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…

There are fires still burning around where I live but thankfully our heroic firefighters have managed to keep them contained, and though statewide 45 homes have been destroyed, no lives have been lost. I live in a rural area so much of our fire fighting service is made up of volunteers, and they have done, and continue to do, a superb job.

In other news this week #NonficNov has begun! I enjoyed visiting all the participants this past week and I’ve already added dozens of titles to my ever growing wishlist. This week’s topic is Book Pairing, encouraging participants to pair a nonfiction book with a fiction title, hosted by Sarah’s Bookshelves. I’ll be posting on Friday.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster

The Changing Room by Christine Sykes

Slayer by Kiersten White

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The Great Divide by L.J.M. Owen

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New Posts

Review: You Don’t Know Me by Sara Foster

Review: The Changing Room by Christine Sykes

Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

#NonficNov – Your Year In Nonfiction

#NonficNov Review: Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Six Degrees of Separation: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland to Putting Alice Back Together

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What I’m Reading This Week

Up on Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu

A kiss can change your life …

Jemima Kincaid loves her home, her horses and her job as a farrier. Life has not been kind to her, but Jemima is happy in the close-knit rural community of Horseshoe Hill, which rallied around in her hour of need. Even so, she is fiercely independent and will never rely on anyone again.

Particularly a man like Finn Blackwood.

An infuriatingly attractive geneticist and wild animal vet, Finn threatens not only the serenity of Jemima’s present, but that of the future she has so carefully mapped out. But as their paths continue to cross, she finds her attraction to Finn impossible to counter, even as the trauma of her past threatens to undo her. Finn is fascinated by Jemima’s solitary nature and unique vulnerabilities. But Jemima knows all about loss, and how to avoid it. Don’t let anyone get close in the first place …

As the past begins to cast long shadows, Jemima and Finn discover that a kiss can bring worlds together-or tear them apart. Will they finally face their fears and find love on Horseshoe Hill?

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House of Wishes by Jenn J. McLeod

A story for mothers, daughters, fathers and sons: about the choices we make, the connections that matter, the secrets we keep, and the power of a wish.

Dandelion House is ready to reveal its secrets.

Dandelion House, 1974

Two teenage girls—strangers—make a pact to keep a secret.

Calingarry Crossing, 2014

For forty years, Beth and her mum have been everything to each other, but Beth is blind-sided when her mother dies, and her last wish is to have her ashes spread in a small-town cemetery.

On the outskirts of Calingarry Crossing, when Beth comes across a place called Dandelion House Retreat, her first thought is how appealing the name sounds. With her stage career waning, and struggling to see a future without her mum, her marriage, and her child, she hopes it’s a place where she can begin to heal.

After meeting Tom, a local cattleman, Beth is intrigued by his stories of the cursed, century-old river house and its reclusive owner, Gypsy. The more Beth learns, however, the more she questions her mother’s wishes.

When meeting Beth leads Tom to uncover a disturbing connection to the old house, he must decide if the truth will help a grieving daughter or hurt her more.

Should Dandelion House keep its last, long-held secret?

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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by There’s Oneill

Have you ever wished you could live in an earlier, more romantic era?

Ladies, welcome to the 19th century, where there’s arsenic in your face cream, a pot of cold pee sits under your bed, and all of your underwear is crotchless. (Why? Shush, dear. A lady doesn’t question.)

UNMENTIONABLE is your hilarious, illustrated, scandalously honest (yet never crass) guide to the secrets of Victorian womanhood, giving you detailed advice on:

~ What to wear

~ Where to relieve yourself

~ How to conceal your loathsome addiction to menstruating

~ What to expect on your wedding night

~ How to be the perfect Victorian wife

~ Why masturbating will kill you

~ And more

Irresistibly charming, laugh-out-loud funny, and featuring nearly 200 images from Victorian publications, UNMENTIONABLE will inspire a whole new level of respect for Elizabeth Bennett, Scarlet O’Hara, Jane Eyre, and all of our great, great grandmothers.

(And it just might leave you feeling ecstatically grateful to live in an age of pants, super absorbency tampons, epidurals, anti-depressants, and not-dying-of-the-syphilis-your-husband-brought-home.)

