Watching What I’m Reading . . .

Here in the southern hemisphere, spring has arrived, and we are having the most magnificent weather.

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Currently I am reading Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks

and The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves. It’s so good to be back with Matthew and his team. I am totally perplexed as to who is behind these murders.

I am listening to Over My Dead Body by Jeffrey Archer. It’s excellent and I am listening to it every moment I can.

This week I am planning on reading The New Home by Chris Merritt

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

And Now I Found You by Mila Oliver

Seven years ago, Kate Hartfield’s little sister disappeared.

An ordinary summer day of fun at the lake turned into a nightmare when young Emily Hartfield suddenly could not be found. When badly battered body parts were discovered three days later, the investigation concluded that they were Emily’s and the case was closed as an accidental drowning.

Now Kate has returned to her hometown in the Catskills for the first time since her sister’s death, for a work retreat. While at her boss’s lake house, she briefly spies a familiar face.

It’s Emily.

She’s all grown up, but Kate knows her sister’s face better than anyone. The sighting reignites the doubts Kate has always had, and forces her to revisit all the mysterious circumstances that surrounded that day. As she desperately tries to track down the girl she saw at the lake house with the help of her hometown ex-boyfriend, Kate discovers shocking secrets from the past, confronts her own guilt from that day, and becomes obsessed with uncovering the answer to one question.

What really happened to Emily? 

I haven’t got another audiobook lined up to listen to yet, as I don’t have any more Netgalley audios waiting to be reviewed. So I may be able to pick something from my discretionary list from the library.

This week I received only two new ARCs. They are: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

and The Christmas Wish by Sharon Sala

I still have 24 pending requests.

I have been very busy in the garden over the past few days while the weather has been so great, and my yard is looking quite nice at the moment. I am making the most of it, as if rumours are to be believed, I will probably be back to work Wednesday. We find out tomorrow afternoon. If we do drop another level, we still can’t operate at full capacity and there are a lot of restrictions that need to be complied with. If rumours are true, we will stay at that level until after Christmas, and Auckland will remain under lockdown for a few more weeks yet.

It is Father’s Day today in New Zealand. I had a long video call with Luke this morning as he was busy making Dustin a card. He drew a picture of himself and Dustin on the inside, and wrote his own name. The outside of the card is covered with dinosaur stickers!πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ¦•πŸ¦– It was made with lots of love, as were the chocolate brownies. He also wished his Poppa a happy Poppa’s Day which pleased Pete no end.

That’s it from me for today. I am going to make a drink and sit in the sun and . . . READ!

Have a happy day all and stay safe. β€πŸ“š

P.S. I completely forgot to write about my virtual travels via my books πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ In the past week I have been to Stillwater, Minnesota; spent more time at Chammont Point, East Virginia with Jade, Darcy and Taylor; Cutlers Bay on the York Peninsula, South Australia; Barnstaple in North Devon, England; Vienna, Austria; and Riverton Falls, New England.

Did we pass by one another during the week? I hope you have had some wonderful travels too. Stop by and let me know where you have been. β€πŸ“š

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!

19 thoughts on “Watching What I’m Reading . . .”

  1. Happy Spring, Sandy. I love those daffodils. Of course, we are winding down summer and temperatures have been a bit cooler in the mornings with high 70s to mid 80s later in the day. Perfect swimming weather. I have also done a lot of reading, although, not sticking to my TBR at all! Fortunately, I have the two new books you got this week (only 2??) so I won’t add more after reading your post. I’m sure Pete’s heart must have melted when Luke wished him a Happy Poppa’s Day. So sweet. Enjoy your time off, even though it is not for a happy reason. πŸŒžπŸŒ·πŸ“šπŸ’–

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    1. I am loving my time off Carla, although I still pop into work every second day to check chiller temperatures and reply to emails etc. I guess you won’t be heading for Florida this winter either? I wish everyone would just get vaccinated and let the world get back to ‘normal’ operation. ❀

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      1. Not sure yet Sandy. I don’t leave until after Christmas, so if the border is open, I will go. I pretty much stay to myself in my condo. I go out for my walks, sit on my balcony in the sun and read when I am down at the pool. I will wear a mask when I go shopping etc. Of course, if the border is still closed, it will be a moot point. I can’t agree more, if everyone would get vaccinated like they have for all the other highly contagious diseases, we wouldn’t be dealing with this still.

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    2. I hope it works out for you Carla. We can reopen Wednesday, but operating at less than 50% capacity. I will be back to work tomorrow to get everything set up and get all the protocols in place. I’ve already been in contact with the staff today confirming their shifts and advising that they have to wear a mask while they are working. I have a headache already. 🀯❀

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      1. We are 50% capacity here for everything as well and have been for over a month. I hope your return goes well and all your workers comply with the protocol. πŸ€—

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  2. Some lovely choices as always Sandy! Hope you are enjoying your wonderful weather too. We are still pretty warm here but I imagine the cooler fall/winter weather will be here soon enough so I’m in no rush for the heat to go away just yet.

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