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…

My husband is 50 today! We had a small surprise birthday party for him on the weekend. My daughter decorated the cake with an archery target, as archery is his hobby.

I’ve decided to host a Nonfiction Reader Challenge for 2020. The sign up post is live now,  I hope you might consider taking part by committing to read either six or twelve books during the year.

Our Christmas tree is finally up, and I only have a present or two I’ll need to pick up today to complete my Christmas shopping.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas

and Happy New Year!

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Fixed It by Jane Gilmore

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

The Girl In the Painting by Tea Cooper

Corrupt Bodies by Peter Everett

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman

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New Posts…

 

Review: Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Review: The Girl In the Painting by Tea Cooper

Review: Corrupt Bodies by Peter Everett

Bookshop Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Comfort & Joy by Kristen Hannah

Joy Candellaro once loved Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she is at a crossroads in her life; recently divorced and alone, she can’t summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When an unexpected detour takes her deep into the woods of the Olympic rainforest, Joy makes a bold decision to leave her ordinary life behind–to just walk away–and thus begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.

In the small town of Rain Valley, six-year-old Bobby O’Shea is facing his first Christmas without a mother. Unable to handle the loss, Bobby has closed himself off from the world, talking only to his invisible best friend. His father Daniel is beside himself, desperate to help his son cope. Yet when the little boy meets Joy, these two unlikely souls form a deep and powerful bond. In helping Bobby and Daniel heal, Joy finds herself again.

But not everything is as it seems in quiet Rain Valley, and in an instant, Joy’s world is ripped apart, and her heart is broken. On a magical Christmas Eve, a night of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, Joy must find the courage to believe in a love–and a family–that can’t possibly exist, and go in search of what she wants . . . and the new life only she can find

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Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is the hilarious, poignant and entertaining story of the life of a junior doctor at the most challenging time of the year. With twenty-five tales of intriguing, shocking and incredible Christmas incidents, the British public will finally appreciate the sacrifices made and the challenges faced by the unsung heroes of the NHS.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas will be fully illustrated (as tastefully as possible) and will delight all of Adam’s fans throughout the festive period of Christmas 2019 and for many years to come.

xxxxxx

 

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher

A modern western set in an isolated Australian bush town with a soaring crime rate, where a local constable with a troubled past must investigate the death of a teenage girl whose murder threatens to set the dusty streets ablaze.

Constable Paul Hirschhausen—”Hirsch”—is a recently demoted detective sent from Adelaide, Australia’s southernmost booming metropolis, to Tiverton, a one-road town in rustic, backwater “wool and wheat” country three hours north. Hirsch isn’t just a disgraced cop; the internal investigations bureau is still trying to convict him of something, even if it means planting evidence. When someone leaves a pistol cartridge in his mailbox, Hirsch suspects that his career isn’t the only thing on the line.

But the tiny town of Tiverton has more crime than one lone cop should have to handle. The stagnant economy, rural isolation, and entrenched racism and misogyny mean every case Hirsch investigates is a new basket of snakes. When the body of a 16-year-old local girl is found on the side of the highway, the situation in Tiverton gets even more sinister, and whether or not he finds her killer, there’s going to be hell to pay.

xxxxxx

 

Peace by Garry Disher

Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He’s still new in town but the community work-welfare checks and working bees-is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch’s life has been peaceful.

Until he’s called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road. Suddenly, it doesn’t look like a season of goodwill at all.

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Thanks for stopping by!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjhigbee
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 01:58:07

    Have a lovely Christmas, Shelleyrae! I hope you get plenty of books in your stocking and a chance to read one or two during the holiday season:).

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  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 02:15:44

    Happy birthday to your husband and Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope that with all the bushfires around you can enjoy the holidays at least a bit.

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  3. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 02:58:39

    Happy birthdays, Merry Christmas and a lovely holiday season to you and yours. Enjoy your family, friends, some great reads and good food.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  4. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 03:42:57

    I’ll be 50 at the end of the month, and I can’t believe it! I don’t feel 50. Love that cake. Good luck in your challenge. 🙂

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 03:43:37

    Since I have several nonfiction books to be read, I might have to join your challenge! I don’t often sign up for challenges, thinking I will fail at the task…LOL. But since I already have a stack of books, it might work!

