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…

Good things:

*My youngest daughter is home for a whole week! I can’t express how full my heart is with everyone at the dinner table again.

*A zoom author talk with Tabitha Bird and Josephine Moon

*Two great TV shows, both of which were recommended on blogs I browsed last week (though I can’t remember whose). The first is The Irregulars, which my son and I enjoyed, and the second is Debris, which my husband and I are watching. I plan to binge Shadow and Bone with my daughter while she’s home this week.

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

Nonfiction Reader Challenge 5/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge 34/50

Aussie Author Challenge 9/20

Historical Fiction Challenge  10/25

Books In Translation Challenge 1/4

What’s in a Name Challenge 4/6

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 10/25

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…


The Rose Daughter by Maria Lewis

The Chase by Candice Fox

Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon

Learning to Live with Plants by Marta Orriols

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New Posts…


Review: The Rose Daughter by Maria Lewis

Review: The Chase by Candice Fox

Review: Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Review: The Jam Queens by Josephine Moon

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What I’m Reading This Week…


Spring of 1620 in a Lancashire fishing community and the memory of the slaughter at Pendle is tight around the neck of Sarah Haworth. A birthmark reveals that Sarah, like her mother, is a witch. Torn between yearning for an ordinary life and desire to discover what dark power she might possess, Sarah’s one hope is that her young sister Annie will be spared this fate.

The Haworth family eke out a meagre existence in the old plague village adjoining a God-fearing community presided over by a seedy magistrate. A society built upon looking the other way, the villagers’ godliness is merely a veneer. But the Haworth women, with their salves and poultices, are judged the real threat to morality.

When Sarah meets lonely farmer’s son Daniel, she begins to dream of a better future. Daniel is in thrall to the wild girl with storms in her eyes, but their bond is tested when a zealous new magistrate vows to root out sins and sinners. In a frenzy of fear and fury, the community begins to turn on one another, and it’s not long before they direct their gaze towards the old plague village … and does Daniel trust that the power Sarah wields over him is truly love, or could it be mere sorcery?

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Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

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Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month a later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they’re changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful and inexplicably dangerous.

But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time – something her two famously glamorous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren’t the only ones looking for her though. As they brush against the supernatural they realise that the story they’ve been told about their past is unravelling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.

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From being a TV newsreader in Sydney to a hotelier’s wife in the heart of China – this is a true story of reinvention, love and finding your place in the world.

Nicole Webb and her husband, James, are always up for an adventure, so when James is offered a job in the ancient city of Xi’an in north-west China, they jump at the chance. Nicole, James and three-year-old Ava fly into a world they know nothing about ¬– a place where they know no one.

Touching down, culture shock hits Nicole head on. It feels as if all eyes are on her and Ava, the only blondes in the jam-packed arrivals hall, two foreigners so far from home.

With honesty and humour, Nicole takes us on a journey of daily life in the Middle Kingdom at a time when the whole world is looking towards China.

We follow her search for friendship and acceptance where she discovers, no matter what your culture or background, we’re connected the world over by the common thread of humanity.

CHINA BLONDE gives us a very personal insight, told with a journalist’s eye view, into the lives of those who embraced Nicole with open arms. Her experiences along the way will resonate with anyone who’s ever built a life in a new home – be it across the city or across the world.

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue at Book By Book
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 06:30:26

    Hey! I think my blog was where you read the review of Debris 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying it so far – we are! We’ll need to give The Irregulars a try.

    Looks like some great books for you this week. I love books about road trips – and road trips in real life!!

    Enjoy your books (and TV!) this week, too –

    Sue

    Book By Book

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  2. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 06:51:33

    Enjoy your time with your daughter.

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  3. thebookdisciple
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 09:07:52

    Enjoy your time with your daughter! I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of Shadow and Bone!

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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 09:24:28

    The Road Trip sounds good! I have loved two books by the author, so it’s definitely going on my list.

