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…

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It’s extraordinary how quickly the flood waters can recede, but it really leaves a lot of mess behind. The Australian Defence Force has joined the SES in my town helping clean up the mud and debris. There has been quite a lot of property damage and loss, livestock and crops too since we are surrounded by farm land. It was Wednesday before supermarket food trucks etc could gain access to town, however the main access is still closed as they assess damage to the bridge, so we are left with just one way in and out, which means a lot of traffic congestion during peak hours. My husband is back at work and the kids are back at school but due to the traffic issues, about a third of the students don’t make it til mid morning. Luckily this is the last week of term with two weeks of Easter school holidays to follow.
The two top pictures below are of the restaurant my son works out – the water reached about 1/2 a metre inside – about half a metre above the dark blue paint.

Of course it wasn’t just my area that were affected, flooding extended north into Queensland, and south to Sydney. In all over 18,000 people were evacuated, more than 1000 rescues were performed, and sadly there were 5 deaths. There are still areas covered by floodwater, and some remain cut off because roads and bridges have been washed away or affected by land slips.

We’ve had four days of sun but it started raining again today, and is expected to do so for most of the week.

It’s the last Monday of the month so time for a challenge update!

Given recent events I’m behind again, which is annoying because I’d just caught up before all this palaver.

Nonfiction Reader Challenge 4/12

Australian Women Writers Challenge 25/50

Aussie Author Challenge 6/20

Historical Fiction Challenge 7/25

Books In Translation Challenge 0/4

What’s in a Name Challenge 4/6

Cloak and Dagger Challenge 8/25

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Nowhere River by Meg Bignell

The Last Reunion by Kayte Nunn

The Emporium of Imagination by Tabitha Bird

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New Posts…

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Review: One Last Dance by Emma Jane Holmes

Review: Wonderworks by Angus Fletcher

Review: Nowhere River by Meg Bignell 

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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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My mother wasn’t much of a housekeeper. She wasn’t much of a cook either, although she tried. She longed to live a more unconventional life. Admirably high-minded, but it meant I never learnt to fold a towel.

In these funny, sometimes poignant, stories, award-winning feature writer Fenella Souter celebrates the highs and lows of domestic life – from her attempts to run the house like a grown-up, to lessons in good cooking; from accidentally killing her wisteria, divorcing the cat and shirt-fronting bossy tradies, to wondering if the ‘hostess gift’ is still a thing or why some people have impeccable taste.

With their distinctive wit, they will leave you smiling with recognition at the everyday dramas and dilemmas that can make or break friendships and marriages, turn a house into a home, or let chaos get the upper hand.

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With the sickening realisation that his cover has been blown, Detective Dave Burrows knows his family is in serious danger from the vicious stock thieves and murderers, Bulldust and his brother Scotty.

Devastating news brings Dave back to Barrabine, where circumstances force him to question his determination to stay in the police force. How could he live with himself if anything happened to Mel and the kids?

Mel, understandably frightened, must decide who she’ll listen to. Can she trust Dave to handle this threat hanging over their family, or is her father right to argue that she should leave her marriage immediately?

With her acclaimed skill for tension and drama, Fleur McDonald has delivered another richly compelling story in Something to Hide.

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WHAT IS ONE MORE CORPSE, WHEN ALL AROUND YOU ARE DYING…

London, 1665. Hidden within a growing pile of corpses, one victim of the pestilence stands out: a young woman with a shorn head and pieces of twine delicately tied around each ankle.

Symon Patrick, rector of St. Paul’s Covent Garden, cannot say exactly why this corpse amongst the many in his churchyard should give him pause. Longing to do good, he joins a group of medical men who have gathered to find a cure for the plague, each man more peculiar and splenetic than the next. But there is another – unknown to The Society for the Prevention and Cure of Plague – who is performing his own terrible experiments upon unwilling plague-ridden subjects.

It is Penelope – Symon’s unwanted yet unremovable addition to his household – who may yet shed light on the matter. Far more than what she appears, she is already on the hunt. But the dark presence that enters the houses of the sick will not stop, and has no mercy…

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31 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 01:54:26

    Those photos are so sad. I’m sorry you’re going through this, and I hope life gets back to normal soon.

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 02:02:33

    So sorry about the floods!

    Hang in there, and enjoy your books. I am curious about The Best Things and How To Fake Being Tidy.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  3. Trin Carl
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 02:37:46

    I love books about comedians. I get together weekly with comedians and I never thought I would do something like that. ZOOM is making things possible. And that book about how to become tidy sounds great.

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  4. Izabel Brekilien
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 03:07:53

    How to fake being tidy looks good. I think if I lived alone, that wouldn’t be a problem, but with a family of 4 (sometimes 5) people and 2 cats, tidiness is sadly overrated ! I hope the rain helps clean the mud ?… Yeah, I know, reaching there… I hope everything will soon be cleaned up and your life mostly back to normal 🙂

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  5. thebookdisciple
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 03:35:55

    Floods are always so damaging. Hopefully the towns are able to recover soon!

