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

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Life…

So I bought a new mattress this week, it is being delivered later today and I’m nervous. We were in desperate need, our current mattress is 16 years old, springs have started making their way through the padding, and there are crater-like impressions from our years of sloth. But choosing a new mattress (on a small budget) has been unexpectedly anxiety inducing. Hubby said he didn’t care and left it to me so I’ve been obsessively reading reviews for months in advance of our tax return. In the end I made what amounts to an impulse purchase yesterday after lying on it for about five minutes, mostly because it was a discounted floor model, and I had been awake for around 35 hours.
What if we hate it?

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Croc Country by Kerry McGinnis

Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees

Deadman’s Track by Sarah Barrie

In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Croc Country by Kerry McGinnis ★★★1/2

Review: Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees ★★★★

Review: Deadman’s Track by Sarah Barrie ★★★★1/2

Review: In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare ★★★★★

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

A chilling murder in a prestigious prep school is at the heart of this riveting new novel from acclaimed author Charlie Donlea, featuring forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore and her psychologist partner, Lane Phillips.

Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out–unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .

One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house–to kill themselves.

Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win–or to survive. . . .

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Pete Riley answers the door one morning to a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is a stranger, Miles Lambert, who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s two-year-old, Theo, isn’t his biological child after all – he is Miles’s, switched with the Lamberts’ baby at birth by an understaffed hospital.

Reeling from shock, Peter and his partner Maddie agree that, rather than swap the children back, it’s better to stay as they are but to involve the other family in their children’s lives. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an official investigation that unearths some disturbing questions about just what happened on the day the babies were switched.

And when Theo is thrown out of nursery for hitting other children, Maddie and Pete have to ask themselves: how far do they want this arrangement to go? What are the secrets hidden behind the Lamberts’ smart front door? And how much can they trust the real parents of their child – or even each other?

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Chris Flood – a married father of two with plummeting self-esteem and questionable guitar skills – suddenly finds himself in the depths of polyamory after years of a near-sexless marriage. His wife, Sarah – a lover of the arts, avid quoter of Rumi, and always oozing confidence – wants to rediscover her sexuality after years of deadening domesticity.

Their new life of polyamory features late nights, love affairs and rotating childcare duties. While Sarah enjoys flings with handsome men, Chris, much to his astonishment, falls for a polydactylous actor and musician, Biddy.

Then there’s Zac Batista. When Chris and Sarah welcome the Uruguayan child prodigy and successful twenty-two-year-old into their lives they gratefully hand over school pick-up and babysitting duties. But as tensions grow between family and lovers, Chris begins to wonder if it’s just jealousy, or something more sinister brewing…

A searing and utterly engrossing debut, Poly is a raw, hilarious, and moving portrait of contemporary relationships in all their diversity, and an intimate exploration of the fragility of love and identity.

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Peggy Orenstein broke ground with her bestselling Girls & Sex, exploring young women’s right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. Now she turns her focus to boys with an examination of how young men are navigating sexual culture in these changing times – and what we need to do help them.

Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists and experts in the field, Boys & Sex dissects ‘locker room talk’; pornography as the new sex education; the role of empathy; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both perpetrators and victims of sexual assault.

By presenting young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein unravels the hidden truths, hard lessons and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tina
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 01:48:29

    I have Miss Graham’s Cold War on my list. Haven’t acquired it yet. You and Sandy, my bookish buddies, always have cool books and some I just can’t get. Maybe I need ot wait on Australian book releases to catch up here.

    Have you read Chris Hammer? I liked his first book and can’t get a copy of the second one called Silver, then I found out another one is coming out!

    Oh, I know what you mean about agonizing about a purchase. I seriously go into analysis-paralysis comparing products. I hope youor new mattresss works out well. It’s time to turn ours, that ought to be done every 6 months but it’s been a year! What a hassle.

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 01:57:57

    Oh my goodness, my sister and brother-in-law are the most mattress-buying people in the world. My brother-in-law has a bad back, and he’s very picky, so they buy a mattress and try it for a few weeks and then return it. I think one year they tried four different sorts of mattresses! Finally he found one he liked, and then my sister found she didn’t like it. Gracious!

    And Playing Nice sounds like it would be a difficult read for me. So many more issues there. I can’t even imagine.

    Good luck with your mattress purchase. I always go with the discounted purchase. It’s a good way to make a decision.

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  3. Carol
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 02:49:25

    I hope your mattress is perfect for you!

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  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 03:57:43

    Bwahahah well I hope you’ll love the new mattress!

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 03:58:29

    Getting a mattress is so stressful. First, they are so expensive. Second, how can you make a decision when you only get to lay on it for a few min?!? Its the worst. I’m sure you picked well!

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  6. Northwoman
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 04:05:02

    I hope the bed works out great. I have not had much success with them but it’s ok when I add a mattress topper. Yet I almost never have any trouble with hotel beds. Go figure. I’m also dying to read the new Charlie Donlea. Enjoy your new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 06:25:22

    I hope the mattress works out, we got a new one at the end of last year, we went round loads of stores bouncing on lots of beds but we ended up getting one of the ones that comes in a box with an 100 day trial, it was perfect!

    Enjoy your books and have a good week.

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  8. Anne Bennett
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 07:13:22

    We went through two different mattresses before we settled on the one we have now. Most places will allow for returns if you use a good mattress cover to protect it. I hope you love your new mattress. Returns are a hassle. My Sunday Salon post where I try to focus on stuff I think is good news

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  9. sjhigbee
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 08:41:42

    We also had a disgraceful mattress with springs wearing through – and found the replacement marvellous, basically because I think almost anything would have been better than what we were lying on! I hope your experience mirrors our own:)). Have a good week, Shelleyrae:)

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  10. Jennifer
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 09:33:39

    Good luck with the mattress!

