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…

Uneventful

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates

A Home Like Ours by Fiona Lowe

The Girl Explorers by Jayne Zanglein

Other People’s Houses by Kelli Hawkins

You’ve Got To Be Kidding by Todd Alexander

{Just started}

The Husband Poisoner by Tanya Bretherton

Shocking real-life stories of murderous women who used rat poison to rid themselves of husbands and other inconvenient family members. For readers of compelling history and true crime, from critically acclaimed, award-winning author Tanya Bretherton.

After World War II, Sydney experienced a crime wave that was chillingly calculated. Discontent mixed with despair, greed with callous disregard. Women who had lost their wartime freedoms headed back into the kitchen with sinister intent and the household poison thallium, normally used to kill rats, was repurposed to kill husbands and other inconvenient family members.

Yvonne Fletcher disposed of two husbands. Caroline Grills cheerfully poisoned her stepmother, a family friend, her brother and his wife. Unlike arsenic or cyanide, thallium is colourless, odourless and tasteless; victims were misdiagnosed as insane malingerers or ill due to other reasons. And once one death was attributed to natural causes, it was all too easy for an aggrieved woman to kill again.

This is the story of a series of murders that struck at the very heart of domestic life. It’s the tale of women who looked for deadly solutions to what they saw as impossible situations. The Husband Poisoner documents the reasons behind the choices these women made – and their terrible outcomes.

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New Posts…

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Review: Everything is Beautiful by Eleanor Ray ★★★★1/2

Review: Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates ★★★★

Review: A Home Like Ours by Fiona Lowe ★★★★1/2

Review: The Girl Explorers by Jayne Zanglein ★★★1/2

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #2

Review: Other People’s Houses by Kelli Hawkins ★★★★

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Grace Harkness looks like she has it all – two beautiful children, four cookbooks under her belt and an idyllic beachside home #blessed. But add another baby on the way (oops), a spouse that is nowhere to be seen and a relentless list of things she ‘should’ be doing, and Grace is starting to unravel.

When the madness of modern-day motherhood finally pushes her to the brink, Grace and her friends decide to ditch the men in their lives, move in together and create a ‘mummune’ – sharing the load of chores, school pick-ups/drop-offs and endless Life Admin. The new set-up seems like a dream, but is life in this utopian village all it’s cracked up to be?

Grace Under Pressure is a deliciously hilarious, honest and heartfelt portrayal of modern-day motherhood and the saving grace of female friendship.

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You may have heard of me…

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten.

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In The Ministry of Bodies, Seamus O’Mahony charts the realities of life in a modern hospital over the course of a year. From difficult births and unexpected deaths to moral quandaries and bureaucratic disasters, O’Mahony documents life in the halls that all of us will visit at some point in our lives with his characteristic wit and dry and unsentimental intelligence. As the Coronavirus crisis demands more and more of the medical profession and the people who support it, Seamus O’Mahony describes his work on the front lines of a pandemic in a harrowing final chapter. This is not a conventional medical memoir: it’s the collective biography of one of our great modern institutions, the general hospital, through the eyes of a brilliant writer who happens to be a gifted doctor.

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They will dedicate their lives to their country, but no one will ever know…

A compelling story about tenacity and friendship, inspired by the real codebreaking women of Australia’s top-secret Central Bureau in WWII. For readers who love Judy Nunn and Kate Quinn.

1943, Brisbane: The war continues to devastate and the battle for the Pacific threatens Australian shores. For Ellie O’Sullivan, helping the war effort means utilising her engineering skills for Qantas as they evacuate civilians and deliver supplies to armed forces overseas. Her exceptional logic and integrity attract the attention of the Central Bureau-an intelligence organisation working with England’s Bletchley Park codebreakers. But joining the Central Bureau means signing a lifetime secrecy contract. Breaking it is treason.

With her country’s freedom at risk, Ellie works with a group of elite women who enter a world of volatile secrets; deciphering enemy communications to change the course of the war. Working under immense pressure, they form a close bond-yet there could be a traitor in their midst. Can the women uncover the culprit before it’s too late?

As Ellie struggles with the magnitude of the promise she’s made to her country, a wedge grows between her and those she holds dear. When the man she loves asks questions she’s forbidden to answer, how will she prevent the double life she’s leading from unravelling?

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An Instagram scandal at a grammar school sparks outrage in an exclusive bayside suburb and upends the lives of the families involved. However, it might also prove to be the tipping point required to change the school, and the wider community, for the better.

Liv Winsome, working mother of three sons, wife to decent if distracted Duncan, is overwhelmed. And losing her hair. Her doctor has told her she needs to slow down, do less. Focus on what’s important.

After Jai, one of her fourteen-year-old twins, is involved in a sexting scandal, Liv realises things need to change, and fast. Inspired by the pop-psychology books she devours, she writes a nine-page list of everything she does to keep the family afloat, and she delegates. She lets her boys’ conservative school know it has some work to do, too – partly, Liv suspects, because its leadership has a ‘woman problem’ (or, rather, a too-many-men problem).

