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Adrienne (fairywings) returns for 2020

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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1fairywings
Edited: Jan 5, 6:40pm Top


Hi my name is Adrienne, I am almost 48, live in Brisbane Australia, have 19 yr old twin boys (Declan and Riley) living at home. Riley is going into his second year of Uni, Declan has spent a lot of last year doing courses to help him get a job. I am a Teacher Aide, I work with special needs kids on the primary school level. Last year was a tough one for me as my small school lost funding and I was transferred to a bigger school. The good thing about that was the school is 5 minutes from home and I was given full time permanency.

I love reading a wide range of books but my favourite is paranormal.

The last term of school last year was very busy for me so I didn't read much in the last couple of months of the year. I did make it to 75 for the first time though so that was a bonus, but didn't quite make my goal of 100.

I will keep my goal from last year to clean up the books on my tablet a bit (I failed miserably last year). I keep downloading free books but never get around to reading them, so my challenge is to not purchase or download before I've read some already there.


2fairywings
Edited: Mar 20, 11:47pm Top

BOMS 1
BOMT 3
LIB 12

3fairywings
Edited: Mar 29, 3:26am Top

Purchases

January
Lots of books purchased at Bookfest. All titles recorded in the thread.

March
The Finisher by David Baldacci
The Keeper by David Baldacci
The Width of the World by David Baldacci
The Boat by Nam Le
The Hunter by Julia Leigh

4fairywings
Edited: Mar 20, 11:48pm Top

January
1 All I Want For Christmas: A Sweet Christmas Romance by Ellie Hall On My Tablet
2 Wicked Fate by Tabitha Vargo On My Tablet
3 Snowed in With The Billionaire by Lila Monroe On My Tablet
4 Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody Library/ Audio
5 Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth Off My Shelves
6 Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe aka Emily Rodda Library/ E-book
7 The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton Library/ Audio
8 Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty Library/ Audio

February
9 Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty Library/ Audio
10 Teen Idol by Meg Cabot Library/ Audio
11 Khaki Town by Judy Nunn Library/ Audio
12 The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez Library/ Audio
13 Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Library/ Audio

March
14 Would Like to Meet by Polly James Library/ Audio
15 Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren Library/ Audio
16 Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco Library/ Audio

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2020 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

A book that's published in 2020
A book by a trans or nonbinary author
A book with a great first line
A book about a book club
A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
A bildungsroman
The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
A book with an upside-down image on the cover
A book with a map -Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth
A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
An anthology
A book that passes the Bechdel test
A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
A book about or involving social media - Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
A book that has a book on the cover
A medical thriller
A book with a made-up language
A book set in a country beginning with "C"
A book you picked because the title caught your attention - Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
A book published the month of your birthday
A book about or by a woman in STEM
A book that won an award in 2019
A book on a subject you know nothing about
A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
A book with a pun in the title
A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
A book with a bird on the cover
A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title
A book by a WOC
A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads - Khaki Town by Judy Nunn
A book you meant to read in 2019
A book with a three-word title - The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
A book with a pink cover- Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe aka Emily Rodda
A Western
A book by or about a journalist
Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Advanced

A book written by an author in their 20s
A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title
A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
A book set in the 1920s
A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
A book by an author who has written more than 20 books - Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
A book with more than 20 letters in its title -Snowed in With The Billionaire by Lila Monroe
A book published in the 20th century
A book from a series with more than 20 books
A book with a main character in their 20s - The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

9fairywings
Edited: Feb 9, 2:07am Top

I will be doing the Australian Women Writers challenge. In this challenge I am doing the Franklin level which is 10 books by Australian female
authors.

1. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
2. Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth
3. Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe aka Emily Rodda
4. The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
5. Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
6. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
7. Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

10fairywings
Edited: Jan 25, 8:13pm Top

I'm going to unofficially do the Aussie author challenge (unofficially because I'm having trouble with the website). I will be doing Kangaroo
level which is 12 titles written by Australian authors, at least 4 of which must be female authors, at least 4 male authors and at least 4 must be
new to me authors, with at least 3 different genres.

