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

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon at ReaderBuzz

 

Life…

Christmas shopping progress: 5/15

My boys made me very proud during their end-of-year award presentation this past week. Makyah placed first in Information and Software Technology, and was presented with the Year 10 Scholarship Award, while Jasiah placed first in his year (9) for Mathematics. The school year finishes on Wednesday, and Makyah has his Year 10 formal (prom) that night.

On Friday we made the eight hour round trip to attend a campus tour for the University my daughter will be attending next year. We are nervously awaiting the release of her ATAR/HSC results (the equivalent of America’s SAT or the UK’s GCE) this Friday.

My husband is on holidays from this Friday until the 18th January. We don’t really have any plans as such. I expect a lot of people will be traveling since it has been almost impossible to do so all year, given both last summer’s fires and of course the pandemic.

It’s been weeks since we’ve had a locally acquired case of COVID-19 nationally and as such the majority of restrictions have been minimised now. There are still a lot of Australian’s stranded overseas though, as Australia’s quarantine policy for arrivals restricts the numbers permitted entry at any one time. All overseas’s arrivals are transferred directly from the airport to an approved facility (a hotel) where they must spend a minimum of 14 days (up to 24 days) in quarantine, and undergo three rounds of mandatory testing. We don’t have an approved vaccine here yet, and won’t til March 2021 at the earliest, so quarantine will be in place for quite some time. I hope wherever you are cases are beginning to drop.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell

White Throat by Sarah Thornton

The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant

Review: Dark Tides by Philippa Gregory

Review: White Throat by Sarah Thornton

Review: Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops by Shaun Bythell

 

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


This vivid story of campervans, stowaways and mischief at any age is essentially about families: the ones you have and the ones you make.

When Ruby and Angela embark on a Grey Nomads road trip, the last thing they expect is a tiny stowaway; one who will turn them from unsuspecting tourists into wanted kidnappers and land them in a world of trouble. As their leisurely retirement plans unravel, Angela’s relationship with her brother Bernard goes from bad to worse.

Bernard has his own problems to contend with. Adrift in life, his career as a news presenter has been reduced to opening fetes and reading Voss as an audio book (a seemingly impossible task). His troubles are compounded when his wife starts dating a younger man and a drink-driving incident turns him into a celebrity offender.

As Angela and Ruby set about repairing burnt bridges and helping their unexpected guest, and Bernard attempts to patch together his broken life, they discover that even after a lifetime of experience, you’re never too old to know better.

A warm, funny, sharply observed story about aging disgracefully and loving the one you’re with.

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A woman alone and a charismatic private detective are caught up in a dangerous quest to discover her true identity in this thrilling historical adventure romance set in 19th century Victoria, from a bestselling Australian author.

1898, Geelong, Victoria. Stella Truehart is all alone in the world. Her good-for-nothing husband has died violently at the hands of an unknown assailant. Her mother is dead, her father deserted them before she was born, and now her kindly Truehart grandparents are also in their graves.

Private detective Bendigo Barrett has been tasked with finding Stella. He believes his client’s intentions are good, but it is evident that someone with darker motives is also seeking her. For her own part Stella is fiercely independent, but as danger mounts she agrees to work with Bendigo and before long they travel together to Sydney to meet his mysterious client where they discover more questions than answers.

What role do a stolen precious jewel and a long-ago US Civil War ship play in Stella’s story? Will sudden bloodshed prevent the resolution of the mystery and stand in the way of her feelings for Bendigo? It is time, at last, for the truth to be revealed.

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A spellbinding new rural romance from the bestselling author of the Callahans of Stringybark Creek trilogy and Fool Me Once.

Jason Weaver just wants to be left alone. It was a tough transition from his army days to civilian life, and he’s looking forward to settling into a solitary life.

Tilly Hollis is working two jobs to save for her dream career: running an equine therapy program. Tilly loves her horses more than anything, and after losing her husband and business partner just a few years earlier, she’s determined to make it work on her own.

