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


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Life…

1 exam to go, and her dress arrived! It’s navy blue, floor length, with a silver accent at the waist, so now the hunt is on for silver heels…

I’ve been enjoying the first week of Nonfiction November, and AusReading Month, I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s favourite reads from the past year.

This past week or two I’ve binge watched Grantchester, which was nothing like I expected and which I really enjoyed; PanAm – a shame it was axed after its first season; and The House That £100k Built, which I love even though I’ll probably never be in a position to build my own house.

I need to keep the TV turned off this week though, the house desperately needs vacuuming, and I want to try and get a little ahead on the blog before this weekend and our anniversary party.

And YAY Biden/Harris for the win!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Dr Karl’s Surfing Through Science by Dr Karl

The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui

Flying the Nest by Rachael Johns

Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O’Loughlin

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New Posts…

Review: The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home by Joanna Nell

Review: Dr Karl’s Surfing Through Science by Dr Karl

Review: The Book Collectors of Daraya by Delphine Minoui

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #9

Nonfiction November 2020 Week 2- Book Pairings

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Ben Brooksby is a fifth-generation farmer from St Helens Plains in western Victoria. When he was younger, he struggled with anxiety and other mental health issues, as do so many others in rural communities.

A simple social media post helped him to turn things around. After he shared a photo on Instagram showing himself naked in a truck full of lentils, he received a huge response, with other farmers wanting to share their own photos – and their stories. As the Naked Farmer movement grew, Ben met people from all around the country who wanted to get naked for mental health. As they got their kits off, they also opened up about their struggles.

This is a heartwarming, moving and candid collection of stories of the challenges our farmers are facing, and the way these communities are banding together in response.

Proudly supporting the Royal Flying Doctors Mental Health Service

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An unforgettable historical tale set in fifteenth-century England of a brilliant woman’s defiance, courage, and ingenuity—from the author of The Locksmith’s Daughter and The Chocolate Maker’s Wife.

1405: The daughter of a wealthy merchant, Anneke Sheldrake suddenly finds her family bankrupted when her father’s ship is swept away at sea. Forced to find a way to provide for herself and her siblings, Anneke rejects an offer of marriage from a despised cousin and instead turns to her late mother’s family business: brewing ale.

Armed with her mother’s recipes, she then makes a bold deal with her father’s aristocratic employer, putting her home and family at risk. Thanks to her fierce determination, Anneke’s brew wins a following and begins to turn a profit. But her rise threatens some in her community and those closest to her are left to pay the price.

As Anneke slowly pieces her life together again, she finds an unlikely ally in a London brothel owner. Determined not only to reclaim her livelihood and her family, Anneke vows not to let anyone stand in the way of her forging her own destiny.

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Has your life become unbearable because the person living above you has a fondness for crack cocaine, the company of strangers and dance music? Or maybe you’re a social worker, mental health nurse, police officer, firefighter, dog warden or vicar and you’ve been landed with someone who’s a pain in the arse. Who are you going to call? That would be me: an anti-social behaviour officer.

Anti-Social is the diary of a council worker whose job is to keep his community happy, or at least away from each other’s throats. That’s hard enough at the best of times but when government cuts mean that hospitals, social services and police are all at breaking point, the possibility of complete chaos is never far away.

This is an urgent, timely but, most of all, hysterically funny true story of a life spent working with the people society wants to forget and the problems that nobody else can resolve. This book will make you laugh, cry and boil with rage within a single sentence.

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2020: When the Australian Federal Police swoop unheralded into Barker and make a shocking arrest for possession of narcotics, Detective Dave Burrows is certain there is more to the story than meets the eye. But the Feds insist that Dave is too invested in the town and its people to see the truth of what is happening there.

1980: Rose and Ian Kelly arrive in Barker for supplies before they begin shearing at Jacksonville Station, a couple of hundred kilometres out of town. Rose, heavily pregnant with their first babies, worries that despite Ian’s impending fatherhood he remains a drifter who dreams of the open road.

The twins arrive early and while Rose recuperates in town after a complicated birth, Ian stays at the Station to finish the shearing. When Ian turns up at job’s end ready to collect them all and move on, Rose is adamant that she and the twins need the support of the community in Barker. Impatiently, Ian sets off alone, leaving Rose and the children behind.

2020: After many months of grief over her brother’s illness and death, journalist Zara Ellison is finally ready to begin a new chapter of her life and make a commitment to her boyfriend, Senior Constable Jack Higgins. But when she’s assigned to investigating the Barker arrest, Jack begins to believe that Zara is working against him.

It takes a series of unconnected incidents in Zara’s digging to reveal an almost forgotten thread of mystery as to how these two events, forty years apart, could be connected.

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Thanks for stopping by!

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mae Sander
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 01:32:40

    That’s an interesting selection of books and programs. My husband is a big fan of Grantchester, though I’ve only half-watched them, mainly out of fondness for the actual town of Grantchester (near Cambridge, England), where we loved the very retro atmosphere that they preserve there.

