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…

I’m well and truly glad to put June behind me, it was, on balance, a lousy month.

It’s the last Monday of the month, so time for a challenge update

Nonfiction Reader Challenge: 7/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 31/50

Aussie Author Challenge: 15/24

Nerd Reading Challenge: 21/52

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 16/25

Social Justice Challenge: 1/5

SwordsnStars Challenge: 3/10

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Bottlebrush Creek by Maya Linnell

The Convict Valley by Mark Dunn

Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

Better Luck Next Time by Kate Hilton

The Cake Maker’s Wish by Josephine Moon

 

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New Posts…

 

Bookshelf Bounty

Review: Bottlebrush Creek by Maya Linnell

Review: The Convict Valley by Mark Dunn

Review: Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

Review: I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was like now . . . Despite the three women knowing each other better than their own siblings, Sylvie’s death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie’s old beach house – not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface – and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book: a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.

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Tara Costigan was the woman next door. A hard worker. Quick to laugh and easy to like. She was happy, confident, strong. A woman who always looked after herself and her kids. Close with her family and her friends, she was much loved. Then, in 2013, she met Marcus Rappel. A local tradie, he was charming and sincere, they dated and fell in love. That should have been the end of a happy-ever-after story. But for Tara, it was much uglier. And for her family it would be devastating.

A year later, Tara was pregnant to Marcus. Her family had been worried for a while, but Tara didn’t tell anyone how Marcus’s jealousy was souring the relationship. She tried to keep it quiet. Despite everything, she never imagined he would be physically violent – he would never hurt her.

Tara was wrong. One fine day, the last day of summer in 2015, she was holding their newborn baby in her arms when he attacked her with an axe. Her murder seemed to come out of the blue. But as this extraordinary, often shocking book reveals, it did not.

THE FIRST TIME HE HIT HER is an attempt to understand why dozens of women are murdered each year by men who profess to love them

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New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky is the master of twisting suspense and compelling plots. She has been hailed by the crime community as “a legend” (Harlan Coben) and “one of the all-time greats” (Karin Slaughter). Her acclaimed novels featuring detective V.I. Warshawski have become one of the most celebrated series in modern fiction. Now in this spellbinding collection, Paretsky showcases her extraordinary talents with fourteen short stories, including one new V.I. story and seven other classics featuring the indomitable detective.

In “Miss Bianca,” a young girl becomes involved in espionage when she befriends a mouse in a laboratory that is conducting dark experiments. Ten-year-old V.I. Warshawski appears in “Wildcat,” embarking on her very first investigation to save her father. A hardboiled New York detective and elderly British aristocrat team up to reveal a murderer in Chicago during the World’s Fair in “Murder at the Century of Progress.” In the new title story, “Love & Other Crimes,” V.I. treads the line between justice and vengeance when the wrongful firing of a family friend makes him a murder suspect.

For longtime fans of V.I. Warshawski, new readers discovering her for the first time, or any lover of crime and bone-chilling suspense, Love & Other Crimes is a celebration of Paretsky’s exceptional storytelling skill and a searing exploration of the dark conspiracies and desperate human acts hiding in plain sight.

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Australian history teacher Thea Rust arrives at an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside only to find that she is to look after the first intake of girls in its 150-year history. She is to stay with them in Silk House, a building with a long and troubled past, where the shadows hide more mysteries than she could ever imagine.

In the late 1700s, Rowan Caswell leaves her village to work in the home of an English silk merchant. She is thrust into a new and dangerous world where her talent for herbs and healing soon attracts attention.

In London, Mary-Louise Stephenson lives amid the clatter of the weaving trade and dreams of becoming a silk designer, a job that is the domain of men. Arriving in the market town of Oxleigh, she brings with her a length of fabric woven with a pattern of deadly plants that will have far-reaching consequences for all who dwell in the silk house.

Intoxicating, haunting and inspired by the author’s background, THE SILK HOUSE is the exceptional new gothic mystery by Kayte Nunn

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andie
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 02:25:28

    Wow 83 books! That’s awesome. I’m at 55 so far this year which is about 6 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal.

    Here’s my Sunday post: http://itsareadingthing.com/my-week-in-a-nutshell-06-28-20/

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  2. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 02:59:38

    I finally got The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan on audio this week but haven’t listened yet. I did just finish Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky on audio I loved the narrator and the VI stories. I had more trouble connecting to the other stories. I hope you have a better week / month ahead.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  3. thebookdisciple
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 03:26:22

    I read Love and Other Crimes a while back. It was good, but not GREAT in my opinion. I hope July is better!

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  4. Trin Carl
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 03:29:28

    Crime books are great. And even helpful. One had me thinking more about theft and I’ve had great conversations with people about ‘theft’.

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  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 04:02:34

    I know what you mean. Hopefully, next month will be a better one. Hope you and your family are all safe and well. Happy reading.

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  6. Sue Legg
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 04:33:02

    Thank you so much for the reviews of current books available. I have them all ear marked for either purchasing or getting through the library. My emails are getting clogged with your reviews as I don’t want to miss reading these beauties. take it easy & if you don’t reach the goals, please be aware we reader appreciate your efforts.

