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…

It’s going to be a busy month!

Aleah has two exams left, one this week and one next. Then her formal is being held the week after, I’m getting nervous the dress we ordered won’t arrive in time.

In two weeks my husband and I will celebrate our Silver wedding anniversary and my mother (whose birthday is the day before) has planned an outdoor lunch with friends and family. We married when I was 22 and he was 25 after five years together, we have four children we are very proud of, and even though he still hasn’t read a single book in all our time together, I still love him, and he me ❤️

In all things bloggish, I’m excited that Nonfiction November starts today, as does AusReading Month! I’m going to do my best to manage both, I’ll have lots of reading and blog hopping to do to keep up.

I’m also working on the details for the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge so that a sign up post will be available at the end of the month. In Saturday’s monthly spotlight post I’ll be asking for category suggestions so let me know if you have any ideas!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

House of Correction by Nicci French

Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos

Consolation by Garry Disher

The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell

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New Posts…

Review: An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins

Review: House of Correction by Nicci French

Giveaway & Excerpt: Trust by Chris Hammer

Review: Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos

Review: Consolation by Garry Disher

Nonfiction November 2020: Week 1

AusReading Month 2020: Celebration

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Award-winning journalist Delphine Minoui recounts the true story of a band of young rebels in a besieged Syrian town, who find hope and connection making an underground library from the rubble of war

Day in, day out, bombs fall on Daraya, a town outside Damascus, the very spot where the Syrian Civil War began. In the midst of chaos and bloodshed, a group searching for survivors stumbles on a cache of books. They collect the books, then look for more. In a week they have six thousand volumes. In a month, fifteen thousand. A sanctuary is born: a library where the people of Daraya can explore beyond the blockade.

Long a site of peaceful resistance to the Assad regimes, Daraya was under siege for four years. No one entered or left, and international aid was blocked.

In 2015, French-Iranian journalist Delphine Minoui saw a post on Facebook about this secret library and tracked down one of its founders, twenty-three-year-old Ahmad, an aspiring photojournalist himself. Over WhatsApp and Facebook, Minoui learned about the young men who gathered in the library, exchanged ideas, learned English, and imagined how to shape the future, even as bombs fell above. They devoured a marvelous range of books—from American self-help like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People to international bestsellers like The Alchemist, from Arabic poetry by Mahmoud Darwish to Shakespearean plays to stories of war in other times and places, such as the siege of Sarajevo. They also shared photos and stories of their lives before and during the war, planned how to build a democracy, and began to sustain a community in shell-shocked soil.

As these everyday heroes struggle to hold their ground, they become as much an inspiration as the books they read. And in the course of telling their stories, Delphine Minoui makes this far-off, complicated war immediate. In the vein of classic tales of the triumph of the human spirit—like All the Beautiful Forevers, A Long Way Gone, and Reading Lolita in Tehran—The Book Collectors will inspire readers and encourage them to imagine the wider world.

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They say a change is as good as a holiday…but what if you don’t want either?

Is her family’s happiness more important than her own?

The first time Ashling Wood realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband, Adrian, suggests they try nest parenting. Heartbroken, Ash suddenly finds herself living a double life – one week with her children, the next cohabiting with her happily single sister-in-law. Her friends think the modern custody solution is an exciting opportunity for her to spread her wings, but all Ash wants is her family back together

An offer to renovate a seaside cottage seems like the perfect distraction for Ash while waiting for Adrian to come to his senses. She’s determined to fix her marriage as well as the cottage, but life gets even more complicated when she meets local fisherman Dan Emerson.

Soon, each home-stay becomes more dysfunctional, while for the other week Ash enjoys the peaceful life of the beachside community. The more time Ash spends in Ragged Point, the more she questions what she really wants. Is a sea-change the fresh start she needs to move on?

When tragedy calls Ash back to the city, she’s torn between the needs of her family and her future. Can her family life fit in with a permanent move to the beach or could Ash’s new-found independence attract Adrian back to the nest?

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A fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir from one of Australia’s most loved comedians shows us that no matter how far down you get, there is always a way back.

