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…

Monday is Labour Day, so It’s a long weekend here in NSW. Apparently Labour Day commemorates the implementation of the eight-hour working day, which was adopted in Australia in 1948.

Which means hubby is home today, stretched out on the lounge watching DashCam compilations on YouTube. it’s not a public holiday for retail or hospitality casuals though so both the oldest and youngest have shifts, and Aleah is busy studying.

She’s still deciding between two University options, the one she’s already been accepted to (UWS) where she’ll do a Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science), and a second (UNE) which offers a dual Science/Arts degree in Forensic Science/Criminology, but doesn’t make early entry offers til November. Nevertheless we’ve just submitted her expressions of interest for university campus accomodation at both. it’s all getting very real.

Hubby and I watched Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector this week, we also watched the movie Midway which we both liked. I also binged Away on Netflix, which I enjoyed. I’m not sure what I’m going to watch next.

We don’t have any specific plans for the coming week, just more of the usual I think, our time is pretty constrained by the kids work and study schedules these days.

And it seems my luck has run out, the iOS WordPress editor has changed, and I’m not sure how formatting this post is going to go, so please excuse any weirdness.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Honeybee by Craig Silvey

The Godmothers by Monica McIerney

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New Posts…

Review: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Review: Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2020 Nonfiction Reader Challenge: Monthly Spotlight #8

Review: Honeybee by Craig Silvey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What I’m Reading This Week…


It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for the wedding of two of its young inhabitants. They’re barely adults, not so long out of school and still part of the same set of friends they’ve grown up with. As the friends head home from the beach that last night before the wedding, there is a car accident. Three survive the crash but three are killed. And the reverberations are felt throughout the small town.

Connor, the young driver of the car, lives. But staying among the angry and the mourning is almost as hard as living with the shame, and so he leaves the only place he knows for another life. Travelling first to Liverpool, then London, by the noughties he has made a home – of sorts – for himself in New York. The city provides shelter and possibility for the displaced, somewhere Connor can forget his past and forge a new life.

But the secrets, the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind will not be silenced. And before long, Connor will have to meet his past.

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For five years, Australian doctor Sofia Raso has lived in Kabul’s vibrant Shaahir Square, working with Dr Jabril Aziz to support the local women. She knows that living peacefully in Kabul requires following two simple rules: keep a low profile; and keep out of local affairs.

Yet when threatening night letters from the Taliban taunt the town, and young boys disappear from Jamal Mina, Kabul’s largest slum, Sofia can no longer remain silent. While the square is encased by fear, an elegant former warlord proves an unlikely ally, and a former lover re-emerges with a warning. As the search for the boys intensifies, and Sofia feels herself being drawn back into a love affair she thought had ended, it soon becomes clear that answers will bring a heavy price.

Gripping and evocative, The Night Letters takes you to the heart of Kabul in a story of secrets, friendship and love in all its imperfect guises.

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The English language is changing constantly. We invent new words and phrases, we mash up idioms, we mispronounce, misuse, misappropriate. Sue Butler has heard it all and is ready to defend and disagree with common usage. Veering from tolerance to outrage, she examines how the word sheila took a nose-dive after World War II, considers whether we should hunker or bunker down, and bemoans the emptiness of rhetoric. She shouts ‘down with closure’ as it leaps from the psychoanalyst’s couch, explains why we’ve lost the plot on deceptively, untangles the manuka honey stoush, fathoms why the treatment of famous is infamous, and ponders whether you would, could or should …

Rebel without a Clause is a fascinatingly idiosyncratic romp through the world of words by lexicographer and former Macquarie Dictionary Editor, Sue Butler.

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It’s no secret that love has plagued the Owens family for centuries. But when did the curse begin, and why? It all began with Maria Owens, who arrived in America in 1680, with a baby in tow…

Born with pitch-black hair and pale green eyes, Maria was abandoned in the English countryside by her birth mother and raised by Hannah Owens who warned her, “Always love someone who will love you back.” She inherits Hannah’s Grimoire—a magical book of enchantments that include instructions to heal illnesses, ingredients for soaps that restore youth, and spells that make a person burn with love for another. When Hannah dies in an attack, Maria leaves for Curacao, where she meets John Hathorne, a magistrate from Salem living freely for the first time in his life as he falls in love with Maria. But Hathorne soon abandons her, before Maria realizes she’s pregnant. When she gives birth to a red-headed baby girl, Faith, who possesses immense magical talent, Maria embarks on a voyage to Salem to face her destiny, with or without magic.

