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

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

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Life…

Christmas shopping progress: 3/15

It’s that time of year when I start to think about which reading challenges I will take part in the following year. I have what I consider to be three ‘standard’ challenges, these are ones which fit in with my usual reading habits, and include:

Australian Women Writers Challenge

Aussie Author Challenge

Historical Fiction Challenge

Naturally I participate in my own challenge

Nonfiction Reader Challenge (SIGN UP NOW)

And then I usually add two to three challenges that I select in order to push me out of my comfort zone a little. Conveniently there are several book bloggers who compile lists of challenges each year. I’m still considering my options at this point, there are just so many to choose from, but if you too are curious about your options, I suggest you browse the following sites:

The 2021 Master List of Challenges

2021 Challenges (to help feed your challenge habit)

Ready For A Reading Challenge

What challenges are you considering joining in 2021?

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Love in Lockdown by Chloe James

Electric Blue by Paul F. Verhoeven

The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce

Things You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant

Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory

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New Posts…

Review: The Champagne War by Fiona McIntosh

Review: The Lost and the Damned by Olivier Norek

Review: Love in Lockdown by Chloe James

Review: Electric Blue by Paul F. Verhoeven

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #10

Review: The Lies You Told by Harriet Tyce

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Looking out over an ebb tide from the back verandah was like watching God paint stripes…

Disgraced former lawyer Clementine Jones is on the shores of paradise—Queensland’s Great Sandy Straits—trying to outrun her past.

Bored with her house-sitting gig, she becomes a reluctant recruit to the local environmental group, campaigning to save an endangered turtle as developers close in. Then a body is found at the base of a quarry, and Clem’s world is turned upside down.

The police say suicide. Clem’s convinced it was murder. She also knows she’s the only one interested in tracking down the killer.

Well, the only one apart from her friend Torrens, ex-con and reformed standover man. And he’s got his own fight on his hands

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Beautiful, beguiling and treacherous … Big Little Lies meets Picnic at Hanging Rock in a secluded valley over the Blue Mountains.

Four women and their children are invited to the beautiful but remote Capertee Valley for a much-needed holiday.

Once home to a burgeoning mining industry, now all that remains are ruins slowly being swallowed by the bush and the jewel of the valley, a stunning, renovated Art Deco hotel. This is a place haunted by secrets. In 1948 Clara Black walked into the night, never to be seen again.

As the valley beguiles these four friends, and haunts them in equal measure, each has to confront secrets of her own: Nathalie with a damaged marriage; Emmie yearning for another child; Pen struggling as a single parent; and Alexandra hiding in the shadow of her famous husband.

But as the mystery of what happened seventy years earlier unravels, one of the women also vanishes into this bewitching but wild place, forcing devastating truths to the surface.

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A tense, unputdownable thriller from the author of Hangman.

Timothy Blake has nothing to lose. He’s headed to an isolated house in rural Texas with a hammer in his pocket and murder on his mind. His target is Fred, the ringleader of a criminal empire on the dark web. Once Fred is gone, Blake can disappear for good.

But it turns out that Fred isn’t alone. Five other psychopaths live in the house. They work together and call themselves the Guards. Torture, extortion and death are their business. Blake manages to convince them that he’s one of their online associates. Soon they think he’s a monster, like them. They’re not wrong.

Blake decides to pick them off one by one. But when a Guard is found with a bullet in his skull, Blake realises that someone else in the house may have the same idea – and he might be their next target.

Meanwhile, who are the desperate people chained up in the building behind the house? One of them will change everything . . .

A bloody, twisted roller-coaster of dark action and suspense from the acclaimed bestselling author of Hangman

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Confronting, confessional and wildly entertaining, Sunshine lays bare the business of stripping and what goes on in the backrooms of ‘gentlemen’s clubs’. Coming to TV in 2021!

There are a lot of Ambers in the stripping world. And Aprils and Summers, and Skys and Rains. There are quite a few gems: Sapphires, Diamonds, Rubies and even an Amethyst. And exotic creatures: Tigers, Cheetahs, Phoenixes and Kitties. Plenty of weather conditions, like Misty, Stormy and Cloudy. There are, of course, a selection of fruits: Cherry, Berry, Peaches and Apple. And confectionery to go with it, like Candy, Lolly and Caramel. And then there are the generic hot-girl/sexy names: Lolita, Tiffany, Chanel, Lulu, Sasha and Brigitte.

Meet Sunshine. That’s her stage name. Follow her downstairs into the shadowy underworld of the so-called Gentlemen’s Clubs, where men hide in dark corners and pay gorgeous women like Sunshine to take their clothes off. Follow her to the private rooms where the lap dances happen, the hustle plays out and the real money flows. Sit with her in the back room with the other dancers, her friends and colleagues, who laugh and cry and rake in the dollars and party as though a zombie apocalypse is on the horizon.

Sunshine tells us in her own brutally honest and audacious words what it’s like to work as a stripper, both in Australia and overseas.

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Thanks for stopping by!

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Moore
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 06:21:18

    The books look good.
    I have not even put a tiny scratch in my Christmas Shopping. I always dread it.
    Have a great week!

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  2. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 07:23:24

    Electric blue – now I’ve got that song in my head, lol ! Thumbs up for the challenges, I’ll participating in two classics challenges next year, and maybe a Japanese literature challenge too, not sure yet…

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  3. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 07:29:08

    I’m hoping to also participate in the Nonfiction Reader Challenge and I’m doing the 2021 New Release Challenge too. Can’t wait!!