When Jason walks into the cafe where Tilly works, they’re immediately drawn to one another. But can they overcome their pasts to find a future together?

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Everybody thinks that Charlotte Lucas has no prospects. She is twenty-seven years old, unmarried, plain, and seemingly without ambition. When she stuns the neighbourhood by accepting the proposal of buffoonish clergyman Mr Collins, her best friend Lizzy Bennet is angry at her for undervaluing herself. Yet the decision is the only way Charlotte knows to provide for her future, and marriage will propel her into a new world, of duty, marriage, children, grief and ultimately illicit love, and a kind of freedom.

Jane Austen cared deeply about the constraints of women in Regency England. This powerful reimagining takes up where Austen left off, showing us a woman determined to carve a place for herself in the world. Charlotte offers a fresh, feminist addition to the post-Austen canon, beautifully imagined, and brimming with passion and intelligence.

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sam@WLABB
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 01:48:28

    *Applause, Applause* for your boys. What amazing accomplishments! It’s weird taking any long vacations from work, since there is nothing to do. I hope your husband enjoys the downtime.

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  2. Trin Carl
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 01:52:20

    I took a vacation this week as well. It’s been nice but hard to keep good habits. I hope you are able to unleash a new tradition this year and share some fab memories. I added a few of your books to my TBR.

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  3. Because Christmas 🍷🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻❄️☃️ (@Limabean74)
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 02:03:33

    I am super jealous of his time off lol. I took off the week between Christmas and New Years but wow, I could use that long of a break! I hope he has a great vacation!

    Congrats to both your Son! That is amazing! Fingers Crossed for your daughters tests.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

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  4. Tammy
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 02:23:24

    You’re very lucky to have such low Covid cases there. Good job! Here in the US however, our cases are out of control. Sometimes I hate being American, there are so many idiots here who don’t care about anyone but themselves. And congrats to your sons on such great accomplishments!

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  5. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 02:39:15

    Congrats to your sons!

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  6. Mae Sander
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 03:54:12

    Congratulations to your boys! We are also a mathematical family, and both my granddaughters are studying math and computer science. It’s a great profession.

    be safe… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  7. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 04:31:55

    Yay for your boys! I hope you can enjoy even short travels in your area, like day trips, since you are lucky to have covid more controlled. Happy Holidays!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  8. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 04:32:11

    The Covid cases here in Belgium aren’t slowing down anymore even though we’ve had new restrictions for a little over a month now. Hopefully it’ll get better soon.

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  9. Vi @Inkvotary
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 04:46:35

    Congratulation to your boys! You must be proud as heck. Well, our Covid numbers are rising (Germany), we are under a curfew here since yesterday (meaning we have to be at home between 8pm and 5am) and know that from next Wednesday on we will have another total lockdown. We will have a very quiet Christmas here… We have a vaccine but no approval for it yet. But our healthministry has already started to build vaccine stations and given out details about who will get it first. I wish you and your family all the best, stay safe and have a wonderful new week.

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  10. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 05:07:56

    Congratulations to both of your sons for their fantastic accomplishments, you must be so proud of their hard work.

    I probably don’t need to update anyone on the covid-situation here in the US, seeing as how it is international news that we have incompetent leadership to navigate this crisis that continues to spiral out of control.

    Eleanor and I may go to my mom’s house for Christmas, as long as she and I are both symptom-free and continue to test negative despite the fact that she was exposed at her dad’s house (don’t even get me started on how angry this makes me – I have been SO careful with Eleanor this whole time, and for it to come from his house UGH…). Luckily I am testing negative and she has had no symptoms. We will test at least one more time before we even decide to go to my mom’s or not though.

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  11. samantha1020
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 05:28:23

    It’s so wonderful to hear that where you live COVID is so much more contained (not the case here in the US unfortunately). I’m hopeful that will change in the new year but we will have to wait and see. Have a wonderful week and I hope you enjoy all of your current reads!

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  12. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 05:50:52

    Congrats with your clever sons! That truly is great accomplishments.

