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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It’s Fathers Day in Australia! We had a family lunch with my parents yesterday at the restaurant where my youngest son works. Today my husband has been content to play Fallout on the PlayStation for 9 hours straight, and then I made him his favourite beef stroganoff for dinner.

My eldest has moved out..mostly. Half of her stuff is still here, so she’s back & forth to pick up stuff, and she doesn’t have a washing machine so she came home to do her laundry today. My youngest daughter has a week off between terms so she will be coming home from uni on the weekend.

I’m looking forward to the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival this week. I used my Parents NSW vouchers (part of a government program to stimulate post CoVid spending on entertainment) to book live stream tickets to six sessions. I’ll also be attending my first author event since CoVid later this month as Petronella Govern is coming to my local library.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Manhattan Girls by Gill Paul

Dirty Deeds Down Under Edited by Craig Sisterson and Lindy Cameron

Gone To Ground by Bronwyn Hall

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New Posts…

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Slowly getting caught up…

 

Review: Someone Else’s Child by Kylie Orr

Review: Counterfeit by Kirsten Chen

Review: Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby

Review: Unmask Alice by Rick Emerson

Review: The Angry Womens Choir by Meg Bignell

Review: Five Bush Weddings by Clare Fletcher

Review: The Littlest Library by Poppy Alexander

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Monthly Spotlight #8

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

How well do you really know the people you work with?

For work wives Debra and Quinn, it’s a case of opposites attract. They are each other’s lifelines as they navigate office politics and jobs that pay the bills but don’t inspire them.

Outside work, they are also friends, but where Quinn is addicted to dating apps and desperate to find love, Deb has sworn off men. Although Deb is not close to her own mother, her teenage daughter is her life and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do to protect her. But Ramona has other ideas and is beginning to push boundaries.

Life becomes even more complicated by the arrival of a new man at the office. One woman is attracted to him, while the other hoped she’d never meet him again.

But when Deb, Quinn and Ramona are forced to choose between friends, love and family, the ramifications run deeper than they could ever have expected.

The latest novel by bestselling, ABIA award winning author Rachael Johns will make you laugh, cry and wonder what secrets your friends are keeping!

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What if your search for the truth puts your family at risk?

The close-knit community of Kinton Bay is shocked when fifteen-year-old Siena Britton makes a grisly discovery in the national park. She believes it’s a skull from the town’s violent colonial past and posts a video which hits the news headlines.

Her parents, Meri and Rollo, aren’t so sure. In 1998, their classmate went missing after a party in the Killing Cave. They’re horrified to discover the destructive teenage parties are still happening, and Siena was there last weekend.

While Meri is trying to keep her daughter out of trouble, she doesn’t realise her son, Taj, has his own problems. And none of them foresees the danger that Siena’s actions will create for the whole family.

As more secrets are exposed, the police investigate whether multiple murders have been committed. If so, by whom? And is the killer still living in Kinton Bay?

The Liars is a heart-stopping cocktail of family secrets, sinister unsolved killings and a community at war with itself.

A wife burning with resentment. A husband hiding the past. Their teenage daughter crusading for the truth. Who can we trust?

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Tom Phillips (Humans; Truth) and Jonn Elledge (The Compendium of Not Quite Everything) team up to debunk the greatest conspiracy theories humans have ever espoused – to teach us how not to fall for them

From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, it’s always been human nature to believe we’re being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are).

But while it can be fun to indulge in a bit of Deep State banter on the family Whatsapp group, recent times have shown us that some of these theories have taken on a life of their own – and in our dogged quest for the truth, it appears we might actually be doing it some damage.

In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer an important question: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?

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Obstetrician Riley Brand leaves the city behind to go in search of her mother, who’s taken leave from her marriage to pursue a passion for opal mining in the dry backblocks of an old mining town. Accepting a short-term posting as a fertility expert in Lightning Ridge, Riley plans to assist women pursue their baby dreams in remote and regional areas, while at the same time helping to rekindle her parents’ love for each other.

The small dusty community is a far cry from her polite medical practice on the North Shore of Sydney, but the down-to-earth locals soon welcome her into the fold with their Friday night social gatherings. But no one is more welcoming than enigmatic doctor Konrad Grey, the GP who’s working alongside her.

When an employee of their medical practice confesses she’s hiding an unexpected pregnancy, Konrad and Riley are thrown together in challenging and wonderful ways.

A moving and heartwarming story about new life and new loves, about the treasures to be found above and beneath the surface of a small country town, and about the important choices women must make in life.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 01:15:44

    I am curious about The Manhattan Girls.

    As I read about your emptying nest, I am reminded of how my kids did that. For some, it seemed like a revolving door for a while. Then my two youngest stayed in my guest house, alternately. When they finally left (for good?), I used the guest house for guests. That was fun.

    Enjoy your week and your books. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 01:24:32

    Conspiracy is a book we all need to read, I think. I also have several friends I need to send copies to. How do smart people fall for those ridiculous ideas? Sigh.

    It sounds like your husband is celebrating his day in his favorite way. Glad you were able to get together with family.

    Now I need to see your review for Littlest Library!

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  3. Jodie | That Happy Reader
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 02:26:23

    You’ve got some great looking books here! The Work Wives looks particularly interesting to me. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads who are celebrating this today (it’s in June for us in North America). Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  4. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 02:32:40

    How fun to finally go to an author event in person! It’s been far too long for me. And enjoy the streaming events; that’s very smart that the government gave vouchers to get people spending.