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  6. natflixandbooks
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 03:55:42

    Cute cake and happy birthday to your husband! Happy holidays and happy reading!

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  7. BermudaOnion
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 04:34:44

    Happy birthday to your husband! I’m sure he loved the party and the cake.

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 04:42:27

    I love the idea of your Nonfiction Challenge for next year. I will definitely sign up for that, even though I usually don’t take on year-long challenges.

    Comfort and Joy and Nightshift both look like perfect books for this time of year.

    Happy birthday to your esposo! Merry Christmas!

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  9. thebookishlibra
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 05:33:24

    Happy Birthday to your hubby and I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas.

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  10. kozbisa
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 06:06:07

    That cake is fantastic! I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday, ,and I hope you and yours have a fabulous holiday

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  11. Beware Of The Reader
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 06:08:35

    Bwahahaha I love that cake!!! Marry Christmas to you too!

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  12. Tanya Atkinson
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 06:10:07

    Happy birthday to your husband. What a great cake. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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  13. limabean74
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 06:11:11

    Happy Birthday to your Husband! That cakes looks awesome!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! xx

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  14. yvonne473
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 08:37:11

    Happy Birthday to your husband! Love the cake! Merry Christmas!

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 10:17:44

    Happy birthday to your husband! The cake looks awesome. Have a great Christmas!

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  16. thebookdisciple
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 11:25:30

    Cute cake!! Have a great Christmas!

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  17. Greg
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 13:58:15

    Happy 50th to your husband! and happy holidays to you this week!

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  18. Sarah Sammis
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 15:34:09

    Happy birthday to your husband. Happy holidays. My weekly update

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  19. Theresa Smith Writes
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 16:09:17

    I don’t read much non-fiction so maybe I should look at your challenge…

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  20. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 16:42:35

    Happy Christmas! Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors so I’m sure her book will be good.

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  21. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 16:50:35

    Happy birthday to your husband! Your daughter did a great job on the cake.

    Comfort and Joy sounds good, and very appropriate to the season. Speaking of which, have a lovely Christmas!

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  22. Kathryn
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 17:36:29

    I must check if I read Comfort and Joy. I have read a lot of her backlist but not sure about this one. Her earlier books were a bit lighter than now but I still have enjoyed most of them. Nice cake!

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  23. vvb32
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 17:39:42

    Wow! awesome cake. I plan to incorporate more non-fiction in my reading next year too.

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  24. Svetlana
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 20:13:23

    I am a fiction gal, but i did start to read some non fiction, and I realized that I love broadening my horizons! Not sure if I can do the challenge. Happy b day to your husband 🙂 and Kristin Hannah wrote a cutesy holiday book? Kind of have a hard time reconciling thst with he author who wrote the Great Alone. May your holidays be magical and filled with books!

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  25. ThoughtsBecomeWords
    Dec 23, 2019 @ 22:57:59

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

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  26. fuonlyknew
    Dec 24, 2019 @ 02:46:54

    What a fun cake. Happy Birthday to your husband and Merry Christmas!

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Dec 24, 2019 @ 07:25:14

    Happy birthday to your husband. Have a great holiday. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Dec 24, 2019 @ 16:03:33

    Happy birthday to your husband — that cake looks lovely!

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  29. Beth F
    Dec 24, 2019 @ 23:25:58

    I love the covers and sound of the last two books. Happy birthday to your husband and have lovely holiday.

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  30. Karen (@teamsheltie)
    Dec 25, 2019 @ 05:33:00

    Happy 50th to your husband. Love the cake! I’m not reading much lately but a few library holds just came in so maybe I’ll find something to hook me in.

    Karen @ For What It’s worth

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  31. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 04:45:56

    Very cool cake! Happy birthday to your husband. 🙂

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  32. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 06:36:03

    That cake is wonderful!!! Happy birthday to your husband, and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  33. Lola
    Dec 29, 2019 @ 04:22:35

    Happy birthday to your husband! That’s nice your daughter decorated his cake with an archery target.

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