    Is that a new Phillipa Gregory? I used to love her books. I will have a look.

    Enjoy your holiday week, just relax, read a lot and stay safe!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, much appreciated!

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  13. Tessa
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 05:59:40

    I’m so glad Australia is doing so well! It must be nice to feel more normal again 😊. Have a wonderful week!

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  14. Carol
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 06:06:22

    I’m happy to hear your area is doing so well with Covid! Our cases are rising and hospitals are impacted….most near capacity. It’s scary! Not looking forward to a stay at home, lonely Christmas with no celebrations or family events.

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  15. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 06:28:03

    Congratulations on those awards!

    I like the look of your books, and I’m curious about Charlotte.

    Enjoy your week, and stay safe. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  16. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 07:12:21

    Wow. Weeks since you have had a locally acquired case. We are far from that. We currently have 350 active cases, with another 150 probable cases in my town of 25,000. And the Rotary Club had a Christmas market yesterday. Sigh.

    Congratulations to your sons!

    I really like the look of Grand Tour. I will add it to my list, but I bet it will be a while before it gets here. I’m reading and enjoying In a Holidaze toay.

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  17. yvonne473
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 08:23:46

    Congrats to your sons! How nice!

    Your books look so good. Grand Tour especially has my interest. Hope you have a great week!

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  18. Sophie @ Balivernes
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 08:33:53

    Congratulations to your boys, you must be so proud!

    I really want to read Charlotte, so looking forward to read your thoughts on it.

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  19. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 10:02:44

    Congratulations to your boys! Visitors coming into Canada also need to quarantine. Our situation in Montreal is not good. Numbers are rising.

    I am loving the look of your historical fiction novels, especially The Last Truehart. I hope you enjoy them all.

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  20. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 10:16:38

    You must be so proud of your boys. Bravo! Nice to hear the cases of Covid are so low for your area. Hope you enjoy the time off!

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  21. thebookdisciple
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 12:29:31

    Congrats to all your children! And I wish the cases were as under control here as they are in your area.

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  22. A Bookish Star
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 13:04:01

    Congrats to your sons!! Have a great week 🙂

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  23. Jennifer
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 13:36:54

    Congratulations to each of your children! And well done, to you and your husband for guiding them 🙂

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  24. MarthaE
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 14:57:41

    Well done by your sons (and parents) and good luck with your daughter’s next step!
    We know too many people locally who have had the Covid or experienced exposure. One prior church family lost their husband/father last week. So my hubby continues to remain home and I don’t go out much except to work.
    Reading looks good for you. Enjoy!

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  25. Greg
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 15:08:53

    Congratulations to your kids, that’s awesome! Glad to hear too that Covid is better there. That’s such a bummer though about the people trying to return and having to wait. Cases here (in the US) are of course bad, but what’s new? Like other commenters have mentioned, we haven’t done well here as a nation.

    Anyway, hope you have a great week!

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  26. Kathryn
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 15:38:17

    Congrats on the boys success, so satisfying for a parent to see. Australia and NZ are so similar around Covid. We can now go say to Queensland but to return we’d have to quarantine here for 14 days and there are so spaces anyway in the hotels! So my sister will have to wait to meet her latest grand child.

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  27. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Dec 14, 2020 @ 20:53:54

    Your boys did so well! And what a big year next year will be for your daughter!!

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  28. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 00:47:47

    Congrats to the kids! That’s impressive. Have a great week!

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  29. Kathy Martin
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 01:20:46

    Congratulations to your talented children. We are still deep into Covid restrictions. Cases are still rising where I live. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  30. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 01:23:08

    Wow congrats to your kiddos!!! That is awesome!

    I am happy to hear that there are places where COVID isn’t really a thing – it gives me hope for our future here in the USA…. Michigan is on the decline with cases but we are still not good.

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  31. viki
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 02:26:44

    Wow, your quarantine process sounds a lot better than here in the UK. We basically just ‘trust’ people to self-isolate when they get home. No wonder our cases are much higher. Sigh.

