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…

The past week was a black hole where reading, and the blog, was concerned. I barely managed to finish one book, and wrote not a single review, putting me badly behind.

I was completely distracted by the lead up to moving our youngest daughter into university. She’s now safely ensconced in her campus accomodation as of the weekend. I managed not to cry in front of her when we left. We won’t see her again until Easter when she can come home for a week.

The stress of the whole thing also had some health implications for my chronic condition so it’s been a tough week, physically and emotionally (and don’t even get me started on the havoc causing peri-menopause).

Additionally there is also the Facebook vs the Australian Government ‘media code’ stand off, which means my Book’d Out Facebook page is currently blocked, because apparently it counts as ‘media’ thanks to Murdoch’s nefarious influence on our legislation. I happen to support Facebook in this particular battle, and I imagine my page will be reinstated eventually, but it in the meantime if you were wondering what happened to it, now you know! Of course you can follow my posts a dozen other ways instead… subscribe to my blog via email or your preferred feed reader, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, LibraryThing or Pintrest.

It’s the last Monday of the month so time for a challenge update!

Nonfiction Reader Challenge 2/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge 14/50

Aussie Author Challenge 4/20

Historical Fiction Challenge 4/25

Books In Translation Challenge 0/4

What’s in a Name Challenge 3/6

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 6/25

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Silent Listener by Lyn Yeowart

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New Posts…

Review: Sargasso by Kathy George

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel

Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “America’s Playground” and move into the small apartment above their bakery. Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raised their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home.

Now Florence has returned from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel, and Fannie, pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bedrest for the duration of her pregnancy. After Joseph insists they take in a mysterious young woman whom he recently helped emigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams.

Esther only wants to keep her daughters close and safe but some matters are beyond her control: there’s Fannie’s risky pregnancy—not to mention her always-scheming husband, Isaac—and the fact that the handsome heir of a hotel notorious for its anti-Semitic policies, seems to be in love with Florence.

When tragedy strikes, Esther makes the shocking decision to hide the truth—at least until Fannie’s baby is born—and pulls the family into an elaborate web of secret-keeping and lies, bringing long-buried tensions to the surface that reveal how quickly the act of protecting those we love can turn into betrayal.

Based on a true story and told in the vein of J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions and Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, Beanland’s family saga is a breathtaking portrait of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy.

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The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale

She thinks love can kill you. It turns out she might be right.

Meet Harper Brown …

Occupation: Arts journalist

Dream job: Hard-hitting news reporter

Location: Paris

Loves: True crime podcasts, art galleries, coffee, whiskey

Does not love: fake people, toxic positivity, being told how to live her life by smug workmates who have no life (that’s you, Stan), her narcissistic ex

Favourite book: 1984

Favourite artist: Noah X. Sometimes.

Favourite painting: Klimt’s Schubert at the Piano

Special skills: breaking out of car boots, picking locks and escaping relationships.

Superpower: She can lose any guy in three minutes flat. Ask her how.

Secret: She’s hot on the trail of a murderer – and the scoop of a lifetime.

That’s if the killer doesn’t catch her first.

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It is 1909 in Spokane, Washington. The Dolan brothers live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his dashing older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. When Rye finds himself drawn to suffragette Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeps him into the world of protest and dirty business. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all . . .

The Cold Millions is an intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early 20th century America. Jess Walter offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, dreams and reality, in a sensational tale that resonates powerfully with our own time.

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Sometimes it’s impossible to part with the things we love the most…

When Amy Ashton’s world came crashing down eleven years ago, she started a collection. Just a little collection, just a few keepsakes of happier times: some honeysuckle to remind herself of the boy she loved, a chipped china bird, an old terracotta pot . . . Things that others might throw away, but to Amy, represent a life that could have been.

Now her house is overflowing with the objects she loves – soon there’ll be no room for Amy at all. But when a family move in next door, a chance discovery unearths a mystery long buried, and Amy’s carefully curated life begins to unravel. If she can find the courage to face her past, might the future she thought she’d lost still be hers for the taking?

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Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…

CALL ME MUMMY. IT’LL BE BETTER IF YOU DO.

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46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 01:18:23

    Ooh, I love the look of The Paris Affair and Call Me Mummy.

    I feel your loss with your daughter off to university!

