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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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal

Love and Other Puzzles by Kimberley Allsopp

The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy

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New Posts…

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Review: The Maid by Nita Prose

Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Review: Would I Lie To You? By Aliya Ali-Afzal

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #SocialHistory #PopularScience

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Language #MedicalMemoir

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 



Frances
quite honestly isn’t that excited about the SpeechMakers annual national conference and public-speaking competition. What she’s excited about (relatively speaking) is that this year there’s a major prize. Frances has a few small problems and forty thousand dollars would go a long way to sorting them out.

Keith is Frances’s probably-ex-mentor, it’s hard to tell since she’s not talking to him, and he disapproves of the prize money. He thinks SpeechMakers should be about self-improvement, not self-enrichment. He wants to win the competition, though. He thinks it might help the situation with his wife Linda.

Neil doesn’t care about the competition at all but Judy, his mother and coach, does, so.

And Rebecca…

Actually, what the hell is Rebecca doing here? Rebecca belongs to Frances’s past, not her present. And certainly not her (hopefully) less-disastrous future.

Katherine Collette, author of the hilarious The Helpline, returns with another sharply observed comedy of manners and a cast of loveable underachievers, headed for self-improvement despite themselves.

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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 #TheCompetition #CooperNotOut #MurderMostFancy #TheGoodSon

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. harvee
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 01:46:51

    Murder Most Fancy sounds like a fun read!

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  2. Mrs. S
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 02:37:49

    Some interesting sounding reads. Hope you have a great week.

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 03:14:44

    I love Jacquelyn Mitchard’s books, so I pre-ordered The Good Son. Can’t wait to read it.

    Enjoy your week! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. Trin Carl
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 03:24:32

    The competition sounds great. I could see myself writing about the perils of public speaking due to my improv experience. thanks for sharing.

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  5. Anne+-+Books+of+My+Heart
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 03:27:43

    You got some interesting new books. Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  6. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 04:41:22

    Your quote is perfect. I definitely feel like kindness (and understanding) is the name of the game right now.

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  7. BookerTalk
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 05:25:13

    My mum would love The Competition – she has been part of a speaking group for about 30 years, taking part in and judging competitions

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  8. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 05:33:13

    I love that quote at the top. And that company!

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  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 07:42:33

    Cooper Not Out sounds really delightful! And I’ve added The Maid to my list to watch for.

    I’m going to share that beautiful poster about unexpected kindness!

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  10. Greg
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 12:44:14

    Hope you are well! I can’t wait to read the Maid.

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  11. WendyW
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 13:04:15

    I’ve heard some great things about The Good Son.

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  12. Kathryn
    Jan 17, 2022 @ 15:13:13

    I take it you were at the receiving end of a bit of extra kindness, I hope so, and love the statement too. Hope you and yours are keeping Covid free. The Good Son sounds interesting, I could have read and reviewed it from NG, but am cutting down. Will see what you say.

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  13. Kathy Martin
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 03:32:05

    Nice looking group of books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  14. Literary Feline
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 05:23:05

    Murder Most Fancy sounds fun! I hope you are enjoying all your current reads. I hope to read The Maid soon. I am also really curious about The Dinner Lady Detectives. I hope you have a great week!

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  15. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 06:12:08

    Wishing you a great week!

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  16. Vicki
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 07:39:09

    Those books have really nice covers!

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