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…

My eldest turned 25 this past week, her three younger siblings (18, 17, 15) enjoyed tormenting her about being a quarter of a century old, and having been born last millennium. It certainly made her father and I feel ancient!

To be honest it’s been a high pain week for me so I’ve spent a fair bit of time watching TV as a distraction. I strongly recommend The Nevers (HBO) it’s a mix of scifi/fantasy set in Victorian England with a feminist slant.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Vanished by James Delargy

Before You Knew My Name By Jacqueline Bublitz

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Flash Jim by Kel Richards

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New Posts…

 

Review: Lost Property by Helen Paris

Review: Vanished by James Delargy

Review: Before You Knew My Name By Jacqueline Bublitz

Review: Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Darwin, Summer, 1963.

The humidity sat heavy and thick over the town as Senior Constable Ned Potter looked down at a body that had been dragged from the shallow marshland. He didn’t need a coroner to tell him this was a bad death. He didn’t know then that this was only the first. Or that he was about to risk everything looking for answers.

Late one night, Charlotte Clark drove the long way home, thinking about how stuck she felt, a 23-year-old housewife, married to a cowboy who wasn’t who she thought he was. The days ahead felt suffocating, living in a town where she was supposed to keep herself nice and wait for her husband to get home from the pub. Charlotte stopped the car, stepped out to breathe in the night air and looked out over the water to the tangled mangroves. She never heard a sound before the hand was around her mouth.

Both Charlotte and Ned are about to learn that the world they live in is full of secrets and that it takes courage to fight for what is right. But there are people who will do anything to protect themselves and sometimes courage is not enough to keep you safe.

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Just as she did in her groundbreaking bestseller The Vagina Bible, Dr. Jen Gunter, the internet’s most fearless advocate for women’s health, brings you empowerment through knowledge by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice.

The only thing predictable about menopause is its unpredictability. Factor in widespread misinformation, a lack of research, and the culture of shame around women’s bodies, and it’s no wonder women are unsure what to expect during the menopause transition and beyond.

Menopause is not a disease–it’s a planned change, like puberty. And just like puberty, we should be educated on what’s to come years in advance, rather than the current practice of leaving people on their own with bothersome symptoms and too much conflicting information. Knowing what is happening, why, and what to do about it is both empowering and reassuring.

Frank and funny, Dr. Jen debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the

over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about.

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When 24-year-old lawyer Romy learns that she is at her ‘optimal stopping point’ (the mathematically designated point at which one should select the next ‘best person’ who comes along in order to have the best chance at happily ever after), she knows it’s time to get serious about her love life.

Ruthlessly rational, with a belief in data over destiny, Romy knows that reliability and consistency are dependable options, while passion and lust are transitory and only bring pain and disillusionment.

That’s why sensible Hans the engineer is the right choice, as opposed to graphic designer James who exhibits the kind of behaviour that has got her into trouble before. Isn’t he?

The twenty-first century may have brought technological advances in how we communicate, but this warm and funny novel shows us that the search for love is as fraught as ever.

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Tippy Chan is eleven and lives in a small town in a very quiet part of the world – the place her Uncle Pike escaped from the first chance he got as a teenager. Now Pike is back with his new boyfriend Devon to look after Tippy while her mum’s on a cruise.

Tippy is in love with her uncle’s old Nancy Drew books, especially the early ones where Nancy was sixteen and did whatever she wanted. She wants to be Nancy and is desperate to solve a real mystery. When her teacher’s body is found beside Riverstone’s only traffic light, Tippy’s moment has arrived. She and her minders form The Nancys, a secret amateur detective club.

But what starts as a bonding and sightseeing adventure quickly morphs into something far more dangerous. A wrongful arrest, a close call with the murderer, and an intervention from Tippy’s mum all conspire against The Nancys. But regardless of their own safety, and despite the constant distraction of questionable fashion choices in the town that style forgot, The Nancys know only they can stop the killer from striking again.

The Nancys is gripping and glorious, a heart-warming novel for anyone who’s ever felt they were on the outside looking in. At its heart it is about the family we make and how we must summon the courage to face the truth, no matter what the cost may be.

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36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    May 24, 2021 @ 03:25:03

    Your daughter looks beautiful in the picture although I suppose that she used a filter. I had a broad smile all over my face when I saw it a few minutes ago. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy reading and happy belated birthday to your daughter!

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  2. thebookdisciple
    May 24, 2021 @ 03:44:05

    Sorry you are in pain! Hopefully it passes quickly. Happy birthday to your oldest!

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  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    May 24, 2021 @ 04:08:13

    I’m so sorry to hear that you were in such bad pain last week. I do hope things will be better soon.

    I never thought about the fact that kids in the same family could easily be born in two different millenniums.

    I will take a look at The Nevers. It’s on here, too.

    I like the sound of The Nancys and Mother May I.

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  4. Lady Tessa
    May 24, 2021 @ 04:11:31

    I love The Nevers. It’s so different and weirdly quirky. You know, I use tv too to distract me from pain. It’s a good way to forget for a time.

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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 24, 2021 @ 04:21:14

    She’s very pretty! My only is 25 in June. Enjoy your new reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  6. nualacharlie
    May 24, 2021 @ 05:42:57

    They all grow up far too fast, mine’s 12 and it seems like no time at all she was starting primary school.
    The Menopause Manifesto looks like something I need to read, but alas, it hasn’t made it to the UK yet.

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  7. Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People
    May 24, 2021 @ 06:25:25

    The Nevers looks so good! You are adding to my list of why I should finally cave and get HBO Max 😆

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  8. The Butterfly Reader (@sweet_cherry69)
    May 24, 2021 @ 07:03:14

    I’ve been meaning to watch The Nevers since I found out one of the main actresses played in Outlander.

