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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I self administered my first RAT this week because my parents came up to visit on Saturday. Negative, thankfully. I’m triple Pfizer’d , and don’t go anywhere except for grocery shopping once a week, but I had the sniffles (most likely a result of having the aircon on for a solid week) and figured it was better to be safe than sorry since my parents only got their booster shots mid week.

Hubby goes back to work tomorrow after five weeks vacation, and the boys return to school next week. I’m looking forward to having some alone time again, and get back into my routine. Well not exactly alone, Aleah still has a month til University restarts but she likes her own space too. Aleah and I are continuing our late night binging though, right now it’s Motive.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy

The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Exit .45 by Ben Sanders

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New Posts…

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Review: Love and Other Puzzles by Kimberley Allsopp

Review: The Dinner Lady Detectives by Hannah Hendy

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Climate #Celebrity

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #Reference #Geography

Bookshelf Bounty

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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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Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter is an exquisite historical novel set in a mesmerising yet unforgiving land, where both profit and peril lie deep beneath the ocean’s surface…

Western Australia, 1886

As the pearling ships return to Bannin Bay after a long diving season, twenty-year-old Eliza Brightwell nervously awaits the arrival of her father’s boat.

But when his lugger finally limps in, it brings with it a tale of tragedy: Charles Brightwell, master pearler, has gone missing at sea.

Immediately, whispers from the townsfolk point to mutiny or murder, but headstrong Eliza knows her father; she is sure he is still alive. As the Bay swelters under the heat of the approaching wet season, it falls to Eliza to seek out the truth behind her eccentric father’s disappearance.

But as she delves beneath the glamorous veneer of south sea pearling, she discovers that the sun-baked streets she thought she knew so well are teeming with corruption, prejudice and blackmail.

How far is she willing to go to solve the mystery and save the ones she loves? And what family secrets will come to haunt her along the way? Because the truth may cost more than pearls – and she must decide if she’s willing to pay the price . . .

A gloriously rich and wonderfully assured debut, Lizzie Pook’s Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter tells the story of a daughter, a family, a place and a hidden history; rendered with astonishing clarity, it is a novel that marks Lizzie Pook as a name to watch

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Lily Harford is nearing the end of her once joyful life – and for her, it can’t come soon enough. Who will have the courage, kindness and love to grant her last request? A compassionate and heart-felt story for readers of Jodi Picoult, Tricia Stringer and Fiona Lowe.

Knowing she is sliding into dementia, Lily Harford is ready to give up her life … but can she persuade someone to commit the illegal act of taking it from her?

Lily has lived a joyful, independent life in a seaside town in Queensland, running her own business and raising a daughter as a single mother at a time when few women did so. Now health and circumstance have pushed her into a nursing home, and her memory is failing, although events of the past remain fresh. Like pulling back the layers of a Russian doll, Lily recalls the former selves – mother, professional woman, lover, daughter – who still exist inside her.

Lily’s daughter, Pauline, has been pushed to her limits by her demanding job, as well as the needs of her mother, husband, daughter and grandchildren. And now her mother is begging to die. Nurse aide Donna, still recovering from a dysfunctional childhood and the demise of her marriage, finds comfort in Lily’s kindness and down to earth wisdom. As Lily fades, she asks Donna, too, to help her end her life.

A thought-provoking, vivid and moving exploration of how we value a life well lived, and the decisions we make when that life is coming to an end.

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ONE MISSING GIRL. NO SUSPECTS. A TOWN ABOUT TO IGNITE.

Quala, a North Queensland sugar town, the 1970s.

Barbara McClymont walks the cane fields searching for Janet, her sixteen-year-old daughter, who has been missing for weeks. The police have no leads. The people of Quala are divided by dread and distrust. But the sugar crush is underway and the cane must be burned.

Meanwhile, children dream of a malevolent presence, a schoolteacher yearns to escape, and history keeps returning to remind Quala that the past is always present.

As the smoke rises and tensions come to a head, the dark heart of Quala will be revealed, affecting the lives of all those who dwell beyond the cane.

The Cane is an evocative and atmospheric thriller, and announces an exciting new voice in Australian crime writing.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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51 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 00:08:21

    Love the sound of Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter.

    Enjoy your books and your week of reading.

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  2. the bookworm
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 00:38:48

    Your books all look good, enjoy them! I’m adding Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter to my tbr. I’m triple Moderna’d myself but anytime I have a sniffle or I sneeze I’m like OMG! Lol I’m trying not to overthink it anymore.

