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…

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The weather here has been revolting, hot and ridiculously humid. As I write this, even though it’s 11pm on a Sunday night, it’s still 27C (81F) with 95% humidity.

My boys go back to school this week, the oldest is now in Year 11, and is loaded up on courses so has a busy year ahead, while my youngest is in Year 10. It’s going to be a little strange to have just two children at school. Aleah doesn’t start university til March 1st so she is still home for another few weeks before she moves onto campus. She’ll be sharing a villa with four others, we’ve been busy collecting the bits and pieces she’ll need for her room, and it’s self catering so she needs kitchen things too. If you’ve sent a child to college, are there any ‘must haves’ we should have on the list?

I don’t have any particular plans coming up, other than the usual. Having binged The Closer last week, this weeks late night viewing is Major Crimes. What are you watching?

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Push by Ashley Audrain

Girls With Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman

Relics, Wrecks and Ruins by Aiki Flinthart

The Shape of Darkness by Leah Purcell

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New Posts…

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Review: The Women & the Girls by Laura Bloom

Review: Adult Virgins Anonymous by Amber Crewe

Review: The Push by Ashley Audrain

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration Part #4 -Wartime Experiences, Inventions and Published in 2021

Review: Relics, Wrecks and Ruins by Aiki Flinthart

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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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Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never seen?

Alice and Alfie are strangers. But they sleep next to each other every night.

Alfie Mack has been in hospital for months recovering from an accident. A new face on the ward is about as exciting as life gets for him right now, so when someone moves into the bed next to him he’s eager to make friends. But it quickly becomes clear that seeing his neighbour’s face won’t happen any time soon.

Alice Gunnersley has been badly burned and can’t even look at herself yet, let alone allow anyone else to see her. Keeping the curtain around her bed firmly closed, it doesn’t stop Alfie trying to get to know her. And gradually, as he slowly brings Alice out of her shell, might there even be potential for more?

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Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of the Sydney Homicide Squad is on the hunt for notorious fugitive Gavin Hutton.

After months of dead-ends, the breakthrough Ryder has been hoping for leads him back to the New South Wales Snowy Mountains on the trail of the suspected killer.

Meanwhile, when an injured man bursts into the remote Thredbo lodge managed by Eva Bell, her first instinct is to protect her daughter, Poppy. The terrifying arrival of Jack Walker turns Eva’s world upside down as the consequences of Jack’s presence become clear.

With a killer on the loose, Jack Walker and Ryder are tangled in the same treacherous web – spun across the perilously beautiful Crackenback Range.

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The very funny true story of three children recruited by their parents to work for ASIO in the 1950s.

Growing up in the 1950s, the three Doherty children were trained by their parents to memorise car number plates, to spot unusual behaviour on the street and, most important of all, to avoid drawing attention to themselves.

The children became unwitting foot soldiers in Australia’s battle against Soviet infiltration in the Cold War. They attended political rallies, stood watch on houses owned by communist sympathisers, and insinuated themselves into the UFO Society. In 1956 the Doherty family went on a beach holiday with Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, the famous Soviet defectors, who were hiding from Soviet assassins.

Dudley and Joan Doherty swore their children to secrecy, and for decades, they didn’t even discuss among themselves the work they did for ASIO.

With My Little Eye is a poignant and very funny account of a peculiar childhood in 1950s suburban Australia.

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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 01:32:12

    I’m looking forward to your review of The Shape of Darkness, I really want to read that one. Hope you have a good week😁

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  2. Jackie
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 01:38:16

    Thank you for the intro to Belinda Bauer! I am reading Rubbernecker and am hooked!

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  3. stargazer
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 01:59:34

    I haven’t heard of Belinda Bauer, but she sounds like an author I might enjoy. Will look out for your review. Good luck to your daughter, starting uni is so exciting!

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  4. gulfsidemusing
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 02:07:28

    Nice variety of books this week. And thanks for the review of The Push… that book seems to be everywhere lately. Good luck to your kids as they start back to school!

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  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 02:38:55

    Here it is cold, windy and a mix of rain and snow. And we can´t even go skiing or do all the other fun stuff you do when you have lots of snow coming down. It is frustrating. Wishing your kids all the best for the new year at school and university. Happy reading.

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  6. Mae Sander
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 02:46:30

    Making children into cold war spies sounds very creepy indeed! There was such a lot of paranoia then.

    be safe… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  7. yvonne473
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 04:00:12

    I’m sorry about the humidity. Our weather has actually been really nice. I have to enjoy it while I can since we’re known to get very humid here.

    Your books all look so interesting.

    I hope all goes well with your kids back in school. Have a great week!

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  8. Greg
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 04:14:52

    Ugh that sounds very sticky! We have the opposite, it’s cold here and we just got snow. 🙂 Can’t there be a happy medium??

    Good luck to your kids starting school up! My daughter started college this year but with Covid so bad around here they’re virtual. Weird way to start college!

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

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  9. sjhigbee
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 04:14:59

    I read a Belinda Baur book after seeing her talk at a bookfair in Brighton and thoroughly enjoyed it – I need to catch up! Thank you for reminding me, Shelleyrae.

