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

 

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Life…

I’ve been enjoying the October Labour Day long weekend, though the weather has been a little mixed.

On Saturday afternoon I wandered around at the Old Bar Beach Festival, an annual event in the next town over which includes a Kombi and Classic Car Display, you can see them lined up on the airfield in the photo below. The festival itself isn’t huge…a range of stalls – crafts, food, clothes, jewellery etc, a few amusement rides for the kids, and live music.

Photo by Eyes from Above Aerial Photography

On Sunday night my husband was browsing YouTube and decided to play through some of those ‘can you guess the song/artist/tv/movie theme tune’ video’s. One by one the kids were sucked in and we all spent hours ‘competing’. My husband I were pretty much useless with any song newer than the turn of the century, but it seems we have successfully indoctrinated the kids (aged from 13-23) because they had few problems with the 1960/1970/1980 hits they’ve listened to since infancy (I’m all about the rock/pop hits and power ballads, hubby is a heavy rock/metal and country music fan). It was all pretty hilarious.

We don’t have any real plans for today, though there are a few tasks around the house that need doing.

I almost forgot…Congratulations to Katy E who won Where the Light Enters by Sara DonatiWhere the Light Enters by Sara Donati. Thank you to all those who entered.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Silver by Chris Hammer

488 Rules for Life by Kitty Flanagan

The Forest City Killer by Vanessa Brown

Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

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What I’m Reading This Week

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites comes Alice Hoffman’s darkly magical story of in a heartbreaking time of war when men became monsters, children navigated a world without parents, and women were willing to sacrifice everything for those they loved.

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed forever, Hanni Kohn knows she has to send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Turning to an old woman who is familiar with Jewish magic, she finds her way to the daughter of a rabbi who creates a Golem, a mystical Jewish creature sworn to protect Hanni’s precious daughter Lea.

Lea’s journey with the Golem to France is fraught with danger and raw emotion. They travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses, to a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved, to a farm where the bees never forgive.

What does it mean to lose your mother? What makes a family? How is it possible to survive cruelty and continue to love? In a life that is as unreal as a fairytale, Alice Hoffman’s The World That We Knew takes us on a journey of loss and resistance, good and evil, the fantastical and the mortal, to a place where all roads lead past the angel of death and love is never-ending.

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Cross My Heart by Pamela Cook

When a promise kept means a life is broken…a haunting story of guilt, redemption and friendship that will have you turning pages well past bed-time.

When a promise kept means a life is broken …

Tessa De Santis’s child-free marriage in inner-city Sydney is ordered and comfortable, and she likes it that way.

When tragedy strikes and her childhood friend Skye Whittaker dies, Tess is bound to honour a promise to become foster-mother to Skye’s ten-year-old daughter, Grace, throwing her life upside down.

Leaving her husband and work-driven life behind, Tess travels to an isolated property where the realities of her friend’s life – and death – hit hard. The idyllic landscape and an unexpected form of therapy ease her fears, and her relationship with Grace begins to blossom.

But a secret from her earlier life with Skye refuses to remain hidden, and Tess is forced into a decision that will either right the wrongs of the past, or completely destroy her future.

Cross My Heart is a haunting story of guilt, redemption and friendship set in the beautiful central west of New South Wales.

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Resurrection Bay by Emily Viskic

Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up telltale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his own innocence sends Caleb on a hunt for the killer. But he can’t do it alone. Caleb and his troubled friend Frankie, an ex-cop, start with one clue: Scott, the last word the murder victim texted to Caleb. But Scott is always one step ahead.

This gripping, original and fast-paced crime thriller is set between a big city and a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, where Caleb is forced to confront painful memories. Caleb is a memorable protagonist who refuses to let his deafness limit his opportunities, or his participation in the investigation. But does his persistence border on stubbornness? And at what cost? As he delves deeper into the investigation Caleb uncovers unwelcome truths about his murdered friend – and himself.

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Lapse by Sarah Thornton

All it took was a lapse…a momentary lapse…to bring Clementine Jones’ world crashing down. Now she’s living like a hermit in small-town Katinga, coaching the local footy club. She’s supposed to be lying low, but here she is, with her team on the cusp of their first premiership in fifty years—and the whole bloody town counting on her, cheering her on.

So why the hell would her star player quit on the eve of the finals?

It’s a question she wishes she’d left alone. Others are starting to ask questions too—questions about her. Clem’s not the only one with a secret, and as tension builds, the dark violence just below the town’s surface threatens to erupt. Pretty soon there’ll be nowhere left for Clem to hide.

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37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vi @Inkvotary
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 02:26:08

    Heavy metal and country music – what a combination. LOVE IT! Have a great week and happy reading.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 02:57:27

    The beach festival sounds wonderful!

    I just downloaded The Lying Room, and can’t wait to read it.

    Enjoy your week!

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  3. Lynn
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 03:26:32

    I love those guess the song competitions! That beach festival sounds wonderful as well! I hope you are enjoying all the books you are reading!

    Have a wonderful week!