    Also…FB blocking a page? They blocked one of my blogs (not all of them) a few months ago and refuse to give me a real reason why…something about a viewer reported “abuse,” which is totally ludicrous, since I only write about books on that blog!

    Luckily, I have five other blogs.

    Enjoy your week, and good luck with your FB page. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. Sam@WLABB
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 01:33:18

    ((HUGS)) It’s a tough thing leaving your kid at school. I remember all my own tears.

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  3. Tammy
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 02:02:11

    Congrats to your daughter, she looks very happy. I hope you feel better soon!

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  4. sjhigbee
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 02:14:29

    My son flew off to L.A. in January 2020 – and I’ve no idea when I’ll see him again. And although he’d left home officially and been living in Cambridge for years, I wandered around the house feeling like I’d lost an arm for several weeks… So you have my profound sympathy:)). I hope the coming week feels better.

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  5. volatilemuse
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 02:36:56

    Mine flew the nest years ago but I still remember what it’s like. Still, they are all the boomerang generation now – come back cos cannot afford to buy houses! I didn’t entirely undersrtand what the FB Australia stand off was about but whatever it was that company has got way too powerful.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 22, 2021 @ 23:34:56

      I still have three at home, the oldest at 24 is yet to leave, and the youngest at 15 has several more years at home.
      I’m actually on Facebook’s side in this argument, I think outright govt is overreaching, but it’s annoying to be caught in the crossfire.

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  6. Vi @Inkvotary
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 02:48:09

    Haha, I have only read four books so far, so don´t feel bad that you have not read any the past week. You are twenty ahead and I envy you for that. Thank you for sharing the picture with your daughter. She looks so happy! I wish her all the best for her time at the university. Ah yes, the pre-menopause thing. I know what you are talking about. I am very sorry for the entire FB thing. But on the other hand, I am following you now via Instagram, and Pinterest too. So at least something good comes out of it, right? Happy reading and head up!

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  7. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 03:38:59

    Sorry it was such a tough week. 😦 I hope your daughter is settled in and adjusts quickly. It’s hard not to worry.

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 03:47:04

    Well I learn something new each week from you. I’m now off to look into the FB v Australian Media thing. I’ve not heard of the issue!
    Sorry you had a rough week-Hopefully this week is easier (although I know it will be hard adjusting to your daughter being at university.)

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  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 04:14:15

    My sister had a terrible time when her kids went off to college. That’s the time I decided to step back into full-time work, and I didn’t suffer as she did from home. As I was easing into menopause, I was having some troubles for the first year, and my OBGYN gave me a shot every quarter for a year and I never had any more troubles. I know everyone is different, but I do think it helps to share positive experiences through difficulties.

    You can take a week off reading. Any time you want. It’s all good.

    I hadn’t heard about the Australia-Facebook troubles. Frustrating.

    Here’s to a better week.

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  10. jessicabookworm
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 04:22:12

    Oh no, I am so sorry to hear about the stress, worry and poor health you have been struggling with this week, that has stopped you reading and blogging as much as you would have liked. Good that your youngest daughter is safely settled at university though. I hope and pray this coming week will be a calmer and more comfortable one for you. 🙏🙂

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  11. yvonne473
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 05:10:40

    I’m so sorry to hear all you went through last week. I’m happy to hear your daughter is settled at university.

    I hope this week will be a better one for you.

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  12. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 05:14:31

    I wish for a better week for you on all fronts. While it sometimes is a small challenge having me daughter still living with me, it is mostly great. I was close to my folks and called them often and this was before cell phones when long distance was expensive. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  13. Carol
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 05:43:11

    I remember that leaving a child at college was an emotional time for me, too! Hoping you’ll feel better this week and your reading mojo will return!

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  14. mkowalewski
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 06:12:45

    I too am sorry to hear about the tough week that you had – but you got through it and here you are!!! I also totally get the loss of the reading vibe. The entirety of 2020 was like that for me and only recently – since January of this year – have I really gotten excited about reading and been reading regularly again. Hopefully you get it back soon.

    I am currently reading Cutting for Stone and love it. So good.

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  15. Tina
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 07:17:36

    I’m not on Facebook but what you’re talking about with your restrictions sounds like a lot of horsesh@t. I follow you on Instagram and of course check in on your blog.

