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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(Ok, so technically I’m posting this on Tuesday). I had a fairly busy week and ended up with a migraine that scuppered my plans for the last few days.

My eldest son graduated high school this week. He was awarded first in Advanced Mathematics, and received the University of New England Vice Chancellors High Achievement Prize with a scholarship, which confirms he will be studying a Bachelor of Media & Communication (Writing & Publishing) next year at UNE, his top choice school! We are so proud!

I also got to meet author Petronella McGovern when she visited my local library. She was lovely and I really enjoyed the event, it’s been a long time since they have been possible.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Cut by Susan White

The Big Bang Theory by Jessica Radloff

Sincerely, Me by Julietta Henderson

With Love from Wish & Co by Minnie Darke

No Country for Girls by Emma Styles

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New Posts…

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None – eek

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

Just let him go. These are the words Ky Tran will forever regret. The words she spoke when her parents called to ask if they should let her younger brother Denny out to celebrate his high school graduation with friends. That night, Denny—optimistic, guileless, brilliant Denny—is brutally murdered inside a busy restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Cabramatta, a refugee enclave facing violent crime, an indifferent police force, and the worst heroin epidemic in Australian history.

Returning home to Cabramatta for the funeral, Ky learns that the police are stumped by Denny’s case: a dozen people were at Lucky 8 restaurant when Denny died, but each of the bystanders claim to have seen nothing.

Desperately hoping that understanding what happened might ease her suffocating guilt, Ky sets aside her grief and determines to track down the witnesses herself. With each encounter, she peels back another layer of the place that shaped her and Denny, exposing trauma and seeds of violence that were planted well before that fateful celebration dinner: by colonialism, by the war in Vietnam, and by the choices they’ve all made to survive.

Alternating between Ky’s voice and the perspectives of the witnesses, Tracey Lien’s extraordinary debut is at once heart-pounding and heart-rending as it probes the intricate bonds of friendship, family, and community through an unforgettable cast of characters, all connected by a devastating crime. Combining evocative family drama and gripping suspense, All That’s Left Unsaid is a profound and moving page turner, perfect for readers of Liz Moore, Brit Bennett, and Celeste Ng.

 

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Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

A story as old as myth, and as startling and iconic as the rest of King’s work, Fairy Tale is about an ordinary guy forced into the hero’s role by circumstance, and it is both spectacularly suspenseful and satisfying.

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Two deaths, eighteen years apart. A tension-filled mystery by debut author Joanna Morrison.

Gracie Flynn may be dead, but she’s not gone. Three university friends are divided by a tragic death. Eighteen years later, chance reunites them. Robyn is still haunted by memories of her best friend Gracie, and Cohen’s heart has never healed. Only Sam seems to have moved on and found success and happiness. But death rocks their lives again when Sam’s body is found in mysterious circumstances. And the ghost of Gracie Flynn has a story to tell about the night that changed their lives forever.

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The world’s best young magicians accept the opportunity of a lifetime.

Six are chosen. Only five will walk away.

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few . . .

– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.

– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.

– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.

– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.

– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sandysbookaday
    Sep 27, 2022 @ 16:15:37

    I absolutely adored The Ghost of Gracie Flynn, Shelleyrae. I hope that there are no lingering after effects from your migraine. Congratulations to your son. ❤📚

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  2. Adrian
    Sep 27, 2022 @ 16:32:24

    Also reading Fairy Tale. Have disappeared into it’s pages, as per usual with King. Can sure spin a yarn.

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  3. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 00:40:55

    I loved Fairy Tale and enjoyed Atlas Six. I need to check out The Ghost of Gracie Flynn. Congrats to your son and I hope you have a better week health wise.

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  4. WendyW
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 01:57:06

    Congratulations to your son!! Those are outstanding achievements! You must be so proud.

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  5. Kathryn
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 03:46:30

    Wow your son has done really well. Congrats. You have every right to be so delighted and proud. Nice to have an author meet, yes things are slowly returning. Sorry about the migraine. All the best for this week.

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  6. Greg
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 05:27:50

    Congratulations! What an honor for your son. You must be so proud. 🙂

    Fairy Tale sounds awesome. I always think of King as horror but this almost sounds more like fantasy…

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:25:33

    Congrats to your son! That is so exciting.

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  8. Helen Murdoch
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 06:26:50

    That’s such wonderful news about your son’s accomplishments; he must be so excited to be going to his first choice school!

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  9. Jennifer
    Sep 28, 2022 @ 08:04:52

    Congratulations to your son, Shelleyrae. I hope you are over the effects of your migraine now. I thought that ‘all that’s left unsaid’ was a thought-provoking read.

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  10. Tina
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 00:00:35

    I’m looking forward to the Stephen King book. Congrats to your son, I know you are so proud. Well done.

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  11. Mystica
    Sep 29, 2022 @ 14:09:31

    I’m very late with reading posts. Congratulations to your son. That is a huge achievement and much to be proud of. Hope you are feeling better.

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