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  3. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 00:51:37

    Here in Germany, school and university already started. Kids get tested evey day because our government wants to know how many of them got infected during their holidays. The sad thing, all the testing has become normal. I feel weird when I leave the house without a mask and have to go back upstairs to get one. Stay safe!

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  4. Trin Carl
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 01:16:44

    Lots of people seem to be in “The competition” train. I need to check that one out for myself. Have a greaet week.

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  5. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 01:17:17

    Enjoy the visit with your parents. I can imagine you’ve enjoyed having everyone home, but some time to yourself sounds lovely too. Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  6. Mae
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 01:49:37

    Having kids back in school seems to relieve tension in a lot of families, though here there are such terrible controversies over the simple expedient of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the disease as much as possible. I wish them a good return!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 24, 2022 @ 03:34:12

      Masks are still mandated in buildings here, including high schools. My boys wear theirs without complaint. They are only returning because they are entering grades 11 and 12. If they were younger I’d keep them home for another month or so til the worst of this outbreak has passed.

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  7. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 01:53:56

    So glad you got to see your family!

    Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter looks amazing!

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  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 02:02:26

    I’m sure you will enjoy having a little bit more time once everyone returns to school.

    Lily Harford’s Last Request sounds promising. I am quite interested in end-of-life stories.

    Have a great week!

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  9. thebookdisciple
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 02:35:41

    I’m triple Moderna! I don’t usually freak out because I ALWAYS have a stuffy or runny noes! Haha!

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  10. yvonne473
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 03:31:57

    Lily Harford’s Last Request sounds really interesting. I hope you have a great week and get some alone time.

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  11. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 04:09:37

    Although it’s great to have family back at home, I agree that getting back to a routine and having more time to oneself is also nice. I am glad you tested negative so could enjoy your parents’ visit.

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  12. Emma
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 04:10:45

    I wish I had only just done my first test. I have to test for work. My daughter has to test for school. It feels like it will never end. I like the look of The Cane, though I read so many mystery/thrillers, I am not sure I can add another to the shelf!

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  13. harvee
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 04:22:03

    Congrats on testing negative on the test. What a relief you must feel.
    Your books are a nice variety of genres.

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  14. Louise H
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 04:37:23

    I’ve not binged watched anything for a while. I did start with the BBC drama The Tourist, which is set in Australia, but I’ve been too busy reading to finish the series. My hubby hadn’t watched it with me either so I also have to find a time when he isn’t watching something.
    You have a great selection of books to read (as always) – I hope they’re all winners.

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  15. Mrs. S
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 05:42:26

    I hope you and your parents have a good visit. Have a great week!

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  16. Cindy Davis
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 07:06:25

    Lily Harford’s Last Request looks interesting and I imagine a bit sad. I hope you enjoy these and have a good week. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/01/stacking-shelves-7sunday-post-4.html

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  17. Literary Feline
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 07:09:39

    I am glad your test was negative. Allergies are the bane of my existence these days–since the beginning of the pandemic really. I hope your husband’s first day back went well. That is too bad about The Dinner Lady Detective. It sounded so promising. I hope you are enjoying your current reads. Have a great week!

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  18. Greg
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 08:14:11

    We just got exposed through work so we’ll see how that goes. We’re all vacced up so hoping for best. Hope school starting back up goes well there. I’ve seen some debates on Twitter about it. It’s so wide open here with conservative districts largely forgoing masking and more liberal ones going w/.

    the Cane sounds quite good.

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  19. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 08:52:30

    Hope the returns to work and school go smoothly… I know you’ll appreciate the extra space and time to yourself. (I always did!) Glad you got to visit with your parents. Happy reading this week…Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter looks really good.

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  20. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 09:00:00

    I’m glad your test was negative! I had to take a test in October prior to a wedding (the bride and groom asked everyone to be responsible and test before attending) and another last weekend. I had a scratchy throat and headache and decided it wouldn’t hurt to test. Luckily mine was negative too. We’re just getting shipments of tests from the government here. They’ve been almost impossible to find in stores.

    I enjoy seeing my family but I always like getting back into my quiet routine too.

    Enjoy your week!

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  21. Jinjer
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 09:24:38

    How do the late night binge sessions work? Do you and your daughter meet up in the living room at an appointed time? Are snacks involved?

