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…

After some very tense days earlier this week due to advancing bushfires, I was hugely relieved when the immediate threat to my town finally passed. The fires that surrounded us are actually still burning/smouldering but are now considered controlled after a superhuman effort from our firefighters. There are a further 56 fires still active in the state.

The remaining landscape looks apocalyptic. Over fifty homes have been lost in my immediate area, still more have seen their pastures, crops, stock and sheds razed. Tragically, three people were killed. The numbers state wide are even higher.

Schools remained closed for the entire week, so too did the roads, so my husband couldn’t get to work, and I couldn’t visit with my parents to celebrate my mother’s birthday, or my wedding anniversary. My husband was upset to learn that his Archery Club, including all the buildings and equipment, was completely destroyed, but we personally were very lucky, and grateful for it.

Below is a short 2min video which shows a small part of the devastation in my area. I live in Taree, the places also shown here are within 20km (12miles), several much closer.

When the risk of escalation was at its worst between Sunday and Wednesday I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. We were glued to the emergency services broadcast tracking the path of the fires so I didn’t get much reading done. I’m expecting that things will essentially get back to normal this week for us, much of the choking smoke has dissipated, the main roads have reopened, and school resumes on Monday.

That’s not true for everybody though, and if you would like to help, your donation to this GoFundMe appeal will be appreciated by those in need.

——————————————-

What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

House of Wishes by Jenn J. McLeod

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton

Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic #1) by Emma Viskic

———————————————

New Posts

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

Blog Tour Review: The Island On the Edge of the World by Deborah Rodriguez

Review: Up On Horseshoe Hill by Penelope Janu

Guest Post: Jenn J. McLeod and House of Wishes

Review: House of Wishes by Jenn J. McLeod

#NonficNov Become the Expert: Australian True Crime featuring female perpetrators

#NonFicNov: Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder by Donald Grant

Bookshop Bounty

———————————————

What I’m Reading This Week

Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls by Carrie Goldberg

Nobody’s Victim is an unflinching look at a hidden world most people don’t know exists—one of stalking, blackmail, and sexual violence, online and off—and the incredible story of how one lawyer, determined to fight back, turned her own hell into a revolution.

“We are all a moment away from having our life overtaken by somebody hell-bent on our destruction.” That grim reality—gleaned from personal experience and twenty years of trauma work —is a fundamental principle of Carrie Goldberg’s cutting-edge victims’ rights law firm.

Riveting and an essential timely conversation-starter, Nobody’s Victim invites readers to join Carrie on the front lines of the war against sexual violence and privacy violations as she fights for revenge porn and sextortion laws, uncovers major Title IX violations, and sues the hell out of tech companies, schools, and powerful sexual predators. Her battleground is the courtroom; her crusade is to transform clients from victims into warriors.

In gripping detail, Carrie shares the diabolical ways her clients are attacked and how she, through her unique combination of advocacy, badass relentlessness, risk-taking, and client-empowerment, pursues justice for them all.

Deeply personal yet achingly universal, Nobody’s Victim is a bold and much-needed analysis of victim protection in the era of the Internet. This book is an urgent warning of a coming crisis, a predictor of imminent danger, and a weapon to take back control and protect ourselves—both online and off.

xxxxxx

Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

In the badlands of Africa, a resourceful doctor fights to save her patients’ lives. Australian thriller writer T.M. Clark returns with a vivid, action-packed adventure in the tradition of Wilbur Smith.

South African-born Doctor Lily Winters, a consultant with the World Health Organization, has been in the thick of some of the worst humanitarian disasters across the globe. But when she’s posted back to South Africa following the suspicious death of an ex-colleague, she faces the biggest medical mystery she’s ever seen.

The resettled Platfontein San People population is exhibiting a higher than average HIV epidemic, and their people are dying. The cases Lily takes over are baffling and despite her best efforts the medicine doesn’t seem to be helping.

To save this unique community, Lily and a policeman from the Kalahari, Piet Kleinman, join forces to trace the origins of the epidemic and uncover the truth. Their search drags them into the dangerous world of a corrupt industry driven by profit while the authorities meant to protect their community turn a blind eye. In a race against time Lily and Piet will put not only their careers but their lives on the line…

xxxxxx

And Fire Came Down (Caleb Zelic #2) by Emma Viskic

Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic is used to meeting life head-on. Now, he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

But when a young woman is killed, after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. The trail leads Caleb back to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert, and simmering with racial tensions. As Caleb delves deeper, he uncovers secrets that could ruin any chance of reuniting with Kat, and even threaten his life. Driven by his own demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?

