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Life…

Happy New Year!

Our celebration was subdued as befitting the times, we watched a few movies (The Croods 2 and Wonder Woman 1984) and then enjoyed watching the livestream of the Sydney Fireworks. (I posted it HERE for your viewing pleasure).

This week is my youngest daughter’s 18th birthday, we are having a family dinner at the restaurant where my youngest son works early in the week so she can then go out with her friends on Friday, when her birthday actually falls.

She is now officially enrolled at University, and campus accomodation has been confirmed, but she doesn’t actually start until March 1st, so I still have her with me for a little while longer. My husband still has another two weeks of holiday, so my routines are a bit all over the place, and probably will be for the rest of the month until the boys return to school.

I have some plans though, one which unfortunately includes a redesign of the blog. For some unfathomable reason the text colour, you may have noticed, has changed to grey from brown and there is no way to fix it, and my background no longer fits properly either. Since my original template is no longer supported, I have to choose a new one from those on offer, none of which I like. I’m particularly concerned about formatting screw-ups, especially with over 2,800 posts, and whatever else might go wrong.

 

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

 

We Thought We Knew You by M. William Phelps

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

This Has Been Absolutely Lovely by Jessica Dettmann

 

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New Posts…

 

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Review: Charlotte by Helen Moffett

Review: We Thought We Knew You by M. William Phelps

The End of the Year 2020 Wrap Up Post

Wishing You A Happy New Year!

Challenging Myself in 2021…

2020 Nonfiction Reader: End of Year Spotlight

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What I’m Reading This Week…


Paris, 1943: Lana Antanova is rushing to tell her husband she is pregnant when she witnesses him being executed by a Gestapo officer for hiding a Jewish girl in a piano. Overcome with grief, Lana loses the baby.
A few months later, a heartbroken Lana is approached to join the Resistance on the French Riviera. As the daughter of a Russian countess, Lana has the perfect background to infiltrate the émigré community of Russian aristocrats who socialise with Nazi officers, including the man who killed her husband.

Lana’s cover story makes her the mistress of a wealthy Swiss playboy, the darkly handsome and charismatic Guy Pascal, and her base his villa in Cap Ferrat. Together they make a ruthlessly effective team. Consumed by her mission, Lana doesn’t count on becoming attached to a young Jewish girl or falling helplessly in love with Guy.

As the Nazis close in, Lana’s desire to protect the ones she loves threatens to put them all at risk.

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Meg lives alone: a little place in the bush outside town. A perfect place to hide. That’s one of the reasons she offers to shelter Nerine, who’s escaping a violent ex. The other is that Meg knows what it’s like to live with an abusive partner.

Nerine is jumpy and her two little girls are frightened. It tells Meg all she needs to know where they’ve come from, and she’s not all that surprised when Nerine asks her to get hold of a gun. But she knows it’s unnecessary. They’re safe now.

Then she starts to wonder about some little things. A disturbed flyscreen. A tune playing on her windchimes. Has Nerine’s ex tracked them down? Has Meg’s husband turned up to torment her some more?

By the time she finds out, it’ll be too late to do anything but run for her life.

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The story of how two women, who should have been bitter foes, combined their courage and wisdom to wield extraordinary power and influence behind the scenes of the fledgling colony.

‘I’ve waited for this moment so long, dreamed of it, prepared for it, I can barely believe it’s finally here. But it is. And it is nothing like I expected.’

There was a short time in Australia’s European history when two women wielded extraordinary power and influence behind the scenes of the fledgling colony.

One was Elizabeth Macquarie, the wife of the new governor Lachlan Macquarie, nudging him towards social reform and magnificent buildings and town planning. The other was Elizabeth Macarthur, credited with creating Australia’s wool industry and married to John Macarthur, a dangerous enemy of the establishment.

These women came from strikingly different backgrounds with husbands who held sharply conflicting views. They should have been bitter foes. Elizabeth & Elizabeth is about two courageous women thrown together in impossible times.

Borne out of an overriding admiration for the women of early colonial Australian history, Sue Williams has written a novel of enduring fascination.

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The shocking true story of a serial killer in 1930s Melbourne.

November, 1930. One sunny Saturday afternoon, 12-year-old Mena Griffiths was playing in the park w hen she w as lured away by an unknown man. Hours later, her strangled body w as found, mouth gagged and hands crossed over her chest, in an abandoned house. Only months later, another girl was murdered; the similarities between the cases undeniable. Crime in Melbourne had taken a shocking new turn: this was the work of a serial killer, a homicidal maniac.

Despite their best efforts, police had no experience dealing with this kind of criminal. W hat followed was years of bungled investigations, falsely accused men – and the tragic deaths of two more girls – before the murderer was finally caught and brought to justice.

With all the pace of a thriller, Katherine Kovacic recounts this extraordinary, chilling true story – of failed police enquiries, a killer with a Jekyll and Hyde personality, and the families shattered when four innocent lives were cruelly taken

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Thanks for stopping by!

