Watching What I’m Reading . . .

Good afternoon from a chilly, grey and dismal New Zealand afternoon. I am currently reading, and loving, The Banty House by Carolyn Brown.


I am listening to the delightfully touching and humorous The Sparkle Pages by Meg Bignell.


This week I am planning on reading Stories We Never Told by Sonja Yoerg


Psychology professor Jackie Strelitz thought she was over her ex-lover and colleague, Harlan Crispin. Why should she care if Harlan springs a new โ€œfriendโ€ on her? After all, Jackie has everything she ever wanted: a loving husband and a thriving career. Still, she canโ€™t help but be curious about Harlanโ€™s latest.

Nasira Amari is graceful, smart, and young. Worse, sheโ€™s the new member of Jackieโ€™s research team. For five years, Harlan enforced rules limiting his relationship with Jackie. With Nasira heโ€™s breaking every single one. Why her?

Fixated by the couple, Jackieโ€™s curiosity becomes obsession. But she soon learns that nothing is quite what it seems, and that to her surpriseโ€”and perilโ€”she may not be the only one who canโ€™t let go. (

Followed by When Grace Went Away by Meredith Appleyard


‘Functionally dysfunctional.’ That’s how financial analyst Grace Fairley describes her family in the small South Australian farming community of Miners Ridge – a family fractured by tragedy and kept that way by anger, resentment and petty jealousies. As the eldest sibling, Grace tries to keep the family in touch, but now she’s accepted a promotion to the London office. Time-zones and an enormous workload mean she’s forced to take a step back, although she finds time to stay in contact with Miners Ridge landscape gardener Aaron Halliday.

Sarah Fairley, Grace’s mother, fled Miners Ridge and her embittered husband eight years ago. Now, in the absence of Grace, she finds herself pulled back to the small town where her estranged children and grandchildren live. Drawn into the local community, and trying to rebuild family relationships, she uncovers a long-kept secret that could change her world …

Can Grace, Sarah and their family find a way to heal? Who will have the courage to make the first move?

This week I have received 4 new ARCs:

Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon.


The House on Widow’s Hill by Simon R. Green


Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz


And The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths


Wherever you are, I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. I plan on spending the remainder of the afternoon reading in front of the fire. Whatever you are doing, have fun, stay safe and be kind my friends.

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

13 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading . . .”

  1. Lovely haul my friend. Guess I’m keeping the stupid crown!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™ƒ I love Carolyn Brown stories! Is this your first one? Enjoy your fire and be well Sandy!๐Ÿ“šโ˜•๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿฆณ๐Ÿ’—

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    1. Yes, and I adored it! I will be posting my review tomorrow to coincide with publication day. She has another title available on Netgalley too. . . Not that I am trying to encourage you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I had a lovely lazy afternoon, even had a nanny nap. ๐Ÿ˜ด Have a wonderful week Susan. Stay safe and healthy. ๐Ÿ˜ทโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š

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  2. I have The Banty House as well, I will have to get to it soon. I love the look of your upcoming books. I have read mixed reviews on the Sonja Yoerg book, I will be interested to see what you think. Have a good week and I hope that fire keeps you warm and snug. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ“šโ˜•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. The Banty House is a beautiful read Carla. Publishing my review tomorrow. Carolyn Brown has another book currently available on Netgalley too. I am starting the Sonja Yoerg tonight. I picked it because of my cousin Sonja who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Logical, huh? Stay safe my friend. Any sign of the restrictions easing in your part of the world? ๐Ÿ˜ทโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š


      1. I am not going to rush into the Sonja Yoerg book but will read it eventually. I am definitely moving The Banty House up on my TBR. Restrictions are gradually easing, but with a lot of caution. Stores are reopening, but I am still using curbside pickup where possible. I wear a mask if I have to go inside anywhere. Libraries are opening for pick up and drop off only. We shall see if the cases continue to decline or if this increases them.


      1. Sorry Carla, I sent you the wrong reply. The Banty House is Brilliant! About to post my review. That reply should have gone to Snowqueen about Of Literature and Lattes…..๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

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    2. Never mind soon, Carla. Now is good.

      Sort of like the Sonja Yoerg, but it gets a bit dry in parts. Almost half way. Not working today as I am working through the weekend. ๐Ÿ˜ทโค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š

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