This Week, Next Week: 24th April, 2016

Morning everyone – happy Sunday. Hope you are having a good day and have had a good week. Mine has been the usual mix of work and work. Actually that isn’t true this week because my crazy travel schedule ended Tuesday and I felt back to normal by Friday. It was lovely to not be waking up before the birds or in a hotel room rather than my own bed.

Friday was also my daughters annual class assembly, which she’s been practising for for weeks and was uber excited about. She did really well, remembered her lines, sang and danced…and then promptly burst into tears when it was all over (as did half the class!). I don’t think she’ll be asking to go on the stage again for a while.

Blog wise, I have been participating in the Spring into Horror read-a-thon this week and have come across some new blogs as a result, one of the best things about read-a-thons. I also started using Facebook much more as a way to take part, not something I normally do (I think I have a Facebook phobia and rarely use it); it was fun.

I only read one horror book during the week – Carrie by Stephen King, which I really enjoyed – but I also posted my review of the gothic horror Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt, which I didn’t enjoy much at all.  The last book I reviewed was Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner which was a really good piece of crime writing with great character development…not quite what I expected but in a good way. I also wrote about how many books I read each month as part of the book blogger hop.

Book wise, I didn’t pick up any – not even a trip to the library – which feels odd but also quit nice…I mentioned the other week I felt the number of books I have to read is feel a bit overwhelming and that hasn’t changed. It was a conscious decision to not pick up any books for a few weeks at least till I feel less swamped. How about you, have you picked up any good books this week? What have you read?


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. I have a copy of Missing Presumed to read that I won in a Goodreads giveaway but only read proper books when I’m downstairs as I can’t have the bedside light on to read in bed! So I read my Kindle in bed so as not to disturb my hubby. I don’t have much time to read during the day and most of my reading is done in bed so can take a long time to read a real book. Saying that I still buy LOTS of real books which are piling up on my bookcase looking beautiful and waiting for a holiday!

    1. There is nothing like a bookshelf full of “real” books but I do read a lot on my kindle too because it’s easier to carry around (I have it as an app on the iPad) than a book. Also, a lot of my books come from the library. It’s funny where we all read…I rarely do in bed because of the lighting issue and will stay up late on the couch to read 😄

  2. I really enjoyed Missing Presumed too and read Carrie years ago!

    1. I think yours was one the reviews that made me put it on the list and apply for a review copy. I don’t know why I’ve never read Stephen King before, though I’ve also only seen a couple of his movies too.

  3. I’m a total wimp when it comes to horror and I just can’t read it, but I did read Carrie a few years ago and was really surprised by how engrossed I got in it. I really want to read Missing, Presumed – I bought it when it came out but have been focusing on review books recently. I might bump it up the list as a treat to myself soon. Hope you have a great week.

    My Weekly Wrap-Up/Sunday Post:

    1. I was surprised too, especially as I hadn’t gotten into more recent books. Sometimes it’s that way though, earlier books are simpler so easier to get lost in I think. I was lucky to get Missing, Presumed in a mumsnet giveaway – I would have read it any ways I think as I’d read good reviews but with this one I had a deadline. Glad I did because it made me read it sooner rather than later. Have a good week. Emma

  4. Missing, Presumed looks tempting. Enjoy your week, and here are

    1. It is definitely worth a read. Just a really nice read if that makes sense?

  5. So glad the traveling ended for now, and yes waking in your own bed beats all. Missing, Presumed looks interesting. I look forward to your thoughts on it. Hope the week ahead is a stress free one!

    1. Ah a stress free week, how lovely that would be. I really hope it is. Maybe I should just start firing people *evil grin*

  6. I had forgotten about my library books until you mentioned not making a library trip. Whoops! I’ll have to be sure to put them in next week. I really enjoyed your review on Mr. Switchfoot. I’d been on the fence about reading it and I think now that it isn’t for me. I’ve got to catch up on your review for Carrie though. I need to read Stephen King this year. Have a great week!

  7. I remember reading Carrie years ago… Stephen King can scare me to death! I rarely use Facebook for anything blog or reading related, but I can see how it would be a lot easier to keep in touch during a readathon. Hope it’s a good week for you, Emma!

    1. I don’t know why I never have read any Stephen King. I think I may have tried and failed as a teenager. I often try and fail with Facebook but it definitely worked this time.

  8. Missing, Presumed looks really good. I don’t read a ton of thrillers but I’m interested in that one… and yeah being home beats traveling for work any day. 🙂

  9. Horror is one genre I haven’t touched all these years, can’t do it!

    1. I didn’t think I had till someone pointed out to me that Dracula is one of my favourite books of all time. But for some reason, I don’t see that as horror…I always think of monsters and gore and guts.

  10. I’m glad your travel is over for a while Emma. My work has been a bit like that too!

    How cute that your daughter (and her class) all got upset after… all of that pent-up nervousness I suspect. Great that she remembered her lines though!

    I only got a couple of new books this week and must admit I breathed a sigh of relief about that!

    1. I think travelling is fun for a while then gets old…or maybe it’s me. Sometimes there can be too many books…but then so many times there aren’t enough!

  11. Must have been a bit stressful for them to burst into tears. Poor things but an achievement. You and I both, steering our eyes away from books not inside our home!

    1. They are so young for what we ask them to do sometimes I think. I don’t remember school being that pressured…but then it was a loooong time ago I went!

  12. I made a decision not to pick up any new books this week and my post today is about how it all fell apart. Oh well, it is a wonderful problem to have.

    1. The problem with books is they don’t have an expiration date (well, if you ignore library books!) so it never seems a waste to buy another. Will head over and check out your post.

  13. My daughter and I are going to see Stephen King in June to talk about his new book. We’re very excited. Carrie is a classic. Happy Reading!

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever been to hear an author speak…exciting. I’m really glad I read Carrie, despite the pain in getting there!

  14. I used to use Facebook a lot and would do a lot of status updates and everything. These days I most check it for fb groups (book related of course) and sharing my posts on my blogs fb page. Weird how things change in that regard

    1. Isn’t it. I have never been able to get away with it but think because it was so focused it worked in a way Twitter wouldn’t have.

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