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

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 finally stopped raining and has felt more like summer this last week, so it’s hot, sunny weather just in time for the public holiday this week. It’s Australia/Invasion/Survival Day on January 26th (Tuesday), we haven’t been able to make much in the way of plans though because two of the four kids are working so our taxi services are required but we might catch up with friends for the afternoon.

Click the image to learn more about the Australia Day controversy

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What I’ve Read…

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The Stranger Times by CK McDonnell

The Good Girls by Sonja Faleiro

The Women and the Girls by Laura Bloom

Adult Virgins Anonymous by Amber Crewe

The Push by Ashley Audrain

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New Posts…

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Review: The Stranger Times by CK McDonnell

Review: The Goad Girls: An Ordinary Killing by Sonja Faleiro

Review: The Schoolgirl Strangler by Katherine Kovacic

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration Part #3

Bookish Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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Three women. Three daughters. And a promise that they’ll each get what they deserve.

College admissions season at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Academy is marked by glowing acceptances from top-tier institutions, and students as impressive as their parents are ambitious. But when Stanford alerts the school it’s allotting only one spot to EBA for their incoming class, three mothers discover the competition is more cutthroat than they could have imagined.

Tech giant Alicia turns to her fortune and status to fight for her reluctant daughter’s place at the top. Kelly, a Stanford alum, leverages her PTA influence and insider knowledge to bulldoze the path for her high-strung daughter. And Maren makes three: single, broke, and ill-equipped to battle the elite school community aligning to bring her superstar daughter down.

That’s when, days before applications are due, one of the girls suffers a near-fatal accident, one that doesn’t appear to be an accident at all.

As the community spirals out of control, three women will have to decide what lines they’re willing to cross to secure their daughters’ futures…and keep buried the secrets that threaten to destroy far more than just college dreams.

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As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another… Why is the killer seemingly targeting her business?

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them.

But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back…

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Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins is a must-read collection for all fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. A celebration of legacy.

* Bizarre remnants of a lost civilisation emerge from the ice.

* The ghosts of a drowned town wait to be awakened.

* A witch with a dragon problem.

* What Elvis will do to protect his fellow artists from annihilation.

* An ancient spaceship carries the last, fragmented memories of Earth.

* Broken souls of the dead are passed on to the new-born.

…These and many more tales showcase the hopes, remnants, and fears of humanity.

Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Aiki Flinthart reached out for stories from as many of her favourite authors as would answer the call. And many did.

Between these pages you’ll find 23 stories by some of the world’s best science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. Find new favourite authors and re-join old friends.

Their fabulous stories are threads woven with a sure hand into a tapestry of the weird, the worrying, and the wonderful that make up mankind.

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Belinda Bauer is “Britain’s most original crime writer” (Crime Scene), one of the few authors in the genre to be longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Now she returns with a heart-pounding, heartbreaking, and often hilarious new crime novel in which it’s never too late for life to go fatally wrong.

Felix Pink is retired. Widowed for more than a decade, a painfully literal thinker, he has led a life of routine and is, not unhappily, waiting to die a hopefully boring death. He occupies himself volunteering as an Exiteer–someone who sits with terminally ill people as they die by suicide, assisting with logistics and lending moral support, then removing the evidence so that family and friends are not implicated in the death. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath.

But just fifteen minutes later Felix is on the run from the police–after making the biggest mistake of his life. Now his routine world is turned upside down as he tries to discover whether what went wrong was a simple mistake–or deliberate. Murder.

Belinda Bauer continues to redefine the boundaries of crime fiction, with a novel that is part murder mystery, part coming-of-old-age story–however short that future may be. With the compassion and dark humor of Jonas Jonasson and the twisted thriller plotting of Rear Window, Exit is a novel readers will not soon forget.

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Thanks for stopping by!

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 01:40:48

    I’m very interested in The Shape of Darkness, I love Laura Purcell😁 Hope you have a good week!

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  2. Jackie
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 02:15:09

    WOW you;ve given me so many books to add to my TBR list. I am particularly interested in reading something by Belinda Bauer!

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  3. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 02:26:32

    Oo The Shape of Darkness sounds so good!! Enjoy your week!

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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 03:59:39

    Exit sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your week. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. jessicabookworm
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 04:12:29

    Shelleyrae, I hope you are able to have a small celebration with friends for Australia Day and keep enjoying your reading (I like the sound of The Shadow of Darkness) 🙂

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  6. Colletta
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 04:20:56

    I hope you get to celebrate in some way! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Colletta

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 04:29:49

    Ok, now I am off to read about Australia/Invasion/Survival day because I am super curious. Have a great week!

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  8. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 04:48:37

    I don’t recognize any of the books you’ve shared, but Girls with bright futures does look good!

