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

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…

The week was going so well, and then my son got sick…runny nose, sore throat, cough…eek! Even though the chance of it being Covid was incredibly slim – we live in a region which has had no active cases since May- the Department of Education now requires that students who display cold/flu symptoms must be kept home, and then must be tested for Covid before returning to school, so he went for a test on Friday afternoon. Thankfully on Saturday afternoon we received a NEGATIVE result, because by then I came down with it. So I’ve spent the weekend on the couch, my husband had to do the grocery shopping and the other kids did the cooking because they don’t want me to infect them. Which is fair enough because my second daughter is in the middle of her HSC Trial exams – which are worth 50% of her final grade for her last (senior) year.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

True Story by Kate Reed Petty

The Less Dead by Denise Mina

Public Enemies by Mark Dapin

The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: The McCalister Legacy by Nicole Hurley-Moore

Review: True Story by Kate Reed Petty

Review: The Less Dead by Denise Mina

Review: Public Enemies by Barbara Hannay

Review & Giveaway: The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay

 

*** Make sure you ENTER to WIN a copy of The Sister’s Gift by Barbara Hannay

(Sorry, Australian residents only) ***

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

How far would you go to save your marriage?

Lou and Josh have been together for 14 years. They share two kids, a mortgage, careers and plenty of history. Now, after a particularly fraught Christmas, Lou is ready to ask herself: is this marriage worth hanging on to?

Every month for a year, Lou sets a different test for their relationship – from daily sex to brutal honesty – to help her decide if she should stay or go. Secrets are exposed, old wounds reopened and a true-to-life suburban love story unfolds.

I Give My Marriage a Year paints a sharply accurate, often hilarious picture of a modern Australian marriage. Lou and Josh are a couple on the edge, and their efforts to bring their relationship back from the brink will resonate with anyone who has ever asked themselves: is this enough?

Whose side will you take? Who deserves a second chance? And will Josh and Lou stay together or split for good?

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After a puzzling death in the wild bushlands of Australia, detective Dana Russo has just hours to interrogate the prime suspect – a silent, inscrutable man found at the scene of the crime, who disappeared without trace 15 years earlier.

But where has he been? Why won’t he talk? And exactly how dangerous is he? Without conclusive evidence to prove his guilt, Dana faces a desperate race against time to persuade him to speak. But as each interview spirals with fevered intensity, Dana must reckon with her own traumatic past to reveal the shocking truth .

 

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Identical twins only look the same …

Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam.

Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes.

Now is her chance to take what she’s always wanted – the idyllic life she’s always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she’s dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?

Written with the chilling suspense of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl in the Mirror is an addictive thriller about greed, lust, secrets and deadly lies.

 

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name—and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating—but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered—and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?

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Featuring 80 brand-new recipes and twelve weeks of meal plans, this easy-to-follow, comprehensive lifestyle solution can help you not only to reach your weight-loss goals, but also to maximise the diet’s benefits for improved metabolic health and blood glucose control, and effective type 2 diabetes prevention and management.

Based on research from around the world, as well as original CSIRO research, the low-carb diet and exercise plan has proved successful in managing preventable and lifestyle-related metabolic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. The diet lowers the proportion of carbohydrate relative to protein and unsaturated ‘healthy’ fat, and encourages participants to follow a regular exercise routine.

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48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carhicks
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 00:27:26

    I hope you and your son both feel better soon. I am looking forward to the Night Swim as well. I will watch for your review. Enjoy your upcoming reads.

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  2. A Voracious Reader
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 00:31:10

    This year just sucks. I hate that we automatically jump to Covid suspicions instead of allergies, a cold, etc. It’s awful. And then we’re happy when it’s not Covid and yet we’re still sick. Ugh! Like, I said, awful. I hope you feel better soon and that no one else gets sick.

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  3. urlphantomhive
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 00:42:38

    I am very glad it was not COVID. Get well soon!

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  4. Sam@WLABB
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 01:06:45

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather, but glad it wasn’t Covid.

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 01:49:33

    Oh my! That has to be scary, with your son sick. So glad it was not COVID. Hope you are feeling better very soon.

