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

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Life…

I hit a bit of a wall this week, just a lot of petty stuff going on that played havoc with my plans. Such is life, I guess.

I’ll have to try and play catch-up this week, but it’s school holidays, and though my kids are all pretty independent it does change my routine somewhat. I can only try, right?

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

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 44/50

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 11/12

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

Takes One To Know One by Susan Isaacs

The Lying Room by Nicci French

 

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New Posts

Review: The Model Wife by Tricia Stringer

Review: Takes One To Know One by Susan Isaacs

Book Bounty

 

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What I’m Reading This Week

(Click on the cover to view at Goodreads)

 

Silver by Chris Hammer

For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping. He’d vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won’t come again. Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days brutally murdered, and Mandy the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him.

He’s making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting. Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present.

An enthralling and propulsive thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Scrublands.

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488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan

488 Rules for Life is Kitty Flanagan’s way of making the world a more pleasant place to live. Providing you with the antidote to every annoying little thing, these rules are not made to be broken.

488 Rules for Life is not a self-help book, because it’s not you who needs help, it’s other people. Whether they’re walking and texting, asphyxiating you on public transport with their noxious perfume cloud, or leaving one useless square of toilet paper on the roll, a lot of people just don’t know the rules.

But thanks to Kitty Flanagan’s comprehensive guide to modern behaviour, our world will soon be a much better place. A place where people don’t ruin the fruit salad by putting banana in it … where your co-workers respect your olfactory system and don’t reheat their fish curry in the office microwave … where middle aged men don’t have ponytails …

What started as a joke on Kitty Flanagan’s popular segment on ABC TV’s The Weekly, is now a quintessential reference book with the power to change society. (Or, at least, make it a bit less irritating.)

What people are (Kitty Flanagan is) saying about this book:

‘You’re welcome everyone.’

‘Thank god for me.’

‘I’d rather be sad and lonely, but right.’

‘There’s not actually 488 rules in here but it sure feels like it’.

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The Forest City Killer by Vanessa Brown

Dig deep into the unsolved murder of Jackie English and join the hunt for a serial killer

Fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the quiet city of London, Ontario, marking it as his hunting grounds. As young women and boys were abducted, raped, and murdered, residents of the area held their loved ones closer and closer, terrified of the monster — or monsters — stalking the streets. Homicide detective Dennis Alsop began hunting the killer in the 1960s, and he didn’t stop searching until his death 30 years later. For decades, detectives, actual and armchair, and the victims’ families and friends continued to ask questions: Who was the Forest City Killer? Was there more than one person? Or did a depraved individual commit all of these crimes on his own?

Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, researcher Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations about how this serial killer got away. And through her investigation, Vanessa discovers the unthinkable: like the notorious Golden State Killer, the Forest City Killer is still alive . . . and a simple DNA test could bring him to justice.

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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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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 01:44:08

    Your books look good. I’ve already preordered Takes One To Know One, and The Lying Room is on my list.

    Enjoy your week.

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  2. Tanya Atkinson
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 03:46:16

    I hope things settle down soon for you. Enjoy your upcoming reads this week!

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  3. vvb
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 04:38:19

    Hope this week is better for you. Kitty’s book looks like a hoot. Enjoy.

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 05:28:14

    Enjoy your time with the kids around a bit more. Have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy those new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  5. Kathryn
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 05:41:22

    Books sound good and the long list of rules one sounds fun, I’ll check your review to see what you thought. I find the minor things can mount up and take over if I am not careful! Happy school holidays!!

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  6. Beware Of The Reader
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 06:09:33

    Oh yes life can so get in the way! I hope next week will go smoother for you 😉

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 10:27:28

    I’m sorry you have hit a wall this week. Sometimes life can be so frustrating, I think.

    I love the look of 488 Rules. I bet it’s not over here in the US yet. Maybe it will be some day.

    I hope this week is better than last week.

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  8. Sarah Sammis
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 10:50:23

    All your books are new to me. I hope next week is better for you. My weekly update

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  9. rabbitearsblog
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 11:46:45

    I hope things settle down for you.

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  10. Greg
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 15:51:06

    Hope this week turns out to be a good one. The Lying Room sounds interesting!

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  11. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Sep 30, 2019 @ 23:20:25

    488 Rules looks awesome!! I am going to have to remember it for when it hits the states. Fingers crossed this week is better!

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  12. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 00:31:49

    what a fun blog. love your header. i am a new follower and look forward to what you think of your review haul. hope you enjoy them all. thank for dropping by fundinmenal
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  13. fuonlyknew
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 00:44:40

    It seems like from here on out things just keep getting busier. Before you know it the holidays will be upon us and it’s such a hectic time.

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 01:06:18

    488 Rules for Life sounds spot on and really funny. It’s probably one of those books where I’d be nodding my head and saying, “Exactly!” a lot.

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  15. *Flora*
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 02:02:13

    You’re doing really well on your reading challenges, Shelleyrae!

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and do some fun stuff with your kids. Here’s my Monthly Wrap Up – Sunday Post

    Flora x

    You can also find me on Twitter

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  16. Beth F
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 02:04:58

    Grrr on the wall. Still you’ve got some good books. I’ve heard good things about Sarong Party Girls

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  17. Kathy Martin
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 04:28:25

    Interesting variety of books! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  18. Sarah Sammis
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 07:11:22

    You’re doing well on your reading challenge. Congrats! My weekly update

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  19. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 10:46:23

    Sorry about the drama, hope things calm down. Glad you are still able to read. I lowered my Goodreads challenge for the year as I was no where near goal.

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  20. Liz @ Bent Bookworm
    Oct 01, 2019 @ 20:23:09

    Oh gosh, that one The Forest City Killer is being added to my TBR. I started reading true crime books in the past year and I am totally hooked!

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  21. Sumedha
    Oct 02, 2019 @ 03:44:51

    You’re almost done with your challenge! That’s awesome!

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  22. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Oct 02, 2019 @ 06:55:11

    Sorry you hit the metaphorical wall this week… For what it’s worth, I’ve been pinned against one for weeks so I’m with you! 😦 Fingers crossed this week has been better!

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