1st Female author Isobelle Carmody, Obernewtyn - Sci-Fi, Fantasy
2nd Female author Kate Forsyth, Dragonclaw - Fantasy
3rd Female author Jennifer Rowe, Love, Honour and O'Brien - Mystery ?
4th Female author Kate Morton, The Clockmaker's Daughter - Mystery/ Historical Fiction

11fairywings
Jan 5, 6:49pm Top

1. All I Want For Christmas: A Sweet Christmas Romance by Ellie Hall

Quick and easy read, was sweet but not a keeper.

First one to go from the tablet for the year.

12alcottacre
Jan 5, 7:23pm Top

Happy New Year, Adrienne!

13drneutron
Jan 5, 7:24pm Top

Welcome back!

14fairywings
Jan 5, 7:29pm Top

>12 alcottacre: Thanks for visiting Stasia, Happy New Year

15fairywings
Jan 5, 7:29pm Top

>13 drneutron: Thanks Jim

16thornton37814
Jan 5, 8:39pm Top

Have a great year of reading!

17PaulCranswick
Jan 5, 8:57pm Top



Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

18fairywings
Jan 5, 9:24pm Top

>16 thornton37814: Thanks Lori, same to you.

19fairywings
Jan 5, 9:25pm Top

>17 PaulCranswick: Wonderful list Paul, I hope I can follow some of those 2020 goals

20FAMeulstee
Jan 6, 12:45pm Top

Happy reading in 2020, Adrienne!

21fairywings
Jan 6, 5:54pm Top

>20 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita, same to you.

22fairywings
Jan 6, 5:56pm Top

2. Wicked Fate by Tabatha Vargo

23The_Hibernator
Jan 8, 10:09pm Top

Re: filled up tablet, I fill up my audible account with discounted books, and then listen to library books. My goal is to listen to two pre-2020 owned books per month this year.

24fairywings
Jan 8, 11:15pm Top

>23 The_Hibernator: good goal Rachel.

Last year my problem was borrowing audio books from the Library, my stats for last year were severely skewed towards library books, I'm going to try not to do that this year and focus on what I already have.

25fairywings
Jan 8, 11:23pm Top

It doesn't matter what platform I use, I can't seem to get pictures to work on my thread, so frustrating.

26fairywings
Jan 9, 7:00am Top

27fairywings
Jan 10, 5:18am Top

4. Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

Book 1 The Obernewtyn Chronicles.

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. But for Elspeth Gordie, born with enhanced mental abilities that would see her sterilised or burned if discovered, it is also dangerous. There is only survival by secrecy, and so she determines never to use her forbidden powers. But it is as if they have their own imperative, and their use inevitably brings her to the attention of the totalitarian Council that rules the Land.

This is a YA Science Fiction/ Fantasy novel first published in 1987. I quite enjoyed this book but I'm sure I would have loved it if I'd found it as a teen myself. In saying that I will definitely get around to the rest of the series before the end of the year (hopefully).

28karenmarie
Jan 10, 9:32am Top

Hi Adrienne! First-time visitor. Happy New Year and good luck on your reading goals.

29fairywings
Jan 10, 5:13pm Top

Welcome! Thanks Karen, same to you

30fairywings
Jan 11, 4:06am Top

I'm currently reading Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth. I have had this series on my bookshelves for a very long time, never seemed to get to it though, always something shiny and new to distract me. I'm really enjoying it so far and wondering why it took a reading challenge to finally push me into starting it.

31EBT1002
Jan 11, 1:13pm Top

Dropping off my star to follow you in 2020, Adrienne.

32fairywings
Jan 11, 6:45pm Top

Thanks for stopping by Ellen

33PaulCranswick
Edited: Jan 12, 3:48am Top

>30 fairywings: I also need to read something by Kate Forsyth, Adrienne. I have her Bitter Greens on the shelves.

Hope your weekend is going well.

