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

 

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

My youngest daughter headed off for her school snow trip yesterday with forty other classmates. Thankfully the conditions are good, given it’s officially the last week of winter of here. It would have been pretty dispiriting to make the 12 hour coach journey only to be unable to ski. I hope it snows while she is there, as it’s something she hasn’t experienced. I plan on keeping on eye on the resorts SnowCams, to see if I can spot her.

Technically, it’s my 9th blogoversary this Tuesday (27th August), but given I’ve not long returned from a 2 year hiatus, I’m not comfortable making a big deal of it. I think I might just let this one slide by, and celebrate next year instead.

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

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 39/50

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 11/12

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts

If I Don’t Make It, I Love You by Amye Archer & Loren Kleinman

Matters of the Heart by Fiona Palmer

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New Posts

Review: Meet Me in Venice by Barbara Hannay ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Tidelands (Fairmile #1) by Philippa Gregory ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings by Amye Archer & Loren Kleinman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts ⭐️⭐️⭐️

*New Feature* Sunday Spotlight

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

A classic love story about manners, men and modern romance retold by bestselling Australian author, Fiona Palmer.

Western Australia, 2019: The Bennets are a farming family struggling to make ends meet. Lizzy, passionate about working the land, is determined to save the farm. Spirited and independent, she has little patience for her mother’s focus on finding a suitable man for each of her five daughters.

When the dashing Charles Bingley, looking to expand his farm holdings, buys the neighbouring property of Netherfield Park, Mrs Bennet and the entire district of Coodardy are atwitter with gossip and speculation. Will he attend the local dance and is he single? These questions are soon answered when he and Lizzy’s sister Jane form an instant connection on the night. But it is Charlie’s best friend, farming magnate Will Darcy, who leaves a lasting impression when he slights Lizzy, setting her against him.

Can Lizzy and Will put judgements and pride aside to each see the other for who they really are? Or in an age where appearance and social media rule, will prejudice prevail?

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A darkly funny and sexy novel that blows the lid off the medical profession and life inside a hospital by a young doctor whose anonymous article about the pressures of trainee doctors went viral around the world.

Dr Katarina ‘Kitty’ Holliday thought that once she finished medical school and found gainful employment at one of Sydney’s best teaching hospitals that her dream was just beginning. The hard years, she thought, were finally over.

But Kitty is in for a rude shock. Between trying to survive on the ward, in the operating theatre and in the emergency department without killing any of her patients or going under herself, Kitty finds herself facing situations that rock her very understanding of the vocation to which she intends to devote her life.

Going Under is a rare insight into the world of a trainee female medic that takes an unflinching look at the reality of being a doctor. It explores the big themes – life, death, power and love – through the eyes of Dr Holliday as she loses her identity and nearly her mind in the pressure-cooker world of the hospital. But it is also there that Kitty might find her own redemption and finally know herself for the first time. Darkly funny, sexy, moving and shocking, Going Under will grip you from the opening page and never let you go.

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Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt, affecting novel about life, love, and the true meaning of courage.

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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

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Thanks for stopping by!

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elysa
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 00:33:20

    The Woman in the Window sounds like an updated version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window! I’ll have to check that out.

    And of course Matters of the Heart because I can never resist a Pride and Prejudice retelling!

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 01:32:21

    I loved The Woman in the Window and Things You Save in a Fire. I like the look of Going Under. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. A Voracious Reader
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 02:29:32

    Oh, man. I’m so jealous of your daughter. I miss skiing SO much. *sigh* Happy Blogoversary!

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  4. kozbisa
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 02:34:02

    Things You Save in a Fire was an incredible reading experience for me. I laughed a bunch and cried even more. So good. I hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Vicki
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 04:01:04

    I love the SnowCams! I hope you daughter gets to see it snow and that she and her friends have a great time!

    I really want to read If I Don’t Make It, I Love You

    I loved How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

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  6. sjhigbee
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 04:38:58

    Oh I do hope your daughter enjoys the ski-ing trip – snow-cams must be great fun to watch. What a fascinating roundup of books you have there – The Woman in the Window looks intriguing, given it really does look like an updated version of Rear Window… Have a great week:)

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  7. Stormi D Johnson
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 05:47:14

    That is great the weather has held up for their trip that would have been a bummer to plan a ski trip and no snow. Hope you like The Woman in the Window as I hated it…lol.

    Enjoy your books and happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 06:03:00

    I hope your daughter has fun skiing! Its so strange to think about snow when it was 90 degrees here on Monday! Enjoy your books!

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  9. yvonne473
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 09:24:15

    The Woman in the Window sounds good. Hope you have a great week!

