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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My husband thought I was overreacting when I asked him to take Friday off work to go and pick Aleah up from university in Sydney, a day early, for her mid term break, but I was vindicated when on Saturday, Sydney and it’s surrounds were given stay at home orders for two weeks because of the spread of the Delta strain. So she’s home with us, though it may be that she will be stuck here for longer than expected depending on if lockdown is extended.

We are about 400km north of Sydney and so stay at home orders don’t apply here at the moment, though masks inside non residential buildings are mandated for the first time since May in 2020. Some of our plans for the school holidays have been curtailed as a result, but frankly I’m happy to have a full house again, at least until they all start bickering.

 

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

Nonfiction Reader Challenge 6/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge 48/50

Aussie Author Challenge 13/20

Historical Fiction Challenge  14/25

Books In Translation Challenge 1/4

What’s in a Name Challenge 5/6

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 23/25

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Echolalia by Briohny Doyle

Who Gets To Be Smart by Bri Lee

Someone I Used To Know by Paige Toon

The Heights by Louise Candlish

Yours, Cheerfully by A.J. Pearce

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New Posts…

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Review: Echolalia by Briohny Doyle

Review: Who Gets To Be Smart by Bri Lee

Review: Someone I Used To Know by Paige Toon

Review: The Heights by Louise Candlish

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

On his eleventh birthday, Jacob’s father gives him a diary. To write about things that happen. About what he and his father do on their farm. About the sheep, the crop, the fox and the dam. But Jacob knows some things should not be written down. Some things should not be remembered.

The only things he knows for sure are what his father has taught him. Sheltered, protected, isolated. But who is his father protecting him from? And how far will his father go to keep the world at bay?

All too soon, Jacob will learn that, sometimes, people do the most terrible things.

From the bestselling author of WIMMERA and THE RIP comes an unforgettable novel that explores the darkness in our world with the light only a child can find.

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How far will a woman go to get a little more help from her husband?

Recently, Nora has started to feel that ‘having it all’ comes with a price, one her husband doesn’t seem to be paying quite so heavily. She loves Hayden, but why is it that, however hard men work, their wives always seem to work that little bit harder?

When their house-hunting takes them to an affluent suburban neighbourhood, Nora’s eyes are opened to a new world. Here, the wives don’t make all the sacrifices. Here, the husbands can remember the kids’ schedules, and iron and notice when the house needs dusting.

But when she becomes involved in a wrongful death case involving one of the local residents, Nora begins to suspect that there’s a dark secret at the heart of this perfect world.

One which might just be worth killing for . .

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There’s no such thing as a perfect victim.

In a hotel room on a sleepy Pacific island, Judy Novak waits. And worries. It isn’t the first time 29-year-old problem child Paulina has kept her mother waiting. But Judy can’t ignore the island’s jagged cliffs and towering pines — or the dread that Paulina has finally acted on her threats to take her own life.

When Paulina’s body is discovered, Judy’s worst fears seem confirmed. Only, Paulina didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

So begins a thorny investigation, wherein every man on the island is a suspect yet none are as maligned as Paulina: the captivating newcomer known for her hard drinking, disastrous relationships, and habit of walking alone.

But, above all, Paulina is her mother’s daughter. And death won’t stop Judy Novak from fighting for Paulina’s life.

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TWO FRIENDS

TEN SUMMER TRIPS

THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE

12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.

Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and – most of all – lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 01:15:10

    How nice to have your daughter home! I hope you enjoy that time, especially if it turns out to be extended😁

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  2. Lisa Mandina
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 01:48:37

    Glad you were able to get your daughter home for a bit! I remember last fall that my sister who now lives in Scotland had to head back to the US earlier than our planned Thanksgiving to get out before things got shut down there again. She then stayed at our parents until after Christmas. So we got to see her for a long time before she went back. Of course now we won’t get to see her again till probably Christmas. Hope you have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  3. Northwoman
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 01:54:48

    You’re so smart! I love that you got her home. I think people are not taking things seriously. They don’t wear masks now even if they aren’t vaccinated and some aren’t in any rush to vax. We got ours as early as possible and still wear masks when we are out and about.

    The Emily Henry book has a different title in the US and it was amazing! I loved it so much. I cried. I hope you enjoy it.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 02:23:39

    I truly hope that the lockdwon won’t last too long this time and that the vaccination will help against the delta variant!

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  5. Carol
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 03:31:49

    Sorry about your lockdown …… are vaccines widely available where you are?

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  6. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 04:54:13

    A mother’s instincts are always right! We are also back to Level 4 basically with the Delta strain here in SA. Luckily we are on holidays, so it doesn’t affect us too much.

    Have a good week and enjoy your visit with your daughter!

    Elza Reads

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 09:04:53

    Oh I am so glad your mother intuition kicked in and you got your daughter home before she was stuck at university! Enjoy your time together!