34fairywings
Jan 12, 5:47am Top

>33 PaulCranswick: Thanks for stopping by Paul. Bitter Greens looks interesting, I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

I've had a wonderfully lazy weekend reading.

35fairywings
Jan 12, 5:56am Top

5. Dragonclaw by Kate Forsyth

Book 1 The Witches of Eileanan

Since the day of Reckoning witches and magic have been outlawed on Eileanan. The penalty for practising witchcraft is death.
Raised in the shadow of the peak of Dragonclaw, Isabeau the Foundling sets out on a perilous quest carrying the last hopes of the persecuted witches. Meanwhile her guardian, the wood witch Meghan, seeks guidance from the most ancient and dangerous wisdom in the land.....

Magic, fairy creatures and an epic quest....what's not to love here?

36fairywings
Jan 12, 10:47pm Top

Currently reading Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe aka Emily Rodda

Currently listening to The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

37fairywings
Edited: Jan 17, 6:35am Top



6. Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe aka Emily Rodda

She stared into the speckled mirror, wondering how she had come to this. How could she, Holly Love, apple of her parents' eye, competent manipulator of invoices in Gorgon Office Supplies, have ended up alone and starving in a dead man's flat? How indeed? Most reluctant heroines would throw in the towel at this point. But Holly Love is made of sterner stuff. She's sworn to track down the cheating swine who ripped her life apart, and make him pay. But as she tries to keep her head in the face of a bizarre mystery, a gloomy old house, a hearse-driving Elvis impersonator and a gang of vengeful thugs - not to mention a garrulous and possibly possessed parrot - Holly is forced to come to terms with a great truth. However bad things seem, they can always get worse.

This story was a bit of fun, pretty absurd in some places but still worth the read, leaves me wondering what madness can befall poor Holly Love in the future.

38fairywings
Edited: Feb 9, 2:17am Top

Went to the Library today to pick up my holds. All titles for my AWW challenge

Haul includes;
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Monkey Grip by Helen Garner
Battleaxe by Sara Douglass
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty DNF

I also have borrowed on my devices
The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton
Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty
Love, Honour and O'Brien by Jennifer Rowe
The Magician's Guild by Trudi Canavan
Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

That should cover the AWW challenge and the first four I read will cover the female author section of the Aussie author challenge.

39fairywings
Jan 15, 5:21pm Top

I've decided the next read will be A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.

I am still currently listening to The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton.

I need to try and get my library list down before I go back to work next week.

40humouress
Jan 17, 3:14am Top

Hi Adrienne, whizzing through quickly.

Have you tried using https instead of just http on your picture addresses? Now that LT is a secure site, it won’t accept links that aren’t also secure. And, of course, .jpg endings. And the straight quotation marks.

>35 fairywings: I’m afraid Dragonclaw wasn’t a favourite of mine; I couldn’t get to grips with the Scottish brogue everyone insisted on using.

41fairywings
Edited: Jan 17, 6:09am Top

>40 humouress: Hi Nina. I've used both http and https and neither makes a difference. Funnily enough I'm using pictures from my profile here so it's a librything address.

I did have some trouble getting used to the Scottish brogue to begin with in Dragonclaw, but I eventually got used to it. I do love the genre though so I can forgive a lot if the plot moves along steadily.

42humouress
Jan 17, 6:42am Top

>41 fairywings: From your gallery? Try opening your picture, clicking on it and then copying that second address.

43klarusu
Jan 17, 6:51am Top

I had issues with the images too but then I remembered to select the image in the gallery, right-click on the image in the LT gallery and select 'Copy Image Address' and use that in the img src tag. It worked fine then.

44fairywings
Jan 18, 3:07pm Top

Today I'm heading into the city to go to the bi-annual Lifline Bookfest. It's going to be a busy day.

45fairywings
Edited: Jan 19, 1:39am Top

Ok so I came home with 6 bags of books, I will list them and then add each bag.

