It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR #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…

I’m sure you are sick of weather reports from me – in the last week we’ve experienced hail, a storm with severe winds that uprooted trees, 40c (104F) degree days, and it’s still 25c (77F) at 3am, a nearby fire has reignited, though for the moment is controlled, while around hundred continue to burn across the country- in summary it’s still insane here.

It’s also a long weekend here for Australia Day, but celebrating is complicated as debate about the implications of the date it’s held on rages. I personally support change.

Unbelievably it’s also the last Monday of the month already, so it’s time for a challenge update

(eek not the best start to the year!)

Nonfiction Reader Challenge: 1/12

Australian Women Writers: 5/50

Aussie Authors: 2/24

Historical Fiction Challenge: 4/25

Nerd Daily Reading: 6/52

Swords and Stars: 1/10

Social Justice: 0/5

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

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New Posts…

 

Review: The Daughter of Victory Lights by Kerri Turner

Review: Dear Life by Rachel Clarke

Review: Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Recommendations Part 3

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Losing You by Nicci French

It’s Nina Landry’s birthday, and she’s supposed to have her kids ready to leave in a few hours for a Christmas holiday in Florida with her new boyfriend, but her fifteen-year-old daughter Charlie spent the night at a friend’s and hasn’t come home yet. Not by ten a.m., not by eleven. Nina is getting angry—they have a plane to catch, and Charlie hasn’t even bothered to pack. As time passes, though slower and slower by the minute, Nina becomes uneasy. Her anger gives way to worry, and that worry quickly builds into panic.

By one p.m., she’s wondering, has Charlie run away, or has something far worse happened? And why won’t anyone—not the cops, not Charlie’s friends, not Charlie’s father—take her disappearance seriously?

As day turns to night on their home of Sandling Island sixty miles from London, and a series of ominous secrets leads Nina from sickening suspicion to deadly certainty, the question becomes less whether she and her daughter will leave the island in time and more whether they’ll ever leave it again.

In “Losing You,” the newest thriller from the long-acclaimed master of psychological suspense, Nicci French unravels one mother’s life and replaces it with every mother’s worst nightmare.

xxx

 

The Girl With the Gold Bikini by Lisa Walker

Whenever I see a girl with a gold bikini, I think of Princess Leia. Here on the Gold Coast, gold bikinis are common, so I think of Princess Leia a lot.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Grace has deferred her law degree and ducked out of her friends’ gap-year tour of Asia. Instead, she’s fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a private investigator, following in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars – who taught her everything she knows, including a solid line in quick-quipping repartee, the importance of a handbag full of disguises, and a way of mixing business with inconvenient chemistry.

Playing Watson to the Sherlock of her childhood friend, detective agency owner Rosco (once the Han Solo to her Princess Leia), Olivia pursues a routine cheating husband case from the glitzy Gold Coast to Insta-perfect Byron Bay, where she faces yoga wars, dirty whale activism, and a guru who’s kind of a creep.

Olivia Grace is a teenage screwball heroine for the #metoo era, and The Girl with the Gold Bikini is a body-positive detective romp, rich with pop-culture pleasures.

xxx

 

The Boundary Fence by Alissa Callen

Healing doesn’t just take time, it takes courage…

The scars country vet Ella Quinlivan hides are not solely on the outside. Men are off limits. She fills her world with her friends, work and the colourful community of small town Woodlea. She also becomes custodian of a sandstone cottage of an elderly friend whose teenage daughter went missing two decades ago.

With a broken marriage behind him, Saul Armstrong is determined to recapture his dreams by bringing American bison to the Australian bush. He intends to stick to his side of the high wire fence that divides his farm from his distracting new neighbour, Ella.

When Saul calls out Ella for a bison emergency she isn’t just thrown out of her comfort zone by dealing with an unfamiliar animal. Slow-smiling and guarded Saul stirs emotions she’d long ago discarded.

As the summer heat parches the landscape and dust obscures the sun, hidden secrets come to light. Not only will Ella and Saul be tested, the connection forged between them will be threatened. Will love be enough to guarantee their freedom or will fear continue to dictate the direction their lives?

xxx

 

Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman

Who is Mr. Nobody?

When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him?

Some memories are best forgotten.

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English countryside. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for, and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same town fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

Places aren’t haunted . . . people are.

