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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October already!? Though YAY for the start of daylight savings, I love the extra hour of sunlight in the evening, the end of the year is not that far away.

This month I’m planning to focus on catching up on review books I haven’t had time for during the year, there’s…well…a lot. It should mean I’m then ready for Nonfiction November, because I have quite the reading list. Speaking of nonfiction…

I’ve been considering plans for next years Nonfiction Reader Challenge, and I think I’m going to make it more inclusive. For those who want to be pushed out of their comfort zone, the three tier category challenge will remain, but there will also be a fourth option for the casual nonfiction reader, so they can participate without any real pressure, by reading what they want. I hope you will be joining me in ‘22.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Moon, the Stars and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

The Whale in the Living Room by John Ruthven

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

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New Posts…

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Review: The Unusual Abduction of Avery Conifer by Ilsa Evans

Review: The Moon, the Stars and Madame Burova by Ruth Hogan

Review: The Whale in the Living Room by John Ruthven

2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #9

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

A dying town, a missing man. One of Australia’s greatest mysteries – two whodunnits, twisted together.

Larrimah: hot, barren, a speck of dust in the centre of the nothingness of outback Australia. Where you might find a death adder in the bar and a spider or ten in the toaster. Maybe it’s stupid to write a love letter to a town that looks like this, especially when it’s someone else’s town. A town where there’s nothing to see, nothing to buy and the closest thing to an attraction is a weird Pink Panther in a gyrocopter whose head falls off intermittently. A town steeped in ancient superstition and pockmarked with sinkholes. It’s Kadaitja country. People go missing in the bush there, the traditional owners say.

It’s doubly stupid to write a love letter to a town where someone did go missing and one of the remaining residents might be a murderer. A town at the centre of one of the biggest mysteries outback Australia has ever seen – a weird, swirling whodunnit about camel pies and wild donkeys and drug deals and crocodiles, a case that’s had police scratching their heads for years, while journalists and filmmakers and Hollywood turn up, from time to time, to ask what the hell happened here.

And it makes no sense to fall for a place when the town is crumbling into the dust and it looks a lot like your love letter might end up being a eulogy. But whatever happened in Larrimah, it’s strange and precious and surprisingly funny. Journalists Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham have spent years trying to pin it down – what happened to Paddy Moriarty and his dog, how they disappeared, how they might take the whole town and something even bigger with them.

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The tale of a forgotten woman whose journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today.

Elizabeth Packard was an ordinary Victorian housewife and mother of six. That was, until the first Woman’s Rights Convention was held in 1848, inspiring Elizabeth and many other women to dream of greater freedoms. She began voicing her opinions on politics and religion — opinions that her husband did not share. Incensed and deeply threatened by her growing independence, he had her declared ‘slightly insane’ and committed to an asylum.

Inside the Illinois State Hospital, Elizabeth found many other perfectly lucid women who, like her, had been betrayed by their husbands and incarcerated for daring to have a voice. But just because you are sane, doesn’t mean that you can escape a madhouse …

Fighting the stigma of her gender and her supposed madness, Elizabeth embarked on a ceaseless quest for justice. It not only challenged the medical science of the day and saved untold others from suffering her fate, it ultimately led to a giant leap forward in human rights the world over.

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In the desolate outback town of Finnigans Gap, police struggle to maintain law and order. Thieves pillage opal mines, religious fanatics recruit vulnerable young people and billionaires do as they please.

Then an opal miner is found crucified and left to rot down his mine. Nothing about the miner’s death is straightforward, not even who found the body. Sydney homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to investigate, assisted by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan.

But Finnigans Gap has already ended one police career and damaged others, and soon both officers face damning allegations and internal investigations. Have Ivan and Nell been set up and, if so, by whom?

As time runs out, their only chance at redemption is to find the killer. But the more secrets they uncover, the more harrowing the mystery becomes, as events from years ago take on a startling new significance.

For in Finnigans Gap, opals, bodies and secrets don’t stay buried for ever.

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Fifteen-year-old Darren Davies is found facedown in the Weymouth River with a gunshot wound to his chest. The killer is never found. Ten years later, his mother receives a visit from the local police. Sandra’s best friend has been found dead on a remote Pilbara road, and Barbara’s DNA matches the DNA found under Darren’s fingernails. When the investigation into her son’s murder is reopened, Sandra begins to question what she knew about her best friend. As she digs, she discovers that there are many secrets in her small town, and that her murdered son had secrets too.

 

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mae Sander
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 02:35:14

    That is quite a long list of books you have read recently!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. harvee
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 03:14:46

    Haven’t seen hyour books before but the ones set in Australia are intriguing.

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  3. thebookdisciple
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 03:19:05

    Have a great week!

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  4. Vi @Inkvotary
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 03:41:44

    Well, the days are getting shorter here. Around 7:30 pm it gets dark and I need to turn on the lights to read. The other side of the planet *smile* Glad you could read during the past week. Have a great new week.

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 04:18:45

    Love the look of The Woman They Could Not Silence!

    I enjoyed Apples Never Fall this week…and I hope you love it, too. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  6. vvb32
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 04:45:04

    Larrimah looks like a good one. Enjoy

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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 05:05:25

    Funny that you mentioned making changes to your nonfiction challenge. I haven’t done a nonfiction challenge in a couple years and this year I have done a terrible job of reading that genre. I was thinking yesterday that I should join it for 2022!

