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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Sigh. I had the worst writer’s block this past week, so I’m several reviews behind, and I’ve had to back date a few (you’ll notice one still isn’t linked because it’s not quite finished but it’s 3am and my brain is tired). I have to be stricter with myself and just get them done.

I have a question this week, I’d appreciate your opinion by answering this simple poll.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Dead Horse Gap by Lee Christine

Wild Dogs by Michael Trant

The Islands by Emily Brugman

The Very Last List of Vivian Walker by Megan Albany

The Iron Sword by Julia Kagawa

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New Posts…

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Review: The Gosling Girl by Jacqueline Roy

Review: Dead Horse Gap by Lee Christine

Review: Wild Dogs by Michael Trant

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Question: How long does it take to tear someone’s life apart?

Answer: Sometimes just one night.

From the outside the parents of the kindergarten class at Darley Heights primary school seem to have it all. Living in the wealthy Sydney suburbs, it’s a community where everyone knows each other – and secrets don’t stay secret for long.

The big date in the calendar is the school’s annual fundraising trivia night, but when the evening gets raucously out of hand, talk turns to partner-swapping. Initially scandalised, it’s not long before a group of parents make a reckless one-night-only pact.

But in the harsh light of day, those involved must face the fallout of their behaviour. As they begin to navigate the shady aftermath of their wild night, the truth threatens to rip their perfect lives apart – and revenge turns fatal.

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An entertaining romp through Australian history that celebrates the badass sheroes we were never taught about in school and who deserve to be printed on our money, goddamn it!

It’s been said that ‘well-behaved women seldom make history’, but the handful of white boys who wrote our history books conveniently left most of them out. Whoops! To rectify this situation, Eliza Reilly is setting out to revive the forgotten stories of the badass Sheilas of Australian history.

Chain yourself to pub counters with the determined Merle Thornton, fight for Indigenous rights alongside Faith Bandler, and lure forlorn sailors with swimmer-slash-mermaid Annette Kellerman. Deceive cranky soldiers with bushranger Mary Ann Bugg, infiltrate Nazi strongholds on the back of Nancy Wake’s bike – and much, much more.

Cracking with satirical wit and whole-hearted admiration, Sheilas is a cheeky, funny, inspirational celebration of the tough-titted ladies who hiked up their petticoats and fly-kicked down the doors of opportunity for modern Australia.

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A vivid, romantic story of Sydney in the 1930s Depression – the heartbreak, the glamour, the dark underbelly, the struggle towards a better day – and one young woman’s dream of designing her way from rags to riches. For readers of Natasha Lester and Victoria Purman.

1930: Seventeen-year-old Iris Mitchell dreams of designing clothes, but there’s little spare cash for fashion in their shanty-town home. The gift of a single purple ribbon from would-be boyfriend John Tucker, however, creates an unexpected opportunity … and when Iris’s brother Jim joins the Sydney Harbour Bridge construction, the large, dirt-poor but loving Mitchell family can move to the city. Iris will be torn away from John, but he’s Protestant and she’s Catholic, taboo in their world, so perhaps it wasn’t meant to be …

1932: By day, Iris scrubs the floors at Caron’s, an upmarket department store. By night, she designs and sews in her family’s tiny, crowded house. Friendship with gorgeous, livewire Natasha, one of Caron’s models, allows Iris to show her skills, but will her talent be acknowledged … or exploited?

When John reappears, passions are reignited, and Iris must face not only their religious divide, but the apparent impossibility of having both marriage and a career. Meanwhile, the Mitchells must navigate life in a city riven by corruption, dirty politics and gambling. Will their faith, determination and deep family bond save them when tragedy and adversity strike? In 1930s Sydney, the stakes have never been higher .

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High Fantasy with a double-shot of self-reinvention

Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv the orc barbarian cashes out of the warrior’s life with one final score. A forgotten legend, a fabled artifact, and an unreasonable amount of hope lead her to the streets of Thune, where she plans to open the first coffee shop the city has ever seen.

However, her dreams of a fresh start pulling shots instead of swinging swords are hardly a sure bet. Old frenemies and Thune’s shady underbelly may just upset her plans. To finally build something that will last, Viv will need some new partners and a different kind of resolve.

A hot cup of fantasy slice-of-life with a dollop of romantic froth.

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tina
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 04:29:54

    I’ve had the block or lost the mojo for my food blog so, I just stopped posting there. I will get back to it but the only obligations i have are on the book blog. That’s because of NetGalley and I am sure they will never give me another ARC if I don’t get cracking! My point is, whan blogging is a chore I take a break.

    I answered your poll. If I see a book that interests me I jot the title/author down to try and get later – fro the library or Amazon or Thifftbooks.

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  2. sandysbookaday
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 05:45:10

    Glad I’m not the only one with a ridiculous March ARC review schedule. I also answered your poll Shelleyrae, and sorry but it was never., although I may make use of it for the first time when you review Badass Sheila’s of Australian History.. But like Tina, I tend to get books from Netgalley, the library and thrift shops. I have just requested The Trivia Night from Netgalley, though the last thing I really need is yet one more book to read for review this month. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? I also agree with Tina that sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from blogging, and refresh yourself. And I still have 3 reviews to write as we speak and am almost finished another book. Take care and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses my friend. ❤📚

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  3. Carol
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 05:46:12

    Re poll: the only reason I don’t is because I use my own affiliate links so I can give myself credit for the purchase! Also I usually try to get books from the library before I resort to a purchase.