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  10. Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 10:23:47

    I’ve been skiing once. It didn’t go well, but I do hope to go back and take lessons as I think it would be fun if I knew what I was doing. Lol! I hope her trip goes well! Looks like you’re enjoying what you’re reading for the most part and have some good books coming up. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. fuonlyknew
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 11:15:15

    I grew up where it snowed in the winter but have lived in a tropcial climate for over 30 years now. My son was born here and has never seen snow either. I hope it snows for your daughter!

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  12. Kathryn
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 16:58:00

    Yay for the Katherine Center book, I loved it too. I always get mixed up in all the Fiona Australian authors, but its Fiona Lowe who I am impressed by and want to read more of. Her Home Fires was amazing.

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  13. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 20:34:48

    I am very interested at the description of Sonia Henry’s book — ‘darkly funny and sexy’, amongst other things. From the stories in the new about medical doctors and what they go through, i did not expect the book blurb to say that. And YAY LAST WEEK OF WINTER BABY! Of course, it’s going to rain all week lol I hope your daughter got some snow!

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  14. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 21:21:50

    I’m getting ready to go swimming and I’m wondering if the water will be too warm, so it’s hard to imagine that your daughter is going snow skiing at the same time.

    I’m still waiting for the new Katherine Center (she’s from Houston) book to arrive for me. I’m looking forward to that one.

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Nine years is a long time.

    I hope you have a delightful week!

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  15. Beth F
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 22:29:41

    Hope your daughter has snow. It’s turning very fall-like around here.

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  16. Susie | Novel Visits
    Aug 26, 2019 @ 23:37:10

    Wow! You’re blowing up that Goodreads challenge. I’m ahead on mine, too, but then I didn’t set the bar as high as yours.

    Going Under sounds really interesting to me. I’ve seen what medical school and residencies are like from a close perspective and I know they’re brutal.

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  17. Lisa
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 00:18:06

    Happy anniversary!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Things You Save in a Fire. Have a great week (and hope your daughter enjoys the snow!)

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  18. Sarah Sammis
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 00:22:21

    Enjoy your books and your week. My weekly update.

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  19. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 01:41:19

    I hope your daughter has a wonderful trip. And happy blogoversary… even without the celebration. 🙂 I’ve been seeing some excellent reviews for Things You Save in a Fire. Hope you’re enjoying it!

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 02:45:38

    Interesting assortment of books. I hope you are enjoying them all. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Karen (@teamsheltie)
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 04:26:57

    I just moved from FL to Washington sot his will be my first time seeing snow in about 20 years. I’m both excited and afraid of the cold lol

    Great job on your reading goals!!

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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  22. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 06:23:22

    Ooo The Woman in the Window sounds so good!!!

    And what a great fun experience for your daughter! Fingers crossed for snow!

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  23. thebookishlibra
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 09:59:14

    I hope your daughter has a wonderful time on her trip. Happy Blogoversary to you! I hope you enjoy all of your new reads. Things You Save in a Fire was such a fantastic read for me. One of my favorites of the year so far.

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  24. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 10:13:36

    Oooh I hope it snows for her and that you are able to spot her on the cameras. That would be so neat! ❤️ I know what you mean about a hiatus right in the middle. Happy Blogoversary anyway! It’s a big milestone.

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  25. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 12:13:02

    I hope your daughter has fun on her ski trip. It’s hard to believe you’re in winter when we’re in triple digit weather here, lol.

    I’ve seen good things about Things You Save in a Fire, so I’m in line to get an audio copy. Hope we both love it! 🙂

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  26. Jessica at Booked J
    Aug 27, 2019 @ 14:27:08

    Hope your daughter has a nice school trip! And that the week ahead treats you well. I’m so freaking excited to read Tidelands–I love Philippa!

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  27. *Flora*
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 03:26:40

    Happy blogoversary, Shellyrae, I understand your reluctance to post anything special this year but definitely make a big thing next year – a decade blogging!

    I don’t write a special post, I had to do some research as I couldn’t really remember when I started Flora’s Musings it started on Blogger then I moved to WordPress. lol!

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  28. Vi
    Aug 28, 2019 @ 16:32:10

    I hope your daughter enjoys her skiing trip. Happy blogoversary and to another 9 years of reading and blogging *smile* A few years ago I´ve read a Philippa Gregory book but wasn´t very impressed. Maybe I should give her another try. Years ago I was a huge Barbara Cartland fan and think that I compared PG to her.

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  29. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 29, 2019 @ 01:17:18

    I have become obsessed with an Australian show: A Place to Call Home. It’s a post WWII drama (soap opera?!) that I am loving.

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  30. Jo
    Aug 29, 2019 @ 08:31:56

    Skiing sounds terrifying. Congrats on your blogoversary, even with an extended hiatus. I’ve been very irregular with my own blogging…

    Happy Reading!

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  31. alisbooks
    Aug 30, 2019 @ 12:32:41

    Great job on your Goodreads challenge! I love P&P retellings. I might have to check that out!

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