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…

So the good news is the fires are finally out!

The not so good news, the river at the bottom of my street has just broken its banks. It probably won’t come up much higher, and we won’t be personally affected even if it did, though my husband might not make it to work tomorrow if the creek near his work floods. Flash flooding is currently an issue all along the Eastern coast, it’s incredible that some people who had to evacuate due to bushfires a few weeks ago are now having to evacuate due to flooding.

This was taken just after the river breached, the path and the road you can see is currently under a few inches of water.

 

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans

Can You Hear Me! By Jack Jones

Mountain Road, Late At Night by Alan Rossi

The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold

 

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New Posts…

Review: The Girl with the Gold Bikini by Lisa Walker

Review: Mr Nobody by Christine Steadman

Review: Euphoria Kids By Alison Evans

Review: Can You Hear Me! By Jack Jones

Review: Mountain Road, Late At Night by Alan Rossi

Reading: Recommended

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Riptides by Kirsten Alexander

In 1974, in country Queensland, Charlie Campbell forces a car off an unlit and rarely travelled dirt road into a tree, killing the pregnant driver. The crash wakes Charlie’s sister, Abby, who’d been sleeping in the passenger seat next to him. They were heading to their father’s farm.

A dead woman has no place in either of their plans. They drive away, leaving her on the ground as heavy rain falls. They cannot help her, there are no witnesses, and there is too much at stake.

When they arrive at the farm, the siblings learn that the dead woman, Skye, was their father’s fiance.

They resolve to tell no one what they’ve done — to admit to this crime will cost them their father and their future. Charlie leans on his older sister to lead them out of trouble, to act as the protector she’s had to be since their mother died. But their secret grows more complicated by the day.

Abby, however, is not one to give up. She keeps the single piece of evidence hidden, and decides to redeem herself. She determines to raise Skye’s son as her own, study, and make a difference. She is convinced that she and Charlie can get back on track. But along the way, they need to reconsider exactly what it is they want.

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The Light After the War by Anita Abriel

Inspired by an incredible true story of two Jewish friends who survived the Holocaust, this sweeping novel of love and friendship spans World War II from Budapest to Austria and the postwar years from Naples to Caracas, perfect for fans of The German Girl and We Were the Lucky Ones.

It is 1946 when Vera Frankel and her best friend Edith Ban arrive in Naples. Refugees from Hungary, they managed to escape from a train headed for Auschwitz and spent the rest of the war hiding on an Austrian farm. Now, the two young women must start new lives abroad. Armed with a letter of recommendation from an American officer, Vera finds work at the United States embassy where she falls in love with Captain Anton Wight.

But as Vera and Edith grapple with the aftermath of the war, so too does Anton, and when he suddenly disappears, Vera is forced to change course. Their quest for a better life takes Vera and Edith from Naples to Ellis Island to Caracas as they start careers, reunite with old friends, and rebuild their lives after terrible loss.

Moving, evocative, and compelling, this timely tale of true friendship, love, and survival will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

From “one of America’s most courageous young journalists” (NPR) comes a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine.

For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness-how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people — sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society — went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan’s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever.

But, as Cahalan’s explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today?

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The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day

From the acclaimed author of Under A Dark Sky comes an unforgettable, chilling novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.

As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within twenty-four hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day.

Yet Alice hasn’t forgotten. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers.

Embarking on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew—and could cost them everything.

Twisting and compulsively readable, The Lucky One explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

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Thanks for stopping by!

52 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tanya Atkinson
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 00:40:36

    From fires to flooding… that’s crazy. The Lucky One sounds like it could be a thrilling read.

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  2. Trin Carl
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 01:42:56

    This discussion on mental illness is an interesting one. I’m trying to throw an improv jam on disability awareness in the twin cities at HUGE theater and mental health comes goes hand in hand with this Jam, and one of the layers of the Jam is how we discuss mental health.

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  3. BermudaOnion
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 02:19:50

    First fires and now flooding? I hope the water recedes soon.

    I have The Great Pretender and look forward to reading it.

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  4. thebookdisciple
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 02:29:19

    Its so crazy that the fires were out of control and there was NO rain, and now we need to control the rain! Poor Australia!

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  5. Vicki
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:00:52

    Great news that the fires are out, but NOW the rain shows up, with flooding? So sorry this is going on where you live!

