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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This horrid flu is still lingering, I feel exhausted a lot of the time, and my ribs ache from coughing. Thank goodness winter is nearly over!

On the weekend we attended a lunch to celebrate my Great Uncle’s 95th birthday. He was delighted to have so much family in attendance, and it was nice to catch up with some relatives we haven’t seen in years, though I had to keep my distance for obvious reasons.

The HSC Trial exam period (in the UK I think you call them Mocks – I’m not sure what the US equivalent would be) has started for my eldest son. He had his Drama performance on Friday night which consisted of a group performance and an eight minute monologue, and over the next two weeks has exams for all his subjects. As he is hoping to get early entry offers for university, he is studying hard.

My youngest son left for a week long school ski trip to Thredbo yesterday. It will be his first time seeing snow, little lone attempting skiing/snowboarding. I’m just hoping he doesn’t break anything!

Daughter #2 is back at uni, and this week was awarded a place on the Dean’s Merit List for the 2021 academic year. It looks like she is in track for this year too as her mid year results were stellar. We are so proud of her, especially given all the challenges due to CoVid, bushfires and floods!

I’m still trying to catch up on reviews, and failing!

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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All of Me by Cadance Bell

The Unbelieved by Vicki Petraitis

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

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New Posts…

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Review: The Surgeon’s Daughter by Audrey Blake

Review: The Fallback by DL Hicks

Review: Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor

Review: Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 


Things are getting slippery for Stella. With her husband away she’s juggling a full-time job, a tricky stepdaughter and a relentless four-year-old – all while trying to find her footing in her spouse’s shiny world. Joining the throng of local mothers, she reluctantly hires an au pair in the hope that it will lighten the load.

Stella’s mother-in-law, Elise, thinks this is a rotten idea. An industrial chemist and staunch feminist, she finds the ethical murkiness surrounding the au pair solution difficult to swallow. But she’s promised her son not to meddle, has her own career battles to slay and ghosts of her own past to contend with.

For Ava, life in Sydney as an au pair could help fill the void left by the loss of her mother. With her family recipes in her hand and hope in her heart, she sets off to reinvent herself in a place far away.

Three women, drawn together by impossible circumstances, will discover that the greatest comfort can often be found in the mess.

Perfect for fans of Meg Mason and Sally Hepworth; a powerful and heart-rending story about how food connects us and assumptions divide us – and how true family can come from where you least expect it.

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Dark Deeds Down Under, a groundbreaking anthology, brings together internationally-renowned Aussie and Kiwi crime writers and their beloved characters.

This stunning anthology includes 19 short stories from some of the brightest storytelling talents from Australia and New Zealand: including international bestsellers and award winners.

Through the prism of page-turning crime, mystery and thriller stories you will roam from the dusty Outback to South Island glaciers, from ocean-carved coastlines and craggy mountains to sultry rainforests and Middle Earth valleys, and via sleepy villages to the underbellies of our cosmopolitan cities.

In these all-new stories you’ll spend time with favourite series cops, sleuths and accidental heroes, and meet some new and edgy standalone characters.

This vibrant showcase includes: Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman, Garry Disher’s ‘Hirsch’, Vanda Symon’s Sam Shephard, Sulari Gentill’s Rowly Sinclair, RWR McDonald’s ‘Nancys’, Lee Murray & Dan Rabarts’ Penny Yee & Matiu, Katherine Kovacic’s Alex Clayton, Dinuka McKenzie’s Kate Miles, and a rare appearance from Shane Maloney’s Murray Whelan.

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NEW YORK CITY 1921: The war is over, fashions are daring, and bootleg liquor is abundant. Here four extraordinary women form a bridge group that grows into a firm friendship.

Dorothy Parker: renowned wit, member of the Algonquin Round Table, and more fragile than she seems. Jane Grant: first female reporter for the New York Times, and determined to launch a new magazine she calls The New Yorker. Winifred Lenihan: beautiful and talented Broadway actress, a casting-couch target. And Peggy Leech: magazine assistant by day, brilliant novelist by night.

