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…

Does anyone else spend most of every Sunday afternoon in the kitchen? It takes a couple of hours to make enough lunches for five (I don’t need to make mine), plus muffins for breakfast for 3 for the week. I also reserve Sunday for making a double batch meal base for the week. Yesterday I made a chicken mixture that I used for chicken burger patties, which I then served for dinner, and chicken meatballs that I’ll serve later in the week after marinating them in teriyaki sauce, with veggies and noodles. The mix is time consuming because I include about a kilo of veggies I have to grate – a mix of carrot, zucchini, celery and onion. The burger patties also need at least a half hour in fridge before cooking, then there is prepping the salad and buttering all the buns.

The only upside is that I can generally use the time to listen to podcasts. This week I listened to The NSW State Police Crime Command Investigations – a brand new cast in which police detectives discuss cold cases, this first episode is about a teenager who went missing in 1983; a few episodes from Sarah’s Bookshelves podcast, and I streamed the Edinburgh International Book Festival Q&A with author Val McDermid.

If you haven’t yet you should check out the Edinburgh International Book Festival which is running online from the 15th – 31st August. Just register and it’s free to ‘attend’ any of the online events, if you can’t make the live broadcasts most of the sessions will be available to stream later.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

State Highway One by Sam Coley

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham

Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer

Bush School by Peter O’Brien

The McCalister Legacy by Nicole Hurley-Moore

 

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New Posts…

Review: State Highway One by Sam Coley

Review: When She Was Good by Michael Robotham

Review: Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer

Review: Bush School by Peter O’Brien

Bookshelf Bounty

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Inventive, electrifying and daring, True Story is a novel like nothing you’ve ever read before.

After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they’ll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick – a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by – will never forget.

That’s just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other – some real, some invented – until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed.

Startlingly relevant and enthralling in its brilliance, True Story is by turns a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, each narrative frame stripping away the fictions we tell about women, men and the very nature of truth. It introduces Kate Reed Petty as a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.

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In the new, shockingly current thriller by Denise Mina, solving one mystery leads to another: Margot finally learns her birth mother’s identity, only to discover that the woman’s murderer is still at large — and sending threatening letters.

Margot is having a thirtysomething crisis: She’s burning out at work, a public-health practice; she’s just left her longtime boyfriend after discovering he was cheating; and her mother recently died. The only silver lining to her mother’s death is that Margot, who was adopted, can finally go looking for her birth mother.

What she finds is an imcomplete family–the only person left is Nikki, her mother’s older sister. Aunt Nikki brings upetting news: Margot’s mother is dead, murdered many years ago, one of a series of sex workers killed in Glasgow.

The killer–or killers?–has never been found, Aunt Nikki claims. They’re still at large… and sending her letters, gloating letters that the details of the crime. Now Margot must choose: take the side of the world against her dead mother, or investigate her murder and see that justice is done at last.

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The gripping and revealing inside story of Australia’s most notorious armed robbers.

In the Australia of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, armed robbers were the top of the criminal food chain. Their dash and violence were celebrated, and men like Russell ‘Mad Dog’ Cox and Ray Denning were household names long before Underbelly established Melbourne’s gangland thugs as celebrities.

Cox and Denning were once Australian Public Enemies Number One and Two. Both were handsome, charismatic bandits who refused to bow to authority. Both were classified as ‘intractable’ in prison, and both escaped. Cox was the only man to escape from Katingal, Australia’s only ‘escape-proof’ jail. Soon after he broke out, he tried to break in again and rescue his mates.

Their story is one of violence and crime, but it is also about the unimaginable horrors that young boys faced when condemned to ‘institutions’ in the 1960s, and the terrible conditions in Australian jails in the 70s and 80s. These were the hells where a whole generation of armed robbers was forged.

Mark Dapin brings his brilliant research skills and distinctive, powerful narrative style to a book that explores the life of these infamous yet respected public enemies and the criminal world they inhabited. From armed robberies, shootings and bashings to prison floggings and jail breaks, this is the gritty, page-turning reality behind the headlines.

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Two sisters, one baby and the best of intentions…

As a vibrant, young woman with a lifetime of possibilities ahead of her, Freya grants her sister, Pearl, the ultimate gift of motherhood. However, this comes at a hefty price – an unexpected rift in her family and the loss of the man she loves.

Decades later, Freya is divorced, childless and homeless, at rock bottom after losing everything she’s worked for. When her estranged niece, Billie, offers sanctuary, managing the family restaurant on beautiful Magnetic Island, Freya can hardly refuse.

Billie has never understood the tension between her mother and her aunt and now, with a newly broken heart, she is nursing a family secret of her own. All three women come together under the tropical Queensland skies, but can they let go of past regrets, or will old tensions tear them further apart?

By the bestselling author of Meet Me in Venice, this is a moving and inspiring novel in a stunning setting about choices and consequences and the redemptive power of love.

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Thanks for stopping by!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tânia 📚🐾✨ (@mybookishsecret)
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 00:46:37

    One of the reasons I don’t enjoy cooking is because all the time you spend prepping meals. I hope you like the books you will be reading this week.