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Island On the Edge of the World by Deborah Rodriguez

Haiti. A poor country rich in courage, strength and love. As these four women are about to discover.

Charlie, the rootless daughter of American missionaries, now working as a hairdresser in Northern California. But the repercussions of a traumatic childhood far from home have left her struggling for her way in life.

Bea, Charlie’s eccentric grandmother, who is convinced a reunion with her estranged mother will help Charlie heal.

Lizbeth, a Texas widow who has never strayed too far from home. She is on a daunting journey into the unknown, searching for the grandchild she never knew existed.

And Senzey, a young Haitian mother dealing with a lifetime of love and loss, who shows them the true meaning of bravery.

Together they venture through the teeming, colorful streets of Port-au-Prince, into the worlds of do-gooders doing more harm than good, Vodou practitioners, artists, activists, and everyday Haitian men and women determined to survive against all odds.

For Charlie, Bea, Lizbeth and Senzey, life will never be the same again . .

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Bush Doctors by Annabelle Brayley

Sixteen stories of amazing outback doctors and their heroic deeds, from the bestselling author of Bush Nurses and Nurses of the Outback. Imagine yourself critically injured or seriously ill in the middle of nowhere. You’d be hoping like hell there was a doctor nearby to take charge; someone resourceful, who’d think quickly and stay calm under pressure; someone who could, if necessary, take charge from a distance. You’d want to be in the safe and sure hands of one of these amazing bush doctors. They might work in some of the most spectacular locations in Australia – from the splendid isolation of the Kimberley and the wide open spaces of outback Queensland to the freezing icecaps of Antarctica – but their profession demands long hours, extensive medical knowledge and, sometimes, courage beyond their experience. Meet some of the extraordinary medicos who save lives everyday beyond the great divide including Jenny Wilson, the locum with itchy feet who roams Australia and beyond to help people; Rolf Gomes, who built a ‘heart truck’ to take life-saving medical advice to the inland; and Molly Shorthouse who cares for people’s mental health. And, always, there’s the Royal Flying Doctors… From the bestselling author of Nurses of the Outback, Bush Doctors is a powerful and captivating tribute to all rural and remote doctors – unsung Australian heroes who truly do care.

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33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trin Carl
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 01:47:22

    Dandelion Retreat-sounds fun till it isn’t . Lol. If you like therapy and things of this nature, you might like Star of Therapy, a film I saw at the twin cities Film festival. I’ll have the director on my blog soon.

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  2. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 02:15:26

    The Victorian book sounds like a hoot! I’m glad to hear your fires seem to be under some level of control. My state, California, seems to be on fire right now as well. I am about an hour away from the closest one so we’re find for now, but I feel so awful for everyone who has has been evacuated.

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 02:57:58

    Your books all look so good.

    I can feel the smoky air here, even though there are no fires in the immediate area. The whole state is under fire, it seems. Sigh.

    Unmentionable does look like fun. Enjoy your week.

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  4. thebookdisciple
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 03:32:04

    Glad you are safe from the fires. It seems like a very dangerous situation. Glad you have such great fire fighters!

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 05:12:29

    Firefighters have a tough job and dangerous. I only seem to read the skill based nonfiction like cookbooks, knitting, quilting, etc. Have a great week and happy reading.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  6. Katherine Nabity
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 05:12:55

    I read Unmentionable last year/earlier this year. I thought it was rather fun, though a criticism of it was that it’s too grim. I think that’s probably okay since the general view of the Victorian era is maybe a little too rosy.

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  7. sjhigbee
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 05:20:59

    I am so admiring of firefighters… Unmentionable sounds just the sort of thing we all ought to read next time we start moaning about the queues in the supermarket and the fact that our phone data keeps running out. And corsets – that’s the other misery Victorian ladies had to contend with – the minute they tried to do more than walk at a leisurely pace, they fainted of oxygen starvation, hence the smelling salts to bring them around… Have a lovely week, Shelleyrae:)

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  8. Beware Of The Reader
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 05:39:16

    I am crossing my fingers that the fires still spare you!!!

