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…

Thank you to those who have supported Australia during the past week, either with funds or good wishes, the fires are still burning but this week favourable weather conditions are expected to provide firefighters with a chance to get some control over the worst of the blazes. This image was displayed on the Sydney Opera House this weekend.

 

My week was a mix of good and not so good. The good – my youngest daughter turned 17 on Wednesday. The bad – our car required more expensive repairs after the shock absorbers gave out, and the air conditioner stopped working.

With my husband still on holidays from work, we signed up for a free month of Amazon Prime, and we are now binging Monk which my husband finds endlessly amusing.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

Chosen (Slayer #2) by Kiersten White

A Murder at Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

 

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New Posts…

#AuthorsForFireys Twitter Auction

Review: The Mothers by Genevieve Gannon

Review: Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby

Review: Maggie’s Going Nowhere by Rose Hartley

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Recommendations Part 1

Reading: Recommended

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…


Long Bright River by Liz Moore

KENSINGTON AVE, PHILADELPHIA:

THE FIRST PLACE YOU GO FOR DRUGS OR SEX.

THE LAST PLACE YOU WANT TO LOOK FOR YOUR SISTER.

Mickey Fitzpatrick has been patrolling the 24th District for years. She knows most of the working women by name. She knows what desperation looks like and what people will do when they need a fix. She’s become used to finding overdose victims: their numbers are growing every year. But every time she sees someone sprawled out, slumped over, cold to the touch, she has to pray it’s not her sister, Kacey.

When the bodies of murdered sex workers start turning up on the Ave, the Chief of Police is keen to bury the news. They’re not the kind of victims that generate a whole lot of press anyway. But Mickey is obsessed, dangerously so, with finding the perpetrator – before Kacey becomes the next victim.

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Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Because what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

xxxxxx

 

The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

PART CABARET, PART BURLESQUE, AND LIKE NOTHING YOU’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! GENTLEMEN, AND LADIES IF YOU’VE DARED TO COME, WELCOME TO …’

There was a pause, and Evelyn sensed those around her leaning forward in anticipation.

‘THE VICTORY!’

1945: After the thrill and danger of volunteering in an all-female searchlight regiment protecting Londoners from German bombers overhead, Evelyn Bell is secretly dismayed to be sent back her rigid domestic life when the war is over. But then she comes across a secret night-time show, hidden from the law on a boat in the middle of the Thames. Entranced by the risque and lively performance, she grabs the opportunity to join the misfit crew and escape her dreary future.

At first the Victory travels from port to port to raucous applause, but as the shows get bigger and bigger, so too does the risks the performers are driven to take, as well as the growing emotional complications among the crew. Until one desperate night …

1963: Lucy, an unloved and unwanted little girl, is rescued by a mysterious stranger who says he knows her mother. On the Isle of Wight, Lucy is welcomed into an eclectic family of ex-performers. She is showered with kindness and love, but gradually it becomes clear that there are secrets they refuse to share. Who is Evelyn Bell?

xxxxxx

 

Dear Life by Rachel Clarke

A brilliant combination of lyrical memoir and guide to living and dying, comparable to Kathryn Mannix’s WITH THE END IN MIND and Julia Samuel’s GRIEF WORKS, from the author of YOUR LIFE IN MY HANDS.

It takes courage to love the things of this world when all of them, without fail, are fleeting, fading, no more than a spark against the darkness of deep time. Yet when everything you have been and done and meant to the world is being prised from your grasp, human connections are the vital medicine. It is other people who make the difference.

Rachel Clarke grew up spellbound by her father’s stories of practising medicine. Then, as a doctor herself, one who specialised in palliative medicine, she found herself contemplating all her training had taught her in the face of her own beloved father’s mortality.

DEAR LIFE is the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking and yet deeply uplifting story of the doctor we would all want to have by our side in a crisis. The hospice where Rachel works is, of course, a world haunted by loss and grief, but it is also teeming with life.

If there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world. In a hospice, therefore, there is more of what matters in life – more love, more strength, more kindness, more smiles, more dignity, more joy, more tenderness, more grace, more compassion – than you could ever imagine.

DEAR LIFE is a love letter – to a father, a profession, to life itself

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46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claire Louisa
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 01:06:35

    Daughter of the victory lights was really good. I like the sound of Mixed Tape, I’ve never heard of that one. I’m reading a few this week, but keep chopping and changing. Confessions with blue horses by Sophie Hardach, Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry and I built no schools in Kenya by Kristen Drysdale.

