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’m going away on holiday from mid-week and will be completely without internet access for at least five days. I will have a couple of posts scheduled in my absence. I don’t think I’ll have a lot of time to read but I’m hoping to at least start and finish The Last Chairlift by John Irving. It’s a chunkster at 900+ pages.

I finally joined StoryGraph this past week, though I’m not finding the interface particularly intuitive. My user name is @Shelleyrae, you can click here for my profile on The StoryGraph . Please leave your StoryGraph handle in the comments if you have one so I can follow you.

I made myself a Link.tree too, which you can see HERE and, thanks to a tip from Anne at Books of My Heart, I set up crossposting between my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

It’s the last Monday of the month, so here’s my challenge update

Nonfiction Reader Challenge: 12/12

Aussie Author Challenge: 18/24

Historical Fiction Challenge: 15/25

Cloak and Dagger Challenge: 47/36

Pick Your Poison: 26/26


*Remember to SIGN UP for the 2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge*

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags by Jim Haynes

Murder in Williamstown by Kerry Greenwood

The Nocturnal Brain by Guy Leschziner

Retribution by Sarah Barrie

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New Posts…

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Review: The Unexpected Truth About Animals by Lucy Cooke

Nonfiction November: Worldview Changers

Review: The Torrent by Amanda Gearing

Review: Keeping Up Appearances by Tricia Stringer

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

John Irving, one of the world’s greatest novelists, returns with his first novel in seven years—a ghost story, a love story, and a lifetime of sexual politics.

In Aspen, Colorado, in 1941, Rachel Brewster is a slalom skier at the National Downhill and Slalom Championships. Little Ray, as she is called, finishes nowhere near the podium, but she manages to get pregnant. Back home, in New England, Little Ray becomes a ski instructor.

Her son, Adam, grows up in a family that defies conventions and evades questions concerning the eventful past. Years later, looking for answers, Adam will go to Aspen. In the Hotel Jerome, where he was conceived, Adam will meet some ghosts; in The Last Chairlift, they aren’t the first or the last ghosts he sees.

John Irving has written some of the most acclaimed books of our time—among them, The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules. A visionary voice on the subject of sexual tolerance, Irving is a bard of alternative families. In The Last Chairlift, readers will once more be in his thrall.

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Josh is a sweet, well-meaning university student with a big heart. After he impulsively steals two research mice from a campus laboratory, he hides them in the basement of the retirement village where he works. The mice are happy and so is Josh, until he discovers that the lab mice could cause a deadly disease.

Enter a cat called Harley, a dog called Bobby, the arrival of some mysterious packing boxes, and a strange spike in the village’s water bill.

As the clock ticks, and disaster looms, can the efforts of the Harewood Hall residents save the day?

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Jessie Else disappeared the summer the Lambs came to Magpie Beach. Not that the two events were connected at all, in reality; only in my own head, in my own world. They marked for me the end of a certain quiet time and the start of a more complicated living.

Magpie Beach is a quiet seaside town – full of small-town prejudices and small-town cliques. Meg, Rosemary and Lily are all outsiders. Meg and Lily because they came to Magpie Beach to escape their former lives, Rosemary because her upbringing was the subject of much local gossip and upturned noses. The three women come together as friends, partly because their homes are so close together on the outskirts of town – and partly because their neighbours treat them with such suspicion.

When Jessie Else, all of 9 years old, goes missing – it’s easy to see why this small band of outcasts are first on the list of suspects – but what they didn’t realise is that Jessie’s disappearance is only the beginning of their troubles. Soon all those secrets they’ve been trying to hide are going to be uncovered – and nothing will ever be the same again.

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Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance This week I’m reading #TheLastChairlift #TheCastAwaysofHarewoodHall #AnAfterlifeforRosemaryLamb

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 01:21:34

    A vacation right now sounds fantastic. I hope you have a lovely time.

    I’m still trying to get everything together for the Nonfiction Reader Challenge for 2023. I like to make a list of books I might read for each category to guide my reading. The list of books people add to their TBR at the end of Nonfiction November is is a great way for me to find good recent titles to put on my list.

    It will be interesting to see what you think of the John Irving book!

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  2. Amy @ A Novel Start
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 01:30:47

    I hope you enjoy your holiday! 🙂
    I honestly did not know that The Storygraph existed, it sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing it, I’m going take a closer look 😀

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  3. harvee
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 01:42:21

    Five days without internet access sounds like a great vacation. Have fun!

