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 been a fairly ordinary week, shopped, cleaned, read, blogged, binged etc. You can now sign up for the 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge, I finally made a start on Christmas shopping too -yay me!

We also caught up with friends because it’s my BFF’s birthday next Saturday but I’m working for the Australian Electoral Commission at our local council elections that day, starting at 7.15am through to 11pm, so I’ll miss it.

Voting is compulsory at all levels of government in Australia (fines apply), and polling places are set up in local schools and/or town halls. It generally doesn’t take long to have your name marked off the electoral role, make your vote and grab your democracy sausage, but CoVid means things will be a little more complicated this year. Social distancing rules will apply and regular sanitising is required for the voting booths (though masks are still compulsory indoors here), so they are expecting the process will take longer. It will be a long day for me, but it will essentially pay for Christmas.

It’s the last Monday of the month, so time check in with my challenge progress.

 

Nonfiction Reader Challenge 11/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge 76/50

Aussie Author Challenge 22/24

Historical Fiction Challenge  18/25

Books In Translation Challenge 2/4

What’s in a Name Challenge 5/6

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 51/25

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The World of Critical Role by Liz Marsham

The Safe Place by LA Larkin

Strange Bedfellows by Ina Park

Game On by Janet Evanovich

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia by Anita Heiss

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New Posts…

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Review: The World of Critical Role by Liz Marsham

Nonfiction November Week 4: Stranger Than Fiction

Review: The Safe Place by LA Larkin

Review: Strange Bedfellows by Ina Park

Sign up for the 2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Once a victim, she’s now a vigilante. An addictive and suspenseful thriller for readers of Candice Fox and Sarah Bailey.

Lexi Winter is tough, street-smart and has stood on her own two feet since childhood, when she was a victim of notorious paedophile the Spider. All she cares about now is a roof over her head and her long-term relationship with Johnny Walker. She isn’t particular about who she sleeps with … as long as they pay before leaving.

Lexi is also an ace hacker, tracking and entrapping local paedophiles and reporting them to the cops. When she finds a particularly dangerous paedophile who the police can’t touch, she decides to gather enough evidence to put him away. Instead, she’s a witness to his death …

Detective Inspector Rachael Langley is the cop who cracked the Spider case, 18 years earlier – but failed to protect Lexi. Now a man claiming to be the real Spider is emulating his murderous acts, and Rachael is under pressure from government, media and her police colleagues. Did she get it wrong all those years ago, or is this killer is a copycat?

Lexi and Rachael cross paths at last, the Spider in their sights … but they may be too late …

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The Brighton police force is on the hunt for another killer, but this time they have some competition—a newly formed all-women’s private eye firm, led by none other than the police chief’s wife.

Newly minted PI Emma Holmes and her partner Sam Collins are just settling into their business when they’re chosen for a high-profile case: retired music-hall star Verity Malone hires them to find out who poisoned her husband, a theater impresario. Verity herself has been accused of the crime. The only hitch—the Brighton police are already on the case, putting Emma in direct competition with her husband, police superintendent Edgar Stephens.

Soon Emma realizes that Verity’s life intersects closely with her own—most notably in their mutual connection, Max Mephisto, who has returned to England from America with his children and famous wife, Hollywood star Lydia Lamont. Lydia, desperately bored in the countryside, catches wind of what Emma and Sam are up to and offers her services. What secret does Lydia know about Verity’s past?”

The team of female PIs circle closer to the killer, with the Brighton police hot on their tail. The clues suggest they’re looking for a criminal targeting the old music-hall crew. How long will it be before that trail leads straight back to Max?

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When a backyard dare to discover the source of a fabled waterhole uncovers human bones, small town detective, Marley West, leaps at the chance to kickstart his stalled career. But it’s more than two decades since developers filled the Cowaramup creek. The woman who owned the land—the Ross family matriarch—has passed away. Relations between her sons, Jack and Bill, are colder than the case.

Then the Ross family learn Marley is the grandson of notorious police sergeant, Alan West, the corrupt cop who once ruled the town with an iron fist.

To solve the case, Marley must gain the trust of three people with no reason to trust each other and less reason to trust him: Bill, who left the love of his life to fight in Vietnam; charismatic Jack, who could always catch the eye of a pretty girl; and city school teacher, Annette, whose move to Cowaramup in 1966 would change the Ross brothers’ lives forever.

As he navigates a tangled web of lies and betrayals, jealousies and murder, Marley has to ask himself: are these bones better left buried?

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The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Loverofromance
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 00:48:23

    Good luck with all of your voting and hope its a smooth process.

    Happy Reading

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 01:12:33

    I didn’t realize that voting was compulsory. That will be a long day, but it’s great that it will pay for Christmas.

    Nora Roberts is an author I think of as a romance writer, but I never associate her with magic. Interesting.

    I just finished the 2021 Nonfiction Challenge so it’s the perfect time to sign up for the 2022 challenge. Thank you for hosting this one!

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  3. Trin Carl
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 01:14:50

    I didn’t associate Nora with magic, but I do like her psedonym thriller books. I learned she actually had to change her name because her books filled too many bookshelves and the bookshops refused to shelf anymore unless she did so.

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  4. Stormi D Johnson
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 01:39:51

    Hope voting wasn’t to much of a hassle. The books you read look really interesting!

