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…

Well here we are a week into the new year and it’s certainly been an eventful one.

I’m delighted that the Senate is now Blue, and Biden’s presidency has been confirmed. Obviously however news of the disturbing assault on the Capitol Building is on everyone’s mind. I wish for peace and safety in the United States, and the removal of Trump from office when the The House meets on Monday.

Australia is working hard to squash an outbreak of Coronavirus on the East Coast that began just before Christmas. We currently have 199 active cases in NSW, and restrictions have been increased in the Greater Sydney area, with face masks required in all indoor locations. Thankfully our region remains Covid free -there has not been a case for 253 days – so restrictions continue to be minimal.

In other, admittedly less globally noteworthy, news my youngest daughter turned 18! We had dinner with family earlier in the week, and her godmother, older sister, and I, in what is a traditional rite of passage, took her to the pub for her first drink (18 is the legal drinking age here).

I’ve done far too much doomscrolling this week so I didn’t do as much blog hopping as I had planned, I follow over 1000 book bloggers via Feedly and while I aim to comment on at least ten blogs a day, and visit at least double that, I never feel like I’m making much progress. I have posted the first of what will be four posts providing titles that suit the twelve categories for the 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. You can read the post HERE and leave further suggestions in the comments.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Lana’s War by Anita Abriel

Shelter by Catherine Jinks

Elizabeth & Elizabeth by Sue Williams

The Schoolgirl Strangler by Katherine Kovacic

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New Posts…

Review: This Has Been Absolutely Lovely by Jessica Dettmann

Review: When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

Review: Lana’s War by Anita Abriel

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration PART #1 -Biography, Travel, Self Help

Review: Shelter by Catherine Jinks

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What I’m Reading This Week…

There are so many ways to kill a friendship . . .

You’re lying, sprawled at the bottom of the stairs, legs bent, arms wide.

And while this could be a tragic accident, if anyone’s got a motive to hurt you, it’s me.

Bec and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. They have been through a lot together – from the death of Bec’s mother to the birth of Izzy’s daughter. But there’s a darker side to their friendship, and once it has been exposed, there is no turning back.

So when Izzy’s body is found, Bec knows that if the police decide to look for a killer, she will be the prime suspect. Because those closest to you are the ones who can hurt you the most . . .

The Rumour meets The Holiday in this compulsive thriller with a toxic friendship at its heart that keeps you in the dark until the final breathless pages

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When Bertram Telemann, a developmentally disabled man, goes missing from a local diner near Greenbury, the entire community of the small upstate New York town volunteers to search the surrounding woods in hopes of finding him. High functioning and independent, Bertram had been on a field trip with the staff and fellow residents of the Loving Care Home when he vanished.

When no trace of the man is found, the disappearance quickly becomes an official missing persons case and is assigned to detectives Peter Decker and his partner Tyler McAdams. As their investigation deepens, the seasoned Decker becomes convinced that Bertram hadn’t lost his way, but had left with someone he knew. Soon Decker discovers that Elsie Schulung, a recently fired nurse who had worked at the home, seemed to be especially interested in Bertram. But answers proves elusive when Elsie disappears and human blood is found in her kitchen.

But the complications are only beginning. While combing the woods, searchers discover the remains of one of three young men who had vanished during a camping trip. And for Decker, personal problems are adding pressure as well. After a ten-year absence, the biological mother of Decker’s and Rina’s foster son, Gabriel, has suddenly appeared in New York, children in tow, wreaking emotional havoc on the young man.

Juggling the personal and professional, a hot case and a cold case, Decker and McAdams race to find answers, sifting through cabinets of old files, a plethora of clues and evidence, and discouraging dead ends. As on-going searches for Bertram and the campers’ missing remains continue, the frustrated detectives begin to wonder if the woods will ever give up its dark secrets . . . and if these intertwining cases will be solved.

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A masterly and agenda-setting inquest into how the deaths of two teenage girls shone a light into the darkest corners of a nation

Katra Sadatgani. An eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh, crammed into less than one square mile of land. A community bounded by the certainty of the changing of the seasons, by tradition and custom; a community in which young women are watched closely, and know what is expected of them.

It was an ordinary night, in the middle of mango season, when the two girls first went missing. When the next day dawned, and their bodies were found – hanging in the orchard, their clothes muddied – only one thing seemed clear: that life in Uttar Pradesh would never be the same again.

Sixteen-year-old Padma had sparked and burned. Fourteen-year-old Lalli had been an incorrigible romantic. But who they were and what had happened to them were already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind. In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigated a national conversation about sex, honour and violence.

A masterly and agenda-setting inquest into how the deaths of two teenage girls shone a light into the darkest corners of a nation, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli’s short lives and shocking deaths, and dares to ask: what is the human cost of shame?

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There are dark forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular), so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them . . .

