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…

Congratulations to Mary P. who is the winner of my 10th Blogoversary Giveaway!

You may remember last week I reviewed The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, which I loved. Osman is a TV personality in the UK, and while I was familiar with Pointless, which he adjudicates, I hadn’t heard of House of Games, a quiz show which he hosts. I found the show on YouTube and thought I’d watch an episode or two, but I’ve been watching it nonstop all week. It’s fun to play along (though UK-centric questions are tough). If you are a fan of trivia, there are 3 seasons – about 200 episodes available (just search House of Games).

Lastly, thank you for your condolences with regards to the loss of my brother-in-law. It hasn’t been an easy week, particularly for my husband of course. Philip was just 59, the oldest of four children (my husband is the youngest at 50), much loved by his many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, whom he doted on as he never married, nor had children of his own. He will be missed.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Her Last Words by Kim Kelly

The Bush Telegraph by Fiona McArthur

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Gathering Dark by Candice Fox

Blog Tour Review: The Bush Telegraph by Fiona McArthur

Review: Her Last Words by Kim Kelly

Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Review: Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel — a skilled midwife and herbalist – is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen’s Land.

In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.

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Cryogenicist Dr Georgette Watson has mastered the art of bringing frozen hamsters back to life. Now what she really needs is a body to confirm her technique can save human lives.

Meanwhile, in New York City, winter is closing in and there’s a killer on the loose, slaying strangers who seem to have nothing in common. Is it simple good fortune that Georgette, who freelances for the NYPD, suddenly finds herself in the company of the greatest detective of all time? And will Sherlock Holmes be able to save Dr Watson in a world that has changed drastically in 200 years, even if human nature has not?

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Mim’s husband is missing. No one knows where Ben is, but everyone wants to find him – especially The Department. And they should know, the all-seeing government body has fitted the entire population with a universal tracking chip to keep them ‘safe’.

But suddenly Ben can’t be tracked. And Mim is questioned, made to surrender her passport and threatened with the unthinkable – her two children being taken into care at the notorious BestLife.

Cornered, Mim risks everything to go on the run to find her husband – and a part of herself, long gone, that is brave enough to tackle the journey ahead.

From the stark backroads of the Australian outback to a terrifying sea voyage, Mim is forced to shuck off who she was – mother, daughter, wife, sister – and become the woman she needs to be to save her family and herself.

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You’ll never see a wasp in the same way again …

When Beth’s marriage ends, she’s determined to build a new life in the country for herself and her children. A quiet life lived closer to nature. She thinks she’s achieved the impossible – a civilised separation, a happy home and a cordial relationship with her estranged husband, Mark. There’s even the promise of new love on the horizon. But when Mark tries to change the rules, Beth’s peaceful world is turned upside down.

Disturbingly, she also discovers that European wasps have invaded her garden. Beth’s obsession with them and their queen holds up a distorted mirror to the human drama. As the chaos in Beth’s life gathers momentum, connections between the two worlds come sharply into focus. The lives of Beth and the others are neither separate to, nor safe from, the natural world.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. globaldig
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 01:38:26

    ‘House of Games’ sounds great. I like to collect a list of things to watch on YOUTUBE and will add it.

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  2. Linda Moore
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 02:22:16

    THE EXILES sounds great. I have it and hope to get ahead on my arcs so I can read it.

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 03:36:04

    I like Christina Baker Kline’s books, so The Exiles looks very tempting.

    I am also eyeing The Mother Fault. Enjoy your books and your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. Vi @Inkvotary
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 04:51:17

    Stay away from me with the wasp season book *lol* After weeks with a very much alive wasp nest in my attic I can´t see or hear them anymore. And congrats to the giveaway winner Mary P.! Happy reading and stay safe and well.

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  5. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 05:09:01

    I enjoyed The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline but I haven’t read any of her other books. There’s just never enough time in the day. I’ll have to add some of her other work to my library wishlist. The Exiles sounds particularly good. Enjoy your week!

