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

Life…

I know I was rather cryptic in my update last week but thankfully all went well. It‘s not quite resolved as we wait for results, but it looks promising. The situation sort of consumed my whole week, but there was some good news. My youngest son (14) started his first part time job for a local newsagency. The hours are brutal, 4am to 6am three mornings a week, sorting and rolling newspapers for delivery. He is really looking forward to having money of his own though, and it will be character building.

It’s the Queens Birthday long weekend here, but we have no plans. We are still practicing social distancing, or at least that’s the excuse we are using.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside

Bottlebrush Creek by Maya Linnell

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Heatstroke by Hazel Barkworth

Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Review: The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #5

Six Degrees of Separation: Normal People to The Colorado Kid

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

‘He didn’t have to be normal, the boy realised. He just had to pretend.’

It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine reports pile up on his desk.

So when Natale Gibson goes missing, he’s convinced this is the big case he’s been waiting for – the woman’s husband and parents insist the devoted mother would never abandon her children, and her personal accounts remain untouched.

But things aren’t all they seem. The close-knit Italian family is keeping secrets – none bigger than the one Natale has been hiding.

Just as the net seems to be tightening, the investigation is turned on its head. The body of a woman is found . . . then another.

What had seemed like a standard missing person’s case has turned into a frightening hunt for a serial killer, and time is running out.

But to really understand these shocking crimes, Emmett and his team will need to delve back through decades of neglect – back to a squalid inner-city flat, where a young boy is left huddling over his mother’s body . . .

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In 1790, five convicts escaped Sydney by boat and were swept ashore near present day Newcastle. They were taken into the local Aboriginal clan, marrying and starting families. Thus began a long and often dramatic series of encounters between Aboriginals and convicts in the Hunter Valley, the second European settlement after Sydney. This book tells the story of the Hunter’s first 50 years—a rich account of relations between the convicts, land owners (many former convicts), and Aboriginal clans. Not a simple recounting of frontier conflict, it also shows how some Aboriginal families found ways to survive the loss of their land by subtle forms of resistance, or by working for the European settlers. Based on meticulous and extensive primary research which has uncovered many new stories,The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic.

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On a Barbarous Coast is an alternative retelling of Captain James Cook’s story co-written by Craig Cormick and Harold Ludwick in the tradition of imagined histories.

We were becoming the wild things we most feared, but could not see it at the time.

On a night of raging winds and rain, Captain Cook’s Endeavour lies splintered on a coral reef off the coast of far north Australia. A small disparate band of survivors, fracturing already, huddle on the shore of this strange land – their pitiful salvage scant protection from the dangers of the unknown creatures and natives that live here.

Watching these mysterious white beings, the Guugu Yimidhirr people cannot decide if they are ancestor spirits to be welcomed – or hostile spirits to be speared. One headstrong young boy, Garrgiil, determines to do more than watch and to be the one to find out what exactly they are.

Fierce, intriguing and thoughtful, On a Barbarous Coast is the story of a past and future that might have been.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne Bennett
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 05:00:07

    It’s been a hard week but there is a lot of cause for hope for the future. Stay well. Stay safe. Please visit my Sunday Salon post. Thank you.

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  2. thebookishlibra
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 05:19:05

    That’s great that your son has started his first job. Definitely tough hours but wow, what a major life milestone.

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  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 06:32:26

    I’m continuing to keep you in my good thoughts and prayers. I’m glad that things look promising.

    And good for your son! Working brings something into kids’ lives that school doesn’t always offer, I think.

    I wonder what you thought of The Paris Library. I’ve added that one to my wishlist.

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  4. Athira
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 07:39:52

    Glad to hear that things were promising and went well this week. Fingers crossed for the results!

    Enjoy your long weekend! We are still mostly staying home but as a country, we haven’t conquered anything, despite what the videos of the outdoors look like. Numbers are still climbing and I’m terrified for everyone.

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  5. Greg
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 07:57:51

    Hope you have a great long weekend- and glad to hear that your situation looks promising. Hoping you have a good and peaceful week ahead!

    Your books sound good- I think Australia’s history is fascinating so I’d love to read more about that.

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  6. natflixandbooks
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 08:50:03

    4-6 sounds brutal, but I remember how awesome it was to make my own money at his age. Sticks and Stones looks interesting. Happy reading!

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  7. thebookdisciple
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 09:37:15

    Yikes that is EARLY! Enjoy the long weekend. I appreciate that the stay at home orders have given me lots of excuses to do what I want-stay at home!

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  8. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 11:49:34

    Congrats to your son for getting a job! He is courageous to work those hours. 🙂 I’m now going to check out your review of The Paris Library because I’ve been eyeing this book. Have a great reading week!

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  9. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 12:25:35

    Good to hear that things are looking promising. Continued thoughts and prayers! Hope the early, early job goes well.

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  10. Mystica
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 12:52:30

    Enjoy the long weekend.
    I enjoy reading books with an Australian setting but have read very few. These especially the first one seems good. Thanks for the updates.

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  11. Kathryn
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 16:40:06

    Ah very character building I’d say but the joy of a little of his own money would be an incentive. Take care and hope all continues to pan out well.

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  12. Beth F
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 21:43:01

    Glad things look good. Enjoy your holiday weekend. On a Barbarous Coast looks innteresting.

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  13. Kathy Martin
    Jun 08, 2020 @ 23:10:27

    That was my brother’s first job too. Now, the paper is downsizing and printing only twice a week and not doing deliveries. All papers will be mailed. They want all readers to use the online version which will update every day. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  14. Tina
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 00:02:08

    I have had you in my thoughts, glad there is hope on the horizon! Greta news about your son’s job but the hours, yuk!

    When I joined you for non fiction challenge I opted for only 3 books and I have gome beyyond. Soon I’ll be linking up another category. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. Lisa
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 01:25:29

    I’m glad things are looking up! Kudos to your son — that sounds like quite a big commitment! Hope you have a great week.

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  16. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 02:48:19

    I’m glad things went well and we also are staying home. Enjoy your new reads.

    Stay safe and be well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  17. Regine Karpel
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 09:02:55

    Have fun reading.
    http://www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  18. Helen Murdoch
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 09:14:32

    I am rewatching The Crown with my daughter who hasn’t seen it. It really is well done and I find it interesting.

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  19. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 12:18:20

    Praying for a good results. Congratulations to your son on the new job.

    Hope you enjoy your books this week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/06/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-june-8.html

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  20. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 12:29:16

    Congratulations to your son! Having money is a wonderful thing. I hope you have a good week!

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  21. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jun 09, 2020 @ 21:27:32

    Ouch! Those are horrible hours, but having his own $$ is a great incentive! I just finished Sticks and Stones so I am curious what you think of it!

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  22. Jade @ Reading with Jade
    Jun 10, 2020 @ 04:47:39

    Oof! 4-6! All the same, I bet your son will be have to have the independence of earning his own money. A little milestone right there.

    I am intrigued by The Convict Valley and look forward to hearing more about that from you.

    Good thoughts to you & happy reading!

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  23. Becki
    Jun 10, 2020 @ 10:23:27

    Lots of interesting books! Good for your son on his new job. I used to love working early in the morning – you don’t miss anything later in the day, and you’re up and ready for the day nice and early. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  24. Marg
    Jun 10, 2020 @ 19:38:24

    I love that you said your son’s hours will be “character building” LOL

    Have a great week! Hoping for good news all round for you.

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  25. Susan
    Jun 14, 2020 @ 07:28:59

    I’m glad your situation might get resolved, good news. And congrats to your son! I’m partial to newspapers!

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