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  9. Greg
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 10:49:54

    So glad the fires haven’t affected you, and yes the firefighters are truly heroic, especially when they’re volunteers. Here’s hoping they continue to be safe and th fires don’t get any worse.

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  10. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 12:43:36

    I’m glad you and your family are safe from the fires. You’re reading an eclectic mix of books. Enjoy!

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  11. Sarah Sammis
    Nov 04, 2019 @ 15:19:37

    Unmentionable sounds memorable. My weekly update

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  12. gulfsidemusing
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 00:03:15

    Unmentionable sounds like an interesting read! Hope you continue to stay safe from the fires.

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  13. BermudaOnion
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 00:21:57

    Those fires make everyone realize just how brave firefighters are. I’m glad you’re safe and no lives have been lost.

    I hope all of your books are winners!

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  14. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 00:24:10

    I love seeing all your books. I am especially interested in Unmentionable. Those times highly influenced my parents through their parents and, of course, led to lots of rebellion in the form of the 1920s and, much later, the 1960s. It sounds fascinating. I need to add it to my nonfiction TBR.

    I am enjoying Nonfiction November very much, and it sounds like you are, too. I have gone ahead and created a list of books for the final post (the nonfiction TBR). I bet I have more than twenty titles so far.

    I hope they get all those fires out. It must be a big worry for you.

    Have a good week!

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  15. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 01:35:20

    So glad to hear that everyone has been safe! Kudos to those men and women fighting those fires!

    Unmentionable looks like such a fun read!!!

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  16. CJ
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 02:03:08

    Glad to hear you and your family are keeping safe.

    House of wishes & Unmentionable sound like great reads
    Hope you have a great week!!

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  17. bevbaird
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 02:22:27

    Such a great range of books – they all look intriguing.

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  18. Lisa
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 03:41:35

    I’ve been wanting to read Unmentionable ever since it came out! Can’t wait to hear what you think. Have a great week!

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  19. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 05:05:42

    Are you in California? The fires there are so dreadful. I’m glad you’re all right.

    Your books for this week look great, especially Unmentionable. I’ve seen it on one or two other blogs in the last few months, and I just put it on my “want-to-read” list at the library.

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  20. Literary Feline
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 07:10:51

    The fires continue to be bad this season. It’s awful. Luckily no human life has been lost in the recent fires, but I wish we could say the same for animal life. Our former vet’s widow’s house burnt down and with it many of her animals perished. She’s devastated. I don’t want to think about the countless other animals most.

    I hope you enjoy Nonfiction November! I always tell myself I will participate in that or Science Fiction November, but I have yet to. Maybe someday.

    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading!

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  21. fuonlyknew
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 08:24:28

    It’s amazing what the firefighters have done and that no people have perished from the fires. I feel so sad for the animals though.
    NonficNov sounds fun. I look forward to your posts.

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  22. yvonne473
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 08:29:37

    The fires are awful. I’m glad you are doing well. Your books look good. Have a great week!

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 08:59:31

    Unmentionable does sound interesting. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. Kathryn
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 10:28:14

    Book pairing a NF and a F sounds like an interesting idea. Look forward to seeing what you do. Yes the firefighters are extraordinary.

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  25. Sarah Sammis
    Nov 05, 2019 @ 10:43:59

    Fires are still burning here too, Let’s hope we both get well needed rain. My weekly update

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  26. Jamie (@jljaina)
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 07:20:43

    I might jump into Nonfic November next year. Right now it conflicts too much with a series reading reading challenge to read my backlist of unfinished series which I desperately need to do.

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  27. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 09:51:01

    The wild fires are horrid. I’m glad you and your family are okay but it sucks that 45 homes have been destroyed. The firefighters are awesome for doing what they do!

    What did you think of Slayer? I need to get to reading that at some point.

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  29. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 11, 2019 @ 15:40:57

    I’m glad to hear the fires are mostly contained now. The destruction is awful, but thankfully no lives lost.

    Thanks for sharing your books. Unmentionable sounds interesting.

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  30. readingwritingandriesling
    Dec 03, 2019 @ 06:02:35

    I loved Slayer too

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