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

Life…

I hope you have had a wonderful week! Even if the holiday was not all you wished for, I hope you found some way to celebrate, and treated yourself to something special (like a good book!).

My family and I had a lovely lunch with my parents at their place, and then my husband’s and my besties came to ours for dinner.

In keeping with tradition I got no books, but I did get a phone upgrade (from an iPhone 5 to an 8), a food storage set, a new dish drainer, and an iPad stand.

This week we have few plans, though my youngest son turns 15 on Wednesday! I don’t think we will be going anywhere for New Years as our local fireworks display has been cancelled due to Covid. The fireworks in Sydney are going ahead though, so we’ll watch them on TV.

With wishes for a safe, healthy and happy New Year!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Something Like This by Karly Lane

The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Charlotte by Helen Moffett

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New Posts…

Review: Something Like This by Karly Lane

Review: The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

In 2020…My Life in Books Tag

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Family is forever, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

The charming, hilarious and all-too-relatable new novel from the author of How to be Second Best Molly’s a millennial home organiser about to have her first baby. Obviously her mum, Annie, will help with the childcare. Everyone else’s parents are doing it.

But Annie’s dreams of music stardom have been on hold for thirty-five years, paused by childbirth then buried under her responsibilities as a mother, wage earner, wife, and only child of ailing parents. Finally, she can taste freedom.

As Molly and her siblings gather in the close quarters of the family home over one fraught summer, shocking revelations come to light. Everyone is forced to confront the question of what it means to be a family.

This Has Been Absolutely Lovely is a story about growing up and giving in, of parents and children, of hope and failure, of bravery and defied expectation, and the question of whether it is ever too late to try again.

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Inspired by her own experiences in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s rule, Gina Wilkinson’s evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness, and the strength of a mother’s love.

At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat—the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.

Huda’s former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family’s wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women’s lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

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In July 2015, Mary Yoder returned home from the chiropractic center that she operated with her husband, Bill, complaining that she felt unwell. Mary, health-conscious and vibrant, was suddenly vomiting, sweating, and weak. Doctors in the ER and ICU were baffled as to the cause of her rapidly progressing illness. Her loved ones–including Bill and their children, Adam, Tamryn, and Liana–gathered in shock to say goodbye.

In the weeks that followed Mary’s death, the grief-stricken family received startling news from the medical examiner: Mary had been deliberately poisoned. The lethal substance was colchicine, a chemical used to treat gout but extremely toxic if not taken as prescribed. Mary did not have gout. Another bombshell followed when the local sheriff’s office received a claim that Adam Yoder had poisoned his mother. But Adam was not the only person of interest in the case.

Pretty and popular Kaitlyn Conley, Adam’s ex-girlfriend, worked at the Yoders’ clinic. She’d even been at Mary’s bedside during those last terrible hours. Still, some spoke of her talent for manipulation and a history of bizarre, rage-fueled behavior against anyone who dared to reject her.

Had Kaitlyn and Adam conspired to kill Mary Yoder, or was the killer someone else entirely?

In another twist, accusations were hurled at Bill Yoder himself, ricocheting blame in still another direction…

Renowned investigative journalist M. William Phelps details this incredible story piece by piece, revealing a heartless plan of revenge–a scheme that would tear a family apart, divide a community, and result in two gripping, high-profile trials.

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From the best-selling author of CARDINAL comes a searing examination of the power imbalance in our legal system – where exposing the truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive.

A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years’ work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found.

During this time, the #MeToo movement changed the zeitgeist, but time and again during her investigations Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma. Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade, R v George Pell.

She interviews high-profile members of the legal profession, including judges and prosecutors. And she speaks to the defence lawyers who have worked in these cases, discovering what they really think about victims and the process, and the impact that this has on their own lives. Milligan also reveals never-before-published court transcripts, laying bare the flaws that are ignored, and a court system that can be sexist, unfeeling and weighted towards the rich and powerful.

Witness is a call for change. Milligan exposes the devastating reality of the Australian legal system where truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive. And even when they get justice

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 01:28:22

    My Christmas was different from normal, but I got some excellent gifts, so I have nothing to complain about. Happy birthday to your son. Have a great week!

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  2. Donna
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 01:39:40

    It looks like you have some good books on your list for this week. I’m going to start my 2021 ARCs but I’m not sure where to start as they all look good and several come out on the same day.

