Jul 8, 2017

Sunday Salon: Downsizing

Thanks to Meryl Zegarek and Rachel Hundert for a review copy of Salt Creek, a debut novel by Lucy Treloar, published February 28, 2017 by Picador Australia. This is an historical novel about the Finch family who move from Adelaide, Australia during hard times to a remote part of the South Australian coast. The award-winning book covers "colonialism, race relations, social expectations on women, love, family, and duty."

My recent five-star reads, ebooks in different genres:

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, August 23, 2016, Random House. A novel of a Cameroon immigrant family to Harlem and their search for a place to call home. See my goodreads comments/review.

The Runaway Wife by Elizabeth Birklund, a dreamy tale of a runaway wife, told in poetic language and set in a magical and often dangerous place, the high, rocky Swiss Alps in autumn-winter. 

Woof and Arf, two Bowser and Birdie novels by Spencer Quinn, feature an 11-year-old girl and her dog Bowser who have adventures while solving mysteries in the swampy lands of Louisiana. 



I am now reading a lucky find at the library:

Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison is the 9th in the Inspector Shan mystery series set in remote Tibet. It depicts Tibetans under Chinese rule, the cultural and political clashes that can occur, and also has an intriguing murder mystery plot. Unusual places and circumstances. 

I have been giving dozens of my books to charity and a box of them to my neighbor! I am trying to downsize without feeling as if I am giving away my most cherished possessions.  

The weather is wonderful today, but we are prepping for four days of storms next week! 
What are you reading this week?

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37 comments:

  1. Skeleton God sounds interesting, especially with the occupied Tibet setting and the murder mystery. That one sounds quite good!

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    1. Yes, and there are 8 other books in the series!

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  2. Ooh, I want to read Behold The Dreamers. Just haven't been able to get a hold of it yet.
    Hope you have a good reading week :)

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    1. An excellent novel!

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  3. I was thrilled to get Salt Creek in my mailbox this week, too. I've just barely started it but I've found it fascinating.

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-week-of-bridal-shower-and-new-very.html

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  4. You've got me curious about Skelton Gods. I love a good murder mystery and like the setting. Woof looks good too. Happy reading!

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    1. They are both good. Hope you try them!

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  5. You are reading some interesting looking books.

    Skeleton God looks particularly intriguing. The setting seems unusual for a mystery.

    Giving away books is often difficult. Happily I have access to continual, charity, used book sale that I can donate to.

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    1. We have library book sales that welcome donations too, Brian. Skeleton God is good!

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  6. I am curious about The Runaway Wife...when you say "poetic language," does that mean it is written as poetry? If so, I'll pass.

    Enjoy your books! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Poetic descriptions of scenery and people, but in prose. You might enjoy the book, Laurel-Rain.

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  7. I like how Skeleton God sounds. I love those kinds of books. I read a similar series about a Samurai-The Shinobi series by Susan Spann.

    I don't know if I could give away my books, I'm such a book hoarder. LOL. ~Aleen

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    1. Aleen, I am giving away those books I am least likely to read! That's the only way I can let go of them!

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  8. Four days of storms?!, stay safe with plenty to read!!!

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    1. Lots to read. Unfortunately, a chore or two needs to be done!

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  9. Harvee, I hope you enjoy Salt Creek. I've been busy this weekend as well, clearing out some clutter, recycling, and reorganizing some books. Here's to a wonderful new week ahead!

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    1. Have a good week too, Suko. Reorganizing can feel good too sometimes!

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  10. Looks like you have a great selection to read. I packed up a few books to donate to the library yesterday. Good luck during the storms.

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    1. Storm last night petered out this morning, but I hear it's coming back this afternoon!

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  11. I've noticed Salt Creek in a few mailboxes this week. Hope you enjoy it and the rest of your reading.

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    1. I look forward to reading more about Australia in Salt Creek. Have a good reading week.

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  12. Salt Creek looks good, doesn't it? I'm sad to say I haven't read any of your 5 star reads.

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    1. So many books, and not all the time in the world to read! Have a great week.

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  13. Thank you for sharing. I'll check out your three five starred books you've just read. Have a wonderful week and happy reading. :)

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    1. Hope you like them too. I am a mystery lover and a dog lover, in case you wondered about the books!

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  14. I like the Australian setting as well as that period in time. Should be a very interesting book.

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    1. I think it's well written too, Mystica.

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  15. Nice assortment of books. I really should go through my books and downsize a little too. I think it needs to be done every couple of years to keep my collections fresh. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Downsizing is always good, but I have to do it slowly, lol.

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  16. I've read Woof (and still have to post my review) but I haven't read Arf yet.

    We're in the last few days in our current place. It seems like the work to move will never end. Come see what I'm reading when I'm not packing.

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    1. I dread the idea of someday moving! A lot of work! Good luck with it.

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  17. Love the looks and sound of Salt Creek.

    ENJOY, and have a terrific reading week.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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    1. Salt creek is on top of the TBR pile!

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  18. Giving away books is a joy... and a sorrow. But the joy wins. :-) I was just eying Woof over at Audible, along with a few other dog stories. I am glad you mentioned it. Hope the storms move around you. Happy Reading!

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    1. True, Martha. I am happy ☺ knowing others will enjoy the books ��.

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