First bag contains
Mr Commitment by Mike Gayle
The Bachelor and Spinster Ball by Janet Gover
Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian
Treason's Harbour by Patrick O'Brian
The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
The Illusion of Murder by Carol McCleary
Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney
H.M.S Surprise by Patrick O'Brian

46fairywings
Jan 19, 1:46am Top

Bag 2.
The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom by Jo Barrett
Death In Holy Orders by P.D. James
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossenini
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
Redcoat by Bernard Cornwall
Fatherland by Robert Harris
The Vulture Fund by Stephen Fry
The Night Is For Hunting by John Marsden
Odd One Out by Monica McInerney
Not Meeting Mr Right by Anita Heiss
Orphans of War by Leah Fleming
Lipstick Jungle by Candace Bushnell

47fairywings
Jan 19, 2:29am Top

Bag 3.
Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
Reached by Ally Condie
Crossed by Ally Condie
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Bartimaeus The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Winter by Marissa Meyer

48fairywings
Jan 19, 2:50am Top

Bag 4.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Maximum Ride The Final Warning by James Patterson
The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Once Upon A Dream by Liz Braswell
Night Study by Maria V Snyder

49fairywings
Jan 19, 2:57am Top

Bag 5.
The Learning Curve by Melissa Nathan
The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde
Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland
Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Bad Hair Day by Wendy Holden
The Battle of Evernight by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

50fairywings
Jan 19, 3:00am Top

Bag 5.
The Learning Curve by Melissa Nathan
The Perfect Match by Katie Fforde
Brotherhood of the Wolf by David Farland
Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Bad Hair Day by Wendy Holden, the touchstone is wrong and I can't find the right one
The Battle of Evernight by Cecilia Dart-Thornton

51fairywings
Jan 19, 3:10am Top

Last one
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Eucalyptus by Murray Bail
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
Starman by Sara Douglass
Enchanter by Sara Douglass
Eleven On Top by Janet Evanovich
Wild Colonial Boys by Frank Clune
Middlemarch by George Eliot

52humouress
Jan 19, 9:32am Top

That’s quite a haul!

53fairywings
Jan 19, 4:39pm Top

>52 humouress: I always come away with loads of books. There are three sections in the event. First section everything is $1 and you can still find decent quality books. Second section is $2.50 and the Third section they call the High Quality section, they start at $5. So as you can see it's easy to walk out with a good haul.

54figsfromthistle
Jan 19, 7:12pm Top

Quite a nice selection of books!

55fairywings
Jan 20, 6:32am Top

Thanks Anita. I try to come away with a variety of titles and genres.

56fairywings
Jan 20, 6:42am Top

After my Sunday book-a-holic adventure I went to visit a friend of mine today and she took me to see a lady that has crates of books sitting outside her house waiting to be given away. Well obviously I couldn't walk away with nothing ssoooooo here is the list I walked away with.

The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Rose Revived by Katie Fforde
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Heaven To Wudang by Kylie Chan
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
Virals by Kathy Reichs
Jane Austen's Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson
The Importance of Being Kennedy by Laurie Graham
The Traitor's Wife by Kathleen Kent
Molly's Millionsby Victoria Connelly
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
The Last Ember by Daniel Levin

57fairywings
Jan 20, 6:53am Top

Ok now on to the reading front.

I've been struggling with A Corner of White, I'm 1/4 of the way through and I just can't do it anymore, it is too disjointed and I'm not really appreciating the story and I have no feelings for any of the characters so I've made the decision to put this one aside.

I'm still listening to The Clockmaker's Daughter and I've decided to pick up Jane Austen's Guide to Dating, since I'm such a fan of anything Jane Austen related I'm hoping this will give me a bit of pep to get back into longer bouts of reading.

58EBT1002
Jan 20, 10:13pm Top

Your book hauls are amazing -- some great finds in every list.

I am interested in how you like The Clockmaker's Daughter. I have it in softcover and keep thinking I'd like to get to it. How is the audio?

59fairywings
Jan 21, 2:23am Top

Thanks Ellen.

