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

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

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Life…

I’m afraid I’ve been terribly distracted since the latter half of the week. Last year it was fire, this year it is flood. We are currently surrounded by floodwaters with access to and from cut, essentially rendering us an island. Thankfully my house is above the flood line, though we did have an indoor waterfall feature for a few days because the guttering couldn’t cope with the sheer amount of rain, and it found its way inside to run down the glass sliding doors that lead out from our lounge room. We’ve had to drill holes in the roof of our verandah which seems to have solved the issue for now. Electricity and internet services have also been a little erratic, and we are expecting more rain for the next two-three days. Schools have been closed, and my husband can’t get to work.

The images below shows part of my town, Taree in NSW, and the tiny red dot in the larger photo shows approximately where my house is. Though we are less than 100m from the river edge, we are on the high side. The first photo in the collage shows my son’s workplace, the others around the main town streets, the last two show the bridge into town that usually sits around 4m above the river, it went under at the floods peak which was 5.85m. That mightn’t sound high but Taree sits in a valley, but a minor flood warning is issued at 1.5m, a moderate warning at 2.4m and a major flood warning at 3.7m.

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In addition to all of that, the area where my in-laws and daughter are living in the Hawkesbury region of NSW are also experiencing record flood levels. My sister in law and her family have had to evacuate tonight, my mother-in-law and other SIL and her family are on a warning, as are my nephews and their family’s. My daughter is safe on campus so far, and we are hoping evacuation won’t be necessary for her, but no one is sure yet how bad it will get…. they have used that terrifying word -unprecedented.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

One Last Dance by Emma Jane Holmes

Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher

Nowhere River by Meg Bignell

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New Posts…

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Review: The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair

Review: Tipping by Anna George

Review: The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Bookshelf Bounty

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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The Best Things


Warm, funny, life-affirming and true, The Best Things is the joyous debut novel from much-loved comedian, writer, actor and presenter Mel Giedroyc.

It’s the story of a family who lose everything, only to find themselves, and each other, along the way.

Sally and Frank Parker have it all. Then one day, because of Frank, they don’t.

As the bailiffs move in and the money runs out, Sally realises that she and her children don’t have a clue about how to survive. Or do they?

The Parkers are about to discover that the best things in life aren’t things at all.

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The last reunion

Five women come together at a New Year’s Eve’s party after decades apart, in this thrilling story of desire, revenge and courage, based on a brave group of Australian and British WWII servicewomen

Burma, 1945. Bea, Plum, Bubbles, Joy and Lucy: five young women in search of adventure, attached to the Fourteenth Army, fighting a forgotten war in the jungle. Assigned to run a mobile canteen, navigating treacherous roads and dodging hostile gunfire, they become embroiled in life-threatening battles of their own. Battles that will haunt the women for the rest of their lives.

Oxford, 1976. At the height of an impossibly hot English summer, a woman slips into a museum and steals several rare Japanese netsuke, including the famed fox-girl. Despite the offer of a considerable reward, these tiny, exquisitely detailed carvings are never seen again.

London and Galway, 1999. On the eve of the new millennium, Olivia, assistant to an art dealer, meets Beatrix, an elderly widow who wishes to sell her late husband’s collection of Japanese art. Concealing her own motives, Olivia travels with Beatrix to a New Year’s Eve party, deep in the Irish countryside, where friendships will be tested as secrets kept for more than fifty years are spilled.

Inspired by the heroic women who served in the ‘forgotten war’ in Burma, The Last Reunion is a heartbreaking love story and mystery by the international bestselling author of The Botanist’s Daughter and The Silk House. It is also a tribute to the enduring power of female friendship.

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Stealing Time

They’ll kill to get more time. She’ll die to stop them.

In a world where each person’s life span is limited by law, time is a lucrative commodity that some people will do anything to get more of.

Fourth-dimension physicist, Dr Varya Galanos, invented the technology that time thieves used to murder children by stealing their remaining years of life. Although it was destroyed 10 years ago, and the thieves brought to justice, she still suffers from the burden of guilt.

Masquerading as a lowly lab technician at the Minor Miracles Foundation, Varya finds a certain peace searching for cures for rare childhood diseases, like the one which took her 4-year-old son, Kir, away from her.

