Watching what I’m reading . . .

Happy Sunday! I have been at work this morning, came home and tussled with a few weeds in the back yard. The jury is still out on who won that round! I swear they grow faster than I can deal to them. I can almost feel them nipping at my heels on the ground I have just cleared. Such are the joys of a warm wet spring!

Currently I am reading Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman.

This is a series that has been written back to front – the first book published was Practical Magic, published in 1995 (Practical Magic #1). I have yet to read this. The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic #0.2) followed in 2017. I was captivated and enchanted. Magic Lessons (Practical Magic #0.1) was published October 2020, and tells of the beginning of the Owen’s family bloodline.

I have just started listening to Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr. I only discovered this author earlier this year.

This week I am planning to read A Galway Epiphany by Ken Bruen (Jack Taylor #16)

Jack Taylor has finally escaped the despair of his violent life in Galway in favor of a quiet retirement in the country with his friend Keefer, a former Rolling Stones roadie, and a falcon named Maeve. But on a day trip back into the city to sort out his affairs, Jack is hit by a truck in front of Galway’s Famine Memorial, left in a coma but mysteriously without a scratch on him.

When he awakens weeks later, he finds Ireland in a frenzy over the so-called “Miracle of Galway.” People have become convinced that the two children spotted tending to him are saintly, and the site of the accident sacred. The Catholic Church isn’t so sure, and Jack is commissioned to help find the children to verify the miracle or expose the stunt.

But Jack isn’t the only one looking for these children. A fraudulent order of nuns needs them to legitimatize its sanctity and becomes involved with a dangerous arsonist. Soon, the building in which the children are living burns down. Jack returns to his old tricks, and his old demons, as his quest becomes personal.

And, The Searcher by Tana French

Retired detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland. His plans are to fix up the dilapidated cottage he’s bought, to walk the mountains, to put his old police instincts to bed forever.

Then a local boy appeals to him for help. His brother is missing, and no one in the village, least of all the police, seems to care. And once again, Cal feels that restless itch.

Something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door

This week I received three new ARCs from Netgalley:

Aunt Ivy’s Cottage by Kristen Harper (thank you to my major enablers, Carla and Susan, for this one!) Isn’t the cover gorgeous!

The Boy Between by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

and The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean

No doubt after I have read Susan’s, Carla’s, and Carol’s posts today, I will be rushing back to Netgalley, my requesting finger quivering in anticipation.

Happy reading my friends. Sitting here in the relative safety of New Zealand, I am worried for all my reading friends scattered around the world where Covid-19 is raging out of control. Take care my friends. Stay home in safety and read.


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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!

17 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading . . .”

  1. Wow! Very nice haul my friend! Only three again?πŸ˜ͺ I’m so sad for you. I do not think you are trying hard enough!!

    Happy reading Sandy. Have an awesome week and good luck with the weeds. Be well πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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    1. I am trying to get my head above water . . . or the book line anyway. I managed to have twelve read for reviews due this week. Like that’s going to happen! And I skipped all my September to mid-October reads because I was still back in August! I just need some breathing room, especially with all the functions we have coming up at work between now and New Year. I always say that I am going to request lightly for these months, but it never happens. You’d think I would have learned by now!πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈβ€πŸ“š


  2. Hello and happy Sunday from cloudy north Florida! I am hoping to start the latest Tana French book this month. I have had it on my Kindle for a bit but my husband and I talked about reading it together (like a book club of two people !)….he isn’t ready yet so I will probably start it after I finish a Ruth Ware book.

    Happy to know you are well, I love hearing about life in NZ. We are mostly staying in and I look forwrad to the election, and 2020, being over.

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    1. We had our election a couple of weeks ago Tina, and our lovely Prime Minister and her party were returned to power in a landslide victory. Tomorrow New Zealand and Australia will both grind to a halt for the 5pm (NZ time) running of the Melbourne Cup. Because there’s been no lead up races, I don’t even know what’s running this year, but I guess they will be mostly local (Australasian) horses. I will have to buy a paper on the way to work tomorrow so that I can do the sweepstakes draws. β€πŸ“š

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  3. I am glad you got Aunt Ivy’s Cottage. I have a question about Tana French. I only read one and found it pretty violent. What do you think about them? I would like to try again, but do not like a lot of gratuitous violence described graphically.

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    1. I haven’t read Tana French for a couple of years Carla, so can’t really answer your question. Will let you know after I’ve read it. I hope that you are looking after your eyes and not overworking them! πŸ˜‰β€πŸ“š

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      1. I started this last night, Carla. 12% in and so far no violence bar a scuffle at the local pub. It’s madly Irish. The characters are ‘characters’. I love her descriptions of them, and of the local pub. It’s worth reading this for those alone!β€πŸ“š

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