    Girl, 11 sounds very good.

    Thanks for sharing, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. Tammy
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 09:50:50

    Have fun with your daughter😁

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  6. Kathryn
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 11:02:14

    I saw your review for The Jam Queens on GR, I will look for it in the shops, I could see if its at the library too. Nice to have your daughter home.

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  7. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 12:09:23

    You are close to your reading goal at least! We have Debris recorded, but haven’t watched. I’ve got The Chase on my shelf and am glad to have your recommendation.

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  8. Greg
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 12:11:54

    That is awesome when everyone is home. 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous week with your daughter and ooh Shadow and Bone- i keep hearing about that show!

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  9. MarthaE
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 12:20:20

    Have a great visit. It’s nice you are enjoying series with your family members.
    It seems you are doing fine on your challenges.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 13:04:27

    It must feel so good to have your daughter (and all your people) home! One more month and my daughter will be home again.

    You’re doing so well on your reading challenges; nice job!

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  11. bevbaird
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 15:02:26

    Lovely that your daughter will be home for awhile. We are once again in lockdown – so no visits. My dau. tho came by with her family for a distance visit – at least I saw them. The books you read look interesting. Have a great week of reading

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  12. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Apr 26, 2021 @ 22:52:49

    So glad that you got to visit with your daughter!!

    House of Hollow looks spooky good!

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  13. Kathy Martin
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 01:09:46

    What an intriguing assortment of books. Both The Road Trip and House of Hollow caught my eye. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  14. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 01:19:33

    How nice to have your daughter home!! I really want to read The Road Trip — I look forward to seeing your review. have a great week!

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  15. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 01:47:36

    I have been eagerly waiting to hear a review of the new Beth O’Leary novel, and now I know that you are reading it right now. I know you are enjoying your visit with your younger daughter, and I know that you plan to binge on Shadow and Bone, but will you please not let that distract you from people that might be waiting on the other side of the world to hear what you think about The Road Trip?!

    Lol.

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  16. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 02:21:40

    I’m glad you have your whole family home!

    The Road Trip and House of Hollow sound interesting.

    Enjoy your week!

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  17. stacybuckeye
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 02:35:29

    Yay for the whole family under one roof! I want to read The Road Trip 🙂

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  18. gulfsidemusing
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 02:37:04

    I remember how good it felt to have my girls home for school again. I’m sure you’ll enjoy every moment!

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  19. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 05:03:30

    Enjoy your time with your daughter! I’m watching Shadow & Bone and really enjoying it. Have a great week!

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  20. Louise H
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 05:21:51

    I’ve seen The Road Trip mentioned before – I’ll be interested to hear what you think. There’s also quite a British feel to your upcoming reads – I hope you enjoy them all!

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  21. yvonne473
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 07:11:30

    I’ll have to try The Irregulars. It sounds good. Your books look great. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

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  22. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 07:43:44

    I’m glad you have this family time. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on The Road Trip.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  23. Mystica
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 14:30:59

    I cant even remember when all of us sat together and I doubt it is going to happen in the near future (at all). One or the other is always absent. So sad.
    All your books are new to me and I must look at some of them more closely.
    I was unable to access your site for over two weeks and this was just a stroke of luck that I could access it today.

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  24. sydneyeditor1
    Apr 27, 2021 @ 19:38:50

    Have a wonderful time with your youngest being back! The Road trip Blurb made me sounds good — or the promise of secrets and luggage that is!

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  25. Kal @ Reader Voracious
    Apr 28, 2021 @ 02:19:44

    Enjoy your time with your youngest daughter, and happy reading.

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  26. Mia is mine
    Apr 28, 2021 @ 14:17:58

    I loved reading your post and exploring the many different genres that you read! A couple are on my To Read list – does our list ever grow shorter? 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Melinda
    Apr 30, 2021 @ 13:36:15

    Cunning Women sounds fascinating! I’m going to have to check that one out!

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