Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well we are now almost mid October! This week I voted. No! Not in the USA election but in my own NZ elections which are on at the moment. Voting day is Saturday, but pre voting can happen and I like that. Not long queues. There has been a higher turnout of pre voting this time around.  Though really who’d want to be government at the moment in these times.

So I’ve been watching some of our political debates and some of the USA. I’ve never been so “political!”

What I read last week:

Hideaway was an okay read but January LaVoy takes the book to a whole new level. Her narration is superb. A Place for Us was well written but I am not one for timelines that swing back and forward. I get that it put more drama in but it distanced me from the characters.

What I am reading now:

I am two thirds through this so most likely will finish today.
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I am also listening to…

Up next:

By Australian author. This one has the most reserves at the library out of the three that I have so I am beginning with this one first.  It is a family drama with… lies!!

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26 thoughts on “Its Monday! What Are You Reading?”

  1. I’m mailing my ballot in this week (U.S.)! I can’t watch the debates — too stressful. Tiny White Lies sounds good! I might try A Place for Us, too. I don’t mind flashbacks but I don’t usually like dual timelines, with one historical and one contemporary. Although Barbara Kingsolver used that technique with Unsheltered and I liked that, so I guess it depends on how it’s done.

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  2. I used to love politics, but the last few years have really soured me on them. No one wants to work together for the common good anymore.

    Nice list of books. I don’t mind books whose plot swings back and forth in time, but it has to be well done.

    Thanks for sharing your list.

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  3. You’ve been watching some of OUR debates? Oh, ‘m so sorry for you! Why torture yourself like that? I find them so upsetting and infuriating that I can only stand 5 min or so. Politics in the US right now is terrifying. I voted today, too – by electronic ballot!

    I kind of like novels where the timeline moves back and forth and the story gradually comes together that way, but to each his/her own, right? Looks like some good books for you lately and a nice variety.

    Enjoy your books this week and thanks for hosting the linkup!


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    1. Viki you should try Emilie Richards. She writes good women’s fiction these days. This one is more romantic suspense – very good. Its a re release of ones written about twenty years ago now.


  4. Thanks for sharing Kathryn. I too am more political this time around than I ever was before. I have to say Kudos to NZ though your country made our CBS Sunday morning program for how you handled the virus and are really the only country who is now pretty much virus free. Too bad the rest of the world couldn’t learn from you, could it maybe be that most other countries are run by men 😉 ? Something to think about. I also really enjoyed Hideaway on audible. Have a great week!

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    1. I don’t really know. I guess being a small island helps but we have the same population as Ireland and they haven’t gotten on so well. Let’s just say we are covid free at the moment. Push is coming to get the economy on track but I hope not yet!!!


  5. I agree, January LaVoy is a wonderful narrator!
    Have a good week, Kathryn.
    I did a lot of garden clean up over the weekend knowing rain is coming in today. A bit sore but so happy to have the job mostly completed. I’ll do more later in the week.

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  6. I have a couple of audios by Roberts that are narrated by January LaVoy so I’m pleased to see you enjoyed her narration. Emilie Richards has written some of my favorite books but it’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by her. I should look and see what books I’ve missed! Hope you have a lovely week.

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  7. I’ll be so glad when the voting here is over. Our elections are sooo long and it’s mentally exhausting, and that’s when we DON’T have a complete disaster on the ballot! Yikes. And I agree with you. Who’d WANT to be in government now???

    I can’t believe it’s mid- October either! Hope you are well this week!!!!

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  8. I think postal voting will become much more popular in future years. We are still struggling massively with Covid in the UK, I hope you have things under control down in NZ.
    Enjoy your reading this week!

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  9. I have been following the politics and debates. I can understand different opinions but I have a really hard time understanding the vitriol and hate. I wish (in vain) that people would focus on the positives (and the facts). That doesn’t seem to be likely. Our early voting starts in another two weeks and my hubby is ready to go! He doesn’t want to mail in.
    Now – back to what we love – talking about books. I like the looks of all of your reads.
    NIce to know a narrator enhanced Hideaway for you.
    Stay safe and Happy Reading!

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  10. I am getting pretty sick of politics, especially with our current president creating chaos and inciting violence. I hope yours is much better!

    Enjoy your week and your books. I like the look of what you have on your stack.

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  11. I’ve mailed in my ballot already so I’m avoiding our debate train wrecks! I can’t imagine ever wanting to be in politics but especially not right now. Aside from all the mud-slinging, lying, and all-around nastiness, I wouldn’t want to be responsible for making decisions about covid policies that potentially affect so many lives.

    I agree that A Place for Us was well-written. My one problem was that I actively disliked the son. I thought he was whiney. I can’t remember if I eventually changed my mind, but either way, the whining is what I remember.

    Enjoy your week!

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