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  32. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 03:36:47

    Congrats to your sons! It sounds like Australia has a really effective quarantine process. Makes so much sense!

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  33. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 05:08:09

    Great news about the boys. Congratulations to them. Hope you enjoy your holidays, even if it means staying home.

    I want to read Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops. The Last Trueheart sounds good.

    Hope you have a nice week.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-dec-14.html

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  34. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 07:36:07

    You are right to be proud! And I think Australia is very smart with her quarantine as it’s exploding everywhere here!

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  35. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 15, 2020 @ 20:08:54

    Congratulations to your sons, you have reason to be proud, they did really good ! I’ll be waiting for your review of Charlotte, I’ve read good and bad reviews so I’d be happy to have your advice. Have a great week, enjoy the holidays 🙂

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  36. Tina
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 02:10:49

    Congrats on your sons making such honors! (Clapping here) Smart and handsome!

    We are not traveling far for Christmas, just 45 minutes to a camping place we like on a lake. It will be cold and I hope we have a fire every night. But then I drink too much, lol.

    Gearing up to participate in book challenges for next year, especially your nonfiction challenge. Books bought and stacked, awaiting my attention.

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  37. girlplusbooks
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 02:22:11

    It’s amazing to me how different the COVID situation is in your country. Obviously the restrictions were put in place quickly, enforced, and maintained. And the thing about people entering the country and then having to quarantine at a hotel… amazing! That’s they way to do it… obviously, since you have no cases! Over here everyone whines and screams about their “rights.” Apparently their rights are more important than the public safety and health. *sigh*

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  38. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 10:19:02

    How fun to do the college tour with your daughter; I remember those days and they were exciting! And your boys did well, too, what a bright and successful family. I can’t imagine traveling, you are all so lucky to be on that side of this pandemic.

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  39. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 10:19:54

    Congratulations to your sons!

    Kudos to Australia for weathering the pandemic so well. Unfortunately, our numbers only seem to be going up across the US. We’re back in lockdown in California, just in time for the holidays. I don’t know what’s so difficult about wearing a mask or staying home when you’re told to for the greater good. My husband works in a hospital and wears a mask all day every day, sometimes two together if he’s working with a patient whose covid test results aren’t back yet. Oh well. We try to do our part anyway.

    Enjoy your week!

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  40. Jen | Book Den
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 11:58:05

    Congrats to your boys! That’s great your husband gets a nice long holiday.

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  41. Susan
    Dec 16, 2020 @ 13:34:02

    I’m glad COVID cases are almost nil where you live. That’s great news! Cases are rising here in Arizona, so people are still pretty scared. Our governor is pretty wishy-washy, so we don’t have many restrictions in place. Keeping my fingers crossed that the vaccine will get here soon and banish this awful disease.

    On a brighter note, congrats to your smart sons! Proud mama moment, for sure 🙂

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  42. Literary Feline
    Dec 17, 2020 @ 05:27:27

    Congratulations to your sons, Shelleyrae! You must be so proud of them! You mentioning the university tour reminds me of when I first toured mine. Oh, how long ago that was!

    I wish I could say the situation was better here, but it is only getting worse where the pandemic is concerned. I just learned this morning that a coworker has passed away. I had last talked to him a couple weeks ago and he seemed fine. Several others from my office have tested positive in the past few weeks, some sicker than others. We rotate in the office to minimize contact, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. I wish they’d just let me work from home 100% of the time–at least for now.

    The cover of Charlotte is so pretty! It sounds good too. I hope you are enjoying your current books! Have a great week!

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  43. Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter
    Dec 19, 2020 @ 01:00:09

    Congrats to your boys! I wish we were anything like Australia but alas, we’re nowhere near it yet. But I have hopes! My heart hurts for those that can’t get back home but it sounds as if Australia has a very good policy for handling out of country returns! The Grand Tour sounds wonderful I hope you enjoy it!

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