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  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 01:47:05

    Enjoy your Internet-free vacation! I think I might join StoryGraph next year. I want to know what all the hype is about. 🙂

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  5. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 02:29:34

    I’ve been on Storygraph for a while (you can find me at Terriep) and there are many things I like about it. They have a Challenges tab and it’s easy to track challenge progress; they provide charts & graphs tracking different things about my reading; the review page is more interesting and the trigger warning section is a good reminder of what others might consider a trigger. For me the drawback is, of course, there isn’t the volume of readers/reviewers there yet – but then GR ratings are often skewed by scammy, unreliable responders. So, there’s that. – As for the books, John Irving sounds interesting – haven’t read anything from him in ages – and the last one, Afterlife of Rosemary sound good too.
    Hope you have a wonderful vacation and make some progress on Irving.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/sunday-post-26

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  6. Vi @Inkvotary
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 02:41:37

    Wishing you some wonderful days off. Hope you can enjoy your time.

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 02:59:06

    I think I’ve had some interaction with Storygraph about 12 years ago maybe. The Last Chairlift sounds fascinating although if it’s that long I’d want the audiobook. Glad I could help. You’re doing very well with your challenges! Have a great break on vacation.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  8. Emily Jane
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 03:12:34

    Oh no for no internet for a few days 😂 we would be lost without it unfortunately.

    You are doing well on your reading challenge. I did Storygraph once but it didn’t pull over all my information so I haven’t gone back to it this year. It’s a shame as it has some good graphs!

    Have a good weekend.

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/11/27/sunday-salon-31/

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  9. thebookdisciple
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 03:28:42

    Have a good vacation! That is one chunky book you are taking with you!

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  10. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 03:41:24

    An Afterlife for Rosemary Lamb looks like a good one. Enjoy your books and your week!

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  11. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 03:47:58

    Have a wonderful holiday! I haven’t checked my Goodreads reading goal in months so will go look now to see how I am doing as we are about to enter the final month of 2022.

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  12. Carol
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 04:01:13

    I think I followed you on story graph! I’m @reading_ladies_bookclub

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  13. Jinjer
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 04:01:42

    I’m not sure I could personally survive 5 days without internet, but I’m sure you will be fine and have a fantastic time! Looking forward to hearing about it when you get back!

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  14. yvonne473
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 06:39:50

    I hope you have a great holiday! I hope you enjoy your books. I’ll have to check out StoryGraph. Have a great week!

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  15. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 07:34:34

    John Irving is one of my very favorite authors. My favorites by him are A Prayer for Owen Meany and Hotel New Hampshire. I should (try) to read that new one! Although that is so long! LOL. I don’t know if I have that in me anymore!

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  16. Greg
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 07:43:47

    I should do a Linktree I guess. and a Mastodon haha. there’s so much now. Twitter imploding doesn’t help! I hope you have a great trip and a wonderful vacation.

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  17. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 13:07:58

    I hope you’re enjoying your holiday! It’s nice to unplug from the internet and social media and just enjoy real life! Are you removing yourself from Twitter? I hardly go on there, but it is a question I keep asking myself. Twitter is just full of toxicity. It’s seems like Mastodon is complicated *sigh*. Sometimes I just wish we only had to worry about posting on our blog and Goodreads…

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  18. WendyW
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 15:22:04

    Enjoy your Holiday! I need to try mastodon, but I just hope twitter will hold on.

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  19. sandysbookaday
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 17:04:24

    Have a wonderful time on your holiday Shelleyrae! I m envious. ❤📚

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  20. Vidya
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 18:11:59

    Have a great holiday! And looks like you are all set for your reading with great books on hand…

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  21. Mystica
    Nov 28, 2022 @ 20:08:54

    Have a nice holiday though five days without internet a bit too much for me

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  22. The Cue Card
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 00:09:11

    Have a great break! I’m interested to see what you think of the new John Irving novel. I have a copy but it’s so long — I’m not sure when I’ll start it.

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  23. Jodie | That Happy Reader
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 00:53:41

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation! I’ve looked at Mastadon but hoping that Twitter will be here to stay. Have a great week ahead.

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  24. Kathy Martin
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 01:22:49

    I don’t think I could do five days without the internet, but hope you enjoy your break. Your books all sound interesting and I hope you enjoy them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  25. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 02:34:02

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of The Last Chairlift! I was so in love with John Irving’s writing back in my college years, but it’s been a while since I’ve picked up one of his books. Wishing you a great week!

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  26. Kathryn
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 05:08:55

    Hope your break away goes really well. I haven’t ever read anything by John Irving but have heard of him for sure. Will look forward to your thoughts when you finish. Wow you really are into social media, your IG posts are great. I see them every so often.

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  27. Maureen @ Maureen’s Books 📖 (@MaureensBooks89)
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 07:01:38

    Have a great holiday trip. And enjoy the break from internet. 😉
    Happy reading.

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  28. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 07:05:20

    I hope you’ll enjoy your holiday!

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  29. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Dec 01, 2022 @ 00:37:25

    I hope you’re having a fabulous getaway! Color me jealous. 🙂 Hope you get thru that Irving book… that really is quite a tome!

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