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  8. Literary Feline
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 05:27:11

    The next time change here will be in November–so still a month away for me. It’s hard to believe the end of the year is approaching already. I think your plan for the Nonfiction Challenge is a good one. I am glad you you enjoyed The Moon, the Stars and Madame Burova. I am looking forward to that one. Kate Moore’s book also sounds really good. I hope you are enjoying your reading. Have a great week!

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  9. Kathryn
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 06:05:39

    Yes that extra hour of sunshine is really nice, although we are staring at a week of rain! You must have heaps of review books as you read so many I just find it both amazing and inspiring. Hope your week goes well and er… Covid better.

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  10. gulfsidemusing
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 06:28:39

    Thanks for mentioning Nonfiction November. I always enjoy that and it’s time to start planning my list. I’ve been following Tina’s reviews for your challenge this year and, even though I don’t really do challenges, yours sounds so appealing.

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  11. Louise H
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 07:00:31

    We’re heading towards our clocks going back and our evenings becoming even darker. I’d rather not mess with the clocks twice a year – it takes me far too long to recover from it!
    You have such a great and exciting selection of books – hope you have fun reading them!

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  12. Greg
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 08:04:32

    Ooh daylight savings is coming up for us too soon. I think we switch in October… which it now is lol!

    I’d like to read more Australian mysteries, the few I’ve read have been quite good.

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  13. Gretchen
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 12:53:16

    Lots of good books!

    I hope you are able to get caught up and are ready for November’s non-fiction reading.

    Have a good week!

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  14. yvonne473
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 13:10:55

    Your books look so good. I have to catch up on old reviews too. I hope you have a great week!

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  15. Susan
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 14:37:35

    So what’s the word on Apples Never Fall? Did you like it or no? I’ve seen some mixed thoughts on it … so just wondering. Hope you have a great week.

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  16. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 04, 2021 @ 22:02:00

    I love your nonfiction challenge, and next year I plan to participate more fully. It is a fun idea to simply allow people to participate without restricting what they read. Some might like that. If I had to choose between a life of only fiction or only nonfiction, I think I would choose nonfiction, but I don’t think I’m in the majority in the book world.

    The Kate Moore book makes me wonder how many women were put away in the past in order to get them out of the way or to silence them. That looks like a great story.

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  17. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 00:16:07

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Kate Moore book. It sounds fascinating. Wishing you a great week!

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  18. tee
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 00:56:14

    I loved The Woman They Could Not Silence…

    Here is my link:
    https://twogirlsandtheirbookishlife.blogspot.com/2021/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading.html

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  19. WendyW
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 01:55:22

    Here in Arizona, we don’t do Daylight Savings time. It’s the same time all year round and I love that! The Woman they could not silence sure looks good.

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  20. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 02:26:52

    Daylight Savings ends here on November 7. I struggle with the darker days, so I add extra light in the house.

    The Woman They Could Not Silence sounds amazing. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/10/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and.html

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  21. Kathy Martin
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 02:32:08

    Great looking assortment of books. I think I’d enjoy all of them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  22. Melinda
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 02:55:14

    LARRIMAH looks very interesting! I think I’m going to check to see if it is available in the US!

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  23. Susan @ The Book Bag
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 03:56:24

    These are all new to me books but they look intriguing. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  24. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 04:40:37

    October is one of my favorite months. Hope you’ll enjoy all your books!

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  25. bevbaird
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 07:21:10

    I’m not familiar with any of these books but they sure look interesting. happy reading this week!

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  26. 15andmeowing
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 10:46:43

    Someone else just recommended Apples Never Fall. I need to look into that one.

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  27. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 11:23:42

    Missing those extra hours of daylight. October..? How are we here already?
    Have a great week.

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  28. Northwoman
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 12:14:46

    Gah of course here the days are getting shorter. We’ve lost 2.5 hours of daylight at night and it will only get worse next month with our time change. I don’t read much non-fiction, some but not a lot.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  29. Laurie C
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 13:23:19

    Ooh, The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik! How could I forget about that! I love getting the hour back in the fall, but sure hate giving it up in the spring. I don’t spend much time outdoors, so I don’t care about sunlight, lol.

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  30. Penelope
    Oct 05, 2021 @ 23:39:02

    I actually have been meaning to broaden my reading horizons so to speak lol… I may consider the casual nonfiction level in the challenge next year!

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  31. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 06, 2021 @ 00:22:57

    All of your books sound so good! Larrimah in particular sounds fascinating!

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  32. cleemckenzie
    Oct 07, 2021 @ 01:28:37

    You’re just starting DST, and we’re about to “Fall Back”! I will miss that extra daylight hour so much, but maybe I’ll get more reading in. I’m looking for a good mystery, so maybe Larrimah will be perfect. Thanks for your list. I appreciate an avid reader’s booklist.

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  33. Carla
    Oct 12, 2021 @ 11:05:28

    I didn’t participate this year as I knew I would probably be reading a lot of memoirs. I am actually shocked that I have read 16 Non-Fiction books so far this year. That surpasses my goal of 1 per month. Enjoy your upcoming reads, Shelleyrae.

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  34. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Oct 19, 2021 @ 23:55:52

    So glad to hear you’ll be hosting the non fiction challenge again next year 🙂

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