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 has been uneventful, the next week is likely to be more of the same, though it’s my birthday midweek. My guess is no one will remember until they get hungry, it’s the one day of the year I refuse to cook. I have left them a clue – our menu board says SURPRISE ME! for Wednesday’s dinner 🙂

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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How To Fake Being Tidy by Fenella Souter

Something to Hide by Fleur McDonald

Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane

You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty

All We Have is Now by Kaneana May

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New Posts…

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Review: How To Fake Being Tidy by Fenella Souter ★★

Review: Something to Hide by Fleur McDonald ★★★★1/2

Review: Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane ★★★★★

Review: You Need To Know by Nicola Moriarty ★★★★

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

From the bestselling Australian author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women – under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager

Distraction (n): Something that turns your attention away from something you want to concentrate on. See: Teddy Prescott.

Ruthie Midona is twenty-four (going on ninety-four) and fully committed to her job at a luxury retirement village. Keeping herself busy caring for the eccentric residents means that Ruthie can safely ignore her own life – what little there is of it.

Teddy Prescott is practically allergic to a hard day’s work. When he rocks up as the retirement village’s newest employee, Ruthie is less than impressed. The last thing she needs is a distraction as irritating (and handsome) as this selfish rich kid.

Lucky for Ruthie, her favourite pair of mischievous residents need a new assistant to torture . . . so she hands over Teddy, ready for them to send him running.

Except Teddy may be about to surprise her – not just by surviving the old women’s antics, but by charming Ruthie so much, she starts to remember that there’s more to life than work . . . Could Teddy be far more than simply an unwelcome distraction?

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As a medical detective of the modern world, forensic pathologist Ryan Blumenthal’s chief goal is to bring perpetrators to justice. He has performed thousands of autopsies, which have helped bring numerous criminals to book. In Autopsy he covers the hard lessons learnt as a rookie pathologist, as well as some of the most unusual cases he’s encountered.

During his career, for example, he has dealt with high-profile deaths, mass disasters, death by lightning and people killed by African wildlife. Blumenthal takes the reader behind the scenes at the mortuary, describing a typical autopsy and the instruments of the trade. He also shares a few trade secrets, like how to establish when a suicide is more likely to be a homicide.

Even though they cannot speak, the dead have a lot to say – and Blumenthal is there to listen.

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She never meant to be a hero…

In fact, Dreckly Jones has made a point her whole life to be exactly not that. The daughter of a forbidden union between an earth elemental and a selkie, her rare powers have meant she has always had a target on her back.

So Dreckly – a 40-something oyster shucker according to her fake documents, 140-something sprite if you’re going to get all nit-picky about it – has become an expert at many things. Chief amongst them: hiding.

When she meets a determined group of rebels who desperately need her help, she finds herself wanting to stick her neck out for the first time in a long while. Yet is she ready to be noticed? Is Dreckly willing to use her powers to stand up when it could cost her everything?

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Thanks for stopping by!

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 01:09:37

    I have added Last Night to my list. And Second First Impressions has also captured my interest. The setting alone would grab me. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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  2. Sam@WLABB
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 01:11:52

    Best wishes for a fantastic birthday! I am excited about the new Sally Thorne book. Hope you love it!

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  3. sjhigbee
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 01:19:14

    Lol… if my family forgot my birthday, they’d be in SO much trouble!! But I’m sure yours will properly spoil you on Wednesday. I love the look of The Rosie Daughter and have been online to check it out:)). Thank you for sharing! I hope the coming week is lovely and that you have a FABULOUS meal on Wednesday.

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  4. Northwoman
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 01:37:41

    Happy birthday! I hope you get a great meal.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  5. Trin Carl
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 02:07:58

    I have a hard time reading books about retrirement homes or alzheimers.maybe cause I worked for clients in these capacities.Either way, I’ll take a gander at the autopsy. I love learning about that. I have been watching a lot of unsolved mysteries, thanks to my brother who loves this genre and conspiracies in general.

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  6. limabean74
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 03:11:57

    Happy Birthday! I hope dinner was awesome! 🙂

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  7. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 03:22:16

    I’m sure you are going to have a wonderful birthday!! And I hope that your family will spoil you with a lovely dinner.

    Happy reading this week, I hope you get some great books for your birthday….!

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 03:26:03

    Your family might forget (until they see there’s no dinner!) but we here in the blogosphere will not. Happy birthday. And you might try my approach to forgetful people, encouraging the purchase of pre-birthday and post-birthday gifts in addition to the traditional day-long celebration.

    Something to Hide and Last Night both sound good.

    I will look for Second First Impressions.

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  9. thebookdisciple
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 03:55:14

    Happy birthday!! I hope the feed you something awesome!

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  10. Gofita
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 05:25:31

    Happy birthday this week! I do hope they surprise you with something yummy!

    Autopsy looks fantastic. I’ll have to add that one to my list. I hope you celebrate all week!

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  11. Jinjer
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 06:29:08

    Happy Birthday week! I hope they surprise you by not only remembering but going the extra mile this year!

