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…

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Thank you for all the birthday wishes.

I didn’t cook dinner so that was a win! I was also spoiled with a gift voucher for my favourite clothing store and a caramel mud cake. The best present was my younger daughters virtual presence via FaceTime. We all chatted for a couple of hours, with the iPad propped up on the coffee table, we even watched an episode of Beat Shazam together. It was almost as if she was actually here, which she will be in a week!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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All We Have is Now by Kaneana May

We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

Autopsy by Ryan Blumenthal

The Rose Daughter by Maria Lewis

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New Posts…

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Review: All We Have is Now by Kaneana May ★★★★

Review: We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth ★★★

Review: Autopsy by Ryan Blumenthal ★★★1/2

Review: Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne ★★★★

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Once a social worker specializing in kids who were the victims of violent crime, Elle Castillo is now the host of a popular true crime podcast that tackles cold cases of missing children in her hometown of the Twin Cities. After two seasons of successfully solving cases, Elle decides to tackle her white whale—The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK abruptly stopped after establishing a pattern of taking and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. No one’s ever known why—why he stopped with his eleventh victim, a girl of eleven years old, or why he followed the ritual at all.

When a listener phones in with a tip, Elle sets out to interview him, only to discover his dead body. And within days, a child is abducted following the original TCK MO. Unlike the experts in the media and law enforcement who have always spun theories of a guilty suicide, Elle never believed TCK had died, and her investigation was meant to lay that suspicion to rest. But instead, her podcast seems to be kicking up new victims.

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Award-winning jam maker Aggie is determined to take her Barossa Valley cafe to new heights. She has put the pain of unsuccessful IVF treatments and a broken relationship behind her, and is focused on the many wonderful possibilities life still holds in store.

When an invitation to travel across Australia on the Ghan for her mother’s seventieth birthday comes her way, she is at first apprehensive. But the trip offers a precious opportunity to spend some quality time with both her disgruntled mother, Valeria, and her distant daughter, Holly, as well as her meddling great-aunt, Myrtle. The four generations of the family, all single women, will be reunited at last.

As the iconic train chugs its way beneath majestic desert skies, Aggie’s difficult past resurfaces, her business comes under threat, and long-held family rifts reignite. To complicate things further, she’s distracted by the attentions of a handsome younger man on his own search for meaning in some of the country’s most remote and magical places.

By the bestselling author of The Cake Maker’s Wish, this is a sweet and soulful story about women being there for each other through the stickiest situations. It celebrates the joys and sorrows of life, and reveals the essential ingredients of the true recipe for happiness.

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When more than 600 of the world’s most violent human beings pour out from Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins.

But for John Kradle, this is his one chance to prove his innocence, five years after the murder of his wife and child.

He just needs to stay one step ahead of the teams of law enforcement officers he knows will be chasing the escapees down.

Death Row Supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single-minded in her mission to catch Kradle. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading . . .

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Paula’s partner has died in a car accident – but no one knows her true grief. Only hours before his death, Mauro revealed that he was leaving her for another woman.

Paula guards this secret and ploughs on with her job as a paediatrician in Barcelona, trying to maintain the outline of their old life. But all of Mauro’s plants are dying, the fridge only contains expired yoghurt and her mind feverishly obsesses over this other, unknown woman.

As the weeks pass, vitality returns to Paula in unexpected ways. She remembers, slowly, how to live. By turns devastating and darkly funny, Learning to Talk to Plants is a piercingly honest portrayal of grief – and of the many ways to lose someone.

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 00:22:58

    Sounds like a fun birthday celebration😁 My daughter is coming home in three weeks for a visit and I’m super excited! Have a nice week😁

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 00:50:59

    Your books look good! I am curious about Girl, 11.

    I am glad you had a good birthday that included virtual time with family!

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. sjhigbee
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 01:42:27

    Now that sounds like quite a special birthday:)). And it’s a win that you didn’t have to cook, either! How lovely to be seeing your younger daughter in a matter of weeks. I was so thrilled to see my daughter and the grandchildren – I hadn’t even realised how much I was missing them… Now I feel I’ve have a sunshine vaccination. I hope the coming week is a good one, Shelleyrae:)).

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 01:54:28

    What a nice birthday! I love caramel. I’m glad you get to have your daughter home next week!

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 02:13:22

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful birthday! That is awesome!

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  6. Sam@WLABB
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 03:23:20

    You should never have to cook your own birthday dinner, so that’s good that you didn’t. Your cake sounds amazing too.

