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…

Ughh I got sick, not Covid sick, just ordinary cold sick (germs shared by my lovely daughter who works in retail). I spent most of the week with a sore throat/cough/ achy eyeballs/headache and did very little other than feel sorry for myself.

But I did start an Instagram account. To be honest I’m not really a fan, but I figure I should give it a try for a few months. If you want to follow me I’m @shelleyrae_bookd_out I’ll be sure to follow back. I’d also welcome any tips, if you have some to share.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Exit by Belinda Bauer

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

With My Little Eye by Sandra Hogan

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New Posts…

Review: Girls With Bright Futures by Tracey Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman

Review: Exit by Belinda Bauer

Review: The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #1

Review: Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Duty always has a price.

When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother Johnny.

But Johnny loves his wife Amy and their son Sasha. And she’s about to deliver her ultimatum: either the three of them escape this wave of killing or she’ll leave, taking Sasha.

Torn between loyalty to his family and love for his wife, Johnny plans the heist of a lifetime and takes a huge risk. Is he prepared to pay the price? And what choice will Amy make?

The Second Son is a brilliant action-packed crime debut that creates a world where honour is everything, violence is its own language, and love means breaking all the rules.

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This is a story about taking a leap of faith

And believing the unbelievable

They say those we love never truly leave us, and I’ve found that to be true. But not in the way you might expect. In fact, none of this is what you’d expect.

I’ve been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.

And I’m talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.

Right now, you probably think I’m going mad.

Let me explain…

Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions – but away from her own family – how much is she willing to give up for another moment with her mother?

Space Hopper is an original and poignant story about mothers, memories and moments that shape life.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster 

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An empty house, a lonely shore, an enigmatic, brooding man-child waiting for her return … a trip to the dark lands of Australian Gothic, for readers of Kate Morton and Hannah Richell.

Last night I dreamt I went to Sargasso again …

As a child, Hannah lived at Sargasso, the isolated beachside home designed by her father, a brilliant architect. A lonely, introverted child, she wanted no company but that of Flint, the enigmatic boy who no one else ever saw … and who promised he would always look after her.

Hannah’s idyllic childhood at Sargasso ended in tragedy, but now as an adult she is back to renovate the house, which she has inherited from her grandmother. Her boyfriend Tristan visits regularly but then, amid a series of uncanny incidents, Flint reappears … and as his possessiveness grows, Hannah’s hold on the world begins to lapse. What is real and what is imaginary, or from beyond the grave?

A mesmerising Australian novel that echoes the great Gothic stories of love and hate: Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and especially Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Thanks To HQ

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Morocco: a captivating country of honor and tradition. And, for these four women, a land of secrets and revelations.

From the twisted alleyways of the ancient medina of Fès to a marriage festival high in the Atlas Mountains, Deborah Rodriguez’s entrancing new bestseller is a modern story of forbidden love set in the sensual landscape of North Africa. Author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul and The Zanzibar Wife.Amina Bennis has come back to her childhood home in Morocco to attend her sister’s wedding. The time has come for her to confront her strict, traditionalist father with the secret she has kept for more than a year – her American husband, Max.

Amina’s best friend, Charlie, and Charlie’s feisty grandmother, Bea, have come along for moral support, staying with Amina and her family in their palatial riad in Fès and enjoying all that the city has to offer. But Charlie is also hiding someone from her past – a mystery man from Casablanca.

And then there’s Samira, the Bennises’ devoted housekeeper for many decades. Hers is the biggest secret of all – one that strikes at the very heart of the family.

As things begin to unravel behind the ancient walls of the medina, the four women are soon caught in a web of lies, clandestine deals and shocking confessions . . .

Thanks to PenguinRandomHouse Australia

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Thanks for stopping by!

37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Moore
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 00:11:31

    I’m sorry you was sick and very happy it was not the Covid.
    I followed your Instagram. I just started using my several months ago.
    Have a great week and keep on reading.

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  2. Claire Louisa
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 00:14:11

    I’m interested to see what you think of Space Hopper, it sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy Sargasso more than I did, I’m in the minority, so you should be right. I’ve really enjoyed the Deborah Rodriguez novels I’ve read in the past, and since I’ve been to Morocco, I’m keen to read this one.
    I’m reading The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner.

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  3. Trin Carl
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 01:28:36

    Moroccan daughter sounds great. I know a lot about that culture having a few friends from there. If you like that one, you may like ‘The Bastard of Istanbul.’

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  4. Tammy
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 01:34:26

    Hope you feel better soon! I think Space Hopper sounds like my kind of book😁

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  5. Athira
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 03:58:11

    Hope you feel better soon! It’s just no fun. My daughter has been battling something this week though she has now recovered with none of us catching it, which is VERY rare for us. Hope it will be a while before the next one. It’s always a worry whether it could be the big C.

    Have a great back to school season – looks like some busy times ahead.

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  6. BookerTalk
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 06:02:34

    Sorry to hear you’ve felt poorly – a cold is so miserable… Hope you had lots of sympathy from friends and family 🙂

    I’m on Instagram too though not really very active, I’m still trying to understand how it can help generate traffic to the blog. So far haven’t seen much evidence that it does

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  7. Tina
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 07:18:45

    I want to read Moroccan Daughter and Sargasso. Just followed you on Instagram. Don’t have any tips and I get tired of it sometimes, so I decativate when I do and come back later. Unfortunately I had to make my account private because of a family member …ugh.

    Glad you are about over your cold and no covid!!

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  8. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 08:45:11

    What a good week of reading coming up! I especially like the sound of The Moroccan Daughter.

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  9. Book of Secrets
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 09:03:27

    I’m intrigued by The Moroccan Daughter, sounds great! I’ll follow you on Instagram — I’m there under bookofsecretsblog. Hope you’re feeling better!