    Happy readings!

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  2. sjhigbee
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 00:47:35

    Isn’t technology marvellous? I listen to audiobooks while doing my chores and it does take the slog out of it. I haven’t accessed the fun to be had with podcasts, apart from a couple that I occasionally visit. I hope you have a good week with plenty of good books and podcasts:).

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 01:16:14

    Now I am feeling better about being here, locked down with substandard food…at least I don’t have to cook! LOL.

    I am eyeing When She Was Good, and enjoyed the previous novel, Good Girl, Bad Girl.

    Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your week.

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  4. limabean74
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 02:22:34

    I am still working out food stuff but I do seem to spend more time in the kitchen on Sundays then other days.
    I LOVE true crime podcasts. If you haven’t checked out the parcast network of podcasts, I highly recommend. They are fantastic and have so many true crime options, I am obsessed with them,

    Have a great week, Shelleyrae! Happy Reading!

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 02:34:46

    I don’t do as much advance prep with just the two of us and we are at home all the time. But I love to cook things and listen to audio books. I tend to make new dishes at night and we eat leftovers for lunch.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 02:47:59

    I confess that since my family turned vegan I don’t do much cooking anymore as my kids prepare their own meal!

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  7. Susan Legg
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 03:00:43

    My inbox is getting ‘clogged up’ with your postings because I can’t possibly delete them until I have books noted that have been reviewed that I simply must read & nor did I know that the Edinburgh Book Festival is on line & free. Just wow. So have just listened to a podcast from yesterday in the comfort of my chair & whiled away the best part of an hour. How wonderful & thank you.

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  8. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 03:24:53

    Your Sunday schedules sounds like true dedication. I just cannot get myself to do that, but I don’t have kids relying on me for the week like you do. It’s definitely simpler once they are older!

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  9. yvonne473
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 04:25:10

    I don’t do much cooking. Mostly we get take out. I can cook, but just don’t want to be bothered. LOL

    I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  10. jessicabookworm
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 06:24:34

    Wow that is a lot of food to prep, Shelleyrae! There is only two of us so a lot easier for me! Great that your able to listen to some great podcasts while you’re doing it. Take care and happy reading this coming week. 😃

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  11. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 07:15:55

    I’m so pleased the Edinburgh festival is streaming this year, maybe next year I can go in person!

    Have a good week.

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  12. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 07:27:41

    Do you enjoy making all that food for your family? I was just reading that families can be considered a functioning communist system, with each contributing what he/she can. Are others contributing? It sounds like you are taking on a lot of the work. I’m glad you are able to enjoy podcasting during this time, but I will say that I never spent hours and hours preparing food on my Sundays off.

    Thank you for the reminder about the Edinburgh Book Festival. I just went to the site and was completely blown away by all the wonderful authors who will be there. I signed up for notifications to a dozen sessions. Thank you so much.

    The Less Dead sounds very interesting. You often have some fascinating reads.

    Have a good week.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 09:41:26

      I do all the cooking, I generally don’t mind and I’m a SAHM so I have the time. Occasionally I’ll insist the kids help, something I should probably do more often. There are six of us, and we have a tight budget so cooking from scratch is usually the only alternative. Takeaway is a rare treat since even McDonalds can cost around 1/3 of my weekly budget to feed everyone since generally everyone wants extra

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  13. vvb
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 08:15:05

    Got me interested in adding chicken meatballs to this week’s menu. The True Story sounds like a good one. Have a good week.

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  14. gulfsidemusing
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 08:15:23

    Meal prep always makes the week run smoothly! Since retirement, it doesn’t necessarily happen on Sunday, but I still spend a day preparing food for lunches, a breakfast quiche or casserole, banana bread or muffins, etc. Love not having to think about it for the rest of the week. Hope you enjoy this week’s reading!

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  15. Lori @ Food For Thought
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 10:37:36

    I love kitchen days! So therapeutic. I love that you use the prep for one day to fuel meals for the entire week. I’m a lot better about that during the semester. I tend to take things day by day during summer break.

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  16. Loverofromance
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 10:57:41

    Yeah Sundays are my food prep days *sigh* LOL Its exhausting. Hope you got what you needed to get done today for that, it can be a lot right?

    Hope you have a great reading week.

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  17. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 11:17:42

    I should probably spend more time in the kitchen. I mostly buy frozen stuff that I just have to microwave and eat. That’s not healthy. Thanks for the heads up about the book festival. Have a good week!

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  18. Greg
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 12:23:50

    Mmm your food sounds good haha! And the Edinburgh Festival does sound nice. I’ll have to check that out. I’m glad they’re able to put these things online given the pandemic shutting everything down…

    Hope you have a nice week. 🙂

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  19. Mystica
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 12:35:04

    Being back to just two of us now, cooking is a much more leisured affair and we eat what is there/easy to cook/need to finish up basis!
    Enjoy all the reads. Interesting books here.

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  20. Kathryn
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 17:13:13

    That’s a lot of prep work for meals but yes its great to listen to podcasts when doing work like that, I love lining them all up and getting into them. How you do all you do and read so much is just amazing is all I am noting.