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  7. yvonne473
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 04:45:09

    The Weekend looks good. I hope July is a better month for you. Have a great week!

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  8. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 05:49:50

    I’ve stopped participating in challenges a while back but I’m still tempted every so often to challenge myself. I like the sound of THE SILK HOUSE. I hope you’re enjoying your reading and your challenges.:-)

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  9. Anne Bennett
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 05:55:23

    Sounds like you are reading or getting ready to read some really good books. I don’t participate in many challenges, unless they are ones of my own making or that I would probably accomplish anyway. So they don’t really push me or cause me stress. I can’t believe how many you are signed up for! My Sunday Salon is full of good news

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:01:47

    I’m glad that this month is almost over. The last few months have felt like they have dragged on and on. Let’s hope July is better.

    The First Time He Hit Her? Whew. It sounds like a powerful story.

    I love challenges, but I only seem to do well when I do a few. I need to work on my nonfiction, I think. I never read more fiction than nonfiction…until this year, that is.

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  11. sjhigbee
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:25:08

    Your reading challenges are going really well! I am ahead of where I expected to be, but I suspect that is because I’ve been turning to books when I can’t find anything on the TV to watch. I hope the coming week and month is a LOT easier!

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  12. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 06:31:33

    Let’s hope that July will be an amazing month for you!

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  13. shanaqui
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 07:25:15

    Here’s hoping July’s better for everyone! Yeesh.

    The Silk House sounds really intriguing. Gonna have to look that one up! 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

    My weekly roundup!

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 10:32:08

    I am ready for June to end as well; we always have foggy weather and I must say I’m pretty sick of it. The First Time He Hit Her looks fascinating, but a difficult read.

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 10:42:25

    It’s impressive that you’ve read 83 books already. I think I’m at 54 for the year. I’m secretly hoping to hit 100. I hope you have a great week!

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  16. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 14:28:31

    In some ways this year is just dragging by and in other ways, I can’t believe it’s almost July. It looks like you’re making excellent progress on your challenges! My attention span has been terrible lately but my GoodReads challenge is still on track.

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  17. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 14:55:33

    All these books sound great, though The First Time He Hit Her would be a really tough read. I hope July is better for you.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/06/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-june-29.html

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  18. Tanya Atkinson
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:15:12

    Sorry June was so rough. Hopefully July will be better for all of us!

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  19. Mystica
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 18:23:05

    I’ve got swept away this last week by the Miss Fisher TV serial and did nothing else!

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  20. Marg
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 19:06:13

    I read The Silk House a couple of weeks ago and liked it. I hadn’t read this author before so I will need to read her backlist!

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  21. Louise H
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 19:27:58

    Hope your July is better, happy reading x

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  22. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Jun 29, 2020 @ 21:47:27

    I’m sorry June was a rough month for you. On the balance, it was a pretty typical June and wasn’t too bad. That might be because I finally was able to score organic flour again so I’m baking again.

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  23. fuonlyknew
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 00:39:19

    Yep, I blinked and June was over. LOL I had to give up on my challenges this year. I was failing on all of them.

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  24. SJ @ Airin' my dirty laundry
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 00:47:49

    I hear you, June was a rough one here too. Let’s just hope July is better.

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  25. Tina
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 01:20:57

    You have some good books highlighted here! I know you are glad June is about gone, what a month! Hope you and your family are doing well now.

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  26. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 01:29:18

    At least you’ve been able to read to help you forget about the world a bit—I’ve had a really hard time with that lately!!

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  27. Lori
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 01:33:48

    I’m sorry June hasn’t gone so well for you. I wish you the most happiness and success going into July! You’ve accomplished a lot this week though, that’s awesome!! Thank you for visiting my blog. I can’t wait to follow your future posts!

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  28. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 03:02:49

    So many tempting books! The Weekend, The First Time He Hit Her, and I Was Told It Would Get Easier…all are now on my list. Thanks for sharing.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  29. Kathy Martin
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 04:45:12

    Your books for the week look great. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  30. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 11:17:39

    You are doing great on the challenge. I am behind on mine too. I do hope July is a better month!

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  31. Greg
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 15:20:48

    I’m hoping July will be better too!! Yikes good riddance June right?

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  32. vvb32
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 15:31:55

    Ooo, I like the sound of Silk House. Happy reading.

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  33. Kathryn
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 17:35:17

    Goodbye June!!! I just put in a request for The Cake Maker’s Wish today at the library, although ashamed to say I still have her last years one still sitting on my shelf not read yet!!

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  34. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jun 30, 2020 @ 23:43:50

    220 books is a lot! Good luck! Hope July is better for you. Happy reading. 🙂

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  35. Athira
    Jul 01, 2020 @ 10:35:03

    Hope you are doing well this week and everyone is alright as well! I’ll pray that your July is better.

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  36. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jul 03, 2020 @ 22:26:07

    I hope July proves to be a better month for you.

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