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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With everybody home on holidays from either work or school/uni, the days are merging into one another. Omicron is raging so none of us are inclined to go anywhere unless we have to.

A full house means my routines are shot so barely two weeks into the new year and I’m behind with reviews already!

I have gotten off to a good start with the 2022 Book Riot Reading Log. Are you using a log this year?

I hope you are all staying safe and well x

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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A Little Bird by Wendy James

The Maid by Anita Prose

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

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New Posts…

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Review: The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan

Review: Once Burnt Twice Shy by Karly Lane

Review: A Little Bird by Wendy James

2021 Nonfiction Reader End of Year Spotlight

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Murder is a dish best served ice cold…

Margery and Clementine are enjoying a peaceful middle-age together in the small, idyllic town of Dewstow, and eagerly awaiting retirement from their work on the front line serving meals to the students at Summerview secondary school.

Their calm life is shattered when their kitchen manager is found dead in the school’s walk-in freezer. The police are adamant that it’s an open-and-shut case of accidental death. Margery and Clementine are convinced there’s something far more nefarious going on, and they take it upon themselves to investigate.

As they inch closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will stop at nothing to keep the pair quiet. Will the perpetrator get their just-desserts before their time runs out?

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A delightfully uplifting Australian novel about the joy of discovering your greatest potential.

In the Australian summer of 1984, in the small country town of Penguin Hill, Sergeant Roy Cooper is making a name for himself. He’s been batting for his local cricket club for decades — and he’s a statistical miracle. He’s overweight, he makes very few runs, he’s not pretty to watch, but he’s never been dismissed.

When local schoolgirl Cassie Midwinter discovers this feat, she decides to take the matter further. The remarkable story finds its way into the hands of Donna Garrett, a female sports columnist who’s forced to write under a male pseudonym to be taken seriously.

That summer, the West Indies are thrashing Australia, and the Australian people’s love of cricket has never been lower. But Donna’s columns on Roy Cooper capture the imagination of a nation, and soon there’s pressure to select him for the national team. This would see him playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, carrying the spirit of every small country town in Australia along with him. Could such a miracle actually happen?

This is sport, after all, and who doesn’t love a good story?

COOPER NOT OUT is a funny, heart-warming novel set within real events. It is a moving and highly original tale about friendship and belief, and the joy of discovering your greatest potential.

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She’s not responsible for the corpse this time. Okay, maybe just a little bit. Our favourite socialite and felon are back in a madcap new sleuthing adventure … for readers of Janet Evanovich and Kerry Greenwood.

She really didn’t mean to become a detective …

Home for just 48 hours, billion-heiress Indigo-Daisy-Violet-Amber Hasluck-Royce-Jones-Bombberg has already committed two (completely understandable) felonies, reignited a childhood feud, been (possibly) humiliated (again) by her first love, and fallen over a nameless homeless dead man. All while strolling in her grandmother’s garden …

Grandmother’s kindly neighbour, Dame Elizabeth Holly, wants to spring the anonymous corpse from the coroner’s freezer. She’s convinced Indigo and her parolee personal assistant Esmerelda can unearth the man’s identity, thus allowing his burial. Meanwhile Grandmother wants the unlikely duo to locate Dame Holly’s possibly missing gentleman friend. Dame Holly’s miserly granddaughter and not-so-bright son don’t want her involved with any man – dead or alive.

Are the cases related? Why are they receiving clues from an unknown helper? Should they cooperate with Detectives Searing and Burns, who tried to arrest Indigo for blowing up her plastic surgeon husband last summer? What is Esmerelda’s secret? It’s not so bad to undress a detective. Twice. Is it? How illegal can it be, really, to break into a top-secret government facility?

They’re not annoying a ruthless organised criminal on purpose, they’re just trying to help ..

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What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognizable to you? For Thea Demetriou, the answer is both simple and agonizing: you keep loving him somehow.

Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the drug-fueled murder of his girlfriend, Belinda. Three years later, he’s released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Belinda’s mother, once Thea’s good friend, galvanizes the community to rally against him to protest in her daughter’s memory. The media paints Stefan as a symbol of white privilege and indifferent justice. Neighbors, employers, even some members of Thea’s own family turn away.

Meanwhile Thea struggles to understand her son. At times, he is still the sweet boy he has always been; at others, he is a young man tormented by guilt and almost broken by his time in prison. But as his efforts to make amends meet escalating resistance and threats, Thea suspects more forces are at play than just community outrage. And if there is so much she never knew about her own son, what other secrets has she yet to uncover—especially about the night Belinda died?

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Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance I’m reading #TheDinnerLadyDetectives #CooperNotOut #TheGoodSon #MurderMostFancy

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 18:39:01

    I hear you on falling behind already! Like the look of The Good Son – will have to check out. Have a good week.

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  2. harvee
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 21:53:11

    I like the covers of the new books you’re reading this year. I log my books read with goodreads, and I usually remember to do so when I’ve finished one! Looks like a good log to have though. Mine would be full of half finished books!

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  3. Susan
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 23:58:09

    Omicron is raging here too. It’s everywhere alas. Crazy now. I guess I just use Goodreads … but I know it’s not as detailed as keeping a log. I’m a bit lazy just trying to stay afloat ha.