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  21. Tanya Atkinson
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:32:02

    I’m so impressed with all your meal prep. I would do the same if I had a large family but it’s just the two of us. I tend to keep our meals fairly simple.

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  22. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 20:03:14

    You have infinitely more productive Sundays than I do! I just found out about the Police podcasts today and I need to try them I think. But I’m also not sure how I feel about them because it’s by the Police, weirdly enough. Thank you for the heads up about the Edinburgh Festival too! I’m curious about True Story — the covers caight my eye rightaway, especially as they’re so at odds with the actual blurb. Looking forward to your review!

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  23. Marg
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 21:11:20

    I listened to Hilary Mantel this morning and it was so interesting. I am looking forward to listening to more!

    Have a great week.

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  24. vikiedwards
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 22:53:05

    I really need to check out the Edinburgh Festival properly. I am getting the emails from them. Just haven’t managed to find time to click through and take a look yet.

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  25. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 22:59:39

    I am listening to all the true crime these days I feel like. I just listened to the five part Belanglo (I hope I spelled that correctly!) serial killer podcast on Casefile the other day. Horrifying!!

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  26. Louise H
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 23:48:52

    I’m more of a grab stuff, bung it in and add a shop bought sauce, lol. We normally try to go for a long walk on a Sunday but the weather was awful yesterday so we just had a very lazy day of doing nothing much.

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  27. Louise H
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 23:49:07

    PS – enjoy your books!

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  28. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 00:23:52

    That’s a lot of meal prep, but I’m sure it pays off during the week. You need a food processor for all that grating. Oh, Val McDermid. I watched the UK adaptation of Wire in the Blood, but didn’t like it as much when Carole left. Have a great week and enjoy your books, Shelleyrae!

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  29. SJ
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 00:42:59

    I need to start meal prepping again, now that the kids are going back to school and my schedule has changed. I usually listen to audiobooks, while cooking or cleaning.

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  30. Laurie C
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 01:33:36

    I do a lot of cooking from scratch in the summer because of all the fresh produce, and I don’t mind it if I’m on my own and can listen to my audiobook! It’s usually just me and my husband and he does a lot of cooking, too, so it’s not overwhelming for me, but we have our out-of-state adult children visiting this week for the first time since Christmas, and that’s doubled the workload! True Story sounds good, and I was just reading a review of the Denise Mina book the other day and made a mental note of it.

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  31. Lisa
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 01:34:39

    I don’t cook, so I never spend all day in the kitchen! True Story sounds fascinating –can’t wait to read your review. Have a great week!

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  32. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 02:59:02

    I hear you about kitchen time. No one else cooks much. Baking, yes. Cooking, no. The extent of my meal plans lately have been defrosting the meats and having a recipe ready for five days out of the week. We allow the girls to order food out once a week, and then the other day is something easy like pasta or hamburgers.

    Great books this week. True Story sounds fabulous.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  33. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 04:02:26

    kitchen? what’s that? mr wonderful does all the shopping and cooking
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  34. Kathy Martin
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 05:00:26

    Cooking for two doesn’t take that much time. And it doesn’t take that much of my time because my brother does most of our cooking. I do bake bread but, while it takes time, it isn’t too time intensive. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  35. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 08:58:43

    I despise cooking. There are so many other things I would rather do with my time. I can’t even listen to my audiobooks because I really have to pay attention to what I’m doing. My husband loves to cook but since we’ve been traveling, I try to get dinner ready while he’s at work. I get so grumpy, he’s thinking about relieving me of kitchen duty! I do enjoy baking because you mostly just mix your stuff up and you’re done. It’s all the chopping and then babysitting the stove that drives me crazy. Gold stars for you for spending so much time in the kitchen! Enjoy your week!

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  36. thebookishlibra
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 12:13:20

    Yes, Sunday is a big kitchen day in my house too because of weekly meal prep and especially since school started back up this week. I hope you enjoy all of your new reads.

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  37. Vi @Inkvotary
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 23:48:01

    No, Sunday is my reading day where I can read for hours without having to think about anything else but reading *smile* Happy reading and stay safe and well.

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  38. *Flora*
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 03:34:00

    During the colder months here in the UK, yes, it feels as though I spend most of the day on Sundays in the kitchen too Shelleyrae! However, as I’m more comfortable with audiobooks now, bring it on! Lol!
    Hope you have a great reading week. x

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  39. Susan
    Aug 21, 2020 @ 01:08:58

    Thanks I’ll check out the Edinburgh Book Festival …. especially since I’m in quarantine right now after traveling. ugh! Thank goodness for podcasts when we cook & do laundry … we’d lose our minds otherwise. Hope you’re having a great week with good books!

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  40. Mia is mine
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 08:30:51

    Thank you so much for sharing the podcasts you listen to! I added them to my subscriptions!
    I do most of the cooking, but I don’t have to prep lunches/breakfast for the week. I’ve been having great success with Jamie Oliver’s recipes. I wonder if you might enjoy Clean Food Crush on Instagram. She shares some food prep ideas.

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