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 not even summer yet but high temperatures and wind are currently fanning several fires in my area. As you can see in the map below, my town of Taree (about 350km north of Sydney in NSW) is currently ringed by blazes burning through the bush, blanketing us with smoke. Thankfully we are not facing any direct threat, but several areas around us have been evacuated, and some property, and wildlife, has been lost. My husband works right where that red diamond is … about a 20 minute drive south from us, and may end up with a few days off due to road closures. Hopefully the rural fire service will get them under control soon though.

 

On a lighter note, I’m taking part in Nonfiction November this month, I’ll be posting every Friday in reply to the prompts, and reading and reviewing as many non fiction books as I can. Are you taking part?

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

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 51/50 COMPLETE

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 12/12 COMPLETE

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott

Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

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New Posts

Review: Riverstone Ridge by Mandy Magro

Review: The House of Brides by Jane Cockram

Review: The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott

Children’s Books from Allen & Unwin

Spotlight Sunday

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What I’m Reading This Week

 

You Don’t Know Me by Sarah Foster

He’s guarding a dark secret, but so is she.

Lizzie Burdett was eighteen when she vanished, and Noah Carruso has never forgotten her. She was his first crush, his unrequited love. She was also his brother’s girlfriend.

Tom Carruso hasn’t been home in over a decade. He left soon after Lizzie disappeared, under a darkening cloud of suspicion, and now he’s back for the inquest into Lizzie’s death – intent on telling his side of the story.

As the inquest looms, Noah meets Alice Pryce on holiday. They fall for each other fast and hard, but Noah can’t bear to tell Alice his deepest fears. And Alice is equally stricken – she carries a terrible secret of her own.

Is the truth worth telling if it will destroy everything?

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The Changing Room by Christine Sykes

Anna is in her sixties with her dream job and the man to match. Claire is a fourty-six-year-old philanthropist with a picture-perfect family. And then there is Molly, who has seen more strife in her twenty years than anyone should, but has more love to give than most.

When their lives are turned upside down, these women must discover how to start over amid a world of pain. Guided by Suitability, a clothing an styling service for disadvantaged women, Anna, Claire and Molly find the courage to rebuild their lives – with a few outfit changes along the way.

Inspired by the experiences of the women behind the charity Dress for Success, The Changing Room proves that sometimes losing everything leads you towards freedom, and that hope can be found even in the unlikeliest of places.

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Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

“Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?” Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don’t understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices. The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they’ve come to know and love.

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And my nod to Halloween…

 

Slayer by Kiersten White

Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Inge | The Belgian Reviewer
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 01:53:58

    Oh great list. You Don’t Know Me sounds intriguing! Not heard of it but it’s on my radar now. And a book about books, how can that not be interesting? So great to find out Confessions is going to be a tv series. I definitely want to watch it! Happy reading lovely!

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  2. BermudaOnion
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 02:00:09

    Those fires are so scary. I hope you continue to stay safe. We’ve been in severe drought conditions but have had a little rain so now it’s just moderate drought.

    Confessions of a Bookseller sounds fun!

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 02:28:04

    We have fires in various parts of the state, and they never fail to produce anxiety, even if they are not nearby..

    Your books look good…The Changing Room and You Don’t Know Me are going on my list.

    Enjoy your week. Stay safe.

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  4. Danica Christina
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 04:15:58

    You Don’t Know Me is definitely going on my Want to Read list.

    I hope the fires get under control and you continue to stay safe. Sending positive vibes.

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  5. whatsnonfiction
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 04:43:51

    I hope those fires are under control quickly! That sounds terrifying.
    Really glad you’ll be taking part in Nonfiction November! Looking forward to your posts 🙂

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 05:10:19

    I’m so sorry to hear about these wildfires near you. That has to be terrifying. Let’s hope the fire people are able to get these under control soon.

    You have done great with your reading this year. I wonder if you will set your goal higher or keep it the same next year.

    Have a great week!

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 05:16:29

    I hope you stay safe. I don’t read much nonfiction other than quilting or knitting books or cook books regularly. I read a lot on a topic when I am researching something. But mostly I want to read for pleasure which is mostly not nonfiction. Good luck and enjoy your reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  8. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 05:48:15

    Yikes! Keep safe!

    I am participating for the first time in Nonfiction November! I am looking forward to it!

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  9. Beware Of The Reader
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 06:17:44

    Please stay safe!!! And enjoy Slayer I so loved it!!

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 06:43:06

    I hope the fires are put out soon without much damage. Living in southern California we know all about run away fires.

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  11. yvonne473
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 07:57:02

    Good luck with nonfiction November. Have fun with it. Confessions of a Bookseller sounds really good. I hope you have a great week!

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  12. thebookishlibra
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 08:29:36

    Wow, those fires are pretty scary. I hope the fire services people are able to get them all under control soon!

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  13. sjhigbee
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 08:55:03

    Urg! I hate the thought of those fires. While we don’t often get such events in the UK – I vividly recall the summer of 1976 when the hill behind where my ex-mother-in-law lived was on fire and we were listening to the police band as the smoke drifted across the back garden, to see if she would need to start evacuating the house… The wind changed and her house was okay, but it was a horrible experience. I very much hope the fires are soon put out!

