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

The It’s Monday! What Are You Reading meme is hosted at BookDate

I’m also linking to The Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer

And the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

So what I learnt from last week’s question – how long does it take you to write a review? – is that I take way too long. Before my hiatus, I rarely needed more than hour but it hasn’t been as easy since my return. In the past week I’ve made a concerted effort to spend less time on writing reviews. I’ve been mostly successful, though I’m still not finding it easy.

I gave my youngest daughter her first driving lesson this past weekend. She did really well, only 119 hours of lessons to complete before she can get her licence.

You may also be glad to know we currently have enough toilet paper to last at least two weeks. The toilet paper hoarding situation here is insane, shelves are stripped bare the moment they are restocked. The spread of the Coronavirus has everybody in a panic, stay well!.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Music #1) by Rin Chupeco

Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman

Death in the Ladies Gossip Club by Julian Leatherdale

Truganini by Cassandra Pybus

 

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New Posts…

Review: Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Music #1) by Rin Chupeco

Review: Just An Ordinary Family by Fiona Lowe

Review: The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman

Review: Death in the Ladies Gossip Club by Julian Leatherdale

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #2

Six Degrees of Separation: Wolfe Island to Snake Island

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

The Cedar Tree by Nicole Alexander

In the spring of 1949, Stella O’Riain flees her home – a sheep property on the barren edge of the Strzelecki Desert. She leaves behind the graves of her husband Joe and her baby daughter.

With no money and limited options, Stella accepts her brother-in-law Harry’s offer to live at the O’Riain cane farm in the Richmond Valley. There she hopes to get answers to the questions that plague her about her marriage. However Harry refuses to discuss Joe or the family’s secrets, even forbidding her to speak to the owner of the neighbouring property.

Nearly a century earlier in County Tipperary, Irish cousins Brandon and Sean O’Riain also fled their homes – as wanted criminals. By 1867, they are working as cedar-cutters in New South Wales’s lush-green Richmond Valley.

But while Brandon embraces the opportunities this new country offers, Sean refuses to let go of the past. And one cousin is about to make a dangerous choice that will have devastating consequences down the generations.

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The Operator by Gretchen Berg

In a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business . . .

Nobody knows the people of Wooster, Ohio, better than switchboard operator Vivian Dalton, and she’d be the first to tell you that. She calls it intuition. Her teenage daughter, Charlotte, calls it eavesdropping.

Vivian and the other women who work at Bell on East Liberty Street connect lines and lives. They aren’t supposed to listen in on conversations, but they do, and they all have opinions on what they hear—especially Vivian. She knows that Mrs. Butler’s ungrateful daughter, Maxine, still hasn’t thanked her mother for the quilt she made, and that Ginny Frazier turned down yet another invitation to go to the A&W with Clyde Walsh.

Then, one cold December night, Vivian listens in on a call between that snob Betty Miller and someone whose voice she can’t quite place and hears something shocking. Betty Miller’s mystery friend has news that, if true, will shatter Vivian’s tidy life in Wooster, humiliating her and making her the laughingstock of the town.

Vivian may be mortified, but she isn’t going to take this lying down. She’s going to get to the bottom of that rumor—get into it, get under it, poke around in the corners. Find every last bit. Vivian wants the truth, no matter how painful it may be.

But as Vivian is about to be reminded, in a small town like Wooster, one secret usually leads to another. . . .

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Away With the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime . . .

Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she’s never seen without her ruby-red lipstick.

Although these days Veronica is rarely seen by anyone because, at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone.

She can be found either collecting litter from the beach (‘people who litter the countryside should be shot’), trying to locate her glasses (‘someone must have moved them’) or shouting instructions to her assistant, Eileen (‘Eileen, door!’).

Veronica doesn’t have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway . . . And she has no idea where she’s going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies.

But today . . . today Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.

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A Good Neighbourhood by Therese Anne Fowler

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door―an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.

Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he’s made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn’t want to live in Oak Knoll? With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful

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Our House Is On Fire: Scenes From A Family and a Planet in Crisis by by Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Thunberg, Svante Thunberg

This is the story of a family led to confront a crisis they had never foreseen. Aged eleven, their eldest daughter has stopped eating and speaking. Alongside diagnoses of autism and selective mutism, her parents slowly become aware of another source for her distress: her imperilled future on a rapidly heating planet.

Steered by her determination to understand the truth, the family begins to see the deep connections between their own and the planet’s suffering. Against forces that try to silence them, disparaging them for being different, they discover ways to strengthen, heal, and act in the world. And then one day, fifteen-year-old Greta decides to go on strike.

 

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sam@WLABB
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 03:33:45

    I am surprised to discover that TP is what we need most to battle a pandemic. Good to know. Good luck with the driving lessons. That’s great that they are going well. I used to be able to get a review written within an hour. However, since I don’t have the time to do them during the week since my schedule change, I have to churn them all out on the weekend, and it’s taking me longer. Also, writing 5 – 6 reviews in two days is a bit much for someone, who is NOT a write.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 03:34:20

    I pre-ordered A Good Neighborhood, so I’m eager to finally get it!

    The Operator sounds really tempting, too.

    Enjoy your week…and let’s all stay safe! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. thebookdisciple
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 03:50:03

    Why is toilet paper out of stock? I’m confused. Is that because there are no tissues? Seriously-why are people fighting over Tp??
    Glad the driving went well! My parents turned over the driving hours to a professional. Then they made me help all my siblings. To this day, they won’t get in a car with any of us driving.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Mar 09, 2020 @ 04:28:25

      I can’t explain it. Basically our govt suggested it be wise to have 2-3 weeks worth of essentials on hand in case of quarantine. For some reason people decided that meant they should have a years worth of TP on hand, and it just snowballed with people buying up tissues and paper towels as alternatives. Things like pasta, flour, canned foods, and analgesics are also being hoarded, but it’s the TP shortage which is really causing a problem.

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  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 04:11:11

    Away with the Penguins sounds like just the book I need to read. But, oh my goodness, it doesn’t come out here until late November.

    I don’t worry too much about my reviews. I guess that’s quickly apparent when you read them.

    The scare about the coronavirus reminds me of approaching hurricanes. We get a half dozen a year that threaten us in the Gulf of Mexico. We worry about the hurricanes. We stock up. We board up. We watch the news incessantly. Mostly the hurricanes don’t cause us any trouble. Mostly.

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  5. sjhigbee
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 05:10:01

    Yes… idiots are panic-buying toilet paper here in the UK, too. We tend to have sufficient in our stock cupboard/freezer to tide us over for a fortnight anyway – don’t most people??

    Glad the driving lessons are going well:). Have a great week, Shelleyrae.

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  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 05:29:26

    Luckily I have enough toilet paper for now LOL Now good for you to drive with your daughter I fear I would be too frightened to do the same!

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  7. BermudaOnion
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 07:15:42

    My husband is getting worked up over the coronavirus but I don’t think it’s time to panic yet.

    It looks like you’re reading some great books this week.

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 07:47:28

    We normally have supplies for a bit so I wasn’t worried but I hope there is more in stock when we would be buying again. I hope things improve with the virus news. Have a healthy week and enjoy your reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  9. yvonne473
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 08:38:07

    It seems like everyone is gong crazy and stocking up on supplies. I’ve heard all the stores’ shelves are depleted. I have what I need so I haven’t even been to the stores to check yet.

    Your books look good. One thing I have plenty of is books 🙂

    Have a great week!

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 09:01:39

    Away with the Penguins and The Operator both sound really good. And, I’ve got Good Neighbor coming from Book of the Month. Have a great week

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  11. natflixandbooks
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 09:11:23

    The toilet paper thing is insane. We happened to buy a huge pack last weekend before it started spiraling just because we needed to. I have A Good Neighborhood but haven’t gotten to it yet. It looks good. Happy reading!

