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


Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz





My apologies for vanishing this week. I picked up a week of full time work with regards to our state election and it was so busy (and it’s been so long) that I was wrecked every evening.

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



Nonfiction Reader Challenge: 2/12

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: 8/25

Cloak and Dagger Challenge: 14/36

Books in Translation Challenge 1/6

Monthly Motif Challenge: 3/12




What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…


I Have Some Questions For You by Rebecca Makkai

Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paige Toon

Liliana’s Invincible Summer

The Angel Maker by Patti McCracken




New Posts…


Bookshelf Bounty




What I’m Reading This Week…


Katherine is a woman full of obsessions. Everything clean, everything perfect, all the time. After seven years of trying—and failing—to conceive, she finally gives birth to Rose, her IVF miracle child. But she’s afraid that Rose may not be her daughter; her pale skin doesn’t match Katherine’s own.

Tess never got her happy ending. She took on IVF alongside Katherine and a group of hopeful mothers, but her daughter, Hanna, was stillborn. After a series of poor choices, she’s divorced, broke and stuck in a job that’s below her skill set.

Ten months later, Katherine and Tess get a call from the fertility clinic that reveals shocking news: the two women’s eggs were switched. While Katherine’s perfect life beings to crumble around her, for Tess it’s the glimmer of hope she needs to get her life back on track. But it will take a custody battle to decide who deserves to be Rose’s mother, a battle that will push both women to the brink.

With themes of racial identity, loss and betrayal, this emotional novel centred around a difficult moral question beautifully explores the complexities of motherhood.



An eye-opening firsthand account of the ongoing and trailblazing feminist movement in South Korea—one that the world should be watching.

Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, tens of thousands of people in South Korea have taken to the street, and many more brave individuals took a stand, to end a decades-long abortion ban and bring down powerful men accused of sexual misconduct—including a popular presidential contender. South Korean feminists know that the revolution has been a long time coming, between battles against its own patriarchal society as well as challenging stereotypes of docile Asian women in the Western imagination.

Now, author Hawon Jung will show the rest of the world that these women are no delicate flowers—they are trailblazing flames. Flowers of Fire takes the reader into the trenches of this fight for equality, following along as South Korean activists march on the streets, navigate public and private spaces where spycam porn crimes are rampant, and share tips and tricks with each other as they learn how to protect themselves from harassment and how to push authorities to act.

Jung, the former Seoul correspondent for the AFP, draws on her on-the-ground reporting and interviews with many women who became activists and leaders, from the elite prosecutor who ignited the country’s #MeToo movement to the young women who led the war against non-consensual photography. Their stories, though long overlooked in the West, mirror realities that women across the world are all too familiar with: threats of defamation lawsuits to silence victims of assault, tech-based sexual abuse, and criminal justice systems where victims’ voices are often met with suspicion and abusers’ downfalls are met with sympathy. These are the issues at the heart of their #MeToo movement, and South Korean women have fought against them vigorously—and with extraordinary success. In Flowers of Fire, Jung illuminates the strength and tenacity of these women, too often sidelined in global conversations about feminism and gender equality.



Once you’re online, there’s nowhere to hide 
Is it paranoia – or is someone watching? 
For years, Reagan Carsen has kept her life offline. No socials. No internet presence. No photos. Safe.  
Until the day she stumbles on a shocking murder in a Sydney laneway. The victim looks just like her. 
As more murders shake the city and she’s increasingly drawn out from hiding, Reagan is forced to confront her greatest fear. 
She’s been found.

A riveting psychological thriller drawn from true events, Dark Mode delves into the terrifying reality of the dark web, and the price we pay for surrendering our privacy one click at a time.



During the devastating Black Summer Bushfires of 2019-20, when it seemed the entire south-east of Australia was on fire, a little town in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains found itself in the path of a megafront.
Between November and February those bushfires burnt 18.6 million hectares of land and forests in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Megablazes killed 34 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and claimed three billion mammals, birds and reptiles pushing some to extinction as their habitats were annihilated. 
On January 2 the township of Batlow, population 1313, was declared ‘undefendable’ and its citizens advised to flee. 
This is the story of its survival – against all odds. 
While most Batlownians evacuated, many stayed to fight for their beloved community. 
And in the end, the undefendable town was saved by volunteers – by farmers, teachers, electricians, retirees, and boys barely out of high school. 
A great deal was lost, but much was saved, including Batlow’s sense of itself. 
During and after the fires, the world’s media descended upon Batlow. They told the story of the battle for the town, or the parts of it they saw. The townspeople didn’t object to that, but later felt the need to tell their story in their own words.

Undefendable is a memoir of a town under fire, a curated collection of stories, poems and photographs from the people of Batlow about those terrible days.


Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR @thebookdate #SundayPost @Kimbacaffeinate #SundaySalon @debnance This week I’ll be reading #HoldMyGirl #FlowersofFire #DarkMode #Undefendable

17 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #Sunday Salon

  1. Whew. Hold My Girl would be an interesting read. I look forward to seeing what you think about this book.

    We missed seeing you around this week. But I remember what it’s like to be busy with Real Life and be forced to set the Blogosphere aside for a little bit.


  2. How fun (but tiring) that you’re doing election work, good on you!

    All four of your upcoming books look fantastic; I can’t wait to see what you think of them and if I should add them to my TBR list. Have a great week.

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  3. Oh my Hold My Girl – I’ll be looking for your review on that one, sounds really filled with issues and heart break. Good that you got a full weeks work with NSW elections. Hope this week is time to recuperate.

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