This Week, Next Week:27th March 2016

Happy Easter everyone. Hope you are having a good day and a good week. Mine has been busy (as per usual it seems) but good and I have taken full advantage of the long weekend, going to an egg hunt on Friday and spending yesterday at the park. Today, I plan on doing nothing but spending time with family and trying not to burn the cola ham.

Reading wise this week, I didn’t do much but finish Dead Lost (see Tuesday’s post) though I did pick up a few good looking books from the library including collections of short stories…

imageIn a remote Australian settlement a young wife with an untellable secret reluctantly invites her neighbour into her home. A Quaker spinster offers companionship to a condemned man in a Colorado jail. In the ice and snows of Siberia an office employee from Birmingham witnesses a scene that will change her life. At a jubilee celebration in a northern English town a middle-aged alderman opens his heart to Queen Victoria. A teenage daughter leaves home in search of adventure. High in the Cumbrian fells a woman seeks help from her father’s enemy.

…and a gothic horror…

imageRuth and Nat are orphans, packed into a house full of abandoned children run by a religious fanatic. To entertain their siblings, they channel the dead. Decades later, Ruth’s niece, Cora, finds herself accidentally pregnant. After years of absence, Aunt Ruth appears, mute and full of intention. She is on a mysterious mission, leading Cora on an odyssey across the entire state of New York on foot. Where is Ruth taking them? Where has she been? And who — or what — has she hidden in the woods at the end of the road?

I also got two reviews posted – Harry’s Last Stand which made me sad and angry about the state of the country in equal measure and Cinderella Girl, a great piece of crime fiction by an author that was new to me but whose novels I now plan on going back and reading. Both are worth a read. What about you? How has your week gone?


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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  1. My husband makes cola ham too! It is surprisingly good. Hope you have a Happy Easter and a great week. 🙂 Mr. Splitfoot sounds intriguing… My Weekly Wrap-Up

    1. It is a family favourite and most requested…as a veggie I have no idea what it tastes like but it must be good! Have a good Easter and thanks for visiting!

  2. Hope you have a great week too, and a happy Easter! I haven’t been to an egg hunt in ages, but they are fun! Enjoy the family time and hope your reading week is a good one!

    1. Thanks. This was our first hunt in years…was fun. Now there is just a day of eating chocolate ahead!

  3. I love the cover to Mr.Splitfoot! Happy Easter! Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Me too. It’s what caught my eye and now I can’t wait to read it.

  4. I’ve not heard of Mr Splitfoot before but I do like the sound of it, I might have to look out for a copy. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend and that your cola ham turns out perfect. 🙂

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    1. I hadn’t either but I so want to read it. I need a bit of gothic in my life vs the usual murder and mayhem. Have a good week!

  5. Cola ham sounds interesting! I am curious about Cinderella Girl. Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your week. And thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I have the first book of the series on my kindle now so hoping it’s as good. The cola ham went well….so easy.

  6. Happy Easter!
    Oh my gosh, I REALLY want to read Mr Splitfoot. Can’t wait to see what you think of it! And I think I need to check out Cinderella Girl now…
    Have a relaxing day with the family, and good luck with the cola ham 😉

    1. Me too…though not getting there yet. The ham was a hit…I was a happy woman! Have a good week. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Mr. Splitfoot is stalking me! I was intrigued by it but decided I didn’t want to read it for some reason but now I’m seeing it everywhere! I think it’s a sign for me to reconsider. I’m intrigued by the short story collection! Have a great week! Can’t wait to see what you think of these (especially Mr. Splitfoot)

    1. I have never heard of it but the cover got me. Now I’m intrigued too if it’s stalking you!

  8. Cola ham sounds yummy but knowing my picky lot they won’t touch it!!

    Have a good week!

    1. It is (or some I’m told as a not meat eater). Even my mom likes it and she is the worlds pickiest eater.

  9. I loved the three day weekend as well. I spent most of Friday sleeping in. I must have really needed it! Happy Easter!

    1. You must have…so good to have a day to do that though!

  10. Sounds like you had a good weekend, Emma. Cola ham? I’ve never heard of that!

    1. It was thank you…so don’t want to go to work tomorrow. The ham was something my husband remembered from when he was younger (he’s from the states) but the recipe is nigella – works a charm every time 😄

  11. Must look into Harry’s Last Stand. I’m constantly feeling mad and angry about the state of my country!

    1. It is worth it. Plus I felt humbled by how much others have done for me.

  12. Hope the ham turned out! My family are not fans so we had steak. Have a great week.

    1. Apparently it did (I’m a veggie so have never tried it)!

  13. That cola ham sounds yummy. I was still very sick so my son and I had pizza and watched movies. That made it special, sharing something:)

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  14. The short stories sound very interesting and such a wide variety. Enjoy your reading this week.

    1. I really like short stories…they always make me feel in awe of authors who can say so much in so few pages.

  15. Australia and an untellable secret. I like it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and I hope you had a good week.

    Love your blog….nice and organized.

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