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…

I had a reasonable week, crossed a few things of the list, added a few more.

This week I’m looking forward to my children’s end of year school presentation night. Both of my middle children are receiving academic awards for placing in the top five of their respective grades. School will finish on December 20th for the year.

I really need to get organised this week, and not only for Christmas, it’s also my husband’s 50th birthday on the 23rd, and both my youngest son and daughter have birthdays just before and after new year.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton

And Fire Cane Down {Caleb Zelic #2} by Emma Viskic

Darkness for Light {Caleb Zelic #3} by Emma Viskic

Troll Hunting by Ginger Gorman

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New Posts…

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

Review: The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale

Review: A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh

Review: The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton

Review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Six Degrees of Separation: Sanditon to Northanger Abbey

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What I’m Reading This Week…

One Summer Between Friends by Trish Morey

Coming home was never going to be easy …

With a failed marriage behind her, and her career dreams in tatters, Sarah returns home to Lord Howe Island to run the family store. Paradise to most, Lord Howe is the last place Sarah wants to be, trapped on an island with her two ex-best friends, Floss and Jules.

Floss has the life she always wanted: married to her high school sweetheart, Andy, with five gorgeous children. But something is missing from her marriage. And now she has a secret that threatens to tear her happy family apart, and the only person she can talk to is the woman who pushed her away.

For Jules, forgetting the past is impossible. Her four-year-old daughter is an everyday reminder of the friendships she has lost. But when a discovery turns her life upside down, she knows this is an opportunity to set things right.

This summer, can these women overcome the pain of the past and find their way back to the friendship they once had?

xxxxxx

 

Fixed It by Jane Gilmore

On average, at least one woman is murdered by a current or former partner every week in Australia. Far too many Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence. Only rarely do these women capture the attention of the media and the public. What can we do to stem the tide of violence and tragedy?

Finally, we are starting to talk about this epidemic of gendered violence, but too often we are doing so in a way that can be clumsy and harmful. Victim blaming, passive voice and over-identification with abusers continue to be hallmarks of reporting on this issue. And, with newsrooms drastically cutting staff and resources, and new business models driven by rapid churn and the 24 hour news cycle journalists and editors often don’t have the time or resources bring new ways of thinking into their newsrooms.

Fixed It demonstrates the myths that we’re unconsciously sold about violence against women, and undercuts them in a clear and compelling way. This is a bold, powerful look at the stories we are told – and the stories we tell ourselves – about gender and power, and a call to action for all of us to think harder and do better

xxxxxx

 

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It’s always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it’s even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky’s parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she’ll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

xxxxxx

 

Murder, Misadventure, and Miserable Ends by Catie Gilchrist

Murder, manslaughter, suicide, mishap – the very public business of determining death in colonial Sydney.

Murder in colonial Sydney was a surprisingly rare occurrence, so when it did happen it caused a great sensation. People flocked to the scene of the crime, to the coroner’s court and to the criminal courts to catch a glimpse of the accused.

Most of us today rarely see a dead body. In nineteenth century Sydney, when health was precarious and workplaces and the busy city streets were often dangerous, witnessing a death was rather common. And any death that was sudden or suspicious would be investigated by the coroner.

Henry Shiell was the Sydney City Coroner from 1866 to 1889. In the course of his unusually long career he delved into the lives, loves, crimes, homes and workplaces of colonial Sydneysiders. He learnt of envies, infidelities, passions, and loyalties, and just how short, sad and violent some lives were. But his court was also, at times, instrumental in calling for new laws and regulations to make life safer.

Catie Gilchrist explores the nineteenth century city as a precarious place of bustling streets and rowdy hotels, harbourside wharves and dangerous industries. With few safety regulations, the colourful city was also a place of frequent inquests, silent morgues and solemn graveyards. This is the story of life and death in colonial Sydney.

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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 01:11:20

    Fixed It sounds good…and I have Inheritance on my list.

    Enjoy your week.

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  2. the bookworm
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 04:12:40

    Enjoy your week ahead and congrats on their awards! Fixed It by Jane Gilmore sounds like a fascinating read.

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  3. Trin Carl
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 04:45:41

    A christmas shopholic-That’s a new one I’ll add to my list.

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 05:53:42

    You certainly have some interesting reads this week. A nice variety of books. Christmas Shopaholic sounds particularly good.

    It sounds like you will have a lot going in your family this week. I hope you’ll enjoy everything.

    Have a lovely week!

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 06:27:38

    Your reads this week are so varied! From the ultra-heavy, but oh so important fixed to Sophie Kinsella’s Christmas novel. Good luck with the last week of school and congratulations on your children’s successes!

