It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

I’m reading Game On by Janet Evanovich Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss, The Spy’s Wife by Fiona McIntosh, Strange Bedfellows by Ina Park

 

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 mother had to have surgery on her shoulder this past week. Happily she is back home now and the surgeon believes it went well, though recovery is expected to be slow.

My youngest daughter went back to Uni to pack up her room on campus and is now home til the new school year starts for her in March. Hopefully her University experience next year will be much more normal.

More than 90% of my state’s population aged 16+ is now vaccinated against CoVid. Some pandemic measures have been reduced but masks in enclosed spaces and check ins are still mandatory. I hate wearing a mask while grocery shopping etc but I will until cases drop back to near zero in my area because it’s the right thing to do for me and my community. Despite what some right wing nut jobs want you to believe, Australians overwhelmingly support vaccines and measures to reduce the spread of the virus. I came across this cartoon today and think it applies almost universally.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior

This is Your Captain Speaking by Doug Morris

Deception Creek by Fleur McDonald

The World of Critical Role by Liz Marsham

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New Posts…

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Review: Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Nonfiction November Week 3: Be the Expert

Review: This is Your Captain Speaking by Doug Morris

Review: Deception Creek by Fleur McDonald

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton in the 28th book in the wildly popular series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude whom she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.

Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice. Unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition in this case, she’ll need to watch her back every step of the way as she sets the stage to draw Wednesday out from behind his computer and into the real world.

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What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?

This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

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Evie, a widow and stationmaster’s daughter, helplessly looks out for the weekly visit of the handsome man she and her sister call The Southerner on their train platform in the wilds of northern England. When polite salutations shift to friendly conversations, they become captivated by each other’s reticent manner. After so much sorrow, the childless Evie can’t believe love and the chance for her own family has come into her life again.

With rumours coming out of Germany that Hitler may be stirring up war again, local English authorities have warned against spies. Even Evie becomes suspicious of her new suitor, Roger. But all is not what it seems.

When Roger is arrested, Evie comes up with an audacious plan to prove his innocence that means moving to Germany and working as a British counter-spy. Wearing the disguise of dutiful, naïve wife, Evie must charm the Nazi Party’s dangerous officials to bring home hard evidence of war mongering on the Führer’s part.

But in this game of cat and mouse, it seems everyone has an ulterior motive, and Evie finds it impossible to know who to trust. With lives on the line, ultimate sacrifices will be made as she wrestles between her patriotism and saving the man she loves.

From the windswept moors of the Yorkshire dales to the noisy beer halls of Munich and grand country estates in the picture-book Bavarian mountains, this is a lively and high-stakes thriller that will keep you second-guessing until the very end.

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With curiosity and wit, Strange Bedfellows rips back the bedsheets to expose what really happens when STDs enter the sack.

Sexually transmitted diseases have been hidden players in our lives for the whole of human history, with roles in everything from World War II to the growth of the Internet to The Bachelor. But despite their prominence, STDs have been shrouded in mystery and taboo for centuries, which begs the question: why do we know so little about them?

Enter Ina Park, MD, who has been pushing boundaries to empower and inform others about sexual health for decades. With Strange Bedfellows, she ventures far beyond the bedroom to examine the hidden role and influence of these widely misunderstood infections and share their untold stories.

Covering everything from AIDS to Zika, Park explores STDs on the cellular, individual, and population-level. She blends science and storytelling with historical tales, real life sexual escapades, and interviews with leading scientists—weaving in a healthy dose of hilarity along the way.

The truth is, most of us are sexually active, yet we’re often unaware of the universe of microscopic bedfellows inside our pants. Park aims to change this by bringing knowledge to the masses in an accessible, no-nonsense, humorous way—helping readers understand the broad impact STDs have on our lives, while at the same time erasing the unfair stigmas attached to them.

A departure from the cone of awkward silence and shame that so often surrounds sexual health, Strange Bedfellows is the straight-shooting book about the consequences of sex that all curious readers have been looking for.

