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…

It’s been an uneventful week, which is a good thing really.

The previous ‘lost’ week has had its consequences because I’m so behind. Not only am I, as of now, five books behind in my Goodreads challenge, but my reading schedule took a hit, and I’m scrambling to recover.

I can comfortably read a book a day, since I read about 100 pages an hour, and most of what I read is between 300-400 pages, but it often takes me as long, if not longer, to write the review which is what slows me down.

I’m curious, how long on average does it take you to write a review?

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks

Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5) by Steve Cavanagh

He Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3) by Dervla McTiernan

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Music #1) by Rin Chupeco

 

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New Posts…

Review: The Darkest Shore by Karen Brooks

Review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Review: Fifty-Fifty (Eddie Flynn #5) by Steve Cavanagh

Review: The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3) by Dervla McTiernan

Review: This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagan

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe

Every family has its secrets…

Alice Hunter is smarting from the raw deal life has thrown her way: suddenly single, jobless and forced to move home to her parents’ tiny seaside town. And now she faces an uncomfortable truth. She wants her twin sister Libby’s enviable life.

Libby’s closest friend Jess Dekic has been around the Hunter family for so long she might as well be blood. She’s always considered herself a sister closer to Libby than Alice ever could be…

Libby Hunter has all of life’s boxes ticked: prominent small-town doctor, gorgeous husband and two young daughters. But when she is betrayed by those she loves most, it reveals how tenuous her world is…

For Karen Hunter, her children are a double-edged sword of pain and pride. She’s always tried to guide her girls through life’s pitfalls, but how do you protect your children when they’re adults?

As the family implodes, the fallout for these four women will be inescapable…

xxxxxx

 

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman

A gunshot rings out in a London cafe and the lives of five strangers will never be the same again. The only thing that’s certain is that nothing is as it seems.

Five strangers, one cafe – and the day that everything changed.

A regular weekday morning veers drastically off-course for a group of strangers whose paths cross in a London cafe – their lives never to be the same again when an apparently crazed gunman holds them hostage. But there is more to the situation than first meets the eye and as the captives grapple with their own inner demons, the line between right and wrong starts to blur. Will the secrets they keep stop them from escaping with their lives?

xxxxxx

 

 

Death In the Ladies Goddess Club by Julian Leatherdale

‘Crime’s not a woman’s business, Joanie. It’s not some bloody game.’

In the murky world of Kings Cross in 1932, aspiring crime writer Joan Linderman and her friend and flatmate Bernice Becker live the wild bohemian life, a carnival of parties and fancy-dress artists’ balls.

One Saturday night, Joan is thrown headfirst into a real crime when she finds Ellie, her neighbour, murdered. To prove her worth as a crime writer and bring Ellie’s killer to justice, Joan secretly investigates the case in the footsteps of Sergeant Lillian Armfield.

But as Joan digs deeper, her list of suspects grows from the luxury apartment blocks of Sydney’s rich to the brothels and nightclubs of the Cross’s underclass.

Death in the Ladies’ Goddess Club is a riveting noir crime thriller with more surprises than even novelist Joan bargained for: blackmail, kidnapping, drug-peddling, a pagan sex cult, undercover cops, and a shocking confession.

xxxxxxx

 

Truganini by Cassandra Pybus

The haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of ‘the last Tasmanian Aborigine’.

Cassandra Pybus’ ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, just off the coast of south-east Tasmania, throughout the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn’t know this woman was Truganini, and that she was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne, of whom she was the last.

The name of Truganini is vaguely familiar to most Australians as ‘the last of her race’. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy: the extinction of the original people of Tasmania within her lifetime. For nearly seven decades she lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than most human imaginations could conjure. She is a hugely significant figure in Australian history and we should know about how she lived, not simply that she died. Her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini’s extraordinary story.

A lively, intelligent, sensual young woman, Truganini managed to survive the devastating decade of the 1820s when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. Taken away from Bruny Island in 1830, she spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highland and through barely penetrable forests, with the self-styled missionary George Augustus Robinson, who was collecting all the surviving people to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She managed to avoid a long incarceration on Flinders Island when Robinson took her to Victoria where she was implicated in the murder of two white men. Acquitted of murder, she was returned to Tasmania where she lived for another thirty-five years. Her story is both inspiring and heart-wrenching, and it is told in full in this book for the first time.

xxxxxx

 

The Cedar Tree by Nicole Alexander

In the spring of 1949, Stella O’Riain flees her home – a sheep property on the barren edge of the Strzelecki Desert. She leaves behind the graves of her husband Joe and her baby daughter.