A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but mostly the weird), it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable.

At least that’s their pitch. The reality is rather less auspicious. Their editor is a drunken, foul-tempered and foul-mouthed husk of a man who thinks little of the publication he edits. His staff are a ragtag group of misfits. And as for the assistant editor . . . well, that job is a revolving door – and it has just revolved to reveal Hannah Willis, who’s got problems of her own.

When tragedy strikes in her first week on the job The Stranger Times is forced to do some serious investigating. What they discover leads to a shocking realisation: some of the stories they’d previously dismissed as nonsense are in fact terrifyingly real. Soon they come face-to-face with darker forces than they could ever have imagined.

The Stranger Times is the first novel from C.K. McDonnell, the pen name of Caimh McDonnell. It combines his distinctive dark wit with his love of the weird and wonderful to deliver a joyous celebration of how truth really can be stranger than fiction

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 01:13:16

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter. Turning 18 is in Germany a big thing. It means that she is now, from a legal point of view, completely responsible for her actions. That she is allowed to vote, drive a car without a parent by her side, that she can buy alcohol if she wants and that she can do whatever she wants without having to ask for her parents permission. In other words, she is no minor anymore. Hope she was able to enjoy her birthday. Wishing her all the best and that she stays safe and well. Happy reading!

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 01:21:14

    The world feels bleak today, after the assault on the Capitol, but I hope to feel better tomorrow when actions are begun to reign in this awful attempt to unlawfully seek power. It always makes me feel a little better to hear people condemning the assault.

    Covid is a mess here. In my little town of 25,000 people, we currently have almost 800 cases, and yet some of the members of my museum board want to meet in person. So frustrating.

    I’m working on coming up with a few suggestions of my own for biographies, travel, and self-help for your lists this week. Thank you so much for running this challenge, Shelleyrae!

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  3. Tammy
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 01:21:52

    I’m so jealous of your covid-free existence! Your country is so much smarter than the US. We’ve been told covid cases in the US are due to peak in about two weeks, and deaths from covid will be the highest in Feb. Its sobering and scary😥 Sorry, didn’t want to bring you down, I hope you have a good week!

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  4. sjhigbee
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 01:28:09

    Glad you were able to take your daughter out to celebrate her 18th birthday – it’s the magic coming-of-age year here in the UK, too. Though no one is going anywhere for a drink – at least until March, by all accounts. I hope the coming week is a peaceful, book-crammed one, Shelleyrae:)).

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  5. Tina M Culbertson
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 02:26:01

    Congrats to your daughter and happy birthday. Legal age here is 21 for alcohol but that doesn’t stop some 🙂 Thanks for some great suggestions for books, like I don’t already have an overflowing list in notebooks and on Goodreads, LOL.

    That assault in Washington was very well organized and it could have been much worse as I believe they would have killed polititicans. I hope they hang the entire traitorous lot. Dispicable.

    Stay safe and read on, my friend!

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  6. jessicabookworm
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 03:25:50

    It certainly does seem a world of doom and gloom doesn’t it, that is why I gave up watching and reading the news last year! Thank God we have book to escape into and you have been doing lots of reading! I am also pleased to hear you have Covid numbers in your area and that you were able to take your daughter out to celebrate her 18th birthday. 🎂 Take care and happy reading. 🙂

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  7. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 03:36:02

    18 is a big milestone! Happy birthday to her! And I hope you squash the COVID!

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  8. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 04:05:24

    I can’t imagine living somewhere with no Covid cases! That must be so much less stressful! XD I hope Australia squashes the rest soon! I hope you enjoy all your current reads!

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  9. fuonlyknew
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 04:35:12

    It’s strange times here in the US. I’m hoping Monday is less eventful. Happy Birthday to your daughter. And I also struggle with commenting on blog posts. Not enough time and my mojo isn’t what it should be.

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  10. thebookdisciple
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 06:44:29

    The events at the Capitol were just so bizarre. I never imagined that happening in modern America. What is happening?!?

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  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 07:18:05

    I’m right there with you go blue & impeach Trump. Wow you follow 1000 bloggers? I keep it down to less than that but I am behind this week more than usual. I hope you stay safe in your area.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  12. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 07:24:42

    What a week… 2021 isn’t shaping up to be any better than 2020! Praying we get to inauguration safely. I cannot wait until trump is gone!! I know what you mean about way too much doomscrolling, lol.
    Happy Birthday to your daughter. 18 is quite a milestone!

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  13. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 07:59:13

    Your COVID free life seems like a dream! But gives me hope.

    Happy birthday to your daughter!!

    And I should try Feedly. I have a hard time figuring out how to follow blogs that aren’t WordPress.

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  14. Trin Carl
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 11:45:37

    Wow, I love the description of ‘the stranger times’ sounds so sophisticated. And happy bday to your daughter!

