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

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

Life…

Apart from a lingering blanket of smoke, and the odd flare up, our area is finally free from fire emergencies, unfortunately though there are still 66 fires burning across the state. My parents took a long planned trip up north last week, and on their way home yesterday spent several hours stuck in their car on the highway when a fire approached the road ahead of them. My mum took this photo when the traffic was finally allowed through.

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

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge: 59/50 COMPLETE

2019 Aussie Author Challenge: 12/12 COMPLETE

This week will see the end of Nonfiction November for another year. I’ll be posting a wrap up on November 30th. To see what I have shared so far you can CLICK HERE

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Nobody’s Victim by Carrie Goldberg

Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman

The Diamond Hunter by Fiona McIntosh

 

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New Posts…

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

#NonficNov Review: The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective by Susannah Stapleton

Review: Resurrection Bay (Caleb Zelic #1) by Emma Viskic

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

#Nonfic Nov – Nonfiction Favourites

Review: Cry of the Firebird by T.M. Clark

#NonficNov Revuew: Life Moves Pretty Fast: The lessons we learned from eighties movies (and why we don’t learn them from movies any more) by Hadley Freeman

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Now You See Them (Magic Men #5) by Elly Griffiths

The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them is a wild mystery with detective Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto, as they investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s.

The new decade is going well for Edgar Stephens and his good friend the magician Max Mephisto. Edgar is happily married, with children, and promoted to Superintendent. Max has found fame and stardom in America, though is now back in England for a funeral, and a prospective movie job. Edgar’s new wife, though—former detective Emma—is restless and frustrated at home, knowing she was the best detective on the team.

But when an investigation into a string of disappearing girls begins, Emma sees her chance to get back in the action. She begins her own hunt, determined to prove, once and for all that she’s better than the boys. Though she’s not the only one working toward that goal—there’s a new woman on the force, and she’s determined to make detective. When two more girls go missing, both with ties to the group, the stakes climb ever higher, and Max finds himself drawn into his own search.

Who will find the girls first? And will they get there in time?

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Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must ‘take their victim as they find them’. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim’s weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his ‘victim’ as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge’s associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri’s journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge’s associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she’d vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

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The Strangers We Know By Pip Drysdale

Imagine seeing your loving husband on a dating app. Now imagine that’s the best thing to happen to you all week …

When Charlie sees a man who is the spitting image of her husband Oliver on a dating app, her heart stops. Her first desperate instinct is to tell herself she must be mistaken – after all, she only caught a glimpse from a distance as her friends were laughingly swiping through the men on offer. But no matter how much she tries to push her fears aside, she can’t because she took that photo. On their honeymoon. She just can’t let it go.

Suddenly other signs of betrayal begin to add up and so Charlie does the only thing she can think of to defend her position – she signs up to the app to catch Oliver in the act.

But Charlie soon discovers that infidelity is the least of her problems. Nothing is as it seems and nobody is who she thinks they are …

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Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

The author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history—the life she had lived—crumbled beneath her.

Inheritance is a book about secrets—secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 01:02:12

    When I see the pictures on BBC news, it looks scary already. To see the picture, your mother shot from within the car is quite another thing. I have no idea how long the fire season goes but I hope that it will be over soon and that your home is safe. Happy reading and have a great week.

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  2. Jen | Book Den
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 01:12:17

    Wow, that photo is incredible.

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  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 02:34:01

    Fire is terrifying. That photo your mom took is very scary. We passed within about ten miles of some fires when we visited New Mexico a few summers ago, and I was frightened to get that close to fire. I’m glad the fires are under control. I hope they are completed gone soon.

    I’ve been very interested in reading Inheritance. One of our other book blogger friends loved that book. I keep meaning to read it.

    Have a good week.

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  4. BermudaOnion
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 02:49:37

    Those fires are scary. There was one two states away from us several years ago and we had smoke here so I can’t imagine how bad it’s been for y’all.

    I loved Inheritance – it struck close to home for me.

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 03:17:16

    I’ve been wanting to read Inheritance, and I’m curious about The Strangers We Know.

    Enjoy your week. May the fires end!

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  6. sjhigbee
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 03:20:38

    Glad that you are now no longer at risk, but my heart goes out to all those who are still at risk. It’s a terrifying prospect…

    I heard someone talking on the radio about having a DNA test – and discovering their father wasn’t their biological father. It ripped the family apart… So Inheritance is very much a thing that is actually happening. Have a better week, Shelleyrae:)

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  7. Bryan G. Robinson
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 03:22:06

    I think those of us on the East Coast have no idea how scary the fires out where you are are. I can’t imagine living with that so close or driving with that so close. But I’m glad that you and your families are all okay and hope that you continue to be.