Their romances flourish and falter while their goals sometimes seem impossible to reach and their friendship deepens against the backdrop of turbulent New York City, where new speakeasies open and close, jazz music flows through the air, and bathtub gin fills their glasses.

They gossip, they comfort each other, and they offer support through the setbacks. But their biggest challenge is keeping their dear friend Dottie safe from herself.

In this brilliant new novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Jackie and Maria and The Secret Wife, readers will fall right into Jazz Age New York and into the inner lives of these groundbreaking, influential women.

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As a photographer, Stevie’s been to enough bush weddings to last a lifetime. When’s it going to be all about her?

With her ex soon to be married, her mum back on the dating scene, and her best friend threatening to settle down with the Most Boring Man Alive, Stevie is feeling left behind.

To top it off, her old uni mate Johnno West, whom she hasn’t seen for years, keeps turning up as best man at Stevie’s jobs. And he is looking so good.

Perhaps their youthful pact – that if they were both still single in their early thirties they’d get together – is not so crazy after all?

Then the enigmatic Charlie Jones walks into the frame …

Capturing the heartbeat of rural Australia, Five Bush Weddings is an uplifting romantic comedy about looking for love, second chances, and what really matters when the bouquet has been thrown, the swag’s been rolled up and the party’s over.

 

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy Martin
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 03:29:21

    I hope you will be feeling better soon! It sounds like a great gathering for your Great Uncle’s birthday. Your books look really good too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  2. Greg
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 04:26:28

    Oh hope you feel better this week. And congrats to your kids- sounds like they have some neat things going on!
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    Be well this week!

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  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 05:57:30

    I’m sorry the flu is lingering. You must feel miserable.

    Congratulations to your children. They are all doing well!

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  4. Kathryn
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 06:40:21

    Tempted by a number of books on your reading plate. Ouch to that flu lingering, hopefully when better weather comes it will clear. Mock exams make me realise its August and the year is flying by. Take care.

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  5. Sue at Book By Book
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 07:41:30

    I’m so sorry to hear you are still sick! It sounds like it’s turned into bronchitis now which requires antibiotics (and usually a trip to the doctor). Flu lasts 7-14 days max and anything past that is usually a secondary infection. I have LOTS of experience with bronchitis!

    Sounds like your kids are all doing well and you’re enjoying a nice variety of books while sick. I hope you start feeling better soon – and enjoy some more good books!

    Sue
    Book By Book

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  6. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 08:18:59

    It’s so great that your kids are doing well. But, I am sorry to hear you are still suffering; have you been checked for pneumonia? I hope you feel better soon.

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  7. WendyW
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 10:43:58

    Happy belated birthday to your great uncle! Your kids are doing amazing things too. I hope you feel much better soon!

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  8. Mystica
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 11:20:12

    I hope everything falls into place for your children. Good wishes to all of them
    I am on the last ten days of my visit to Australia. Sad to leave family here but must get back home as well.
    Your reading looks very good.

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  9. sandysbookaday
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 18:44:56

    Your reads for the week look great Shelleyrae. Don’t push yourself. Listen to your body and look after yourself. ❤📚

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  10. Marg
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 20:04:57

    I have another cold too! Feels like I have been sick all of winter! I hope you feel better soon.

    I really want to read A Recipe for Family.

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  11. Northwoman
    Aug 17, 2022 @ 05:08:29

    I really hope you feel better soon. That way you can celebrate with family and all your children’s achievements more easily.

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  12. the bookworm
    Aug 17, 2022 @ 06:33:10

    I hope you feel better soon! Congrats to your kids!
    Enjoy your books this week, The Manhattan Girls sounds especially good.

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  13. Jennifer
    Aug 17, 2022 @ 12:21:50

    Congratulations to your children, Shelleyrae, you must be very proud of them! I hope that you feel better soon.

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  14. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    Aug 18, 2022 @ 02:25:31

    Sorry your flu has been lingering. Sounds like your kids are doing great in school, though!

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  15. jessicabookworm
    Aug 19, 2022 @ 00:25:45

    I pray you will feel better soon 🤧🙏❤

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