Jai’s girlfriend, Grace, is at the heart of the sexting scandal and her mum, Jess Charters, up in arms as well, goes to the media. The women’s combined focus forces Carmichael Grammar to take action. To everyone’s surprise, and Liv’s delight, things actually start to improve.

Inspired by his wife’s efforts, Duncan rethinks the way he lives and works, too, despite the workaholic culture of his law firm and its scary managing partner, who’s also Duncan’s older brother. In unexpected ways, Liv and Duncan’s marriage and family life undergo their own transformations. Some new developments, though, aren’t entirely welcome.

Light-hearted and optimistic, Tipping is a novel for our times. It’s a story of domestic activism. Mum and dad activism. Because real change is possible. Sometimes all it takes is a tweak. And the will. And a bit of fun.

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjhigbee
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 01:17:45

    I love the sound of The Iron Raven, as A Midsummer’s Night Dream is my favourite Shakespeare play… I think ‘uneventful’ is a win at the moment:)). I hope you have an enjoyable week, whether it’s eventful or not.

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  2. Sam@WLABB
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 01:25:59

    “Uneventful” is pretty much how my life has gone since the pandemic took over, but I guess it’s better than disaster, right? I need to start those new Iron Fey books. It’s been too long since I spent meaningful time in that world. Hope all your reads are great!

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  3. Tammy
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 01:31:33

    Tipping sounds really good! And optimistic, I like that. Hope you have a good week😁

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 02:20:13

    I could copy your one-word answer under Life… and duplicate it for every week over the past year.

    I’m trying to imagine what my spouse might think if I started to read The Husband Poisoner. It’s hard to imagine that there are enough of these folks to write an entire book about.

    The Ministry of Bodies sounds like a book I’d like to read. I will look for it.

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 03:47:02

    I think “uneventful” sounds delightful!

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  6. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 04:11:00

    I have so many friends who are super excited about The Iron Raven! I hope you enjoy all your new books 🙂

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  7. jessicabookworm
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 04:34:43

    I am torn between whether to say sorry or be pleased that your week was uneventful, with how crazy life has been this last year or so! Take care and happy reading in the coming week, Shelleyrae 🙂

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  8. Molly's Book Nook
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 05:18:33

    I really want to read Julie Kagawa’s books! I just renewed my library card and they luckily have all of them as ebooks! Hopefully I’ll get to them soon. Happy reading 🙂

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  9. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 06:01:21

    Uneventful is excellent. Enjoy those reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 06:33:21

    Grace Under Pressure sounds like a really fun read. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

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  11. Victoria Hamel
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 07:28:06

    Uneventful can be wonderful. The Husband Poisoner sounds good!

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  12. gulfsidemusing
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 08:39:49

    Hooray for an uneventful week and plenty of good books!

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  13. yvonne473
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 13:13:27

    All of your books sound so good and very interesting. Enjoy them and have a great week!

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  14. Book of Secrets
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 13:19:32

    The Husband Poisoner sounds intriguing, though it would probably make me paranoid! Enjoy your upcoming week. ♥

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  15. Greg
    Mar 08, 2021 @ 18:06:45

    It was a quiet week here too. The minisry of Bodies certainly looks interesting!

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  16. Louise H
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 03:31:27

    Sometimes uneventful is good! I’m in awe of how many books you’ve read recently, I seem to be on a reading “go slow” lately

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  17. Literary Feline
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 05:55:46

    My eyes immediately jumped from Men Who Hate Women to The Husband Poisoner. Haha. I’m interested in reading The Girl Explorers. The Codebreakers is definitely on my wish list. I hope you enjoy all of your reading this week, Shelleyrae. Have a great week!

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  18. Kathryn
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 06:07:18

    Glad you had an uneventful week Shellyrae, those kinds are very welcome aren’t they.

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  19. mdawnott
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 10:37:39

    The Iron Raven looks fantastic! I think I may have to check that one out!

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  20. Gofita
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 11:13:42

    Uneventful sounds nice for a bit, yeah! Looks like some great reading, though. Ministry of Bodies looks good. I love medical memoirs. The Iron Raven also looks good. Have a great week!

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  21. Katherine
    Mar 09, 2021 @ 15:40:32

    The Husband Poisoner looks like a book I’d find fascinating. I’ll have to look for it! I’m adding Codebreakers to my list too. I’m fascinated by Bletchley Park and I’m curious about the Australian codebreakers. Have a great week!

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  22. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Mar 10, 2021 @ 02:37:42

    At this rate, I think ‘uneventful’ is a good thing, indeed!

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  23. Anne Bennett
    Mar 10, 2021 @ 16:10:08

    Grace Under Pressure sounds good. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  24. Sue at Book By Book
    Mar 14, 2021 @ 09:09:49

    The Husband Poisoner sounds like a crazy premise … and it’s true?? I read the description aloud to my husband just to keep him in line (ha ha!)

    Looks like a fun variety of books for you this week – hope you’re enjoying them!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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