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  6. Kathryn
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 07:04:24

    A 50th birthday just before Christmas is going to be challenging but still nice to party before Christmas! Christmas Shopaholic should be a good read for the season.

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  7. Beware Of The Reader
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 07:12:35

    Well it seems to me that you have many celebrations waiting for you! And congrats to your children for doing so well!

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  8. alisbooks
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 08:01:21

    My sister’s bday is on the 18th my my hubby’s is the 24th. Birthdays during the holidays can be hard!

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  9. Stormi D Johnson
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 08:21:45

    Sounds like a busy time of the year for you! Hope all the b-day celebrations go well.

    Have a great week and happy reading,
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  10. sjhigbee
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 09:30:11

    Oh congratulations on your children getting awards – you must be so proud! And I feel your pain regarding a crop of birthdays around Christmas – this last week has seen my grandson and mother’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday is on the 21st, my mother-in-law celebrates hers on the 23rd and my sister-in-law has a birthday on 2nd Jan… Have a great week:)

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  11. Sarah Sammis
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 15:28:34

    I like the Shopaholic series. Have a good week. My weekly update

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  12. Greg
    Dec 09, 2019 @ 17:49:29

    Congrats on the birthdays, and on the awards too! that’s exciting!! Hope your reads are good this week too. 🙂

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  13. Beth F
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 00:34:18

    Yay for Christmas, school awards, and summer vacation! I always like Sophie Kinsella.

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  14. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 01:06:03

    Congrats to your kids! That is great! I feel like you guys had a rough start to the season with the fires – I am sure that put you behind! It’ll all get done. Or at least that is what I keep telling myself. Lol. Have a great week!

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 01:44:41

    Happy birthday to your husband, and congrats to the kids. Have a great week!

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  16. Tina
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 01:57:01

    Christmas Shopaholic sounds like just the palate cleanser I need after some of my heavier reads!

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  17. fuonlyknew
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 02:26:03

    Congratulations on your children’s awards. And so much for you to celebrate:)

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  18. Carol Evans
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 03:12:26

    Congratulations on your kids’ awards.
    And so many birthdays, along with Christmas. Sounds fun – and busy.

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  19. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 03:27:33

    Wow your kids are doing amazing! I am glad to see you enjoyed A Madness of Sunshine. I thought it was great even though different from her usual genre. Good luck with all your celebrations! I hope you have a productive and great week! Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 03:52:18

    Interesting assortment of books. Have fun celebrating all the birthdays. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Hayley at RatherTooFondofBooks
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 04:48:34

    Fixed It sounds like such an interesting and important book, I’m going to see if I can get hold of a copy of this one. I just read Christmas Shopaholic over the weekend and really enjoyed it so I hope you do too.

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  22. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 05:06:38

    Congrats to your kids and Happy Birthday to all. Looking forward to Nalini’s new books. Have a great week.

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  23. yvonne473
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 09:04:01

    I have to get back to reading Sophie Kinsella’s series. I’m so far behind. I hope you have a great week!

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  24. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 11:48:40

    I’ve been seeing A Madness of Sunshine everywhere. Congrats to your kids for getting those awards! You must be proud. Enjoy your reading week.

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  25. 1girl2manybooks
    Dec 10, 2019 @ 13:04:07

    I have the Trish Morey too – never read anything set on Lord Howe before and I’ve always wanted to go there.

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  26. Vi @Inkvotary
    Dec 11, 2019 @ 02:45:35

    Congrats to your kids. That is great news. I hope they will have fun and can enjoy being celebrated for their achievements. You must be proud as heck *smile* Hope that the bushfires give you some time to breathe.

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  27. A Voracious Reader
    Dec 11, 2019 @ 08:14:42

    Congrats to your kids! And happy milestone birthday to your hubby. My hubby and I reached that one last year. I hope you stay sane this month with all that’s going on. 🙂

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  28. thebookishlibra
    Dec 11, 2019 @ 13:40:40

    Congrats to both of your kids on their awards. That’s wonderful!

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  29. MarthaE
    Dec 12, 2019 @ 13:42:17

    Your getting things done, then adding to the list sounds very familiar to me too!
    Congratulations to your children – well done.
    Fixed It sounds like it sheds light on an alarming situation.
    Sounds like you will be busy with some birthday plans.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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  30. Lola
    Dec 14, 2019 @ 07:50:25

    Sounds like you have a lot of events on the planning with not only Christmas coming up, but also some birthdays coming up. I hope you can get everything sorted before those.

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