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…

Let’s start with the good news!

You’ll be pleased to know my inane anxiety with regards to our new mattress has proven unfounded! Both of us find it very comfortable, though hubby does grumble because it’s about 5 inches higher than our old mattress.

Even better news!

My eldest daughter’s surgery wound has finally healed, which means she won’t have to have a second more invasive surgery in the near future.

And the best news!

My youngest daughter received an early acceptance for entry to her top university/course pick after she graduates this year. It takes so much pressure off her for her final exams in October knowing she has a guaranteed place.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Playing Nice by J.P. Delaney

 

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New Posts…

Review: The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue

Review: The Suicide House by Charlie Donlea

Review: Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #7

Six Degrees of Separation: How To Do Nothing to Ronan’s Echo

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

It’s 1966. Hal and his little brother, newly arrived in Moorabool with their parents, are exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.

Not just dead, but recently killed. Not just killed, but mutilated.

Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his city job as a detective, is also new in town—and one of his dogs has gone missing. He’s experienced enough to know what it means when someone tortures an animal to death: it means they’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting anonymous calls—a man whistling, then hanging up—Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously.

The question is: will that be enough to keep her safe?

Nostalgic yet clear-eyed, simmering with small-town menace, Greg Woodland’s wildly impressive debut populates the rural Australia of the 1960s with memorable characters and almost unbearable tension.

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We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail?

Henry Keogh spent almost twenty years locked away for a murder that never even happened. Khalid Baker was imprisoned for the death of a man his best friend has openly admitted to causing. And the exposure of ‘Lawyer X’ Nicola Gobbo’s double-dealing could lead to some of Australia’s most notorious convictions being overturned.

Forensic scientist Xanthé Mallett is used to dealing with the darker side of humanity. Now she’s turning her skills and insight to miscarriages of justice and cases of Australians who have been wrongfully convicted.

Exposing false confessions, polices biases, misplaced evidence and dodgy science, Reasonable Doubt is an expert’s account of the murky underbelly of our justice system – and the way it affects us all.

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This is what I want to do. I want to go home. I want you to come with me.

‘I want to go from here . . .’ Finger on Cape Reinga. ‘. . . to here.’

Finger at the bottom of Stewart Island, right at the bottom of the map.

It’s been years since Alex was in New Zealand, and years since he spent any one-on-one time with his twin sister, Amy. When they lose their parents in a shock accident it seems like the perfect time to reconnect as siblings. To reconnect with this country they call ‘home’.

As they journey the length of State Highway One, they will scratch at wounds that have never healed – and Alex will be forced to reckon with what coming home really means.

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I wake up, and for a few precious seconds I don’t realise there’s anything wrong.

The rumble of tyres on bitumen, and the hiss of air conditioning. The murmur of voices. The smell of air freshener. The cool vibration of glass against my forehead.

A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus. She has no memory of how she got there or who she is. Her nametag reads CECILY. The six other people on the bus are just like her: no memories, only nametags. There’s a screen on each seatback that gives them instructions. A series of tests begin, with simulations projected onto the front window of the bus. The passengers must each choose an outcome; majority wins. But as the testing progresses, deadly secrets are revealed, and the stakes get higher and higher. Soon Cecily is no longer just fighting for her freedom – she’s fighting for her life.

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Thanks for stopping by!

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 02:59:30

    So much happy news! 🙌

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  2. Mystica
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 03:20:59

    Congratulations on all the good news
    Your books are very interesting this week.
    I am worried sick over my three children in Melbourne.

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  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 04:53:02

    Pfew and congratulations!!!!!!! This is so great to have good news.A true nice change for what’s happening for months around us!

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 05:13:09

    Hurray, hurray, and hurray! Wonderful news. So glad your daughter was accepted at her top choice. So glad your daughter will not have to have additional surgery. And so glad your mattress is working for you.

    It looks like you have some wonderful books in the lineup for the week. Lots of great covers and promising plots.

    Here’s to another good week. Take care.

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  5. Diane
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 05:15:47

    Great news all around. A good mattress is so important. We paid a small fortune for our Stearns & Foster nearly 15 years ago, all the extras like more springs etc but, it is still such a pleasure to get into bed even after all these years with it.

    You had a great reading month and glad to read the good news on both daughters as well.

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  6. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 05:45:34

    I am so happy to hear your great news. I love it all! You’re reading some great books too.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 07:11:31

    I am glad you are enjoying your mattress! I just entered two more of my nonfiction books on the Linky.

    Enjoy your August and the rest of the year! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  8. sjhigbee
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 09:00:05

    So glad that your daughter has healed, your other daughter has achieved her first pick – and the mattress has been such a success. We had a similar experience, having left it far too long before buying a new mattress – and we both felt as if we were perching on top of it for the first two or three weeks, but that feeling did wear off and we are now entirely happy with it. I hope the coming week is another great one for you!

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  9. Susan
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 09:35:20

    That’s terrific news. So glad these things worked out. It either rains or shines …. and we’re all good when it goes so well. Good for both daughters! Have a great week.

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  10. Literary Feline
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 09:53:42

    I am glad the new mattress is working out well for you. 🙂 And even better news that both your daughters are doing well and have good news of their own to celebrate. We need all the good news we can get right now. I hope you have a great week. Stay safe and well.