    I love the sound of I Give My Marriage a Year, but of course I can’t find it anywhere around here yet. I am still adding it to my list. I’m sure it will get here some day.

    Have a good week!

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  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 02:22:05

    That must have been such a relief to know that your son tested negative. And seeing how we are headed to Fall and its virus I think we’ll have frights quite often . Well, I know Australia will enter Spring soon 😉

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  7. Carol
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 02:33:26

    So happy for you that tests were negative! Whew!

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 03:32:09

    I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well but glad to hear the test was negative for your son. You always have some great books to share.

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  9. Vi @Inkvotary
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 03:58:14

    Oh my godness… Having a simple cold these days seems like a curse. Parents here in Germany have to bring a doctorly confirmation that the kid is only having the sniffles and no Covid to be allowed into class. Oh well … we will have better times again. Get well soon!

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  10. yvonne473
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 06:18:56

    I’m sorry you and your son haven’t been feeling well. I’m glad to hear he tested negative for Covid. Feel better and have a good week. Take care.

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  11. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 07:24:33

    My son had to get tested because he works in a restaurant and one of their clients tested positive. Thank goodness he was negative or we would all have to be quarantined. I’m glad your son was negative too! And I hope you feel better soon. Enjoy your reading week.

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  12. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 07:25:48

    So glad for that “negative” result! We were happy here, too, when they tested us, even though we didn’t have symptoms.

    Your books look good!

    I am curious about the Denise Mina book, as I have enjoyed some of hers.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  13. sjhigbee
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 08:19:27

    I’m very glad your son tested negative – and I hope you get over the lergy very soon. You clearly have a stack of books to read while you’re recuperating – I hope you get a chance to put your feet up a bit while you’re recovering:))

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  14. Kathryn
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 08:36:49

    Oh the itchy throat or runny nose is extra scary these times isn’t it. Good it was negative. Hope you get over it soon. I watched our 60 minutes on TV last night which included the Melbourne RED ward, such wonderful staff but definitely shows how horrible this virus is. Auckland seems to be circling their outbreak but hoping they keep it to themselves. Love the funny little cartoon. Made me chuckle.

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  15. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 09:45:50

    I just finished The Night Swim and really liked it! I must comment on your COVID testing experience. Here in California, I’d have to wait to get a test (not that day like you did) and our results take up to 6 days! You got them in 24 hours. What the hell is wrong with the US?! Oh wait. I know…

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  16. natflixandbooks
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 09:49:40

    What a time to get sick! Glad to hear it’s a cold and hope you all feeling better. I have Night Swim on hold at the library and I Give My Marriage looks great. Happy reading!

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  17. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 10:01:04

    I’m so glad your son was negative! Hopefully you both feel better soon.

    Enjoy your week!

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  18. Greg
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 10:28:10

    Oh no, hope you guys feel better soon! It’s bad enough getting sick but now in the age of Covid it’s even more nerve wracking! Glad the test result was negative.

    The Night Swim sounds good.

    Take care and be well this week!

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  19. Anne Bennett
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 10:50:34

    I hope both you and your son get better quickly! My older sister was worried about someone who was sick and was sure she had COVID. She said, “People aren’t getting other things now are they?” I sure hope so. I hope we can still get sick to other things that we know more about. Sigh. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  20. Jennifer
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 11:33:26

    I hope you and your son feel better soon! Take care.

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  21. fuonlyknew
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 16:44:33

    It seems like these are scary times when any symptom has us afraid. I’m happy your son tested negative. Hermit sounds like a thrilling read.

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  22. dianthaa
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 18:11:24

    Get well soon!
    I Give My Marriage a Year sounds like such a fun book

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  23. Marg
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:07:59

    I hope you all feel better soon. I can’t imagine how worrying it would be knowing that you feel rubbish and waiting for the test results.

    Hope this week is a better week for you.

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  24. whatsnonfiction
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 22:10:53

    I’m glad you got a negative test and hope you guys are all feeling better soon!! My husband and I have been stressing out the same way these last months — he had a regular cold and I’ve had allergy attacks and migraines and every time there’s the fear it’s not actually those.