The second Caleb Zelic thriller from the author of Resurrection Bay – Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and Davitt Awards for Best Novel, Best Debut and Reader’s Choice.

xxxxxx

Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman brings us her personalised guide to American movies from the 1980s – why they are brilliant, what they meant to her, and how they influenced movie-making forever.

For Hadley Freeman, American moves of the 1980s have simply got it all. Comedy in Three Men and a Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Trading Places; all a teenager needs to know – in Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Say Anything, The Breakfast Club and Mystic Pizza; the ultimate in action – Top Gun, Die Hard, Young Sherlock Holmes, Beverly Hills Cop and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; love and sex – in 9 ½ Weeks, Splash, About Last Night, The Big Chill, Bull Durham; and family fun – in The Little Mermaid, ET, Big, Parenthood and Lean On Me.

Born in the late 1970s, Hadley grew up on a well-rounded diet of these movies, her entire view of the world, adult relations and expectations of what her life might hold was forged by these cult classics.

In this personalised guide, she puts her obsessive movie geekery to good use, detailing the decades key players, genres and tropes, and how exactly the friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi influenced the evolution of comedy. She looks back to a cinematic world in which bankers are invariably evil, despite this being the decade of Wall Street, where children are always wiser than adults, and science is embraced with an intense enthusiasm, and the future viewed with excitement. She considers how the changes between movies then and movies today say so much about pop culture’s and society’s changing expectations of women, young people and art, and explains why Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles should be put on school syllabuses immediately

xxxxxx

The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

‘It won’t matter how many diamonds you find if you lose the love of your child.’

When six-year-old Clementine Knight loses her mother to malaria during the 1870s diamond rush in southern Africa, she is left to be raised by her destitute, alcoholic father, James. Much of Clementine’s care falls to their trusty Zulu companion, Joseph One-Shoe, and the unlikely pair form an unbreakable bond.

When the two men uncover a large, flawless diamond, James believes he has finally secured their future, but the discovery of the priceless gem comes at a huge cost. A dark bargain is struck to do whatever it takes to return Clementine to a respectable life at the Grant family’s sprawling estate in northern England – while the diamond disappears.

Years on, long-buried memories of Clementine’s childhood in Africa and her beloved Joseph One-Shoe are triggered, as she questions who she can trust. To solve the mystery of what happened to her loved ones all those years ago, she must confront a painful history and finally bring justice to bear.

From the harsh desert of Africa’s Kimberley diamond mine to the misty, green plains of northern England, The Diamond Hunter is a breathtaking adventure story about trust and betrayal, the ultimate quest for truth, and a love that is truly priceless

———————————————

Thanks for stopping by!

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 01:53:51

    Grassfires are so scary. We have them around here every summer and fall. I’m glad your house is safe. Have a great week!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 02:07:19

    Oh, fires have been threatening so many people and places lately…I am glad you are okay.

    I noticed that “fire” is in two of your titles this week.

    Nobody’s Victim looks fascinating.

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope your new week is good and free of danger.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Nov 18, 2019 @ 02:13:38

      I know weird huh.. totally a coincidence though. I need to read And Fire Came Down because Book 3 is out next week and I have it for review, and Cry of the Firebird is also a review book and publication day is today 🙂

      Like

      Reply

  3. sjhigbee
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 03:15:08

    So glad that you and yours are safe. It looks horrible – no wonder you haven’t been doing all that much… Nobody’s Victim looks like a really gripping book. I hope the coming week sees the fires abate, Shelleyrae. Take care.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  4. BermudaOnion
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 03:31:45

    Thank heavens the fires are under control right now. I hope and pray you and your family remain safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  5. Beware Of The Reader
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 04:07:33

    I have contacted one of my friends living in Australia, Sidney and learnt very interesting facts. One of them being that you have a collaboration with Californian firefighter but as their fire season gets longer as well as yours it becomes increasingly difficult for them! Also of course budget not following because the government does not believe in global warming and its consequences. I really hope the worst is behind for you!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  6. Greg
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 04:10:11

    Oh my gosh that video. Those poor people, and those homes! So glad you are safe, but yes… the devastation. Thank goodness for the firefighters. I think superhuman is an apt description sometimes for those brave souls.