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  10. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 09:04:06

    I hope you feel much better soon! I got my daughter’s cold in January and I’m not a fan. I also have no interest currently in Instagram. * shrugs* But I’m glad you have some good books to read.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  11. Theresa Smith Writes
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 12:39:34

    I joined Instagram about a year ago. Rather than post my reviews there, I create a post for every book I’m reading as I start it with the #currentlyreading.
    Hope you are starting to feel better!

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  12. yvonne473
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 13:00:06

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick, but I’m glad it’s not Covid. Still, being sick is no fun. I hope you feel better.

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  13. Literary Feline
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 13:20:50

    I am so sorry you’ve been sick, Shelleyrae. I do hope you are feeling better soon. It’s kind of funny in a not so haha sort of way that we all feel the need to clarify we aren’t COVID sick when we say we are sick. When people call in at the office they do that too. Of course, I’m required to ask if it is COVID because then there’s paperwork to fill out, but still . . . It’s become a norm even among friends in general conversations.

    Good luck with instagram! I have an account, but I hardly ever use it. I never got the hang of it and I don’t take photos that often. Hopefully you will have better luck than I did!

    I hope you enjoy you reading and have a great week! Take care of yourself and feel better.

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  14. mdawnott
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 14:30:07

    I just followed you on IG (I’m @webofstories). My advice for Bookstagram is to just do what you feel like. Don’t worry about making the most gorgeous pictures or anything like that. I just copy and paste my Goodreads reviews as the captions of my book posts. It’s fun though…a great way to find new books!

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  15. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 14:36:29

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have been sick. A regular, common cold can be pretty nasty sometimes.

    I like the look of Moroccan Daughter. Thanks for sharing a little about it.

    I’m on Instagram, and I’m trying to repost there from my blog, but it’s pretty obvious that I’m clueless and don’t really know what I’m doing. It’s pretty much the same for me on Twitter, too. I like pictures, but honestly I like words, and I like a lot of them.

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  16. RAnn
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 14:37:54

    I had quit doing link-ups or anything related to my blog but a few reviews now and then, and then decided to get back into it and I keep seeing that “Bookstagram” is big. I’ve looked at instagram and twitter but so far haven’t felt the need to participate or spend much time looking at other people’s stuff. I’m a reader, I want to know what you think of a book, not what the cover looks like posed artfully someplace

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  17. Kathryn
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 15:04:08

    Sorry you’ve been sick, summer ills can be so yucky. I’ll look you up on IG, I go there sometimes but hardly ever post, only when I am bored probably, which isn’t often.

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  18. Greg
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 16:08:38

    I’m the same way with Instagram. I have one and kinda like it but I don’t think I’m very good at it! lol And oh no sorry you got sick! Ugh that sucks.

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  19. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 18:32:10

    I hope you feel better soon.

    I like Instagram and enjoy posting but I’m nowhere near the super fancy bookstagram posts!

    Have a lovely week.

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  20. harvee
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 21:21:49

    The Moroccan Daughter looks like a gem of a book. I like travel adventures with family drama added.

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  21. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 00:48:37

    I’m sorry you didn’t feel good! I hope you are feeling better. Sargasso looks awesome!

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  22. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 01:53:19

    Great looking books! I am drawn to Exit and Girls with Bright Futures. Thanks for sharing…and feel better!

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 02:41:40

    Your books all sound good. I hope you enjoy them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 03:45:40

    I hope you’re feeling better! Have a great week!

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  25. Louise H
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 04:54:57

    Get well soon. I’m meant to be having the Covid jab soon and most people are saying they spend the next day feeling really ill, so I’m both looking forward to getting it but also dreading it.
    I love your selection of books this week, you have a great variety on the list.

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  26. Jade @ Captured by Jade
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 07:03:44

    I hope you are feeling better now!

    You’ve got some interesting books on the go at the moment – I’ll be on the lookout for your thoughts of Sargasso.

    I’m actually currently reading The Exiles, a book I purchased after hearing you mention it. I only started it today, 70 pages in, so early days, but am absolutely loving it so far. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Mystica
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 14:45:46

    That flu like symptoms gives everyone the feeling that Covid is on the way now. Hope you feel better soon.

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  28. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Feb 09, 2021 @ 14:50:43

    So sorry you’ve been sick. I hope you feel better soon.

    Space Hopper caught my eye. I wonder if I would go back to my childhood home if I could. Hmmm….

    Thanks for visiting my blog last week. Just catching up now. Hope you enjoy your books.

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  29. Susan
    Feb 10, 2021 @ 02:24:09

    Sorry you haven’t been feeling well. That’s never fun 😦 I hope you enjoy Bookstagramming. I like Bookstagram in theory, but I never end up actually using it. I’ll try to remember to follow you next time I’m on there. I’m @blogginboutbooks.

    SARGASSO sounds like an intriguing book. I’ll have to check it out.

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  30. Anne Bennett
    Feb 10, 2021 @ 05:18:23

    So sorry to hear you’ve been sick. But it looks like you’ve been reading, so that is good. Enjoy the books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  31. Izabel Brekilien
    Feb 11, 2021 @ 08:05:02

    I’m glad you escaped Covid but sorry you felt so bad last week and hope you’re beginning to recover ? I used to have an Instagram account until I posted the photo of a cake I made with a knife in it, they probably thought it was violent because I was banned with no possibility of contacting them to have an explanation. So now, I live without Instagram. Have fun with it but remember, if you post a thriller in which there is a stabbing, don’t use a knife to illustrate !

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  32. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    Feb 11, 2021 @ 08:12:33

    I’m sorry you were sick, but thank goodness it wasn’t COVID. Sargasso sounds good, in a gothic-creepy sort of way. I hope you enjoy it, and your other books!

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