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

 

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Life…

The past week has been pretty ordinary. I don’t know about you but there is a certain time of the month when I just need to not think so I wasted too much time on some really bad TV (think Love Island UK etc). I also watched two movie versions of Emma with my daughter who is studying the book this term, which led to me rewatching the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice (which is my favourite Austen adaption and has me swooning every time), and now I’m following that up by watching Downton Abbey: The Movie tonight. Hopefully my PMS will be sated then and I can get back to reading.

This week we will be celebrating my eldest son’s 16th birthday on Thursday, and then Mother’s Day on Sunday. Having successfully flattened the curve, the Australian government has announced a relaxation of restrictions relating to visiting others, my parents will be driving up for lunch on the weekend, though we still plan to employ social distancing. Now is the best time as the children will start physically attending school next week according to a staggered schedule. The boys will only be attending one day a week, but Aleah, who is in her final year of school, will be required to go three times a week, I’m a little anxious about it to be honest, but they are looking forward to it.

Wishing you all a marvellous May!

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Viennese Girl by Jenny Lecoat

Southern Cross Crime by Craig Sisterson

Prey by L.A. Larkin

Confessions of a Forty-Something by Alexandra Potter

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Southern Cross Crime by Craig Sisterson

Review: The Viennese Girl by Jenny Lecoat

Review: Prey by L.A. Larkin

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #4

Six Degrees of Separation: The Road to This Won’t End Well

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja’s widow.

The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s council is required—but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India’s only female lawyer.  Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?

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April is a thoughtful yet sarcastic mother of two who tries her best to be a caring, connected mom in a middle-class culture where motherhood has become relentless. April rages at modern motherhood’s impossible pressures, her husband’s “Dad privilege,” and her kids’ incessant snack requests. She wants to enjoy motherhood, but her idealist vision and lived experience are in constant conflict with one another. Is she broken—or is motherhood?

Desperate for an answer, she seeks out a therapist, and lands with an unexpected woman whose validation and wisdom gives April the clarity to reclaim herself and even start designing clothes—her pre-motherhood passion. But when the ever-elusive babysitter cancels last-minute, April finds herself back at square one. She seeks guidance, but her therapist is now dealing with her own crumbling marriage—and instead of counseling April, she convinces her to speed off to Las Vegas with her to help catch her husband cheating. With a little weed, alcohol, and topless pool hopping, plus a male stripper and some much-needed autonomy, the two find lost pieces of themselves that motherhood swallowed up. But neither one is prepared for how tested—and tempted—they will be, or for the life-altering choices their journey will force them to make. Who is guiding whom anymore?

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Farmer, Georgie Henderson manages a cattle farm in the New England region of NSW, but her dream has always been to buy back her family property, Tamban. Her every waking hour for years, has revolved around planning to make this dream become a reality.

When an unlikely meeting with Michael Delacourt at a rowdy B&S Ball sends them on a whirlwind romance, Georgie can’t believe it’s possible for life to be this good and her dream of buying back Tamban has, for the first time, taken a backseat to happiness.

But her world shatters when she discovers the shocking secret Michael has been trying to keep from her.

Can Michael convince her they still have a future? And after having her heart so thoroughly broken, can Georgie ever trust anyone again?

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Liz Trenchard is an experienced pediatrician with a duty to protect all children admitted to her busy emergency room When Jess Curtis, an affluent, stay-at-home mother, turns up at the ER one night with her baby girl, she immediately prompts suspicion. The ten-month-old has a blow to the head her mother doesn’t seem to have noticed, and Jess has a story that doesn’t stack up.

Meanwhile, Liz is riddled with doubt as she confronts secrets held by her mother, whose neglect not only led to a childhood tragedy involving her brother but raises questions about another baby Liz half-remembers from thirty-five years ago.

With Sarah Vaughan’s signature “clever and compelling” (Claire Douglas, bestselling author) prose, this is a tightly-wound and evocative page-turner that will haunt you long after you finish the final page.

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Thanks for stopping by!

50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane
    May 04, 2020 @ 01:12:50

    So happy to read that things are nearly back to the old normal in Australia . Hopw your son has a nice birthday and enjoy Mother’s Day as well.

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  2. Trin Carl
    May 04, 2020 @ 01:51:52

    Little Disasters sounds great. I love novel that relates to health care. thanks for sharing. You may love Tuesday Morning by Sanjay gupta. He’s a real life neurosuergon(sp?) who also has given med advice on morning talk shows

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  3. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 04, 2020 @ 02:35:19

    I know what you mean about that time where you just want to be left alone! An Emma marathon sounds perfect. Love P & P, but my favorite film adaptation is the A&E series from 1995. I’m happy they’re reducing the sizes of the classes for your kids. I’d still be a little anxious too. Have a great week, Shelleyrae! 🙂

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  4. jessicabookworm
    May 04, 2020 @ 03:22:08

    Shelleyrae, I totally sympathise! Last month my pms was awful. much worse than usual, and I spent a whole day curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle watching TV! Lovely to hear you have also been enjoying some Jane Austen adaptations – What can’t a Jane Austen adaptation make better?! My favourites are the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility and the BBC’s 2005 series of Emma.

