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


Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer
; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

It’s technically still spring here but today it reached 42’c …. that’s 107.6’F … in spring! I live about 320km north of Sydney, about the same distance west of me, it hit a high of 47’c (116.6F)

It’s the last Monday of the month, which means I have just 32 days to finish off my 2020 challenges. I think it’s clear at this point that some goals will remain unmet. I always knew I wouldn’t finish the Nerd Reading Challenge because there are a few categories that don’t work for me. I will finish my own Nonfiction Reader Challenge, and I’m still hoping I’ll finish the SwordNStars Challenge. Though I could probably quite easily read a book a day between now and the end of the year to meet my Goodreads Challenge, I doubt I will, mostly because keeping up with the reviews would be a killer. I still do have 16 review books left to finish out the year though, and it’s not entirely impossible a few more books may show up on my doorstep between now and then, so you never know.

Nonfiction Reader Challenge: 11/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge: 71/50 DONE

Aussie Author Challenge: 24/24 DONE

Nerd Reading Challenge: 43/52

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 28/ 25 DONE

Social Justice Challenge: 5/5 DONE

SwordsnStars Challenge: 7/10

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Girl Who Never Came Home by Nicole Trope

The Champagne War by Fiona McIntosh

2020 Dictionary by Dominic Knight

The Lost and the Damned by Olivier Norek

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New Posts…

Review: The Searcher by Tana French

Review: Searching For Charlotte by Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell

Review: The Girl Who Never Came Home by Nicole Trope

Review: 2020 Dictionary by Dominic Knight

2020 AusReading Month : Bingo

2020 Nonfiction November Week #4 : WrapUp

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Sign Ups

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Paul Verhoeven’s ex-cop dad, John, spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. One day John offered Paul the chance of a lifetime: he’d spill his guts on tape. What unfolded in Loose Units was a goldmine of true-crime stories, showcasing John’s dramatic experience of policing in Sydney in the 1980s and brilliantly twisted sense of humour. But what happened next in John’s career was twice as weird.

Electric Blue spans the final years of John’s stint in the New South Wales police force, when he took up an offer to move into the grimy, analytical world of forensics. Paul unpicks his father’s most terrible cases. There was the case of a rapist hiding in the walls of shower block, a body that was quite literally cooked, and the bizarre copycat suicides.

But what’s it actually like to have a heroic ex-cop as a Dad? Paul and John delve into their unique father–son relationship and how they ended up so different to each other. They figure out how to deal with the choices they’ve made … or wish they’d made. And Paul’s mum, Christine, reveals what it was like to be a pioneering female cop in the eighties when misogyny was rife in the force.

Thrilling, fascinating and unexpectedly laugh-out-loud funny, Electric Blue is another high-octane adventure in policing, integrity and learning what family is really all about.

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Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favour of the newly restored King Charles II, and he believes that the warehouse’s poor owner Alinor has the one thing his money cannot buy—his son and heir.

The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. She claims Alinor as her mother-in-law and has come to tell Alinor that her son Rob has drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon.

Alinor writes to her brother Ned, newly arrived in faraway New England and trying to make a life between the worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move toward inevitable war. Alinor tells him that she knows—without doubt—that her son is alive and the widow is an imposter.

Set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America, this is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child, and for home.

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From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew.

Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious—curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood.

As it turns out, they aren’t the only curious ones. They’ve since amassed a rabid fan base, making Stuff You Should Know one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a passion for sharing, they research and discuss a wide variety of topics—always working to uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected pieces of any given subject, and then talking about it together in an accessible and humorous way.

The pair have now taken their near-boundless “whys” and “hows” from your earbuds to the pages of a book for the first time—and with it comes loads of new content, covering subjects about which they’ve long wondered or wanted to explore in greater detail. Follow along as they dig into the underlying stories and interesting ways things fit into the world, touching on everything from the origin of Murphy beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost.

An additional layer of visual material allows the duo to further embellish their engaging storytelling and bring these topics to life in a snappy new way—including charts and graphs, illustrations, and sidebars for rabbit-hole tangents and wandering digressions.

Have you ever wondered about the world around you, and wished to see the magic in everyday things? Come get curious with Stuff You Should Know. With Josh and Chuck as your guide, there’s something interesting about everything (…except maybe jackhammers).