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A masterful and deeply troubling expose, Witness is the culmination of almost five years’ work for award-winning investigative journalist Louise Milligan. Charting the experiences of those who have the courage to come forward and face their abusers in high-profile child abuse and sexual assault cases, Milligan was profoundly shocked by what she found.

During this time, the #MeToo movement changed the zeitgeist, but time and again during her investigations Milligan watched how witnesses were treated in the courtroom and listened to them afterwards as they relived the associated trauma. Then she was a witness herself in the trial of the decade, R v George Pell.

She interviews high-profile members of the legal profession, including judges and prosecutors. And she speaks to the defence lawyers who have worked in these cases, discovering what they really think about victims and the process, and the impact that this has on their own lives. Milligan also reveals never-before-published court transcripts, laying bare the flaws that are ignored, and a court system that can be sexist, unfeeling and weighted towards the rich and powerful.

Witness is a call for change. Milligan exposes the devastating reality of the Australian legal system where truth is never guaranteed and, for victims, justice is often elusive. And even when they get justice,

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Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance I’m reading #GameOn #TheSpysWife #GrowingUpAboriginalinAustralia #StrangeBedfellows #Witness

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 00:58:55

    My friend bought the latest Janet Evanovich book, and she promised it to me after she finishes reading it. Unfortunately, she is reading it really, really slowly. Not sure I can wait!

    Why do we shine the spotlight on the haters? I get frustrated with that. You know there’s much more love out there than hate.

    “I hate wearing a mask while grocery shopping etc but I will until cases drop back to near zero in my area because it’s the right thing to do for me and my community.” And I admire you for this…

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  2. Adrian
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:10:07

    Wow, envious of the 90% vaccination rate. Stubbornly at 69% here in the North of Ireland. Mandatory passports coming in might help things. Been searching for a booster but nothing for my age group yet. Like you, I wear a mask to protect the elderly and vulnerable. I’ve noticed so many older people shopping first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds. I’ll be avoiding all gatherings until I get my booster.

    Reading ‘Crossroads’ by Frantzen which I’m enjoying a lot. Family drama playing out over a couple of days at Christmas in the American midwest, early seventies. Funny with it, characters very memorable. It’s a biggie for me, 500 pages.

    ‘To paradise’ by Hanya Yanigarhara is the other one I’m reading, though at 700 pages it’s slow going. Enjoyed the first part but am at the difficult 37% through that it’s becoming a bit of an effort. Lacking a bit of drive, hoping it picks up, am sure it will, fantastically written.

    Happy reading.

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  3. Carla
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:10:13

    Here in Ontario, we are at about 84% vaccinated. I also do not like wearing a mask, but will do so for my own and other’s safety. I know I will wear one when I am in Florida and out shopping etc. as they still have a lot of cases and vaccination rate is only around 61%. I agree, the media wants to stir up trouble, so focuses on the haters and nay sayers. When I was a school administrator, we used to say that 10% of the children were responsible for 90% of the problems. I am trying to catch up on Janet Evanovich’s series. I have 24, 25, 27 and now 28 to read or listen to. Not sure how I read 26 our of order. I hope you are enjoying it. Enjoy your upcoming reads and week, Shellyrae.

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  4. Tammy
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:22:55

    Good luck to your mom with her recovery😁

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:32:38

    I hope your mom’s recovery goes well.

    I am in favor of doing whatever is necessary to keep us all safe.

    Love that cartoon!

    I am curious about Strange Bedfellows.

    Have a great and safe week.

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  6. gulfsidemusing
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:55:40

    What a great cartoon! I sure hope it is true almost universally… things seem to be getting so crazy. I, too, am in favor of whatever needs to be done to keep people safe and healthy, and still shake my head in disgust over the fact that public health has become so politically divisive. Hope your mom continues in her recover. Enjoy your reading this week.

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  7. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 01:59:44

    I hope your mom heals quickly! I’m a weirdo who actually likes wearing a mask. Actually, I’m a weirdo who hates makeup and would rather just wear fabric over my face. My state is only 62% fully vaccinated, and our hospitals are full. Its’ frustrating.

