This Week, Next Week: 6th March, 2016

Happy Sunday everyone – and Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms in the UK, of which I’m one…meaning today has started well with breakfast in bed and almond croissants. Now I’m just hoping the weather holds out as we’re due to make our first English Heritage visit of the year today. It feels like a nice end to a busy week- mainly work but I also got to celebrate a friend’s engagement with cocktails in a rather swish bar in London (at rather un-swish prices I must say but then it is London).

This meant I spent a lot of time on trains and should have had lots of time to read. However, I was in a bit of a reading slump for some reason so, other than The Well (which I did an intro for Tuesday), I didn’t read much else. When I got home, all I wanted to do was veg in front of the tv, especially now House of Cards is back!

I did, conversely, do a fair bit of book buying, picking up Driven by James Sallis, the follow-up to Drive (which I loved), Smoke by Catherine McKenzie, which I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, my favourite author probably ever (links are to good reads).

DrivenSmokeThe Heart Goes Last

Hopefully I’ll get round to reading one or more of them this week. what about you? What are your reading plans this week?


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.

The Sunday Post


  1. Between writing (the fourth crime novel in the series), administrative stuff (the publisher just bought historical novel # 2 and contracts are due), promotion (my second crime novel just hit Amazon) and cleaning the bathrooms (The Child Bride lets me see to the task), I’m reading a Stuart Woods novel. Breathing and eating are optional this week.


      • Only in doctor’s office waiting rooms (Jeepers, you could finish a novel there) or while The Child Bride is browsing the thrift shops and I’m in the car in the parking lot. At home I work. But I do like to work and writing really doesn’t seem like work after all.

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  2. I loved Smoke…hope you do,too. And your mention of Margaret Atwood’s newest book reminds me that I must check it out! Thanks for sharing, and Happy Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed is wonderful. The “swish” bar in London sounds good, too. Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


    • I remember reading your review and it’s been on my book list ever since. I also love the cover. I just hope I’m not disappointed by my high hopes. Thanks for coming by. Have a good week!


  3. Happy Mothers Day! Sounds like you’re starting it out right! 🙂 Hope the rest of they day is as good.

    Sometimes vegging in front of the TV is just the thing especially after a long day. Enjoy today and have a nice week.


  4. I think it is my first time here! Love the logo 🙂 Happy British Mother’s day 🙂 I have been in a reading slump for month now (in and out) and after taking break and changing genres I realized changing format was very helpful. I’m back at reading real books now. Hope you get over your reading slump soon


    • Thank you! Funny you mention changing formats because I just went and got a batch of books from the library – also all non-fiction for a bit of a change. Feel excited by the idea! Thanks for stopping by! Emma

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  5. Oh Margaret Atwoods books always leave me with the heebie jeebies. She makes you uncomfortable but you can’t stop thinking about her books. The Handmaidens tale is still on my mind years after I read it. And don’t even get me started on Oryx and Crake.


  6. Happy Mother’s Day! Ours is May and I think I need to make sure almond croissants get incorporated because that sounds amazing. I definitely have weeks where I’m not feeling like reading and the call of TV is stronger. I’ve found if I fight it I end up in a serious reading slump. I’m really curious about Smoke. Enjoy your reading (or watching) and have a great week!


    • Thank you. I get an American Mother’s Day too because I am married to an American – something to look forward to. I hope smoke is good…I loved Hidden, the only other book I read by this author. Have a good week!


    • I think sometimes people have a love / hate relationship with her books. So far, I have loved and I hope to again but I know this one has mixed reviews.


  7. I’ve been wondering where it’s Mother’s Day cos I haven’t heard much about it. Ours is in May…

    I have to admit I didn’t enjoy The Heart Goes Last, so hope you like it more than I did!


    • I am lucky I get to being married to an American because theirs is in May too. Making that two lot of breakfasts in bed 😀. I know a lot of people struggled with the heart goes last but I just can’t resist Atwood.


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