48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mystica
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 00:45:10

    Wishing you the very best for 2021

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  2. Claire Louisa
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 01:01:04

    I’ve had issues with my blog, mainly the header and pictures. I hope you get yours sorted.
    I’m reading Shelter, but really struggling with it, I don’t like Nerine, I’m 23% in and don’t want to pick it up lol, Meg is thinking about borrowing a gun, I’d like to shoot Nerine with it.

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  3. Tammy
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 01:17:31

    Good luck with your blog redesign, although I’m reading this on my phone and the text looks normal to me. Hope you have a wonderful 2021!

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  4. sjhigbee
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 02:56:08

    Happy New Year! Yes, I think the TV was our friend this New Year’s Eve:)). I love the sound of Elizabeth & Elizabeth – have a great reading week, Shelleyrae.

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  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 03:16:11

    My youngest grandson will be turning eighteen this week, too! How quickly the years go by.

    Your books look tempting, and I am adding Shelter to my list.

    Enjoy your reading and viewing, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. Izabel Brekilien
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 03:21:12

    Happy new year ! So Blogger is not the only one that is proving difficult with formatting, I see. Happy birthday to your youngest, mine will turn 18 next may – they grow too fast…

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  7. Trin Carl
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 03:48:15

    I love that you are cherishing the time with your daughter. I hope you get to do even more wonderful things with her.

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  8. Vi @Inkvotary
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 03:51:46

    Happy New Year. And to a better 2021. I didn´t notice any change of your blogs color etc. But I am confident that you will handle everything the best way possible. Happy reading and stay safe and well.

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  9. Victoria Hamel
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 03:54:26

    I hope the redesign is glitch-free! Happy Birthday to your daughter and good luck to her at University. The Schoolhouse Strangler sounds like an excellent true crime read.

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  10. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 04:08:34

    Happy New Year!

    Is it weird to say a book about a serial killer sounds good? If not, that book looks good! Lol.

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  11. Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 04:26:47

    That’s so annoying about your blog issues! I’m kind of wanting to redesign too, but I’ve been too worried about the layout being all messed up to try so far. xD Have a great week!

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  12. jessicabookworm
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 04:57:56

    Happy New Year to you too, Shelleyrae! 🎆 I hope your daughter enjoys her birthday and all the best with having to change your blog – Hopefully won’t be too many glitches or problems! 🤞

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  13. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 05:15:58

    Our celebration was quite subdued, too. Thanks for sharing your fireworks. Our many neighbors took it upon themselves to make up for the lack of public fireworks by shooting their off on December 31…as well as January 1…and second…Let’s hope they are now fireworked-out.

    I see the color has changed on your blog, and I know from my work on the Classics Club WP blog that WordPress has changed. I still haven’t figured out how to do the blocks there. I hope your redesign works well.

    Lana’s War looks very good. I will look for your thoughts.

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  14. Michelle@Because Reading
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 05:48:31

    I just chatted with my co-blogger about re-doing our blog. I have an idea of how I want to design it so I will start at the end of this month. It will be nice to have a fresh look.

    We all go back to our normal routine tomorrow, I am ok with it since I like to get things back to normal but I will miss lumping around the house.

    Have a great week, ShelleyRae! Happy Reading!

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  15. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 05:51:53

    Well I’m so glad you’ve had so much time off for holiday breaks. I wish you the best of luck on your blog changes. Once I get everything working I don’t want anything to change, unless I decide I want something different. Happy New Year!

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  16. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 05:58:31

    You are going to have a good reading week this week.

    I hate it when blog templates are not supported any more. I have a wonderful friend who is a graphic designer and she help me with my blogger template. We actually just took a straight forward one and build on there. I don’t seem to have much problems with that.

    Glad you still have your family with you for a week or two and your daughter for another month! Enjoy the company.

    Have a wonderful new year and may all the best books come your way.

    Elza Reads

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  17. Mae Sander
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 06:20:25

    Changing the format of a blog is a major undertaking indeed! I contemplated it for the new year, but didn’t do it.

    Have a healthy and safe 2021, and may it be better than 2020 for the whole world!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  18. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 07:14:55

    Well your daughter has a new challenge ahead of her! Happy New Year!

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  19. Athira
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 07:52:57

    Ack, being forced into a blog redesign is no fun. I usually don’t look past the first page of posts when making changes though. I assume no one cares to go too far back but I know a simple google search for a particular book can take you anywhere. I usually like checking out analytics to see what the hot posts are. Anyways, good luck to you!

    Looks like you all get to enjoy a few more weeks before things start getting busy again – enjoy it all!

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  20. Carol
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 08:03:47

    My blog needs an update too because my theme is no longer supported. But I have to wait until my tech person can sit right beside me and that’s been impossible with Covid. Good luck!

