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

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

I binged a shocking amount of TV this week

I watched The Bletchley Circle and The Bletchley Circle: San Fransisco, both of which I enjoyed.

I also watched the reboot season of SeaChange, it’s kinda cool how many of the original characters (now 20 years older) make an appearance.

And after reading and reviewing Unbelievable I watched the Netflix limited series (I included a trailer with my review post)

With hubby I watched about eight seasons of Under Arrest (the Canadian version of COPs), which has the most annoying theme ‘song’ ever.

I’m not sure what I’m going to binge next, I’m not a ‘mood’ reader, but I’m very much a ‘mood’ watcher, and though I never reread, I do rewatch favourite shows.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Long Way Home by Nicola Marsh

Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong

Where The Light Enters by Sara Donati

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New Posts

Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Long Way Home by Nicola Marsh ⭐️⭐️⭐️

🇦🇺 Australian Reading Hour

Review: Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller & Ken Armstrong ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review & Giveaway: Where The Light Enters by Sara Donati ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What I’m Reading This Week

The Lying Room by Nicci French

Neve Connolly looks down at a murdered man.

She doesn’t call the police.

‘You know, it’s funny,’ Detective Inspector Hitching said. ‘Whoever I see, they keep saying, talk to Neve Connolly, she’ll know. She’s the one people talk to, she’s the one people confide in.’

A trusted colleague and friend. A mother. A wife. Neve Connolly is all these things.

She has also made mistakes; some small, some unconsciously done, some large, some deliberate. She is only human, after all. But now one mistake is spiralling out of control and Neve is bringing those around her into immense danger. She can’t tell the truth. So how far is she prepared to go to protect those she loves? And who does she really know? And who can she trust?

A liar. A cheat. A threat. Neve Connolly is all these things.

Could she be a murderer?

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Takes One To Know One by Susan Isaacs

Just a few years ago, Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI. But at thirty-five, she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood. Now Corie is married to the brilliant and remarkably handsome Judge Josh Geller and is the adoptive mother of his lovely 14-year-old daughter. Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur, Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and, on Wednesdays, has lunch with her fellow Shorehaven freelancers at a so-so French restaurant. Life is, as they say, fine.

But at her weekly lunches, Corie senses that something’s off. Pete Delaney, a milquetoast package designer, always shows up early, sits in the same spot (often with a different phone in hand), and keeps one eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street. Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something–and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past from her new neighbors, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie just imagining things, desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence? She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney’s affairs.

Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrilling.

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Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

A brilliant and utterly engaging novel—Emma set in modern Asia—about a young woman’s rise in the glitzy, moneyed city of Singapore, where old traditions clash with heady modern materialism.

On the edge of twenty-seven, Jazzy hatches a plan for her and her best girlfriends: Sher, Imo, and Fann. Before the year is out, these Sarong Party Girls will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh—Western expat—husbands, with Chanel babies (the cutest status symbols of all) quickly to follow. Razor-sharp, spunky, and vulgarly brand-obsessed, Jazzy is a determined woman who doesn’t lose.

As she fervently pursues her quest to find a white husband, this bombastic yet tenderly vulnerable gold-digger reveals the contentious gender politics and class tensions thrumming beneath the shiny exterior of Singapore’s glamorous nightclubs and busy streets, its grubby wet markets and seedy hawker centers. Moving through her colorful, stratified world, she realizes she cannot ignore the troubling incongruity of new money and old-world attitudes which threaten to crush her dreams. Desperate to move up in Asia’s financial and international capital, will Jazzy and her friends succeed?

Vividly told in Singlish—colorful Singaporean English with its distinctive cadence and slang—Sarong Party Girls brilliantly captures the unique voice of this young, striving woman caught between worlds. With remarkable vibrancy and empathy, Cheryl Tan brings not only Jazzy, but her city of Singapore, to dazzling, dizzying life.

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The Modern Wife by Tricia Stringer

Even a good woman can be pushed too far…From bestselling author Tricia Stringer, this beautifully realised multi-generational family story looks at what happens when real-life betrayals and struggling relationships clash with outdated ideas of what a woman should be.

Natalie King’s life is full. Some might say too full. With her teaching job, a farm to run, three grown daughters who have not quite got a handle on things, a reserved husband and a demanding mother-in-law, most days she is too busy to think about whether she is happy. But her life has meaning, doesn’t it? After all, she is the one person everyone depends upon.

But when an odd gift from her mother-in-law – an old book in the form of stern and outdated advice for young wives – surfaces again, it brings with it memories she thought she had buried deep. Has this insidious little book exerted some kind of hold over her? Could it be that in her attempts to be a loving wife and mother, she no longer knows who she is?

On a day when it seems everyone is taking her for granted, and as the ghost of a past betrayal rises, it becomes clear that even this good mother and model wife can be pushed too far …

‘A delightful, wise and heartwarming novel about second chances that celebrates friendships old and new.’ Rachael Johns, author.

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39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 01:48:49

    Doesn’t Sarong Party Girls sound fun! Emma in modern Asia? Yes!

    We should do a survey sometime about rereading and rewatching. I rarely reread, and I often (always?) rewatch movies, but I never rewatch tv. What does this say about us as people? Interesting, maybe.

