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…

My parents visited on the weekend and we braved the beer garden at the local pub on the river for lunch. It quite lovely, the sun was shining, the food was tasty and we practically had the place to ourselves.

Writer’s block isn’t much of an excuse, but it’s the only one I have for the lack of blog activity this week. I got stuck on a review, wrote and rewrote it half a dozen times over several days til I just got fed up with it and finally posted it (even though I still don’t like it). So now I’m behind.

However the kids go back to school today for the start of the last term of the year, so with any luck I might get caught up.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Godmothers by Monica McInerney

Rebel Without a Clause by Sue Butler

The Night Letters by Denise Leith

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New Posts…

Review: Rebel Without a Clause by Sue Butler

Review: The Godmothers by Monica McInerney

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What I’m Reading This Week…

It’s no secret that love has plagued the Owens family for centuries. But when did the curse begin, and why? It all began with Maria Owens, who arrived in America in 1680, with a baby in tow…

Born with pitch-black hair and pale green eyes, Maria was abandoned in the English countryside by her birth mother and raised by Hannah Owens who warned her, “Always love someone who will love you back.” She inherits Hannah’s Grimoire—a magical book of enchantments that include instructions to heal illnesses, ingredients for soaps that restore youth, and spells that make a person burn with love for another. When Hannah dies in an attack, Maria leaves for Curacao, where she meets John Hathorne, a magistrate from Salem living freely for the first time in his life as he falls in love with Maria. But Hathorne soon abandons her, before Maria realizes she’s pregnant. When she gives birth to a red-headed baby girl, Faith, who possesses immense magical talent, Maria embarks on a voyage to Salem to face her destiny, with or without magic.

But aboard the ship bringing her to America, fate intervenes and she meets a man who will change her life, if she’ll only let him. Her journey, laced with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, magic and curses, will show her that love is the only answer, always.

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You Can’t Stop Watching Her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-vlogger, with three young children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to her?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Told from the perspectives of her most avid fans, obsessed with finding out the truth, their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

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How many lives can one incident shatter?

For one Daylesford cop, this will be their last callout. Another may not make it. A third will call it quits.

Black cloud on a winter’s morning signals what nobody could’ve seen coming. An anything-but-routine welfare check by two Daylesford police officers at a farm in Korweinguboora. A fatal house explosion that leaves a rural community reeling.

Local cop John Franklin and Melbourne journalist Georgie Harvey are among the first responders at the property. The crime scene is compromised by fire and tonnes of water, and speculations run rife. Murder-suicide? Accident or sabotage? An isolated incident or just the beginning?

As lives hang in the balance, Franklin seeks answers and someone to hold accountable while Georgie investigates her toughest story yet. But will one of them crack?

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Dawn Edelstein knows everything there is to know about dying. She specialises in helping her clients make peace with the end of their lives. But as she’s flying home from her latest case, she is forced to confront her own mortality for the first time.

Instead of seeing her brilliant quantum physicist husband and their beloved daughter flash before her eyes in what she assumes are her last moments, only one face is shockingly clear: Wyatt Armstrong.

Safely on the ground, Dawn now faces a desperate decision. Should she return to Boston, her family and the life she knows, or journey back to an Egyptian archaeological site she left over a decade earlier, reconnect with Wyatt, and finally finish her abandoned magnum opus, The Book of Two Ways?

As the story unfolds, Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly answered: What does a life well-lived look like? When we depart this earth, what do we leave behind of ourselves? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

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Thanks for stopping by!

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dianthaa
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 02:14:24

    That photo looks lovely! We’ve had nice weather over here but I’m getting over a cold and stuck inside, yuck. Magic Lessons sounds really nice, I hope you enjoy it

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  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 03:06:34

    What a beautiful picture. Glad you could enjoy some quality time there. The book magic lessons has caught my attention. Thank for sharing it. And I now like your FB page *smile* Don´t know why I haven´t seen that.

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  3. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 03:13:20

    It seems like a great place to eat! And I hope the writer block will leave you in peace.

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 03:25:23

    I haven’t read a Jodi Picoult novel in a long time, but I always enjoy them. Your books for this week look good.

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 04:51:33

    I think a lot of us are having trouble reading and writing and blogging. It’s such a stressful time. I can’t seem to do much more than read and write. I can’t explain that either.

    Thank goodness you got to get out this week. That looks great. We’ve not been out to eat or at a store since March, so I’m envious.

    Jodi Picoult and Alice Hoffman—that sounds good. Hope you enjoy them both.

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  6. BookerTalk
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 04:59:34

    Isn’t it sad that restaurants are so quiet? We went out last night to our favourite bistro and there were only 8 customers the whole night. On a saturday which would be their best night – hardly worth them opening…..

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  7. Sam@WLABB
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 06:24:07

    That beer garden looks lovely. Looks like you had great weather too. I feel your pain with struggling with a review. I waste so much time sometimes and eventually just get something out there. I bet it’s better than you think it is though.