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  4. Mae Sander
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 07:55:08

    That’s an amusing list of names for strippers. Remember the line in the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes” about the little Chinese girl named Plum Blossom, who was corrupted by a gentleman and thus became Plum Tart? (Sorry, there’s a bit of racism in the musical and in that joke, but there’s a lot of that in the stripper business too).

    be well… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Kathryn
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 08:16:36

    I am not doing any challenges officially. Unofficially I may do one by a favourite autor runs on Facebook. I just like reading without thinking too much about a challenge these days. I like how you support Australian authors and there is such a wealth of them.

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 08:26:30

    I’m thinking carefully about the challenges I’d like to participate in next year. I’ve already signed up for your Nonfiction Reader Challenge, and I’m excited about doing that. I will be signing up for the Back to the Classics Challenge next week. Some of the other challenges I might sign up for include Japanese Literature Challenge; Diversity Reading Challenge; Pretty Mess Challenge; and Books in Translation Challenge.

    I still need to look for The Champagne War and Love in Lockdown. Both of these look great.

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 08:27:20

    Good luck with your challenges! And good luck with the Christmas presents!!!

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  8. yvonne473
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 08:36:46

    I’ve been organizing my reading challenges for 2021, too. Every year I say I’m not going to join anymore, but that never works out. LOL I host 3 challenges every year, so of course I’m participating in those. So far, I joined 4 additional ones that I participate in every year. There will be more, I’m sure.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  9. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 08:40:54

    Oo The Valley of Lost Stories sounds really good! I love all of those things, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Big Little Lies, the Blue Ridge Mountains.. I will have to look it up!

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  10. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:07:08

    Everything’s a challenge. I tend to just take it easier in December with less ARCs less blog tours, less reviews.

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  11. Berls
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:11:35

    I’m so behind on christmas gifts – I don’t even have a complete shopping list yet :/

    Good luck with your challenges – I’m doing COYER (it’s mine, so of course), along with the New Release challenge and the Library Love Challenge. I think that’s it.

    Have a great week!

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  12. WordsAndPeace
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:14:46

    Good luck with all your challenges. I remember these days. Trying to stay away from most these days, and focus on my shelves

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  13. Greg
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:19:13

    Haha love your Christmas shopping progress! I’ll try that. 🙂

    Your books look good! White Throat looks interesting…

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  14. Shannon @ Absolute Shannonigans
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:38:32

    I have exactly one Christmas shopping item on my list and that is for my husband. I have not figured out anyone else.

    The only challenge I’m officially doing at this point in time is COYER, but I’m also signing up for a library one. I want to do a couple more than that so I already have your resources up in other tabs!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great week!

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  15. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 09:58:52

    I haven’t given much thought to my reading challenges yet, but I will do the Goodreads challenge and the audio book challenge Kimberly puts up every year. I’ve just been so busy I haven’t had time to look. Good luck with yours, and have a lovely week! 🙂

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  16. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 10:04:01

    I stopped doing challenges years ago but I’m really getting the itch to participate in your Nonfiction one! I love the look of The Valley of Lost Stories.

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  17. sjhigbee
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 10:14:35

    I am sticking with my Goodreads challenge and keeping it more or less at that… I’ve got a lot of editing projects ahead of me, along with my own writing – so I don’t want to complicate things:). Best of luck with your 2021 Reading Challenges, Shelleyrae. I love the look of your upcoming reads – there’s a lovely variety of books! Have a great reading week – and like you, I have a mountain to climb regarding Christmas shopping…

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  18. Tessa
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 10:45:33

    Hideout sounds really good. Hope you enjoy it.
    The only challenge I’m doing right now is just the basic Goodreads’ Reading Challenge and I’ve already exceeded my goal.
    Have a great reading week!

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  19. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 13:20:35

    Wonderful to hear you’ll continue to participate in the Aussie Author Challenge in 2021 Shelleyrae! The new year’s homepage has just gone live: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/reading-challenges/aussie-author-challenge-2021-australian-writers-book-reviews

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  20. natflixandbooks
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 14:05:33

    I can’t do challenges. If I’m “supposed to be” reading then I don’t want to. It’s so lame but it’s true. White Throat looks interesting. Happy reading!

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  21. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 14:59:38

    It certainly is getting to that time to consider challenges! I don’t normally participate but I’m really wanting to try this year!

    I hope you have a fantastic week and enjoy your reading!

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  22. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 17:06:43

    I both love and hate choosing the next year’s challenges. There are so many that seem good and fun, but I want to choose ones I’ll enjoy doing and have a hope of finishing. I think it’s “too much of a good thing” when it comes to me and challenges.

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  23. viki
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 22:27:35

    I’ve never taken part in a year-long challenge before. But I think I mgiht give your nonfiction one a go. Nonfiction is a category I really want to read more of. 🙂

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  24. dianthaa
    Dec 07, 2020 @ 23:29:58

    Thank you for sharing the lists of challenges. I did a really bad job planning this year, only hearing of challenges at the last minute, so really looking forward to a more sensible approach next year.

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  25. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 02:52:40

    Good luck with your Christmas shopping! Looking forward to your reviews, as always. Have a great week!

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  26. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 03:12:15

    You have some great titles to peruse. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 03:27:11

    Nice variety of books. The only challenge I do each year is the one at Goodreads for total books read. I don’t like choosing books to fit a challenge or keeping track when I read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 07:41:54

    White Throat looks good! Happy Christmas shopping, I’m nearly done now!

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  29. MarthaE
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 17:17:40

    I need to take a look at challenges. I am planning to do fewer books so I can get in some longer audios. Enjoy your shopping and reading!

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  30. Jenn @ the Book Review Crew
    Dec 09, 2020 @ 01:32:39

    Mages Unbound by Laura Engelhardt

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  31. Literary Feline
    Dec 12, 2020 @ 02:56:12

    I like the idea of challenges, but am so bad about sticking to them. I may do COYER, but I have not decided. Your current reads are all new to me. I hope you are enjoying them! Have a great weekend!

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