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…

It’s been a week already?

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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My Best Friend’s Murder by Polly Phillips

The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

Stranger Times by CK McDonell

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New Posts…

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Review: Elizabeth & Elizabeth by Sue Williams

Review: My Best Friend’s Murder by Polly Phillips

Review: The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration Part #2

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Laura Bloom has such a unique talent for modern historical fiction and this time it was a joy to be catapulted back to the 1970s. When I turned the last page I was so sad to say goodbye to her beautifully observed characters. A delight from start to finish!’ Liane Moriarty

Three friends. Three marriages left behind. Life begins in earnest.

It’s 1977, and warm, bohemian Libby – stay-at-home mother, genius entertainer and gifted cook – is lonely. When she meets Carol, who has recently emigrated from London with her controlling husband and is feeling adrift, and Anna, who loves her career but not her marriage, the women form an unexpected bond.

Their husbands aren’t happy about it, and neither are their daughters.

Set against a backdrop of inner-city grunge and 70s glamour, far-out parties and ABBA songs, The Women and The Girls is a funny, questioning and moving novel about love, friendship, work, family, and freedom.

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‘The women in this family, we’re different . . .’

Blythe Connor doesn’t want history to repeat itself.

Violet is her first child and she will give her daughter all the love she deserves. All the love that her own mother withheld.

But firstborns are never easy. And Violet is demanding and fretful. She never smiles. Soon Blythe believes she can do no right – that something’s very wrong. Either with her daughter, or herself.

Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining it. But Violet’s different with him. And he can’t understand what Blythe suffered as a child. No one can.

Blythe wants to be a good mother. But what if that’s not enough for Violet? Or her marriage? What if she can’t see the darkness coming?

Mother and daughter. Angel or monster?

We don’t get to choose our inheritance – or who we are . . .

The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read that asks what happens when women are not believed – and what if motherhood isn’t everything you hoped for but everything you always feared?

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Are you still a virgin?

Want to talk about it in a safe space?

Meetings every other Tuesday. You’re not alone.

Kate Mundy’s life is not going to plan. Nearing thirty, she’s been made redundant from her job, her oldest friends have quietly left her behind, and she can barely admit her biggest secret: she’s never even been on a date, let alone taken her underwear off with a member of the opposite sex.

Freddie Weir has spent most of his twenties struggling severe OCD and anxiety, and now his only social interactions consist of comic book signings and fending off intrusive questions from his weird flatmate Damian. There’s no way Freddie could ever ask a girl out and now he’s wondering if this is the way it might be forever.

When Freddie and Kate meet at a self-help group for adult virgins, they think they might just be able to help each other out so they can both get on with finding their real romantic destinies. But might these two have more in common than just their lack of experience?

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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 01:24:27

    I’ve been seeing The Push around a lot lately. It sounds like a stressful book to read if you have children😬 And I love the sound of Adult Virgins Anonymous. Hope you have a good week!

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  2. Trin Carl
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 02:02:14

    The Push does sound great. I forgot to mention on my blog post that I average one and half miles of walking a day according to the iphone and this surprised me, but it may be due to reading instead of watching tv and all the good recs from feel book bloggers helps.

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  3. Jackie
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 02:18:54

    The Push is by a Toronto author!!!
    Adult Virgins sounds interesting.

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 02:53:15

    I’m tired, too. I feel like I’m always on edge about people who (1) don’t take precautions against the virus, and (2) still admire (!) DT.

    I need to go take a look at your Nonfiction Inspiration post. I always get lots of great ideas for future reading from your posts.

    Funny that Women and the Girls, set in 1977, is historical fiction. Makes me feel old. I was already finished with college then!

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  5. sjhigbee
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 03:46:13

    It sounds like you have had some great reads recently, Shelley and I know what you mean about slowing down and taking it easy… I hope the coming one is a peaceful, healthy one for you.

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  6. thebookdisciple
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 03:55:42

    Sloths are my spirit animal. Have a great week!

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  7. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 05:20:26

    Yep, another week is over just like that. Stay safe and well and happy reading!

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  8. Kathryn
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 05:36:37

    Great books as usual. Love the sloth, that’s me now I am retired. Last week I had to write myself a list of things I must do, or they won’t get done! And then do them and start ticking them off!! Happy reading.

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  9. Victoria Hamel
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 05:52:55

    Just added The Women and the Girls to my Goodreads, it sounds great! Hope you have a good week!

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  10. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 06:37:21

    I have a copy of The Push, and hope to read it this week.

    I am curious about The Women & the Girls, as I am always drawn into stories set in the 70s.

    Enjoy! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  11. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 07:03:10

    Yeah, the weeks are flying by. And it’s been hectic too with all the adding planning for the new year ahead. Have a great reading week!

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  12. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 07:55:07

    Hope you enjoy your books this week. The Push seems to be everywhere… and The Women and the Girls sounds good, too!

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  13. Athira
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 08:18:05

    What do you think of Push so far? I’ve been seeing it a lot. I’m still not sure about it yet though.

    Looks like a good week in reading, hope you enjoy your books!

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 08:57:38

    I like the slow down graphic; it’s a good reminder to all of us that we’re in this for the long haul and we should take it day by day, enjoying what we can.

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  15. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 08:58:17

    IDK this week dragged a bit for me with every day just a keep my movements to a minimum and get by. But it meant lots of reading. Enjoy your new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  16. Greg
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 10:40:07

    All three of those books sound great. I like that we’re seeing more exposure of things like anxiety, OCD and issues like that- I think people can relate to that stuff (or understand it better). Hope you have a great week!

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  17. Literary Feline
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 13:30:09

    I feel more like a sloth these days–and yet the days do fly by; I’m just not accomplishing much. I am anxious to read your thoughts on all your current reads. They all sound good! I hope you have a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  18. Katherine
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 13:52:02

    I can definitely relate to the sloth right now! Both of your books sound really interesting – especially The Push and The Women and the Girls. Have a great week.

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  19. mdawnott
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 16:55:33

    I’ve see The Push all over the place and I have it on my holds list, but I’m way, way down the list…so who knows when it will come!

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  20. fuonlyknew
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 16:58:39

    I know how you feel. Work is so busy and so many people are short tempered. I need a long vacation.

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  21. Anstice Brown
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 23:06:28

    I like the sound of The Push. I love anything psychological like that, although it sounds like it may be quite a harrowing read.

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  22. yvonne473
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 01:51:43

    The Push sounds really good. I’ve been wanting to read Faye Kellerman’s books for awhile but haven’t gotten around to it. I hope you have a great week!

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 04:54:00

    Interesting looking assortment of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. WordsAndPeace
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 04:58:21

    Sounds like you have a nice reading list right now, enjoy!

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  25. buffywnabe
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 07:15:21

    Ooh, that Adult Virgins book sounds like it might be a good read! Hope you enjoy the books you got this week! And thanks for stopping by my weekly post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!

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  26. Susan
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 11:36:15

    Yeah the weeks are going too quickly. Let’s take a breather. I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Push … which has gotten attention here in Canada due to the author being from here … and it also being a bit hard a subject matter ?!?

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  27. Mystica
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 13:29:54

    Interesting selection of reads.

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  28. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 19:06:30

    Really enjoyed The Women and The Girls!

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  29. Jamie @ The Fantasy Princess
    Jan 20, 2021 @ 01:08:04

    I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  30. Books and livres (@AndLivres)
    Jan 20, 2021 @ 19:56:04

    Yes, last week went as fast as the Roadrunner and at the same time, nothing much happens. Your books all look interesting, and the Adults virgin has an original theme. I feel weird and old when books in that time period are called historical, I was already there, lol !

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