    The Paris affair looks very good, that’s on my list. Very exciting about your daughter going off to college and I hope you’re feeling better soon

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  16. The Herbal Toad
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 07:18:24

    All three of our kids are grown. Every time we went through the upheaval of relocating and settling one, it was stressful. I hope that you will get nicely settled into a new routine and that your health will improve!
    It looks like you have some good books lined up. Enjoy!

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  17. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 08:33:40

    It’s so difficult to drop our children off at university even when we know it’s the right place for them to be!

    The Facebook vs Australia stuff is crazy. And why does evil Murdoch have to share my last name?!

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  18. Kate W
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 09:30:33

    All the best wishes for your daughter’s next chapter (and for you mum, take care).

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  19. waytoofantasy
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 12:15:29

    Sorry to hear it’s been a tough week emotionally and stress wise but congrats to your daughter–that’s a big step in life! I wish her the best.

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  20. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 12:38:14

    Oh no, I’m sorry you had a tough week! I hope your daughter enjoys her time at university!

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  21. Greg
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 13:07:16

    Oh that’s gotta be tough. Sending you lots of positive vibes and I hope you’re feeling better!

    Everything is Beautiful looks like a good read.

    Be well this week 🙂

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  22. Victoria Hamel
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 16:03:18

    Oh, big hugs to you for hanging in there through a tough week. I hope your daughter has a great time at school and that this week is a good one for you

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  23. Kathryn
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 18:09:10

    Exciting time for your daughter, but tough on yourself. Take care and be good to yourself. Yes I am actually with Facebook on this too. Just watching the cricket, one eye on keyboard and one eye on TV. I think Australia are going to take us out in this game!

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  24. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Feb 22, 2021 @ 21:53:18

    It sounds like a rollercoaster of a week — it’s wonderful your youngest has settled in and is doing okay, but understandably a stressful week for yourself. I can’t beliebe your FB got blocked! I hope you have it back soon!

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  25. Mae Sander
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 01:37:39

    That is a long book list. I can’t tell if you wrote those reviews or took them from the publishers’ materials, but they do seem interesting.

    be safe… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  26. gulfsidemusing
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 02:10:36

    Sending my kids off to college was among the most stressful times… I completely understand how you’re feeling. Hope your daughter is having a smooth transition. I’m sure you’re already counting the days until her break. Hope you can enjoy some reading this week. Take care!

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  27. Izabel Brekilien
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 02:37:17

    I can relate to the peri-menopause issue, I really do ! And I remember when I put my eldest daughter on a train to Paris to study at university, I cried like a baby on the station (once she had left !). *sending big hugs your way*

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  28. Gofita
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 04:13:59

    I’m so sorry about the Facebook stuff. So weird. The world is weird right now.

    I’m hoping you can feel better this week. I’ve been fighting a sinus infection the last couple of weeks. Doesn’t compare but it’s made my days trying to get work in a lot harder and more miserable. Looks like you are reading some great books, though, when you can get to them!

    And wow! Big changes when it comes to children leaving the ‘nest.’ Big hugs. My son is only 12 but it’s been a flash to get here and it’ll be a flash when he finally moves out one day. So hard. I hope you can find some self-care this week!

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  29. Kathy Martin
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 05:28:26

    What a week! I hope this one is better as both you and your daughter adjust to college. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  30. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 08:12:02

    It sounds like you’ve have a week of it, it sounds very stressful. Hope this week is a little less stressful for you.

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  31. Susan
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 11:02:30

    I had the same experience back in August with dropping off my daughter at college. It’s bittersweet for sure! Luckily, ours is only a two-hour drive away 🙂

    I hope you’ve been able to relax a little after your stressful week.

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  32. Literary Elephant
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 13:07:57

    Glad to see your daughter is all moved in! I hope she’ll have a lovely time and that you’ll have a less stressful week ahead now that the move is complete.

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  33. Carla
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 15:24:29

    I remember when I dropped my youngest off at college, I was in tears. I have been following that nonsense with facebook and the news media and the Australian Government. You guys are the guinea pigs, the rest of the world is watching. I hope you have a better week this week.

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  34. RAnn
    Feb 23, 2021 @ 16:03:41

    You did your job mom, it does get easier

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  35. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Feb 25, 2021 @ 00:48:35

    Phew what a milestone met!! It must have been tough! Good job mama!

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