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…

I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, whether you observed the Easter rituals, or simply spent it with with family and friends. We had a lovely lunch with family on Sunday, (I really should remember to take photos), but otherwise we’ve done very little.

Last Tuesday I zoomed into a virtual author event held by my library with Ali Sinclair, author of Codebreakers, and Meg Bignell, author of Welcome To Nowhere River, which I enjoyed.

The only other excitement this past week is that my eldest daughter finally took delivery of her (new-to-her) car. It’s nothing fancy, given she actually hasn’t even got her full licence yet, but it’s a step in the right direction to independence given she’ll be 25 next month.

School holidays have started so my boys will be home for the next two weeks. Just as they go back, my daughter will be able to come home from uni for a week. I can’t wait to see her!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

The Plague Letters by V.L. Valentine

How To Fake Being Tidy by Fenella Souter

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New Posts…

Review: The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

Review: The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn

Review: The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

Review: The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #3

Review: The Plague Letters by V.L. Valentine

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What I’m Reading This Week…


Eve, Justin, Susie, and Ed have been friends since they were teenagers. Now in their thirties, the four are as close as ever, Thursday night bar trivia is sacred, and Eve is still secretly in love with Ed. Maybe she should have moved on by now, but she can’t stop thinking about what could have been. And she knows Ed still thinks about it, too.

But then, in an instant, their lives are changed forever.

In the aftermath, Eve’s world is upended. As stunning secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if she really knew her friends as well as she thought. And when someone from the past comes back into her life, Eve’s future veers in a surprising new direction…

They say every love story starts with a single moment. What if it was just last night?

Xxxxxx

The holidays are here. The extended family has gathered. The cars are packed and the convoy sets off. The cottage is a few hours’ drive – but not everyone will live to see it …

For Jill, her three sons, their wives and children, a terrifying road crash will tear apart their family.

The crash will be an accident but the shattering that follows has been long coming.

Because at the heart of this family lies a secret – concealed, wrestled with, festering and harmful – and nothing now can stop it coming out.

But will any of them survive it?

xxxxxx

Healing others is their calling, but what happens if they can’t fix themselves? A richly nuanced and empathetic examination of life, loss and courage from a talented new Australian author.

Health and wellbeing brought Olive, Elsie and Bree together. After five years, their bustling wellness centre is demanding expansion. A beautiful federation house nestled among the picturesque backdrop of their small town is the perfect place to grow their business. But they don’t count on their personal lives getting in the way.

Practical and pragmatic, Olive keeps her past hidden from her friends. But when an old high-school flame shows up, the secrets she’s worked so hard to bury threaten to tear her carefully constructed world apart.

Bree is the fun-loving one, although family tensions lurk behind her free-spirited facade. The reappearance of her troubled sister Winnie brings Bree’s priorities into sharp focus. Will she have to shelve her own happiness to save her sister?

Kind and maternal to all those around her, Elsie’s role as the practice’s counsellor comes naturally. But when tragedy strikes, her world tumbles down like a house of cards.

With everything they’ve built in disarray, their friendship is on the line.

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Eliza Bright was living the dream as an elite video game coder at Fancy Dog Games when her private life suddenly became public. But is Eliza Bright a brilliant, self-taught coder bravely calling out the toxic masculinity and chauvinism that pervades her workplace and industry? Or, is Eliza Bright a woman who needs to be destroyed to protect “the sanctity of gaming culture”? It depends on who you ask…

When Eliza reports an incident of workplace harassment that is quickly dismissed, she’s forced to take her frustrations to a journalist who blasts her story across the Internet. She’s fired and doxed, and becomes a rallying figure for women across America. But she’s also enraged the beast that is male gamers on 4Chan and Reddit, whose collective, unreliable voice narrates our story. Soon Eliza is in the cross-hairs of the gaming community, threatened and stalked as they monitor her every move online and across New York City.

As the violent power of an angry male collective descends upon everyone in Eliza’s life, it becomes increasingly difficult to know who to trust, even when she’s eventually taken in and protected by an under-the-radar Collective known as the Sixsterhood. The violence moves from cyberspace to the real world, as a vicious male super-fan known only as The Ghost is determined to exact his revenge on behalf of men everywhere. We watch alongside the Sixsterhood and subreddit incels as this dramatic cat-and-mouse game plays out to reach its violent and inevitable conclusion.

This is an extraordinary, unputdownable novel that explores the dark recesses of the Internet and male rage, and the fragile line between the online world and real life. It’s a thrilling story of female resilience and survival, packed with a powerful feminist message.

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 00:52:47

    My daughter is coming home next month for a visit as well, and I can hardly wait! I haven’t seen her since Christmas. Hope you have a lovely week!

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  2. Sam@WLABB
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 00:52:58

    Congratulations to your daughter. That is definitely a big milestone in a young person’s life. I think I was 22 when I got my first car, and it was an amazing day. I have not taken part in any zoom bookish events, but I am glad they exist.

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  3. Vicki
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 01:20:39

    Congratulations to your daughter on her first car! I checked out the books you’ve read and see a few that sound really good to me.

    Have a great week!

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  4. Trin Carl
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 01:27:01

    Congrats on daughter’s first car. Boy I remember driving for the first time, I did it once and my dad never took me out a again. Thank God my manager taught me.

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  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 01:27:31

    I wish you all a great time together. A yes, the first own car. Got mine when I was 19. What a feeling.