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  3. jessicabookworm
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 03:38:36

    That sounds like a lovely, quiet Christmas with your family! 🌟🎄❤ And thank you, I wish you and yours a joyous and hopeful New Year! 🎆

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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 03:57:27

    I am drawn to We Thought We Knew You. It sounds like a book that would capture me throughout.

    Enjoy your reading and the holidays ahead…and relish leaving 2020 behind!

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. Trin Carl
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 04:16:07

    This has been absolutely Lovely looks good. I’ve been watching a biography on Joan Didion. Its fun to learn about author’s lives. She was so energetic and loved almonds and coke. Just a tidbit for you.

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  6. thebookdisciple
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 04:26:03

    I finished We Thought We Knew You this week as well. It was good (I was familiar with the case already, but Phelps is a good true crime author). I thought parts of it were repetitive though!

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 04:35:27

    It sounds a lovely holiday with family and friends – and warm weather. It was below freezing here. In December, I read what I want even more than usual so I’ve been enjoying that. It helped me read more books I own already.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  8. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 05:57:45

    Your books for this week look good. Enjoy your son’s birthday and the New Year festivities.

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  9. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 08:21:31

    Great family pic. I envy you the shorts and the blue sky! It was very somber and rainy here for the past week. All the snow melted. Felt weird to be out walking in my running shoes in December! Enjoy your reading week.

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 09:29:36

    I’m really glad you were able to have a lovely Christmas despite everything.

    The 2020 Life in Books tag is very fun. We have to laugh, right? Otherwise we will cry.

    Happy New Year!

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  11. Greg
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 10:11:02

    Glad you had a nice Christmas! And I hope the fireworks are nice (I imagine Sydney has good ones?).

    Be well and happy New Year to you!!!!

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  12. Kathryn
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 11:26:26

    Your Christmas sounds lovely and the upgrade phone will be really appreciated I am sure. I “had” to upgrade because here we log into everywhere we go with an app and my iphone 4 didn’t do it!!

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  13. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 12:44:16

    Happy birthday to your son!

    We usually watch a video montage of fireworks around the world on New Year’s Eve and Sydney is always a standout.

    Happy New Year and enjoy your week!

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  14. viki
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 22:08:59

    I didn’t get any books for Christmas either. I can get them during the year. So I asked for a camera instead. 🙂 Glad you had an enjoyable one.

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  15. Louise H
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 22:27:20

    Restrictions were relaxed to allow a maximum of 3 households to meet on Christmas Day only, in the UK. However we just had my husband’s mum around, as we are her “support bubble”. (Those who live on their own can join with another household and interact as if they are part of one household).
    We briefly saw my parents at a social distance, and plan on meeting up for a walk tomorrow. Hopefully 2021 will bring safer and happier times for us all!
    Have a great New Year.

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  16. Mystica
    Dec 28, 2020 @ 22:51:24

    My Christmas was subdued but I am glad that my children all got together in Melbourne after the very long lockdown and have had a good reunion.

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  17. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Dec 29, 2020 @ 00:37:25

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas! I envy how Australia has managed to control covid sufficiently that you guys have some normal back… We’re so far away from that. 😦

    Happy birthday to your son and I hope you have a happy new year!

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  18. Susie | Novel Visits
    Dec 29, 2020 @ 00:52:48

    No one ever gives me books for Christmas either and I get why. They know I read so much and I think are worried they’d get me something I’d already read. When the Apricots Bloom sounds really good. I’m off to check it out right now. Have a wonderful New Year!

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  19. Kathy Martin
    Dec 29, 2020 @ 04:32:49

    I don’t get books for Christmas either. I’m too picky and usually buy any books I’m interested in before anyone gets a chance. Now, Amazon gift cards are always wonderful gifts, though. Come see my week here. Happy reading and happy new year!

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  20. mdawnott
    Dec 29, 2020 @ 05:19:32

    It sounds like you had a nice holiday! I have to say, being up in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m jealous of seeing you all in your summer clothes!

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  21. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Dec 29, 2020 @ 14:05:25

    Our Christmas was different, but good. Sounds like you had a nice time as well.

    I received a few books this year. Glad to hear you got a phone upgrade. They really start to work slow if you don’t upgrade them from time to time.

    This Has Been Absolutely Lovely sounds like fun. Hope you have a nice week. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-dec-28.html

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  22. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 30, 2020 @ 01:15:46

    Happy that you had such a wonderful Christmas! And Happy Birthday to your son!

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  23. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 31, 2020 @ 03:55:13

    A lovely holiday and the weather looks warm – we’re freezing here, yet no snow :/ Happy birthday to your son !

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