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  8. Anne Bennett
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 10:08:12

    Prayers for your safety and all our safety from that terrible strain of COVID. My Sunday Salon

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  9. Book of Secrets
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 11:00:17

    All of your current reads sound very good. So glad your daughter got home before lockdown. It’s better to shelter in place together. Hopefully the bickering won’t be too bad! Have a great week.

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 11:30:27

    I’m so glad you listened to your instincts and got your daughter home safe with you. This Delta strain is horrible. I’m sorry you have had to lockdown, but I’m glad you are all together.

    I was reading your blurb for You and Me on Vacation and I kept thinking that it sounds a lot like the book I just read called People We Meet on Vacation. And, of course, that’s because it is People We Meet on Vacation.

    Have a good week. Enjoy your time together.

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  11. Kathryn
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 14:10:08

    Oh good thinking getting your daughter picked up one day early. We have some restrictions in the greater Wellington area of which I live in. May finish tomorrow night. It was because a man from Sydney was here in Wgton and had covid. And of course the travel bubble has halted for now. Hope Sydney gets on top of it and the other outbreaks too.

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  12. Susan
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 14:36:36

    That delta variant is a real pain …. just when everyone is so tired of the whole thing it’s back again. Are people in Sydney able to get vaccinated? You seem to live very far from there …. we are now trying to vaccinate as fast as possible here … to try to beat delta! it seems to be working so far …

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  13. Melinda
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 14:54:02

    Ack! So sorry to hear that another lockdown might be in the works for you! Our restrictions are being lifted on 7/1. Oregon is the last state to lift their restrictions, but it is still going to feel weird. We have the delta variant here as well, but apparently the Pfizer vaccine (which is what we have) protects against it.

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  14. Garrulous Gwendoline
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 18:47:11

    Does The Newcomer have shades of the real murder of Janelle Patton on Norfolk Island? It was just reading the synopsis triggered a latent memory.
    Enjoy having your daughter home.
    I’m loving lockdown. No more sneaky time thieves coming in to pull me away from editing my manuscript, LOL.

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  15. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jun 28, 2021 @ 23:23:41

    Those premonitions can tell us a lot! So glad yours worked out.

    I am eyeing The Heights. I hope to get it soon. And The Husbands looks really good!

    Thanks for sharing, and have a great week. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  16. Kathy Martin
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 00:10:28

    I’m glad you got your daughter home before things locked down. I’m sorry the vaccines aren’t more readily available there. Here, we are dealing with people who refuse to get the vaccine even though it is free and widely available. Your books sound good too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  17. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 01:17:16

    I’m sorry to hear you’re dealing with a lockdown again, but I’m glad you got your daughter home in time! The Emily Henry book in on my TBR (but we have a different title in the US) — it looks like such fun. Enjoy your week!

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  18. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 01:44:48

    Your momma instincts were correct! I have found it is good to listen to that inner voice sometimes. 🙂 Glad your daughter is home with you.

    I was just looking at Emily Henry’s books today! And The Newcomer looks really good!

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  19. Helen Murdoch
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 02:03:59

    Interesting that Emily Henry already has a follow up to People You Meet on Vacation, which I am just starting today.

    I am so sorry that parts of Australia are starting to lock down again. This feels like it is never really going to go away.

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  20. Regine Karpel (@regine_karpel)
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 03:58:07

    I need to read Emily Henry’s latest. I hope lockdown doesn’t last too long. Yay for your daughter being home.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  21. BookerTalk
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 06:56:24

    That was such a fortuitous decision – if you daughter was stuck in Sydney I’m sure you’d have been fretting about whether she was ok. News here today is that more parts of Aus are locking down so are you still enjoying freedom?

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  22. sydneyeditor1
    Jun 29, 2021 @ 20:19:17

    Gosh yes, you had good timing getting your husband to pick up your daughter before lockdown! I was getting my nails done and walked out to find people queuing for coles just before 6. It was strange and confronting. Here’s to some harmonious cohabiting for you and your family! Book wise, you have some terrific picks — I am posting my review of The Husbands tomorrow and OH MY it’s brilliant! BRILLIANT!

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  23. Tina
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 04:58:04

    The Others sounds appealing.
    I’m glad you were able to get your daughter home before the lockdown. You made me laugh about them bickering though, LOL. I’m really hoping later this year we can make it to Omaha Nebraska to visit our son and granddaughter. It’s been just over two years since I’ve been able to hug them.

    Very impressive list of books and your challenge!

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  24. Mystica
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 17:15:18

    I’m glad she got home before the lockdown. I have not seen my children close to two years now as they live in Melbourne. It is very sad and very isolating.

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  25. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 01, 2021 @ 14:24:02

    I loved You and Me On Vacation! Hope you enjoy it too….and enjoy having all your kids back under one roof!

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