I'm enjoying The Clockmaker's Daughter so far, it does switch between the two time lines, it's fairly seamless with the transitions so not confusing. I really like the audio, the narrator has a pleasant, easy to listen to voice that I feel fits well with the characters.

60alcottacre
Jan 21, 2:44am Top

>27 fairywings: That one just did not work for me. Maybe if I had been younger when I read it, I would have enjoyed it more. It took two tries for me to get through it.

>35 fairywings: >37 fairywings: I will have to give those a try! Into the BlackHole they go!

>45 fairywings:-51 What a haul!

>56 fairywings: Ditto!

Congratulations on getting your hands on all those books. I hope you find some treasure among them!

61fairywings
Jan 23, 1:12am Top

Stasia I listened to >27 fairywings: on audio book so maybe that would have made a difference.

Hope you enjoy >35 fairywings: and >37 fairywings: when you drag them out of the black hole.
Thank you I hope there are a few treasures in there too.

62fairywings
Jan 23, 1:16am Top

So today was my first day back at work. The kids don't come back till next Tuesday though. I was hoping I would be able to get some resources printed up and maybe set up my cupboard, maybe get a head start on printing for the teacher I work with, but no we had to spend all day in the staff room training. Will need to remember a cushion for tomorrow because those chairs are so hard and uncomfortable.

63karenmarie
Jan 24, 6:29am Top

Fantastic hauls, Adrienne! I especially noticed the Liane Moriarty and Fatherland by Robert Harris - I just picked up his newest last night, The Second Sleep and can already tell it's a good'un.

Good luck with getting set up for the Return of the Kids next Tuesday.

64fairywings
Jan 24, 6:31pm Top

>63 karenmarie: Nice to see you Karen. Thanks for the good luck wishes. Have you read Fatherland? What did you think of it?

65fairywings
Jan 25, 8:24pm Top

7. The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton

My real name, no one remembers. The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river.

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

I feel this story was brilliantly executed. Every group of people who come into contact with the house during the 150 years of time woven through this story have some sort of connection to each other. But you don't see the connection immediately. Heartbreakingly beautiful story about moments in time.

66fairywings
Jan 26, 11:03pm Top

8. Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

An online rivalry between mums and non-mums spills dangerously into the real world. Poppy's world has tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend. At least Annalise is on her side. Poppy's new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent a little about smug mums and their privileges at work. Meanwhile Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings - she's not had one in years - and she's sick of being judged by women at the office and stay-at-home mums. When Poppy and Annalise's group takes off and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafes become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided. A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control. Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep's clothing. And she has an agenda of her own.

I loved this book, I can see how easily something like this can get out of hand with all the drama that goes with social media and everyone taking things out of context. I wasn't expecting to find it as emotional as I did.

67fairywings
Jan 26, 11:06pm Top

Currently reading Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

About to start listening to Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

68humouress
Jan 27, 5:20am Top

>56 fairywings: That was dangerous, accepting your friend’s offer. But I wouldn’t have been able to say ‘No’ either.

>65 fairywings: Intriguing.

69PaulCranswick
Jan 27, 7:05am Top

>67 fairywings: Oooh Monkey Grip, Adrienne. I have that one in mind shortly too. Looking forward to your take on it.

70fairywings
Jan 29, 4:06am Top

>68 humouress: Yes Nina it was pretty dangerous, but I found a couple of books to add to collections and a few that looked like a bit of fun. >65 fairywings: It's worth a read, or a listen.

>69 PaulCranswick: I'm half way through it Paul. So far I'm enjoying it. Will leave you a proper idea of it when I'm finished.

71curioussquared
Jan 29, 4:40pm Top

You have had some great book hauls so far this year!

>57 fairywings: I've tried to read A Corner of White a few times, too and also struggled. Glad it's not just me!

72fairywings
Jan 30, 2:17am Top

>71 curioussquared: Thanks Natalie.

Yeah, I don't know what it was about A Corner of White, I just couldn't get into it.