    Take care, I hope the lessening of restrictions goes well and happy reading and viewing. 🙂

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    May 04, 2020 @ 03:49:31

    I will be interested to see how the physical version of school goes for you as I am a teacher and can’t quite picture how it will work keeping social distancing.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      May 04, 2020 @ 04:19:51

      There are just under 1000 kids at my children’s high school. Beginning next week , Yr 11 & 12 will attend Monday’s and Fridays, Yr 7 and 8 on Tuesdays, and Year 9 & 10 on Thursdays. Wednesday’s will be for yr 12 extension classes. I believe they are going to divide classes so each has 15 or less since staff will be available for supervision. Thats they way it will operate for 3-4 weeks after which it will be assessed depending on the curve etc I’m truly glad I’m not teaching anymore.

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  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    May 04, 2020 @ 05:27:48

    At least your government begins with visiting loved ones! Here it’s opening some shops first…try to understand… I hope you’ll stay safe!

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 04, 2020 @ 05:55:50

    That’s great you can start moving more towards normal. They are doing it here, but since cases are still increasing, we are staying home. I hope you are past the week and enjoying your reads this week.

    Take care, be kind and sensible!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  8. thebookdisciple
    May 04, 2020 @ 06:02:39

    Thats great that Australia is getting back to normal safely! I’m jealous. Things are opening here, but I’m not sure we are really ready. Many people refuse to do things like wear a mask or social distance, so I am apprehensive. Happy birthday to your son!

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  9. vvb32
    May 04, 2020 @ 06:12:24

    LOL – gotta follow the cravings. Adult Conversations has such a cute cover. Enjoy.

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  10. fuonlyknew
    May 04, 2020 @ 07:09:04

    That’s my favorite adaption of Pride & Prejudice too! I went to watch it again the other day and the DVD case was empty???? Had to order another copy at once. LOL

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  11. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    May 04, 2020 @ 07:44:38

    Happy birthday to your son! I also re-watched the 2005 P&P last week. I’m not a romance lover, but I really like that movie. Have a great week!

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  12. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 04, 2020 @ 08:51:21

    So glad things are going well there. Hope your son has a great 16th birthday party.

    I like the look of your books…I’m curious about Little Disasters.

    Enjoy your movie watching!

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  13. Theresa Smith Writes
    May 04, 2020 @ 10:04:50

    Good luck with the return to school!
    We must have similarly aged children. My middle child who is my eldest son turned 16 in March.

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  14. thebookishlibra
    May 04, 2020 @ 11:17:08

    Happy Birthday to your son and early Happy Mother’s Day to you! That’s great to hear that Australia has had success flattening the curve. I hope everything goes well as the restrictions are relaxed.

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  15. Mystica
    May 04, 2020 @ 13:30:23

    Very nice mix of reads. I was hoping that the Moonstone book was available but it has been archived sometime time ago on Netgalley. Sounds different. Stay safe.

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  16. stacybuckeye
    May 04, 2020 @ 13:57:52

    I’ll be interested to see how the school opening back up works out. We don’t have to worry about it until fall here, but I imagine we will still be having the same issues.

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  17. Literary Feline
    May 04, 2020 @ 14:34:45

    I hope everything goes well with the relaxing of the restrictions and easing the kids back into school. Happy Birthday to your son! I hope he has a nice one. I hope you enjoy your current reads! Have a great week.

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  18. Kathryn
    May 04, 2020 @ 15:32:39

    Nice to have restrictions relaxed. Australia has done really well. A bit of fluff TV is good and then those classics are a treat as well. May this week be a good one.

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  19. Marg
    May 04, 2020 @ 19:00:02

    Hopefully you will be back to normal this week!

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  20. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 04, 2020 @ 22:37:40

    Lol! We just watched Sanditon – it put me in the mood to watch more! I might have to watch the Colin Firth P&P, I love him. Lol.

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  21. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 04, 2020 @ 23:12:39

    I’m so happy to see that Australia has done well with this virus. We are opening up here in Texas, too…the day after the highest death toll so far. Makes sense, right?

    I don’t plan to venture out much, though they are starting contactless curbside pickup at my library, and I shall do that.

    I like the sound of Adult Conversation.

    Enjoy your time with your family!