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  2. kozbisa
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 01:35:27

    When my daughter’s 17th birthday arrived, she told me she was not ready for her driver’s test. Next month she is turning 25, and still, not license. I feel like I failed her here. Congratulations to your daughter and I hope she had a wonderful birthday. I loved Monk so much. Such a great show!

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  3. BermudaOnion
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 02:49:37

    We’ve been praying for the people and wildlife of Australia and are relieved to hear there will be favorable weather. The images and videos we’ve seen are heartbreaking.

    The cover of Dear Life is amazing.

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 03:08:44

    I will continue to pray for Australia. What amazing people living in Australia, to work so hard against these terrible fires. Praying and hoping for good weather this week.

    You are reading so many interesting books. I feel especially drawn to MixTape and Dear Life. I will look for your thoughts on these.

    I need to checkout your post on nonfiction challenge suggestions.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 03:18:09

    My daughter has her license but never wants to drive. I got my license the day I turned 16 and drove all over, all the time. Also, I love Monk. I have Amazon Prime, didn’t know it was there and never watch anything anyway. Sigh. I’d just rather read or listen to audio books.

    Sorry about the car – you NEED the AC. I hope things improve and you have a lovely week! Enjoy your reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  6. thebookdisciple
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 03:30:03

    Happy birthday to your daughter! And that sucks about your car. I had a car years ago with no AC and it was NOT okay. Plus, shock absorbers are important.

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  7. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 03:39:03

    The fires in Australia are heartbreaking. I really hope that the weather allows for them to come under control as predicted.
    Happy birthday to your daughter!

    Hope you have a good week, Mixed Tape sounds awesome! It’s been on my radar for a while but I haven’t seen any reviews yet so I’m curious as to what you think.

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  8. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 03:39:37

    All of Australia continues to be in our prayers… glad the weather gave the firefighters a chance to make more progress toward containment. Thanks for sharing the image on Sydney Opera House I’d not seen that.

    Hope your daughter had a very happy birthday. Sorry to hear about your car though. Hoping the week ahead is a good one for you!

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  9. sjhigbee
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 04:15:02

    I love the sound of Mix Tape – especially as my now-husband made me a mix tape when we first got to know each other! The image on Sydney Opera House is fabulous and my heart goes out to those still face those terrible fires… I hope you have a great week, Shelleyrae:)

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 04:34:08

    I liked Long Bright River so hope you do, too. That image on the opera house is powerful. I am so glad that favorable weather is helping the fire situation though I know there is a long way to go.

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  11. yvonne473
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 06:28:16

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I’m sorry about the car. Repairs are always so expensive. The AC too? I hope that’s fixed soon. I’ve been wanting to binge on Monk but haven’t had a chance yet. I hope you have a good week!

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  12. Literary Feline
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 06:46:36

    I hope the weather will help the firefighters gain control over the fires. So much loss and so much trouble left to come from the aftermath . . . I am so sorry about your car and the expenses. But Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she had a nice birthday. I hope you enjoy your current and upcoming reads! The Daughter of Victory Lights sounds particularly good to me. I’ll be anxious to see what you think of all your reads. Have a great week!

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  13. Beware Of The Reader
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 07:40:46

    Shelly rae stay safe! I sent money through one of my Aussie friends as I didn’t know where to send it to be “safe” and not to a crook! She invested this in a fund financing your local firefighters through funds raised by one of your actresses on FB. What’s happening in your country is devastating and it breaks my heart. Thinking of all of you. xoxo

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  14. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 08:42:21

    I’m glad to hear that you should be getting some relief from the fires!!

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  15. Trin Carl
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 09:39:58

    Drivers tests are not easy. It took me three times to pass mine. I’ve been responding to people’s blogs late on Sundays. I’ve got an improv rehearsal earlier in the day.

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  16. Stormi D Johnson
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 12:28:47

    It sucks to see all that stuff with the fires. Hope you enjoy the books your reading!

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi

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  17. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 12:50:09

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I hope the fires get put out soon.

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  18. thebookishlibra
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 12:50:31

    I really hope the weather does as it’s forecast to do so that the firefighters can get in there and make some good progress with controlling these devastating fires.

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  19. fuonlyknew
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 12:59:33

    I hope the weather happens and the fires are gotten under control. That image is something. And Happy Birthday to your daughter. I loved Monk and wouldn’t mind binging it again.

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  20. Sarah Sammis
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 16:05:36

    Monk — husband and I watched it when it was new. It was a fun series. We had just moved to the Bay Area where it is set. I hope the weather gives your firies the help they so desperately need. My weekly update

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  21. Kathryn
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 17:28:57

    Smiling at your hubby’s enjoyment of Monk and why not. If it makes us smile its good! Australia sure is taking a hit. Poor old Prime Minister!