73fairywings
Jan 31, 2:53am Top

Well that's the end of my first week back to work, thankfully. This week felt like a month and January felt like it had 100 days in it. I'm so exhausted from all the running around. Hopefully next week we will be able to slide back into a proper routine and February won't feel like it's been six months on the go instead of one.

74katiekrug
Jan 31, 7:47am Top

Finally making my way over for a visit, Adrienne.

So impressed with your various book hauls!

And congrats on surviving the first week back at work :)

75fairywings
Jan 31, 9:04am Top

>74 katiekrug: Welcome and thanks Katie.

76fairywings
Jan 31, 11:54pm Top

9. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbours, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

This story does not read with a single continuous time line. The story jumps between time lines and story lines of the 3 couples involved. We don't find out what actually happened at the barbecue till quite late in the story and I think that was one of the things that kept me hooked, waiting to find out what had happened to cause such upheaval in all their lives.

77fairywings
Feb 1, 6:56am Top

10. Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps. But Luke doesn't make it easy, and soon everyone—the town, the paparazzi, and the tabloids alike—know his secret...and Jenny is caught right in the middle of all the chaos

Fun fluffy read to lighten the mood after the last few more emotional reads.

78karenmarie
Feb 6, 8:51am Top

>64 fairywings: I think Fatherland was the first alternate history I ever read, and I was fascinated with the concept. I remember liking it a great deal. I had it on my shelves forever, but seem to have gotten rid of it at some point. It came out in 2006 and it’s not on my spreadsheet of everything read since 2008, so I must have read in 2007.

>65 fairywings: I have The House at Riverton by Morton, have you read it? I might need to try to get to it this year.

>67 fairywings: I love everything I’ve read by Liane Moriarty. I’m hoping to snag a copy of Nine Perfect Strangers at the next Friends of the Library sale.

>76 fairywings: On my shelves, just waiting to be read!

79fairywings
Feb 7, 5:49am Top

Hi Karen. Hopefully I'll get to Fatherland in the next couple of months.

I'm ashamed to admit (being Australian and all) The Clockmaker's Daughter was the first Morton I've read, but I loved it so much that I will be searching for more of her works in the not to distant future.

I think Nine Perfect Strangers is the next one I marked for Liane Moriarty when it becomes available at my local library.

Bump it up the list Karen, you wont be disappointed.

80fairywings
Feb 7, 5:54am Top

I am still currently reading Monkey Grip by Helen Garner, having some trouble picking up a physical book right now, my heads not in the game so to speak.

Currently listening to Khaki Town by Judy Nunn. Finding it much easier to listen than read at the moment.

81fairywings
Feb 9, 2:16am Top

11. Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

Khaki Town is inspired by a wartime true story which the Government kept secret for over seventy years.

'It seems to have happened overnight,' Val thought as she pulled the beers. 'We've become a khaki town.'

It's March 1942. Singapore has fallen. Darwin has been bombed. Australia is on the brink of being invaded by the Imperial Japanese Forces. And Val Callahan, publican of The Brown's Hotel in Townsville, could not be happier as she contemplates the fortune she's making from lonely, thirsty soldiers.

Overnight the small Queensland city is transformed into the transport hub for 70,000 American and Australian soldiers destined for combat in the South Pacific. Barbed wire and gun emplacements cover the beaches. Historic buildings have been commandeered. And the dance halls are in full swing with jitterbug and jive.

The Australian troops, short on rations and equipment, begrudge the confident, well-fed 'Yanks' who have taken over their town (and women). And there's growing conflict, too, within the American ranks. Because black GIs are enjoying the absence of segregation and the white GIs do not like it.

Then one night a massive street fight leaves a black soldier lying dead in the street, and the situation explodes into violent confrontation.

As much as I loved this book some parts were really hard to listen to. Judy Nunn said she was not going to hold back, all the speech patterns and racism is exactly how it was at the time the novel is set in.
It's hard to believe that the events that happened could remain some sort of Government secret for so long.