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  22. Carla
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 11:45:58

    Enjoy your visit with your parents and time with your daughter until she goes back to University. Glad everyone is well at your house. Enjoy your upcoming books, Shelleyrae.

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  23. WendyW
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 11:47:14

    I’m so glad your test was negative. Almost the same thing happened to me, I had a cold and went and got a test, but it was also negative. Happy Reading

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  24. claire @ clairefy
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 13:04:54

    Happy Monday! Glad to hear that you tested negative. I am a college student as well and actually heading back to school tomorrow — nervous and excited for it! I’m currently finishing up My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

    claire @ clairefy

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  25. Lady Tessa
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 13:08:23

    Always good news when you receive a negative Covid test! I hope you enjoy a bit more quiet this week as you get closer to your normal routine. Have a great week!

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  26. Northwoman
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 13:27:43

    I’m glad you had a nice holiday break with family but yes, it can be lovely to get back to routine. I hear Omicron has more cold symptoms and sore throat so a throat swab is important as well as a nasal swab in the tests. We’re just staying home and it’s good. Enjoy your reading and routines this week!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  27. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 13:50:23

    I’m glad you got to see your family, but I know that can also be stressful. I need lots of alone time to function. I hope you have a great week!

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  28. WordsAndPeace
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 14:29:00

    All these books look good, enjoy!
    My post is here: https://wordsandpeace.com/2022/01/23/sunday-post-50-1-23-2022/

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  29. Kathryn
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 15:47:43

    I only learned today what a RAT is!! The news is talking about them, mainly the absence of them and not being able to obtain them. Omicron is now out and about here so I guess will be hunkering down soon. Lots of reading planned for that quieter time.

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  30. Melinda
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 16:23:30

    Everyone in my family has had to take a rapid test except me, but we keep a few on hand just in case. I can understand taking them if you are stuffed up or coughing. One sneeze and I think I have COVID!

    Have a great week!

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  31. sandysbookaday
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 16:52:45

    I have Lily Harford’s Last Request to read too, Shelleyrae so I m looking forward to your review. I’ve read a few good books about the pearling industry so am off in search of Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter. ❤📚

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  32. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jan 24, 2022 @ 21:10:17

    The Competition sounds hilarious! Last Request has a heartbreaking blurb, but sounds like a promising character-focused read.

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  33. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 00:44:59

    Now I must read Lily Harford’s Last Request! I love characters that are aging…perhaps because I am, too! I hated being in Assisted Living for two years, and I didn’t have any issues that would have required it! So I want to avoid going there again at any time in the future. No matter what! I think I would rather go the route Lily is planning, LOL. Or maybe not.

    Enjoy your week!

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  34. Kathy Martin
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 04:24:41

    Nice looking assortment of books. I’m triple vaxxed too. A friend is coming to visit this weekend which will be my first possible exposure to someone outside my house since the first of the year. Hopefully, she’s well. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  35. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 05:07:33

    We just got a few home test kits since we’re venturing out a little more — although out of everyone in my house, I probably stay home the most and try to avoid crowds when possible, since I’m hoping to be able to visit my elderly father next month. Wishing you a great week!

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  36. Tee
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 05:22:36

    I haven’t seen any of these books until your post, I am looking forward to checking them out more

    Here is my post today:
    https://twogirlsandtheirbookishlife.blogspot.com/2022/01/it-is-monday-what-are-you-reading.html

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  37. Sherry Fundin
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 07:03:00

    the cover for cane really grabbed me and when i read the blurb i knew it would be a good fit
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  38. BookerTalk
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 09:10:19

    Are you not going out because you are not confident or because there are so many restrictions in place they rob any outing of its joy?

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  39. 🤍The Butterfly Reader 🖤 (Querying) (@sweet_cherry69)
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 11:11:43

    Every single time I even feel a tickle in my throat I panic for a few seconds even though I’m triple vaxxed. I wonder if this fear will ever fully leave me. But I’m glad that you’re negative.

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  40. vvb32
    Jan 25, 2022 @ 17:01:30

    The Cane looks like a good one. Enjoy

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  41. Marg
    Jan 26, 2022 @ 20:36:05

    I am really interested in the Pearler’s Daughter book! Sounds interesting.

    Have a good week!

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  42. cleemckenzie
    Jan 27, 2022 @ 03:13:11

    I miss not having my parents’ visits. Enjoy yours.

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