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 03:56:49

    I’ll never forget all the damage here from Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Claudette. It was terrifying to step out into a foot of water during the TS, and then to discover that the homes of your parents and in-laws were all flooded. I hope everyone is able to quickly get things cleaned up and back to normal soon. I feel for all of you.

    I’m pretty eager to read Wonderworks. I’m on the (long) waiting list. The Best Things really isn’t available here yet. It’s a book I’d like to read, too.

    I hope you have a good week.

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  7. Mareli Thalwitzer
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 04:03:47

    Hi Shelley-Rae! So sorry about all the devastation. I’ve experienced two floods in my life so far and it’s really no fun to deal with.

    Glad you guys are all okay though and it’s good to see you had so many great books to keep you company.

    The Best Things and The Plague letters both seem really good.

    Have a good week and take care!

    Elza Reads

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  8. Rachel @Waves of Fiction
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 04:24:45

    Wow if it’s not fires it’s floods! Hope you and your family are able to get back to normal soon!

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  9. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 04:46:12

    I’m glad the flooding has receded enough to get back to some normal activities.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  10. Carol
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 06:45:40

    Thanks for sharing…I’m happy to hear life is slowly returning to normal.

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  11. Greg
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 07:25:55

    Wow you guys have been through a lot. That’s awful. I’m glad the waters have receded some though and that recovery is underway. So tragic for the loss of life…

    Your challenges reminded me of the Cloak and Dagger which I haven’t done in a while. I should do that one again…

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  12. Kathryn
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 08:18:04

    Yes such a terrible mess to clean up after the waters go down, and may they stay down and the rain go away today! So hard for people to cope with and I can’t imagine the insurance claims! Hope your reading gets back on track. How to Fake Being Tidy sounds like it will be uplifting!

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  13. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 10:01:35

    The flooding in your area sounds just awful, especially following the fires from last year. I hope the rain this week doesn’t add too much to the damage.

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  14. yvonne473
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:09:45

    I’m so sorry about the floods. How awful!

    I hope things get better for you soon!

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  15. Jennifer
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:52:22

    Take care! And enjoy your reading.

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  16. Book of Secrets
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 12:29:56

    The flooding sounds terrible! I hope things get back to normal very soon. Take care!

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  17. Garrulous Gwendoline
    Mar 29, 2021 @ 16:07:45

    The clean up is so soul-destroying. I hope that was not your house in one of those pics.

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  18. Penelope
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 01:11:47

    Wow that is crazy!! Hopefully things get cleaned up and back to normal for everyone soon! But I hope you enjoy your books in the meantime 🙂

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  19. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 02:15:25

    I’m glad the flood has receded, but it’s awful to have to deal with the mess left behind. I hope you have a good week!

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  20. Kathy Martin
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 02:53:43

    Glad to hear that the flood waters are receding. I hope the clean up goes quickly. How to Fake Being Tidy sounds like fun and something I would enjoy. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  21. gulfsidemusing
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 02:56:47

    Floods leave so much damage!! I’m happy the water receded quickly and you’re able to resume something close to normal activity, but am sorry you have to deal with all that cleanup.

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  22. Carla
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 07:41:18

    I am glad the flood waters are receding, but how sad that you are all going through this. I hope food delivery is able to resume normally soon.

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  23. Laurie C
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 13:11:45

    Flooding is so scary! I’ve never experienced a real flood, although one extremely wet year we got about a foot of water in the basement which gave me a good idea of how not in control people must feel. How to Fake Being Tidy sounds like fun!

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  24. Louise H
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 17:34:02

    So sorry to hear about how bad the flooding was for you – it seems unbelievable after all the forest fires that now it’s water that is the problem! At least you are all safe and well.
    I’m definitely going to read the Mel Giedroyc book – I adore her humour and it will be so good to read an author who is British.

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  25. Becki
    Mar 30, 2021 @ 22:10:36

    Oh man – that flooding looks awful 😦 Makes me wishing for warmth seem pretty lame. I love you how organize all the reading challenges – I signed up for a bunch last year but then figured out I never tracked any of them. LOL

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  26. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 09:00:03

    Ugh what a sad mess. 😦 I wish you all well in the recovery from the floods!

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  27. Vicki
    Apr 03, 2021 @ 08:29:55

    Sorry to hear about the flooding! The weather has sure caused a lot of damage all over the world.

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  28. Cheryl Malandrinos
    Apr 03, 2021 @ 12:30:47

    I am so sorry to hear about all the destruction. We’ve seen some of that on the Outer Banks in NC. I pray clean up goes well.

    How to Fake Being Tidy sounds like it is right up my alley.

    Hope you have a nice week.

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  29. Susan @ The Book Bag
    Apr 04, 2021 @ 02:00:56

    So sorry to hear about the flooding. What a mess. You’ve got some great books here that I’m going to check out. Have a great weekend and happy reading.

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