But now something—or someone—is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know

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Thanks for stopping by!

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stacybuckeye
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 02:14:45

    Thank you for the fire update. It seems it gets reported on here, but not as much as a few weeks ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I cannot even fathom a 220 book goal so I’m impressed by your reading so far 🙂

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  2. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 02:20:34

    I feel so bad that your country is getting rocked so hard by all this weather. 😦 Hopefully there is a return to normalcy soon.

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  3. the bookworm
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 02:42:00

    You’re doing great with your reading.
    I hope the weather gets back to normal soon, that is scary about the fires.

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  4. The Cue Card
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 02:51:28

    Hope the weather & fires calm there. We’ve been watching the Australian Open from Canada … and trying to send our cooler temps your way. Enjoy your reading week.

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  5. Athira
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 03:08:50

    Some motivator goodreads is, lol! I’ve decided I won’t look at my progress until I am ahead or caught up. I’m very behind at the moment. Oops.

    Hope you enjoy your weekend. It’s crazy reading about all the doomsday weather reports out there. I fear we are past the point of no return and yet we do nothing at a global or national level to change.

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  6. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 03:44:24

    I hope the weather cools and they finally put all the fires out! I just saw that three firefighters from the US died over there. The whole situation is so sad!

    Good luck on your reading challenge and happy reading! 🙂

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 03:52:56

    Ugh. The vagarities of the weather there have been horrible. I’m still continuing to send good thoughts and prayers to Australia. I hope you have some relief soon.

    I saw that you had already read thirteen books, and I thought you’d be very happy. But then I saw your goal. That is a very challenging goal. Good luck!

    I want to take a look at your nonfiction challenge posts today. I finished Boys in the Boat last week, and it is a book I’ve had recommended to me a dozen times. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it. I should make a list of nonfiction recommended to me that I have avoided. I bet it would be long.

    I hope things look better in your country soon.

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  8. yvonne473
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 04:03:27

    I think you are doing great with your reading. We are only at the end of the first month of the year. Losing You looks really good. I hope you enjoy your books.

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  9. Beware Of The Reader
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 04:20:24

    You know I don’t tire of your weather reports as the situation in your country is very concerning and I want to know that you are safe! Let’s hope that next week will bring lots of rain!

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  10. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 04:24:50

    Your progress for the challenges is great…I am still reading my first nonfiction book for that challenge, but I go back and forth between nonfiction and fiction.

    I have pre-ordered Losing You…can’t wait to read it.

    Enjoy your week.

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  11. Regine Karpel
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 04:35:27

    Enjoy your reading. Praying for your country. ❤️
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  12. Tanya Atkinson
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:17:06

    As if the fires weren’t enough, now hail and wind? my goodness, that’s crazy. Looks like you’re off to a good start with your challenges.

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  13. harvee
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:25:09

    I’m a Nicci French fan, and this one does look good!

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  14. Yestergirl
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 05:47:24

    What crazy weather! Here too, but not to those extremes! Hope it gets better…

    Lots of great books for your week ahead. You’ve made me add to my TBR pile AGAIN! I read your review on Daisy Jones and I am glad you liked it. I had heard so much praise for it, but it just wasn’t clicking for me. Then it was on sale on Kindle and I decided to try it. I just read a little sample and still wasn’t that into it, but I really didn’t read enough and now you’ve made me feel much better about really giving it the attention that it needs.

    Have a great week!

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  15. Vicki
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 06:03:25

    It’s terrible about the fires, I hope they are all out soon.

    I can’t wait to read Saving Missy.

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  16. Greg
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 08:09:38

    Your country is really going through a lot right now- the fires and the Australia Day questions. It’s such a stressful time now, seems like, with all these things happening in the world. We’re so polarized in the US right now too, although we don’t have anything going on like those fires! My heart goes out to all those affected, the wildlife, and all of it.

    I personally hate it when it stays hot like that at night. 77 at 3am?? Ugh.

    Take care and hope you have a good week!

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  17. WordsAndPeace
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 09:31:29

    I feel like I can no longer complain the weather I have here, when I see what you guys are going through.
    Let me know what you think about Mr Nobody, I see it popping out everywhere

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  18. Marg
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 10:17:37

    The weather had certainly been crazy this month. Let’s hope it all calms down soon and the fires can be extinguished once and for all!