    I have Mountain Road, Late At Night on my list to get when it’s released in the US. The Great Pretender and The Lucky One may be added too.

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  6. Jan
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:01:47

    I had heard there was lots of rain in areas of Australia. Some rain is good, but looks like you all are getting way more than you need right now.

    The Great Pretender catches my eye. I hadn’t heard of this book or the people which went undercover into asylums to study them. That would scare me.

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  7. Jen | Book Den
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:11:00

    I’m so glad the fires are out, but wow, you guys still haven’t caught a break. 😦

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  8. Beware Of The Reader
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:24:04

    I just had news today from a friend living in Sidney so I knew about the fires being out but the floods replacing them! I am so sorry Shelley!!!

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  9. harvee
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:28:48

    Glad the water went down and the fires are out. The road in the picture looks so clean and shiny. New beginnings?

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  10. Athira
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 03:48:55

    Has the river breached in the past? Is this common for your area? Regardless, I’m so sorry you are having to deal with it even if it won’t affect you personally. It’s terrifying seeing the number of disasters occurring around the world.

    Hope you have a good week regardless.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 10, 2020 @ 04:21:32

      The last time was 2011 and floodwaters reached 6 meters (about 19ft), this likely won’t go above 2m and most of that is because our town is essentially at the mouth of the sea so the river will get a surge from upstream.

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  11. sjhigbee
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 04:08:06

    Your head must be spinning – I’m relieved you aren’t in any danger of being flooded, but my heart goes out to those who are at risk. Have a good week, Shelleyrae:)

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  12. fuonlyknew
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 04:15:20

    First the fires and now flooding. I hope you stay safe. And very nice haul of books!

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  13. Lynn
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 04:37:05

    Oh wow, it must be terrible if you had to evacuate twice. I hope all will go well for everyone! The Light After the War sounds good, I hope you’ll enjoy all these books!

    Wishing you a great and safe reading week as well!

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  14. natflixandbooks
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 05:19:05

    I’m so happy the fires are out and hope the flooding subsides soon. Riptides looks intriguing. Happy reading!

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  15. Carol
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 05:56:40

    I’m sorry to hear about the flooding…..hoping it recedes soon!
    The Light After The War sounds interesting to me!

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  16. A Darker Shade of Rosie
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 06:16:47

    Bushfires, and now flooding? Gah, I’m so sorry! Hoping Australia can catch a break soon. 😥

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  17. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 07:13:47

    You are having a rough time with mother nature. I hope you will be safe.

    Have a lovely week and enjoy your new reads!

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  18. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 07:14:50

    What is next? A plague of frogs? Good grief. What is going on with our weather in this world? I will continue to pray for you and your country during this awful time.

    Riptides sounds like it is going to be a very compelling read. I eagerly look forward to seeing what you think of it.

    Sending good thoughts and prayers.

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  19. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 07:47:07

    Water can be scary. Stay safe, warm and enjoy your new reads!

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  20. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 08:33:48

    There are some crazy weather extremes! Hope it settles down for you.

    The Great Pretender sounds like a chilling read. It sounds like asylums were horrible! Not sure if they’re any better today.

    Stay safe and happy reading, Shelleyrae!

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  21. Greg
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 09:12:06

    Oh wow that flooding sounds terrible. We’ve had some high rivers here too but not that bad at the moment. Hopefully it doesn’t get too much worse. Glad to hear the fires are out at least.

    Hope you have a nice week 🙂

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  22. yvonne473
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 09:30:20

    I can’t believe you now have to deal with flooding. Awful! I hope all is well with you and your family.

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  23. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 10:18:46

    This week’s book look really good; I can’t wait to see if you enjoy them. After our big fire in December 2017 we had the debris flow the next month so I totally understand the feelings you’re having with the post-fire flooding.

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  24. lindytgomez
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 12:11:55

    Wow, scary that the river is flooding on to the land! I’m glad it isn’t going any higher! It looks like you got a lot of good reads this week! Happy Reading 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  25. Stormi D Johnson
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 13:20:10

    Wow, that is a lot of rain! I have friends on the east coast and they are preparing for more rain that you all don’t need.