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  8. Emma
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 03:11:00

    I wish we still had to wear masks in stores and things. I still am but am in the minority. I like the sound of Witness but it also sounds like a hard read.

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  9. Trin Carl
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 03:14:58

    I’m liking the vaccination rate over there. Although there’s people in my building that have mixed feelings about the vax, and there’s no convincing some unless your threw some money there way. Happy Thanksgiving

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  10. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 04:05:17

    I wish we would have those vaccination numbers like you in Australia. Too many people here in Germany are still unvaccinated and most of them show no sign that they will get the jab. No matter what scientists and doctors say. Ah well …. Have a great new week.

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  11. sjhigbee
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 04:26:04

    I’m torn between wanting to laugh and cry when I see that cartoon – it absolutely sums up what happens in the media! Thank you for featuring it:). I very much hope that your mother makes a smooth, event-free recovery after her op. And I love the spread of books – as ever, an impressive range of reading. Particularly intrigued by Strange Bedfellows! Have a lovely reading week, Shelleyrae!

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  12. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 05:06:06

    I am so impressed that over 90% of your 16+ are vaccinated! That’s fantastic. We still wear masks inside as well and I will keep doing it until numbers are virtually nill. It doesn’t really bother me too much anymore, but I think it helps that I wear a KN95, which sticks out from my face more than the cloth ones do.

    How nice to have your daughter home for so many months!

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  13. Northwoman
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 06:01:58

    Well the cartoon spells out the media sensationalism well. I don’t mind wearing the masks. I’m glad to be vaccinated and boosted and able to do things, with a mask. We don’t mind staying home mostly anyway. I’m glad you don’t see all Americans as nut jobs portrayed in the media!

    I hope your mom recovers well and your daughter enjoys her break! My daughter has about 3 weeks off when she finishes this term mid December.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  14. thebookdisciple
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 06:31:22

    Wow that political cartoon certainly describes life in America. I am starting Game On this week as well! I hope to enjoy it-the Plum books are like a warm blanket! Cozy and enjoyable!

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  15. Louise H
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 07:31:25

    I feel we need to make masks compulsory again in the UK, particularly now the weather is turning cold as we know Covid rates rise in those circumstances. I hope you and yours continue to stay safe and that your mum recovers quickly. Happy reading.

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  16. vvb
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 07:47:39

    Growing up Aboriginal in Australia looks like an interesting one. Have a good week.

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  17. Lesley in OR
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 08:03:46

    That’s a great cartoon! Very accurate, I believe.

    I’m sorry your mom had to have shoulder surgery. My husband had one of his replaced (due to a broken humerus) and his recovery was slow, but physical therapy really helped him regain good range of motion. I hope her recovery goes well.

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  18. Mia is mine
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:08:41

    You are reading/have read a wide genre of books! Witness is indeed an important addition to our society. I’m sorry to hear about your Mama’s surgery. From what I’ve heard, the physical therapy afterwards is vital to recovery.
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy your daughter being home! How nice!
    I love your cartoon! It’s so true! My circle is a mix of vaccinated and non-vaccinated. We are learning to respect each other’s individual opinions, be safe at the same time (hard), maintain our friendships (even if it’s virtual) and be kind. I refuse to let this pandemic rip us apart. Our local ICU beds are filled up again….sad….
    But, tons of people are vaccinated, we’re loving and supporting each other and rediscovering true values: faith, family, friends, protecting our community by wearing masks and appreciating every moment we have with our loved ones. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. WendyW
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:24:28

    That cartoon is perfect. Cases in Arizona are going back up again, and it’s so frustrating because I still see about 30% of folks refusing to wear masks.

    I hope your mom feels much better soon. My sister had a shoulder replacement a few months back, and her recovery was slow, but she’s feeling to much better already.