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  12. Greg
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 06:44:16

    Happy bday!!! Haha love your clue. 🙂

    I hope it’s an awesome week and a special bday!!

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 07:23:07

    Happy early Birthday! I hope your family remembers ahead of time and makes wonderful plans for dinner on your day.

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  14. Kathryn
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 07:31:28

    Oh best of luck for Wednesday! Your note made me chuckle, hope the message (subtle) is received! And wishing you a very happy birthday with some good books.

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  15. Susan
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 08:48:32

    Yes to not cooking! Have a Happy Birthday week. & put your feet up & enjoy your books!

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  16. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 09:38:16

    Hahahaha! Your message board thing is awesome! Hope they catch the hint and you have a very happy birthday!

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  17. gulfsidemusing
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 09:45:43

    Happy early birthday! I wonder what you’ll have for dinner…

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  18. vvb
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 10:20:57

    Happy birthday! Hope the week goes well. Happy reading.

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  19. yvonne473
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 11:18:11

    Happy Birthday! I hope your family remembers and have a very special dinner for you.

    Your books sound really interesting. I hope you enjoy them and have a great Birthday week!

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  20. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 11:25:10

    Happy Birthday this week. Hope you are totally surprised by what your family come up with for you!!

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  21. Jennifer
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 12:22:40

    Enjoy your birthday, Shelleyrae!

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  22. Garrulous Gwendoline
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 17:50:59

    Happy birthday and I hope it will be a fantastic day with a scrumptious dinner.

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  23. littlemissstar55
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 19:38:32

    Early happy birthday!! 💜

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  24. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 20:08:43

    I hope you do have a lovely birthday. My birthday was generally low key (meaning if I wanted something special I had to do it myself) when the kids were teenagers but now they are all adults I find they make a bit more effort.

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  25. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 20:11:32

    Second First Impressions sounds ridiculously cute! And here’s to a happy early birthday!!

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  26. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Apr 12, 2021 @ 23:03:15

    Every single one of your books sounds fantastic this week! I just texted my friends that we should read Second First Impressions for a sort of book club for May. 🙂

    And Happy Birthday early! I love your clue to your family. Lol.

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  27. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 01:00:08

    Happy birthday! The family of one of my best friends always forgets her birthday too so I always try to do something a little special for her. I, on the other hand, talk about my birthday so much for so many weeks beforehand that no one could forget even if they wanted to! I consider it my own special holiday.

    Autopsy sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing what you think.

    Enjoy your week!

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  28. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 01:27:50

    Happy birthday! I hope your dinner is lovely. 🙂 I just finished Second First Impressions — I’ll look forward to reading your review. Rose Daughter sounds great too. Hope you have a great week!

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  29. Kathy Martin
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 02:04:25

    Happy birthday! I hope your family decides to feed you. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  30. Louise H
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 03:59:14

    Have a lovely birthday. The policy in our house is birthday means either take-out or popping to a local pub/restaurant for a meal, the birthday person gets to choose which.
    Happy reading.

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  31. Victoria Hamel
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 04:32:22

    Happy Birthday! The Second First Impressions sounds like a really good read! Celebrate all week!

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  32. Literary Elephant
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 08:33:16

    Happy birthday in advance! I hope you’ll get an excellent surprise for dinner!
    And I’ve been curious about the new Sally Thorne novel, so I hope you’ll enjoy that one and share some thoughts. 🙂

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  33. Mystica
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 15:41:54

    Thank you for the updates on each book. Gives a very clear picture of each.

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  34. Theresa Smith Writes
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 19:01:00

    I hope you have a terrific birthday tomorrow. Enjoy your surprise dinner 😉

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  35. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Apr 13, 2021 @ 22:01:30

    Happy Birthday!!

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  36. jessicabookworm
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 02:35:25

    Happy Birthday, Shelleyrae! I hope you get a lovely surprise on Wednesday! 🥳

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  37. stacybuckeye
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 03:23:21

    Happy Birthday to you!

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  38. Literary Feline
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 10:22:44

    Happy Birthday! I hope they make you something wonderful for dinner tomorrow–or order out, whichever you prefer. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your reading this week! Second First Chances sounds cute. I hope you have a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  39. Laurie C
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 11:34:53

    Happy birthday! I like the sound of Second First Impressions, but can’t even think about adding more to my TBR list right now!

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  40. readingwritingandriesling
    Apr 14, 2021 @ 20:40:02

    Happy Birthday

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  41. Athira
    Apr 15, 2021 @ 11:59:11

    Happy Birthday!! I hope it’s a great one and that you are pleasantly surprised by lots of good things earlier in the day. I like the idea of not cooking on that day – I may have to adopt that once my kids become more self-sufficient. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

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  42. Molly's Book Nook
    Apr 15, 2021 @ 22:19:50

    Ohhhh HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Also, girl, I feel you with people not remembering your birthday. My birthday is always spent at home lol I hope they remembered yesterday though and you got something yummy for dinner!

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