But aboard the ship bringing her to America, fate intervenes and she meets a man who will change her life, if she’ll only let him. Her journey, laced with secrets and truths, devastation and joy, magic and curses, will show her that love is the only answer, always.

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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. globaldig
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 01:31:07

    Sounds like you’re having a great week, keep it up!

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  2. Jan
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 01:45:40

    Good luck to your daughter and her university decisions. I remember those days when my kids were going through it. It can be stressful.

    I have Deadly Education on hold at my library. I’m looking forward to that when I can finally get it. It looks like you’ve had some good reading and I hope that continues. Have a great week.

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  3. Lindsi
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 02:29:18

    University! I can’t imagine mine being old enough for college. I imagine it’s bittersweet. 🤗 It seems like you’ve been keeping busy! Magic Lessons is on my TBR.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  4. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 02:34:02

    I binge-watched seven seasons of an old show, The Good Wife, but finished it a few days ago and feel lost! Now what?

    I had been viewing the Australian prison show Wentworth from the beginning, so when the new episodes came out, I immediately went there. But suddenly lost the mood for all the prison fights, etc. Sigh.

    I may watch Away, which is in my Netflix queue.

    Enjoy your days off…and your week. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 02:45:29

    Enjoy your long weekend! I am nearly finished with my binge of This is Life on HBO Max. Its a docuseries hosted by Lisa Ling. Very interesting!

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  6. Athira
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 03:12:07

    Good luck to your daughter and her university decisions. I hope she gets exactly where she wants to be. I am looking forward to reading the new Naomi Novik book. Hopefully soon.

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  7. Boo-cause Reading 👻🎃🧟‍♀️🧡 (@Limabean74)
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 03:12:44

    Enjoy the weekend! I have been binging a lot of shows on Netflix lately.

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  8. Susan
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 03:55:11

    Yeah we’ve been watching the Away series too. Pretty good. Congrats to your daughter about University … that’s all very exciting! Happy Labour Day weekend. It’s starting to cool off here. Thx for letting me know about the Graham Norton book being out … I read & liked his other two novels, so I’ll wait to hear what you think. Enjoy your week.

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  9. Jen G. (Introverted Reader)
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 04:33:10

    Good luck to your daughter! I hope she gets to attend her first choice school! Those sound like interesting degrees. Our neighbor back home is a forensic police officer. She’s allowed to drive her official vehicle back and forth to work. My sister was house-sitting for us not long after we moved into that house. She called me in a bit of a panic to ask if she needed to be worried that forensic police were at the neighbor’s house! Poor thing! It never even crossed my mind to tell her so she was pretty freaked out but it was funny afterwards!

    Enjoy your week!

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  10. Vi @Inkvotary
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 05:23:10

    Ah yes, all platforms seem to change their systems. Not always for the better but who are we users to complain about that? My long weekend is already behind me. Little kids become big kids and with that parents sometimes more space and sometimtes less space *smile* Happy reading and stay safe and well.

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  11. Kathryn
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 06:37:28

    Ha we are all trying to cope with the changes on WordPress. I scrambled around and then finally thought I’d schedule the post for this pm and found it had published. Dang – going to have to study up changes there too. I just want it simple – is that too much to ask!! Exciting times for your daughter. I see we are now allowed to fly into NSW but my sister is waiting for Queensland! Her daughter is having a baby in a month or so. We have our Labour day at the end of October, not that there are that many having 40 hour weeks these days. Either far more or far less.

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  12. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 06:47:30

    You always read such interesting variety in books. It sounds like a busy week for your family. Be safe and kind and well!

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  13. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 08:14:42

    Enjoy your long weekend, I have a thing for dash cam videos too! Our car constantly records when it’s parked up and I love coming back to see what it’s caught, daft I know!

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  14. yvonne473
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 08:21:19

    Enjoy the long weekend! I loved Away. I’m hoping they give us another season. Hope you have a great week and enjoy your books.