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  19. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 13:37:36

    I don’t think I could survive summer in Australia. It gets to 104 here occasionally, but it’s pretty rare. I hope the fire gets put out soon. Have a great week!

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  20. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 15:02:37

    You are all dealing with the craziest weather lately! I just don’t know what to make of it. At least the books you’re reading this week look really good.

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  21. Sarah Sammis
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 15:42:56

    I’ve been following the fire news. Take care. My weekly update

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  22. Tina (Teenie’s Bookies)
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 16:17:54

    Definitely going to check out your Infinity Son review, I adore Adam Silvera! I’ve seen mixed reviews on it as a fantasy novel as opposed to his contemporary we’re used too. Looks like you’ve had a good week too! :’)

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  23. tbretc
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 22:26:33

    I’ve had my eye on Mr Nobody! I liked but didn’t love Something in the Water, but I’m a sucker and always want to give authors another chance 🙂

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  24. Mystica
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 01:16:06

    I’m at the other end of the world but following Australia weather and now this virus (three children in Melbourne). The losses so far are so heart breaking I don’t know how you are all coping. Prayers for better times.

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  25. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 02:10:53

    I’m so sorry for all of Australia.. sure hope the weather/fire situation improves soon! One of these days I’ll read Nicci French.

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  26. Vlora
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 02:12:30

    I hope you stay safe and the fires die down soon! I haven’t been following the discussion around Australia Day, so I guess this is a chance to go and educate myself.

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  27. sjhigbee
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 02:32:18

    I watched the reports of the terrible hailstorms with rising incredulity – it sounds horrible. Thinking of you! Glad you reading challenges are going so well – you have made an excellent start to 2020…

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  28. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 04:37:22

    When I find myself complaining about my weather, I remember those that have it considerably worse and shut my mouth. Hope things settle down for you soon.

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  29. Literary Feline
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 04:56:53

    My prayers are still with Australia in hopes the fires will all be under control–and out- soon. Infinity Son is getting a lot of press right now, and it’s one I hope to read. I am glad you liked it, although it does sound like it has some room for improvement. I hope the trilogy gets better as it goes. I hope you enjoy your current reads! Have a great week!

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  30. mdawnott
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 05:34:25

    Ugh, I’m so sorry the weather has been so harsh for you all in Australia! I’d love to send some of our never ending rain your way where it could do some good.

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  31. Kathy Martin
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 05:49:39

    It is always interesting to hear about weather so different from what I am experiencing in Northern Minnesota. Your books sound good. Come see me week here. Happy reading!

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  32. Ash JennReneeRead
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 07:17:38

    And here I thought Texas weather was insane! I’m constantly keeping Australia in my thoughts and prayers because of the fires.
    I haven’t read any of those books but they look like good ones, I hope you enjoy them!

    I’m currently reading Peter Pan, The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch, and Blackout by Robison Wells.

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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  33. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 11:34:28

    Wow crazy cold weather! I hope it improves soon! Good job on reading 13 books. I’ve only read 7. 220 books is a lot on a year. Good luck on your goodreads challenge 🙂

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  34. thebookishlibra
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 13:56:43

    Looks like you’re off to a strong start on all of your challenges. Hope you have a great week!

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  35. alisbooks
    Jan 29, 2020 @ 02:52:01

    Still keeping Australia in my prayers!

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  36. waytoofantasy
    Jan 29, 2020 @ 06:29:49

    That sounds like crazy weather. I hope things get better soon there.

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  37. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 29, 2020 @ 10:05:54

    It looks like you are reading some great stuff and not too far behind at all. I’m so sorry about the weather and fires; it is so difficult.

    I hope things improve and you have a lovely week with some great books to read!

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  38. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 31, 2020 @ 05:00:20

    You can keep us updated on the bushfires as long as you want to tell us about it. It will never get boring to hear from you about how the situation is. Sure, it is still kind of frightening but on the other hand good to know that you and your family are obviously safe. Despite that, happy reading and have a (hopefully) great week.

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  39. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 04:35:10

    Our weather has been weird too – thunderstorms with tornadoes, then the northern part of the state got some snow flurries on Friday and tomorrow we are expected to be near 70F. You have some good looking books on your list. I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

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