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  12. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 09:58:30

    One of the reasons why I stopped writing reviews is because they took too long. I don’t have time for them anymore. Good luck with the driving lessons!

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  13. Marg
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 11:40:35

    The toilet paper thing is crazy isn’t it! A week ago the world was laughing at us Aussies about this and now there are plenty of other countries where we are seeing the same behaviour. We just have our normal supply but we will need to buy more in the next week or so assuming that we can find some

    I was also laughing to myself about people stocking up on flour. What are people going to do with it. Most of them will have never made bread from scratch in their life.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Mar 09, 2020 @ 13:45:03

      I thought the same thing about flour. I buy 2kg every other week because I make muffins for the kids snacks from scratch, and my own pizza dough for making scrolls for lunches. The shelves were bare this week but I have enough for the next fortnight. Hopefully by then it will be back on the shelves.

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  14. MarthaE
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 14:40:42

    We generally have a store of TP, paper towels and canned goods, though not quite as much as we used to have when the kids were with us. My husband tends to buy in bulk from Costco or Sam’s. Now he orders since the nearest store is an hour away.
    Looks like you have some good books coming up. I like the looks of The Operator.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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  15. Wendy @ Falconer's Library
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 15:29:35

    We stocked up a bit last weekend too, but are trying not to overreact or hoard goods. The Operator and A Good Neighborhood both sound very good!

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  16. Greg
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 15:33:46

    The toilet paper thing kills me! I keep seeing pics of all thse empty shelves everywhere…

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  17. Mystica
    Mar 09, 2020 @ 18:37:12

    The virus scare has hit everywhere and even though we have only suspected cases so far, people are very jittery here. No panic buying and stocking up though.

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  18. Susie | Novel Visits
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 00:03:34

    The entire coronavirus situation is both scary and crazy. I’m never quite sure how to feel about it because it’s impossible to know what’s coming next. We can’t get a lot of things around here, too.

    I loved A Good Neighborhood. Hope you do, too!

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  19. Vicki
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 03:00:51

    Away With The Penguins sounds really good. I pre-ordered the audio of The Operator and can’t wait to start it, I lived in Wooster for a while when I was a kid.

    We have a subscription through Amazon for tp and pt that we have delivered to our house once a month so we’re set on those things. We bought an upright freezer 4 months ago because the one on our fridge is too small, and it’s packed with meat so we’re ok there. I always keep canned food stocked up. I can’t think of anything that I’m worried about running out of. I watched a video on the virus and the man said everyone is overreacting. He said the virus only lives for 5-10 minutes so washing your hands often and not touching your face are the most important things to do. Don’t know how accurate that is but I’m washing my hands a lot and trying not to touch my face. Before this I didn’t realize how often I swipe my finger over my eye etc,

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  20. Sharlene
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 03:47:59

    I love that post about panic-buying books! I did actually need toilet paper and paper towels over the weekend but didn’t feel like braving the Costco hordes (and hoarders). Luckily Target had what I needed.

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  21. Kathy Martin
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 04:14:56

    Good luck with the driving lessons! I guess I’ll have to start hoarding TP soon too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  22. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 07:42:15

    The panic buying is real out there! We are short on hand sanitizer in our stores, and soap. Hopefully you get toilet paper in stock again soon!

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  23. Kathryn
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 09:36:39

    The panic buying is amazing. I joked with a woman yesterday, saying hope you are not going to fill your trolley with it! There was plenty at this store and we each only wanted one packet each. We laughed and she said where her mum is the shelves are bare. Why toilet paper!!

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  24. Lisa
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 09:59:08

    Ooh, I’m excited to see a new Hazel Prior novel! I can’t wait to hear what you think. The toilet paper thing is pretty funny — but I guess I get it, if people are trying to avoid having to go to the store. Our local supermarket still had toilet paper, but of course, hand sanitizer and cleaning products are wiped out.