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  15. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 12:05:38

    This past week in the US was a nightmare. Can’t wait until things calm down. I love Faye Kellerman books with Decker and his wife so am excited that there’s another one out!

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  16. Greg
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 13:36:39

    I hope they get the NSW cases under control, but that’s great news about your area. I hope that continues! And many of us here are super excited about the Senate turning blue- the news was naturally tempered by the craziness on Wednesday, but still… hope. 🙂

    Congrats to your daughter!

    Hope you’re having a lovely weekend!

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  17. Kathryn
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 15:05:25

    I love that – doom scrolling!! Me too! I’ve been watching the situation in Aus and especially Queensland. It’s funny, like you we are free from community cases but it’s that underlying anxiety of it could pop out from the quarantine border where there are a number of cases. Yes isn’t it wonderful that it’s all Blue! And we don’t even live there!

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  18. mdawnott
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 15:26:24

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I have to admit that I’ve fallen victim to doomscrolling this week, too! Of course, I think most people have!

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  19. Marg
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 21:08:31

    We are very fortunate here in Australia in terms of how much freedom we currently have, and I say that bearing in mind how long we did have lockdown for over the last few months. I was grateful to be able to go on holidays this week, even if it wasn’t the trip that we originally planned!f

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  20. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jan 11, 2021 @ 21:51:34

    Whee!! happy birthday to your daughter!
    You have such good books to look forward to this week!!

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  21. RAnn
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 01:24:52

    Happy birthday to your daughter. Enjoy your warm weather, I’m sick of winter already.

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  22. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 02:56:13

    WIshing your daughter a very happy 18th birthday! 😀

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  23. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 03:01:26

    Great books ahead for you. I am considering signing up for the new Nonfiction Challenge, as I still have some nonfiction books waiting on my shelves.

    Enjoy your week!

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  24. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 03:41:43

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Wishing you a great week!

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  25. Kathy Martin
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 03:54:28

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Nice looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  26. Louise H
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 04:58:07

    My daughter was 18 the week before Christmas but all the pubs and restaurants have been closed for a few months now, so she still hasn’t been to the pub for her first drink!

    I have my fingers crossed for you that you continue to remain Covid free in your area – the UK is in a pretty dire situation with over 1000 deaths a day for the past week. Stay safe and happy reading!

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  27. Literary Feline
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 05:50:08

    Happy Birthday to your daughter, Shelleyrae!

    I hope Australia is able to get the latest wave of the pandemic under control. It seems to be had everywhere right now. 😦

    Unfortunately, I think we in the U.S. are stuck with Trump until the bitter end. I hope the Senate will pursue conviction after his impeachment. He should not be allowed to get away with anything he has done.

    I hope you are enjoying your current reads! It’s been awhile since I last saw mention of Faye Kellerman’s name. It’s been ages since I last read one of her books.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  28. yvonne473
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 12:56:22

    Happy Birthday to your daughter!

    My Best Friend’s Murder sounds like a good book. I’ll have to add it to my list.

    I hope this is a great week for you!

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  29. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 13:02:07

    So glad to hear your area hasn’t been impacted by COVID lately. Hope the rest of Australia can follow suit.

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter.

    The Stranger Times and The Good Girls sound interesting. Hope you enjoy your books. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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  30. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jan 12, 2021 @ 14:16:49

    I’m so glad the COVID situation is stable in your neck of the woods. We hope the strict measures in my area will help to lower our numbers. I’ll have to check out the nonfiction suggestions in your other post.

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  31. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Jan 13, 2021 @ 01:18:19

    Hi there Shelley-Rae! Congratulations on your youngest daughter’s birthday! Now they are all “big”.

    COVID is a bit out of control in SA at the moment, so we have strict regulations in place once again. I don’t mind playing by the rules, I just wish everyone else wants to do the same!

    My Best Friend’s Murder seems like a good one and I don’t even know when was the last time I’ve read a Faye Kellerman. Years!

    Have a good week and thanks for stopping by our blog. Here’s my latest post:

    Top Ten Tuesday Presents ABBA 2021

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  32. Gofita
    Jan 13, 2021 @ 15:20:34

    Happy 18th to your daughter! Glad you were able to go for some fun to celebrate.

    Covid is also out of control where we’re at. 4th highest per capita…Still trying to stay in as much as possible.

    Looks like you are reading some fun books this week. Stay safe and have a great week!

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  33. Books and livres (@AndLivres)
    Jan 14, 2021 @ 06:12:48

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter ! We’re on the verge of another lockdown here in France, even if our government is not ready to admit it. You’re following 1000 bloggers ?!! How on earth do you manage that ? I follow a lot less and I already don’t have enough time. Kudos !

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  34. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 01:12:58

    Wow, I’m so impressed that you aim to comment on 10 blogs a day and follow 1000!!

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