82PaulCranswick
Feb 9, 5:26am Top

>81 fairywings: That one is a massive BB, Adrienne. Must go and look for it.

Hope you have had a great weekend.

83fairywings
Feb 10, 1:59am Top

>82 PaulCranswick: Yeahh for BB. Good luck with your search, it is worth the read.

84fairywings
Feb 10, 6:33am Top

12. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.

85fairywings
Feb 15, 5:53am Top

So we've gone from fires burning out of control to torrential rain and flooding.

We went to see Queen + Adam Lambert on Thursday night. Stadium concert so basically an outside event, we had seats on the floor (field area) so we were totally outside in the pouring rain. Was so worth it though, was such an amazing concert. Loved every minute of it, even if we felt like drowned rats all night.

86EBT1002
Feb 15, 5:30pm Top

Great comments about The Clockmaker's Daughter. And Those Other Women looks intriguing, too.

>85 fairywings: Ugh. What a year you are having. :-(
But I'm glad the concert was so much (soggy) fun!

87fairywings
Feb 15, 5:54pm Top

>86 EBT1002: Hi Ellen, thanks for stopping by. I hope you like both stories when you get to them.

Yes it was so good. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

88curioussquared
Feb 16, 4:09pm Top

>85 fairywings: That sounds awesome! I love Queen. I also follow Brian May on Instagram and he's just a delightful human being.

89fairywings
Feb 20, 2:09am Top

>88 curioussquared: It was awesome. I've been following Brian May on Instagram too, he posts some lovely pics.

90fairywings
Feb 20, 2:17am Top

13. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

I enjoyed this and will probably seek out the others soonish.

91PaulCranswick
Feb 23, 9:24pm Top

>85 fairywings: So torrential rain has doused the flames?

Nice to see you so actively posting this year, Adrienne.

92fairywings
Feb 28, 11:44pm Top

>91 PaulCranswick: Yes the rain helped put out the majority of fires that were still burning, I think it was a week later the news was given that all fires were under control.

Thanks, I've been so busy the last few weeks, so I haven't been around the boards much, haven't logged in this week actually.

93fairywings
Mar 7, 7:57am Top

14. Would Like to Meet by Polly James

94humouress
Mar 7, 8:37am Top

I’m glad the rain got the fires under control finally. It was needed.

95EBT1002
Mar 7, 6:45pm Top

Hi Adrienne. I hope you are doing well.

96fairywings
Mar 14, 3:00am Top

>94 humouress: Yes it was definitely needed.

>95 EBT1002: Hi Ellen, I'm doing ok, very busy at work, but the start of the year is always hectic. My computer decided to give up a couple of weeks ago, so I didn't have one for a week or so, but all good now. Looking at how much time I've missed on here has me freaking out about catching up, so many posts on everyone's threads.

97figsfromthistle
Mar 14, 5:49am Top

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend :)

98fairywings
Mar 14, 6:12am Top

Thanks Anita. Hope yours is relaxing too.

99fairywings
Mar 14, 8:32pm Top

Went out to the shops yesterday. Weekly grocery shop was ridiculous, had to go to three different supermarkets just to get tissues, luckily everything else we needed was in stock and I had managed to grab a pack of toilet rolls finally on Friday. There hasn't been any in the supermarkets for at least a week, panic buying is ridiculous people.
While we were at the shops I picked up a few stationary supplies from K-Mart and went to the book store and bought The Finisher, The Keeper and The Width of the World by David Baldacci. The second and third were on sale so of course had to buy them, but then of course you can't read them unless you've already read the first so had to buy The Finisher as well.

100fairywings
Mar 14, 8:47pm Top

15. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Book blurb
Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

This was a pretty good book, but I probably would have liked it better if I'd read it and not listened to it, I didn't think much of the reader.

101fairywings
Edited: Mar 20, 11:56pm Top

16. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Blurb
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine... and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco's haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Another thrilling adventure, when my library gets them I will read the next two as well.