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  14. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 09:22:27

    Oh my, I hope the fires are controlled and extinguished and that you are all safe. Congrats on accomplishing your challenges! I love reading non-fiction so I’m thinking of signing up for that challenge. Enjoy your reading week.

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  15. thebookdisciple
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 09:47:29

    Stay safe! There are lots of wildfires in California here. Wildfires are so scary!

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  16. Greg
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 10:02:50

    Oh no, hope the fires don’t get any worse! Stay safe. Hope everyone fighting those or in the area is okay.

    Confessions of a Bookseler looks fun. 🙂

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  17. Trin Carl
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:16:35

    Fires are rough. I heard something great in a play today, that basically said ‘Science doesn’t care if we’re bothered’. Glad that we have each other to look after and the one above.

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  18. gulfsidemusing
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:46:14

    I’m sorry to hear there are wildfires in your area – stay safe! Congratulations on reaching your goodreads goal, and with time to spare. Confessions of a Bookseller is on my wish list… sounds like very good read.

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  19. Sarah Sammis
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 14:33:50

    Oh no, Fire and smoke for you too! We’re going through the same thing. My weekly update

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  20. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 15:13:41

    Those fires are scary. California has wildfires right now too. It’s just awful what those people have to endure.

    Nonfiction November sounds fun. I only used to read nonfiction. That changed when started blogging. Hope you enjoy your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-oct-28.html

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  21. bevbaird
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 15:53:28

    Terrible news about the fires. The world seems on fire in so many places. Take care!
    I have Giver of Stars from the library – looking forward to reading it. Your other books look very intriguing. Have a great week of reading!

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  22. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 16:56:57

    Congratulations on completing all of your reading challenges, woohoo! I’m also participating in the Nonfiction November reading challenge, but I think it was originally started by A Book Olive, so I’m participating over there. Looking forward to seeing what you’re reading.

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  23. Kathryn
    Oct 28, 2019 @ 17:21:41

    Those fires are so awful and the wind sure is a threat. I remember reading a book about fire in Australia – I think by Fiona Lowe, Home Fires it was powerful and gave an insight into it.

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  24. Lisa
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 01:39:36

    Confessions of a Bookseller looks like such fun — will keep an eye out for your review! And I’ve been meaning to read Slayer as well. Once a Buffy fan, always a Buffy fan! I hope you stay safe and that the fires don’t come any closer. Have a great week!

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  25. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 01:47:57

    Stay safe, and good luck with Nonfiction November! I’m also hoping to read tons of nonfiction next month.

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  26. Beth F
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 03:39:11

    The wildfires everywhere are so scary. Good lucky with Nonfiction November — I always discover a ton of books after reading everyone’s posts.

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 05:54:59

    Nice looking assortment of books. I hope the fires stay well away from where you are. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 09:47:01

    I hope the treat stays away from you and they are put out quickly. Congrats on meeting and exceeding your reading goal. I am a couple of books away.

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  29. Michelle (@BookBriefs)
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 12:59:45

    continued good thoughts for all of the fires. I hope you stay safe.
    Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    Here’s my Weekly Wrap Up

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  30. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Oct 29, 2019 @ 20:56:39

    Ahhh, Slayer! I’ll be curious to see what you think of it.

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  31. Sharlene
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 00:39:30

    Hope the fires get under control soon! I live in the SF Bay Area and we too have a huge wildfire north of us, and then further south in Southern CA is another big one.

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  32. Amelia
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 01:21:57

    Nonfiction November sounds interesting. Also congrats on your progress and completing your challenges.

    The Changing Room sounds interesting I’m going to have to add it to my TBR List.

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  33. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 01:24:59

    I’m sorry to hear you’re having a rash of fires in your area too! It’s unsettling, but it seems to be the new normal for California this time of year thanks to global warming. I hope you stay safe!

    You Don’t Know Me looks good. Happy reading! :))

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  34. Vi @Inkvotary
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 04:46:05

    You have NO IDEA how much I envy you. 158 read books, holy smokes! Congrats. Hopefully, the fire will spare you. It is awful to watch the news and see all the fires that burn through California at the moment, knowing that I was there and now everything is up in flames. So, I can imagine how it must be for you with the fires around you. Like the cover of The Changing Room.

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  35. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 08:46:49

    Well done on the Goodreads total!
    I have Slayer on my shelf but I haven’t got around to reading it yet… I hope it’s a good one!

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  36. Lynn
    Oct 30, 2019 @ 23:53:04

    I’m sorry to hear about the fires in your region, I hope they will be put out soon! I can’t imagine something like that happening where I live, but it sound terrifying!

    Congrats on reading 158 books! I hope you read some great ones!

    Confessions of a Bookseller and Slayer sound great, I hope you’ll enjoy them!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  37. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Oct 31, 2019 @ 07:19:13

    Looks like you had a good reading week. I’ve been trying to read more nonfiction this year, but I’m not ready to do a whole month focused on it. I did read a fun nonfiction this month if you are looking for title recommendations. You can find it and all my reading in my October wrap up post

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