The Foundation is secretly funded by Varya and her employee and confidante, Marisa Volkov, by selling illicit time tabs to wealthy patrons. When dissolved on the tongue, a single time tab grants a person four extra hours in their day.

The time tab technology is highly valued – and highly illegal – in a society where Time Chips are inserted into each child’s brain stem at birth. Lives are limited to just sixty-five years to conserve the planet’s ever-dwindling resources.

Varya’s tenuous peace is shattered when children start disappearing again. She fears the worst – that the time thieves have returned and have somehow resurrected the technology to steal precious years from children.

Varya is the only one who can find a way to reverse the time drains and save the returned children. But doing so could cost the lives of those she holds dearest.

When her best friend’s son becomes a victim, returned with just hours to live, she is faced with an impossible choice.

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The emporium of imagination

Welcome to The Emporium of Imagination, a most unusual shop that travels the world offering vintage gifts to repair broken dreams and extraordinary phones to contact lost loved ones.

But, on arrival in the tiny township of Boonah, the store’s long-time custodian, Earlatidge Hubert Umbray, makes a shocking realisation. He is dying . . .

The clock is now ticking to find his replacement, because the people of Boonah are clearly in need of some restorative magic.

Like Enoch Rayne – a heartbroken ten-year-old boy mourning the loss of his father, while nurturing a guilty secret.

Like Ann Harlow, who has come to the town to be close to her dying grandmother. Though it’s Enoch’s father who dominates her thoughts – and regrets . . .

Even Earlatidge in his final days will experience the store as never before – and have the chance to face up to his own tragedy . . .

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36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebookdisciple
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 02:07:43

    Wow that is terrible flooding! Hopefully the rain ends soon for you.

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  2. Tammy
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 02:12:54

    Oh my gosh, those photos are so scary! I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. Please stay safe 🙄

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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 03:17:15

    I don’t know which is worse, fire or flood, but either way, we are always in a bit of a frenzy.

    In 1997 I lived in the foothills and we had a flood that required evacuations. But…my house was up on a little hill, so it ended well.

    Later, we were shut down from a fire, but again, no destruction. Lucky?

    I hope all goes well, and that you enjoy your week and your books. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 03:32:39

    That’s some nasty flooding. I’ve been reading about it on Twitter because a few of the people I follow have been posting photos of their flooded houses. I’m glad your house is mostly okay. Stay safe!

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  5. Vi @Inkvotary
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 03:47:18

    I heard about the flooding in the news and am very sorry that you have to go through this. First the devastating fires now this. It is terrible. Stay safe, well and hopefully dry.

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  6. yvonne473
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 04:12:49

    I’m so sorry for all you are going through. It’s terrible. I hope you will all remain safe. Take care.

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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 04:36:04

    I am so sorry about the flooding and totally know what it feels like as we had our huge fire 3 years ago followed by the debris flow. It’s scary and exhausting so I hope you are all holding up alright.

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  8. jessicabookworm
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:23:25

    I am so sorry to hear about the terrible rain and flooding you are currently experiencing, Shalleyrae. I pray you and your family will be able to stay safe and dry, and that this unprecedented weather will end soon. 🙏 Take care and I hope you are able to take some comfort and escape in your reading. 🙂

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  9. volatilemuse
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:45:01

    So sorry to hear about this. Please stay safe.

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  10. Carol
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 05:49:23

    I’m sorry to hear about this terrible flooding and how it is affecting you. 🙏🙏🙏

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  11. Anne Bennett
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 06:06:14

    Oh my. Anyone who doesn’t believe in Climate Change isn’t paying attention. I hope that you and your community make it out Okay. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I added a few comments based on your thoughts. The article did talk about how so often men blame women for their sexual problems. Ugh.

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  12. Natalie @ Natflix&Books
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 06:06:22

    Wow! I’m so glad you’re above the flood line and hope the flooding stops soon!

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  13. Greg
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 06:13:14

    Holy cats! That is crazy! I hope things stop and the waters recede soon. Those pictures… !! You guys stay safe. Thinking of you and your family and sending you lots of positive vibes!

    I love the sound of Stealing Time.