102fairywings
Mar 26, 6:32am Top

We are all well here, not in lockdown yet. There are restrictions in place so no sporting events, no mass gatherings, church services cancelled, schools are cancelling all upcoming events, markets are shut down indefinitely, travel bans in place and as far as I know all states have closed their borders, the Queensland border closed last night and there is an actual checkpoint in place with police stopping everyone and checking weather they have a work permit for those who live in New South Wales but work in Queensland, or are returning home to Queensland, crazy times, but still the schools are not closing. Riley's University has gone online as of Monday so neither of my boys have to leave the house now. Whereas I still have to go to work to basically babysit other peoples kids as they have stopped working on the curriculum since parents are given the option to keep their kids at home and probably two thirds of them are doing just that. The government made the concession today that next week will be a pupil free week so that teachers can work on getting online up and running for next term, since we only have one week left until Easter break. The catch to this is that we are still classed as open so that all essential workers are still able to bring their kids to school so they are still available to work, which ironically includes teaching staff as essential workers. On the news tonight the Premier of Queensland urged people to keep their kids at home, meaning no parks or gatherings, not taking them to the shopping centre (which will be a mute point soon enough anyway as shops are closing down and laying off staff at an alarming rate) and not to send them to visit with their elderly relatives. When my break comes I will be staying at home and avoiding going anywhere for the two weeks.

103figsfromthistle
Edited: Mar 26, 7:32am Top

>102 fairywings: It seems like your area took a while to implement restrictions and closures. I assume that the number of cases are not high? Happy Thursday!

104fairywings
Mar 26, 6:38pm Top

>103 figsfromthistle: We have under 3,000 with 13 deaths. the majority of cases seems to be in and around Sydney, but it's spreading. I think our government has been slow to respond because we didn't have many cases here while it was taking off in Europe and they just expected those with symptoms to self isolate. with all the travel bans and border closures hopefully it helps stall the spread.

105alcottacre
Mar 26, 6:46pm Top

>81 fairywings: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Adrienne!

>90 fairywings: I am fairly sure that my daughter owns that one. I am going to have to borrow it.

Stay safe and healthy!

106fairywings
Mar 26, 6:58pm Top

>105 alcottacre: Glad I could help add to the BlackHole. I hope you enjoy that one when you get to it Stasia, I would recommend it all day long.

>105 alcottacre: >90 fairywings: I've now listened to the second one as well, they are really quite fun.

Thanks Stasia you too.

107PaulCranswick
Mar 26, 10:44pm Top

>104 fairywings: Whatever the belated measures are, Adrienne, stay safe. xx

108humouress
Mar 27, 6:34am Top

My parents are in the Sydney suburbs and are self-isolating.

All these lay-offs are worrying. My dance teacher here is Australian and she was saying lots of her friends did free work to help raise money for the bush fire relief but now the theatres are closed and the cruise ships aren’t running, they’re left high and dry. Of course, that’s applicable to many professions worldwide and not really anyone’s fault, but it’s sad.

Stay safe.

109fairywings
Mar 29, 3:28am Top

So I had to order a couple of books for Riley, for his literature class. They arrived on Thursday.

The Boat by Nam Le
The Hunter by Julia Leigh

They look interesting enough and I'll probably have a crack at reading them when he's finished with them.

110fairywings
Mar 29, 3:35am Top

>107 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul I will, you stay safe as well. xx

>108 humouress: It is most definitely troubling with all the job losses. From the statistics I saw the other day, Sydney has the highest number of cases, I'm guessing a lot of those are from the cruise ships that weren't allowed to dock anywhere else. I hope your staying safe too Nina.

111humouress
Mar 29, 5:21am Top

We’re fine at the moment thanks Adrienne. I just saw part of an interview with Australian author Margie Warrel. I gather her husband is in an isolation ward in Singapore until they confirm whether or not he has the virus and she said Singapore is the gold standard for dealing with this. Of course, Singapore has the resources and it’s easier to control the smaller population but it’s good to know that they’ve got things under control. For the moment, anyway - here’s hoping it stays that way.

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