It’s Monday? What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme is hosted at BookDate

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And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

Well it’s been a week. That’s it..just a week. At this point I’m no longer sure if I am being responsible with regards to social distancing or I am just leaning into lifelong hermitage.

Right now my state of New South Wales is on tenterhooks, concerned about the possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 to follow Victoria’s. I live about 300kms north of Sydney, and about 900kms north of the Victorian border, which has been closed, so the risk is low for my area, but I guess it only takes one.

Anyway, I want to thank whomever recommended the TV show Miss Scarlet & the Duke in their post last week, I binged it in a night (smitten particularly with the Hugh Jackman lookalike lead). I also took a chance on Stumptown which I’ve been enjoying over the weekend. As a couple, my husband I are watching Humans.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Bluffs by Kyle Perry

Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: The Bluffs by Kyle Perry

Review: Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham

Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Review: The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

Book Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Alone in the wilderness, they are picked off one by one … Gripping, standalone romantic thriller from an author at the top of her game.

A tragic accident, a terrible crime, an unknown threat …

Scarred by a recent tragedy on Federation Peak, Tess Atherton is reluctant to guide a group of young hikers in the wild Tasmanian winter, but it seems safer than remaining amid the violence that threatens them in Hobart. Little does she know that she has brought the danger with her …

Detective Senior Sergeant Jared Denham is closing in on a serial killer, but someone doesn’t want him getting to the truth and the case is becoming personal. He already owes Tess his life, and wants to return the favour – but when it comes to enemies, Jared may be looking in the wrong direction.

Time is running out, and death is stalking them both …

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A striking historical novel about an ordinary young British woman sent to uncover a network of spies and war criminals in post-war Germany that will appeal to fans of The Huntress and Transcription.

World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her overbearing mother any longer, thirtysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission—but she is also recruited by her cousin, Leo, who is in the Secret Service. To them, Edith is perfect spy material…single, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. Cousin Leo went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stavenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war. He wants her to find him.

Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she’s an unassuming Education Officer sent to help resurrect German schools. To send information back to her Secret Service handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column. She embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she’s pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stavenow’s whereabouts–and the network of German civilians who still support him–the greater the danger.

With a unique, compelling premise, Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook is a beautifully crafted and gripping novel about daring, betrayal, and female friendship

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Amy has only ever known what life is like in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure life in the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As Amy and Freya’s story intertwines the secrets of the past bubble up to the surface. This rural Aussie town’s dark underbelly is about to be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

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Dublin, 1918: three days in a maternity ward at the height of the Great Flu. A small world of work, risk, death and unlooked-for love, by the bestselling author of The Wonder and ROOM.

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

In The Pull of the Stars, Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds.

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Thanks for stopping by!

31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 02:56:53

    I read What You Wish For last week, too. There were some things that as a former teacher I found a bit unbelievable, but, hey, it’s a gentle romance, and it’s heart is in the right place. I also thought Duncan must have been an amazing teacher. The author, from Houston near me, said she based Duncan on her own husband, a teacher.

    I’ve just added The Pull of the Stars to my wishlist. I hope I can read about a story about a bad virus right now.

    I’m sorry you are worried about a second wave. It’s maddening here. So many new cases of the virus. A young woman from our town who graduated high school last year is in the ICU right now. Such a mess.

    Have a good week and take care.

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  2. Carol
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 03:07:46

    We’re in our second lockdown here….schools will not open in September…..I’m beginning to feel like a Gentleman in Moscow….. 😫 under house arrest for life!

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  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 03:27:25

    Leaning into hermitage …I think that’s how many of us are feeling… I hope you’ll stay safe and ..free or relatively free.

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  4. Athira
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:00:06

    I’d love to Humans – it’s currently not available with any of the subscriptions I already have so I’ll wait it out but it sounds very good for sure.

    We’ve gotten very used to social distancing that the idea of getting close to people is a little overwhelming (more than it was lol). We are having my brother in law and his wife with us this week and I am so thankful for the company – I’m trying not to scream happily “humans”!

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:28:07

    I think it’s still the first wave here and it’s a big one. We just stay home which is fine. We have everything we need. I miss some things but it is not forever.

    I enjoy reading your reviews but some of the books aren’t available here, or here yet so I have to keep on top of finding them later.

    Have a lovely week! Stay safe and be kind.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  6. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:53:52

    California’s COVID numbers are going up and if my town is any indicator, people aren’t taking it seriously. Sigh. Luckily all schools in the state have been told we have to begin the school year 100% remote so while it isn’t what’s best for education, it is what’s best for everyone’s health.

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  7. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 04:58:55

    The idea of the second wave hitting when the first has not even been controlled is scary but that is exactly what is happening in the US. And we also have state governors suing cities/mayors who have mandated that masks must be worn. It is completely ridiculous. I live in one of the states (but not the actual city) where that mandate has been made and our joke of a governor has said he is “exploring legal options” as a response. And I do agree that it does only take one, and BOOM! the next wave comes. I received an email Friday from my daughter’s school district that a senior who graduated in 2020 has tested positive – so all those graduation parties this student attended, and all the parties his friends attended, people now have to get tested. And they cancelled the in-person graduation ceremony that had been planned for tomorrow. It is absolutely embarrassing to live in the US where were are supposedly a world leader, and constantly have to face how incompetent the ‘leadership’ has been though this whole thing. Stay safe, and being a hermit def has it perks – more time to read!

