
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 00:52:08

    I hope you’re feeling better. Good job on the blog clean-up! It’s something I need to get to as well… eventually. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

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  16. Kathy Martin
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 02:25:28

    I hope you are feeling better now. Your books all sound great. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  17. Beth F
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 02:27:04

    I know I have to redo my blog template, but I’m soooo lazy. Hope you’re feeling better.

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  18. Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 05:17:29

    Sorry your health has been poor. That is the worst! I need to do some housecleaning on my own blog. I’m always considering a redesign, but I want to be really happy with whatever I do since I won’t change it for years. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you feel better this week!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  19. Vi
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 07:55:39

    Your font in the sidebar (Goodreads, blog header, etc.) looks fantastic. Love it! Well, we all have days or weeks where we don´t blog as much as we want to or can. That is normal and nothing we should worry about or feel guilty about. Get well soon and have a great new week.

    Best wishes
    Vi

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  20. thebookishlibra
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 09:44:10

    I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. Congrats on getting some blog housekeeping taken care of. I’m awful at keeping up with those kinds of tasks.

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  21. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:24:56

    It’s great to do a little blog face lift every once in a while. I hope you settle on changes that reflect you. ❤️

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  22. lindytgomez
    Jul 30, 2019 @ 16:40:21

    Good job on updating your blog, and congrats on the progress that you’ve made on your Goodreads challenge. I hope your heath improves and you have a good week Shelley! Happy Reading!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  23. vvb32
    Jul 31, 2019 @ 01:36:32

    Hope this week fares better. Enjoy your newbies.

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  24. Jessica at Booked J
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 14:47:16

    I am sorry your health has been giving you issues. Hopefully this week has treated you better than last. Happy reading.

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  25. Julie Tyuk
    Aug 01, 2019 @ 20:47:15

    You are doing really good in your challenges!

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  26. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Aug 03, 2019 @ 07:18:19

    Careful What You Wish For sounds good. At least once a year I debate changing my template for my blog, but then I think about the work of cleaning up old posts to fit a new template and decide the template I have works just fine. lol. I hope things are better on the health front.

    Donna @ Girl Who Reads

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