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 03:28:57

    I’m so glad you had a great birthday. A caramel mud cake. Wow! Delicious. There’s nothing better than being with family, even if it has to be virtually. And it won’t be long until your younger daughter will be home.

    I like the sound of Second First Impressions. And I will also look for Learning to Talk to Plants.

    Have a great week!

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  8. gulfsidemusing
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 03:33:59

    Sounds like a great birthday… glad your daughter could join in via Face Time. Caramel Mud cake sounds amazing!! Happy reading this week.

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  9. yvonne473
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 04:00:35

    I’m so glad you had a nice birthday celebration. Yay for Face Time. Your books all look good. Enjoy! Have a great week!

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  10. Greg
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 04:39:29

    Glad you were able to see your daughter even if it was only virtual. And yay for a good birthday!

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  11. Lisa Mandina
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 05:26:20

    I need to read a Sally Thorne book. And Girl 11 looks good! Glad you had a good birthday. Here’s to a good week ahead!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  12. Vicki
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 07:30:34

    Glad you had a good birthday! Caramel Mud Cake sounds so good, I’ll have to look for the recipe.

    All your books are new to me.

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 07:41:48

    Not having to cook on your birthday is excellent and I am so glad your daughter was able to be there virtually. Sometimes just doing normal things with our kids on face time/zoom is all it takes to feel good.

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  14. Literary Feline
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 07:50:04

    I am glad you had a nice birthday! And no cooking! The caramel mud cake sounds really yummy. I am glad you were able to Facetime with your daughter. Girl, 11 sounds intriguing. So does The Chase. I hope you enjoy your reads this week. Have a great week!

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  15. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 09:19:58

    How nice that your daughter will be home so soon after your birthday! And that you were able to FaceTime with her. The caramel mud cake sounds delicious.

    Enjoy your week!

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  16. Theresa Smith Writes
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 10:53:00

    We did that with my daughter when it was my birthday. She ‘had cake’ with us and joined in the celebrations via Facetime. Technology is the best!

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  17. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 11:18:33

    Girl 11 looks good. Happy Birthday! So glad you had a wonderful time 🙂

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  18. Louise H
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 21:15:31

    Learning To Talk To Plants sounds wonderful – if heart breaking. I shall be adding that to my TBR. So glad your birthday went well. Have a great week.

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  19. Molly's Book Nook
    Apr 19, 2021 @ 22:22:12

    Glad you didn’t have to cook dinner for your birthday! As it should be lol Happy reading!

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  20. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 00:08:31

    Mmmm, caramel mud cake. I’m glad you had a good birthday. I hope you have a great week!

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  21. Kathy Martin
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 00:12:18

    Sounds like you had a great birthday. Girl, 11 caught my eye. I’ll have to look for that one. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  22. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 01:34:01

    So glad you had a great birthday! Getting to spend virtual time with family far away is always a treat. 🙂 Wishing you a great week!

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  23. limabean74
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 02:33:33

    Your birthday sounded awesome! Love that you were able to chat with your daughter. Caramel Mud Cake! Yumu!

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  24. Victoria Hamel
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 03:56:04

    Glad you had a lovely birthday! Each of those books sound worth a read! Have a great week!

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  25. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 06:24:06

    So glad you had a nice birthday. Girl, 11 sounds really good. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_01919170901.html

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  26. Kathryn
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 07:04:03

    Isn’t technology amazing that via an iPad a visit can be made. I love doing that. And sharing a TV show that way too is fun. I have the Josephine Moon book on my radar, I generally enjoy her books although I have a few of her backlist yet to read.

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  27. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 20:22:51

    What a lovely birthday! I am utterly jealous you have Girl,11 and The Chase! Candice Fox is a must read for me.

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  28. Marg
    Apr 20, 2021 @ 20:50:07

    Happy birthday!

    I really want to read the Josephine Moon book!

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  29. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Apr 21, 2021 @ 07:24:15

    That sounds like a pretty perfect birthday to me! I am glad that you had such a wonderful day. 🙂

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  30. thebookishlibra
    Apr 21, 2021 @ 09:39:24

    Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like a lovely day, especially that caramel cake and getting to chat with your daughter.

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  31. Gofita
    Apr 22, 2021 @ 06:11:10

    Glad you had a great birthday! Girl, 11 looks intriguing! hope it’s good. Have a wonderful week.

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  32. Vi @Inkvotary
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 00:55:16

    Happy belated Birthday. Glad you had a wonderful day and had some quality time with your family. Happy reading.

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