With no money and limited options, Stella accepts her brother-in-law Harry’s offer to live at the O’Riain cane farm in the Richmond Valley. There she hopes to get answers to the questions that plague her about her marriage. However Harry refuses to discuss Joe or the family’s secrets, even forbidding her to speak to the owner of the neighbouring property.

Nearly a century earlier in County Tipperary, Irish cousins Brandon and Sean O’Riain also fled their homes – as wanted criminals. By 1867, they are working as cedar-cutters in New South Wales’s lush-green Richmond Valley.

But while Brandon embraces the opportunities this new country offers, Sean refuses to let go of the past. And one cousin is about to make a dangerous choice that will have devastating consequences down the generations . .

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44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kailana
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 00:36:22

    I am jealous of your reading speed! I get too easily distracted to just sit and read for an hour. Usually when I get caught up in what I am reading, that is the moment the dog is in my face asking to go out. lol

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  2. the bookworm
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 00:46:48

    You are a fast reader! I take around 40 minutes to write a review, but I like to write my review then come back later to edit it.
    Enjoy your books this week!

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  3. Danica Christina
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 00:48:58

    Truganini is definitely something that I am putting on my want to read list!

    When I am feeling productive I set up templates for the book reviews I want to post (the cover, info, links, and synopsis) then leave the review area blank and save it as a draft because I know it takes some brain power to write them! Usually when I have a spare hour or two in front of the TV I can write maybe 3.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  4. BermudaOnion
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 01:34:01

    Once I sit down to write about a book it doesn’t take all that long but, sometimes, it takes me a while to get to it. Right now, I have a stack of 7 books I need to write about. Here lately, the reading is A LOT more fun than the writing.

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  5. Trin Carl
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 01:39:26

    Just an ordinary family sounds like a title ready for drama. Great books, all of them.

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 02:44:42

    It takes me no time to write a review. I attempt to always write the review immediately after I read the book. But I aim at writing a paragraph. Your reviews are more thorough.

    I read at a similar pace to yours. Though War and Peace is a lot slower….

    Secrets of Strangers sounds interesting.

    Have a great week.

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  7. yvonne473
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 02:57:55

    It usually takes me less than a half hour to write a review. Even shorter when I write it immediately after I read the book. That’s always the best time for me when it’s still fresh in my mind.

    I’m 3 books behind on my Goodreads challenge. I’m usually a slow reader though.

    Have a great week and enjoy your books!

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  8. Vi @Inkvotary
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 03:10:45

    I am struggling with reading and reviewing lately too. My reading pace has slowed down very much, which I hate, and writing the review takes me sometimes a couple of days before I can sit down and type it. And it takes another couple of days before I publish it. So, yes I hear you! Have a great week and (if possible) happy reading and writing.

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  9. Beware Of The Reader
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 03:38:37

    Well honestly it depends! Writing the text can go from twenty minutes to two hours but editing, making graphics etc you can add at least 30 minutes to it. So I’d say between one and 3 hours.

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  10. Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLit
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 04:01:56

    If I can sit down and write the review shortly after finishing the book, it doesn’t take me long at all. But more often than not, I can’t find the time to write so it takes me longer to gather my thoughts, especially if I’ve already started other books.

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  11. Sumedha
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 04:02:03

    I relate on being behind on the challenge! I’ve been consistently behind by 4 books for the last month. I’m wondering if I can even catch up since my schedule is bound to become more busy as the year goes on. It takes me about a week or two to write a review, if I do write one.

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  12. thebookdisciple
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 04:33:58

    Oh my gosh you read so quickly! Writing a review usually takes me about 45 min (I have a template set up to make things a little easier). Reading the book takes me days though…It didn’t used to!
    I hate when goodreads tells me I’m behind on my challenge. It stressed me out so much!

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  13. BookerTalk
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 05:00:33

    I’m reading these comments from people who can do a review in 45 minutes and weeping….It takes me hours!. I can spend 2 hours writing a review, put it aside to go and eat and then when I return, delete the whole thing. Hence why I have a backlog.

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  14. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 05:02:22

    My reviews don’t take long to write, but I take notes and I’m bringing my thoughts together as I go along. I also write the review immediately…when possible.

