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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This flu is stubborn, and though I have felt better in the last day or so I’m still rather phlegmy. I’m honestly even more certain I do not want to catch CoVid, and so despite the looks of disapproval, I’ll keep masking when I grocery shop.

I’m looking forward to my daughter coming home at the end of this week for her mid semester break. She’ll be here for about a month or so.

Otherwise everything is fairly ordinary. It’s winter here so it’s cold, especially at night (by Australian standards), and I’m enjoying the warmth of my electric heated throw while I sit on the lounge. I may only use it for about a month every year but it’s so worth it.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Surgeon’s Daughter by

The Fallback by DL Hicks

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor

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New Posts…

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Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Review: One Foot in the Fade by Luke Arnold

Review: The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentil

Review: Scrubbed by Dr Nikki Stamp

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


A gripping contemporary novel from a magnificent new talent that tackles the almost unbreakable loyalty of female friendships, the generosity of community and the lengths we will go to save a child.

Ren will do anything for her best friend, Anna. The news that Anna’s daughter Charlotte has terminal brain cancer sends them on a desperate hunt for a cure and their only hope lies in an expensive European drug trial.

Ren jumps on board Anna’s fundraising efforts, willing to put everything on the line – her reputation in their close-knit community and all the money she can beg or borrow – to secure Charlotte’s place. When the local charity drive quickly becomes a nationwide campaign, townspeople start asking questions about the trial. And Anna’s past. Questions Ren can’t answer.

The more she uncovers, the more Ren realises the truth is darker than she could ever imagine. Are there any lines that won’t be crossed in their fight for Charlotte?

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Based on a true story, a spellbinding historical novel about the world’s first female investigative journalist, Nellie Bly.

In 1887, young Nellie Bly sets out for New York and a career in journalism, determined to make her way as a serious reporter, whatever that may take.

But life in the city is tougher than she imagined. Down to her last dime and desperate to prove her worth, she comes up with a dangerous plan: to fake insanity and have herself committed to the asylum on Blackwell’s Island. There, she will work undercover to expose the asylum’s wretched conditions.

But when the asylum door swings shut behind her, she finds herself in a place of horrors, governed by a cruelty she could never have imagined. Cold, isolated and starving, her days of terror reawaken the traumatic events of her childhood. She entered the asylum of her own free will – but will she ever get out?

An extraordinary portrait of a woman ahead of her time, Madwoman is the story of a quest for the truth that changed the world

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Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human

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Just how do you become a barrister? Why do only 1 per cent of those who study law succeed in joining this mysteriously opaque profession? And why might a practising barrister come to feel the need to reveal the lies, secrets, failures and crises at the heart of this world of wigs and gowns?

Nothing But The Truth charts an outsider’s progress down the winding path towards practising at the Bar, taking in the sometimes absurd traditions of the Inns of Court, where every meal mandates a glass of port and a toast to the Queen, to the Hunger Games-type contest for pupillage, through the endlessly frustrating experience of being a junior barrister – as a creaking, ailing justice system begins to convince them that something has to change 

Full of hilarious, shocking and surprising stories, Nothing But The Truth tracks the Secret Barrister’s transformation from hang ‘em and flog ‘em, austerity-supporting twenty-something to campaigning, bestselling, reforming author whose writing in defence of the law is celebrated around the globe. It asks questions about what we understand by justice, and what it takes to change our minds. It also reveals the darker side of working in criminal law, and how the things our justice system gets wrong are not the things most people expect.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 01:48:09

    Cold sounds excellent with the very high 100F / 38C temps we are having about every other 5 days. At least it is not constant. Right now it’s a heavenly 80 with low humidity and a north wind. So time to do that yard work!

    I’m totally with you on the wearing masks and not wanting covid. People go around like it’s over; it’s not. Several in our neighborhood have it because they ask about other picking up stuff from the store for them.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  2. lisanaz
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 01:51:37

    Your review of Nothing But the Truth is just an entire copy of the Amazon blurb. What did YOU think of the book?

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  3. thebookdisciple
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 02:22:16

    I’m so jealous of your cold weather. It has been heat warning hot here and that doesn’t typically happen until July/August in my area. Have a great!

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  4. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 04:42:31

    Glad to read your review of Book Lovers – it’s not normally my type of book (those covers always put me off) and after hearing an interview with her on the podcast What Should I Read Next, I think it goes on my summer read list.! AND, I also finished Woman in the Library – your review echoes my thoughts as well. I was surprised and entertained through the whole book. Mad Woman catches my eye from your Currently Reading – will look forward to your review

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  5. Greg
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:14:39

    I hope you feel better. I’ll never understand why some people care so much about OTHER people wearing masks. I actually think it’s great when I see it, because the person is being careful for themself and others, but why it bothers some people… SMH. Anyway… be well this week!

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 11:31:30

    I’m sorry the flu is making you so miserable. I understand completely when you say you are feeling even more vigilant in avoiding Covid.

    I am glad to read your review of Book Lovers. I’ve been looking forward to seeing what you thought of it.

    You have a lot of great books in your lineup. Mad Woman, The Guncle, and Nothing But the Truth all sound good.

