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 it’s been quite the week, feel free to skip the following litany of woe.

We’re still waiting for results after my husbands surgery last week.

On Wednesday we had to take my oldest daughter to hospital and she ended up having emergency surgery due to an abscess that threatened sepsis. She remained in hospital til yesterday, and while she’s home now she requires daily wound care visits and may still have to have further surgery early next week.

On Thursday my father called to say my mother was being admitted to hospital in a lot of pain. Thankfully that situation resolved itself without the need for surgery (for now) and she too was released on Saturday.

On Friday we received word that our nephew (who is only 30) had undergone heart surgery after suffering a stroke. He is currently doing well, though will be hospital for a while.

And then on Saturday our best friends let me know their beloved dog passed away.

As a result, I just did not have the head space this past week to do anything much except stare mindlessly at the TV. The stress has caused my chronic condition to flare and triggered a worsening of my insomnia. Frankly this week might be a write off too.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

 

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New Posts…

None

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What I’m Reading This Week…

Same as last week

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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Thanks for stopping by!

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 03:00:32

    You’ve had a really hard week. I know the effect of little sleep as my husband suffers from it very very badly and I get up to help him and then we both up. I hope this week improves for all around you.

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  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 03:02:01

    You have had a horrible week. I hope you get your husband’s results back soon, and that your daughter heals quickly and completely and will not need further surgery. I’m glad your mom did not need to have surgery, and that your nephew is doing well. I will keep you and your loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Carol
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 03:09:23

    What a traumatic time for you. 😩😢 We have a tragic complicated divorce situation in our family right now and it sucks the joy from daily life. On top of the virus and protests it seems like too much sadness. Hoping along with you for better days! Thanks for sharing real life!

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  4. Trin Carl
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 04:06:05

    Convict Alley sounds great. . I love books that share a different way of life and give us perspective

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  5. gulfsidemusing
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 04:53:50

    What a truly horrible week… I’m sorry you’re having to deal with all of this. I hope things are better this week and will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  6. Anne Bennett
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 05:08:55

    I am so sorry to hear about the hospitalizations of your relatives. How terrible. I am wondering if your nephew had COVID since I understand that there is a higher risk of strokes and he is so young. Hope they all recover well. My Sunday Salon post

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  7. Sue Legg
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 05:32:05

    And I thought my life was going pear shaped. Wow, I’m gobsmacked with all you are dealing with on top of trying to concentrate on books. May the coming days & weeks be kind to you.

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  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 05:59:09

    OMG I am so sorry! You really had a hellish week! I just hope that everyone will be all right soon!

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  9. denisenewton1960
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 06:44:27

    Enough for one week, surely? I hope things improve quickly for you and yours. And thanks for reviews of two new books venturing on Aussie history. Right up my alley, I’ll be sure to check them out

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  10. Tina
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 07:02:19

    I need to bring the wine over right now! My goodness that’s the most awful week and I know you are beyond stressed. You have been in my thoughts, hoping everything turns out well for your family. All of them.

    I’ve been writing a list of some of the books you post about which grab my interest. Hoping to get involved in the Aussie author challenge but may not manage until next year. In the meantime I am grateful for your reviews and suggestions.

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  11. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 07:03:34

    I’m sorry it was such a tough week. The only bright spot may be your hospitals are not overwhelmed with COVID patients as it is in US so you wouldn’t have to worry as much about that problem. I hope everyone is on their way to better health this next week!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  12. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 08:52:09

    Sorry it was a tough week. That’s a lot for anybody to handle. *Hugs*

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  13. Jennifer
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 09:40:53

    Take care of yourself and your family. One good thing about books: they will wait for you. I hope this is a much less stressful week for you all.

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  14. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 10:33:48

    Oh wow, what a week! I hope nothing happens this upcoming week so that your family can rest and recuperate. Take care.

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  15. Helen Murdoch
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 14:49:42

    Oh my, what a horrible week for your family’s health and well being. I am so sorry to hear about all of this and hope each of them is on the mend, even if it is slow. It’s scary and must make you feel out of control with all of this plus COVID and protests.

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  16. Kathryn
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 17:16:48

    Oh my, just take care and no pushing of yourself. What a week, one of those events by itself would have been distressing. Take care, thinking of you.

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  17. Margaret Lynette Sharp
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 21:18:17

    So sorry you’ve had such a horrible week. Hope the future is better!

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  18. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 22:58:15

    Oh, wow, what a week you have had! I love that cartoon at the top of the post. “Hang in there” sounds lame, doesn’t it? I do love the reminder not to stress over things I cannot . We all need that one right now.

    I hope you find the perfect book or two this week to help distract you. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  19. Susie | Novel Visits
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 23:30:11

    Your family has been hit so hard. I’m so sorry and can’t imagine how overwhelming all of that is. Yours truly is a case of “when it rains it pours.” I hope everyone is on the mend soon and that you can have a little time to clear your head and enjoy some great books.

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  20. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 23:40:25

    So sorry about all that has happened to you in a week! Sending thoughts and prayers for strength and peace and that your condition settles down and you are able to sleep.

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  21. Lisa
    Jun 15, 2020 @ 23:42:38

    I’m so sorry for all you’re going through right now. Wishing you all the best for your entire family, and hope they all have a quick return to good health.

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  22. Kathy Martin
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 01:26:27

    Oh, my goodness! What a week! I hope everyone recovers soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  23. sjhigbee
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 01:37:36

    Oh my word! What a ghastly week… I’m so sorry to hear of your poor mother and your daughter’s sufferings. I hope the wound heals quickly and cleanly and she isn’t in too much pain… In the meantime, I’m sending a dollop of energy and virtual hugs, Shelley! And fervently hoping the coming week is a LOT kinder…

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  24. Lindsi
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 01:44:44

    I saw your tweets about the many hospital visits and medical issues you’ve had to deal with this week, and I am so sorry you’re having to go through that. I cannot even begin to image how stressful that has been for you. I hope this week is an improvement, and you and yours are well and safe.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  25. Athira
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 05:49:28

    Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way – sorry your week has been so rough. I hope this week is an improvement, even if you aren’t expecting it to be. Relax when you can and take care of yourself too.

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  26. Katherine Nabity
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 07:58:28

    I think if I would have had your week, I would be indulging in a lot of actual wine! Wishing you and your loved ones better health!

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  27. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 16:46:16

    Oh Shelleyrae!! All the wishes for a better week sent your way!!

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  28. fuonlyknew
    Jun 16, 2020 @ 23:20:02

    So much happening in just one week. I hope everything turns out okay for all of your family.

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  29. Susan
    Jun 18, 2020 @ 05:57:16

    So sorry about all the surgeries and hospital visits of your family. It does sound very stressful. Sending you positive wishes from Canada …. that things will improve.

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