    The reading part takes longer, as I get distracted and do other things while reading. Thrillers are faster, as I seldom set those aside for any length of time!

    Enjoy your week.

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  15. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 05:56:32

    You read fast

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  16. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 06:00:33

    I accidentally hit enter and it posted my comment before I finished, lol. But yeah, you read fast! It can take me a long time to write a review sometimes, like a couple of hours. I’m trying to make mini reviews more my norm. I think it’s easier for me and for people visiting the blog. Happy reading and have great week! 🙂

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  17. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 07:14:36

    I also can read quickly. Often a book a day. I would say a review takes 45-60 minutes. I set up the post shell with the graphics and links when I get the ARC so all I have to do is put in my thoughts. So I break it into 2 pieces, around 30 minutes or so for the writing. Its easier if I do it shortly after I finish reading. I was ahead for this week and now I’m behind for the upcoming week.

    I want The Good Turn but it is not in the US yet. Have a lovely week and enjoy your reading!

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  18. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 07:20:27

    I am a fairly quick reader, but nothing compared to you! I also write reviews fairly quickly so I don’t tend to get overwhelmed by reviews. I also have far fewer reviews to write since I only do a few books a week.

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  19. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 09:15:25

    Reviews usually don’t take me too long because I kind of write them in my head as I read. UNLESS the book is just kind of meh and I really have nothing to say about it. Those are the hardest for me. I can sympathize with being behind though. It’s so hard to get everything back under control. Have a great week!

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  20. gulfsidemusing
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 09:22:28

    Uneventful is good! You sure are a fast reader… I’m definitely on the slow side. Haven’t done real reviews in a while now. I just tend to write a paragraph summarizing my thoughts. Hope you have another quiet week!

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  21. littlemissstar55
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 09:23:49

    I hope to get read Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer 💜

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  22. Carol
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 10:10:51

    I read fairly fast, though not as fast as you! I’m doing less reviewing lately and once I get behind it’s hard to catch up. How long I take to write a review depends on the book. Sometimes I get a flash of inspiration & write fairly quickly but I usually write down some quick thoughts and add to it later. On average maybe an hour to two hours?? Unless I go off on a rabbit trail and try to find out more about the subject/author. Truganini sounds like a very worthwhile read.

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  23. stacybuckeye
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 10:47:13

    You’re a fast reader! Depending on how much I have to say a review can anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Your reviews are so much better than mine so consider it time well spent 🙂

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  24. Jennifer
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 11:20:45

    I’m a fast reader as well. As for writing reviews: it depends. Some reviews take me 30 to 40 minutes, others might take an hour or so. I find fiction is usually easier to review than non-fiction.

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  25. WordsAndPeace
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 12:40:11

    Nice reading list!
    To help me write reviews faster, I take notes as I read, or I highlight things if it’s an ebook. It slows down my reading, but then makes writing the review so much easier. And I have already read or listened to 24 books this year, so I’m happy with my reading speed. I have also reviewed everything so far. I keep longer reviews mostly for books received for review, ans shorter reviews on the Sunday Post. This solution finally works for me, it took me basically 10 years to find a good reading/reviewing balance!!

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  26. Greg
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 14:01:48

    Lately I’ve been belting the reviews out kinda quick (not sure what that says about the quality of the reviews haha) but I think it’s more that I have a system down now, more than anything else. and then there are some that take considerably longer, so… yeah. I guess it kind of depends on how much the book grabbed me and how enthusiastic I am about it. But it definitely goes quicker now than it used to, I think, when it might take me a few hours for some books to really get my thoughts down the way I wanted.

    I hear you on being behind too- my reading has been down the last few months and I don’t have that review cushion I used to…

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  27. Athira
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 14:29:21

    I’m usually writing my reviews in two stages. In the first stage, I just write. Anything and everything without worrying about organization or cohesion. This might take me about 20 minutes, maybe more if I have a lot to write (or nothing to write). When I’m closer to the intended publication date of the review, I’ll spruce up what I wrote initially, trim it as needed, and maybe even rewrite parts of it. This may take about 10-20 minutes. I do much better with my reviews if I do it this way because when I first write the post, I don’t want to worry much about the audience. That writing is all for me. So different brain cells at work each time.