    I don’t think Seachange has made its way over here, but I think I’ll look for it.

    Have a great week!

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  2. natflixandbooks
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 02:04:11

    I didn’t know Unbelievable was based on a book (I knew it is a true story). I’m waiting until I’m in the right “mood” to watch it. It looks so rage inducing. Happy reading (and watching)!

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  3. Jackie
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 02:07:39

    I am always browsing to see what is new on Netflix. I haven’t heard of the Bletchley Circle but I was going to watch Unbelievable except the fact that nobody believes her turned me off. Why should she be tormented like that?

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  4. yvonne473
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 02:38:47

    Unbelievable looks good. I want to see that movie. Hope you have a great week!

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  5. Beware Of The Reader
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 03:46:33

    I just bing watch series vicariously through my kids and hubs LOL

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  6. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 06:07:35

    I’m glad you had some excellent reads. Have a great week with some more good books!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Kathryn
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 06:24:47

    You fit in so much viewing and reading, I do watch in the evening but I am a mood TV watcher. I did see something on a movie Ride Like a Girl coming out next month which I’d like to see about the girl who won the Melbourne Cup. It’s directed by an actress from Brothers and Sisters, I never realised she is Australian.

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  8. Lindsi
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 06:34:31

    There are only a few shows I’ll re-watch, mostly anime, but I re-read books all the time! I’m actually working my way through Friends right now, since it’s a show I’ve always heard about and never seen. I’m getting frustrated with all the remakes they’ve been doing, and wish they would just make new stuff! There are so many books just waiting to become movies. 😉

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  9. BookerTalk
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 07:50:30

    I saw two episodes of The Bletchley Circle and wasn’t that fascinated. How does the San Francisco version work – is it the same characters? How do they end up the other side of the Atlantic??

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  10. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 08:34:04

    So many tempting books. I’m curious about The Lying Room…I love Nicci French.

    Enjoy your week.

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  11. Sarah Sammis
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 12:01:10

    Enjoy your books. They’re all new to me. My weekly update

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  12. Greg
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 12:14:29

    Elevator Pitch has had me curious with that premise. And I haven’t seen The Bletchley Circle but that definitely looks worth a watch!

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  13. fuonlyknew
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 13:55:32

    I watched Unbelievable too. I also binged the new season of 13 Reason Why and am now catching up on The Blacklist.

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  14. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Sep 23, 2019 @ 23:29:25

    Sarong Party Girls looks really good!!!

    I am watching Gilmore Girls for the millionth time right now. We are I think going to watch Dark Crystal pretty soon but right now we are watching more Criminal Minds, since we just finished Mindhunter. Lol. We also are watching Death in Paradise. 🙂

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  15. Lisa
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 00:40:51

    TV binges can be awesome! Sounds like you enjoyed yours. I’ve been on a roll with Veronica Mars for a few weeks now. I have no idea what I’ll do once I’m done! I haven’t read a Susan Isaacs book in a really long time — looking forward to your review of this one.

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  16. sjhigbee
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 00:55:12

    I love the look of Sarong Party Girls – how original! Glad you’re enjoying so much rewatching – I tend to return to some old favourites when I want a comfort blanket on TV, though like you, I very rarely reread anything. Have a great week, Shelleyrae:)

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  17. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 01:05:40

    After reading your review of Unbelievable, I watched all the episodes of the Netflix show, which is really well done. Thank goodness for those detectives following up and making the connections!

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  18. Tina
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 01:21:13

    I’m definitely interested in Elevator Pitch! I think because I ride elevators every day and I like finding books that have a shot at genuinely scaring me.

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  19. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:07:19

    Oh I am a mood watcher too. I have been meaning to check out unbelievable and I did not know it was an adaptation. Do you suggest reading the book before watching the series? Did it make the experience any better?

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:38:16

    Takes One to Know One and The Lying Room both sound like books I want to read. I’ll have to add them to my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 09:50:01

    Going to check our your Netflix recommendations. We are looking for a couple of new series to watch.

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  22. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 12:02:14

    I love binge watching shows! I don’t even need cable with Netflix and Hulu :). I’ve been wanting to check out Unbelievable! Right now I’m binging on Once Upon a Time. It looks like you have some good looking reads coming up this week! Enjoy 🙂

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  23. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Sep 24, 2019 @ 13:37:03

    Have fun with your binge watching. Our “Cops” has a super annoying song, too. Wonder if it’s the same? Happy reading, Shelley! 🙂

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  24. thebookishlibra
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 10:28:26

    All of your upcoming reads sound really good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

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  25. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Sep 25, 2019 @ 12:15:22

    I haven’t read any of these but The Lying Room sounds really good! I hope you enjoy all of these!

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  26. Vi
    Sep 29, 2019 @ 03:04:08

    Your books look and sound very good. Sometimes I binge watch a series too. But not via Netflix (costs too much here).

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  27. Lola
    Sep 29, 2019 @ 05:57:15

    I don’t re-read a lot, but I do re-watch a lot. It’s nice to binge watch a series when possible. I hope your reads were all good ones too.

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