It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundaySalon #SundayPost

 

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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One morning a month a local community charity organisation opens ‘The Book Shed’, a repurposed agricultural building at the local showground where they sell second hand books. They have a unique pricing system in that they use a measuring stick marked with increasing dollar amounts – about $2 every inch- and the height of your book stack determines how much you pay. I don’t go often because I really can’t justify buying books when I don’t have room for the ones I already have, but I promised my daughter I’d take her to browse before she goes back to Uni. I did have a list of my own, sadly I found not a thing on it, but, with a show of great restraint, picked up three books that I justified as ‘list adjacent’. My daughter, who is currently reading Jeffrey Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series, found a few she wanted, so she was happy.

 


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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Drift by C.J. Tudor

Queen Bee by Ciara Geraghty

Taken by Dinuka McKenzie

Loathe To Love You by Ali Hazelwood

Red Dirt Road by S.R. White

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New Posts…

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Review: In the Blink of an Eye by Jo Callaghan

Review: Just Murdered by Katherine Kovacic

Review: Saha by Cho Nam-Jo

Review: The Drift by C.J. Tudor

2023 Nonfiction Reader Challenge Inspiration #HEALTH #TRAVEL

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


A curmudgeonly professor journeys to a small town in the far north to study faerie folklore and discovers dark fae magic, friendship, and love in the start of a heartwarming and enchanting new fantasy series.

Cambridge professor Emily Wilde is good at many things: She is the foremost expert on the study of faeries. She is a genius scholar and a meticulous researcher who is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. But Emily Wilde is not good at people. She could never make small talk at a party–or even get invited to one. And she prefers the company of her books, her dog, Shadow, and the Fair Folk to other people.

So when she arrives in the hardscrabble village of Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of befriending the gruff townsfolk. Nor does she care to spend time with another new arrival: her dashing and insufferably handsome academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who manages to charm the townsfolk, get in the middle of Emily’s research, and utterly confound and frustrate her.

But as Emily gets closer and closer to uncovering the secrets of the Hidden Ones–the most elusive of all faeries–lurking in the shadowy forest outside the town, she also finds herself on the trail of another mystery: Who is Wendell Bambleby, and what does he really want? To find the answer, she’ll have to unlock the greatest mystery of all–her own heart.

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An uplifting and deeply moving gay novel by an exciting new Australian voice in commercial fiction, ideal for fans of Honeybee and Heartstopper.

Sometimes life can be hard – until the right person shows you the way.

Despite coming out years ago, twenty-six-year-old Sean Preston has never been one to shout his sexuality from the rooftops. When his relationship of three months comes to a humiliating end, he vows never to become emotionally attached again, falling into a cycle of hook-ups, booze and an unrelenting gym routine.

The rest of Sean’s life isn’t panning out how he hoped either. His job as an online troll moderator is testing his mental health, his best friend and former girlfriend still resents him for coming out, and even his own mother seems to blame him for a tragedy that tore their family apart. But it is his surprising connection with an 87-year-old nursing home resident that pushes his identity crisis to the brink.

Then Sean meets naive but kind nurse William, and an unlikely friendship blossoms. William is shy and inexperienced when it comes to the gay dating scene, and Sean offers to show him the way – but it turns out William has a few unexpected life lessons to offer in return . . . and when it comes to forgiveness and self-love, Sean has a lot to learn.

Set in Brisbane during Australia’s 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite, A Man and His Pride is an exuberant and deeply moving story that celebrates some of the many ways to be gay, and shows that finding your pride is a journey – one you cannot take alone.

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I’ll Leave You With This is a heartbreaking, funny, thought-provoking and honest novel about a brother’s legacy and the tangled bonds of sisterhood.

The O’Shea sisters couldn’t be more different.

Allison, an obstetrician, has always put others before herself and is torn between her job and young family.

Prizewinning film director Bridie hasn’t had work in over a decade, though her actor husband is on the brink of stardom.

Clare, desperate for a baby, is bereft when her wife leaves her after their latest IVF failure.

And Emma, the youngest, has turned to God to fill the aching loneliness in her life.

When their only brother Daniel is killed the four women drift even further apart…

Then, on the third anniversary of Daniel’s death, Clare proposes an idea: they should trace the many recipients saved by his donated organs. Perhaps their brother’s gift of life can bring them back together again?

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The story behind real-life clubs of ordinary citizens who come together to solve true crime mysteries—including the sleuths behind Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

In 2019, Netflix had a hit with documentary series Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. It was based on one of Canada’s most infamous crimes: the 2012 murder of thirty-three-year-old Lin Jun by his porn-star boyfriend, Luka Magnotta, in Montreal. Magnotta filmed himself killing and (apparently) eating parts of his victim; he also mailed Jun’s feet and hands to two Canadian political parties and two elementary schools.

Prior to Jun’s murder, though, Magnotta had anonymously posted online videos of himself killing kittens. Horrified Facebook sleuths worked tirelessly to uncover the kitten-killer’s identity and location. Armchair detective Deanne Thompson, a data analyst for a Vegas casino by day, spent countless hours researching Lithuanian doorknobs, among other things, to help identify items in Magnotta’s videos during her quest to unmask him.

Nicola Stow reveals the fascinating stories behind this and and similar cases in which ordinary citizens, in real-life murder clubs, as in Richard Osman’s bestselling fiction, help to investigate crimes, both recent and cold cases. Includes the cases of Casey Anthony, John Wayne Gacy, JonBenét Ramsey, Golden State Killer, Boston Marathon bombings, and many more.