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  4. sjhigbee
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 04:09:45

    I love the sound of your musical quiz – we have a game Nostalgia that we play when my sister comes over. It’s questions about music, current affairs, fashions and style from the 60s, 70s 80s and 90s – it’s hilarious and I’m rubbish at it.

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  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 04:30:16

    It sounds like you had great fun with your family playing Name That Tune. What a fun game. Maybe your kids will help you with modern music. I wish someone would update me.

    The new Alice Hoffman book looks great. Tell us more soon.

    I’ve just come from an antiques fair. This time of year is great for festivals around here.

    Have a good week!

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  6. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 04:38:59

    The Beach festival looks fun. Charlie Hunnam is in Melbourne filming these days; I’d be looking for him. LOL Have a great week with some good books!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. Beware Of The Reader
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 06:28:51

    I love when we do musical quiz as a family!!! And enjoy Alice Hoffman as all the reviews that I’ve seen so far are excellent!

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  8. thebookdisciple
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 06:31:39

    Oh a beach festival sounds fun!!! Glad you and the family had fun playing name that tune!

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  9. Vicki
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 06:34:37

    I love anything to do with the beach so that beach festival sounds wonderful! I’ve loved the Hoffman books that I’ve read. Have a great week!

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  10. alisbooks
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 06:42:23

    My kids and I often play a game where we take turns guessing a song title, artist, and album name. It can be a lot of fun!

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  11. yvonne473
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 06:48:53

    The festival sounds like fun. I love those type of events. Have a great week!

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  12. girlplusbooks
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 10:45:25

    The festival looked like a good time. And the guess the song videos sounds fun! 🙂 I love that the whole family got involved. 🙂

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    http://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com

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  13. Kathryn
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 11:02:09

    Ah music goes right over my head! I heard on the radio this morning that you have Labour Day to enjoy, ours comes at the end of October. The fair sounds fun, always nice to wander about them.

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  14. Sarah Sammis
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 15:15:12

    We do similar Youtube competitions as a family, but our focus is typical anime music: openings, endings, and OSTs. My weekly update

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  15. Greg
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 15:22:31

    Looks like a fun festival! And music trivia- that sounds like a blast. Sounds like you brought em right on music haha!!

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  16. Sumedha
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 20:27:55

    Looks like you’ve had a great week! I hope you have a great one ahead as well 🙂

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  17. Carol Evans
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 23:38:59

    Sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday evening. I’m terrible with song names of any era, but my husband and daughter are pretty good.

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  18. Beth F
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 23:40:51

    Sounds like a great weekend! I’m always bad at any music thing from the current century.

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  19. Susie | Novel Visits
    Oct 07, 2019 @ 23:58:33

    The theme song/artists videos sound like a blast. I might have to bring that up for an activity over Christmas with the whole extended family. We’re always very competitive! Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  20. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 01:34:56

    That beach festival sounds really cool! I love stuff like that. 🙂 And enjoy your reads – I love Alice Hoffman!

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  21. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 03:34:07

    The festival looks beautiful and sounds like a lot of fun! Your YouTube competition sounded like a lot of family fun, too! I’ve heard good things about Alice Hoffman. Hope you enjoy the story. 🙂

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  22. Literary Feline
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 04:22:10

    The Old Bar Beach Festival sounds like a lot of fun. And what a great way to spend the evening with family. 🙂 I hope you are enjoying Alice Hoffman’s book. I do enjoy her writing. Your other current reads look good as well. I hope you have a great week, Shellyrae!

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  23. Kathy Martin
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 06:24:29

    I am hopeless at remembering songs and recent ones especially. My car radio is set to a sixties station. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  24. fuonlyknew
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 07:03:03

    Yeah, my son would beat me in the music department. LOL The festival looks fun. We have a bunch going on right now but I rarely have time to go to them.

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  25. WordsAndPeace
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 07:07:08

    I was a bit disappointed by Resurrection Bay: https://wordsandpeace.com/2018/06/04/book-review-resurrection-bay/

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  26. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 12:02:11

    What a great idea to play Can you name that song…I’ll have to try it with my teens. Have a great reading week!

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  27. 15andmeowing
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 12:29:46

    Looks like you had a busy reading week.

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  28. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 12:35:49

    Sounds like a fun game to play. Have a great reading week.

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  29. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Oct 08, 2019 @ 14:57:48

    It so funny what you say about indoctrinating the kids. Our girls (18 and 16) are KISS fans because we’ve brought them with us to concerts.

    Cross My Heart looks really good. Love the cover too. Hope you have a great week.

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  30. Berls
    Oct 09, 2019 @ 11:00:27

    I just love spontaneous family moments like that! How fun and I love that the kids know all the old songs, that’s great 🙂 I would have been a lot like you and your husband… once we hit 2000 I really don’t know much music (or care to, it’s not very good IMO).

    Have a great week 🙂

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  31. thebookishlibra
    Oct 10, 2019 @ 11:34:43

    I hope you’re enjoying the Alice Hoffman book. I really liked that one. Have a great week!

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