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi

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  26. WordsAndPeace
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 13:28:45

    so sorry your country is going through all this!
    Riptides sounds great. Enjoy your week!

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  27. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 13:46:37

    Sorry you are going from one crisis to another. We are having rising water issues too. Have a great week of reading.

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  28. Sarah Sammis
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 15:39:29

    I’m sorry you’re continuing to have California weather but on such a large scale. My weekly update

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  29. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 16:40:05

    Wow! If it’s not one thing going on, it’s another. I pray the water recedes and doesn’t cause more issues.

    Hope you enjoy your books. The Light After the War needs to go on my wish list.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/02/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-feb-10.html

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  30. Kathryn
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 18:37:46

    The weather is crazy. We had flooding in the south of the Sth Island too. That river looks high. Enjoy your reading, heaps of great looking books.

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  31. Marg
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 19:10:08

    The weather is just unbelievably crazy isn’t it!

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  32. Mystica
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 00:23:34

    I hope the river behaves itself and that you and your family safe. Here blindingly hot
    Your books make for interesting reads.

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  33. Beth F
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 00:42:30

    Oh gosh so sorry about the flooding. As Marg said: crazy weather — even here, all the way across the globe. I just got a copy of The Light after the War; it looks good.

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  34. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 01:37:33

    Wow, it’s like a never-ending disaster. I’m glad the flooding won’t affect you. I hope it doesn’t do too much damage.

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  35. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 01:50:44

    Oh my gosh! Hopefully the water recedes soon. We have seen so much more flooding ourselves the past few years. 😦 Stay safe!

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  36. Kailana
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 01:53:22

    I have been hearing about the news where Australia went from fires to floods! Hopefully things calm down there soon!

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  37. alisbooks
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:04:23

    Oh my gosh! Fires to floods. So crazy. Praying for your country and that things will settle down for y’all soon!!

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  38. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:13:13

    So glad the fires are out! That river rising looks scary, though. Hang in there! Sending good thoughts.

    I like the look of

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  39. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:14:28

    Oops…my reply posted too soon. I was saying: The Lucky One looks good! Enjoy your week and stay safe.

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  40. tbretc
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 03:31:17

    The Light After the War sounds great! It’s so crazy to see that severe weather is still going on in Australia. I hope everyone keeps safe and gets to rebuild!

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  41. Kathy Martin
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 04:45:05

    Wow! Australia really can’t seem to catch a break. I hope the river level goes down soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  42. thebookishlibra
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 11:46:13

    Oh wow, Mother Nature is not cutting you a break at all. I really hope things settle down soon. Your upcoming reads sound really good. I have The Light After the War coming up soon too. I love historical fiction so I’m excited for that one.

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  43. Regine Karpel
    Feb 11, 2020 @ 22:59:37

    That flooding. Yikes.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  44. Karen (@teamsheltie)
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 06:54:34

    Stay safe. The weather is just out of control. We were in a drought and now we have highways closed to landslides and flooding from too much rain.

    Karen @ For What It’s worth

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  45. Literary Feline
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 10:48:16

    I am sorry for your weather woes. Fires followed by rain never bodes well. I hope the flooding subsides soon. And the damage isn’t too great. The Light After the War sounds like something I would like. I hope you enjoy all your upcoming reads. Stay safe!

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  46. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 11:31:59

    How crazy that you’ve gone from wildfires to floods in such a short time! Hope things go back to normal soon!!

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  47. Becki
    Feb 12, 2020 @ 11:52:29

    Glad the fires are out, but now floods? That sucks. Looks like some good books have come through though. Enjoy!

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  48. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Feb 13, 2020 @ 12:24:34

    I am so so happy to hear that the fires are finally out, how terrifying. Hoping that the floodwaters recede soon.

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  49. waytoofantasy
    Feb 16, 2020 @ 03:42:12

    That weather is nuts. I just read that the planet has had the warmest January on record. That’s kind of wild. I don’t know how people can’t believe in climate change after all this.

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  50. Lola
    Feb 16, 2020 @ 07:59:25

    First fires and now you have to deal with flooding. I am sorry to hear that. I hope you stay safe and that the water doesn’t get much higher. I hope this week is a better one.

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  51. Leona Woolfolk
    Feb 24, 2020 @ 06:25:17

    Those look like some interesting reads! I hope everything works itself out 🙂

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