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  14. jhohadli
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 06:35:41

    Wow…meanwhile I’m starting to worry about how dry it is here (because the lack of water is a whole thing on my island). Wild. Hope things dry out soon where you are.

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  15. Marian Matta
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 07:06:03

    Good grief! Stay safe – not that there’s much you can do about a flood. Dreadful situation to be in.

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  16. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 07:22:23

    Whoa, it seems like it is always something and climate change is part of the diverse weather. I hope it gets back to normal for you soon and you stay safe!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  17. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 08:08:38

    Oh my goodness!!! I hope things get back to normal soon. Stay safe!

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  18. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 08:23:51

    I am so sorry! I hope this will stop soon. Stay safe!

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  19. vvb
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 08:54:09

    Oh my, hope things continue to be alright for you and yours.

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  20. Kathryn
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 09:00:36

    I’ve been wondering about you Shellyrae and how the floods might be affecting you. They are truly shocking – I was hoping they weren’t near you but you look like you are very close to it all. Thinking of you all, stay safe and sane.

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  21. Theresa Smith Writes
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 11:29:48

    Crikey! That’s intense. Thinking of you xo

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  22. Izabel Brekilien
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 20:26:40

    My thought are with you, that situation must be very stressfull ! The emporium of imagination looks like a Tardis… Stay safe and take care 🙂

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  23. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 20:36:40

    Oh my gosh, those pictures… That looks all so scary. Hope you can all stay safe over there!

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  24. Molly's Book Nook
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 23:31:13

    Oh my! I’m so sorry you’re dealing with the flooding. I hope everything gets better soon. In lighter conversation – Stealing Time sounds interesting! It reminds me of a movie called In Time with Justin Timberlake lol

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  25. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 23:41:54

    Those pictures are terrifying. We well know flooding here. In 1979, our town received 40 inches of rain in one day, and everyone we know was flooded. We’ve had many close calls since. I will send positive thoughts and prayers your way.

    I love the look of so many of your books. The Best Thing is coming here in April, but I think I’m going to have to wait a long time for Emporium of Imagination. I am eager to hear what you think about these.

    Please stay safe!

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  26. Tina
    Mar 22, 2021 @ 23:55:11

    My husband was telling me about the flooding as I was reading & I said, I have a book buddy in NSW! Those photos are amazing and scary. I’m glad you figured out the solution to the overwhelmed gutters but that sucks you had to drill holes in the veranda.

    Florida is no picnic, despite the images of beaches and sun, but I wish I could offer you sanctuary at our humid woodsy home. Keeping you & yours in my thoughts. XO

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  27. Kathy Martin
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 01:56:19

    Good grief! I hope the rains stop and the water recedes soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  28. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 02:32:18

    The flooding looks terrifying! I hope you and your family stay safe and that the situation improves quickly.

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  29. Gofita
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 04:45:30

    Oh no! I hope the flooding is going down! Awful and so scary. Take care of yourself and may you be able to read great books this week.

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  30. gulfsidemusing
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 06:27:08

    Oh my goodness, what an awful situation! I hope the waters begin to recede soon… please stay safe in the meantime.

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  31. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 08:08:48

    That is horrific flooding, stay safe, I hope it starts to recede soon.

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  32. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 11:53:48

    Oh, dear. I pray you and your family stay safe. What wicked weather the last few years. I am hoping “unprecedented” is removed from the dictionary once this is all over and everyone is vaccinated. Now, if Mother Nature would just cooperate, too, we could all sleep better.

    I hope books are providing a bit of distraction. The Last Reunion sounds fabulous.

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  33. Carla
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 12:30:40

    I hope the rain stops and the flood waters recede soon.

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  34. Jennifer
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 14:52:45

    I hope that you are all safe (and remain so).

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  35. BookerTalk
    Mar 24, 2021 @ 03:44:49

    We were watching the images on tv news here in UK last night and couldn’t believe how high those flood waters are in some communities. You look very close to the edge! The next few days are going to be nervous times I’m sure. Hope you and all your family come through it without harm

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  36. Victoria Hamel
    Mar 25, 2021 @ 02:39:10

    Oh no I hope the rain moves on- Scary times. The books you’ve shared this week all look good. I added The Best Things to my Goodreads shelf. 🙂

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