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  7. vvb32
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 15:18:19

    Feel better soon. I want to read Guncle before the film version comes out.

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  8. sandysbookaday
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 16:25:19

    Sorry to hear that you have the flu, Shelleyrae. Please take care. It’s getting cold here in New Zealand too. The last few days have been bleak, but at least it’s stopped raining. ❤📚 Enjoy your reads.

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  9. WendyW
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 23:21:58

    I’ve heard The Guncle is very funny, it’s one I want to read soon

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  10. Cheryl C. Malandrinos
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 23:35:41

    Praying you feel better soon. How nice that your daughter is coming home.

    Your books look wonderful. I need to read The Guncle. I have to admit it is more because my son couldn’t say uncle when he was a boy so he called them guncle than anything else.

    Hope you have a nice week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2022/06/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_01005786182.html

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  11. Kathy Martin
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 00:05:48

    I’m sorry the flu is still lingering for you. I hope you feel better soon. The Guncle sounds intriguing. I hope you enjoy it.

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  12. Tina
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 00:11:40

    I’m very sorry to hear you had the flu and hell no, we don’t want covid!!! Sad what you said about looks of disapproval at the grocery store. Depends where we shop – seems some stores have customers who mask, about 90%, but there is another grocery store where you are just about the only one masking. I mask – haven’t even had a cold since I retired so that tells you something about spreading of germs!

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  13. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 00:46:30

    I am curious about Mad Woman and Someone Else’s Child.

    How ridiculous that others are looking down their noses at maskers! What a weird reaction to a potentially deadly disease. Stay safe, and give them the finger, LOL.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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  14. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 02:48:44

    We’re still masking most places too, and we’re usually the only ones. I expect disapproving looks but honestly don’t really see them, thank goodness. I did start going back to the gym and I think I would asphyxiate if I tried to wear a mask while working out. I try to mitigate it by going at times that aren’t busy and finding machines and areas away from everyone else. I hope you recover from the flu soon. At least you have your daughter’s visit to look forward to!

    Thanks so much for recommending Books Lovers on my blog last week! It was just what I needed!

    Enjoy your week!

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  15. Stephanie - Bookfever
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 03:25:42

    Hope you feel better very soon!

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  16. yvonne473
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 03:51:58

    I hope you feel better soon! Take care of yourself and I hope you have a great week!

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  17. Helen Murdoch
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 04:58:52

    I am sorry that you still feel bad! I hope it clears up soon. Enjoy the time with your daughter; I picture cups of tea in front of the fire (and under the electric blanket). Enjoy!

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  18. jennielyse
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 05:02:20

    I don’t blame you for not wanting COVID and that you’ll keep masking up. My husband and I just got over COVID and it wasn’t fun. We got it from my father-in-law when we decided to brave a family get-together for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I hope you feel better soon. Have a great week!

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  19. Book of Secrets
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 08:01:44

    Have to say I’m kind of jealous of your cold nights and cozy throw! I miss winter (but I’ll probably regret saying that next January). I hope you can shake off that flu soon. Take it easy!

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  20. cweichel
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 08:56:29

    I now want to read Madwoman, although it kind of terrifies me. I think wearing a mask is a good idea. I ended up with Covid even though I wear an N95 mask. I picked it up at a memorial for a cousin’s child. Even though I’ve had it, I continue to wear my mask because I don’t want this flu that’s going around!

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  21. Kathryn
    Jun 21, 2022 @ 13:19:49

    Hope you enjoy The Guncle, I did. Yes the flu and Covid are to be avoided and even when our masks go, I’ll still be wearing one. Many of my extended family have now picked up Covid and they assure us its no walk in the park.

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  22. C. Lee McKenzie
    Jun 23, 2022 @ 07:04:24

    Yuck to phlegmy, and definitely not good on a wintery day. Here, we just had our first day of summer with triple-digit temps. No cold would dare attack in this heat.

    I’ve noted a couple of your books for future reading. Thanks again for helping me grow my list.

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  23. Vicki
    Jun 23, 2022 @ 22:57:18

    I hope you’re feeling better by now! I wear a mask still, and will for as long as I need to, I don’t care if anyone disapproves. People are way to judgmental!

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  24. Susan
    Jun 24, 2022 @ 06:21:33

    I hope you’re feeling better. And it must be so fun to have your daughter home. Enjoy your month with her! & happy reading.

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  25. Mia is mine
    Jun 26, 2022 @ 14:07:49

    It looks like you’re reading some great books. Several of your books are on/have been put on my TBR. The Secret Barrister’s books seem intriguing! Thank you for sharing!

    Hopefully, this week you’re feeling better?
    Yes, mask up all you want – whatever makes you feel safe and secure! 😊

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  26. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jun 27, 2022 @ 01:17:12

    Here in Germany it is warm if not hot. We feel the heat that is coming up from Africa and I don´t want to know how it will be during July/August. I am sorry to hear that you still don´t feel good. Hope that will change soon. Wearing a mask is never a bad idea. I see some wearing one while others don´t do it anymore when going to the supermarket. Wishing you a good time with your daughter and happy reading.

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