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  25. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 22:26:32

    Oh no!! I am sorry to hear that you guys are sick – but glad to hear that it is not Covid.

    The Night Swim looks fantastic!

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  26. Lisa
    Aug 24, 2020 @ 23:43:36

    Oh dear, sorry that you’re sick! Great that it’s not COVID, and I’m impressed that you got the results so quickly! Hope you feel better quickly, and have a great week!

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  27. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 00:06:23

    I’m glad the COVID test was negative, and I hope everyone feels better soon. Have a great week!

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  28. Susie | Novel Visits
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 00:19:41

    I’m so glad you didn’t have Covid, and hope you’re feeling better soon. I just finished listening to The Night Swim and seem to be in the minority because I didn’t care for it at all. I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of The Girl in the Mirror. I have that one coming up. Get well and have a great week!

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  29. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 00:24:04

    It’s scary these days – and with every symptom the mind goes immediately to COVID. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case. I hope you feel better quickly!

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  30. the bookworm
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 01:30:52

    I hope you’re feeling better soon and glad the test came back negative. I know, as soon as any symptom comes on there’s so much paranoia.
    Have a good week and happy reading!

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  31. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 01:43:36

    I’m sorry you’ve gotten colds. I’m dreading fall allergy season because I’m sure people will think I am going out while I am sick. Pray you all feel better soon.

    I need to add I Give My Marriage A Year to my wish list. It sounds amazing.The Diet and Lifestyle books sounds great, too.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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  32. Kathy Martin
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 01:52:41

    Having a cold has to be scary since it might be Covid. I’m glad you are okay. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  33. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 02:34:27

    the night swim looks really good to me. lucky you guys. no covid cases…oh man, it’s a nightmare here in florida. we live in a smaller town and until they opened the bars and beaches we were doing okay in our are. now it is so out of control. i haven’t left the house in so many days i can’t remember the last time. most of the time i love being at home, but i feel the need to get out. thank goodness the tropical storm aren’t going to do more than give us some rain
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  34. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 05:18:58

    Sorry to hear that there has been illness in your household – but also great to hear it isn’t COVID.

    I’m intrigued by Hermit & The Night Swim… I hope you enjoy your current reads & get well soon.

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  35. Donna (@Girl_Who_Reads)
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 09:04:40

    I worry about what this winter will be like. I get sinus crud every year but this year there will be the question of whether it is COVID or not. We can’t keep up with testing in my state now I can’t imagine what it will be like this winter. It looks like you had a good reading week.

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  36. thebookdisciple
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 10:14:31

    Feel better! My allergies are really bad right now so I know how you feel!

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  37. divabooknerd
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 12:43:26

    I Give my Marriage a Year sounds like such a brilliantly funny and honest read, I’ve been enjoying those funny, raw type reads of late and I’ll have to grab a copy. I can imagine it’s one of those reflective books that encourages you to look at your own life as well. So sorry you’ve been unwell and hope your son is on the mend as well. I’m in Victoria, so many of us are all at home with the sniffles as well. My husband is an essential worker and luckily his workplace is still operating and I’m so thankful that everyone is wearing masks to reduce the risk of infection. Rest up honey and hope you’re feeling better soon!

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  38. 1girl2manybooks
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 14:10:05

    Glad to hear you were all negative! Hopefully you can rest up a lot and enjoy some good books. I’ll also be reading The Girl In The Mirror this week too!

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  39. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Aug 26, 2020 @ 05:56:57

    Glad to hear your sons test came back negative, hope you are both feeling better!

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  40. Mystica
    Aug 26, 2020 @ 12:26:22

    Nice mix of reads. The Night Swim mixed reviews.
    Hope you feel better and the daughter having her trials gets thru well (without getting sick mainly).

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  41. Susan
    Aug 27, 2020 @ 01:57:34

    Ahhh it’s not fun being sick, especially these days! Feel better soon. Isn’t it crazy how one little sniffle and now we have to wonder if we have Covid. Argh! hope you all are well

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  42. *Flora*
    Aug 28, 2020 @ 02:19:33

    I hope both you and your son are feeling better by now and that the rest of your family haven’t caught it.

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