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Life…

Please forgive the following #mummybrag…

My youngest daughter’s high school graduation was held this past week. Due to Covid-19 regulations, no audience was permitted so they live streamed the event for parents to watch from home. My daughter has always worked hard and been academically successful, but it’s been a tough final year with attendance interrupted by fire, flood, and of course the virus, so we weren’t really sure what the outcome may be.

I am absolutely bursting with pride to announce Aleah placed FIRST IN THE YEAR! She also placed FIRST in 4 of her 6 subjects – Ancient History, Extension History, Biology and Advanced Mathematics, (second in Chemistry by half a mark and third in Advanced English). She was also awarded the History Essay Award, and The University of New England Vice-Chancellor’s High Achievement Prize.

(These are screenshots from the livestream)

This week the Higher School Certificate (HSC) starts, these are state-wide externally administered exams held over three weeks, the results of which help determine a state-wide mark, and a state-wide (with a National equivalence) ranking – the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) used to determine eligibility for entrance into university. For Australian University’s, you apply to be admitted to a specific course at a specific university with a set of five preferences, and those courses have a minimum ATAR requirement to be considered.

The minimum can change from year to year depending on the demand for the course, last year the minimum for the course Aleah wants to study (Forensic Science) was 85% (meaning it selects only from those students who apply that gained results in the top 15% of the state). Aleah already has guaranteed entry into her first choice course no matter her ATAR result based on an early offer scheme from one particular university, but still needs to do well so that she has options in case she changes her mind at the last minute, so it’s going to be tense around here for a few weeks. The HSC, ATAR, and first round offers of university placements are disseminated in December.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

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New Posts…

Review: The Night Letters by Denise Leith

Review: Home Stretch by Graham Norton

Review: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Review: Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

How many lives can one incident shatter?

For one Daylesford cop, this will be their last callout. Another may not make it. A third will call it quits.

Black cloud on a winter’s morning signals what nobody could’ve seen coming. An anything-but-routine welfare check by two Daylesford police officers at a farm in Korweinguboora. A fatal house explosion that leaves a rural community reeling.

Local cop John Franklin and Melbourne journalist Georgie Harvey are among the first responders at the property. The crime scene is compromised by fire and tonnes of water, and speculations run rife. Murder-suicide? Accident or sabotage? An isolated incident or just the beginning?

As lives hang in the balance, Franklin seeks answers and someone to hold accountable while Georgie investigates her toughest story yet. But will one of them crack?

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He violated her past and haunts her present.

Now he’s threatening their future.

She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it’s her past come to claim her.

Martin Scarsden’s new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it’s shattered by a voicemail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner Mandaly Blonde.

Racing home, he finds an unconcious man sprawled on the floor and Mandy gone. Someone has abducted her. But who, and why?

So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.

And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible, now the body of a mystery man has been discovered, a man whose name she doesn’t know, a man she was engaged to marry when he died. It’s time to face her demons once and for all; it’s time she learned how to trust.

Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, Trust is the third riveting novel from award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer Chris Hammer.

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Berlin, 1943

As the Allied forces edge closer, the Third Reich tightens its grip on its people. For eighteen-year-old Susanna Göttmann, this means her beloved adopted family including the man she loves, Leo, are at risk. His mother – Susie’s godmother – is forced to register as a Jew and wear the Star of David, bearing the resentment of the village she has always called home.

Desperate to protect them any way she can, Susie accepts the help of an influential Nazi officer. It means she must abandon any hope of a future with Leo and enter the terrifying world of the Nazi elite.

But all is not lost as her newfound position offers more than she could have hoped for … With critical intelligence at her fingertips, Susie seizes a dangerous opportunity to help the resistance.

The decisions she makes could change the course of the war, but what will they mean for her family and her future?

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Meet Jackson – a very unusual boy in a world that prefers ‘normal’…

Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.

But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.

Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’.

An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.

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38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 02:10:52

    Wow, congrats to your daughter!

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  2. sjhigbee
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 02:21:31

    Oh, you brag away! This would be an impressive achievement at any time – but given the highly unusual circumstances, I think your daughter’s success not only is a testament to her hard work and intelligence but her sheer guts and perseverance. You must be walking on air – what an exceptional person she is…

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  3. Sam@WLABB
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 02:37:33

    *applause, applause* Wow! That’s quite an accomplished young woman you have there. Congratulations to her!

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  4. globaldig
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 02:46:50

    Abduction is cruel. But sounds like a great book. I just met a woman who says her half sister was abducted by her dad, but by the time he reached sixty and they found the girl the mother refused to press charges, said the father had cancer.

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 03:01:28

    Congrats to Aleah! You are right to be very proud, and for her to achieve everything in such a difficult year makes it all so much more meaningful.

    Enjoy your week and your books! Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  6. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 03:21:52

    A Huges congratulations to your daughter!!!

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  7. natflixandbooks
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 03:55:19

    Wow, congratulations to your daughter! That’s awesome. Interesting how your college entrance system works. Good luck to her as she prepares for the exam. Happy reading!

