Watching what I’m reading…

Only a few days to go, and Christmas will be all over again. We aren’t seeing Dustin and Luke until Boxing Day, so we have invited a few other empty nesters for Christmas. It will be a fairly laid back affair; lots of nibbles, salads and bbq.

I don’t seem to have read much this week, a combination of work and my ongoing health issues. I have to learn not to overdo it when I am having a good day because I inevitably crash and burn the following day.

I am currently reading The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson, which is a backlist title from Netgalley. I have had it since 2018,so it’s good to get it read. One less bank-title to feel guilty about. I am much preferring it to The Birthday Weekend which I finished this week.

I am almost finished A Dark So Deadly by Stuart MacBride, another back-title from Netgalley.

And I have just finished listening to The Ghost Fields (Ruth Galloway #7) by Elly Griffiths.

I have yet to download something new to listen to. I also need to write my review, which I will post tomorrow.

I have nothing from Netgalley that needs reading for review this week, but another member of my local library book club has passed on a new release she thought I would like, Wearing Paper Dresses by Anne Brinsden. Betty really enjoyed it. Another new Australian author for me.

You can talk about living in the Mallee. And you can talk about a Mallee tree. And you can talk about the Mallee itself: a land and a place full of red sand and short stubby trees. Silent skies. The undulating scorch of summer plains. Quiet, on the surface of things.

But Elise wasn’t from the Mallee, and she knew nothing of its ways.

Discover the world of a small homestead perched on the sunburnt farmland of northern Victoria. Meet Elise, whose urbane 1950s glamour is rudely transplanted to the pragmatic red soil of the Mallee when her husband returns to work the family farm. But you cannot uproot a plant and expect it to thrive. And so it is with Elise. Her meringues don’t impress the shearers, the locals scoff at her Paris fashions, her husband works all day in the back paddock, and the drought kills everything but the geraniums she despises.

As their mother withdraws more and more into herself, her spirited, tearaway daughters, Marjorie and Ruby, wild as weeds, are left to raise themselves as best they can. Until tragedy strikes, and Marjorie flees to the city determined to leave her family behind. And there she stays, leading a very different life, until the boy she loves draws her back to the land she can’t forget…

And I have a copy of The Dry by Jane Harper, so I would also like to read that this week.

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.

I only have two new ARCs from Netgalley this week (Susan stop rolling your eyes!)

Eudora Honeysett is Just Fine Thank You by Annie Lyons is my first audiobook download, which has been beset by problems. Like my ipod is too old to support the Netgalley Shelf app! So I guess I will be buying a new ipod tomorrow.

I have also received The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman

My posting may well be a bit erratic again this week, so I will wish you all a happy, healthy and safe festive season now, just in case.

Btw, my tree looks NOTHING like this!

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

  1. You’re lucky to be having guests for Christmas! We’re under extreme lockdown in Southern California…..worst stats in the U.S. And our hospitals are at 0 % ICU capacity. It’s dreadful and frightening. Still some people won’t stay home or mask up. Luckily, we have a 7 year old living with us so we’ll have a wee bit of magic around the tree on Christmas Eve.

    I enjoy The Dry! πŸ‘

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    1. 2?????🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣 slacker!!!

      I hope you are feeling better my friend. I hope books from Netgalley from 2016!!πŸ˜ͺ

      Have a great week, a Merry Christmas, and please rest and relax! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸ“šβ˜•πŸ’—πŸ’—

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      1. I actually have some from 2014 *cringe* but I really want to read The Dry! I forgot I even had it. Have just worked a half day today and skipped the staff Christmas party yesterday. I am taking Luke home in the morning and having my hair done and going out for lunch. I have some shopping to do, mostly in one shop. You have a great week. Merry Christmas and bless you and your loved ones. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…β€πŸ“š

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    2. Yes, we are very lucky in New Zealand. Our PM acted fast and hard initially and then clamped down on any small outbreaks. It is scary stuff! But I am not sold on the idea of vaccines that haven’t been extensively tested. I won’t be rushing to have one. The seven year old certainly will make your Christmas magical. I am looking forward to Boxing Day with Luke. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…β€πŸ“š

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  2. Happy almost Christmas Sandy. Lucky that you will be able to spend Christmas with some friends. We are close to lockdown here, but because I live alone, I get to have one other household over, so my son and his family it is. I am so sorry to hear that you are still having health issues. I hope your break will allow your body to get the amount of rest it needs to heal. Make sure you listen to it and do not overdue. I loved those jokes at the end of your post, I laughed out loud. Enjoy the rest of your time with Luke and take it easy preparing for Christmas. πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ…πŸ›ŒπŸ“šπŸ›ŒπŸ’–

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    1. No preparation required for our Christmas, just last minute purchases of salad stuff as I haven’t managed to get my veggie garden in this year. Helen is doing nibbles and Jane dessert. I am doing salads and the men are in charge of the meat. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…β€πŸ“š Have fun with your family and keep safe. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…β€πŸ“š

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      1. That is the way to do it, Sandy. We all follow the rules, wear masks, don’t go out except for groceries etc. It will be a very quiet Christmas this year. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ’–

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      2. Have taken Luke for his checkup (passed with flying colours) finished my shopping and on my way home. Just stopped for coffee.
        I hope everyone follows the rules Carla, but there are always a few twits who don’t believe the rules apply to them. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈβ€πŸ“š

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  3. Merry Christmas Sandy. I have yet to read Jane Harper. No books from NetGalley I have a blacklist I must get through at least by Jan. Hoping to get some more reading done on this week. Take care of yourself..

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  4. It’s sometimes hard to dial it down a notch when you are feeling well. I also tend to overdo it because I feel great and so, we have to impose a limit I suppose. Here is wishing you a very healthy and happy holiday season and let’s make 2021 a great year!

    The Dry is fabulous. I have read all three of her books and ordered her fourth from a London bookseller. It will be the highlight of januray for me to get her latest book. Just two weeks ago my husband asked for a book recommendation and I said I think you’d like Jane Harper. Did he ever! He is now on her third book, The Lost man and loves her style. I hope you enjoy The Dry.

    My oldest unread book is a novel I bought in Ireland in 2007. Yikes!

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    1. Yes, I am realizing that I need to impose limits on my activities and look at increasing them gradually as my health improves. I have never been any good with self discipline πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
      Have a wonderful Christmas Tina, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.πŸŽ„πŸŽ…β€πŸ“š


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