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 07:34:54

    Looks like a very pretty place!!
    I haven’t felt like writing much either. Everything is Meh.

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  9. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 07:45:54

    I’m glad you were able to get out with family and feel safe! I hope this week goes smoother on the review writing!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  10. Gofita
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 08:48:03

    Looks like a pretty day at the beer garden! Glad you could get out and enjoy the outdoors. Magic Lessons is on my list! I hope you have a great week!

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  11. Jennifer
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 11:00:49

    I know about writer’s block …. 😉 so very frustrating

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  12. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:50:36

    Glad you got to see your parents. I’ve experienced the same thing at times when I just can’t seem to get a review down. I write it in my head but then have difficulty translating it on paper. It seems Picoult’s new book is everywhere. Enjoy your reading week.

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  13. Tammy
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 12:56:51

    I’ve had that happen too, where I just can’t figure out how to write a particular review. Sometimes I just have to let it go. I hope you love Magic Lessons, I can’t wait to start it😁

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  14. Kathryn
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 14:14:55

    Oh that meal out sounds just lovely, glad you enjoyed it. Hope your reading and writing works out well this week. Our kids went back to school today, not that that affects me. But I do love as a retired teacher that school is back and I’m not!

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  15. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 20:49:15

    That picture is amazing! It looks lovely and I’m glad you had a nice time.

    I’m planning on reading Practical Magic this October so I’m excited to hear there are other books in the series! (I’ve head the newer books are actually better!)

    Happy reading!

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  16. vikiedwards
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 21:07:37

    Both Magic Lessons and The Book of Two Ways sound really interesting. I love books about witches, and I’m not normally a Jodi Picoult reader, but the themes in this one really appeal to me. I hope you have a good reading week. 🙂 Sometimes reviews just don’t come out the way we want them to. Writing anything is much like that, I’ve found. :/

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  17. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 23:46:08

    Magic Lessons sounds like the perfect book to be reading at this time of year, with Halloween right around the corner. Also I hope you enjoy the new Jodi Picoult; her books are always so thought provoking. Happy reading… & hopefully writing too!

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  18. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 12, 2020 @ 23:56:10

    I love Alice Hoffman!!

    And that photo is beautiful. I am glad you had such a wonderful time!

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  19. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 00:01:16

    I hope to read my copy of The Book of Two Ways soon.

    I enjoyed Unfollow Me, and have my eye on The Godmothers…but couldn’t find it on Amazon. Could it have a different title?

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  20. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 02:25:34

    Looks like a beautiful outing! Nice! I look forward to reading Magic Lessons. Curious to hear what you think of the Jodi Picoult. I read the first few chapters, and just could not get into it… but maybe I’ll give it another try at some point. Have a great week!

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  21. Greg
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 02:42:35

    Oh that looks like a beautiful place for a meal!

    Hope your reads are good this week. I need to get my reading up. I’ve been slacking… 🙂

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  22. Sharlene
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 04:02:25

    That looks like a great spot for lunch. Nice view!

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  23. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 05:25:33

    I’m glad you got to visit with your parents and have a surprisingly safe lunch!

    I’ve had to rewrite two or three reviews multiple times recently. That’s partly because I’m out of practice with writing reviews. It’s also because I seem to have less patience for the things that irritate me and I’m spending way too much focus on those instead of the good things. I’ll get back in the groove eventually. I hope your writer’s block resolves soon!

    Enjoy your week!

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  24. Kathy Martin
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 06:07:58

    Looks like a lovely place for lunch. I’m glad you had a chance to get together with your parents. I hope you enjoy the books on your stack for this week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  25. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Oct 13, 2020 @ 11:09:37

    Neat books this week.

    I’ve definitely overthought a few reviews. Sometimes you really want to make sure what you say is clear.

    Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a nice week.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-oct-12.html

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  26. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Oct 14, 2020 @ 03:36:09

    I’m glad you had a good lunch with your parents. That looks like a nice, quiet place to eat. I hope you have a great week!

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  27. Mystica
    Oct 14, 2020 @ 15:56:24

    We’ve had rains on and off, some areas a huge amount of it. On top of it, we had a massive community transmission which hadn’t happened for six months and we were all very complacent. Now over 1100 cases in three days and though it started in one area, there are now isolated cases cropping up all over the country. Unsettling very.

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  28. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Oct 15, 2020 @ 16:01:46

    I usually put off writing a difficult review and then I can’t remember exactly how I felt about the book. I should learn to just write something and accept that. Lovely view for your lunch with family. It’s nice to be able to get out and about a little bit. I bought The Godmothers for Love Your Bookshop Day.

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  29. Susan
    Oct 17, 2020 @ 07:44:49

    The local pub by the river looks great! We are probably in for a hard winter here … unable to go to inside bars etc. Hope you are having a great week.

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