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  11. vvb32
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 09:45:02

    Hope the mattress works! Boys and Sex had some interesting bits to think about.

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  12. Greg
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 11:14:29

    Good luck with the mattress! I hope it turns out perfect for you guys. Decisions like that can be tough, for sure. Your books look good- I like the sound of Playing Nice and Boys and sex sounds like an important read.

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  13. Gluten Free A-Z
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 12:09:20

    I felt the same way when we had to buy a new mattress. I was concerned that even though it felt ok in the store, what if it wasn’t comfortable. My husband gave up and said it’s all on you! I was lucky it turned out well. I hope yours does too.

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  14. Susan
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 13:34:50

    If you hate the mattress can you return & get a credit for another one? I hope you like it though. A good solid mattress makes all the difference! I will keep my fingers crossed … you got the right one. Have a good week.

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  15. Kathryn
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 16:55:31

    I read Laurel-Rain’s review of Playing Nice. It sounds like a riveting read. I smiled at your mattress buying. I do hope its really comfortable and you have a great night’s sleep. Take care.

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  16. Marg
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 19:29:16

    I hope that you get many nights of deep and peaceful sleep on your new mattress!

    And that you have a great reading week.

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  17. Louise H
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 20:15:25

    I hate buying things like mattresses, the reviews are often contradictory and it’s such a large outlay of money. I hope yours brings many nights of restful sleep.
    You read some really intriguing reads – Poly and Playing Nice sound very entertaining but also very thought provoking/emotional reads.
    Enjoy this week’s books.

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  18. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 21:23:36

    I hope the mattress proves to be a good one for both you & your husband… We were talking about mattress buying the other day, and just the talking about it has put me off looking in to buying – so many factors!

    A lovely week to you & happy reading!

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  19. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 21:32:59

    Here’s to a great nights sleep on your new mattress. I hope you love it. They are such a hard thing to buy. My husband relented and got a mattress that suited me because I have scoliosis and the wrong mattress would leave me unable to walk the next day. In the Clearing has been on my wishlist for a while now.

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  20. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 27, 2020 @ 22:51:33

    I am just realizing that my mattress is thirteen years old! I bought it just before leaving my house in the foothills…and I lived in my condo for 12 years. I have been here for a year already!

    Good luck with yours!

    I hope you love Playing Nice.

    I am curious about The Suicide House. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  21. Lisa
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 01:15:15

    Good luck with your new mattress! I understand your fear — it’s a big change!! But I hope you love it. Looking forward to this week’s reviews. The books all sound so interesting!

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  22. Kait Plus Books
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 01:18:16

    I read a couple YA books by Celia Rees years ago and loved them! I’ll have to add Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook to my tbr! Happy reading! 🙂

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  23. fuonlyknew
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 01:33:54

    I know what you mean about buying a new mattress. I think I’ve only bought one that I actually loved. Wish I’d bought several and stored them now. LOL

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  24. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 04:07:30

    I hope you can sleep on your new mattress. It is such an awful thing to shop for as usually you are stuck with your choice. We need a new one too, but have been avoiding it.

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  25. Kathy Martin
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 05:05:50

    The Suicide House sounds really interesting. I hope you like your new mattress. I really need one too but don’t want to go out to shop. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  26. yvonne473
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 06:00:09

    Good luck with your new mattress. I hope you love it. The Suicide House really sounds like a good read. Hope you have a great week!

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  27. Lori @ Food For Thought
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 06:02:35

    I feel your mattress-shopping pain. I once had a hand-me-down mattress that turned into an absolute nightmare. Not only did the springs poke through, but they cut me up in my sleep! I’m sure you’ll love your mattress regardless. There’s nothing quite as luxurious as a brand new mattress to sleep on. I hope you have a great week!

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  28. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 06:14:26

    Choosing the right mattress is tough. I hope it works out, but think it must be better than the one you had.

    The Suicide House sounds fabulous. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/07/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-july-27.html

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  29. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 06:57:19

    Oo The Suicide House needs to go on my list! I’m all about the creepy right now.

    Good luck with your mattress!

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  30. Laurie C
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 09:19:55

    I hate big-ticket item purchases, too! My husband usually makes the final decision, because I always want to go with the cheapest! Hope you have a good week of reading AND sleeping, but have to say your books look more stress-inducing than relaxing. 😉

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  31. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jul 28, 2020 @ 10:59:10

    Most mattress companies give you a try out period but it still can be stressful to have to go through all that. One hopes it’s a go on the first buy, of course. A few years ago we changed out mattress. I love it but my hubby doesn’t. But he never said a thing until it was too late to change. Hope it works out for you folks! Enjoy your reading week.

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  32. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 30, 2020 @ 02:50:24

    I agree that buying a mattress is very stressful because it’s such a permanent purchase. I need to get one soon and have been putting it off for the reasons you state. And they aren’t cheap! I hope you like the one you chose.

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  33. Lola
    Aug 02, 2020 @ 05:54:52

    That sounds very stressful, you do sleep on it every night, so it’s important it’s good. And it’s difficult when you are on a budget. I hope the mattress you bought turns out to be a good one.

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  34. *Flora*
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 21:30:00

    That’s a great collection of books, Shellyrae.

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