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  9. Greg
    May 24, 2021 @ 07:27:13

    Happy birthday to your daughter! And I love the look of The Nevers, I’m going to check that one out.

    Still looks really good

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  10. Susan
    May 24, 2021 @ 09:29:42

    Wow happy bday to your daughter, 25 is a great age! Thx for mentioning The Nevers. It sounds good to check out! Enjoy your week.

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  11. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    May 24, 2021 @ 11:02:07

    Happy birthday to your daughter!! The Nevers looks really interesting—I’ll definitely have to check it out.

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  12. yvonne473
    May 24, 2021 @ 11:38:11

    I’m sorry about the pain but Happy Birthday to your daughter. I hope you are feeling better and have a great week!

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  13. Jennifer
    May 24, 2021 @ 11:47:33

    I hope this week is less painful, Shelleyrae. You are all so young 😉 my son will turn 40 later this year. Sigh: where have the years gone?

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    May 24, 2021 @ 13:06:20

    I look forward to seeing what you think of the Menopause Manifesto and if you think it’s good, I’ll get myself a copy.

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  15. Kathryn
    May 24, 2021 @ 15:35:31

    Siblings! They like taking the micky. Hope you are feeling better this week, take care.

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  16. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    May 24, 2021 @ 22:19:41

    I hope you have less pain this week! And happy birthday to your daughter!

    I’ve been curious about The Nevers! We will have to watch it!

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  17. Laurel-Rain Snow
    May 24, 2021 @ 22:42:29

    Oh, yes, having kids born in the previous Millennium can make us feel older! LOL All of mine were born back then!

    Your books look good…and I am curious about The Nancys.

    The Menopause Manifesto looks informative…too late for me, though, lol.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  18. Jamie @ The Fantasy Princess
    May 24, 2021 @ 23:10:20

    Hope this week is better for you! Enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  19. Kathy Martin
    May 25, 2021 @ 00:12:46

    The Nancys sounds great but my Amazon quotes a $30 price tag for the paperback which is just a big too expensive. I’ll add it to my wishlist and hope the price comes down. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    May 25, 2021 @ 01:21:56

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I know what you mean about feeling ancient as your kids age… I don’t think I’m all that old, but my daughter is 30, so I’m not all that young either. 🙂 I enjoyed The Nevers too, although the last episode threw the whole story in a completely new direction! Have a great week.

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  21. Taylor Fenner
    May 25, 2021 @ 02:05:17

    Happy belated birthday to your daughter. I’m minority freaking out that I’m only a little over 14 months away from turning 30. I hope your pain goes away soon! I’ve been debating about reading Mother May I, I’ll have to check out your review!

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  22. M. Ravenel
    May 25, 2021 @ 02:28:15

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I love this week’s book haul!
    Happy rading!

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  23. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    May 25, 2021 @ 04:36:10

    Sorry it has been a rough week. Hope this week is better. Happy birthday to your daughter. My youngest is turning 30 this year! Yikes, on the feeling ancient.

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  24. jessicabookworm
    May 25, 2021 @ 04:38:30

    Glad you were able to celebrate your eldest daughter’s 25th birthday, but sorry to hear you have been in pain – I pray you will start to feel better soon. 🙏 Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  25. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    May 25, 2021 @ 05:10:54

    Happy birthday to your daughter! Sorry that the pain was worse last week… I hope this week is much better.

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  26. Louise H
    May 25, 2021 @ 05:27:29

    Your book choices always sound so good. I could do with reading the Jen Gunter book, in fact I’m going to add it to my TBR right now!

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  27. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    May 25, 2021 @ 12:11:53

    I can’t believe the ages of my children either. I still feel like a 17 year old sometimes! Mentally, at least, lol. I’ve been enjoying The Nevers as well. Forgot to list them in my SP. Have a great week! 🙂

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  28. BookerTalk
    May 25, 2021 @ 18:38:14

    Sorry to hear you’ve been in the high pain threshold this last week. Hope that starts to improve soon.
    Re your daughter’s photo – sticking your tongue out seems to be a thing; for about two years ever photo featuring my niece had her strike that same pose.

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  29. bevbaird
    May 26, 2021 @ 15:41:02

    Hope you are in less pain. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. Great assortment of books. happy reading this week.

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  31. sydneyeditor1
    May 26, 2021 @ 21:19:51

    Happy birthday to your eldest! Your three young ones made me smile teasing her so much! I’m currently reading Nancy Business, the second in the Nancys series and it is so good!

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  32. Melinda
    May 27, 2021 @ 10:04:27

    Happy birthday to your daughter! I remember when I turned 25…I thought I was so grown up! And, um, I wasn’t….

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  33. Mareli Thalwitzer
    May 27, 2021 @ 17:51:38

    Happy Birthday to your eldest! Born in the previous century… Yes, that does make one seem old I guess!

    The Nancy’s caught my attention and I think I’m going to take a look at it. I haven’t seen The Nevers! But I like the synopsis. Will take a look!

    Hope you had a good week so far.

    Elza Reads

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  34. Tina
    May 27, 2021 @ 23:20:16

    That really hit me when you said your daughter was born the last millennium. Makes me feel old too! Lots of good books you have in your lineup, I would like to read the book Still.

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  35. Cheryl Malandrinos
    May 31, 2021 @ 09:27:33

    Happy birthday to your daughter. My son turned 34 this week. I definitely feel ancient.

    Hope your pain became more manageable.

    Great books this week. I need to check out the menopause one.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog last Monday.

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