    Have a great day and happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  5. iliana
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 04:07:09

    I really enjoy the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series but haven’t checked this one out. Looks like you are doing great with your GoodReads challenge. I have fallen behind but at least better than last year. Have a great day!

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  6. Northwoman
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 04:35:29

    That is actually cool voting is compulsory. I admire you for doing the service with the voting.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 04:57:39

    I didn’t realize that voting is compulsory in Australia and good on you for working on election day! I am just starting to think about my 2022 reading challenges and have saved the link for your nonfiction challenge.

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  8. Lisa Mandina
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 05:00:45

    Looks like some great books coming up! Wow, I don’t know how I feel about compulsory voting. I think it is a great idea! But then I also feel like not voting is a statement in itself. Hmm. So interesting! Have a great week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  9. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 05:06:19

    It sounds weird when I read that elsewhere “new rules” have been implied when the same rules are compulsory here in Germany for almost a year now *smile* But our situation here is different from yours, I guess. Nonetheless, I hope you will have a good day while working and that you can go home safe and well.

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  10. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 05:14:15

    I wish voting can be made compulsory in SA, sure we’d get a much better idea of what the people really want.

    Such a brilliant selection of books again! Need to take a look at a few of these.

    Have a good week Shelley and thanks for visiting us earlier.

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  11. Kathryn
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 06:01:22

    Hope voting day goes well and that extra money makes Christmas good. Wearing a mask all day will be tedious no doubt but still worth it. I want to read that Nora Roberts series but haven’t read the first one yet.

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  12. jessicabookworm
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 06:33:24

    Well done on starting your Christmas shopping, Shelleyrae! I hope the election goes smoothly and that you enjoy celebrating your best friend’s birthday. Take care. 😃

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  13. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 07:38:45

    I loved participating in the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, and finished ten books (I had chosen six as my goal). I might have to increase the goal for next year.

    The Midnight Hour looks good.

    Enjoy the week and the upcoming month! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  14. Lori
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 07:42:53

    I love that your voting is mandatory, and I wish that there were democracy sausages here! I also think it’s great that they pay poll workers so well—I’m pretty sure that it’s largely a volunteer position in the States.

    I think that The Midnight Hour looks *amazing* and I’m off to research that Nora Roberts book. I wonder why she is writing these paranormal romances under her original name and not under a pen name the way she writes her mysteries? Maybe I’ll find that out, too.

    Happy Sunday!
    Lori
    https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/11/28/sunday-post-11-28-2021/

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  15. Jinjer
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 07:56:58

    I always vote but I would be even MORE compelled to get out and vote if a delicious, sizzling democracy sausage was waiting for me!!!! Man that sounds so good right now. lol

    I was all excited to do the Nonfiction Reader Challenge last year but for some reason I could never get myself organized so I was done before I ever even started. This year is going to be different!!!! I will organize the books I already own and I will find books that match up with the other categories. So, THANK YOU for hosting this challenge again this year! I’m excited to start in January and I have a whole month to prepare so there is no excuse not to participate.

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  16. Mia is mine
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 09:07:38

    Thank you for sharing the reading challenges you’ve joined! I enjoyed perfusing them! Your non-fiction challenge sounds fun and doable. I’m not normally a non-fiction readers, but I could do three books!

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  17. thebookdisciple
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 09:43:18

    I did not know there were compulsory voting laws! I think that is great! I had also not heard of democracy sausage! Hope everything goes smoothly!

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  18. Greg
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 10:23:44

    Voting is compulsory there? Wow. and indoor masks too. I can only imagine how much better things would be here (both voting and Covid- wise) if those things were true here! Anyway your books look awesome this week.

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  19. WendyW
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 12:21:33

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Becoming. I want to read that series. That’s so interesting that voting is compulsory

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  20. yvonne473
    Nov 29, 2021 @ 13:48:44

    Good luck with your challenges and have a great week!

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  21. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 00:22:15

    Growing up Aboriginal in Australia sounds like an interesting read. Have a great week!

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  22. Beth F
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 00:36:09

    Yay for working on elections! I’ve not heard of democracy sausage — now I have to look it up. Good luck with your challenges.

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  23. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 01:08:32

    Voting during Covid times sounds so tricky. Hopefully everything goes smoothly!

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  24. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 02:10:38

    Hope voting goes well. COVID cases have risen in some of our areas, but not where we live. Hoping it stays that way.

    I think I am giving up challenges this year. I never seem to keep track of them. My goal is to just enjoy reading next year–less structure and more fun.

    The Midnight Hour looks good. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2021/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_29.html

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  25. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 02:50:10

    Compulsory voting sounds like a great idea to me! Hope you have a great week.

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  26. Kathy Martin
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 04:24:29

    Voting is compulsory? Sounds like a good idea but who collects the fines if a person doesn’t vote? It sounds massively complicated. Nice looking books this week. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  27. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Nov 30, 2021 @ 21:43:29

    A team of female PIs? Oh, I am loving the sound of The Midnight Hour! The local elections snuck up on me — I didn’t even realise they were on until this week.

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  28. Cindy Davis
    Dec 01, 2021 @ 03:23:27

    Nice selection of books, enjoy!

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  29. Mystica
    Dec 03, 2021 @ 00:16:19

    I do wish they’d make voting compulsory in my country. We have good turnout rates but a better turnout would mean clear cut victories and not these joining up of parties which is never quite right.

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