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  8. Because Christmas -Michelle (@Limabean74)
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 04:35:47

    Those Fires are insane. I really do hope it goes away as the weather starts to cool down. Awesome job on your goodreads goal. I am stinking at mine but it’s ok, lots happened this year so I don’t mind.

    Have a great week!

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  9. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 04:54:12

    I’m happy to hear the fires are out in your neck of the woods. That photo is scary! Hope your parents stay safe.

    The Strangers We Know looks interesting. Happy reading! 🙂

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  10. Beware Of The Reader
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 06:24:14

    OMG Shelley Rae these pictures are frightening! And my daughter showed me that video with the woman saving a koala. I am so so so sorry for all that’s happening in your beautiful country!

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  11. Liz Dexter
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 07:48:02

    I saw the koala video, too. I hope the fires continue to subside.

    I am reading Sandi Toksvig’s memoir “Between the Stops” which is very entertaining. It’s a NetGalley book and I hope to start another one tomorrow before going back to a print book.

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  12. Maureen Bakker
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 08:37:39

    Wow!! Congrats on your challenge progress. Looks like you’ve done a great job! I’m behind on my goodreads challenge.. but have decided I don’t really care. Better luck next year I guess.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  13. alisbooks
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 09:04:09

    Glad you’re out of danger! Prayers for all those affected.

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  14. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 10:41:12

    Wow! That’s a serious fire. Hope those 66 fires are taken care of too!

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 12:21:20

    Those fires are scary. I hope you and your family are okay. Have a great week!

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  16. yvonne473
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 12:48:23

    So glad you are out of danger, but those fires are so scary. Have a great week!

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  17. Greg
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 13:21:20

    Wow scary stuff. Glad the worst is hopefully over though, although 66 fires still sounds like a lot of fire out there. Hoping everyone in the area of those stays safe.

    Life Moves Pretty Fast sounds interesting.

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  18. Kathryn
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 14:51:15

    Wow that’s quite a fire pic. I think I wouldn’t like to be as close as that.

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  19. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 15:50:07

    Fires are so scary. I’m glad your area is finally free of those emergencies.

    You’ve been busy reading and blogging. Inheritance looks like a good read. Hope you enjoy it.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-nov-25.html

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  20. Sarah Sammis
    Nov 25, 2019 @ 16:26:34

    I’m relieved for you that the worst of the fire danger is past. Eggshell Skull looks good. My weekly update

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  21. Susie | Novel Visits
    Nov 26, 2019 @ 00:58:29

    I’m listening to Inheritance right now and am finding it fascinating and a little chilling. makes you wonder how many other people have had widely unexpected results from their DNA testing.

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  22. Lisa
    Nov 26, 2019 @ 02:26:15

    I’m glad your area’s fires have died down. The picture your mother took is so scary! Enjoy your reading this week! I read Inheritance earlier this year and thought it was fascinating.

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  23. Tina
    Nov 26, 2019 @ 06:35:30

    You’re killing your Goodreads challenge! I set my goal low this year with the intent of reading quality over quantity, but I’m still going to surpass my last year record of 102 books. Glad the fires are tamping down!

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  24. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 26, 2019 @ 13:45:07

    I am glad the fires are getting under control, though 66 still burning is so many. We had a fire break out in our hills this evening and mandatory evacuations have been ordered so I hope it is under control quickly.

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  25. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 27, 2019 @ 01:11:32

    Those fires are absolutely terrifying. I am glad that you are safe, and I hope that soon they end everywhere else. 😦

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  26. thebookishlibra
    Nov 27, 2019 @ 11:22:45

    Glad to hear that the fires are mostly under control where you live. And wow, you are kicking butt on all of your challenges. Well done!

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  27. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 27, 2019 @ 14:14:08

    I hope the fire situation continues to improve. Have a great week with some good books!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  28. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Nov 28, 2019 @ 03:21:27

    Congrats on meeting so many of your challenges this year. I’m set to meet (and maybe exceed) my reading goal this year. See what I’ve been reading at Girl Who Reads

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  29. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Dec 01, 2019 @ 23:32:52

    The wildfires are scary but I’m glad to hear that your immediate area is now clear.

    Well done on your goodreads challenge, btw! That’s awesome!

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