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  25. thebookishlibra
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 10:21:09

    We have toilet paper hoarders here too. Made me glad we had stocked up right before the news broke about the virus.

    Yay for your daughter doing well with her driving lessons. I’m glad I still have a few more years before I have to worry about that but at the same time, I’m kind of looking forward to it since it’s such a milestone.

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  26. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 12:20:06

    We are not at that stage here in Canada where there are still very few cases compared to Europe but my relatives in Europe are feeling the panic.

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  27. Sarah Sammis
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 12:46:17

    Away with the Penguins sounds good. I don’t like the US title so will probably import a British copy. My weekly update

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  28. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 13:46:21

    I’m trying to cut down on my time writing reviews and cutting the length of them, too. I think it makes it easier for readers visiting the blog, too. Jeez! The toilet paper!! We didn’t have any in our grocery store yesterday, but luckily I had bought a big pack the week before. The whole world has gone nuts over the corona virus. Stay safe, Shelleyrae! 🙂

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  29. 1girl2manybooks
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 13:58:41

    If it makes you feel any better, it often takes me 2+ hours to write a review, depending on the book, my reaction to it and whether or not I’m just procrastinating/distracted by other things. Average is probably an hour for ones that flow but there are many that take much longer.

    I’m forever grateful for my husband’s tendency to toss toilet paper into the trolley whenever he goes to the shops and he managed to pick up a rather large bulk pack the day before everything went stupid and the shelves suddenly didn’t have any at all, anywhere. So we are right for that….but we are having trouble getting pasta/rice/etc now and he can’t find flour anywhere and we’re actually almost out of that and use it relatively often. Sigh. Not sure it isn’t going to get a bit worse before it gets better!

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  30. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 21:18:15

    Finally, Coles and supermarkets are taking a firmer stand on toilet paper panic. And it makes me cringe everytime I see a fight or an argument about coughing on a train. It’s getting nuts. The Operator sounds delicious with all its secrets!

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  31. waytoofantasy
    Mar 11, 2020 @ 01:15:10

    Oh gosh, the TP situtation…I assured my husband we had more than enough (about a 3 week or so supply) but he went out and bought more anyway just in case when we need it again the stores are out. So….yeah, this panic stuff is a little crazy!

    On the review writing, for me it really depends on the book. A rant or a rave is a bit easier than if the book was just so-so. Also I’ve been trying to write them within 24 hours of finishing the book and I’ve found that’s helped shorten the time as well as everything is fresh in my mind. Sometimes it still takes me over an hour though, and mine aren’t even that long!

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  32. alisbooks
    Mar 12, 2020 @ 05:46:46

    I try to take notes while reading and then I just write my review based on my notes, so I usually can write them really quickly. I’m in Louisiana and we just our first toilet paper panic here this past week. I don’t get it. But sure enough, the shelves emptied within days of our first coronavirus case.

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  33. WordsAndPeace
    Mar 13, 2020 @ 00:58:24

    Thanks, I added The Operator to my TBR! I thought Mark Edwards’s tweet was really good. I was going to retweet it, but apparently he deleted it. Clever humor is important, whatever the situation

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  34. Susan
    Mar 14, 2020 @ 08:01:08

    Yeah there’s TP hoarding going on here in Canada too. It’s a bit of a stumper. But who am I to say what’s going to happen. I hope everyone stays as safe as they can …. and still live lives. I’m on the library wait list for A Good Neighborhood since most people have liked it.

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  35. Kailana
    Mar 16, 2020 @ 00:11:46

    I ended up getting a package of toilet paper a couple weeks ago because we had the Coronavirus scare, but there was also a train blockade that was making it hard to get stock moved around. We still don’t have a big stockpile. Maybe a months worth. Maybe a bit more. If we end up home, it will go faster.

    I did my part and bought books from the second hand store this weekend in case I can’t get there for a while. I love my local one. She puts books aside for me, I e-transfer her, and then she delivers them to me when she is near my house.

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