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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It’s Father’s Day in Australia today, though given we are still in lockdown it was a non-event really. I FaceTimed my Dad so we could all say hello, my mother was spoiling him with a giant ‘club’ steak for dinner, and pancakes for dessert. I have to confess I’d forgotten when I was meal planning, so our dinner was much less glamorous – though a giant gift bag of liquorice meant my husband had dessert at least.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Attack by Catherine Jinks

Cutters End by Margaret Hickey

Happy Hour by Jacquie Byron

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New Posts…

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Review: Once There We’re Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Review: The Attack by Catherine Jinks

Review: Cutters End by Margaret Hickey

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #8

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


It was a gentle knock. Agnes had been waiting for it. Hoping he would be on time. Such a lovely fella, she thought…

‘Come on through. Got a surprise for you,’ she said.

He had one for her too.

Phil and Sweet Jimmy are cousins. Phil grows orchids . . . spider orchids . . . learnt about them in the nick. Jimmy likes orchids, too, but there are other things he likes even more . . .

Trish Bennett didn’t like her life. Hadn’t liked it for a long time. Been on the streets. Bit of this for a bit of that. The ‘that’ wasn’t always nice. Then Ahmed found her.

Sam is a tea-leaf, a thief. Likes nickin. . . anything . . . always has . . . until the day he knocked off more than the Volvo.

Fell for the sexy and beautiful Sue May from Hong Kong, Frank Testy did. Silly old prick. What price for ego? A huge bloody price it turns out.

Taut and crackling with character, these gritty, raw and sometimes very funny stories from Australian great Bryan Brown are Aussie Noir at its best. Crime doesn’t discriminate . . . it can happen to anyone . . . it could happen to you . . . in any ordinary suburb . . . at any time.

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Is it ever too late to rewrite your own story?

COURAGE

In 1950, teenager Anne flees Wattle Island for the big city, where she learns that establishing the life she’s always dreamed of isn’t as easy as she thought. When a secret she’s been keeping is discovered, she has no choice but to retreat home and live a quiet life. But when tragedy strikes, establishing the Wattle Island book club is the only thing that offers her solace.

PASSION

In 2018, spirited librarian Grace has been writing bucket lists since she was a child, and is ticking off as many challenges as she can now that life has handed her a hefty dose of perspective. Heading to Wattle Island on one of her adventures, she is determined to uncover a long-held mystery surrounding the town’s historic book club, unlocking a buried truth that has been trapped between the dusty pages of secrecy for years.

HOPE

All too aware of how fragile life is, Anne and Grace must come together to help the residents of Wattle Island find the bravery to move beyond the trauma that tore the book club apart. Budding relationships offer new hope, along with a library project for the town’s future – but it will take more than a few lively literary debates to break the silence and heal the past.

Welcome to the Wattle Island Book Club, where some chapters may end, but others are just beginning…

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Handsome, successful husband. Adorable daughter. Chairwoman of the PTA. Security for her ailing mom. Jane’s got everything life has to offer. Including the lie that could destroy it all.

See Jane smile. Thirty-nine-year-old Jane Osborne appears to the world like she has a charmed life. Her daughter attends private school. Jane chairs the PTA. Even her marriage to Dan, the handsome, prominent surgeon, is blissfully happy. Her universe is stable, and her future is fixed…just like that smile. Because it’s all a ruse. Unbeknownst to anyone, after eighteen years of marriage, Dan’s revealed that he’s been living a double life and is in love with a man. But for the sake of his career, Jane must keep that secret, secret.

See Jane lie. With their livelihood on the line, Jane agrees to maintain appearances. But soon the weight of Dan’s deception and the pain of his betrayal get the better of her. Something’s got to give.

See Jane snap. Quite publicly. And a bit unlawfully. With brutal honesty, Jane must confront her choices head-on and determine—for herself—if the facade of stability she’s been protecting is worth the price of her own sanity and happiness.

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When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex – he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance I’m reading #SweetJimmy #TheWattleIslandBookClub #SeeJaneSnap #TheHeartPrinciple

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Northwoman
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 01:40:52

    I hope lockdown isn’t too difficult for you. I wish Americans had more sense. We are vaccinated and wear a mask when we need to go out. I’ve been limiting my outings a bit. I enjoyed the Heart Principle.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 01:43:23

    We had our Fathers Day in spring. I heard in the news about the lockdown. It seems that it isn´t going as hoped with the numbers still high. Hope it will become better for you. Happy reading.

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  3. BookerTalk
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 02:38:30

    A trauma in the book club? Does that even seem possible since we are all peace loving creatures ???

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  4. gulfsidemusing
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 03:08:10

    I’m glad you at least got to face time with your father… and hope your husband enjoyed his dessert! Father’s Day here in the US is in June. Enjoy your books this week.

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  5. Literary Feline
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 05:34:53

    I am glad you were able to make Father’s Day special for your dad and husband despite the lockdown. Your current reads all sound good. I keep hearing great things about Helen Hoang’s books. See Jane Snap sounds like a fun read. I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week.

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  6. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 07:15:17

    Mother’s and Father’s Day for us are very low key, probably because I share a house with my parents so see them every day.

    I have the Heart Principle on my list of books to read this month and am looking forward to it.

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  7. Greg
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 08:36:10

    Happy Father’s Day! Sorry that lockdown had to mar it a bit, but hopefully your husband and dad still have a good one…

    See Jane Snap. Honestly I want it just for that title.

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 08:47:25

    Happy father’s day to all! Bummer that it is less festive due to lockdowns. Maybe next year?

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  9. Book Sniffers Anon📚 (@_Kristin315_)
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 11:06:35

    Happy Father’s day. It sucks that the lock down kind of put a damper on the holiday. 😦

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  10. WendyW
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 11:53:15

    I enjoyed The Heart Principle and See Jane Snap. Hope you do too!

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  11. sandysbookaday
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 14:13:55

    Enjoy your lockdown reads, Shelleyrae. We’re also in lockdown. Just waiting to hear if we’re going to be getting any more freedom outside Auckland, where all the current cases are located. Stay safe. ❤📚

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  12. Kathryn
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 14:49:10

    Your books look good. Yes we were totally in lockdown for Father’s Day too. Most of us are lightening up on Wednesday, but only groups of 50 at most and masks everywhere. But poor old Auckland are still lock downed fast. When will it ever end.

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  13. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 06, 2021 @ 22:04:46

    I like the look of Sweet Jimmy and See Jane Snap. Thanks for the Nonfiction Challenge spotlight! I am so loving my nonfiction books this year.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  14. Kathy Martin
    Sep 07, 2021 @ 01:28:42

    Interesting looking assortment of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  15. Cindy Davis
    Sep 07, 2021 @ 05:48:35

    Sorry to hear you all are still in lockdown. That’s hard. The Heart principle looks interesting. Happy Reading!

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  16. the bookworm
    Sep 07, 2021 @ 23:11:59

    Hope you enjoyed Father’s Day. Lockdown has pretty much ended here even though the cases are sky high again. Happy reading this week, See Jane Snap sounds good.

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  17. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 08, 2021 @ 01:28:35

    I’m sorry that your family had to spend your Father’s Day in lockdown but it’s also nice that your country cares enough about its people to limit activities when it’s dangerous to be out.

    Every one of your reads this week looks good to me, but especially Wattle Island Book Club. I hope you enjoy them all.

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  18. Vicki
    Sep 08, 2021 @ 06:22:39

    I haven’t read any of those authors, I need to check the books out.

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