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 06:20:52

    It’s interesting that you ask about the purchase links on your blog. I don’t think I have ever used one on anyone’s blog, but people must use them or they wouldn’t exist in general. I tend to add books to my TBR list then when I am ready to get them I visit my local indie bookstore.

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  5. Barbara Harper
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 06:46:24

    I’m afraid my answer to the poll was “Never” as well. I’ll use links in a blog to click through to Amazon, check out the book a little further, and then add it to my wish list. If I purchase it from the wish list, I don’t know if the original link gets credit. But usually my Amazon wish list makes up my birthday and Christmas wish lists when family asks what I want. 🙂 It’s rare that I buy a book immediately upon reading a blog review of it.

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 07:45:36

    I definitely look up the titles of all the books that interest me on your blog. There are no people who do such a great job of sharing the books they enjoy as book bloggers. Thank you!

    And I am sorry you are behind in reviews. Your reviews are excellent and helpful. I just write down my first thoughts, however they emerge!

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  7. Northwoman
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 08:11:00

    I never buy from links in a post as first I go look to see if I can get it at the library or KU. But oddly I have thought about purchasing from yours, probably from Book Depository for Australian books which aren’t released here, yet or ever.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  8. Greg
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 08:32:44

    I have some posts that haven’t made it up either- it’s frustrating. 🙂

    I hope The Islands was good.

    I voted no on your poll only because I never have used them, but not for lack of interest. I actually like supporting blogs by using their affiliate links if I order a book they review- I just sadly don’t do it that often because I usually buy from Amazon sadly enough or in a bookstore. I would like to do it though- and in fact will pay more attention ha ha if a review sells me on a book to see if they have a link. 🙂

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  9. Kathryn
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 12:51:50

    Take care, make those reviews not so long and detailed and give yourself a break. I did see a little comment from you, included in Fiona Lowe’s new book so that was nice to see

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  10. gulfsidemusing
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 13:03:19

    I don’t think I’ve ever used a purchase link from any blog. I usually investigate on goodreads and then check my library for availability. I’ll buy books I can’t get at the library or books I’ve read, loved, & want to keep on my shelf.

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  11. WendyW
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 13:09:58

    Writing reviews gets tiresome. Sometimes I feel like I say the same thing over and over again. Take some time, and take care of yourself.

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  12. Melinda
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 15:21:17

    I got very burned out writing reviews back when I was doing a lot of blog tours, which is why I stopped doing them. Now, my reviews are just on Goodreads and then I paste them into my weekly update post and it’s working for me right now.

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  13. Emma
    Feb 21, 2022 @ 18:41:40

    Been there with the writers block….like the look of Trivia Night. Will check out x

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  14. Mia @ Genre Books and Me
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 01:21:06

    The Trivia Night looks interesting. I understand writing block and lost mojo for reviewers. Just let them come when they will. You read a lot of books this week!

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  15. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 01:44:53

    The Trivia Night reminds me of Big Little Lies!

    Enjoy your week and your books, and hopefully your stress levels will go down! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  16. Lyn Perry
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 02:15:54

    Thought I commented already but maybe not. Legends and Lattes looks fun! My Monday bookshelf is up!
    http://www.lyndonperrywriter.com/2022/02/book-date-monday-amreading-feb-21.html

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  17. Kathy Martin
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 02:27:10

    I have managed to avoid writing reviews lately by rereading books I’ve previously reviewed. I feel like I say the same thing over and over in my reviews. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  18. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 05:55:49

    Interesting to see your poll and the way the results are trending. I tried including affiliate links for a while, but I never actually got any benefit from them, so I’ve more or less stopped — just one more step to getting a post finished. Hope you have a great week!

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  19. Cindy Davis
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 08:06:47

    I have finished 4 books that I need to do the reviews for. I simply haven’t had the time, but they are hanging over my head, I feel your pain. Have a great week!

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  20. Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Feb 22, 2022 @ 11:16:01

    I like the sound of The Trivia Night! I hope you will have a wonderful week and happy reading.

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  21. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Feb 23, 2022 @ 00:54:06

    It’s so easy to get burnt out with reviews and blogging. I hope the writer’s block improves. Have a great week!

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  22. Laurie C
    Feb 23, 2022 @ 04:29:16

    Thank you for visiting my blog! We’re not on the same reading wavelength this week. 😉
    I answered no in the poll, but wasn’t sure at first if it meant what I thought it meant! I might click on a purchasing link just to get more info on a book, see other reviews, etc. but never purchase immediately from reading a single blog review, especially when I’m reading from the U.S. and you’re in Australia. A good review from a blogger whom I I follow, such as you, will put the book on my radar, though!
    I was relieved to see in the comments that you didn’t mind the “no” answer. I link to the publishers and don’t think many people click on the links (I can tell in my stats) so I should probably stop spending time on it, too!

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  23. cleemckenzie
    Feb 24, 2022 @ 03:23:13

    I’ve been dodging writers’ block by editing. I’m hoping that will carry me through this “dry” period until the old well fills up again. Good luck with your slump…It’s temporary.

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  24. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    Apr 05, 2022 @ 23:49:31

    Just answered your poll with a ‘never’. I tried using an affiliate link on my site for 6-12 months and it didn’t result in any purchases, so I’ve stopped. I think much of my audience is made up of savvy book bloggers like us with ready access to books. How lucky are we?

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