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  22. Susie | Novel Visits
    May 04, 2020 @ 23:20:02

    Glad Australia has flattened the curve enough to start opening things up. It’s interesting how they’re starting school back up. I wonder if they might do something like that here in the fall.

    Love that cover on Adult Conversation. That alone makes me want to check it ou.

    Have a happy Mother’s Day!

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  23. BermudaOnion
    May 04, 2020 @ 23:24:38

    They’re easing restrictions in our state but we’re not convinced we’ve succeeded in flattening the curve so we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing for the time being. Have a great week!

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  24. sjhigbee
    May 04, 2020 @ 23:34:13

    What an extraordinary time to have a 16th birthday party! Comfort your son that it is a tale he will be able to tell his children and grandchildren in years to come – and they will want to know the details!

    In the meantime – I recall those particular weeks all too well and I’m here to tell you that coming out the other side of the menopause is MARVELLOUS. No longer on the end of a piece of hormonal elastic – I’ve reclaimed my body FOR MY VERY OWN for the first time since I was a pre-teen and it is great. But apparently also a great big secret – because while all my contemporaries completely agree with me, the official line is that we are all bemoaning our current sterile status and wishing we were young and nubile, again… Apparently! I hope the coming week is a LOT kinder and all the best with coming out of lockdown.

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  25. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 05, 2020 @ 00:48:01

    I actually get that way when I feel overwhelmed. I simply avoid everything and watch YouTube for a while.

    Great books this week. Hope you enjoy them.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-may-4.html

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  26. yvonne473
    May 05, 2020 @ 02:12:51

    Little Disasters and Adult Conversation sound good. They are starting to re-open part of our state but not my county. So, I’m still staying at home.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  27. Sharlene
    May 05, 2020 @ 03:34:19

    How interesting about the staggered school schedule. I live in California and so far it looks like school will be closed for the rest of the school year (mid-June and then summer hols after). I wonder what it will be like when school eventually reopens..

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  28. gulfsidemusing
    May 05, 2020 @ 04:19:38

    Sounds like things are slowly returning to normal there and I can imagine the kids must be thrilled, but understand your worry. I have misgivings about opening too soon here, too. Hope you enjoy the upcoming celebrations… happy reading!

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  29. alisbooks
    May 05, 2020 @ 04:30:12

    You have me wanting to settle in with some Austen movies now! And I definitely love that version of P&P!

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  30. Louise H
    May 05, 2020 @ 05:04:20

    We’ve missed so many events such as family birthdays, and our silver wedding anniversary, whilst in lockdown in the UK, so I’m glad you’ll get to celebrate your son’s birthday and Mothers Day with family.

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  31. Louisa Paarsmarkt
    May 05, 2020 @ 05:40:54

    The 2005 Pride and Prejudice is my favourite, too! There was a time where I’d go between watching that and Ella Enchanted, for about 3 months. It’s a weird time to have holidays and birthdays, but yeah that the curve is flattened enough to have some social gathering, even if there’s social distancing. Hope you have a safe, healthy and great reading week too! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  32. Kathy Martin
    May 05, 2020 @ 07:22:52

    I’m glad your kids will be able to go to school. Ours are still distance learning for the remainder of this school year – about 5 weeks yet. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  33. Athira
    May 05, 2020 @ 07:58:49

    The staggered schedule sounds very interesting! Schools here are closed for the next few months but it will be interesting to see what the schedule could be when it opens. I’m sure your kids are excited to finally go back to normalcy! Adult Conversation sounds very interesting!

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  34. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    May 05, 2020 @ 08:59:56

    Your PMS post had me cracking up! They are easing up restrictions here too with school potentially opening up in 2 weeks, but it’s not obligatory. I love all the BBC movie adaptations of the Jane Austen books.:-)

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  35. CindyGale
    May 05, 2020 @ 22:36:14

    Enjoy your books, stay safe and I hope that you have a great week!

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  36. Susan
    May 06, 2020 @ 00:21:51

    I’d like to see the new Emma movie …. which I think is streaming on TV these days … but don’t know if the hub will like such girl flicks. It’s great your daughter is studying Austen. Happy bday to your son this week … sweet 16 is a good time of life. Enjoy your week ahead.

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  37. Lindsi
    May 06, 2020 @ 11:30:02

    There are definitely times when I want to hide away and avoid everyone, haha. I also tend to eat copious amount of chocolate during that time, and I stop feeling like working out in the mornings. 😉 Mother’s Day! I’m curious to see how my family is going to celebrate since we still have stay-at-home orders in our state.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?😷 💬

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  38. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    May 08, 2020 @ 14:11:55

    Glad to hear that things are looking up for you on your side of the world! Hope you all take care and continue to stay safe.

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