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 04:35:07

    That’s wonderful, congrats to your daughter. That’s exciting and you have every right to be proud. Reading is the base for all that learning.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  9. gulfsidemusing
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 04:43:46

    Congratulations to your daughter… you have many reasons to be proud! It has been an awful year for students in their final year of school, so I give them all a lot of credit for persevering. Best of luck to her for the upcoming exams,

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  10. Helen Murdoch
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 05:26:40

    You must be so proud of your daughter; good on her! I also hope she feels proud of herself. I got choked up reading about it and I don’t even know her! 🙂

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  11. Anne Bennett
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 05:35:28

    I haven’t heard of any of your books but that doesn’t surprise me. I have been so distracted lately it is amazing I know that a book even exists. Any book. Ha! My Sunday Salon post with a focus on faith

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  12. Kathryn
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 06:29:14

    A very worthy brag, that is totally wonderful and congrats to your daughter and her parents and family. I read your review for Magic Lessons, it helped me decide its not a book for me but it sounds really good.

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  13. Gofita
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 07:23:01

    That’s an amazing thing to brag about! Congrats to your daughter. Amazing accomplishments. Looks like you are reading some great books too. Enjoy your week!

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  14. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 07:31:37

    You should be filled with pride. Your daughter has had some amazing achievements. Good luck to all of you throughout this upcoming testing time.

    You are reading some suspenseful books, it seems. Black Cloud and Trust both look like they will be great reads. Letters from Berlin also looks interesting.

    Have a great week!

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  15. Jess
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 07:37:12

    Congratulations to Aleah on the amazing results and best of luck to her with her HSC.

    As usual, you have some awesome books lined up for this week. I can’t wait to see your reviews for Chris Hammer’s ‘Trust’. I haven’t read of his work before, but the hype has me intrigued.

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  16. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 07:49:07

    Congrats to your daughter, that is fantastic, wow!

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  17. Susan
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 07:57:50

    Congrats to your daughter on all her hard work & achievements! That’s wonderful.

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  18. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 08:01:26

    Wow, what an achievement for Aleah! Congratulations. I see she likes history, much like my daughter. Enjoy your reading week!

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  19. Greg
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 13:56:41

    Congratulations to your daughter- that’s awesome!!! How exciting and totally understandable you want to brag a little. 🙂

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  20. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 21:58:15

    On wow, well done to Aleah; that is such a brilliant result!! Black cloud sounds interesting and Wallace is a new author to me. I’m also curious about what you think of trust.

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  21. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 23:20:06

    Wow that is awesome!! Congrats!! Your buttons must be bursting, as my grandma would say.:)

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  22. Louise H
    Oct 19, 2020 @ 23:26:21

    That’s amazing news – congratulations to your daughter. You must be so proud. Have a great reading week. 😊

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  23. Vidya Tiru
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 02:20:19

    Congratulations to you daughter!!! Her achievements are definitely ones you need to brag about 🙂 Good luck to her for university and beyond..
    (my son is a high-school senior this year:))

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  24. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 02:38:01

    Congratulations to your daughter! Would an amazing achievement! Wishing her all the best with her exciting next steps.

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  25. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 03:02:04

    Aaaah Congratulations with your daughter’s wonderful achievements! And of course you are allowed to mommy-brag! I would if I were you.

    How was Magic Lessons? Can’t wait to read it.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  26. yvonne473
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 04:29:49

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations to your daughter!

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  27. jessicabookworm
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 06:15:17

    Aw congratulations to your daughter, that is wonderful news after all her hard work and a tough year! 🎉 Take care and happy reading! 👋📚🙂

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  28. Kathy Martin
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 06:30:43

    Congratulations to your daughter. What a wonderful achievement! You have some nice looking books here. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  29. Susan @ The Book Bag
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 09:45:51

    Congrats to your daughter! You have some great books on your list this week. I am especially intrigued by An Unusual Boy. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  30. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 11:56:00

    Congratulations to Aleah! That’s awesome. Have a great week!

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  31. thebookishlibra
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 12:03:36

    Congrats to your daughter on all of her achievements. It’s great to see all of her hard work pay off like that.

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  32. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 14:33:40

    I’d be a proud momma, too! Congratulations for family on your daughter’s achievements! 🙂

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  33. vvb
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 15:09:38

    Yay! Congratulations to you daughter 🙂

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  34. 1girl2manybooks
    Oct 20, 2020 @ 20:53:17

    Congrats to your daughter, what FABULOUS results! Good luck to her in the HSC and with whatever choice she ends up making 🙂

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  35. sherry fundin (@sherryfundin)
    Oct 21, 2020 @ 01:04:28

    congratulations to your daughter. during such a tough time, that is a huge accomplishment. forensic science….i love it
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  36. susanblogginboutbooks
    Oct 23, 2020 @ 00:21:40

    Congrats to your brilliant daughter! What a great accomplishment for her and your family. Sounds like she’s all set for a great university experience as well.

    BLACK CLOUD sounds like a good read. I’m going to take a closer look at that one.

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  37. dianthaa
    Oct 25, 2020 @ 00:00:14

    Congratulations to your daughter! Those are amazing results, she must’ve worked hard!

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