Weekly update: 18th December, 2016

Hi all and happy Sunday.  I can’t believe in a week we’ll be opening our presents from Santa.  Another month just flying by! I am quite looking forward to this week though as I only have to work two days and one of those is my team’s Christmas dinner and drinks so it’s not really work at all.  It will make up for this past week which went a bit pear shaped with a last minute two day trip to London and back-to-back meetings.  Not what I had expected to be happening but, on the plus side, a lot was actually accomplished – which I don’t normally say with meetings.  Another plus side was my husband was also in London so we ended up being able to have a rather random “date night” as we had nothing planned and most places we tried to eat at were fully booked with Christmas parties.

It did, however, mean that I didn’t get much time to spend visiting blogs, commenting or responding to comments.  I hope to make up for that this week and apologies if you have commented on a post and I haven’t responded…I am not being rude, just very, very, behind.  I feel like I need to say on the plus side again but on the plus side I did get four posts up because for once I was ahead of the game and two were already written (phew!).  This is what I posted….

On Monday I wrote about how much I loved the library and why (they really are the best thing ever as far as books go)

On Tuesday I joined in with Diana at Bibliophile by the Sea for the Tuesday intro.  This week I’ve gone with a non-fiction book, Wedlock by Wendy Moore which looks at the life of Georgian heiress (and great-great-great-great grandmother to the Queen) Mary Eleanor Bowes – which is proving quite dramatic to say the least.

On Wednesday I posted the first of two reviews, Witness by Caroline Mitchell which I really enjoyed despite feeling quite ambiguous about the central character’s behaviour through most of the book.

On Thursday I wasn’t so lucky with the book I reviewed, Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall.  I don’t know if my expectations were too high after reading some really positive reviews but I just couldn’t get suspend my belief for long enough to get into the story and didn’t gel with the central character.

And then that was it I’m afraid – though, all in all, not too bad at all given how the week ended up (which also meant little reading and no book buying or requesting). How was your week?  Are you counting sleeps to the big day yet?  Just in case, and because it’s the only time of the year I can enjoy these without feeling guilty, I am leaving you with another Christmas song.  This time one that we’ve been practicing for the past month as my daughter had to sing it as her Christmas performance.  Enjoy and have a good week.

Emma

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

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16 comments
  1. Love all the Christmas music this time of year. 🙂 Such a festive time of year. And yes- only a week to go? Amazing to me. Anyway glad it was a pretty good week. I love that cover of Tell Me No Lies, sorry to hear it was a bit disappointing. Hope you have a great week and a fabulous holiday!!

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    1. What is it they say about judging a book by its cover? I love Christmas music too but as so much is cheesy I am glad I only have to listen to it once a year and only for a month!

  2. I’m a little nervous about what I need to do to prepare for my visitors than I am about Christmas itself! I’ve got a lengthy list though so am hoping that helps!

    1. I think as long as there is wine no one will notice what goes wrong. Though I am glad we are going to my parents (all of 10 minutes away) this year so I don’t have to cook!

  3. I think we are all more or less in the same boat, Emma, so I wouldn’t worry about it. I suddenly dropped out of circulation during the week, too… Glad you managed to get an impromptu time away with your husband in London – I always love the buzz of the decorations and the shops around this time of year, though this year we haven’t been up there as the train is so iffy at present. Have a lovely Christmas:)

    1. It was one of those weeks for a few of us I think. It was great to be there for a few days. Thankfully I got north so don’t have train issues that others have.

      1. Glad you’re out of the mess surrounding Southern… Have a lovely Christmas, Emma and take care:)

        1. You too. How many more sleeps?

  4. Sounds like a whirl of a week for you, Emma, but how great that you got to have an unexpected date night.

    I try to visualize London in the holiday season…and it sounds wonderful!

    Your books all looked good…I’m very curious about Witness. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. It was but thankfully not as stressful as it could have been. London is just so busy at Christmas but it was fun seeing so many people in their Christmas sweaters for their Christmas meals.

  5. I can’t wait till the holiday hoopla is over. Hope you have a great week and Santa brings you good books. 🙂

    Have a great week!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

    1. I have to say I’m starting to get excited now…but that could also be because I’m off work in two days!

  6. It does sound like we both had to deal with the unexpected last week – enjoy your team do 😊

    1. I hope to. So glad I’m officially done now for two weeks.

  7. Happy holidays! It’s cool that you and your husband got to have a spontaneous date night. I’d love to go to London someday.

    1. To you too. London is fun but I am always glad to leave and get to my own house and own bed.

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