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  11. Jennifer
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 10:05:35

    What great news for you and your family, Shellyrae! I hope you enjoy ‘State Highway One’ and ‘The Night Whistler’. I did.

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  12. Theresa Smith Writes
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 14:03:29

    Good news about the good news!
    So pleased too for your daughter about the early offer. I know (from my day job as a school careers counsellor) how important this is!

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 14:59:07

    Congratulations on your daughter’s early acceptance to college. Mine had the same thing and it truly made her senior year so much more relaxed, so it’s great that your daughter has some good news through all of this pandemic ick. And no more surgery for your sister is fantastic! You’ll be pleased to hear your mattress buying spurred me and my daughter on to finally buy ours as well. We looked today and will probably go back tomorrow to seal the deal.

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  14. Kathryn
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 17:40:29

    All that is fabulous news and its great to have a happy celebration of good happenings. Good the mattress has worked out!

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  15. Marg
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 19:20:58

    Great news on the mattress front. A few good news stories here!

    Have a great week.

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  16. Louise H
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 19:25:39

    Some really great news – that’s amazing. So pleased for both your daughters! I’d love a deeper mattress, makes it easier to get in and out of bed.

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  17. tbretc
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 21:26:02

    Horray for happy news! We could all use a Lorne joy in our lives.

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  18. Tina
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 22:19:09

    That’s fabulous news on all fronts! I found that our latest mattress purchases are higher than the old ones, that’s about 4 years back, but they are higher. I guess that’s how they make them these days.

    So happy about your daughters’ news! Both of them. I placed The Pull Of the Stars on my list and requested it from NetGalley based on yoour review.

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  19. SJ
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 22:21:15

    Congrats on the good news!

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  20. Loverofromance
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 22:44:26

    oh yay on finding a new mattress….I just got one a month ago and it hurts my back like crazy so need to go looking again. Kinda funny your hubs grumbles about the height, most people like more height not less. hehe (at least I do, but maybe I am weird)

    Looks like you have some great books ahead for reading. I really like the blurb for Reasonable Doubt, definitely an issue in society that should be addressed more often.

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  21. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Aug 03, 2020 @ 22:49:57

    What a great week! Happy reading & another lovely week to you!

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  22. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 00:17:58

    Yay! All of your news is fabulous! Congratulations to your youngest daughter. Have a great week.

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 00:27:57

    So much good news! Congratulations. The Night Whistler sounds really creepy. Come see my week here, Happy reading!

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  24. Lisa
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 01:19:20

    I’m glad all your life events were happy this week! Congrats to your daughter on her acceptance, and I’m glad to hear the older daughter’s surgery was a success!

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  25. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 01:44:53

    sounds like everything is going well. thanks for visiting fundinmental. happy reading
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  26. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 01:48:19

    Good news about the mattress. So thrilled to hear your daughter can avoid more surgery.

    Great covers on all of these. Reasonable Doubt and The Night Whistler sound really good. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-aug-3.html

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  27. yvonne473
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 02:24:09

    What a happy week for you! Congrats on all the good stuff! Hope this is a great week too!

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  28. Astrid
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 02:45:24

    Congrats on all the good news! I’m so glad your older daughter’s surgery wound is healed and your younger daughter got a place at the university of her choice.

    These books you’re reading this week sound good. I’ll put Reasonable Doubt on my TBR, as I find forensic science fascinating. Hopping over from #IMWAYR.

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  29. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 05:18:33

    Love all this happiness and good news and joy!! Congrats to your daughters, and also on your new mattress!

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  30. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 06:06:28

    So happy to read about your great news, all three of them but especially about your daughters. Focusing on these things gets us through hard times. Enjoy your reading week!

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  31. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 08:43:58

    Yay for good news! I think we all need as much good news as we can get right now. Enjoy your week!

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  32. Tammy
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 12:28:30

    Wow, congrats on your daughter getting into the university of her choice! That’s so stressful – I’ve been through it twice:-) Hope you have a lovely week:-)

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  33. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 14:09:25

    I need a new mattress! Glad to hear the good news about both your daughters! Your books look good, hope you love them. Happy reading! 🙂

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  34. Sophie @ Balivernes
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 17:52:16

    Congratulations for all your great news! I hope you have a great week of reading and sleeping on your new mattress!

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  35. the bookworm
    Aug 04, 2020 @ 21:55:11

    That’s wonderful news about your daughters! Yay for good news 🙂 Enjoy your books this week!

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  36. shanaqui
    Aug 05, 2020 @ 08:08:36

    Aw, thanks for sharing all the good news! It’s nice to see some positive news around!

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  37. Lola
    Aug 08, 2020 @ 06:25:39

    So much good news in this post, that’s awesome!That’s great to hear your new mattress is comfortable. And that’s great news about your daughter’s surgery wound being fully healed and her not needing a second surgery. And that your youngest daughter got an early acceptance, what a relief that must be to not have to worry about that.

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  38. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs)
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 09:03:52

    Sounds like an awesome week! I’m glad your daughter doesn’t need a second surgery and has healed and well done to your other daughter on her university place!

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  39. Vi @Inkvotary
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 16:52:17

    Great news! Congrats to your youngest and I am glad to read that your other daughter has healed and doesn´t need any further surgery.

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