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  8. sjhigbee
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 05:13:41

    Oh yes… we are waiting for a second spike here – probably when the weather gets colder and wetter, given that our infection rate is falling off so very, very slowly. Reading and writing is getting me through – and we’ve just finished watching the final episode of Lucifer that’s available, which is a blow. Though I am enjoying Stumptown. I’ll give Miss Scarlet and the Duke a go – thank you for the recommendation… Have a peaceful week full of good books, Shelleyrae – I’m going to leave Emma Donoghue’s latest until the world calms down a bit:).

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  9. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 06:44:36

    A second wave is a scary thought and quite honestly a reality, here in Scotland our lockdown is easing but the news tonight had some areas with an increase in cases again.

    Stay safe over there.

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  10. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 06:50:17

    I’m looking for a good TV show so I’m going to see if Miss Scarlet & the Duke is available in my area. Enjoy your reading week.

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  11. thebookdisciple
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 07:34:31

    I was already entrenched in hermitage! Hopefully your state won’t have any new cases. Cases are on the rise here in the US and its out of control!

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  12. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 08:34:17

    I already had hermet-ish tendencies and this has made them even worse. My husband and I head out for hikes when he has a day off but when he’s working, I usually let him take the car (we share for now). I’m happy just staying home and away from everyone.

    I looked for Miss Scarlet but I don’t think it’s available in the US. It looks like it should be on PBS in the fall, so I’ll keep an eye out.

    A new Emma Donoghue book sounds enticing–and timely. Enjoy your week!

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  13. natflixandbooks
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 10:01:02

    After months of being inside it will be so weird to go back to work late next month. Besides a quick trip, I’ve been leaning hard into hermitage myself. Happ reading!

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  14. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 11:43:46

    Hopefully the COVID stays away from you. My state just started mandatory masks, so now I’m not the only person wearing them. I hope you have a good week!

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  15. Lori @ Food For Thought
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 12:10:18

    This second wave has me quite nervous. I wish you the best health and safety!

    Miss Scarlet and the Duke looks quite intriguing. I think I will check it out!

    It appears you have a lot of reading planned for this week Good luck and godspeed!

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  16. Marg
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 20:44:06

    Miss Scarlet and the Duke sounds like fun, and I am going to be reading Miss Grahams Cold War Cookbook this week too.

    As you know, Melbourne is back in lockdown. I am not convinced that we won’t end up in even stricter lockdown yet. I am tired a lot of the time now but we are doing our best to keep ourselves entertained.

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  17. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 21:10:27

    I just found out that a case was diagnosed at my local shopping centre this weekend, and I am quietly freaking out. I don’t think we’re going to escape a second lock down, sighs. I have been looking for something new to watch, and Miss Scarlet and the Duke certainly looks good!

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  18. Kathy Martin
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 00:29:55

    Nice looking books and shows. I understand your concern about the virus. Cases are still increasing here. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  19. Louise H
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 02:03:53

    I do like the sound of Dead Man’s Track, I love a good twisty read.

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  20. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 02:12:50

    I fear a lot of us are turning into hermits as a result of this pandemic. I sure have no desire to go out. Today’s heat wave doesn’t help.

    Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook sound wonderful. Hope you enjoy your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-july-20.html

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  21. Katherine Nabity
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 02:59:25

    Miss Scarlet and the Duke looks like something up my alley. Hope it gets picked up by a US streaming service at some point.

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  22. Carol Evans
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 03:21:30

    Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook sounds good.
    Our numbers are rising here, but other places in our state are worse. I think masks might become mandatory soon.

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  23. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 05:13:35

    Miss Scarlet and the Duke looks really awesome! I will have to look it up. And stay safe – I am pretty sure I am just leaning in as well at this point. Lol.

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  24. Kathryn
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 06:38:58

    Hopefully the virus won’t come your way – as you say it only takes one. We could still get it from workers etc at the border, I’ve become less concerned about it, and feel a bit of guilt we are so free here at the moment. My nephew, wife and two young children are in Sydney, they are due to fly back here to live beginning of August. So will be interesting to see what they have to say about the process. Their youngest is only a couple of months old.

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  25. tbretc
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 06:46:29

    Oooo a new Louise Candlish!

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  26. yvonne473
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 09:22:06

    I just saw the Celia Rees book on another blog. I’m adding it to my wishlist. It looks really good. Take care and stay safe!

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  27. Susan
    Jul 22, 2020 @ 00:12:46

    I’ll be curious what you think of The Pull of the Stars …. as it looks like a somewhat similar situation? I might read it. That actor does look like Hugh Jackman …. worth visiting now!

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  28. Lynn
    Jul 22, 2020 @ 07:27:07

    Miss Scarlet and the Duke sounds great! I’m adding it to my to watch list 🙂
    Have a good week and stay safe!

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  29. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 01:29:13

    Miss Scarlett and The Duke looks awesome! I’ll need to see if it’s available on any of my streaming services.

    The covid situation is such a strange one… I’m just living week to week at this point. It’s hard to make any plans and who knows what will happen at any given point. I’m trying to get out in open spaces right now (part of me thinks while I can!) as I can’t handle being cooped up any more and fear that autumn/winter will bring a return of tight lockdown measures… But I do feel like a weird one when I seem to be the only one whipping out sanitiser and dodging people… Sigh.

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  30. Lauren Becker
    Jul 24, 2020 @ 09:24:52

    I’m so curious about The Pull of the Stars. It’s especially apt these days! I hope that a second wave doesn’t hit you. I feel like it’s going to happen where I live, because cases are still going up. I really don’t go anywhere or see many people so I’m doing what I can but it’s nerve-wracking!!

    I really enjoyed Stumptown. I don’t know if there will be another season, but I hope so!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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