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  6. sjhigbee
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 02:55:33

    How lovely to get her first car – there isn’t a feeling like it. I was in my 30s when that happened and I remember just how exciting it was. And I’m delighted that you get to see your younger daughter so soon. Have a great week, Shelleyrae:)).

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  7. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 03:16:17

    I’m sure it’ll be amazing to see your daughter again! ^_^

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 03:41:56

    I know you will enjoy having your family together again during school holidays. You’ll be eager to hear about their adventures, especially those of your daughter.

    I’m very interested in Emporium of Imagination and Best Things. It will be a while before either comes here, though.

    Have a great week.

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  9. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 03:55:22

    How wonderful that school holidays are coming and you’ll see your daughter! Mine doesn’t come home until the end of May so we’ve got quite a while to go. I hope yours is enjoying her first term.

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  10. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 04:18:23

    I’m glad you are able to enjoy your family and some book events. It’s another step toward more normal activities.

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  11. thebookdisciple
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 05:51:24

    I remember my first car! I was so excited to have some freedom! My parents were excited I would be able to drive myself (and my brother) to all our school stuff instead of them. Enjoy the time with your children being home!

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  12. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 06:00:35

    First cars are always special! I hope your daughter loves it.
    Hope you’re having a good week!

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  13. Susan
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 06:05:34

    I recall the first car feeling like freedom. Your kids sound well. Did the floods ever recede there? Hope so. We are having a bit of rain & snowflakes today. Perfect for reading on the couch! Spring is not fully here yet. Enjoy your week.

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  14. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 06:23:45

    Oooh you’ll have all your kids home! That must be great!

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  15. Anne Bennett
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 06:45:20

    Happy Easter. Thanks for visiting my blog! I like the idea of one of your books, How to Fake Being Tidy. I need to read that!

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  16. yvonne473
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 08:53:14

    Congrats to your daughter on her new car! The virtual author event sounds like fun. Hope you have a great week!

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  17. 1girl2manybooks
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 12:10:44

    Last Night is my favourite book of the year so far! I hope you love it too

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  18. Kathryn
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 13:32:36

    I have a previous book by Nicola Moriarty that I need to read, I haven’t read anything by her yet. A new to your daughter second hand car is exciting for her. Makes her independent.

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  19. Greg
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 14:21:51

    That’s awesome you get to have family home for break! And congrats to your daughter on the car. Your Easter lunch sounds nice. We had a quiet but nice get together too.

    The books you spotlighted all sound good!

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  20. Mia is mine
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 14:37:24

    I love the books you wrote about – most of them are now on my “want to read list”! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Mystica
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 18:09:20

    We just had the two of us for Easter. I at least had the church service to console me but my husband takes holidays without the children very hard. They all met up and had a glorious day in Melbourne for which I am glad. Couldn’t hear them talk because of the racket from the grand children!!!
    Belated Easter greetings to you and your family.

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  22. Louise H
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 20:41:29

    A book event – even virtually – sounds so good. I’m missing being able to do those sort of things. Hope the time flies for you until your daughter gets home (and then goes slowly!)

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  23. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 21:26:05

    You have some lovely family time to look forward to with your kids!! I hope you guys have a wonderful break! These are some fabulous titles today — WeAre Watching in particular sounds so powerful.

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  24. tbretc
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 22:17:30

    We are Watching sounds so good! And I’ve been loving these Zoom author interviews that have become popular over the last year.

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  25. Beth F
    Apr 05, 2021 @ 22:41:17

    Yay for seeing family! The title “How to Fake Being Tidy” caught my eye. I finally decided to try one of those Zoom author events — I’m signed up for next week.

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  26. Kathy Martin
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 00:18:21

    It will be great to see your daughter. I hope she enjoys her new car. All the books you plan to read sound great. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  27. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 01:26:27

    Happy Easter! Have a lovely time with your family, and congrats to your daughter on her new car!

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  28. Victoria Hamel
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 02:40:17

    Exciting times for your daughter! Last Night looks so good!

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  29. JLS Hall
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 12:30:12

    Wow, I’ve never had a car that was mine alone. Always shared with the hubby. Congrats to your daughter! And hope you have a great week of reading!

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  30. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Apr 06, 2021 @ 12:54:28

    Sounds like a nice week. Hope you enjoy time with all the kids. Your books this week all look good. Hope you enjoy them.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  31. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 00:34:43

    Enjoy your time with your daughter!

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  32. Lisa Mandina
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 04:03:56

    Last Night sounds good! And that is an author I want to read. New cars are always fun! Have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  33. Literary Feline
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 07:32:21

    I am glad you had a lovely lunch with family on Sunday. Congratulations to your daughter on her car! I hope your boys enjoy their break. Mine was too short. But isn’t it always? I hope you enjoy your new books, Shelleyrae! Have a great week.

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  34. Maureen Bakker
    Apr 07, 2021 @ 18:59:56

    Looks like you’ve got some great new books lined up. And congrats on your daughter getting her car.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  35. MarthaE
    Apr 10, 2021 @ 13:38:09

    Always nice to get some family visits. I hope your daughter enjoys her new car.
    Your current reads are all new to me. Happy Reading!

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  36. A Voracious Reader
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 00:39:46

    Congrats on your daughter’s car! I’m still looking for one for our youngest. He’s 20 and started a new job, but works at the same place his dad does so they are car pooling. Good thing because I refuse to be rushed into a purchase. Especially since he’s an inexperienced driver and very rusty. 🙂

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