Watching What I’m Reading

I can’t believe it is 5 days since I last posted. I have had a bout of bronchopnuemonia and it knocked the stuffing out of me. All I have done is sleep…I tried reading but would fall asleep again and then, when I woke, was unable to remember what I had read.

So I have read very little in the past few days, and requested nothing… though a couple of my pending requests were approved. Hopefully as I continue to improve so will my powers of concentration. I have to admit to struggling with writing this. My brain really doesn’t want to function. I tried and failed yesterday, which is why this is a day late.

Currently I am reading an Australian novel, Tiny White Lies by Fiona Palmer. It is set initially in Perth, Western Australia, then moves to the southwest coast somewhere in the region of Albany. I am enjoying this domestic drama/romance set in a slightly warmer climate than my own.


I am listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers, but like reading at the moment, I keep having to rewind and listen again. This is no reflection on the quality of the book or the narration, purely the fault of my cotton wool brain!


This week I am planning on reading The Bad Sister by Kevin O’Brien


The site of the old campus bungalow where two girls were brutally slain is now a flower patch covered with chrysanthemums. It’s been fifty years since the Immaculate Conception Murders. Three more students and a teacher were killed in a sickening spree that many have forgotten. But there is one person who knows every twisted detail. . . .

Hannah O’Rourke and her volatile half-sister, Eden, have little in common except a parent. Yet they’ve ended up at the same small college outside Chicago, sharing a bungalow with another girl. Hannah isn’t thrilled—nor can she shake the feeling that she’s being watched. And her journalism professor, Ellie Goodwin, keeps delving into Hannah and Eden’s newsworthy past. . . .

When Hannah and Eden’s arrival coincides with a spate of mysterious deaths, Ellie knows it’s more than a fluke. A copycat is recreating those long-ago murders. Neither the police nor the school will accept the horrific truth. And the more Ellie discovers, the more she’s convinced that she won’t live to be believed. . . .

This week I have received two new ARCs, again more by circumstance than good management.

Finding Love at the Christmas Market by Jo Thomas


and, Ransomed by M.A. Hunter, for which I was sent a widget.


Have a wonderful week all. I will post when I can, but right now I am snuggling back down for another nap.

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 – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

15 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading”

    1. Thanks Shalini. I am prone to chest infections. I seem to get Bronchitis and/or pneumonia at least once every winter since moving back to New Zealand. I think the damp foggy climate doesn’t help. Feeling a lot better today, not so sleepy. ❤😍📚☕🍪


  1. Sandy, I certainly hope you are feeling better now. The best thing is rest and more rest. I am sorry I took so long to check in on you. If you were closer I would bring you homemade soup and lots of books!

    We have been dealing with our elderly dog’s health these past few days and I haven’t been online much. WordPress is just beyond frustrating to me so I am taking a break from book blogging. I’ll keep up with you on Goodreads


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    1. Thank you Tina. I am resting, doing little else. I will gratefully accept the virtual soup and books, although the last thing I actually need is more books. That is not to say that I don’t want them of course!

      I am so sorry to hear that your dog is unwell. It’s so hard when they are old. We had to have our Blue Heeler, Beau, put down not long after we moved last year. He was 16 and in a great deal of pain. He was an incredibly strong minded and loyal friend. I still miss him every day.

      Take care of yourself Tina. I will watch for your return.

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  2. Oh Sandy, I am so sorry to hear you were under the weather. I hope by now you are doing better. I have the Kevin O’Brien book to read, I hope you enjoyed it, I will look for your review. You need to pace yourself my dear and get enough rest. I know that is easier said than done. Big hugs. 🤗💗

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    1. Easier said than done is right Carla. Unfortunately the husband of one of my workmates has passed away suddenly, so I am back at the coalface. And sorry, but no, I didn’t like the Kevin O’Brien book at all. It was a dnf for me.


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