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…

Another week has disappeared into the void. I was on track until Wednesday, and then I got distracted by other, boring but necessary things, some of which took a ridiculous amount of time to deal with given the paltry gains.

I however am to blame for my behaviour on the weekend, while finishing up a task I thought I’d watch an episode or two of Sanditon before getting on with my reading, only to find myself entirely sucked in, and I watched the entire season into the early hours of the morning.

Im sure everyone else would object, but I really need an extra week tacked onto November.

Don’t forget I need your help- please vote in my poll for your preferred nonfiction topics

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Shearer’s wife by Fleur McDonald

The Lady Brewer of London by Karen Brooks

The Searcher by Tana French

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New Posts…

Review: Anti-Social: The Secret Diary if an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer by Nick Pettigrew

Review: The Shearer’s Wife by Fleur McDonald

Review: The Lady Brewer of London by Karen Brooks

AusReading Month 2020 – Promotion

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

They find her just as the sun is beginning to rise in the early morning mist. They had begun at dawn, the group of searchers keen to get going. A missing child spurred everyone on. In the end, it was a flash of colour, a bright neon pink that caught her eye. They had been looking for pink.

Nothing tests your faith like being a mother. The first time your children walk to school alone, their first sleepover, when they finally fly the nest. As a parent, you have to believe that everything will be OK.

It’s why, when Lydia’s sixteen-year-old daughter Zoe goes on a school camping trip, she has no idea of the horrors that will unfold. It’s why, when Lydia gets a call saying that her daughter has disappeared, she refuses to give up.

As she searches the mountains, her voice hoarse from calling Zoe’s name, she imagines finding her. She envisions being flooded with relief as she throws her arms around her child, saying, ‘you gave us such a scare’. She pictures her precious girl safely tucked in bed that evening.

It’s why, when they find Zoe’s body, Lydia can barely believe it. It is unthinkable. Her little girl has gone.

Something terrible happened, she is sure of it. Something made Zoe get out of her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, walk out of the warmth and safety of the cabin, into the darkness of the mountains. Driven by the memory of her youngest child, Lydia needs to find out the truth. What kind of mother would she be if she didn’t?

A heartbreaking, redemptive and beautifully crafted novel which brings to life a mother’s worst nightmare, questioning how well we ever really know the people we love the most. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kerry Fisher and Liane Moriarty will be blown away by this stirring, unforgettable tale.

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In the summer of 1914, vigneron Jerome Mea heads off to war, certain he’ll be home by Christmas. His new bride Sophie Delancré, a fifth generation champenoise, is determined to ensure the forthcoming vintages will be testament to their love and the power of the people of Épernay, especially its strong women who have elevated champagne to favourite beverage of the rich and royal worldwide. But as the years drag on, authorities advise that Jerome is missing, considered dead.

When poison gas is first used in Belgium by the Germans, British chemist Charles Nash jumps to enlist, refusing to be part of the scientific team that retaliates. A brilliant marksman, Charlie is seen by his men as a hero, but soon comes to feel that he’d rather die himself than take another life. When he is injured, he is brought to the champagne cellars in Reims, where Sophie has set up an underground hospital, and later to her mansion house in Épernay, now a retreat for the wounded.

As Sophie struggles with strong feelings for her patient, she also battles to procure the sugar she needs for her 1918 vintage and attracts sinister advances from her brother-in-law. However, nothing can prepare her for the ultimate battle of the heart, when Jerome’s bloodstained jacket and identification papers are found in Belgium, and her hopes of ever seeing her husband alive again are reignited.

From the killing fields of Ypres to the sun-kissed vineyards of southern France, The Champagne War is a heart-stopping adventure about the true power of love and hope to light the way during war.

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A suspenseful new police procedural from a former French police officer and one of the original writers on the hit series Spiral

A corpse that wakes up on the mortuary slab.

A case of spontaneous human combustion.

There is little by the way of violent crime and petty theft that Capitaine Victor Coste has not encountered in his fifteen years on the St Denis patch – but nothing like this.

Though each crime has a logical explanation, something unusual is afoot all the same, and Coste is about to be dragged out of his comfort zone. Anonymous letters addressed to him personally have begun to arrive, highlighting the fates of two women, invisible victims whose deaths were never explained. Just two more blurred faces among the ranks of the lost and the damned.

Olivier Norek’s first novel draws on all his experience as a police officer in one of France’s toughest suburbs – the same experience he drew on as a writer for the hit TV series Spiral.

Translated from the French by Nick Caistor

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Sophia is afraid lockdown will put her life on pause – just as she was she was going to put herself out there and meet someone. When the first clap for the keyworkers rings out around her courtyard, she’s moved to tears for all kinds of reasons.

Jack is used to living life to the fullest, and is going stir-crazy after just days isolating. Until that night he hears a woman crying from the balcony beneath his. He strikes up a conversation with the stranger and puts a smile back on her face.

Soon their balcony meetings are the highlight of Jack and Sophia’s days. But even as they grow closer together, they’re always kept apart.