    Hope you have a safe and good new week ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 05:03:56

    Wow. It’s such a beautiful area. I’m thankful you are safe and did not have your home destroyed. It had to be an exhausting week for many, and certainly for the firefighters. I hope this week is lovely and you can read some good books.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    Like

    Reply

  8. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 05:28:09

    I’m so glad containment is increasing and that you are safe. From experience, I know that “containment” doesn’t mean it’s over and that there is lots of clean up, fire fighting, and work still to be done. That video does a good job of showing the destruction.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  9. Carol
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 06:07:27

    I’ve had to evacuate twice in my life because of a fire threat. So stressful! I’m glad the worst is over for you and I’m sorry for the terrible devastation. 💔

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  10. Jen | Book Den
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 06:18:07

    I’m so sorry for your community, but I’m glad to hear you are out of danger.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  11. Lindsi
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 06:40:47

    I cannot even begin to imagine how stressful that must have been for you. I’m glad you’re safe, and I’m sorry so many others weren’t as lucky. It’s great that you’re providing links so others can donate and help where they can.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  12. lizipaulk
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 07:26:21

    I’m curious about the book on Eighties’ movies. I love most of those (especially the John Hughes) and interestingly, I used to use The Breakfast Club movie to teach compare/contrast in freshmen English composition class in University! They are good teaching tools!! 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  13. Tanya Atkinson
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 08:16:10

    So happy to hear the threat for your immediate area has passed. What a terribly stressful time. It’s heart breaking to see those who have lost so much.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  14. thebookdisciple
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 08:24:24

    glad the immediate threat has passed you. Brush fires are so scary because there are just so many factors in trying to predict where it will move. Hopefully things improve greatly this week!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  15. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 08:39:33

    Those fires all around you are horrifying. I can see why you had trouble concentrating on anything else. I am relieved for you that the fires are out, and I hope your life resumes as soon as possible.

    You are, as usual, reading some fascinating books. I especially like Nobody’s Victim. There are some creepy folks out there these days, and now they can have easy access to find out everything about us. I’m glad that I’m an old lady rather than a young vulnerable woman.

    I hope you have a good week. Keeping you and your part of the world in my prayers.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  16. yvonne473
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 10:33:19

    Those fires are horrible. I’m so glad to hear you and your family are safe. Take care of yourselves!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  17. Vlora
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 10:50:30

    I’m so sorry that you’re experiencing such a difficult time, but I’m glad the immediate threat seems to have passed! I hope things will return to normal for you soon.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  18. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 11:58:55

    How scary for you. I watched the video and it made me sad to see the devastation. I’m glad you and your family are safe. I hope the worst is over!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  19. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 12:21:29

    So sorry to hear about the devastation the fires have caused, and glad to hear that your home is safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  20. Sarah Sammis
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 15:51:15

    I’ve been watching the news of the fires. I’m sorry you’re going through all of that. Stay safe. My weekly update

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  21. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 16:51:35

    Oh, I’m so happy to hear that the immediate threat has passed for you! Sorry to hear that your husband lost his archery club and for the surrounding devastation. The smoke is terrible for a long time too! Here’s hoping life gets back to normal for you and your family! Best wishes, Shelleyrae. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  22. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 18, 2019 @ 17:43:57

    The devastation out there looks so awful. I am glad the threat has passed for you. Hope you can celebrate your mom’s birthday and your anniversary soon. Wishing you many blessings.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-nov-18.html

    Like

    Reply

  23. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 01:27:11

    So relieved that you all are safe. The devastation and destruction….there are no words.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  24. Lisa
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 02:28:42

    I’m so glad you’re safe. How scary. Wishing you and your family well.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  25. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 04:12:55

    that is truly frightening…and then you have fire in your book titles. 🙂 glad you are okay
    sherry @ fundinmental

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  26. Kathy Martin
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 07:29:05

    I’m so glad the fire danger for your town has passed. I know how hard it is to read when listening to that sort of news and waiting to see if you have to flee. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  27. Susie | Novel Visits
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:22:49

    Oh my gosh! I’m so glad you and your family are safe. Fires are so scary. I can’t imagine how you’d concentrate on anything with all that going on around you/

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  28. thebookishlibra
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 13:43:56

    I’m so glad to hear that the fires around you are now under control. That has to be such a huge relief.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  29. Kathryn
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 14:04:25

    So much devastation and destruction. I hope now that you will be fire free although I guess as its only the beginning of summer you won’t be able to fully relax.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  30. fuonlyknew
    Nov 19, 2019 @ 15:45:27

    Happy to hear you are safe and your house is okay. The fires have destroyed so much.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  31. vvb32
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 03:18:26

    Oh my. Glad you made it out alright. While not directly affected, we are experiencing the power outages. Apocalyptic vibes, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  32. vvb32
    Nov 20, 2019 @ 03:19:22

    Nobody’s Victim is one in keeping with the theme I’ve been reading lately. Will check it out.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  33. Lola
    Nov 24, 2019 @ 07:52:58

    That must’ve been scary to be so close to the fires. i am glad to hear you’re save and the danger has passed.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  34. Trackback: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon | book'd out

I want to know what you think! Your comments are appreciated.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s