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


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Life…

Christmas Shopping Update: 12/15

It’s been quite a week! School is done for the year, hubby is now on holidays, and Aleah got excellent results for her HSC/ATAR and is now officially enrolled in university for 2021. The Christmas tree is up, I’ve done all the food shopping for the holidays, but I still have a few presents to pick up, including something for my husband’s birthday this Wednesday.

And *Sigh* It seems I spoke to soon last week. After weeks without a case of COVID in our state, we now have an outbreak in Sydney. It appears while our government has been strict with international arrivals and quarantine, they’ve given some leeway to international airline staff. In the last four days, contact tracing and testing has found 68 cases all linked to one breach. At the moment the cluster seems to be confined to a particular region of Sydney, which has now gone into lockdown, but it’s likely to grow given that school holidays started last week and lots of people had already travelled near and far. While we are about 350km (220miles) north of Sydney, people are worried it could already be here as a couple that tested positive visited the next town over (where my husband works), dining at two local establishments, and visiting local stores.

We won’t risk visiting family for Christmas in Sydney while there are active cases, but my parents live close enough that we should still be able to meet for Christmas lunch, as long as no spread is detected in our area.

I only have two books on my reading list this week, I just have too much to do, hopefully both will help me finish off some challenges before the end of the year.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas/Holiday Celebration x

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

Sunshine by Samantha C. Ross

Hideout by Jack Heath

The Grand Tour by Olivia Wearne

The Last Truehart by Darry Fraser

Something Like This by Karly Lane

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New Posts…

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #damppebbles

Review: The Valley of Lost Stories by Vanessa McCausland

Review: Sunshine by Samantha C. Ross

Review: Hideout by Jack Heath

Review: The Grand Tour by Olivia Wearne

Review: The Last Truehart by Darry Fraser

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What I’m Reading This Week…

On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn’t know.

The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species – understanding its abuse will define our future.

A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper’s trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 07:39:51

    Congratulations to your daughter on her excellent results. I felt certain she would do extraordinarily well.

    I’m sorry to hear about the outbreak in Sydney. We should be locked down. My county had 350 new cases in one day on Friday and it’s still climbing. There will be no visiting for us this Christmas. Sadly.

    I like the look of Nevernight. Would not want to live there!

    Happy holidays!

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  2. thebookdisciple
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 08:02:59

    Yay for your daughter!!! I’m glad you will be able to at least have lunch with your parents. We aren’t getting together at all. Cases are just out of control here.

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  3. Sam@WLABB
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 08:39:34

    Great news about your daughter, and your tree looks wonderful! Seems COVID is surging everywhere. –sigh– Stay safe and I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas.

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  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 08:41:24

    I’m so glad you will have some family time and stay safe this week. I wish you a joyful holiday.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  5. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 12:32:40

    Happy Birthday to your husband. Wonderful news for your daughter. Sorry to hear about the outbreak, hope you can meet for lunch.

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  6. Greg
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 12:52:24

    Congrats to your daughter, and yay for all the holiday preparedness! We did the same this weekend- finished up some last minute stuff.

    Sorry to hear about the Covid outbreak. That dang thing is so insidious and easily spread- ugh.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  7. Carla
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 13:38:20

    Congratulations to your daughter. So nice to have everything ready for Christmas and have some time to relax. I am sorry to hear about the Covid outbreak in Sydney. We have outbreaks here in Ontario and they are locking down the province Christmas Eve. My son and his family will come over Christmas day for a meal but it will be a very quiet day this year.

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  8. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 14:20:09

    It must be amazing to live in a country where there is sufficient contact tracing! We have no clue what that feels like. LOL.

    Things should improve once we have better role models in the White House…January 20 can’t come soon enough.

    Enjoy your week and your holidays, and happy birthday to your husband.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  9. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 14:42:07

    Congratulations to your daughter! Sorry about the COVID outbreak. That vaccine can’t come fast enough. Have a great week!

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  10. Kathryn
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 15:40:37

    Fingers crossed that the outbreak won’t reach you and you can enjoy Christmas with the local rellies. I think the outbreak will hold back the Ausssi/NZ bubble as well. Have a great Christmas and hope the weather is lovely. Think we are forecast rain.

