Watching what I’m reading . . .

It’s been a bit of an up and down week for me. I had a bit of a relapse mid week, which while not bad enough to put me back in hospital, certainly knocked the stuffing out of me. I have read only two books this week, which is pretty much unheard of! I just kept falling asleep ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

Friday and Saturday I spent with my grandson. We had morning tea with his other grandma, and her mother whom he calls Granny. We had a lovely catch up, then Luke and I went home and had a rest before heading off to his daycare Christmas party. That was lots of fun and I took plenty of photos

We were both pretty tired after that and went home and lay on our beds and read until dinner. Saturday morning and he had a birthday party to attend, and after I collected him it was a replay of Friday afternoon. Rest and read. I am back home today and just taking it easy. Pete is out fishing, so hopefully we will have nice fresh fish for dinner tonight.

Currently I am reading Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher, an Australian author. This is the first book in his Paul Hirschausen series, of which I have the second and third books, Peace, and Consolation, from Netgalley to read. Loving this so far.

I am also reading Aunt Ivy’s Cottage by Kristen Harper.

I have just this morning finished listening to Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout. Watch for my review tomorrow.

Not sure what I am going to listen to next, but I have lots of wonderful suggestions from Carla to follow up on. Check out her blog , she is the queen of audiobooks!

This week I am planning on reading The Open House by Sam Carrington

Everyoneโ€™s welcome. But not everyone leavesโ€ฆ

Nick and Amber Miller are splitting up and selling their Devon family home. But despite the desirable location, the house isnโ€™t moving. Not a single viewing so far.

When their estate agent suggests an open house event, Amber agrees, even as she worries about their gossiping neighbours attending and snooping around their home.

But Amber has more to worry about than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people enter her house that afternoon, and only twelve leave.

And I would like to start Peace by Garry Disher, which is my idea of a Christmas read. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Constable Paul Hirschhausen runs a one-cop station in the dry farming country south of the Flinders Ranges. He’s still new in town but the community work-welfare checks and working bees-is starting to pay off. Now Christmas is here and, apart from a grass fire, two boys stealing a ute and Brenda Flann entering the front bar of the pub without exiting her car, Hirsch’s life has been peaceful.

Until he’s called to a strange, vicious incident in Kitchener Street. And Sydney police ask him to look in on a family living outside town on a forgotten back road.

Suddenly, it doesn’t look like a season of goodwill at all.

I have only two new ARCs from Netgalley this week:

An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

Oh! Isn’t that a beautiful cup and saucer set!

And The Day My Husband Left by Amy Miller

That’s my lot for today. I shall try to post more regularly this week, which means taking better care of myself. The problem is that I am so used to doing certain things at work that I just do them automatically without thinking, and then pay the price later. I guess I will learn with time!

Stay safe everyone!

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!

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

  1. I am sorry to hear you are still a bit under the weather Sandy, your body is telling you to rest to it can heal. I hope you feel better soon. It is lovely your are able to spend time with your grandson, he is a cutie. Who cleans the fish, Pete catches? I already requested both books you received, although I have only been approved for one so far. Thanks for the shout out, I have become an audiobook addict. Have a great week, my friend. ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ“š

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    1. They clean the fish before they bring them home, thank goodness. They also brought home scallops yesterday so dinner last night was a feast of seafood. Which book has been approved? I managed to pick up two Elly Griffiths that I hadn’t read this morning. โค๐Ÿ“š


      1. Both of your new ones have now been approved for me.๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š I love scallops if they are done properly. I can’t cook them, they always end up rubbery. I was hoping they didn’t have you clean them. I hope you had a feast again tonight. You were out at the shops this morning?? ๐ŸŽฃ๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š

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    2. If your scallops are rubbery, you are overcooking them Carla. They only take moments to cook. A very hot pan with some herbed butter and a splash of white wine. Just toss them around for a minute or so, depending on size and serve.
      Or scallop mornay is easy and it’s hard to wreck them, but you don’t get the lovely flavours of the sea.


      1. I know I overcook them, I just haven’t figured out the light touch yet. I like your idea of herbed butter with a splash of white wine. I will try that next time I get some. ๐Ÿคค๐Ÿ’–

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      2. 90 seconds it took me to cook the scallops last night. Nice, soft and juicy. As soon as they start to change from almost translucent to a more solid white turn the heat off, toss the wine in, toss in the wine/butter blend and serve. โค

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    3. And no, I wasn’t out at the shops. I just downloaded the audiobooks from my library website. Spent the day with Luke again. He had been throwing up Sunday night so couldn’t go to daycare. So I drove back up and we had a lazy day together reading and watching TV. His stomach had settled down but he was still feeling listless.

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      1. Oh, poor baby. I always feel so bad for little ones when they are sick. Glad you got to spend a lazy day though, you both probably needed it. I love being able to download whatever I need without leaving home.

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      2. He is much better today and was eager to go off to daycare. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
        I leave home as little as possible these days too, Carla. But am off to the library tomorrow for our monthly coffee and cake book club. โค๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฅฎโ˜•

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      3. Just back and it was fun. I took my neighbour Helen along and she also enjoyed herself. We are in recess now until February when school has gone back after the summer holidays. โค๐Ÿ“š

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