Weekly update: 12th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday post.  I hope you had a good week and weekend.  Week wise, I didn’t do much if I’m honest though I also don’t know where the time went as all of a sudden it was Friday and I was jumping on a train to London – but not for work (yay!).

Every year a group of us who used to work together get together and have a girls night out.  We’ve been doing it for six years now (after we all got made redundant at the same time) and it’s always a blast.  I laughed more than I have in a long time and drank way too much wine – you couldn’t ask for more really.  Another plus side is two four hour train journeys, which made for a lot of reading!

Weekly update: 15th October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was good, pretty relaxing.  And the sun shone, which was nice to see, even when the days were cold.  I’ve been trying to winterise the garden – taking advantage of the lack of rain – and am pretty much done.  I have maybe a day left so keep your fingers crossed for me that my luck continues!

Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on, which feels kind of nice.  I got a fair bit of reading done, stuck to my plan to not pick up any new books this week (avoiding NetGalley like the plague), and caught up a little on the reviews I was behind on.  I should be completely caught up by the end of next week if I can keep the reading rate up but we’ll see.

This meant last week I got three reviews posted…

It was nice to have three so different books as well.  Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison is a psychological thriller, so right up my usual reading street.  It was a good read, keeping me guessing right to the end as to just what was happening.  It had a bit of a sense of humour too, which you don’t normally find in this type of book, and I liked that.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt is a cookbook (probably obvious but I like to be clear), one that shows you how to make meatless meat with meat if needed to meet the needs of a variety of tastes.  It worked well in my house where I’m the sole veggie.  I made two recipes from it, one of which I can safely say was one of the best soups I have ever eaten – making the book a winner for me!

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir is the first of four books looking at the Queens of England / Britain.  This one focuses on medieval queens – a lot of whom (all?) seem to be called Matilda.  I found the fact that so many of them had the same name but other than that really enjoyed this book, which was well research, well written, and shed light on a group of women I knew very little about but whose actions helped shape my country.

And that was it post wise, other than sharing my most recent read in the Tuesday Intro: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo.

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And that’s it for me this week.  How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise?  Let me know, I’m nosey!

Emma x

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

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Weekly update: 8th October, 2017

Weekly update

 

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week.  Mine was a lot better than the one before, in large part because I think I caught up on the sleep that I have been missing these last two years.  I feel rested and relaxed and that is a lovely thing.

Not that it was all smooth going as I transition into my new life – I had a few panicky moments – but for the most part, I am convinced I’ve made the right decision, especially after taking a training course Friday and seeing that, whilst I may not have the formal qualifications, I definitely have the skills…now I just need to get some work!  If you do want to know more about how my new life is going, I wrote about it on my non-book blog here

Weekly update: 1st October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  It’s been a bit of an odd week for me I have to say.  Last week, my aunt died, with the funeral this Monday just gone.  It’s been sad and also shocking as she got ill and passed very quickly and I’m not sure anyone in my family has really gotten their heads around it yet.

Add to that this was my last week of work and I spent three days in London handing over to my replacement and I have felt completely out of sync with life.  The good news on that front though is, after months and months (I worked a five month notice period!) I am finally done and able to start my new life come tomorrow – I can’t wait for this but with my aunt it feels like I haven’t been able to get as excited as I might…hopefully that will come. 

Weekly update: 24th September, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  I hope you had a good one.  Mine wasn’t bad at all if I do say so myself.  I was back in the blogging swing after a week off to catch up on reading (which was much needed and gave me a bit of my oomph back as I had been feeling a bit flat about the blog if I’m honest).

I also did my final proper week of work, which felt strange but also pretty good.  I’m still employed for another week but the rest of my time will be taken up training up and handing over to the “new me”, so there won’t be much real work involved – I won’t have a laptop or phone after Wednesday for a start, which will make it kinda difficult to do anything!

Weekly update: 11th September, 2017

Weekly update

Hi all and welcome to a slightly later than normal weekly update.  We were away this weekend – camping in the rain and away from all WiFi – and I wasn’t organised enough to get my post pre-written and scheduled.  So, I hope everyone had a good weekend and Happy Monday!

Last week was a good one for me and the camping, despite the wet and the cold, was actually a lot of fun because we got to spend it with friends we don’t get to see that often since we moved.  Work wise, it’s still quiet as I plan my exit so I’m just preparing for my replacement with a big handover list.  And new life wise, I just registered as self-employed which was a gulp but in a good way. Now I just need to get some work in!

33845132On the blog, I posted four times.  First up was my review of Close to Home by Robert Dugoni, one of my favourite detective series with one of my favourite female detectives (Tracy Crosswhite).  Here she is trying to solve a seemingly simple case of hit and run but things get complicated quickly when the Navy get involved.

imageI also reviewed Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, which I’d been looking forward to reading as it was my first book by the author, who I know other bloggers out there rave about.  Unfortunately, this just didn’t hit the spot for me.  I got confused by a plot with one too many twists and I couldn’t get away with the characters, meaning I found it harder to care.

34452770Following on from my naming Tracy Crosswhite one of my favourite female detectives I decided to name my top five on Wednesday.  They weren’t in any particular order and people’s comments made me realise I should have gone for a top ten as I missed out some really good women on there!

And finally, on Friday, I joined in with Billy at The Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer with his book blogger hop, writing about how I do choose books for their covers.  This is something I have written about before so here I just shared some of my latest favourite covers.

And that was it for this week posting wise.  Book wise, I managed a trip to the library where I loaned out way to many books (clicking on the covers will take you to goodreads to find out more)

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Not sure where I’ll start but they all look good so maybe it doesn’t matter?

What about you – what have you been up to this week, reading and otherwise?

Emma x

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

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Weekly update: 3rd September, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and September, with the start of school and cooler days. I’d say I’m going to miss summer but it doesn’t feel like we’ve really had one here. Thankfully we haven’t had the rain and flooding of recent years but the sun just doesn’t seem to have shone for long enough or hot enough. Hey ho!

With the very British moan about the weather out of the way, I will now make a very British apology for not having gotten to visiting people’s blogs or replying to comments from the last few days…because I have been on holiday. I hope to catch up this week with everything.

Unlike my last holiday, this was a staycation with my in-laws visiting. We had a great time visiting some of our favourite places like York Minster and Richmond Castle. We also ate too much (mainly in the way of cake) and I am determined to be good this week and start the much planned for plan to get my weight under control. I also read too little, only finishing one book which is due for review tomorrow – Close to Home by Robert Dugoni – and posted only three times…