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33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjhigbee
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 01:58:47

    Ah… Sanditon! Yes, I completely understand why you couldn’t tear yourself away. I thought it an amazing series and am very cross that a second series isn’t going to happen! I would also like another week in November – perhaps we could start a campaign?? Take care and have a great week, Shelleyrae:)

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  2. Tammy
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 02:21:20

    I wouldn’t mind an extra week in November either! Time seems to fly by, I can’t believe I have to start my Christmas shopping😬

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  3. Linda Moore
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 03:02:29

    It’s been a crazy week for me also. I’ve had a hard time with everything it seems. The election is driving me nuts. I me good grief he lost, concede already. Time for us to move forward. The Covid scares me. We need a leader here.

    Nice looking books you have there.
    Have a great reading week!

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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 03:42:34

    I guess I must check out Sanditon! I also like the look of your books, including Love in Lockdown.

    Enjoy your week and your books…and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 03:57:28

    November and December both need to be plumped up a bit. I wish we could move the holidays in November into a barren month, like, say April or August.

    I’ve been meaning to watch Sanditon. Maybe it’s a good thing I have waited until I have more time!

    No, it’s not Paris, but it’s close. I’m adding The Champagne War to my list.

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  6. Carol
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 05:06:15

    I binged season 4 of The Crown this week!

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  7. Mareli @ Elza Reads
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 05:56:24

    Hi Shelleyrae! I need a series that I just want to binge watch for a change. The older I get, the less television I watch. My husband can binge on YouTube for hours.
    It’s almost holidays, then I’ll binge watch a series of two and a couple of cheezy holiday movies!

    The Champagne War seems fascinating. I am going to take a look at it now on Goodreads.

    Hope you will have a wonderful week and thanks for your visit.

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  8. jessicabookworm
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:11:18

    Shelleyrae, don’t feel bad, I binge watched Sanditon, too! I LOVED it, but what was with that ending? There better be a second season, or I might have to belatedly throw my telly out the window! 😅 Take care, happy reading and I hope the coming week is a good one for you. 🙏🙂

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  9. Kathryn
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 06:35:31

    No I would like another week in November, it has sped by far too fast. Hmm must look up Sanditon. All the best for this week.

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  10. yvonne473
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 08:07:00

    I’ll have to check out Sanditon. Love in Lockdown looks like a good book. I hope you have a great week!

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  11. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 08:22:24

    I just checked out Sanditon and I’m so excited about finding a great historical fiction series. I don’t watch that much TV so I’m always on the lookout for good shows. Thanks for sharing. I totally understand how you got sucked in. I also love the look of your books this month.

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  12. Greg
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 08:25:51

    Icehouse! I remember them! Sorry, replying to yesterday’s post haha. 🙂

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  14. Sue at Book By Book
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 10:09:45

    Nice variety of books for you lately! The Girl Who Never Came Home sounds absolutely chilling!

    Hope you enjoy your books this week (I am still visiting from last week, but whatever!)

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  15. Northwoman
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 10:26:47

    Sometimes we just need a change or something different so don’t beat yourself up. In the old days when I worked 60-80 hours a week, I would sometimes stay up and read rather than sleep because it was time to myself. (My work involved lots of people interaction.) Have a great week and happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  16. thebookdisciple
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 11:23:18

    I have been binging Law and Order and basically not reading anything. By the time I get home from work, I just need to veg!

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  17. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 12:11:15

    Haha, that’s why I avoid most TV shows. I get obsessed too easily and then neglect everything. Have a good week!

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  18. Theresa Smith Writes
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 14:43:45

    I’m thinking of read The Champagne War this week and you’ve convinced me to get on with watching Sanditon.

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  19. sandysbookaday
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 15:26:33

    Great selection! I really liked The Girl Who Never Came Home. I haven’t read any of your others. Happy reading!❤📚

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  20. Melliane
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 18:30:21

    Oh the books are all new to me but I hope you’ll have a good time with them!

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  21. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 20:22:00

    Ohh, The Lost and the Damned! That is right up my alley!! Question, Shelley, have you ever listened to a book that has been translated into English?

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  22. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Nov 23, 2020 @ 22:50:48

    November has sped by; I don’t know how we’re in to the last week of it already, so I can see why you feel like you need some extra time in it.

    It looks like you have a varied selection of books to keep you busy this week – I hope you enjoy them all.

    A lovely week to you.

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  23. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 03:15:14

    So I guess Sanditon is worth watching? 🙂 I heard some pretty mixed reviews, but anything that inspires a binge like that must be worth checking out. Have a great week!

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  24. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 04:40:28

    It is too easy to binge watch when a series is so good. Hope you have a great week.

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  25. Kathy Martin
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 09:41:13

    Your books for this week all sound intriguing. I hope they are. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  26. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 12:22:39

    I’ve been spending more time on Netflix than I should.

    Looks like you’ll be busy reading this week. Hope you enjoy your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-nov-23.html

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  27. Laurie C
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 14:13:21

    I read the novelization of Sanditon for a book club and I’m afraid it turned me off the show. But the ending was definitely a surprise!

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  28. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 24, 2020 @ 17:36:50

    You have a great collection of books to read this week; I look forward to seeing the reviews

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  29. Izabel Brekilien
    Nov 25, 2020 @ 05:07:29

    I was sorely disappointed when I realized that there was no season 2 to Sanditon – it ended on a cliffhanger ! But I have the book ^^ It’s funny to watch Olivier Norek in English 🙂

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