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  15. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 08:29:42

    I binged Away too. I’m very interested to see what happens next. Enjoy Labour Day. Happy October!

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  16. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 10:13:49

    Sending good luck to your daughter. I’m sure it will all work out for the best.

    I had high hopes for Left-Handed Booksellers. I will probably pass.

    Deadly Education at 4 stars? Maybe I’ll read it.

    WordPress and Blogger are doing updates. Crazy.

    Have a good week. Enjoy Labor Day.

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  17. Theresa Smith Writes
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 12:42:28

    My Android WordPress editor changed to blocks a couple of weeks ago after an auto update but I was able to change the editor back to classic in the app settings. Phew!
    We’re waiting on accommodation offers and uni offers as well here, my daughter has had a gap year and is ready for the uni step, which she swore she’d never take. I knew she’d change her mind 😉

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  18. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 13:33:49

    I am so excited for your daughter and her university choices. It’s such a fun (but stressful) time of life, full of possibilities.

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  19. Greg
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 16:56:22

    I have a daughter who just started university as well, so you’re right- it is starting to get very real! Yikes! I can relate haha as a frazzled dad adjusting to all these new things!

    Enjoy Labour Day!!!

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  20. vikiedwards
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 22:21:14

    I also read The Left-Handed Booksellers of London this past week. I’ll go check out your review to see if we felt the same. 🙂 And the Night Letters sounds really interesting. Hope you have a good week.

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  21. Louise H
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 23:27:13

    I’ve seen somebody else mention wordpress issues, hopefully the changes will eventually work out for you. You have some great looking books to read – I hope you enjoy them!

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  22. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 23:44:58

    Oo forensic science, how fascinating!! Such a big decision! I changed universities three times in my college career lol. What an exciting time!

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  23. Tammy
    Oct 05, 2020 @ 23:58:35

    Good luck to your daughter, how exciting😁 I will also be reading Magic Lessons this month, I can’t wait!

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  24. Sam@WLABB
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 02:06:54

    Congratulations to your daughter! Forensic science is such an interesting field. Hope you are relaxing and enjoying your Labor Day.

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  25. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 02:28:36

    Have a great week! So nice that your daughter has great options.I’m looking forward to Magic Lessons, but still need to read The Rules of Magic first.

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  26. Kathy Martin
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 04:15:37

    Rebel Without a Clause sounds like fun. I’ll have to add it to my wishlist. Good luck to your daughter. I hope she gets into the program she wants the most. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  27. hmsgofita
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 06:28:08

    Someone else had A Deadly Education on the TBR list and now you are talking about it! I love the cover. I need to add this one.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  28. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 07:24:49

    I think you did great with the formatting!!!

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  29. Donna
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 07:54:13

    You have some good sounding books on your list. Check out what I read last week.

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  30. Literary Feline
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 09:07:42

    I like the cover of your Magic Lessons better than the American version. I am really looking forward to reading that one. The Night Letters sounds like something I would enjoy as well. I hope you are enjoying all your current reads!

    I hope your daughter gets into the second school she’s applying to as well! Enjoy your long weekend and have a great week!

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  31. Laurie C
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 12:42:21

    I’m starting to get used to the block editor on WordPress, but I still get annoyed about some of the things I used to be able to do easily and now can’t! I’ve only read one Naomi Novik book (Spinning Silver) but I want to read more.

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  32. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Oct 06, 2020 @ 20:47:20

    Wasn’t it a lovely, lazy Monday? I was so sad to go back to work! You have some diverse reads this week!

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  33. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Oct 07, 2020 @ 00:40:02

    What an exciting subject to study! I was just watching Forensic Files last night. A three day weekend is lovely. I’ve never read Alice Hoffman, but I did watch the movie that was based on one of her books. A long time ago. Happy reading! 🙂

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  34. Book Sniffers Anon📚 (@_Kristin315_)
    Oct 07, 2020 @ 02:42:09

    I hope you had an amazing holiday weekend and congrats to your daughter. Forensic science sounds like it would be an interesting career.

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  35. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Oct 07, 2020 @ 05:03:39

    Your books look lovely and yay for long weekends! Your daughter’s career/school path sounds exciting!

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