    Hope you will have a good week and enjoy your celebrations!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Elza Reads

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  9. yvonne473
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 04:58:23

    Sounds like you have a good line up of books this week. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 05:04:40

    I’ve never heard of Australia/Invasion/Survival Day until now, so I, of course, had to look it up. It’s a Fourth of July sort of a celebration (though not for all, I think). I hope you are able to enjoy the day. I can’t wait until I am able to catch up with friends. I miss all of that so much.

    I need to take a look at your Nonfiction Challenge Inspiration #3. I always find great books there.

    I like the look of Girls with Bright Futures and Exit. Exit sound particularly novel and intriguing.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 25, 2021 @ 05:11:57

      It is similar to July 4th in that it celebrates the founding of colonial Australia (by the British) but the date doesn’t acknowledge the harm done to our First Nations people as a consequence so it’s a subject of controversy right now.

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  11. Northwoman
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 07:57:15

    I hope you enjoy your improved weather and the holiday! Stay well.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  12. Athira
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 08:16:12

    I am eyeing Girls with Bright Futures. Love that cover and who can resist a synopsis like that. Hope you enjoy it.

    Have a good week and whatever plans you have for this Tuesday, I hope they are fun!

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 08:23:49

    Your Australia Day controversy parallels ours for Columbus Day, which is rapidly becoming Indigenous People’s Day. Perhaps with Biden in the White House it will get officially changes? I hope so.

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  14. sjhigbee
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 10:08:35

    I hope you are able to do some kind of celebrating – after the rigours of the COVID pandemic, the floods and the wildfires I think you’ve earnt the right to enjoy yourselves a bit! I started The Shape of Darkness, but couldn’t get through it – though it’s clearly a well written book. I needed a bit more light and nonsense in my life. I hope you enjoy it, Shelleyrae. Have a lovely week:)

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  15. Gofita
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 10:12:37

    Shape of Darkness looks really good.

    I can see where the controversy lies for Australian Day. It seems like the U.S.’s 4th of July and Columbus Day/Thanksgiving.

    I hope you are able to enjoy your week and holiday with some good reading!

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  16. ThoughtsBecomeWords
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 11:34:08

    Very interested in ‘Exit’ by Belinda Bauer! For Australia Day, we have the three flags hanging from our balcony 🙂

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  17. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 12:17:13

    I hope you enjoy the sunny summer weather. I’m stuck in winter on this side of the planet. There’s so much snow. Have a great week!

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  18. Literary Feline
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 12:44:50

    I am glad you are able to enjoy some sunny weather just in time for the holiday! Hopefully you can visit with friends in between shuttling kids around. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your current reads! Girls With Bright Futures is a new title to me, but it sounds really good. The Shape of Darkness is on my wish list. I look forward to your thoughts on both! I hope you have a great week!

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  19. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 13:09:56

    I wish we had your hot weather. It’s very cold here this weekend. Enjoy your reading week!

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  20. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 13:28:27

    The Push seems to be everywhere lately… I’ll be curious to hear what you thought!

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  21. HerBookishDesires
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 14:35:26

    Great Sunday Post! I hope you had a great weekend and that you have an even better week ahead. Happy reading😊

    My Sunday Post: https://herbookishdesires.wordpress.com/2021/01/24/%f0%9f%8c%9ethe-sunday-post-01-24-2021/

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  22. Greg
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 17:24:12

    That must be a hard day for the First Nations people. We have similar issues obviously here in the States with our own history. I hope that people can come togther and acknowledge painful things in our past, I think sometimes people just don’t want to see it. We have that here too.

    Relics looks really good! I love the sound of some of those stories!

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  23. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 20:49:23

    Girls with bright futures and Exit grabbed me rightaway. They sound sooooo good!!

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  24. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Jan 25, 2021 @ 21:01:58

    Ooohw I’ve got my eye now on The Shape of Darkness 👀

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  25. Laurie C
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 00:18:26

    I learned so much from this post about Australia Day that I didn’t know, but the controversy makes sense to me. I’m also adding Girls with Bright Futures and Exit to my TBR right now.

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  26. Louise H
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 03:38:18

    The Australia Day article was fascinating, and as a Brit I feel guilty by association. Our nation owes apologies to so many natives of so many countries for our treatment of them in the past.

    It’s such a tough thing to make a decision on, and to me it’s something that can only be decided by those who have directly suffered. Having said that, having some sort of National Day that genuinely and truly celebrates the Australia of today is also important. I hope a satisfying outcome can be found.
    Happy reading!

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 03:50:28

    These books all sound great! Such a nice variety. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. mdawnott
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 11:44:22

    Great books…and it looks like at least some of them are available in the US, so I may be adding them to my TBR.

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  29. Kathryn
    Jan 26, 2021 @ 14:55:19

    Happy Australia Day, hope you do get to hang out with friends for awhile. I think the weather is meant to be really hot!

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  30. Katherine
    Jan 27, 2021 @ 13:48:10

    I hadn’t heard of The Shape of Darkness before but I’m definitely adding it to my list! I hope you are able to take a break from taxi duty and get to see some friends! Have a great week!

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