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In the playground it’s the law of the jungle But at the school gate, there are no rules at all… When Sadie Roper moves back to London, she’s determined to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. First, she needs to get her daughter settled into a new school-one of the most exclusive in the city. Next, she’s going to get back the high-flying criminal barrister career she sacrificed for marriage ten years earlier. But nothing goes quite as planned. The school is not very welcoming newcomers, her daughter hasn’t made any friends yet and the other mothers are as fiercely competitive as their children. Sadie immediately finds herself on the outside as she navigates the fraught politics of the school gate. But the tide starts to turn as Sadie begins to work on a scandalous, high-profile case that’s the perfect opportunity to prove herself again, even though a dangerous flirtation threatens to cloud her professional judgment. And when Liza, queen of the school moms, befriends Sadie, she draws her into the heart of the world from which she was previously excluded. Soon Sadie and her family start to thrive, but does this close new friendship prevent her from seeing the truth? Sadie may be keeping her friends close, but what she doesn’t know is that her enemies are closer still… Dark, addictive and compelling, The Lies You Told is a compulsive psychological thriller from a master storyteller.

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Thanks for stopping by!

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Berls
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:14:30

    Geez! For spring that’s insanely hot! Is that normal for y’all? I’m in Texas and we don’t get that hot until summer.

    I’m not going to meet my Goodreads reading challenge either – I’m about 15 books away from my lowered goal and there’s no way I’ll make it. But I’m totally OK with it. 2020 has not been the year we expected /hoped for.

    Have a great week!

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  2. globaldig
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:28:28

    Wow, it gets hot there. It’s been mildly cold in Minnesota. Thankfully not too much drama. I’ve been thinking of seeing what Nanowrimo has been like virtually for that reason. I remember in years past in November going to see fellow writers while slipping and sliding on the ice.

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  3. Greg
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:31:02

    Wow that’s hot! There’s a lot of red on that map. Hope you guys get a cooldown soon… and good luck with your challenges.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  4. Tammy
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:31:51

    Wow, your weather is so hot! I grew up in the California desert and it gets up to 115 sometimes, I remember those days. I just bought my son Stuff You Should Know for Christmas😁

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  5. whatsnonfiction
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:36:16

    Congrats on how well you’ve done with so many challenges!! That’s amazing! Also amazing is the sheer volume of what you read. I thought I’d read quite a lot last year but you beat me by far with even a month to go. How do you do it? Really impressive!

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  6. Susan
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 01:50:57

    That is some CRAZY heat! Ick. I live in the Arizona desert and we get some insane temperatures, too. Thank goodness for air conditioning and swimming pools!

    I’m about where you are, reading-wise. I’m about to finish my 168th book for the year. I was hoping to reach my goal of 200, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I do think I’m going to be able to finish all of my reading challenges except maybe the one I started in the middle of the year. That’s better than I’ve ever done challenge-wise, so I’m happy with it.

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  7. sjhigbee
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 02:09:20

    Oh my goodness! Those temperatures are horrifying – it must be so difficult to function… And congratulations on the completion of so many challenges. You have done so very well, anyway. Because, as you say, it’s writing the reviews that is the issue – every bit as much as reading the books… I hope the coming week is a good one for you, Shelleyrae.

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  8. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 02:14:07

    We never really had a spring here this year…with Covid, and all. I guess you are experiencing the same kind of spring there.

    I love the look of your books, and I’m adding The Lies You Told to my list. Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  9. Linda Moore
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 02:25:51

    WOW that is some crazy hot weather. We had a nice spring here in the US. In the south/western part anyway.
    You have some nice looking books there. The Lies You Told got my interest. I’ve messed up and most all my December reading ARCs are due the first week in the month. I’ll be a bit late on a couple I’m afraid. Sure wish I would have noticed that. lol
    Have a great week of reading.

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  10. Jackie
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 02:27:06

    Perhaps when we reach spring in 2021 this covid nightmare will be over….

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  11. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 02:51:35

    The current heat has made it into the German news. I was shocked when I heard it. It is already too hot in Australia and hopefully you and your country will be spared from any huge fire. Happy reading and stay safe and well.

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  12. Michelle Parsons
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 03:40:15

    goodness that is hot! We are just getting into the colder weather here. I hope you are all getting a good rain with that hot weather!

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  13. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 03:55:49

    Living in Florida, I’m used to hot weather but those temps you’ve been having sound brutal! I hope the weather gives you some relief this week.

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  14. Carol
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 04:15:15

    You’re having quite the heatwave! 🥵

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  15. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 04:32:00

    And I thought we had ridiculously hot weather here in Texas! We live along the Gulf Coast and that keeps the bad cold weather at bay, but we also keep our summer temps mostly in the 90s F (or low 30s C).

    I finished the Nonfiction Reader Challenge last week. I will be posting about it this coming week. I definitely plan to participate next year, and I hope I am able to post each month about my nonfiction progress. I tried to add my link to your post, but I think I’m too early to do so.

    Have a great week!

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  16. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 04:51:23

    Wow! 107 degrees in spring?! That’s quite insane!!

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  17. Tessa
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 06:07:16

    So many interesting books. Stuff You Should Know is sounding like perfect Christmas gift possibilities. Happy reading!