Fiona O’Loughlin was raised in the generation of children who were to be seen, but not heard … unless there were guests in the house. Then she’d watch everyone, telling stories, making each other laugh. This was where she discovered the rhythm of stories and the lubrication that alcohol leant the telling. Years later, as a mum of five, Fiona would become one of Australia’s most-loved comedians, performing gigs in New York, Montreal, Singapore, London, Toronto and Edinburgh. Fiona looked like she was living her dream – but she was hiding a secret in open sight, using alcoholism as material for her comedy and using comedy as an excuse for her alcoholism.

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a two-week coma, of putrid drug dens and using a jungle to confront yourself. It is about hitting rock bottom and then realising you are only halfway down. Ultimately, it’s about hanging on to your last straw of sanity and finding laughter in the darkest of times. You may want to sit down for this.

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Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice.

When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne’s curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria’s spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of the First World War. It’s a cause after Phryne’s own heart but what could Spencer want from her?

Phryne and the faithful Dot view their spa sojourn as a short holiday but are quickly thrown in the midst of disturbing Highland gatherings, disappearing women, murder and the mystery of the Temperance Hotel.

Meanwhile, Cec, Bert and Tinker find a young woman floating face down in the harbour, dead. Tinker and Phryne’s resilient adopted daughters, Jane and Ruth, decide to solve what appears to be a heinous crime.

Disappearances, murder, bombs, booby-traps and strange goings-on land Miss Phryne Fisher right in the middle of her most exciting adventure.

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Thanks for stopping by!

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tina
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 01:16:36

    Congrats on your anniversary! Doug and I celebrated 36 years this years and it’s good to hear of people celebrating long lovng marriages. You have been crazy busy this year! I know most of us will be glad to say goodbye to 2020. What a year 😦

    Looking forward to reading about your upcoming book challenge. You make me want to “book blog” again! My suggestion for a category would be drinks or somehting in that line. Wouldn’t have to be wine or liquor, could be tea and coffee. Hope that’s not lame 🙂

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  2. Tammy
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 01:16:55

    Congrats on your silver anniversary! My husband and I just hit our 20 year milestone, and he’s never read a book either🤣

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  3. sjhigbee
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 01:24:33

    Huge congratulations on your Silver wedding anniversary – I’m delighted you are still so happy together. We also celebrated ours earlier this year. And as it’s my 2nd marriage and I’m aware the misery of being married to the wrong person, it always is lovely to hear of folks who managed to get it right the first time around! Have a lovely week and I hope it isn’t too hectic, Shelleyrae…

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  4. Gluten Free A-Z
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 01:55:37

    Silver Anniversary wishes- how wonderful. I like memoirs and will look into the Fiona book. Sounds very interesting indeed. Thanks for the reviews.

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 02:11:19

    Congratulations on reaching your silver anniversary (I had to look it up to find out it was #25.) I married when I was young, too, and I led to believe that my husband was a reader (he claimed to be reading the exact same book I was…hmmm…) but he, like your husband, has never read a book since. Yep, love him anyway!

    I promise to do better with the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge than I did with the 2020 challenge. I’m not sure what happened. I read lots of nonfiction; I forgot to blog about it.

    I think I will see what I can find about Book Collectors of Daraya. That sounds good.

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  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 02:30:42

    Wow, a silver anniversary! I have never had one of those, staying only long enough in each marriage to regret being married at all. LOL.

    I am in awe of those who stay and have the stamina to enjoy their time together. Congrats!

    Your books look good. I am eyeing the memoir Truths from an Unreliable Witness…and having read some reviews of Flying the Nest, I have ordered that book, which is now headed my way in a print volume.

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  7. BookerTalk
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 03:54:39

    Congratulations on that marital milestone. How on earth did you manage to get a partner who never reads???

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  8. Athira
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:14:44

    Congratulations on your Silver Wedding Anniversary! I know what you mean about a partner who does not read. I’ve been convincing mine to read more but other than a couple of books (which he promptly disliked as well), nada, zilch.

    Your November certainly sounds busy! Hope you have fun with it all!

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  9. harvee
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:32:03

    I’m interested in that Nicci French.

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  10. Carol
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:37:02

    Happy anniversary! 💖

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  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:41:13

    Wow not a single book! Happy anniversary! Good luck with your reading challenges.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  12. thebookdisciple
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 04:59:33

    Congrats on your anniversary! That is a wonderful accomplishment!