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 03:01:04

    Yay for an author event in person! That is exciting. Have a great week!

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  6. Vi @Inkvotary
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 03:12:52

    I hope you will enjoy the Festival. So happy that some sort of normal life is finally possible for some of us. Have a great new week and enjoy Father´s Day.

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  7. Cindy Davis
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 03:44:14

    Yay for an author event, I hope you enjoy it!! Have a wonderful week.

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  8. Literary Feline
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 03:53:02

    It sounds like a nice Father’s Day for your dad and husband. I think my husband would be content playing on his Playstation all day too. I hope you have a good time at the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival. I am glad you are able to to take part! Enjoy your reading and have a great week!

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  9. Northwoman
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 04:01:36

    You seem to be getting back into the swing of things. With school starting again here, it’s a time of change. I’m not ready for in-person events just yet.

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  10. gulfsidemusing
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 06:03:05

    Sounds like the men in your life enjoyed their Father’s Days! Your books for the week look good. The Work Wives should be fun and Conspiracy sounds worthwhile, too.

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  11. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 06:11:39

    I hope the event will be a lot of fun! I know I was so happy to get back to YALC this year!

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  12. Mae
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 06:32:45

    Looks like a great collection of books. Have a great week!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  13. Kathryn
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 06:55:30

    You certainly are making good inroads to those reviews. Wow 9 hours straight, he must have been crosseyed by the end! Sounds like you have some good author events lined up. I have Rachael Johns book to read although may be a little while before I get to it.

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  14. WordsAndPeace
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 06:57:40

    This Conspiracy book sounds like an important thing to read these days

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  15. harvee
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 07:07:25

    The Work Wives sounds like a fun read. Must look for it.
    Wish I could visit Australia but we are so far away in the USA, and my back issues say no super long plane rides! Have a good week.

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  16. the bookworm
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 08:29:52

    It sounds like a nice Father’s Day. Enjoy the author event! Happy reading, The Work Wives sounds interesting.

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  17. Greg
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 09:28:57

    Same here with my oldest. Back to college and back and forth to get stuff. 🙂 Your author event sounds awesome.

    I love that cover of Conspiracy. 🙂

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  18. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 10:18:48

    Petronella Govern’s book looks fantastic. I think the last author event I can’t remember how long it has been since I went to an author event. Hope you enjoy it.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  19. yvonne473
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 10:21:27

    I hope you have a good time at the Crime Writer’s Festival. The Work Wives and The Liars look good. I hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  20. Mystica
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 10:49:50

    The Rachael Johns book caught my interest as it seems so typical of today’s work environment. I’d like to get hold of this book.
    I am back in Sri Lanka trying to get to grips with another pace in life!

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  21. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 11:35:16

    I’ve added a couple to my TBR from your recent reviews list. Good, helpful reviews. Thanks for visiting my blog this week.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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  22. WendyW
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 12:17:24

    I love the look of The Work Wives. Happy Fathers Day to your husband and dad.

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  23. whatsnonfiction
    Sep 05, 2022 @ 22:43:03

    Conspiracy looks so interesting! I love anything that helps to understand this topic.

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  24. Tina
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 00:23:57

    Your husband had a great father’s day! Sounds nice to get together with your family for celebrations. Lots of good books here and I have written down a few for my list.
    Trying to come up with a decent “post template” to write about books on my main bllog as I will abandon the book blog. Too much hassle keeping up with two sites. But I just can’t stop talking about books!

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  25. Kathy Martin
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 01:43:19

    You have a number of intriguing books this week. I am especially drawn to The Liars. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  26. Susan @ The Book Bag
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 02:25:09

    You have some very interesting new-to-me books here. I’ll have to check them out. I will be attending our state’s Festival of Books later this month. Most of the events are being held in my town. Yay! I’m excited to meet new and familiar authors. Have a great week.

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  27. Taylor @ Taylor Fenner's Bookish World
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 03:26:48

    The Liars and The Work Wives both look really good!

    I hope you have a great reading week!

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  28. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 03:42:07

    Looks like some great books that you featured! Have a great week with lots of reading! 😀

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  29. A Voracious Reader
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 03:53:48

    Sounds like an awesome Fathers Day! You have some great sounding books there. Happy reading!

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  30. Laurie+C
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 06:21:07

    Wow! You sure got caught up with reviews! Impressive lists! Nine hours on the Playstation sounds like a lot, but I know how easy it is to get caught up in games. So, on Mother’s Day, you can have a 9-hour readathon and let him make dinner? 😉

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  31. sandysbookaday
    Sep 06, 2022 @ 17:57:23

    Have a wonderful time at the writer’s festival, Shelleyrae!❤📚

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  32. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Sep 07, 2022 @ 12:21:13

    I think I need that conspiracy theory book. I’m glad your husband had a good Father’s Day. I hope you enjoy your author event!

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  33. Sue at Book By Book
    Sep 08, 2022 @ 08:42:47

    Our Father’s Day is in June here. Sounds like a lot of big changes at your house lately! The Crime Writer’s Festival sounds like fun.

    Wow, you HAVE written a lot of reviews lately – impressive! I also got behind but luckily, with Big Book Summer, I was only reading about 4 books a month, so I’m almost caught up 🙂

    Your current books all sound intriguing – and all very different – enjoy!

    Sue
    Book By Book

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