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  20. Greg
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:57:05

    Oh best wishes to your mom for a quick recovery! And good luck to your daughter too. We have a similar experience- my oldest is at Uni now but was home al last year. I don’t know what they’ll do if things keep getting worse here. I don’t think they’ll shut down but you don’t know!

    That’s great about your state! I agree completely about masks- that’s exactly how I feel.

    I imagine it’s the same way there in Australia as it is here- the nutters get most of the attention even though the majority supports commonsense measures.

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  21. 1girl2manybooks
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 10:04:41

    That cartoon, is unfortunately, the greatest representation I’ve seen of what’s going on here atm. It’s ridiculous how much attention the minority are getting.

    I got the Janet Evanovich but I have to admit, I’m not enthused about it. I’d abandoned this series a little while ago and the blurb is…..not great. But I might read it out of curiosity and because it looks like it’ll take literally an hour to read.

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  22. yvonne473
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 10:27:30

    I hope your mother is doing well. I’m so far behind on the Janet Evanovich series. I have to get back to it. I hope you enjoy the book and have a great week!

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  23. Kathryn
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 15:37:33

    Yeah great cartoon, its the same here, some nut jobs but we are inching our way in many places to 90% double vaxed. I don’t mind a mask grocery shopping and scanning in. Sort of second nature now. Enjoy your books.

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  24. sandysbookaday
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 16:41:19

    New Zealand is slowly creeping towards the 90% mark Shelleyrae. Our bars and restaurants (everywhere except Auckland) reopened last week, but business is very quiet. We are apparently moving to the traffic light system early in December. I don’t know what they’re hoping to achieve. 🤷‍♀️ Enjoy your reads my friend. ❤📚

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  25. Marg
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 19:44:16

    I think I need to read the Fiona McIntosh book!!

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  26. SJ
    Nov 22, 2021 @ 23:18:53

    I hope your Mom is feeling better. That is some heavy reading, I hope your enjoying. Have a great week!

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  27. Davida Chazan
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 00:03:27

    I love that cartoon! (Stole it and posted it to FB.)

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  28. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 03:04:47

    Wishing your mother an easy recover, and hope you have a great week!

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  29. Kathy Martin
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 04:12:35

    Nice looking assortment of books. I’m behind on the Stephanie Plum series and really should catch up. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  30. jessicabookworm
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 04:19:29

    I hope your mum will make a full recovery from her shoulder op 🙏 Also I am sure in this difficult times it will be nice to have your daughter home again till March. Take care and happy reading, Shelleyrae! 😊

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  31. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 05:55:19

    Oh my, that love/hate graphic really shows the truth, doesn’t it? Those that spread lies and want to hatemonger get the attention and people think that’s the majority. So sad. How amazing that the vaccination rate is so high in your area. That’s so encouraging!

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  32. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 07:00:16

    That’s amazing that so many in your state are vaccinated!

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  33. Cindy Davis
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 10:32:05

    Some very interesting covers. Happy reading! Here is my link: https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-8.html

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  34. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 14:01:06

    Praying your mom’s recovery goes well. I don’t see why it is so hard for some people to wear masks. Small inconvenience all considered.

    Great books this week. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  35. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 16:25:19

    Wishing your mom a speedy recovery! That cartoon is so perfect! I wish there’d be more focus on the positive. The news is so negative. Spy’s Wife looks good! Happy reading! 🙂

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  36. Jessy
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 17:39:50

    Wishing your Mum a speedy recovery. I’m reading The Outback Secrets by Rachel Johns.

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  37. Lady Tessa
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 22:58:05

    I loved Game On. Hope you are enjoying it too! Have a wonderful week!

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  38. Tina
    Nov 23, 2021 @ 23:42:53

    I always get great book suggestions from you and my to-read list is ever growing. Sometimes I’m late to the party on Netgalley requesting Australian authors so I need to start checking more frequently.

    Best wishes for your mother’s recovery. That’s such a hard time, taking it slowly to recover.
    Oh, Florida is an absolute embarrassment regarding vaccinations and laws. Seriously, I can’t wait to vote this governor out!

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