Watching what I’m reading . . .

Well, not much reading done this week as my lovely husband whisked me away for a short break for my birthday. But more about that in Tuesday travels. We arrived back Friday night, I caught up with the laundry yesterday, Dustin and Luke came down today and we went out for lunch. It’s been a lovely birthday week.

This week I have travelled to New York, Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, and am currently in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, and Marlow on the Thames.

I am currently reading, and almost finished, Still by Matt Nable, set in Darwin in 1963.

I am still listening to The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood, but only because I didn’t take it with me. πŸ˜‰ I should finish this tomorrow.

This week I am planning on reading Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins-Reid, my first by this author.

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

And The Vacation by M.M. Chouinard

One of them is missing… One of them did it…

The Thanksgiving retreat was meant to be a time for them to get away from it all, miles from the secrets that threaten to tear their family apart. But they’re each hiding something:

Rose hopes the pretty house overlooking the sea is just the break her family needs. But as she gazes at the water and remembers her own childhood, she is utterly terrified.

Brandon knows his wife Rose has barely forgiven him for his affair. He’s started drinking again, a road that led him to disaster once before.

Brianna, Rose’s sister-in-law, is recovering from her fifth miscarriage, and when she looks at her adorable niece, she can’t help but see the daughter she deserves.

Then three-year-old Lily disappears from her bed in the villa. Isolated in what should have been paradise, it quickly becomes clear that one of them took her.

As one by one their secrets are uncovered, who will be destroyed next?

I also plan on listening to Legacy by Nora Roberts

The first time Adrian met her father was the day he tried to kill her…

Adrian Rizzo didn’t have the easiest childhood, to put it mildly, but she’s worked hard to put it behind her and to the outside world she is a beautiful young woman with a successful, high-profile career and a wonderful family and friends.

When, out of the blue, she receives a death threat in the post, she is shocked but puts it down to someone’s jealousy of her success and tries to forget about it. But Adrian doesn’t realise that it’s more than just spite. Someone is very, very angry about her happy life and will stop at nothing to bring it all crashing down.

and I did a little better with keeping my requesting finger under control this week with only five new ARCs from Netgalley:

If Only by Angela Marsons

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Golden Girl by Elin Hildebrand, another first for me.

Sisterhood by V.B. Grey

And an audiobook The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

Have you read any of these? Do you have any of these to read? And where have you been on your bookish travels this week? Please do stop by and let me know.

Happy reading!

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!

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

  1. Happy Birthday Sandy!!! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰ What day is your actual birthday? I am so glad you had such a great week and look forward to hearing about your travels. You get audiobooks that are not available to me, so I am so jealous. This week, I have spent a lot of time in the Southern US, but loved some time in Devon in a small seaside town and took a trip to Australia as well. Then I was whisked off to fantasyland travelling the seas on a couple of trading vessels, so I am happy to be sitting in my comfy chair at home this morning. Have a wonderful week, Sandy. πŸŒžπŸ“šπŸ’œπŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thanks Carla. It was Friday.
      I thought that we would be requesting on the same Netgalley platform. I use mostly the USA one, and occasionally the UK one. Which do you use?
      Glad you have enjoyed your travels this week. Where abouts in Australia were you? I am currently in Darwin, Northern Territory. πŸ˜‰β€πŸ“š

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      1. I was in Victoria with Fern Castle. Right now I am in Florida, near the Everglades. I use the USA one and dabble in the UK one as well. I know that I request books that others don’t see and vice versa, so I am not sure how it all works. Some publishers seem to limit who can see their books or they make them wishes. πŸ“šπŸ’–πŸŠ

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      2. I know you see books that I don’t and vice versa. I wonder if they have some sort of software that takes into account your geographical location from your address details? I have a love/hate relationship with technology. β€πŸ“š
        I have been in Malibu for the past couple of days with Taylor Jenkins Reid. I had a brief visit to the village of Marlow on the Thames this morning, and am now going to start the Vacation by M.M. Chouinard, but I am not quite sure where it is set. So I guess I am ‘en route’ to a mystery destination. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ …. Jamaica! I am in Jamaica! Sun, sand, ……πŸ–πŸβ€

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      3. Yes, I agree with you. Last week when my computer wouldn’t charge, I was in a panic, but it was just the cord. Technology can be a pain, but I would be lost without it.

        I am looking forward to seeing what you think about your trip to Malibu, I didn’t finish her last book, so didn’t try this one. I am Philadelphia right now during the Flu epidemic, so it is not a pleasant trip. I just came back from a trip on a yacht from New York to Savannah which was pleasant. I hope you are in Jamaica. Enjoy the sun. 🌞πŸ›₯🏝

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      4. Posted my review today, Carla. I am not yet enamoured with the book set in Jamaica. The characters are all interchangeable and I can’t emphasize with any of them. Of course, it’s early days yet. Things may change. Not getting a good sense of Jamaica either. It could be anywhere πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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  2. I hope you had an amazing birthday Sandy!πŸ’œπŸ’œ I also hope you love Elin Hildebrand as much as I do!! I can’t wait to read Legacy!! Nice haul my friend but like Carla told me, try harder!! You need to take the crown this week!πŸ˜‚πŸ“šπŸŒžπŸ’•

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