This Week, Next Week (and last month)

Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope you’ve had a good week.  Ours was good and busy – with two birthdays to celebrate (my dads and my daughter’s).  Which means after a weekend of chocolate in the form of Easter eggs last weekend, this once has been one of chocolate in the form of cake.  My waistline may never forgive me, though we did go back to the trampoline park this morning to try and burn off some of the calories!

Blogging wise, I did pretty well with a post every day of the (working) week – I can’t remember the last time I did that and, book wise, I picked up a couple of good looking reads from the library plus some review copies. (links to goodreads)

26029974The Bones of You by Debbie Howells is a psychological thriller involving a young girls death, a family in turmoil and a English village where life will never (apparently) be the same again.  The back blurb compares it to I Let You Go, which I loved, so we’ll see…

23049597The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner is described as a mystery but involves a time travelling 16 year old so I have no idea how this one will turn out but it gets good reviews and my library had it in prime position on the “new arrivals” shelf so I couldn’t resist.

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The new Mary Kubica book, Don’t You Cry, which I can’t wait to read because I’ve loved her other two books and this one sounds just as good with a missing woman who may or may not be who people thought she was.

26210512The Girls by Emma Cline which sounds interesting and is, I think, supposed to be one of the books of the year – set in California in the summer of 1969 it is loosely based on the Manson family I believe.

I will probably start with Don’t You Cry but you never know – whichever way, I think it will be a good start to the month after a month which ended pretty well as well with two books I found I liked a lot.  Which brings me quite nicely (and as if I’d planned it) to my March Round-Up and what I loved, liked and wasn’t too keen on…(clicking on cover should take you to the review).


Only one book I this month I thought was totally brilliant. Ruth Ware’s debut is a real page turner that had me hooked with it’s spooky setting, mix of characters and red herrings.


Liked a Lot

A mixed set of books here this month as I try to mix things up genre wise, going from the essays of one of the last survivors of the Great Depression in Harry’s Last Stand to the dystopian future of The Well, where the rain has stopped falling. In between there was my favourite genre – crime fiction in Cinderella Girl and Dead Lost – and a favourite author in Diane Chamberlain, who puts life’s complexities out there for you to decide on.

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I really wanted to love Here We Lie – it sounded great – but I got bogged down in details I didn’t think needed to be there, making the book drag for me.


Not for me

My first classic club read in a while, The 39 Steps was a disappointment – I think I have seen the movie too many times – whilst my mistake with All The Little Pieces may have been I listened to rather than read it and it was loooong as a result.

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And that’s my week and my month. How were yours?


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. Don’t You Cry looks really interesting. I am going to have to check it out, as it sounds totally up my alley. Have a great week! My Weekly Wrap-Up

    1. I hope it’s as good as the last two books. I loved them both.

  2. What a fab selection! I’m really looking forward to the latest Mary Kubica too and I also loved In The Dark Dark Wood!

    1. I hope they are all as good as they look. The Margaret Atwood I’ve just read has been a it disappointing so I need a good one to pick me back up.

  3. Always great when a debut novel is so good, makes you hope for many more from the author. Sounds like you’ve all had a sugar filled time!

    1. I’m taking advantage before the sugar tax kicks in! I feel like I’ve read some great debuts this year…lucky!

  4. Oh, lots of familiar books there this week Emma and I’m envious of the Mary Kubica. I’ve read a couple as well and enjoyed them so keen to read more!

    1. Good familiar I hope? I can’t wait for the Mary Kubica (sorry!)

  5. ohh I lke that aoll your books look DARK and edgy! 🙂

    1. I’m a sucker for a bid of suspense and secrets 😄

  6. I loved Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood – so good and I just requested her next book on Netgalley. She is definitely an author to keep an eye on. I have Mary Kubica’s new book, too – I’ve read her other 2 books as well and loved them! I have The Bones of You but haven’t read it yet…need to get to it soon! Have a great week!

    1. I’m not sure I have read a bad review of in a dark, dark, wood and the same was true of Pretty Baby. Bodes well for future reads!

  7. I am eager to read Don’t You Cry, as I also loved the author’s previous books. I got an e-ARC from NetGalley for that one, and also for The Girls. Looking forward to them! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week; and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I think Pretty Baby was so good I hope this one is as good. Or better.

  8. You had a great week on the blog! The Bones of You and Don’t You Cry both look very good! I hope the week ahead is delightful!

    1. I know (pats self on back) won’t last though, I am not organised enough 😄

  9. Chocolate never gets old. 🙂 Don’t You Cry looks like a good thriller, every time I see one of her books I think it looks good. I may have to just read one at some point! Ha ha And The Door That Led to Where does too- I’m always a sucker for a time travel story.

    1. You must try Mary Kubica…so good! I like time travel too, though I don’t read many of these type of books.

  10. You did have a busy month… and I’m impressed that you read so many books and posted every weekday, too! The Girls sounds like such an interesting read. Will look forward to your thoughts. Have a great week!

    1. Busier than normal for me. It’s easier though when you are enjoying pretty much everything you read!

  11. I’m so glad you enjoyed In the Dark Dark Woods. I loved it too! That’s a lot of cake and candy opportunities crammed into one week! I love those kinds of weeks though my waist line isn’t so fond of it! Have a great week!

    1. I really did love it. I am also loving cake. Thankfully I’m off work the next few days so have walked a lot of it off.

  12. We invited Sally Gardner here in Singapore last year for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content so I am glad to see that she has a new book out – will have to find that one soon. Have you read her Maggot Moon yet?

    1. No, I haven’t read anything by her before, though that t toe was next to the one I picked up.

  13. Great variety of books. I hope you enjoy the ones that are on the “to read” stack. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks…I hope I enjoy them too! 😄

  14. I think it’s really good to venture into different genres…I am trying to do that, too!

    1. It does make for a mixed bag sometimes but mostly my wandering X have produced good results.

  15. After Easter we had my husband’s birthday and had to re celebrate when my parents came on Sunday. Next to my husband overbuying on pie, I know how your waistline feels. XD

    1. It’s lethal…but fun!

  16. Hi,
    Great list of books. I’ll have to check a couple of them
    out. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks. Enjoy what you do pick up 😄

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