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  4. Susan
    Jan 10, 2022 @ 23:58:46

    ps. I forgot to ask. How did you like The Maid novel? Is it any good? thx

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 00:35:58

    Life is going just the opposite way here. I’m canceling plans to go out and that leaves me with a great deal more time to read and write reviews. Those-that-know keep saying that Omicron will peak here mid-month and that’s just another week away, so I am putting all my hopes on this.

    Cooper Not Out sounds completely delightful. I think we all like stories about regular people who accomplish extraordinary things.

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  6. Gretchen
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 01:02:22

    It is so hard to not get behind when you have company. But, the company always leaves and then there is time to do the things you need to do.

    The Dinner Lady Detectives sounds fun.

    Have a great week!

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  7. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 01:15:15

    I love Jacquelyn Mitchard’s books, so I have pre-ordered The Good Son. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Stay safe and take care!

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  8. Mae Sander
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 02:04:58

    My solution is that I never make plans or commitments about what I’ll do on my blog or in my reading. It’s just for fun, why should I make it resemble a job?

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  9. Kathy Martin
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 03:23:59

    Such an intriguing assortment of books! I hope you enjoy them all. Omicron is keeping me home which is giving me lots more reading time. It helps that I live with my brother and have no other family around. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  10. Literary Feline
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 04:26:11

    I feel like I am falling behind already too. I am sorry to hear that the omicron is running rampant in your part of the world too. It seems to be everywhere and affecting everyone. The Dinner Lady Detectives and Murder Most Fancy both sound especially appealing to me right now. I hope you are enjoying them! Have a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  11. Kathryn
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 04:39:11

    The Book Riot log looks interesting but I am not keeping it. Goodreads does enough for what I need. Will be interesting at the end of the year.

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  12. sjhigbee
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 04:45:35

    Urg! I entirely understand why you aren’t going out all that much… And many thanks for your lovely book list – I’ve just nicked across and bought The Dinner Lady Detectives and we’ve marked Cooper Not Out for my cricket-mad hubbie:)). I hope you manage to catch up in the coming week and love reading your books. And many thanks for swinging by.

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  13. yvonne473
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 05:20:23

    The Dinner Lady Detectives looks really good. Omicron numbers are on the rise here too. Supposedly they say it will get better by the end of the month but I have to see it to believe it. Hope you have a great week!

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  14. maureensbooks1989
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 07:07:25

    This month always just feels a bit off to me. I’m not behind on my reviews, but not a lot can happen before I do.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  15. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 10:41:52

    We had a very full house for much of the holiday season, too, so I understand all that entails… hard to get in much reading time. Hope you have a good week!

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  16. Cindy Davis
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:02:29

    I don’t use a reading log, just Goodreads, then I keep a notebook so I can “see” at a glance my blog posts. Happy reading! https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/01/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2-22.html

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  17. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 11:43:44

    Family being home definitely changes/clogs routines. My daughter is home this week and reading and other things I usually do are definitely off kilter, but it’s worth it!

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  18. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 13:23:09

    I don’t use a reading log. I just update on Goodreads. I have a spreadsheet to track my ARCs and reviews books to schedule. The blog itself has a schedule also. Even though you are getting behind, enjoy your time with family!

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  19. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 13:58:21

    I use GoodReads and lots of shelves to track my reading. Not that I stay even remotely organized and on top of things! 😀

    I’m sure you’ve enjoyed having everyone home. Happy 2022!

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  20. Mystica
    Jan 11, 2022 @ 15:37:24

    We not on lockdown all schools and uni open but the infection levels are rising. I think a lockdown will close our country down economically and we are on the verge of bankruptsy anyway. We scheduled for power cuts though it has not happened in our area yet. Well we live from day to day. Am worried though over Melbourne infections where my children live

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  21. Laurie C
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 02:18:51

    The Dinner Lady Detectives sounds like fun! I used to read Jacqueline Mitchard way back when, but was so unimpressed by the writing in one book that I gave up on her. Maybe I should try her again! Omicron is running through staff at the library and their families, and some of my extended family, too. I never stopped wearing a mask at work (even now, masks are not required, only “recommended”) but it is still worrying!
    My husband and I have been buying and wearing KN95s since being Delta breakthrough cases in early August (I was wearing a surgical mask at the event where I contracted COVID) and so far, we have escaped Omicron.

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  22. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 03:22:43

    This omicron surge is really crazy everywhere. Like you, I’m mostly trying to avoid going out — so, lots of family time, but not much else. Wishing you a good week!

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  23. Melinda
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 04:21:28

    I haven’t tried the Book Riot book log, but I am using the Currently Reading book log and am loving it. It has exactly what I want and it is Google drive-based, so I don’t have to worry about losing it.

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  24. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Jan 12, 2022 @ 07:01:09

    You always have such awesome books!!
    So sorry to hear Omnicron is causing havoc there with you. Please don’t hate me for being from South Africa!! We also have a large number of cases, but very little are seriously ill. I do hope it stays like that.

    Have a wonderful week and enjoy your books and having your family with you.

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  25. Mia is mine
    Jan 14, 2022 @ 16:43:25

    Yes! When my husband is off, my routines are gone! I’m learning to be flexible, but oh it’s hard! The Good Son sounds intriguing! I’m using Goodreads as well as an Excel sheet for tracking my reading challenges and such. I just saw Book Riot’s log and will be checking it out for 2023. 🙂

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