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  22. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 19:29:18

    Oh boy, Monk *smile* I don´t know how often I´ve seen the series. Still smiling when I think of the protagonist. Yesterday I saw some pictures taken by an Australian photographer on the BBC app. They were beautiful. Black trees (as sad as it is) between new green grass and some with newly grown pink flowers.

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  23. svetasbooks
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 19:49:22

    Mix Tape sounds wonderful 🙂 please read that one as soon as possible. (I grew up in 90s and 00s, but still…the days of mixed tapes/CDs, exchanging music and sharing a soul.

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  24. Greg
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 20:02:46

    I hope the weather does make things easier for the responders. Continued best wishes and prayers to everyone fighting the fires, not to mention everyone affected. And happy b-day to your daughter!

    Hope your week is a good one! 🙂

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  25. Marg
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 20:17:25

    Take a look at Good Omens while you still have Prime! So much fun!

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  26. Becki
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 23:01:17

    Mix Tape sounds great! Is it out yet? I’ll have to go see if it’s at any of my borrowing sources. Thanks for posting!

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  27. Jen | Book Den
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 23:26:06

    Wow, that picture of the Opera House looks amazing.

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  28. Carol Evans
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 00:41:29

    I’m so happy the weather will turn favorable.
    Long Bright River sounds good.

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  29. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 00:45:04

    The fires in Australia should be a wake up call to the world that climate is changing and we need to do more for the planet. Unfortunately, I think it will all end up being out kids’ problem. Love the Opera House picture.

    I also really like the cover of your addition of Long Bright River. It’s more chilling than ours.

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  30. WordsAndPeace
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 01:49:20

    I hope the weather keeps being more cooperative. Monk: I’m fortunate to be in the US, with amazing public libraries. So we did also binge on Monk a few years ago, thanks to the library DVDs

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  31. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 01:52:12

    Thank goodness for a change in the weather. My heart breaks for Australians right now.

    Congrats to your daughter, but yeah, AC is necessary!!

    Mix Tape looks really good!

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  32. mdawnott
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 05:31:11

    Australia, its people, and its wildlife has been heavy on my heart. I’m so glad to hear that there may be some relief in the future!

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  33. Kathy Martin
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 06:38:03

    Nice looking assortment of books. I hope this week is good for battling all those wildfires. Happy birthday to your daughter. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  34. Cathy
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 07:59:01

    I’m glad to see you liked A Murder on Malabar Hill (published here as The Widows of Malabar Hill– wish the publishers wouldn’t do that!). The second book in the series is even better, in my opinion.

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  35. Lisa
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 10:45:13

    The Opera House image is stunning. I’m so relieved that the fires seem to be coming under control. Wishing you a great week!

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  36. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jan 14, 2020 @ 16:03:11

    Glad to hear there’s some positive news on the fire front. Those images on the Sydney Opera House are amazing!

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  37. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
    Jan 15, 2020 @ 01:13:09

    The Australian fires have been terrifying and I’m not even on the continent. I can’t imagine living there and going through it! I’m hoping that there will be more victories this week!

    I hope that you continue to enjoy Monk and have a great week!

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  38. alisbooks
    Jan 15, 2020 @ 06:21:29

    I hope the favorable weather conditions are super helpful! Sorry about the car troubles. I hope your daughter had a wonderful birthday!

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  39. dreamingofhygge
    Jan 15, 2020 @ 08:56:15

    We’re currently in the -40s and I’m just praying nothing happens to my car! I hope you can get your car troubles fixed. 🙂

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  40. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 00:23:36

    It is wonderful to hear there has been a break in the weather and may lend to helping the fires let up – it is just absolutely devastating, but good news regarding the weather change.

    Wishing you a lovely week, reading & otherwise.

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  41. The Cue Card
    Jan 16, 2020 @ 10:33:12

    Are the fires still terrible there? Sounds like they’re still going on. So sorry! I’ll send you all of Canada’s deep freeze going on this week here — so cold! So glad you liked Long Bright River — I hope to get to it soon.

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  42. Maureen Bakker
    Jan 18, 2020 @ 08:05:41

    Happy birthday to your girl.
    I hope the changed weather will help getting the fires under control. I haven’t heard about it changing a lot yet.
    Happy reading!

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  43. Lola
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 07:16:42

    I hope the change in weather helps the firefighters get those blazes under control. Happy birthday to your daughter. That’s too bad about the author repairs being more extensive. I hope you have a good week!

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