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 always such a thrill to find a quote from a review of mine has been used as an endorsement for an author or book, especially since there is never a warning.

In Meet Me in Venice by Barbara Hannay

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Day The Lies Began by Kylie Kaden

Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen

White Horses by Rachael Treasure

Meet Me in Venice by Barbara Hannay

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New Posts

Review: The Burnt Country by Joy Rhoades ⭐️⭐️1/2

Review: The Day The Lies Began by Kylie Kaden ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Review: White Horses by Rachael Treasure ⭐️1/2

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week

England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

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‘I was pregnant with the baby of a man I had met once. What was one normally left with after a first date? A bad case of thrush?’

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

 Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

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A harrowing collection of sixty narratives—covering over fifty years of shootings in America—written by those most directly affected by school shootings: the survivors.

“If I Don’t Make It, I Love You,” a text sent from inside a war zone. A text meant for Stacy Crescitelli, whose 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, was hiding in a closet fearing for her life in Parkland, Florida, in February of 2018, while a gunman sprayed her school with bullets, killing her friends, teachers, and coaches. This scene has become too familiar. We see the images, the children with trauma on their faces leaving their school in ropes, connected to one another with hands on shoulders, shaking, crying, and screaming. We mourn the dead. We bury children. We demand change. But we are met with inaction. So, we move forward, sadder and more jaded. But what about those who cannot move on?

These are their stories.

If I Don’t Make It, I Love You collects more than sixty narratives from school shooting survivors, family members, and community leaders covering fifty years of shootings in America, from the 1966 UT-Austin Tower shooting through May 2018’s Santa Fe shooting.

Through this collection, editors Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman offer a vital contribution to the surging national dialogue on gun reform by elevating the voices of those most directly affected by school shootings: the survivors.

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Thanks for stopping by!

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trin Carl
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 00:49:32

    Love the blurb for What happens now. It’s so down to earth and flows well.

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 02:14:40

    Congratulations on seeing your review used to endorse a book. How proud you must feel.

    What Happens Now sounds like it should be a lovely read. I do hope the dad is off galavanting about and will get back to the mom soon.

    It’s the school shootings that are the most incomprehensible to me. How can someone go into a school and kill children? I think that book would be too painful for me to read.

    Have a good week.

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  3. Vicki
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 02:36:19

    If I Don’t Make It, I Love You sounds like a book I’d like to read so I put in a purchace suggestion for it at my library.

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  4. fuonlyknew
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 03:09:35

    Nice that your review quote was used. I’ve had that happen too and it’s thrilling:)

    My Sunday Post

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  5. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 03:09:43

    It is exciting to be quoted! Yay! Tidelands looks interesting. Happy reading. 🙂

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  6. Lindsi
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 04:43:37

    Yay for being quoted in a book! I’m sure that was a nice surprise. Did you just stumble across it all on your own?

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  7. lakesidemusing
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 05:15:42

    Didn’t know Philippa Gregory had a new book… hope you like it. Congrats on the blurb!

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  8. Beware Of The Reader
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 05:35:48

    This is so fantastic for that quote!!!!

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  9. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 06:08:10

    Yeay on the quote! That’s always nice… 🙂

    I like the sound of What Happens Now. I hope you have a good week.

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  10. yvonne473
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 06:45:18

    Your books look good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

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  11. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 07:08:48

    If I Don’t Make It, I Love You is so timely and important. I hope it’s a good read. And on the other end of the spectrum, What Happens Now sounds like a really fun read.

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  12. Tanya Atkinson
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 07:19:30

    How exciting that your quote was used! I’ve had mine used in the Amazon editorial review section before but never in the actual book (that I know of anyway). What Happens Now sounds like it could be a lot of fun. 🙂

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  13. sjhigbee
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 09:11:34

    How marvellous that one of your quotes was used – it has also happened to me and I recall how thrilled I was:). The books look really good – the one about the school shootings is a solid heartbreak – as an ex-primary teacher, I am so sad and angry that this seems to have taken root in our modern life. My grandson was telling me that they, too, have lockdown drills at their school.

    I hope you have a wonderful week.

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  14. Greg
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 09:52:18

    Ooh congrats on the blurb! that’s exciting!

    Love the sound of Tidelands. That book on shootings looks powerful too.

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  15. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 11:03:29

    I’ve had my eye on Tidelands! I haven’t read a Philippa Gregory book in years! I hope you have a great week 😀

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  16. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 11:56:42

    Enjoy your books. They all look tempting.

    Have a great week.

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  17. Kathryn
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 12:26:24

    That sure must be a lovely surprise to see the endorsement popping up on a book, especially when it’s a surprise.

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  18. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Aug 19, 2019 @ 14:27:56

    I’ve had a few review blurbs appear in unexpected places. It’s always fun to see. Congrats on that.

    Nice selection of books this week. Enjoy!

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-aug-19.html

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  19. Colletta
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 00:44:49

    How cool that your words were used to endorse a book! Thanks for stopping by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink.

    Colletta

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  20. Susie | Novel Visits
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 00:57:06

    How special that your thoughts were used as an endorsement. It makes all the work worth it!

    I haven’t heard much about What Happens Now, but it sounds really fun. I need to check it out.

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  21. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 03:24:51

    That is awesome that you were quoted!!! Congrats!!

    Tidelands looks really good – I am excited to read your thoughts on it! I don’t think I could do If I don’t Make It. I am so paranoid about sending my son off to school here in the U.S. It terrifies me. 😦

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  22. Kathy Martin
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 03:39:07

    Congrats on being quoted! That is such an honor. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  23. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 08:42:37

    You picked some interesting choices in your haul. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  24. thebookishlibra
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 11:21:54

    That’s so cool that you got quoted! Hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your reads. 🙂

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  25. Jo
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 12:32:39

    Congrats on the quote! It looks like your reading this past week has been mostly “eh”. Hopefully the coming week will be consistently good. What Happens Now? sounds promising.

    Happy Reading!

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  26. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Aug 20, 2019 @ 13:11:37

    How exciting that you were quoted in a book! I’m sure that was a delightful surprise!

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  27. Beth F
    Aug 21, 2019 @ 02:59:08

    Fun and exciting to be quoted!!

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  28. Sue at Book By Book
    Aug 23, 2019 @ 09:30:41

    Oooh, how exciting! You were blurbed! Congrats!

    Looks like a fun variety of books for you lately – enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    2019 Big Book Summer Challenge

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  29. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 19:58:05

    Congratulations on the blurb mention, so exciting 🙂

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