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  18. Tina
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 06:47:34

    Something is going on with our world and climate for sure. It’s been unseasonably warm here for November and I am hearing lots of eople say their weather patterns are way off.

    Just finsihed The Searcher by Tana French while we were camping over our Thanksgiving holiday. No internet signal so I have much to catch up on with book blogs. Was thrilled to see your posts when we got home a few hours agao.
    Yea – I am signing up for your 2021 challenge.

    Let me unpack 🙂

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  19. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 07:31:10

    That is hot! I was looking at birthday pictures of my family in Brisbane and I thought it looked rather warm. It’s the opposite here as the temp is starting to go below freezing.

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  20. thebookdisciple
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 07:49:34

    Oh that is so hot!!! Ugh! Hope this week is cooler!

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  21. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 08:24:09

    I wish we were heading into spring here! I’m not sure how many books I’ve read this year for the GR challenge. I keep forgetting to add my reviews to GR. I need a good solid day to catch up on updating my GR account. Hope you succeed in completing most of your challenges.

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  22. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 10:16:13

    Oh my goodness, that heat! I prefer to be hot rather than cold but I have my limits and those limits are at about 90 F. I hope it cools off soon for you and this isn’t an indication of your summer.

    Great job on your reading challenges!

    Enjoy your week!

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  23. yvonne473
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 11:54:02

    I know I’m not going to complete some of my reading challenges, but that’s alright. I’ll wait until the beginning of January to report on them, just in case 🙂 My Goodreads challenge seems unreachable right now but you never know 🙂 I hope you have a great week!

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  24. fuonlyknew
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 12:43:12

    Wow, that is hot! I failed miserably with my challenges this year, even though I signed up for less than usual. Hopefully, I’ll do better next year.

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  25. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 15:33:35

    Oh my goodness!! That is so hot. Do you see those temperatures later in the year?

    Your books for the upcoming week look amazing! I’ll be watching to see how you feel about those.

    Have a great week!

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  26. Theresa Smith Writes
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 15:34:39

    Great challenge stats!

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  27. sandysbookaday
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 18:56:44

    You’ve got 42 and here in New Zealand it’s wet and cold. We lit the fire this afternoon!
    You’ve got some great looking reads coming up Shelleyrae.

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  28. viki
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 22:31:04

    42 degrees! Wow, I don’t know how I’d survive. I think the hottest I’ve ever experienced is about 38 here in the UK.

    I haven’t read a Philippa Gregory book in years, but Dark Tides sounds really interesting. I might have to add it to my TBR. 🙂

    Happy reading. 🙂

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  29. Beth F
    Nov 30, 2020 @ 23:29:15

    Wow! And it’s only spring. Hoping that it’s not a sign of what’s to come for the next few months. I have the Gregory book on my list. It’s rainy here and not really as cold as late November should be.

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  30. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 00:36:16

    I was reading about your warm weather the other day. Not sure I could manage those temperatures in spring.

    All your books sound great, especially Electric Blue and Dark Tides. I hope you enjoy them.

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

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  31. Louise H
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 00:39:37

    What a great selection of books! I feel guilty that I don’t read more non-fiction – until my eye is caught by a pretty cover or a must-read blurb 😂

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  32. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 03:22:30

    Oh wow, that’s hot! I hope you’re finding good ways to stay cool. Enjoy your reading! I was wondering about Dark Tides — look forward to your review!

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  33. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 03:46:31

    It is pretty clear that I won’t finish all my challenges, but I am ok with that. I enjoy spending the year making the attempt.

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  34. Kathy Martin
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 06:23:00

    We are edging into winter here in Minnesota. Our current temperatures on a good day are 70 degrees F less than yours. I like warm but not as warm as your weather. Nice assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  35. Kathryn
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 06:45:20

    Such high temps Shelleyrae and only November! Quite scary because of fires, and as well I just couldn’t manage such high ones, be very enervating.

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  36. Sam@WLABB
    Dec 01, 2020 @ 08:50:51

    I saw the news about your neck of the woods. I hope you are safe. I would love to finish all my challenges, but sometimes I don’t. Good luck with them

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  37. Susan
    Dec 03, 2020 @ 08:22:17

    That’s extreme heat for spring! It’s also very warm here for winter … 3 days this week above or around 50 degrees for winter in Canada is strange. We need snow. I think your reading numbers are fantastic — you are in a category by yourself … so not to worry about 14 books behind schedule. Good gracious you’ve had a heck of a reading year! Enjoy your week.

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  38. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 06, 2020 @ 13:57:12

    You’re doing well on all those challenges considering this crazy year. I got behind this week on visiting blogs. I hope it was a good week.

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