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  13. limabean74
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 05:00:48

    Happy Anniversary, I have been married 18 years and my husband also never picked up a book. We are total opposites but some how we work. 🙂

    I hope you have an amazing week! Happy Reading!

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  14. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 05:42:52

    Wow silver anniversary? That’s amazing! Congrats

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  15. globaldig
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 06:17:32

    Wow, the opening paragraph, I had mistaken for the opening plot summary to a fantastic contemporary , great job!

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  16. litandlife
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 09:47:35

    Happy anniversary! We got married two days after I turned 22 – now that even my baby is older than that, I can’t imagine what I was thinking. But I guess we made the right choice to grow up together – we just celebrated our 38th anniversary. How lovely of your mom to have the luncheon to celebrate!

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  17. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 10:07:30

    Happy Silver wedding Anniversary! My hubby and I have been together 28 years. Ever since I saw the title of The Book Collectors of Daraya I’ve been wanting to read it. I hope you’re enjoying it. I’ll look for your review.

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  18. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 10:40:23

    Happy Anniversary and good luck to your daughter on her final exams! In some ways I cannot believe it’s “already” November and in other ways I feel like how is it “only November!”

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  19. gulfsidemusing
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 11:45:17

    Happy Anniversary! We have our 35th coming up at the end of the month… time passes quickly. Good luck to your daughter on her exams. YOur books look good this week, too.

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  20. yvonne473
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 11:49:19

    Happy Anniversary! It sure does sound like a busy month for you.

    Your books look great. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

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  21. Jennifer
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 12:16:46

    Happy Anniversary! Next year, we’ll celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. I’m not sure where all of those years have gone. And, my husband hasn’t finished a book in that time either 😉

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  22. tbretc
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 12:43:30

    House of Correction sounded so good to me!

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  23. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 12:49:35

    Happy Anniversary!! We will celebrate 33 years in April. I hope the dress arrives. So many good things happening 🙂 Enjoy!

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  24. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 13:25:52

    Happy anniversary! Glad to hear you’ve been together so long and have built a loving family together! Hope your daughter’s dress shows up on time!

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  25. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 14:06:10

    Oh, I hope your daughter’s dress comes in time—I would imagine that would be a stressful wait. Glad you had a nice anniversary!!

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  26. Kathryn
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 15:29:28

    Great line up of books to be read. Smiling at your hubby not reading, and you such a reader. So great to hear someone appreciating their married life and lovely offspring. Congratulations to you all.

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  27. Greg
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 19:38:09

    Awww that’s a wonderful anniversary you have coming up! I hope you guys have a great one. 🙂

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  28. Mystica
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 22:53:21

    Congratulations on the anniversary and I am happy that things are settled so that you can celebrate with family and friends.

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  29. Beth F
    Nov 02, 2020 @ 23:41:16

    Happy anniversary!!! I love the Miss Fisher books, but am woefully behind in the series.

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  30. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 00:52:59

    Happy Anniversary!!! My husband and I are celebrating our 20th Anniversary this Wednesday!

    I need to read the Miss Fisher books. 🙂

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  31. Susie | Novel Visits
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 01:56:46

    Congratulations on your anniversary. 25 years is and accomplishment these days! Have a wonderful day.

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  32. Kathy Martin
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 02:58:15

    Happy anniversary! You have a nice assortment of books to read next. I hope you enjoy them all. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  33. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 03:27:00

    So many great events for your family coming up. Happy Anniversary!

    I haven’t participated in a challenge in the last couple of years, except the Goodreads Reading Challenge because all my books count.

    Hope you enjoy all your books. Flying the Nest sounds great. Have a wonderful week.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-nov-2.html

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  34. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 03:34:33

    Happy anniversary! Wishing you a lovely celebration and many, many more years of love!

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  35. Izabel Brekilien
    Nov 03, 2020 @ 21:27:15

    Happy anniversary !! It’s so lovely to share so many years together (even if he doesn’t read books, lol) 🙂

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  36. Maureen Bakker
    Nov 05, 2020 @ 06:55:43

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I hope you’ll have a lovely celebration. My husbadn also hasn’t read a book as long as I’ve known him (13.5 years now).. but he totally supports my love of reading so I think it works perfect. 😀
    Stay safe and happy reading.

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