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  21. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 10:50:55

    Happy 18th to your daughter. I do hope she gets to go out and have some fun without too many Covid restrictions. I really don’t cope when the blogging platforms change their designs. I’m hoping blogger has now finished redesigning for a long time.

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  22. stacybuckeye
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 10:59:09

    For what it’s worth, I like the gray 🙂 Happy celebrations.

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  23. Greg
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 11:01:12

    Happy New Year! We liked the Croods so I’m curious about the Croods 2! And I’ll bet the Sydney fireworks were fabulous! I’ll have to check that out…

    Good luck with the redesign! I want to make changes too, but the Blogger changes have been so hit or miss for me I’m afraid to do anything right now!

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  24. Literary Feline
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 11:52:09

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! I hope she has a nice celebration. I wish her the best when she starts university in March.

    I am sorry for your blog issues and hope you find a design you like. I have Lana’s War on my TBR pile. It sounds really good and I hope you are enjoying it.

    Have a great a great week, Shelleyrae!

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  25. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 12:14:21

    I know you will cherish the time you have before your daughter goes off to university. They do come home, but it’s different. Good, but different.

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  26. gulfsidemusing
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 12:44:18

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! Bet you’re glad to have her around for a few more months. Enjoy your time together… and your books, too!

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  27. Theresa Smith Writes
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 14:43:44

    I don’t envy you with that blog update/theme change. Fingers crossed it all works smoothly.
    Same boat with uni daughter! All enrolled, our accommodation is confirmed though, and she starts March 1st, moving into her dorm the day before. All very exciting and daunting at the same time.

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  28. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 14:59:27

    I wasn’t thrilled with Wonder Woman 1984, which seemed geared to a younger audience. The first one was so much better. I hope your blog revamping goes well. Lana’s War sounds really good as do all your other books too. Here’s wishing you a wondering year of reading in 2021!

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  29. mdawnott
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 15:50:13

    Happy birthday to your daughter! You are lucky to live in a place that has the pandemic under control enough that she can go out and celebrate!

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  30. RAnn
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 17:20:36

    I’ve been blogging since 2004 and lots of my links are bad; many of the photos I got from Amazon aren’t there anymore and in general my old stuff looks bad. I thought about going back and cleaning it up–but what do you keep and what do you drop, and is it worth all the work to fix posts no one reads anyway? I decided to just make today’s posts look pretty and leave yesterday’s alone. YMMV.

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  31. Melliane
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 18:45:09

    Happy New Year! And Happy reading!

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  32. dianthaa
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 21:39:14

    Happy birthday to your daughter, and I hope the blog stuff is easy to fix!
    You might be interested in City of Lies by Sam Hawke and We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson for your books by Australian Women Reading Challenge. I’ve only read Storm so far and I loved it, the sequel is coming out this month.

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  33. harvee
    Jan 04, 2021 @ 21:45:29

    I gave up some time ago trying to learn how to use WordPress, so I’m stuck with blogger, which is giving me some headaches too. Sigh! What we do for the love of books! Happy reading week!

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  34. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 00:59:18

    Happy New Year! 😀 Did you enjoy Wonder Woman 1984?

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  35. Louise H
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 01:14:41

    Happy New Year! Lana’s War sounds fabulous, and The Schoolgirl Strangler would be a great non-fiction read (I desperately want to read at least a few of those this year).
    My youngest was 18 just before christmas, but sadly in our corner of England all hospitality is closed, there should be no socialising indoors and a maximum of 6 people outdoors, so she had to make do with cake and drinks with her immediate family. It was certainly very different to the 18th we had been planning! Her brothers are 21 this year, hopefully the new vaccines will mean that at some point we can do a joint celebration for extended family and friends.

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  36. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 03:36:01

    Happy New Year! And good luck to your daughter as she starts university. I hope things work out well with your blog re-design.

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  37. Susan
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 06:51:21

    It sounds like your family will be keeping you busy this month … but I guess you will be an empty-nester come March … congrats to your daughter.

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  38. Lynn
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 08:21:56

    Happy New Year! I’m glad you enjoyed your celebration!
    Good luck with the blog re-design, I have been wanting to do that for years as well but am always too daunted to begin.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  39. yvonne473
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 08:24:27

    Happy New Year! Happy Birthday to your daughter. We watched Wonder Woman 1984. It was cute. Hope you have a great week!

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  40. Kathy Martin
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 08:28:49

    Happy New Year! Nice to have your daughter home for a while longer. Good luck wit h your blog redesign. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  41. 15andmeowing
    Jan 05, 2021 @ 13:00:07

    Glad you got some books read. Happy Birthday to your daughter. And Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  42. litandlife
    Jan 10, 2021 @ 06:56:10

    Gosh, I remember when I used to love to play with the layout and design of my blog but now it just feels like too much work. I don’t envy you having to do that!

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