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


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I have to be honest, I just couldn’t motivate myself to write reviews this week. I’ve started half a dozen or so but gotten nowhere with any of them. Instead I watched a ridiculous amount of television.





What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…


Family Baggage by Ilsa Evans

Fed to Red Birds by Rijn Collins

The Wakes by Dianne Yarwood




New Posts…


International Women’s Day 2023

Book Lust




What I’m Reading This Week…

{Covers link to Goodreads}

The Angel Makers is a true-crime story like no other–a 1920s midwife who may have been the century’s most prolific killer leading a murder ring of women responsible for the deaths of at least 160 men.

The horror occurred in a rustic farming enclave in modern-day Hungary. To look at the unlikely lineup of murderesses–village wives, mothers, and daughters–was to come to the shocking realization that this could have happened anywhere, and to anyone. At the center of it all was a sharp-minded village midwife, a “smiling Buddha” known as Auntie Suzy, who distilled arsenic from flypaper and distributed it to the women of Nagyrév. “Why are you bothering with him?” Auntie Suzy would ask, as she produced an arsenic-filled vial from her apron pocket. In the beginning, a great many used the deadly solution to finally be free of cruel and abusive spouses.

But as the number of dead bodies grew without consequence, the killers grew bolder. With each vial of poison emptied, a new reason surfaced to drain yet another. Some women disposed of sickly relatives. Some used arsenic as “inheritance powder” to secure land and houses. For more than fifteen years, the unlikely murderers aided death unfettered and tended to it as if it were simply another chore–spooning doses of arsenic into soup and wine, stirring it into coffee and brandy. By the time their crimes were discovered, hundreds were feared dead.

Anonymous notes brought the crimes to light in 1929. As a skillful prosecutor hungry for justice ran the investigation, newsmen from around the world–including the New York Times–poured in to cover the dramatic events as they unfolded.

The Angel Makers captures in expertly researched detail the entirety of this harrowing story, from the early murders to the final hanging–the story of one of the most sensational and astonishing murder rings in all of modern history.



Neither of them expected to fall in love. But sometimes life has other plans.

When Wren realises her fiancé is in love with someone else, she thinks her heart will never recover.

On the other side of the world, Anders lost his wife four years ago and is still struggling to move on.

Wren hopes that spending the summer with her dad and step-family on their farm in Indiana will help her to heal. There, amid the cornfields and fireflies, she and Anders cross paths and their worlds are turned upside-down again.

But Wren doesn’t know that Anders is harbouring a secret, and if he acts on any feelings he has for Wren it will have serious fall-out for everyone.

Walking away would hurt Wren more than she can imagine. But, knowing the truth, how can she possibly stay?



On the dawn of 16 July 1990, Liliana Rivera Garza, Cristina Rivera Garza’s sister, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend and subsumed into Mexico’s dark and relentless history of femicide. She was a twenty-year-old architecture student who had been trying for years to end her relationship with a high school boyfriend who insisted on not letting her go. A few weeks before the tragedy, Liliana made a definitive decision: at the height of her winter she had discovered that, as Albert Camus had said, there was an invincible summer in her. She would leave him behind. She would start a new life. She would do a master’s degree and a doctorate; she would travel to London. But his decision was that she would not have a life without him.

Returning to Mexico after decades of living in the United States, Cristina Rivera Garza collects and curates evidence – handwritten letters, police reports, school notebooks, voice recordings and architectural blueprints – to defy a pattern of increasingly normalised, gendered violence and understand the life lost. What she finds is Liliana: her sister’s voice crossing time and, like that of so many disappeared and outraged women in Mexico, demanding justice.

A multi-layered portrait of Liliana’s experience on earth, Liliana’s Invincible Summer is an excavation of the life of a brilliant woman who lacked, like everyone else, the necessary language to identify, denounce and fight against sexist violence and intimate partner terrorism. Marshalling the skills of scholar, translator, novelist and poet, Rivera Garza presents an astonishing work of creative non-fiction that celebrates her sister’s passage through the earth, and reveals the incalculable problem of violence against women.



Leslie Bird loves being a wife and mother but loathes her husband and children. The only person she ever loved was born dead.

Meet Leslie Bird, the irascible matriarch of a big bonkers family, coming of age and to the boil, as the secrets and slights that have shaped her and her hapless husband’s lives impact their children in the most profound and complex ways. In other words, everyone’s story. Sort of. Because this is a story, and family, like none you’ve ever read before.

Things She Would Have Said Herself is a darkly funny, deeply moving novel about the lengths and breadths one woman will go to ignore her own and others’ pain and what happens when she’s confronted by it one sweltering Christmas day.

A story of motherhood, marriage, madness, unspeakable loss and the heartbreaking messy love that holds a family together. Honest, revealing, resonant and startlingly original, if you loved Olive Kitteridge and Boy Swallows Universe, you will love this book!


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34 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

  1. Oh I know what you mean! I have four reviews to write, plus a blog list – got the list done yesterday, but it was like pulling teeth; My focus has gone on holidays. The reviews….hmmm, sometime this week(s).

    Reading ‘Exiles’ by Jane Harper, can’t put it down. Perfect for a blustery sleety Irish weekend.

    I really like the look of ‘The angel makers’. I’d be staying clear of Auntie Suzy.

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  2. I think it’s best if we listen to ourselves and do what we really want to do and set aside the things we don’t. It never feels good to force ourselves to do things, I think.

    You have a lot of good books lined up. I hope that you will feel inspired to review your reads and take on some new ones this week.

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  3. I admire anyone who can write reviews. I don’t feel I have the skills to do it justice. So sometimes, the brain is working hardest when it seems to be doing the least.
    That’s an interesting mixture of books. The two non-fiction appeal to me, but perhaps you will need the other two to rebalance that mind and refocus.

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  4. We all have those weeks, Shelleyrae. I am behind on about 10 reviews, so I understand completely. You will be ready to write those reviews when you are refreshed. Enjoy that TV.

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  5. Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to write reviews, Shelleyrae. Sometimes our brains just need a break. Watch TV. Go for walks. You’ll know when you are ready to get started again. 🤗❤📚

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  6. Some weeks are like that. I have to admit that rereading is my way of not having to write reviews. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  7. I’ve been watching a lot of TV, too. My worst allergy season is when the cedars are pollinating, like they are now. It leaves me very low on energy. I hope both of us find a little more this week!

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  8. I’ve been watching my shows and movies a lot too. I’ve been in a reading and reviewing slump for way longer than I like. I’m listening to a very good book right now and it’s helping.

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  9. I haven’t written a real review in years, so don’t feel bad. (I do feel guilty about it, too, so I understand your need to “confess”!) Things She Would Have Said sounds really good!

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  10. I think sometimes we just need a break from it all and days of binge watching TV shows is a must. When I come out of that, my reading is often much better for the break.

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  11. As someone coming back from a bit of a blogging break, I’ll recommend that you be patient with yourself. My first time blogging, I kept pushing even when I needed a break. I ended up taking four years off then. Do what interests you now and come back to this with renewed interest as you feel like it. Enjoy your week, whatever you do!


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