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  11. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 16:36:23

    Great news about your daughter, and happy birthday to your husband.

    Sorry to hear about the new cases. I pray it doesn’t get worse.

    Hope you have a blessed Christmas.

    http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2020/12/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-dec-21.html

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  12. mdawnott
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 17:05:52

    Sorry to hear that a COVID outbreak is messing with your holiday plans. Hopefully you can still get together with your parents. Merry Christmas!

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  13. Melliane
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 18:49:53

    You have a nice tree!
    In France we had a confinement which finished on the 15th but now we have a curfew. Not for christmas eve but otherwise we have it. They are starting to say that they did the wrong choice but for now it’s nice to be able to go outside without a paper to say what I’m doing.
    Have some nice holidays

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  14. viki
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 23:20:25

    I saw about the outbreak in Sydney in the news. Hopefully, they’ve caught it in time to stop it spreading too far.

    Nevernight is one of those books I’ve had on my TBR for ages. I’ll keep an eye out for your review. 🙂

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  15. Louise H
    Dec 21, 2020 @ 23:57:06

    My parents have decided to stay at home for Christmas, sadly the UK really hasn’t got this under control. We are having my mother-in-law, as long as we all feel well (we will test our temperatures too). She lives on her own and spending christmas on her own would have a terrible impact on her mental health.

    Have a peaceful and safe Christmas!

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  16. Mystica
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 01:40:17

    Congratulations to your daughter and sorry about the lockdown in Sydney. Keep safe.

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  17. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 03:04:19

    Congrats to your daughter and Happy Birthday to your husband. I’m sorry to hear about the lockdown. I hope you and your family stay safe. Have a great week!

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  18. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 03:18:09

    Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas! I hope you all stay safe and healthy.

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  19. Kathy Martin
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 03:27:39

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! We still have too many cases for me to want to leave the house. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  20. Gofita
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 05:27:00

    Congrats to your daughter! Very exciting.

    So sorry cases are on the rise in Sydney. Ours are falling slightly but not by much. Still scary where we’re at…since I’m in the States it’s just scary no matter where you’re at…

    I hope you enjoy your holidays and glad you can still visit with your parents. I hope you all have a lovely holiday season!

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  21. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 06:18:10

    Ooooh Nevernight! Hope you’ll enjoy it 🥰

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  22. Literary Feline
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 09:27:01

    It sounds like you are ready for the holidays. I like your tree! I was sorry to hear about the recent outbreak in Sydney. From what I have read about your country, you have top notch tracing. I hope you all are able to get the situation under control again soon.

    I hope you enjoy your current reads and have a Happy Christmas!

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  23. Tina
    Dec 22, 2020 @ 10:08:25

    We aren’t seeing anyone thanks to the daily increases in the Florida covid numbers. We have the worst governor ever. Can’t wait until he’s gone, he advocates opening everything up.
    Merry Christmas and happy everything to you and yours!! Let’s make 2021 a great year. I am looking forward to the nonfiction challenge and a historical reading challenge as well.
    Great job about your daiughter’s grades and starting university.

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  24. Jen | Book Den
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 03:16:17

    Congrats to your daughter! Your tree looks great. Merry Christmas!!

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  25. Sharlene
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 03:49:15

    Congrats to your daughter! And sorry to hear about the lockdown. But Australia has done a tremendous job, especially compared to California (where I am)!

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  26. Susan
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 07:10:41

    It sounds like you’re being wise about staying safe there — amid the outbreaks even far away. Wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas.

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  27. Helen Murdoch
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 11:21:29

    It’s amazing that an area can do so well with containing outbreaks, but misses one area and it all goes to hell. Be safe! We’re battling the Los Angeles outbreaks here and hoping they don’t make it up to Santa Barbara.

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  28. Theresa Smith Writes
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 17:19:59

    Merry Christmas Shelleyrae! Congratulations to your daughter, marvellous results! She’s obviously worked very hard and her efforts have paid off.

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  29. Izabel Brekilien
    Dec 23, 2020 @ 20:46:00

    Congratulations to your daughter, you must be so proud and she must be so happy ! We’re out of lockdown here, for the moment, with the holidays and all that. You’re wise to limit the family reunions, after all, it’s only for one year (I hope !). I wish you a great week and happy holidays 🙂

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