    So sorry that you are struggling with such heat and humidity. What a shame we can’t do a bit of a swap – we are putting up with temperatures only a few degrees above freezing and I’m fed up with it!

    Glad your children are back at school – ours are still in lockdown with no prospect of going back anytime soon… Have a great week!

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  10. thebookdisciple
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 05:07:58

    Ugh that heat sounds miserable. It’s suppose to snow here. I love the snow!

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  11. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 05:56:19

    How fun to outfit your daughter’s new place for university! My daughter loves having her electric kettle for coffee and tea, a good shower caddy and rubber slippers (more for dorm life and a shared bathroom), fans for the heat, and a humidifier.

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  12. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 06:15:48

    I bet you and your daughter will have a lot of fun preparing for her college adventure. I wish I could offer some helpful information but my sons and I were all commuter students.

    Before I Saw You sounds like a book I’d enjoy. Given that Exit’s author is a Booker-quality writer, I might like it, too.

    Hot. Humid. You have just described about 80% of our weather here in Texas. Not right now, though. Blue skies. Gentle breeze. Cool. Magnificent.

    Off to read your Inspiration #4.

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  13. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 06:21:49

    I hope that the kids are excited to get back to school! Have a great Sunday!

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  14. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 06:56:39

    They grow up too quickly. 27C/ 81F isn’t too bad without the humidity. Well a microwave is good and I also like a toaster oven as it can be used for toast, bagels, sandwiches and warming up some things better than a microwave. I enjoyed cooking so I had a ton of stuff though. Enjoy your new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  15. Anne Bennett
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 12:52:27

    With My Little Eye sounds fun. I honestly rarely read humorous books but wish I did. Then when I read ones that say they are humorous I usually find them crass. Sigh. Have a good week. My Sunday Salon post

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  16. natflixandbooks
    Feb 01, 2021 @ 13:55:01

    It has been SO cold here. Lol. It’s snowing right now. Girls With Bright Futures is on my list. I tend to like books about the lengths parents will go for things like college. Happy reading!

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  17. Beth F
    Feb 02, 2021 @ 00:29:56

    I could use some of your heat. We have a *lot* of snow right now and it’s still snowing. Good luck with the return to school.

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  18. Donna
    Feb 02, 2021 @ 05:34:00

    I wish it was that here. It’s been rainy and cold (but not cold enough to snow so it’s just icky). A must have when I was living in the dorms at college was a can opener. I loaned mine to hallmates often when they realized they had a non-pop top can and no way to open it. Donna @Girl Who Reads

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  19. Kathryn
    Feb 02, 2021 @ 16:01:52

    I hate the humid muggy weather. Thank goodness we had a turn to the south and the days have been gorgeous and the nights cooler. Long may it last! My young 5 year old great nephew on the Gold Coast started school last week. And lovely uniform I thought. All your reading looks as good as always.

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  20. Linda
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 02:36:38

    Lots of readin going on, even in your heat. I’m reading lots too while it is frigid cold.

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  21. Louise H
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 05:12:51

    With My Little Eye sounds fascinating, I don’t read enough (any) non fiction and that sounds like a good one to start with

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  22. WordsAndPeace
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 06:45:43

    Please send me some of your heat, I never mind it, even if it’s humid. And I’ll try sending some of my 8 inches of white stuff which I hate, lol.
    Thanks for introducing me to Belinda Bauer!

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  23. Sue at Book By Book
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 10:09:25

    Wow, it’s hard to even imagine heat and humidity right now as we’ve been in the midst of a 48+ hour snowstorm!

    Exciting times with a kid going off to college! My youngest just graduated 🙂 Don’t forget a garbage can (unless it’s provided) – that’s a common omission that sends parents running out to the store before they leave.

    Looks like a great variety of books you’ve been reading! Enjoy your books this week and stay cool!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  24. Mystica
    Feb 03, 2021 @ 22:47:01

    Interesting mix of books!

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  25. Izabel Brekilien
    Feb 04, 2021 @ 04:50:29

    Come over here, it’s very windy, we have a bit of rain, the temperatures are mild for the season, it’s true. With my little eye looks creepy, a part of history I’ve never heard about but would like to find out more about…

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  26. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Feb 04, 2021 @ 08:23:09

    It’s freezing here, snow, rain, ice and high winds, delightful!

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  27. dianthaa
    Feb 05, 2021 @ 06:44:21

    Hope Aleah’s start of uni goes well, must be exciting. I studied in my home town so only left home after graduating, always felt like I missed out on the experience.
    It’s been miserable and wet here, a bit of sunshine yesterday and I just sat outside taking it in.

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  28. Susan
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 00:18:30

    WITH MY LITTLE EYE sounds super interesting! I’ll have to check that one out.

    My daughter graduated from high school last year and started college in September. She’s living on her own (off campus with no roommates) because the scholarship she got pays for housing and, because of COVID, they allowed her to get her own place instead of living in the dorms. She had to furnish everything, though, so it was expensive! Thank goodness her scholarship pays for most of her living expenses.

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  29. jessicabookworm
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 04:00:29

    This week I watched Netflix’s disturbing but truly gripping crime-documentary, The Night Stalker 😬 I hope your boys return to school went well and happy reading! 🙂

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