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Harvee
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 01:52:00

    Nicola Stow’s book sounds gruesome, being true crime. I don’t read many of those as I prefer the nastiness to be all fiction, lol. Have a good week.

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  2. Tina
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 02:10:12

    What a cool way to have a book sale! $2 an inch, I may suggest that to ur library when they have their biannual sale. Like you, I have a hard time justifying bringing new physical books in when I am trying to downsize.

    You have Exiles?!! I can’t wait for that one.

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  3. Tammy
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 02:22:45

    I hope you enjoy Emily Wilde, it was so much fun😁

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  4. yvonne473
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 02:23:35

    The Book Shed sounds wonderful. Their pricing method is really unique. I’ve never seen anything like that. Sounds like visiting it would be fun, but I’d really be tempted to stack up on books which is the last thing I need since I have no room for print books anymore.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  5. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 02:41:33

    I don’t think I’d trust myself at the book shed. I’d probably buy a thousand inches of books. I hope you have a great week!

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  6. Tricia Carlberg
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 03:18:30

    That title of the book sounds so interesting. I have been trying to read books about staying focused and finding strategies that go with the present moment @theglobaldig.blogspot.com

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  7. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 03:51:05

    I’d love to go visit The Book Shed. Wish there was a place like that around here.

    Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries seems to be calling to me. I may break down and request it next.

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 05:08:31

    I enjoyed Exiles. I really couldn’t go to the book sale. I’d want everything and the fact is I never read print books anymore, well almost never. I buy all digital because it’s all stored online and easy to find and take with me everywhere. What I do buy print is cook books, but even those, I am finding more recipes online instead of perusing my 100s of cookbooks.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  9. thebookdisciple
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 05:34:47

    Oh my gosh I love true crime and Don’t F**k With Cats was riveting!

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  10. BookerTalk
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 05:52:14

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that pricing strategy before – it would make a lot of sense for the shop owners though because they wouldn’t have the faff of having to price every individual book.

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  11. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 06:23:59

    The Book Shed sounds like a dangerous place to shop! And,, an interesting pricing method – not sure how I’d like that…. probably works out to be about thrift store prices though. I’ll likely give The Drift a try and Encyclopedia of faeries is on my TBR – Happy Reading
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    https://www.bookshelfjourneys.com/post/sunday-post-34

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  12. Kathryn
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 07:27:55

    The Book Shed – oh my sounds perfect. I love that ‘list adjacent’!! The Emily Wildes book sounds like one i’d like so must look it up.

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  13. Greg
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 08:52:48

    That book thing is neat. I have a hard time ever resisitng any kind of secondhand book show lol. and the Faeries book is going to make its way on my TBR I think, sounds fun.

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  14. hena tayeb
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 12:24:32

    These all look like great read. I am currently reading The Ninth House by Leigh Bardo. We have a huge church book sale every June and I let the kids go wild.

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  15. WendyW
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 14:05:15

    I love the idea of the book sale! What fun. I hope you have a great week.

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  16. Berls
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 14:09:39

    Oh that book sale sounds very cool. But I think I would get myself into trouble – I’m impressed with your restraint! Have a great week!

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  17. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Jan 23, 2023 @ 15:39:41

    I remember someone telling me about that Netflix series where they hunted down that jerk who was killing kittens (and people apparently)! I wouldn’t watch it because just hearing that disturbed me, but I was so happy they found him!

    What a fun idea! It’s hard to resist getting more books, right? I want to read Exiles.

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  18. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 00:50:54

    I feel like pretty much everyone is reading Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries and I want to read it too!

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  19. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 02:41:41

    I love the look and sound of that Book Shed! What fun.

    Your books look good, too. Enjoy! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  20. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 02:52:28

    Wow, I love the sound of the Book Shed! Paying by the inch is a fabulous idea. I hope to read Emily Wilde this week too — I hope we both enjoy it!

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  21. Kathy Martin
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 03:13:13

    What a great assortment of books. I’m interested in Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries. I missed my chance to request it at NetGalley. The Book Shed sounds like a great place but it would be a little too tempting to come home with more books when I have a couple hundred unread books already. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  22. Majanka
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 05:41:52

    The Real Life Murder Clubs sounds interesting. I have seen that Netflix documentary.

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  23. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 07:33:53

    I adored Emily Wilde’s and I hope you will love it too!

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  24. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 09:36:44

    I like the idea of charging by the inch for books, very clever. And “list adjacent” is a great description for the books you bought.

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  25. Cheryl C. Malandrinos
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 12:56:32

    The Book Shed sounds like such a neat idea. The Real-Life Murder Clubs is on my wish list. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2023/01/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-and_0123954815.html

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  26. Mary
    Jan 24, 2023 @ 23:29:07

    I love a good book sale!

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  27. Karen (@teamsheltie)
    Jan 25, 2023 @ 05:05:13

    What a fun payment system! *List adjacent* lol

    I’ve mostly ben sticking to my owned books or Hoopla for my reading but I have developed a bit of a used cookbook addiction lately. Especially if they have handwriting in them. I love looking back at a set period in time and see what people were doing or eating.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

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  28. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Jan 26, 2023 @ 06:20:02

    The Book Shed looks like a great place to browse. And I love their pricing system. 🙂

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  29. Jinjer
    Jan 26, 2023 @ 16:18:16

    I want to go to the Book Shed!!!

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  30. Svetlana Lib
    Jan 30, 2023 @ 19:09:05

    Kylie Ladd book sounds good, and the bookstore you mentioned sounds intriguing, although I doubt I can afford it lol.

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