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  28. Leona Woolfolk
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 17:13:46

    I think I’m close to almost 10 books behind in my Goodreads reading challenge, and I shot for less for this year. As to how long it takes for me to write a review, it doesn’t take me long – an average of about 3-5 minutes. What does end up taking me long, or what feels long, is the gathering of information for the book so that everything can be synced with my archives.

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  29. Marg
    Mar 02, 2020 @ 20:16:41

    I am so out of practice at writing reviews it does feel a lot like hard work these days!

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  30. Susie | Novel Visits
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 00:46:44

    Wow! You read a lot faster than I do. I wish I could pick up that pace. I agree that writing the reviews is the hard part thought. Between actually writing the review and getting everything done for a review post, it usually takes me about 90 minutes.

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  31. Tanya Atkinson
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 01:42:08

    I wish I could read as fast as you. I’ve never timed how many pages I can read in an hour but I know it’s nothing like 100. Hope you can get caught up this week!

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  32. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 02:30:30

    It usually takes me 20 to 30 minutes to write a review because I really think about it and then I revise it a few times. I’m jealous of your reading speed. I’m glad if I get 50 pages some days.

    Great list of books. I’ve seen Just an Ordinary Family a few places lately. It sounds good.

    Hope you have a blessed week.

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  33. bevbaird
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 04:30:49

    Depending on the book – I can read 60 -100 pages a minute and I usually read a book a day as well.. And a review can take about a half hour – I usually am making notes as I go along. In fact, I summarize as I read so that I can refer back to pages if needed. But my reviews are shorter than yours I think.
    Haven’t read any of these books yet – they sound intriguing.
    Have a great week of reading!

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  34. Kathy Martin
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 05:29:38

    It doesn’t take me very long to write a review these days. Mostly I try for three or four paragraphs. My problem lately has been reading my review books since I seem to be obsessively listening to audiobooks of books I’ve already read and reviewed. Come see my week here. Happy readng!

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  35. Katherine Nabity
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 06:20:43

    It takes me a couple of hours to writer a longer review, but it takes me much, much longer to read a 300 page book. (I’m pretty impressed with myself that I started Bad Blood (350-ish pages) on Thursday and will probably finish it today!)

    Regardless of schedule, have a great reading week!

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  36. Kathryn
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 06:54:06

    I suspect at your rate of reading you have finished Just An Ordinary Family. I am still really only at the beginning. I need to get some reading in. If I get 100 pages read a day I am doing well. My reviews are not as r detailed as yours so my reviews only take me a little while.

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  37. Lisa
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 07:21:48

    You are a fast reader! I think I can get through a lot of pages when I have uninterrupted time, but I find that a lot of my reading gets done in little sessions when I have a few moments in between other things. It doesn’t take me all that long to write reviews, maybe up to a half hour, but I tend to write as soon as I finish the book to get a rough version of my reaction down, then come back later to refine/edit after I’ve given it more thought.

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  38. thebookishlibra
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 14:35:16

    It usually takes me 30-40 minutes to write and edit a review. My biggest problem is that I’m a procrastinator so I’m forever behind with writing mine.

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  39. Mystica
    Mar 03, 2020 @ 22:45:32

    Reviews are easy for me but I try to write three of them at a time.

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  40. dreamingofhygge
    Mar 04, 2020 @ 02:37:48

    Your reading is definitely goals for me. I used to read a book every day or every two days but have totally fallen off of that – last year I read 38 books, which was soooo low. I’m trying to work in a few hours of reading a day again to get more books read. I miss it! As for reviews, when you’re not reading a ton it’s easier to write reviews. lol. I do find I have to write a review immediately after finishing, even if I’m just writing it in my notes on my iPad. I feel like I’ll just forget the details if I leave it.

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  41. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    Mar 05, 2020 @ 03:37:53

    It use to take me a day to read a book, but I’m a lot busier now, so it’s taking 2-3 days to read a 300-400 page book. I write the reviews fairly quickly though. It takes me 15-20 minutes to get my review up 🙂

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  42. Susan
    Mar 05, 2020 @ 10:49:55

    You read quickly. I read much slower and get distracted easily. Reviews can take me a couple hours. I try use the review blurbs I put on Goodreads immediately after … and try to turn them into something a bit better. Good books I like to sit with for a week. ha

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  43. Lola
    Mar 08, 2020 @ 07:56:34

    Reviews can take me anywhere form half an hours to an hour usually. Sometimes a bit shorter. I write pretty long reviews, but usually just try and write what comes to mind. I hope you can caught up on your reading soon.

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