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 05:35:35

    Congratulations to Mary P. for winning your giveaway!

    House of Games sounds fun. I’ll see if it is available here.

    I’ve been curious about Anxious People. I think I need to take a look at your review.

    I will be happy to see your thoughts about Exiles. I enjoyed that author’s other book, Orphan Train.

    Have a good week.

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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 06:15:51

    Your books this week sound good, I look forward to the reviews. I’ll have to look up House of Games; my mom (a Brit) will probably really enjoy it.

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  8. Anne Bennett
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 06:16:09

    Wow. Lots of good books this week! My Sunday Salon post

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  9. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 07:53:49

    I’m glad you have had the shows and some great books to ease you through this week!

    Anne – Books of my Heart Here is my Sunday Post

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  10. Susan
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 07:57:21

    I’ll be curious to hear what you think of The Exiles …. I had that book on my radar and its premise looks good. hmm

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  11. sjhigbee
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 08:10:37

    So very sorry to hear about your brother in law – he was taken far too soon. Thinking of you all…

    Glad that you also enjoy House of Games – we are great fans of it and prefer it to Pointless, which we also like watching. I now need to track down Richard’s book… I also really like the sound of The Exiles. I hope the coming week isn’t quite so difficult. Take care.x

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  12. thebookdisciple
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 09:25:36

    house of games sounds interesting! I love trivia! Hope you have a good week!

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  13. Jennifer
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 11:27:39

    I enjoyed ‘The Mother Fault’ and ‘Over My Dead Body’. 🙂

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  14. the bookworm
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 11:39:57

    I’m sorry for your loss, sending some positive thoughts your way.
    I keep seeing Anxious People around blogland and it looks good.
    Enjoy your books this week! Wasp Season sounds good.

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  15. Kathryn
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 14:48:58

    Oh my The Exiles sounds like a very tough exploration of that time in history. And so full of injustice. Very hard to lose a family member, they are always missed.

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  16. Greg
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 16:53:55

    Ooh that does sound like a fun show. And such a tragedy losing someone so young like that. All my thoughts and best wishes to you guys. Be well this week…

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  17. Marg
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 22:10:06

    I have The Exiles here to read too! I am going to go and have a look for that show! It sounds like my kind of thing.

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  18. Mystica
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 22:41:15

    Your books sound interesting.

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  19. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 01:26:48

    Can’t wait for your review of The Exiles! It’s on my wishlist. 🙂

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 02:18:52

    Nice looking bunch of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 02:53:19

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. They all seem ever harder to bear this year considering everything else.

    You’ve been reading a lot lately. I’ll have to check out the reviews. The Exiles and The Mother Fault sound fabulous. Hope you enjoy your reading week.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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  22. Donna
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 03:02:46

    The Exiles sounds good.

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  23. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 03:36:00

    The Exiles sounds stunning! I love Christina Baker Kline’s writing style. Hope you enjoy it. Will keep an eye out for your thoughts and opinions.

    Have a good week!

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  24. Literary Feline
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 05:35:57

    Congratulations to Mary! I hope you enjoy your new books. The Exiles sounds really good. The Mother Fault also caught my eye. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts. I hope you have a good week.

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  25. yvonne473
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 06:23:54

    I have The Thursday Murder Club on my wishlist. Looks good. Hope you have a great week!

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  26. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 09:36:52

    *Hugs.* Sorry about your brother-in-law. I hope you have a good week.

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  27. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 22:55:26

    Oh no I am so sorry to hear about your family’s loss! My condolences.

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  28. Louise H
    Sep 16, 2020 @ 01:19:12

    My deepest sympathies to you, your husband and family. 59 is so young!
    I do love the sound of The Exiles and The Mother Fault – I hope you enjoy them.

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  29. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Sep 17, 2020 @ 05:06:23

    Richard Osman is every just now, if he’s not on my tv, his book is being advertised all over the shop, it does sound good!

    Sorry to hear about your brother in law x

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