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. Tammy
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 01:41:07

    It was such a relief to get the news yesterday! Thats one election I’ll never forget 😁 Hope you have a good week!

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 02:27:27

    I am very happy with the election results…and I’m trying not to think about the chaos 45 will continue to stir up. Not worrying just yet, especially since his claims are definitely bogus.

    I like the look of your books, and I’m curious about Anti-Social.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 02:50:32

    I guess it is a relief for most parts of this planet that Biden/Harris won. I am so behind with blogging that it feels weird to do some blog visits. Stay safe and well.

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 03:07:05

    Good luck on the hunt for heels!!

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  6. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 03:07:18

    It was exciting last night to see that people were not just celebrating here in the U.S., but all over the world. Bells ringing in Paris, fireworks in London… amazing.

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  7. Tina
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 04:55:47

    I’m glad to see some of the nonfiction books you posted, gives me ideas for next year. The Biden/Harris win was a great relief. Our nation needs to heal after 4 years of bullying.
    Last week was bad for me. My 17 year old beloved dog died and the same day my husband needed emergency eye surgery. Three tears/rips in his retina! So I was then sweating out the election as it shouldn’t have been that close. Reading book blogs has been a solace this week. I’m ready for 2020 to go away and start fresh!

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  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 05:47:48

    I yelled when I heard the news yesterday and I am not a US citizen LOL

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  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 06:49:41

    I want to rejoice today! Happy day, the good guys won.

    Oh my, The Naked Farmer. That sounds very, very interesting.

    I think I need to take a look at Grantchester. I don’t have any shows I’m committed to right now.

    Have a good week!

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  10. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 08:47:18

    I’ve added AntiSocial and the Naked Farmer to my list they sound really good!

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  11. Kathryn
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 09:52:09

    The dress sounds very pretty, hope the right shoes are found. The Naked Farmer books sounds great and very positive.

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  12. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 11:14:38

    I’ve heard good things about Grantchester.

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  13. Greg
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 11:21:08

    I hate it when I start a show and then it gets axed!

    Pretty excited here too for the results lol.

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  14. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 13:12:35

    Yes I’m very excited about Biden/Harris! I’m glad you are enjoying your focus for reading this month. Have a wonderful week and anniversary party!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  15. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 14:37:29

    Yay indeed – WE HAVE A FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT!! I can’t stop smiling.

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  16. Izabel Brekilien
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 21:57:40

    The results of the election have been a relief, indeed ! I love Grantchester, I even tried reading the books but the first one wasn’t that great – mood read ? I’ll have to try again to be sure. Have a great week 🙂

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  17. viki
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 21:58:20

    Ani-Social sounds interesting, so I’ve added it to my TBR. Happy reading. 🙂

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  18. Lynn
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 00:02:23

    I still need to watch Granchester, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    Oh, I remember PanAm, I was sad there wasn’t a second season.
    Even though I don’t live in the U.S. I’m happy with the results of the election as well.

    Have a great week!

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  19. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 00:18:18

    Every time I read a post of yours I come away with a new to me book title – thank you!! Happy reading and a lovely week to you.

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  20. JustReadingJess
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 01:55:58

    I’m really curious about the naked farmer

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  21. Susan
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:34:52

    Sounds like good news with your family! And yes, the Biden/Harris news has been a great relief all over the world over, ha. So good. I’m still smiling about it. Have a great week there …. and congrats to your daughter!

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  22. Kathy Martin
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 03:48:01

    Interesting assortment of books. All of them are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  23. Sharlene
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 04:54:21

    You’ve been reading an interesting lot of books! I did enjoy the Chocolate Maker’s Wife and will keep this one of hers in mind for the future!

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  24. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 05:30:09

    The dress sounds beautiful. I’m trying to avoid TV, too. I have to get stuff done. There is one show I like that I can catch on Netflix, so I can lose track of time.

    Your books sound great. The Naked Farmer and The Lady Brewer of London caught my eye.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you have a nice week.

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  25. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 10:49:55

    Good luck to your daughter with her last exam! Her dress sounds beautiful.

    The Lady Brewer of London looks good.

    Enjoy your week!

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  26. Literary Feline
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 11:59:19

    The dress sounds lovely! And silver shoes! I hope you are able to find a pair. Vacuuming? What’s that? Just kidding. I need to do some of that this week too. Your current reads all sound good. I hope you are enjoying them! Have a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  27. yvonne473
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 12:07:05

    I was very happy about the election. I just hope the drama of it all starts to die down at some point.

    I hope you enjoy your books. They look good. Thank you for your kind words about the loss of my kitty. I appreciate them.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  28. cweichel
    Nov 11, 2020 @ 13:17:30

    Thanks for the heads up about The Naked Farmer. I’ve added it to my list.

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